Bespoke

David Brown Automotive's latest commissioned Speedback GT took 8,000 hours to build

This Speedback GT is the latest commission by the bespoke automaker.

Photo courtesy of David Brown Automotive

David Brown Automotive crafts unique, limited edition automobiles at their 18,000-square-foot home base in Silverstone, England. A Blue Moon-painted Speedback GT is their latest build. Before it heads to its home in Germany, David Brown Automotive has given a peek at the bespoke creation.

The Speedback GT has been a staple of the David Brown Automotive product lineup since 2013 when the company was launched. This particular model underwent an 8,000-hour build process to achieve its finished look.

David Brown Automotive created the entirely bespoke vehicle using a combination of handcrafted leathers, wood veneers, and bespoke brightware plating. It has a unique picnic seat feature and rides on 19-inch polished stainless steel wire wheels wrapped in David Brown-branded tires, a combination that is best for summer driving conditions. The wheels were developed in partnership with Avon Tyres. A set of bespoke Union Flag-inspired alloy wheels come with the model for winter weather driving.

David Brown Automotive Speedback GT

Photo courtesy of David Brown Automotive

The Speedback GT also has a black mesh satin grille and inset auxiliary LED lighting.

Inside the car's cabin, the are hand-crafted Elm Burr satin lacquered wood veneers and 'Tabak' tan leather upholstery. All of the brightware has been milled from solid billets of aluminum and then plated in nickel chrome.

The owner of the car has specified a custom drinks set that holds their preferred gin and tonic and two crystal highball glasses, along with a bespoke woollen picnic blanket. The set sits below the picnic seat, which extends from the rear like the one in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Each Speedback GT is a 1960s inspired grand tourer that is crafted on the Jaguar XK all-aluminum platform. The 5.0-liter V8 engine is also from Jaguar. It produces 601 brake horsepower and 565 pound-feet of torque.

According to Autocar, as of 2018, the price of a Speedback GT started at £520,000.00 GBP plus local taxes. The price of this particular model has not been publicly announced.

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Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

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The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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