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McLaren 765LT debut marks the next chapter of the Longtail story

McLaren has made a new model that's lighter than the 720S.

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With optimized throttle response and a whopping 7655 bhp, the McLaren 765LT is the latest member of the McLaren Super Series family. It the newest iteration of the Longtail MacLarens and represents the most dynamic and engaging LT model McLaren has offered to date.

The new model builds on the successes of the McLaren 720S. The British automaker has given the model advanced carbon fiber technologies and bespoke carbon fiber LT body panels. It weighs 176 pounds less than the 720S.

McLaren 765LT

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Its Super Series chassis has been tuned to be more engaging and the drive dynamics updated with hardware and software affiances. The car rides 5 mm lower in the front than the 720S and its front track is 6 mm wider. The springs are lighter weight in this model and roll stiffness has increased.

An extended front splitter and elevated active rear wing keep the car grounded, delivering 25 percent greater ground force than in the 720S. The wing works to assist the car's braking, allowing for softer brakes and better street driving performance - they're 60 percent stronger than traditional carbon ceramic discs and have four times the thermal conductivity. McLaren has employed Formula 1-inspired integrated caliper cooling in the model.

McLaren has forged a new 10-spke Ultra-Lightweight alloy wheel for the model that matches with titanium wheel bolts, and bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. The weight savings for the wheels versus shoe 720S's is 48.5 pounds.

Buyers get to choose from 13 available paint jobs.

It has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine under the hood that achieves 755 bhp and 590 pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed sequential shift gearbox is paired with the engine. Drivers can choose from Comfort, Sport, or Track drive modes.

McLaren claims the car can get to 60 seconds from a standstill in 2.7 seconds. To go from zero to 124 mpg it takes just 7.2 seconds.

McLaren has equipped the car with LT-specific springs and dampers. There's also stiffer engine mounts, which should help reduce some of the vibration felt in the cabin. The car has a full-titanium, quad-exit exhaust.

The motorsport-inspired interior design features carbon fiber racing seats, carbon fiber center tunnel, exposed carbon fiber floor, and Alcantara upholstery throughout. McLaren is offering the car with the buyer's choice of eight color schemes.

The light-weighting of the model has caused McLaren to remove many of the comfort and convenience features in the model, though the automaker is quick to point out that they can be added for a price. A standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen makes the cut, but an audio system, rearview camera, and park assist are options.

Just 765 individually numbered cars will be available to order globally. Pricing announced shortly. Deliveries will start in September.

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Buick has redesigned their flagship Enclave model for the 2022 model year.

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A more aggressive body design is on tap for the 2022 Buick Enclave. The model, which has undergone a complete redesign, was shown this week ahead of a full debut.

The body of the 2022 Enclave features piercing LED headlights with an LED light signature. Fog lights dominate the lower front fascia while the clamshell of the hood closes further down the face, presumably to enhance aerodynamics. Sculputed body panels emphasize the length and stance of the three-row SUV.

Hard plastic, which typically serves as a sensor panel for safety technology, is not shown on the grille of this model, meaning that the technology may continue to be concealed in the Buick's front emblem.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir The 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir will ride on new wheels and have a fresh back end design.Photo courtesy of Buick

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

Chrome accents feature heavily on the Enclave, which is shown in the top-tier Avenir trim level. The model also wears a new wheel design.

New taillight design goes further to emphasize the width of the seven-seat Enclave.

Engine and transmission information has yet to be revealed. The 2021 Enclave comes standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available. Buick has made the 2021 model capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. It is expected that the 2022 model will follow in those footsteps.

Though not shown in the photos released by Buick, the Enclave is expected to have a more refined interior. It's not unreasonable to assume that they model will include the over 10-inch infotainment touch screen that made its debut in the 2021 Buick Envision, as well as diamond-quilted leather upholstery, massaging seat functionality, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It's also possible that the model will get GM's Super Cruise hands-free driving functionality, which is being expanded throughout the lineup.

Pricing for the model has yet to be announced. The 2021 Enclave is listed with a starting MSRP of $41,195 with the destination and delivery charging included and tops out just over $57,000.

The 2022 Buick Enclave will go on sale later this year.

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The Avenir trim level joins the Buick Envision lineup for 2021.

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The redesigned 2021 Buick Envision builds on the success of its little brother, the 2020 Buick Encore GX, giving customers more premium features and making the two-row SUV more competitive in its class.

Buick will sell the 2021 Envision, which slots below the three-row Enclave in the Buick lineup, in trim levels with more distinctions between them than the previous generation Envision offered, including the Preferred, Essence, and Avenir grades. Preferred and Essence trim levels are available with a Sport Touring package, which gives the car darkened exterior finishes and dark 20-inch wheels.

The Envision Avenir is distinguished by an exclusive mesh grille design, with tinted chrome trim and unique 20-inch wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish.

2021 Buick Envision Avenir

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Each Envision comes with a more athletic body design for the new generation. At the front, there are LED headlights with LED daytime running light signatures. LED taillamps are at the back. Welcome/walkaway lighting and animation is activated via key fob.

Buick has put a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood of the Envision that makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Push/pull buttons shift the vehicle in the place of a traditional shifter.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is available. Model with AWD get selectable drive modes: Tour, AWD, Snow/Ice, and Sport. Front-wheel drive models have all those with the exception of the AWD mode. Hill descent control is standard on AWD Envisions. A continuous damping control suspension is available on top-tier Envision Avenir models.

Buyers can get their Envision's interior with either a light or dark interior color scheme. Perforated leather upholstery is available on Envision Essence models. Heated front seats are standard on Essence and available on Preferred. Heated and ventilated front seats, diamond-quilted perforated leather upholstery, driver's seat massage, heated rear outboard seats, navigation, and wireless smartphone charging are standard on the Envision Avenir.

The Envision is the first model in the Buick lineup to incorporate the company's new 10.2-inch infotainment touch screen, which faces more toward the driver than the front seat passenger. A covered compartment below the instrument panel is home to the SUV's wireless charging pad, SD card slot, accessory outlet, and USB ports. Amazon Alexa, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are available.

The system also has Buick-exclusive apps including Reese's Book Club and NCAA March Madness.

The dual-wing armrest is back by popular demand on the center console between the front seats. A heated steering wheel and air ionizer are standard on Essence and Avenir, and available on Preferred versions of the SUV. A power moonroof is available on Essence and Avenir models.

The five-passenger Envision has a 60/40 split-folding rear seat that can fold flat. There is 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first-row seats and 25.2 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. A hands-free programmable power liftgate is standard on Essence and Avenir and available on Preferred models.

Buick is making the SUV available with the Buick Drive Confidence Plus package, which includes a suite of nine standard advanced safety and driver assistance technologies like forward colliosn alert, front pedestrian braking, and rear park assist. Additional available driver assistance technologies include HD Surround Vision, enhanced automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display.

The 2021 Buick Envision is on sale now, with a starting MSRP of $32,995.

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