Vintage Vehicles

Restored Porsche 911 Carrera 4 sits at the intersection of history and fashion

Teddy Santis, founder and creative director of Aimé Leon Dore worked with Porsche to restore a vintage 911.

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Porsche 964. The name reminds Porsche enthusiasts of the pert and perky 911 era of the late 80s and early 90s that produced the first Porsches with a Tiptronic automatic transmission and all wheel drive as options.

Teddy Santis, founder and creative director of the popular New York fashion label Aimé Leon Dore (ALD), has collaborated with Porsche in restoring a 911 Carrera 4 from that era. The refreshed car is the product of months of research that included journeys to the Porsche Museum and the 911 assembly line in Stuttgart, Germany.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 x Aimé Leon Dore

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"Working together with Porsche on this project has been a dream come true," said Santis. "It has been a deeply humbling experience to be entrusted with a project of such importance to the Porsche community and to work together on a design that has been so instrumental in shaping my own outlook and aspirations."

The restoration utilized period-correct original Porsche parts and was supported by Porsche Classic.

The most notable part of the refresh is a fully custom leather interior featuring featuring Schott sunflower leather and Loro Piana houndstooth, the same materials highlighted in Aimé Leon Dore's Fall/Winter 2020 collection. It's bold yet calming and buttery yet strong.

The leather wraps around the dashboard, steering wheel, and door panels. The reverse suede side of the top-grain leather covers up the headliner and sunroof.

The seats of the Carrera 4 were taken to the Recaro workshop inn Kircheim, Germany where they were restored.

At the front, the interior of the frunk was covered in Schott leather with Loro Piana accents. Inside the trunk is a care bag inspired by classic Porsche design.

The exterior of ALD's flagship store on Mulberry Street in Manhattan is painted white and shares its shade with the exterior of the Porsche. A custom-designed grille badge is on the rear and takes inspiration from Porsche club memorabilia.

Nods to Porsche history complete the car including Cup 2 wheels, a graphic Pegasus above the front wheel, a rear ducktail.

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Mercedes-Benz has refreshed the interior and exterior of the E-Class coupe and cabriolet.

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed a refreshed 2021 E-Class immediately following the reveal of its closest competitor, the next-generation 2021 BMW 5 Series. The company that bears founder Karl Benz's name has given is E-Class a makeover that enhances nearly every aspect of the car.

At the front of the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet are full-LED headlights that are flatter in the new model. Intelligent LED headlights with two round lights are available. The grille now features an A-shape with a large Mercedes logo at the center.

The car's rear features a two-piece taillamp on each side and is illuminated using LED technology. The Mercedes logo hides the rearview camera and is inset into the trunk.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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New aerodynamic wheels, designed for fuel savings, are available. All-wheel drive is available.

Mercedes has made four new paint colors available: Cirrus Silver Metallic, Graphite Grey Metallic, Mojave Silver Metallic and designo Patagonia Red Metallic.

The new E-Class comes with an inline six-cylinder engine that is paired with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. The electrified technology provides up to 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The total output is 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The character of the cabin is relatively unchanged. New trim options are available including open-pore grey ash wood.

Like with the technology in the 2020 Genesis G90, the E-Class allows a driver to put in their height in the infotainment system and the car will automatically move into a position that the company has deemed suitable to the height of the driver.

A number of seat upholstery options are available ranging from embossed leather to Nappa leather with diamond quilting and even sun-reflecting leather (for the Cabriolet).

The model features a new steering wheel design, complete lwith captive functionality that also detects when the driver's hands are off the wheel. The wheel is available as a leather steering wheel and as a super sport flat-bottom version with the available AMG Line. The control surfaces sport a high- gloss black finish, while the trim elements and surrounds have a silver shadow finish. The functions of the instrument cluster and media display are operated using touch controls.

Two 12.3-inch screens, side by side but under one glass panel, make up the driver's information display and the infotainment touch screen. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) has new features you can read about here.

The car also comes with Active Brake Assist with cross traffic functionality, which can precancerous help mitigate the severity of a collision.

The refreshed 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2020.

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The BMW 5 Series Sedan delivers more of the expected.

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While you ate dinner last night. BMW pulled the curtain back on the seventh generation 5 Series Sedan. The model will come in seven variants when it arrives on dealer lots later this year.

The 2021 BMW 5 Series lineup includes the 530i, 530i xDrive, 530e, 530e xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, and M550i xDrive. MSRP pricing for the models is $54,200 for the 530i Sedan, $56,500 for the 530i xDrive Sedan, $57,200 for the 530e Sedan, $59,500 for the 530e xDrive Sedan, $59,450 for the 540i Sedan, $61,750 for the 540i xDrive Sedan and $76,800 for the M550i xDrive Sedan.

The car's front end is noticeably bolder and more streamlined..Photo courtesy of BMW

Here's what you get for your money.

Exterior

As revealed in an earlier teaser image, the 5 Series comes with a redesigned kidney grille up front. It's not the oversized version as seen on the i4 Concept earlier this year. Though not wholly different than the sixth-generation 5 Series, the trained eye will notice that the grille reaches further down into the bumper cover and its slats are more pronounced.

The grille features standard adaptive, slim profile LED headlights on either side with L-shaped daytime running light elements on the side that do dual duty as turn signals.

The car's exterior and interior dimensions are mostly unchanged for the 2021 model year. However, it 5 Series Sedan is 1.2 inches longer, which gives it a more sweeping profile.

At the rear standard dual trapezoidal tailpipe finishers are integrated into the lower bumper and L-shaped taillights feature black edging and three-dimensional lenses.

At the rear, there is a fresh LED lighting design.Photo courtesy of BMW

Buyers opting for the M Sport Package get redesigned front and rear bumpers, larger front air intakes with mesh inserts and a re-sculptured rear diffuser panel to alter the appearance of their model.

The M550i xDrive Sedan features a new aerodynamic kit from the M Sport Package and adds a rear trunk lid spoiler for enhanced functionality and appearance. Its mirror caps are finished in Cerium Grey. The exhaust finishers are black chrome while window surrounds are in high-gloss black.

Paint job options include: Alpine White (standard), Jet Black (standard, not available on M550i xDrive), Carbon Black Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic (not available on M550i xDrive), Dark Graphite Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Phytonic Blue Metallic (new for 2021 5 Series), Bluestone Metallic, Bernina Grey Amber Effect (new color), Individual Tanzanite II Blue Metallic (M550i xDrive only), and Individual Aventurin Red Metallic (M550i xDrive only).

Powertrain

The 2021 BMW 530e and 530e xDrive Sedans are powered by a 181-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that is matched with a 107-horsepower electric drive unit. When drivers utilize the Driving Control switch and set the transmission to Sport mode, a new XtraBoost feature delivers an additional 40 horsepower for up to 10 seconds when the throttle is fully depressed. The combined power and torque of the new 530e and 530e xDrive Sedans is 288 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 40 horsepower over previous 530e models.

The car's grille now extends deeper into the bumper.Photo courtesy of BMW

The car can operate in electric-only mode at speeds up to 19 mph. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph on all-season tires (performance tires take that number to 143 mph).

The 2021 BMW 530i and 530i xDrive Sedans are powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine moves the car to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.9 seconds. Its top speed is also 130 mph on all-season tires (155 mph when equipped with performance tires).

The BMW 540i and 540i xDrive Sedans are powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It moves the sedans from zero to 60 in 4.9 seconds (4.6 sec. for 540i xDrive) and has a top speed of 130 mph when equipped with all-season tires (155 mph when riding on on performance tires).

The most powerful engine in the 5 Series lineup is the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that sits under the bonnet of the M550i xDrive Sedan. It produces 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The car moves to 60 mph off the line in 3.6 seconds. It too has a top speed of 130 mph when wearing all-season tires (155 when equipped with performance tires).

The car has been elongated for a sleeker body design.Photo courtesy of BMW

All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which has improved efficiency for the 2021 model year.

Drivetrain

The 5 Series Sedan is built on a rear-wheel drive platform. Models with an "xDrive" in their name feature all-wheel drive. Those without are rear-wheel drive.

All-wheel drive includes an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in the transfer case that works inn conjunction with the dynamic stability control system to adjust power to the transmission to respond to irregular driving conditions and keep the car on the right path. When all-wheel drive is not warranted due to driving conditions, the system operates in a traditional rear-wheel drive mode, allowing for more fuel efficiency.

The weight of the system has been reduced, allowing the car to be more agile.

The M550i xDrive Sedan' come equipped with a standard rear M Sport differential. This system can portion torque in varying degrees to each wheel, depending on what the wheel's needs are.

WIth its model variety, the 5 Series remains a formidable choice.Photo courtesy of BMW

Ride and handling

The 2021 BMW 5 Series Sedans has a standard double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension. BMW offers the M Sport Suspension, which is available as part of the M Sport Package, and includes specially tuned spring and shock settings plus a 10 mm (0.4 inch) drop in ride height.

The Dynamic Handling Package, optional on the 540i and 540i xDrive Sedans features electronically controlled shocks which use continuously adjustable valves to adjust the damping force at each wheel individually.

M550i xDrive models have the Adaptive M Suspension, which is specially tuned to provide greater poise and agility when pushing the car to its limits. Buyers can opt for the Adaptive M Suspension professional which adds Active Roll Stabilization and Integral Active Steering to the car.

Buyers can add M Sport Brakes with red calipers and M logos to any new 5 Series model. M Sport Brakes with Blue Calipers with M logos are available as an optional on all 5 Series models and are standard on M550i xDrive Sedan.

The front of the model features L-shaped daytime running lights.Photo courtesy of BMW

The four- and six-cylinder 5 Series Sedans come equipped with standard 18-inch alloy wheels with 245/45R18 all-season run-flat tires. Buyers can upgrade to 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/40R19 all-season run-flat tires, 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/40R19 front/275/35R19 rear performance run-flat tires, and 20-inch alloy wheels with 245/35R20 front/275/30R20 rear performance run-flat tires.

The M550i xDrive Sedan is equipped with standard 19-inch alloy wheels with a choice of either 245/40R19 front/275/35R19 rear performance runflat or all-season run-flat tires. Twenty-inch alloy wheels with either 245/35R20 front/275/30R20 rear performance run-flat or Michelin Pilot Super Sport non-run-flat tires are available.

Interior

The high-tech interior of the 2021 5 Series Sedan features a 12.3-inch digital instrument display in front of the driver and a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen. Center console buttons are none finished in black.

Navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto come standard. Other standard features include: a sport leather steering wheel, keyless entry, universal garage door opener, rearview camera, moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient interior lighting, automatic climate control, park distance control, automatic high beams, satellite radio with a complementary one-year subscription, and a Wi-Fi hot spot with a three-month/3GB trial period.

2021 BMW 5 Series interior features

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BMW has upgraded its navigation with a digital cloud-based feature called BMW Maps. The company promotes it as having, "faster route calculations and dynamic recalculation based on precise real-time traffic data. The route is worked out using an anticipatory approach, meaning upcoming traffic along the entire route is factored into the calculation of the expected arrival time. Complete traffic data is now available for more minor roads, too." Users can also see reviews, opening times, and photos of points of interest, their destination, and stops along the way.

Four- and six-cylinder models are finished in Perforated SensaTec upholstery with contrast stitching in Canberra Beige, Cognac or black. M550i xDrive models get standard Dakota leather in Ivory White, Cognac or Black. Nappa leather in Ivory White, Mocha or black is available on all models. The dashboard on the four- and six-cylinder 5 Series can be ordered in an optional Black SensaTec with brown stitching, which is standard on the M550i xDrive.

An Anthracite Headliner is standard on all models with an Anthracite Alcantara Headliner available as an option on the M550i xDrive Sedan.

All models feature standard power front sport seats (M Multi-contour seats on M550i xDrive) with lumbar support and a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat.

Safety Technology

All 2021 BMW 5 Series Sedans come equipped with standard safety driver assist technology including lane departure warning with assist, frontal collision warning with pedestrian detection and brake assist, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, rear collision preparation, automatic high beams, and speed limit information.

The available Driving Assistance Plus Package adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go, a Level 2 autonomous traffic jam assist function, lane keeping assist with side collision avoidance, Evasion Aid, front cross traffic alert, and Emergency Stop Assistant (can help guide your BMW to the shoulder and bring it to a halt in a medical emergency situation).

The car's navigation system features 3D visualizations of the surrounding area including the objects detected in the path of the vehicle including cars, trucks, and motorcycles. These are shown on the center section of the instrument display. Vehicles within a critical distance are highlighted while graphics showing navigation functions are displayed in tandem. Navigation instructions can also be shown above the 3D view.

The available Parking Assistance Package gives panoramic and 3D surround camera views to assist with parking. According to BMW, here's how it works:

"The system helps identify suitable parallel and perpendicular parking spots and can guide your 5 Series into and out of your selected spot. The included Back-Up Assistant records the last 50 yards driven at speeds below 20 mph and can automatically reverse your 5 Series along the exact path take to help navigate narrow or winding driveways for example. The Remote 3D View function gives drivers the ability to call up a three-dimensional live image of their parked vehicle and its immediate vicinity on their smartphone. The Drive Recorder, a new feature to the BMW 5 Series, uses the cameras of the various driver assistance systems to record video footage from different points around the vehicle, before storing the recordings so they can be either watched later on the Control Display when the car is stationary or exported via the USB port."

The car also includes voice assistant technology, which reacts to "Hey BMW."

The 2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan goes on sale later this year.

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