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2021 BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition is a limited run, high horsepower, ultra luxe hauler

The 2021 BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition is a new addition to the automaker’s lineup.

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BMW is giving the U.S.-made X7 an ultra-luxe variant, the 2021 BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition. Just 500 of the models, considered the pinnacle of the X7 lineup, will be built.
Each model builds on the 2021 BMW X7 M50i variant of the three-row SUV.
The exterior features a BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow finish, giving the BMW kidney grille, Air Breathers and tailpipes a high-gloss black look. These feature the BMW Individual Frozen Arctic Grey metallic paint finish. There’s a BMW Individual Roof Rail High Gloss Shadow Line and sun protection glazing.

2021 BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition

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BMW has given the model 22-inch M light-alloy wheels in a V-spoke design. They’re coated in a Jet Black matte finish and wrapped in mixed-size performance run-flat tires.

A M sports exhaust system sits out back.

The model is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that gets 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain gets the car from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 155 mph.

The interior of the model comes with full Merino leather upholstery in Night Blue/Black with contrasting seams. There’s a Night Blue Alcatrara headliner, and Night Blue leather instrument panel. The lower portion of the instrument panel and front backrests are finished in blue Merino leather. Its cabin features Piano Black finishers.

Additional model-specific features include a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround sound system, the Heat Comfort Pack, and panoramic glass roof (in BMW terms, that’s the Skylounge). There’s a head-up display, TV function plus, and rear seat entertainment control system. The car comes with massage functionality for the front seats.

The model has “Edition Dark Shadow” emblazoned on the center console.

The BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition will be produced at BMW Plant Spartanburg, USA starting in August.

Pre-ordering will kick off on July 23 at 6:01 p.m. EST on www.shopbmwusa.com/X7-Dark-Shadow-Edition-Pre-Order. A refundable $1,000 deposit will reserve one of the limited edition vehicles online with purchase details to be completed with your selected dealer later. Just 75 unitsare reserved for U.S. customers.

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The new Porsche Boxster 25 years celebrates the anniversary of the convertible's debut.

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Twenty eight years ago, a convertible concept car made its debut at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. The production version of that car launched in 1996 with hardly any changes. It was the Porsche Boxster. Now it its fourth generation, Porsche has sold more than 357,000 of the coupes.

To commemorate the anniversary, Porsche is selling the Boxster 25 years, a limited edition model that takes design notes from the original Boxster and applies them to the current edition. All Boxster 25 years models are based on the Boxster GTS.

Porsche Boxster 25 Years

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The model features a copper-like shimmering brown Neodyme paint color in the front apron, side air intakes with mono bar, lettering, and two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels. The original car was colored GT Silver Metallic and the special edition will be offered in that paint color as well as Deep Black Metallic and Carrara White Metallic.

Porsche script is featured own the fuel filler cap and there are high-gloss tailpipes on the car's sport exhaust system. The windscreen surround is finished in a contrasting black color.

The Bordeaux leather interior sits below a red fabric convertible top that bears the Boxster 25 lettering. Both are also available in black. The car's cabin also has an interior package in Aluminum, 14-way electrically adjustable sports seats, door sill trims with "Boxster 25" lettering, and the heated GT multifunction sports leather steering wheel.

Each model is powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that has a top speed of 182 mph. There's a PDK gearbox and standard Sport Chrono package, Porsche Active Suspension Management sports suspension, and Porsche Torque Vectoring with mechanical limited-slip differential.

The Boxster 25 years is available to order now and will roll into dealerships from the end of March 2021. Just 1,250 units will be allocated.

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Buick has redesigned their flagship Enclave model for the 2022 model year.

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A more aggressive body design is on tap for the 2022 Buick Enclave. The model, which has undergone a complete redesign, was shown this week ahead of a full debut.

The body of the 2022 Enclave features piercing LED headlights with an LED light signature. Fog lights dominate the lower front fascia while the clamshell of the hood closes further down the face, presumably to enhance aerodynamics. Sculputed body panels emphasize the length and stance of the three-row SUV.

Hard plastic, which typically serves as a sensor panel for safety technology, is not shown on the grille of this model, meaning that the technology may continue to be concealed in the Buick's front emblem.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir The 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir will ride on new wheels and have a fresh back end design.Photo courtesy of Buick

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

Chrome accents feature heavily on the Enclave, which is shown in the top-tier Avenir trim level. The model also wears a new wheel design.

New taillight design goes further to emphasize the width of the seven-seat Enclave.

Engine and transmission information has yet to be revealed. The 2021 Enclave comes standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available. Buick has made the 2021 model capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. It is expected that the 2022 model will follow in those footsteps.

Though not shown in the photos released by Buick, the Enclave is expected to have a more refined interior. It's not unreasonable to assume that they model will include the over 10-inch infotainment touch screen that made its debut in the 2021 Buick Envision, as well as diamond-quilted leather upholstery, massaging seat functionality, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It's also possible that the model will get GM's Super Cruise hands-free driving functionality, which is being expanded throughout the lineup.

Pricing for the model has yet to be announced. The 2021 Enclave is listed with a starting MSRP of $41,195 with the destination and delivery charging included and tops out just over $57,000.

The 2022 Buick Enclave will go on sale later this year.

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