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

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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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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New performance sedan

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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