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Bentley introduces Silverlake, a fragrance for men

Bentley for Men Silverlake is a new fragrance offering that only costs a fraction of a Flying Spur.

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Bentley Fragrances, an international brand that's a branch of Bentley Motors, introduces Silverlake, a new fragrance for men. Part of the Bentley for Men line, the fragrance "captures the energizing air of the world outdoors".

The company says that Bentley for Men Silverlake meets the same exacting standards as Bentley cars and is crafted from high-quality natural materials. It was developed by up-and-coming young perfumer Ane Ayo and features "cool aromatic notes" and is "based on peerless, sustainable and natural ingredients".

Bentley for Men Silverlake The silver bottle is designed to be reminiscent of a vehicle and mirrored like a lake.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

When applied, air meets the scent exploding a rush of ice-cool notes including lemon and peppermint essences. These blend with a scent the company says is reminiscent of "invigorating mountain air". The company continues to tell the scent story:

"As the heart of the fragrance unfolds, the green, moist-earth accents of violet leaf absolute evoke a majestic forest, touched by the frosty bite of pink pepper essence. The cool sheen of lavender hints at the silver water of a lake, reflecting the clear blue sky.

Boosting these bracing accords, a powerful blend of ambery woods carried by a breeze of pure white musk give the scent its crisp, modern, long-lasting trail."

The fragrance is packaged in a silver bottle that has been designed to reflect the lines and curves of a Bentley car. The company describes that the "lozenge-shaped body of the flacon" becomes reflective, emblematic of the mirrored surfaces of a mountain lake. The shoulders of the bottle are embossed with the Bentley emblem and the silver cap is ringed with Bentley's signature knurling.

A sky blue box has been chosen to house the bottle and features a band of textured blue knurling. Hot-stamped in silver, black and white, the Bentley emblem is inscribed in silver against the box's blue background.


Bentley for Men Silverlake Your purchase includes the bottle presented in a sky blue box.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The fragrance will be available from select fragrance stores and Bentley Retailers. Customers in the UK and Europe can purchase the fragrance from https://shop.bentleymotors.com/products/bentley-for-men-silverlake-eau-de-parfum. It costs £69.50 for 100ml.

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The 2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan is the quickest, most powerful vehicle the company has ever produced.

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The newest member of the BMW family is also the quickest and most powerful production BMW car ever made. The limited edition 2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan will be made for just one model year.

The model builds on the BMW M5, which was recently updated for the 2021 model year and combines an amplification of power with a weight reduction to achieve its performance and dynamics that enhancing both on-the-road and track capabilities of the 5 Series.

The design of the M5 is mostly unchanged with the new car, however there are definite differences. There is extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. There is a gold finish on the BMW kidney grille, model badging, and 20-inch forged light alloy wheels. The adaptive LED headlights feature L-shaped light tubes that illuminate to yellow instead of the standard white. There is a BWM Individual Shadowline trim that adds a dark shaded appearance and accentuating the yellow accent lighting.

The M5 CS is available in a standard Brands Hatch grey metallic paint with two optional BMW Individual colors – Frozen Brands Hatch grey metallic and Frozen Deep Green metallic.

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan: Exterior

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BMW's engineers have tuned the car's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 to achieve 627 horsepower, a 10-horsepower increase over the Competition model, and 553 pound-feet of torque, delivered in a wider band than the M5 Competition. The engine is paired with an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic. The M5 CS reaches 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the M5 Competition model. Top speed with the standard M Driver's Package is 190 mph.

The rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel drive system is standard on the car and is able to distribute all of the available torque between the front and rear axles. The Active M Differential further optimizes power between the rear wheels for maximum grip and lateral dynamics.

Drivers can select from three xDrive modes including 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. The Dynamic Stability Control system can be adjusted to DSC ON, MDM (M Dynamic Mode), and DSC OFF. The Drivelogic switch on the gear selector lever allows three modes - Efficient, Sport, and Track.

There are three drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. Individual configuration is available. Drivers can toggle between Road, Sport, and Track settings using the M Mode button. Engaging these modes also changes the look of the driver information screen and head-up display. Road mode is the default setting.

The M Driver's Package also includes a voucher for BMW driver training.

The car's dual-branch, electric flap-controlled sport exhaust system, with quad stainless-steel tips, has a tone that changes depending on the selected mode (Efficient, Sport, or Sport+). Additionally, the M Sound button can soften the exhaust tone for a more understated note.

The M5 CS builds on the M5 Competition Package's offering when it comes to chassis and suspension tuning. There are stiffer engine mounts, firmer springs, a 0.2-inch lower ride height, increased front negative camber, a firmer rear anti-roll bar, and tow-link ball-joint mounts. There has also been furtherspring and Dynamic Damper Control tuning.

Standard mixed-size non-runflat high-performance tires measure 275/35R20 at the front and 285/35R20 at the rear and are fitted to Gold Bronze 20-inch M forged Y-spoke wheels. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are available at no cost.

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan: Interior

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This car is the first time BMW has put four-passenger seating in a M model in combination with M carbon sport seats up front and two bucks seats for rear passengers. Headrests on all four seats are imprinted with the map of Nurburgring's Nordschleife.

The interior of the car has black Merino leather with Mugello red accents and contrasting red stitching. The M Alcantara steering wheel has a perforated section with red background and lightweight carbon-fiber shift paddles with matching red trim in the cut-outs and on the back panels. Alcantara is also used for the headliner.

The lightweight black Merino leather center console cover with red double stitching replaces the traditional armrest and together with the absence of the armrest area tray helps to further reduce weight. Red "CS" badging can be seen on the instrument panel and between the rear bucket seats. The M seat belts feature BMW M tri-color stitching and the "M5" badge also appears on the velour M floor mats with bespoke piping and in the illuminated "M5 CS" badge on the door sill finishers.

Pricing for the car will be announced at a later date. The M5 starts at $103,500. Expect the limited edition model to be priced higher.

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The 427 Cobra that went under the hammer is the only Cobra that Shelby personally owned from the time it was built until his death in 2012.

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As all eyes were turned to the auction block in Kissimmee, Florida last week, a piece of automative history went under the hammer. Auto industry legend Carroll Shelby's personal 1965 427 Cobra (Lot F145) became the Mecum Auctions event top-seller. Its $5.94 million price made it the most valuable 427 Cobra ever sold at public auction.

By most accounts, Shelby was a character. After a childhood in Texas, Shelby enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology and enrolled in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After flying various aircraft during World War II, Shelby was discharged from the Army following V-J Day.

After the war he started a dump truck business, then became a poultry farmer, before starting a career as a professional driver at age 29. He went from drag racing near his Texas home to lapping cars at Sebring, Le Mans, and Silverstone. He set national speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats before being seriously injured. He revived his career by racing Ferraris then opened Carroll Shelby Sports Cars in Dallas.

Carroll Shelby's 1965 427 Cobra

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He continued to race, suffering additional injuries along the way as the result of various crashes, which finally caused him to retire in 1960. Within a year, the Shelby AC Cobra was born. Shelby jumped back behind the wheel, proving that the Cobra had the right stuff to win races. That attracted the attention of Ford Motor Company, who worked with Shelby to create the Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT350 and eventually the GT500.

After Ford and Shelby parted ways, he went on to produce vehicles in partnership with Dodge and Oldsmobile. All the while, he continued to build Cobras.

The '65 Cobra that sold as part of the auction wears a charcoal gray exterior and has a black interior. It's one of only five 427 Cobras finished in the color. The car underwent a ground-up concours level restoration in 2019 by Legendary Motor Company. It still has the original body and chassis. The engine is an aluminum-head 427 side-oiler power plant that is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.

The just-sold 427 Cobra is the only one Shelby owned from new until his passing in 2012.

The 427 Cobra is the big brother of the CSX2000, the original small-block Cobra. That model recently sold for almost $14 million.

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