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Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV e-powers into Gran Turismo game at 255 mph

The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV will be added to the popular Gran Turismo video game in 2021.

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This one's not meant for the streets. Or the track. Or really anywhere on the planet. The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV is the latest all-electric virtual race car developed for the Gran Turismo video game.

But, the model does have a real world twist. Though Gran Turismo supports nearly fantasy-like models, the Vision Gran Turismo SV was built in the real-world as full-scale design study. It will come to the game in 2021.

The new car builds on the success of the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé - the first all-electric Jaguar sports car created for the Gran Turismo game. That car provided the starting point for the teams from Jaguar Design, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (Jaguar SV), and Jaguar Racing when creating the new model. The group also took inspiration and feedback from online videos and forums, which allowed them to conduct "virtual world testing".

"Jaguar vehicles created for the race track and the road have always shared the same DNA – whether that's the D-type and XKSS, or the I-Pace and the I-Type," said Julian Thomson, Design Director, Jaguar. "So, when the design team behind the Vision GT Coupé were asked to create the ultimate electric gaming endurance racer for Gran Turismo, they worked with engineers from SV and Jaguar Racing to create something really special."

"The Vision GT SV is a dramatic and visually arresting car which showcases what's possible when the traditional boundaries governing real-world car design are completely removed," Thomson said. "In bringing this car to life with a full-size design study we've been able to showcase the most extreme version of an electric Jaguar race car that is inspired by the past but looks fearlessly to the future."

It features a 107.1-inch wheelbase and measures 218.1 inches from nose to tail. The car is 33.9 inches longer than the Coupé and offers increased downforce resulting in greater traction when cornering. A splitter and deployable rear wing come as standard equipment.

The car is powered by four electric motors that deliver 1,877 horsepower and can move the car from zero to 60 mph in just 1.65 seconds. It has a top speed of 255 mph and redlines at 40,000 rpm.

Its interior features nods to Jaguar models of the past including the C-type and D-type in 1951 and 1954, respectively. There's also Typefibre fabrics used to cover the composite seats. The fabric is being tested as a substitute for leather, first on the I-Type 5 during season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

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New sports sedan

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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Special edition Land Rover

Special Land Rover Defender stars in new James Bond film

The special Defender features several 007-inspired touches.

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James Bond and British vehicles go together like bread and butter. The spy's most well-known rides come from Aston Martin, but Land Rover isn't sitting out on the action. The 25th film in the Bond series, No Time To Die, premiers in just a few weeks, and with it, a new special edition Land Rover Defender. Land Rover's SV Bespoke division created the special Defender, which in addition to making an appearance on the silver screen, will be on sale for a limited run to 300 lucky Bond fans willing to shell out the cash.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The Defender gets exclusive infotainment animations.Land Rover


The villainous Defender is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty off-roader to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.1 seconds. The V8 is a recent addition to the Defender line, and comes paired here with unique suspension and transmission tuning, bespoke spring and damper rates, and a new electronic active rear differential.



2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The 007 Defender V8 get special puddle lights.Land Rover


Unique touches to the 007 Defender include "Defender 007" treadplates, special infotainment animations, and "007" exterior puddle lamps. The interior will get a laser-etched detail plate to denote its number among the 300 vehicles. No Time To Die will feature the Defender front and center, but it's not the only Land Rover in the film. Two Range Rover Sport SVR SUVs will also make an appearance, along with a Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series III.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition You'll need to be really into Bond to truly appreciate the special Defender.Land Rover


If you're more interested in seeing the Defender's time on screen than you are in getting behind the wheel, it hits theaters in the U.S. starting on October 8, 2021. The film will be the fifth and final movie to feature Daniel Craig as Bond. However, if you're really excited about the Defender, get ready to pay up. Prices start at $114,600 and supplies are extremely limited.

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