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12 of McLaren's finest spiders have arrived in America

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The McLaren 600LT Spider's run has come to an end. The company has allocated 12 of them for the U.S. and 11 of them are currently spoken for.

The final run features a unique McLaren Special Operations (MSO) design that was inspired by a venomous arachnid, Segestria Florentina, earning them the official name McLaren 600LT Spider Segestria Borealis by MSO. McLaren has given the models the nickname "Spider Spider".

McLaren 600LT Spider Segestria Borealis by MSO The long green lines on the exterior of the car are inspired by spider fangs.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

The design theme features twin Napier Green stripes that run from front to back that designers say represent the green fangs of the venomous spider. Its black body is represented by the Borealis black MSO Defined paint. The paint is designed to shimmer with deep green, purple and claret undertones as the position of the light around the car changes.

Further design features include MSO Bespoke Napier Green brake calipers; 10-spoke lightweight forged wheels in gloss black; a web motif in Napier Green on the rear wing and door mirrors, and pinstripe detailing on front fender, side skirt, and rear diffuser vanes.

The car is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 that produces 592 bhp and 457 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

It has a forged aluminum double-wishbone suspension system with recalibrated dampers, firmer engine mounts and a lightweight braking system. It rides on bespoke Pirelli P- Zero Trofeo R tires.

McLaren 600LT Spider Segestria Borealis by MSOT The model features green accents on its interior that match those on the exterior.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

The car's retractable hardtop can be can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph.

The models all come standard with the MSO Clubsport Pack, which includes Super Lightweight carbon fiber racing seats, a carbon fiber interior upgrade, lightweight titanium wheel bolts and MSO Defined Gloss Visual carbon fiber front fender louvres all feature as standard.

The car's cabin continues the bold accents with MSO Bespoke bright green stitching and webbing design on the Alcantara trimmed racing seats, unique headrest embroidery, steering wheel stitching, and 12 o'clock highlight mark.

McLaren has also given the car a Bowers and Wilkins 12-speaker sound system, McLaren Track Telemetry, rearview camera, parking sensors, volumetric alarm upgrade, and vehicle lift to allow the nose of the car to be raised when required.

McLaren is pricing the model at $275,500. The remaining model is now available for purchase.

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The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series turns the car into a stealthy black coupe.

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The new, 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series gets blacked out features, carbon fiber accents, and performance enhancements. The luxury arm of Toyota will make just 100 of the models, which is expected to be priced at $119,800 before taxes and fees.

The new car is the result of a partnership between air race pilot Yoshihide Muroya and Lexus engineers, some of whom have worked on the LC and LFCA. The engineers worked on Muroya's plane using what they'd learned in LC 500 development to achieve aerodynamic efficiencies. These changes helped set Muroya off on his path that would eventually lead to him winning the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championships.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

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The 2021 Inspiration Series car has a combination of features not found on any other LC package. The limited-edition vehicle is offered in one exterior color, Obsidian, and wears 21-inch black forged-alloy wheels. Pulling in inspiration from the the aircraft, the team designed a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) spoiler that follows along the trailing edge arc of the trunk of the LC and features two downtrend winglets on either end.

Each model continues to get its power from a naturally aspirated, 471-horsepower 5.0 V8 engine that makes 398 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that drivers can shift using magnesium paddles on the car's wheel. All that power moves the car from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Lexus has equipped the model with a standard Torsen limited slip differential and Yamaha rear performance rod with damper, an available option on other LC models.

The car's cabin is blacked out as well with black Alcantara-trimmed sport seats complete with Saddle Tan accents and seat belts. The steering wheel and shift lever are also accented in black Alcantara trim. A carbon-fiber scuff plate features at the the door while a serialized badge on the center console identifies the uniqueness of the model.

A 13-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio system is standard, as is a head-up display, and SmartAccess Card Key (similar to what Tesla offers).

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series is on sale now.

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The Hyundai Kona N is being teased ahead of its official debut.

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The Hyundai Kona N will be the company's first SUV N family member. The company has released new teaser photos of a camoflauged version of the Koan N traversing a variety of terrain including a race track and trail. The Kona N is expected to be a global model that will be available for sale in the U.S.

"We're excited to expand the recipe for success we've developed with the i30 N and, most recently, with the i20 N to one of our most popular SUVs on the market today: Kona," says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President of Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. "The addition of Kona to the N family will bring our high-performance brand to the next level."

2022 Hyundai Kona N

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Hyundai will give the Kona N the same power plant that's in the Veloster N, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's paired with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. Look for it to make around 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in the Kona N.

Hyundai is promising that the model will come with a variety of performance centric equipment and features, not just exterior and interior design accents, including Launch Control and what they call "an emotional sound experience".

Details about wheels and all-wheel drive are pending. Expect the SUV to get a fresh suspension setup and bigger brakes, something that's pretty status quo for N models.

The exterior and Interior of the Kona N are likely to feature unique accents but come from the same refreshed Kona design that debuted late last year.

"The all-new Kona N is the first 'hot SUV' from the N brand," says Till Wartenberg, Vice President and Head of N Brand Management and Motorsport Sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company. "As a 'hot SUV', it will have plenty of versatility as well as the driving pleasure like any other N vehicle. N-thusiasts will enjoy taking this car anywhere; from road to the track."

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