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Aston Martin, Bowmore collaborate on a pricey, limited edition whisky with a piston in it

The new collaboration brings together two legendary brands.

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Drinking and driving do not mix, it Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the Aston Martin brand do. The two parties have co-created Black Bowmore DB5 1964, a beverage that quite literally brings together a whisky and a legendary car in bottle. Every container has the single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston.

The handcrafted bottles hold a spirit named after a significant year in Bowmore's 240-year history. According to the company, “The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern age of distilling as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore; a sublimely rich and decadent single malt, reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness."

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 The glass bottles each take one week to craft.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda

Black Brownmore was first distilled on November 5, 1964 and has become one of the most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This pairing with Aston Martin represents just its sixth bottling. Since 1993, around 6,000 bottles of Black Brownmore have been made available. Just 25 bottles of the 27 produced during this bottling will be sold.

"1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery," said David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore. “Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way."

The 60s were equally as important for Aston Martin. It was one year before the new boiler was installed that the DB5 debuted. It has been continuously rated as one of Britain's best classic cars, and gained notoriety as the model James Bond drove in several films starring Sean Connery.

Over the years, demand for the DB5 has remained high. So high, in fact, that Aston Martin is producing a run of DB5 Continuation Cars that are exact duplicates of the original, with a few Bond enhancements.

The Black Bowmore DB5 bottle is handcrafted by Glasstrom in a bespoke glass studio in Northeast Scotland. Each bottle takes one week to complete.

The bottle is filled with the whisky, which has the aroma of layers of ripe exotic fruits and creme caramel at first, followed by soft tobacco smoke, aromatic orange peel, and rich black cherry. The whisky features intense flavors of mango, passion fruit, and acacia honey interwoven with a combination of coffee and tobacco smoke. The spice and flavors of the fruit stay on the palate.

The whisky was aged in a Williams & Humber Walnut Brown Oloroso Sherry Butt cask. The 1964 vintage is 31 years old and is 48.6 percent ABV.

In addition to the glass bottle,. Black Brownmore DB5 1964 comes in a handmade presentation box featuring a deep blue color and wave embossing, crafted from string-grain calfskin and featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges plated with nickel.

This whisky marks the first in what is set to be a series of collaborative products between the two companies. In a partnership set to last years, the products will range from design-led product indicatives to “exceptional experiences".

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late Autumn 2020 with a price of £50,000.

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The F-Type P450 cars replace the P300 and P380 as part of the Jaguar lineup.

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Two new versions of the Jaguar F-Type are on the horizon. New versions of the model have been created to further the car's luxury proposition and both are powered by a roaring V8 engine. The new P450 variants replace the P300 and P380 models currently in the lineup. Jaguar is keeping the F-Type R around.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450

The 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 will be available as a coupe or convertible in P450 RWD or P450 R-DYNAMIC AWD grades. All varieties come with a 444-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood that achieves 428 pound-feet of torque. An electronic active differential is standard. In all configurations, the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The car has received minor exterior updates from the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

In a nod to its suburban buyers, the F-Type has a Quiet Star mode that allows a more subtle roar out the back side of the car upon startup. Drivers who don't care about keeping quiet can switch the car in to Dynamic mode and let the rumble out.

Each F-Type P450 rides on 20-inch wheels, has larger brakes than traditional F-Type models, and has the switchable exhaust. Double J-Blade daytime running lights feature up front while new slender rear lights allow the body of the car to speak for itself.

Buyers who get the F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD get bespoke badging; a gloss black front splitter, side sills, valance, and venturi; auto-dimming, power- folding, heated door mirrors with memory; and 20-inch Style 6003, split-spoke, gloss Dark Grey with Contrast Diamond Turned Finish Wheels.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The interior sports a refined appearance.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Monogram stitch patterns on the car's seats and interior accents in Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome enhance the interior. Additionally, there are "Jaguar Est.1935" markings on the center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. Six-way electric power seats are standard on F-Type P450 RWD, while F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD adds 12-way electric memory front seats, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, Delta Aluminum Center Console, and R-Dynamic branded metal treadplates as standard equipment.

A 12.3-inch driver information display is standard.

F-Type P450 is available in 11 standard exterior colors, and can be ordered in over a dozen custom SVO paint finishes. It starts at $69,900 for the P450 RWD Coupe and $79,900 for the R450 R-Dynamic AWD Coupe.

2022 Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the pinnacle of the Jaguar lineup with torque on-demand all-wheel drive, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, a double wishbone front and rear suspension, and electric power-assisted steering.

It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph thanks to its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard.

This model starts at $103,200.

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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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