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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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This unique Bentley was designed as part of a contest.

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What's the best Bentley color option? Now, you don't have to choose. A unique Bentley Mulliner Bacalar combines seven different colors for one unique look.

The car was designed by a contestant named Eleanor who submitted the entry as part of a recent online competition for Bentley colleagues and their families to design their own Bentley Mulliner Bacalar. The Barchetta-style Bacalar marks the reintroduction of the marque as a bespoke automaker. This particular pant job will reproduced in real life on the exterior a limited run of 12 models.

From rich reds through vibrant mid-tones through to energetic blues and purples, these are the seven colors that make up the rainbow paint job with descriptions provided by Bentley:

Dragon Red II

Bentley Bentayga

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An arresting and distinguished metallic red, evoking a sense of speed and presence. The first iteration was used to launch the original Continental GT V8 in 2012, and in its second version Dragon Red II remains a deep and rich colour regardless of the tone of the light that illuminates it, and was used as the launch colour for the Bentayga V8.

Orange Flame

Bentley Speed

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Orange Flame matches other vivid palette colours such as Citric and Magenta in its ability to make the boldest of statements. Mixed with Mica pigment and powdered aluminum, Orange Flame is painted in a single layer, topped with a clear coat, cured and then finished with a 'mirror finish' polish. It provides exceptional contrast across the muscular curves and sharp lines of the Bentley range, and was used to launch the Bentayga Speed.

Yellow Flame

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar

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A unique colour created for the recently launched, limited edition Bentley Mulliner Bacalar – Bentley's return to coachbuilding – providing an incredibly striking example of how the luck 12 Bacalar customers could specify their car. Using a 'colourstream' pigment containing rice husk ash, a byproduct of the rice industry, this specially developed paint reflects a striking transition of colour that intensifies the drama of the form and contours of the Bacalar exterior.

Apple Green

Bentley Continental

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A fresh, modern hue in the green spectrum, Apple Green is a bespoke Bentley colour that provides a striking pop of confident colour.

Jetstream II

Bentley Continental

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A light, very fine, almost powder blue metallic finish that can transition between a cool silver in warm light to and a soft, elegant blue in cooler light. Both sporting and luxurious, this shade is perfect for those looking to make a bold statement and pairs incredible well with Bentley's Blackline Specification, replacing exterior chrome brightware with black versions.

Sequin Blue

Bentley Continental GT

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One of Bentley's most iconic colours, Sequin Blue was originally a special request from a customer to match the colour of a sequin from her favourite ball gown. This is a bespoke rich metallic blue with a deep shadow and 'flop' (how a metallic paint reflects different amounts or hues of light depending on the lighting angle), and has a sumptuous fluidity and unrivaled ability to draw attention to the exterior shape and form. Sequin Blue launched the third-generation Continental GT in 2017, and is one of the top 10 most popular paints for customers.

Azure Purple

Bentley Bentayga

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Azure Purple is a dark, rich shade with blue undertones which was created when Bentley was asked to match the unmistakable colour of the beautiful African Violet flower. A confident and flamboyant colour, it has been used by customers of both Bentayga and Continental GT.

The interior of the vehicle was also chosen as part of the competition but has not yet been publicly shown. Both winners were chosen by Bentley's Director of Design, Stefan Sielaff.

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Genesis has introduced the next-gen G80 sedan.

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Genesis has announced the starting price of the 2021 G80 will be competitive for its segment - $47,700. The can been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year and will debut this summer.

There are 10 grades of the 2021 G80. All trim levels carry a destination fee of $1,025. Here's how the Genesis models break down by trim level.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Standard

Genesis is charging $47,700 for this sedan.

The base model GV80 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It has an electric parking brake, multi-link front and rear suspension, integrated starter generator, ventilated front and rear disc brakes, and a drive mode selector.

It rides on standard 18-inch alloy wheels. There are LED daytime running lights, full-LED quad headlights, full-LED rear combination lamps, power-folding outside mirrors, and dual exhaust.

In its cabin, the five-seater features leatherette upholstery, 12-way power front seats the Smart Posture Care System, heated front seats, dual-memory seating, dual-zone climate control, piano black gloss trim, leatherette upper interior panels and door panels, adjustable ambient lighting, and a leather steering wheel.

There's also keyless entry, remote start, a hands-free trunk, a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows with front and rear auto up and down, illuminated vanity mirrors with dual sun visor extensions, rearview camera, three USB ports, and two 12-volt power outlets.

The long list of standard technology includes high beam assist, forward collision avoidance with assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection, junction and lane change assist, evasive steering assist, smart cruise control, highway driving assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, blind spot collision avoidance, rear cross traffic alert and avoidance, safe exit assist, and front and rear park distance warning, auto defog, and rain-sensing wipers.

Each G80GV80 in this grade comes standard with a 14.5-inch infotainment touch screen, 12-speaker audio system, 8-inch driver information display, Bluetooth, AM/FM/XM Radio, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Advanced

Genesis is charging $52,300 for this tier G80, which builds on the Standard model. It adds 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard 18-inchers. There's also a premium 21-inch Lexicon auto system, a panoramic roof, matte finish wood trim, ventilated front seats, power and manual rear side shades, tri-zone climate control, and a power trunk.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Prestige

2021 Genesis G80

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The Prestige model moves the G80 into true luxury car territory. It starts at $56,600 and features leather seating, a power door closing feature, wireless device charging, digital key, rear occupant alert, an Ergo Motion Driver's Seat, front passenger seat walk-in device, surround view monitor, blind spot monitoring, remote smart parking assist, parking rear collision-avoidance, a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Standard

This base model version of the G80 adds all-wheel drive and a few other features, coming in at $50,850. It has heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Advanced

Genesis has priced the model starting at $55,450. It includes 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, a 21-speaker Lexicon Premium Audio system, matte finish wood trim, power rear shade, manual rear side side shades, power trunk, tri-zone climate control, panoramic roof, and ventilated front seats.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Prestige

2021 Genesis G80

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Upping to the Prestige trim level gets buyers all the benefits of the Advanced model plus leather seats, power door closures, wireless charging, digital key, rear occupant alert, front passenger seat walk-in device, Ergo Motion driver's seat, surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assistant, rear parking collision avoidance assist, and a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension. This model is priced at $59,150.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T RWD Standard

This version fo the Genesis G80 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, has an electronically controlled suspension with Road Preview, and Monobloc front brakes.

Owners also get a panoramic roof, power trunk, power door closure, digital key, matte wood trim, power rear and manual rear sunshades, leather seats, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, trim-zone climate control, rear occupant alert, and a 21-speaker Lexicon Premium Audio system.

The car is priced starting at $59,100.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T RWD Prestige

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Upgrading to the Prestige trim gets all the Standard grade content plus 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, Nappa leather seating surfaces, microfiber suede headliner and pillars, front passenger walk-in device, power bolster and cushion extension, Ergo Motion driver's seat, blind spot monitor, remote smart parking assist, parking collision-avoidance assist, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, head-up display, three-in-one 3D digital instrument cluster, forward attention warning, and surround view monitor.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Standard

The $62,250 model includes all above-referenced G80 3.5T RWD Standard content plus heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. It features all-wheel drive.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Prestige

The G80 Prestige goes for $67,650 making it the priciest model in the Genesis G80 lineup. It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, leather seats, microfiber suede headliner and pillars, front passenger seat walk-in device, Ergo Motion driver's seat, surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assistant, rear parking collision avoidance assist, head up display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, froward attention warning, and a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension.

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