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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

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 Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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