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Aston Martin collaborates with David Adjaye on 5 residences, exclusive DBX Special Edition

The 130 William development is located in New York City.

Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin customarily crafts some of the most elegant precision-focused vehicles on the market today. Its DBX SUV is no exception to that rule. The company has teamed up with Sir David Adjaye, a renowned architect responsible for the design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and Lightstone, one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the United States, to create five homes available for purchase at the 130 William development in New York City.

The owners of these homes will have a Adjaye-designed 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX included with their purchase.

130 William residences by Aston Martin The residences each feature a living room, dining room, and kitchen.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman and Sir David Adjaye worked together on this project, bringing the spirit of Aston Martin's design and dedicated craftsmanship to 130 William's custom architecture and handcrafted interiors. "This is a fascinating project for the Aston Martin design team to work on and a great opportunity to collaborate with Sir David," Reichman said: "It is our first real estate project in New York City but our second collaboration in real estate design after the Aston Martin Residences in Miami. We can apply what we have learnt in Miami and also bring our unique automotive design skills to these beautiful luxury homes."

The 800-foot tall 130 William complex includes 242 residences, over 20,000 square feet of amenities, and a new plaza park. It is 66 stories tall with a hand-cast façade with refined bronze detailing, and large-scale arched windows.

The five homes come fully furnished and are located on the 59th and 60th floors. They each have a unique design identity complete with a private outdoor loggia that spans the entire length of the residence and is set behind the buildinng's façade, with bespoke screens dividing the balconies into a series of distinct zones for dining and relaxing. The interior is filled with hand-crafted materials and textiles and furniture from the Aston Martin Home Collection by the Italian manufacturer Formitalia.

130 William residences by Aston Martin The rooms feature materials similar to what you'll find in an Aston Martin vehicle.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda

When residents first step off the elevator on the way to their front door, they will see interior design elements featuring Aston Martin's signature crosshatch pattern in a bronze finish. Beneath the bronze detailing is wallpaper designed by Adjaye Associates. A bespoke smoked glass mirror created by Aston Martin Design reflects the skyline view in a distinctive arched form which is a nod to the arches on the façade.

Each home contains a living, kitchen master bedroom, dining room, one spare room, and at least one additional bedroom. The living room offers city-wide views, clean lines and sleek furnishings from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia. Designers have linked the dinging room to the open plan kitchen, which features custom textured blackened oak Italian cabinetry, Gaggenau appliances, and marble countertops hand-selected from the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, Italy.

Warm materials in the master bedroom make the space invited. This includes an expansive bed with custom cashmere headboard cushions and slender metal detailing.

130 William residences by Aston Martin

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The spare room can be customized by the buyer. They are offered their choice of a racing simulator, office or library space, or bedroom. The racing simualationn room was created in partnership with Curv Racing Simulators, a new British technology company founded by Darren Turner, a three-time class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Aston Martin and an industry-leading expert in racing simulation technology.

In homes with a private office or library, a custom-designed desk is paired with a classic Eames chair alongside a lounge chair by Swoon and stool by Space Copenhagen. Black wood shelves and cabinets feature smoked glass alongside textured Salvatori marble walls.

The bathrooms have textured Italian Salvtori marble throughout. In the master bathroom, a Salvatori solid carved marble soaking tub and carved marble double vanity sinks are paired with a spacious walk-in shower and private water closet. Secondary bathrooms incorporate Grigio Versilia marble and Bianco Carrera marble and powder rooms include a bamboo textured Grigia Versilia marble.

The 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX marks the first time that Aston Martin has collaborated with an architect on the custom fit out of one of their signature vehicles. The DBX features a number of 130 William-related features including an Aston Martin-first, real stone accents, with Grey "Pietra D'Avola" marble inlays matched with Satin Walnut wood.

Aston Martin's hand-stitched leather has Parliament Green trim and the steering wheel matches the walls of the simulator room option. There's also carved solid walnut trim, with Q by Aston Martin Parliament Green leatherwork and details in bronze, black anodized aluminium and real stone.

Pricing of the five homes includes two penthouse options. The list prices for each unit is $11,500,000 for PH60A, $10,500,000 for PH60B, and three loggia residences L59A, L59B and L59C, priced from $3,985,000, $5,985,000 and $10,000,000.

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

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The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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The new version of the Toyota Tundra will be revealed soon

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A new Toyota Tundra is finally one the way. With its current version more than long in the tooth, the forthcoming 2022 Toyota Tundra is poised to be a breath of fresh air into the Japanese automaker’s stable. Toyota has released a short video of the front end of the model to aid in building excitement for its launch.

The redesigned 2022 Tundra has long been rumored and heavily speculated about. The new full-size pickup truck is expected to take design cues from the recently-revealed Toyota Hilux. Expect the new Tundra to be bigger than the last, flowing in the footsteps of the GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ford F-150 redesigns over the last few years.

Whether or not the truck has a bigger bed, additional cabin configurations, and more towing capacity than the currrent model has yet to be revealed. Those things would be beneficial to help the truck compete against its biggest competition.

The biggest variable that has yet to be revealed is the truck’s powertrain and drivetrain. Toyota is big on hybrid technology so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the truck be offered with at least one hybrid engine for buyers to choose from. Expect it to be available in two-wheel drive and possibly come with four- or all-wheel drive as an option. A variety of drive modes are likely.

The current Toyota trucks lineup features totally different interiors than what you’ll find in their smaller cars and SUVs. Expect the interior of the Toyota Tundra to set a precedent for what we might see in a future Sequoia cabin.

The to-be-revealed technology on the Tundra will also give us an idea of what to expect from future Toyota vehicles. With Ford adding BlueCruise and GMC getting GM’s Super Cruise tech in the coming months, Toyota could easily and quickly find themselves behind the eight ball.

It is likely that Toyota will load up the new Tundra with a suite of safety technology just like it does every other model in its lineup. This could include blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, lane-centering assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

Toyota plans to reveal the 2022 Tundra soon. Stay tuned for more information.

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