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McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO comes complete with cashmere upholstery, 430-hour paint job

A new McLaren model shows off the automaker's customization options.

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McLaren is raising the bar on super luxury sports car personalization options with the new McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO. The customization crafted by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) takes the craftsmanship of the car and heightens the emotional appeal by delivering a unique one-of-one look for the most exclusive of customers.

This particular model utilizes the GT. According to McLaren,

"The Verdant Theme GT by MSO revels in a feeling for the verdant landscapes and fresh horizons that the GT has been designed to explore. Colors and materials employed with the highest level of technical precision reflect hues and textures from the natural world – for example, key touch points in the cabin are trimmed in cashmere, the first time this softest and most luxurious of wools has been used by McLaren and the first time it has become available in a supercar."

The car has a satin tri-tone paint finish that moves from light to dark blending three shades of green (Horsell Green, Arbor and Steppe Green) from nose to tail. The paint job required 430 hours of work to complete, the most complex process ever undertaken by MSO.

There are hand-painted pinstripe accents in Napier Green along the body and front splitter. The bespoke brake calipers are painted Napier Green as well. There's a MSO Black Pack that adds gloss black wheels, upper window surround, and exhaust finisher.

McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO

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Inside, Dark Green, Jet Black and Laurel Green leather with Laurel Green micro-piping contrasts with charcoal grey cashmere that is on the center tunnel, the door inserts, the lower section of dashboard, sun visors, head restraints, and the back upper section of the seats.

MSO has been working to perfect the application of cashmere for 18 months. It currently has limited availability as the most exclusive MSO option.

Further, the cabin has a dedication plaque, embroidered logos, and an accelerator panel laser-etched with the MSO logo.

No enhancements have been made to the car's powertrain.

Further information about McLaren Special Operations and the personalization opportunities it offers is available at https://cars.mclaren.com/en/mso.

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Two new lifestyle products carry the Bentley name and deliver in-car audio experiences to out-the-vehicle time.

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A long-standing collaboration has resulted in two new audio system products. A Naim for Bentley Mu-so Special Edition wireless speaker for the home and the new Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones bring the high-quality sound of a Bentley vehicle audio system outside the vehicle.

"Bentley and Naim are celebrating the 12th year of a successful partnership founded on unrivalled quality and a passion to create the ultimate customer experience. The world's most powerful in-car sound system available in the market heightens Bentley's extraordinary drive with music that speaks to the heart. The new Mu-so system extends that experience and enjoyment from our cars to the home, delivering peerless sound performance and enhancing the lifestyle of Bentley's discerning customers," said Chris Craft, Bentley Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing.

Bentley Naim Focal audio The headphones will set you back £1,199 .Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Both products are distinctively Bentley in style and feature interior and exterior styling aspects of a number of Bentley vehicles including the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar and EXP 100 GT. The products both have a recurring lattice pattern that is inspired by the diamond shapes of Bentley's seat quilting.

Bentley Motors and Naim Audio have been associated since 2008. Their teams work together to optimize vehicle and audio system design to deliver a high-quality experience for owners. The new Radiance headphones are the debut collaboration between Bentley and Focal.

"Bentley, Naim and Focal share an enthusiasm for innovation, dedication to engineering excellence and a true passion that drives our respective areas of expertise. There is also a collective desire to honour proudly held heritage principles, blending them with cutting-edge technologies to define new benchmarks in premium performance and customer experience," says Charlie Henderson, Managing Director of Naim Audio.

Bentley Naim Focal audio The subtle speaker design has design characteristics that are synonymous with the Bentley brand.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The Naim for Bentley Mu-so Special Edition can be pre-ordered now via shop.bentleymotors.com for £1,799 the Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones can be pre-ordered for £1,199. Orders for both are expected to be fulfilled in the second-half of October.

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The 2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 gain available Super Cruise hands-free driving technology.

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Cadillac's two remaining sedans are getting high-tech upgrades for the 2021 model year and a special edition. The 2021 Cadillac CT4 and 2021 Cadillac CT5 will arrive on dealership lots later this year.

Buyers can opt to upgrade to a high-defiintion 12-inch instrument cluster that sits In front of the driver of each vehicle. The digital display is customizable to include a Tour and Sport theme. CT4-V and CT5-V models also get a Track and dark, minimalist Stealth mode.

2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 A new fully digital instrument cluster is available.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology have been added to the model, as well as SiriusXM with 360L, the next-generation radio system by SiriusXM that provides access to over 200 live SiriusXM channels plus on-demand programming. A rotary infotainment system knob can be added to the center console for easier system navigation.

CT4 and CT5 Premium Luxury and V-Series trims models General Motors' hands-free driving technology, Super Cruise, is available. It will include lane change on demand functionality when it becomes available in early 2021.

Cadillac is adding new standard Buckle to Drive safety technology to the car. If the driver's seat belt is not buckled when the car starts and Buckle to Drive is turned on, this feature will prevent the shifter from leaving Park for up to 20 seconds, or until the driver's seat belt is buckled, whichever comes first. The setting can be turned off in the infotainment system display.

On the Cadillac CT4 Luxury trim, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Safety Alert Seat are now standard.

2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 Cadillac will offer the CT4 and CT5 Diamond Sky special edition with a unique Diamond Metallic exterior color.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

In early 2021, the CT4 and CT5 will be available in a Diamond Sky special edition. Built off the Premium Luxury trim level, the special edition delivers unique exterior and interior components including a new Diamond Metallic exterior color, unique grille with bright accents and surrounds, Diamond Sky Metallic rocker extensions, Diamond Sky Metallic rear lower air diffuser, alloy wheels with Diamond Cut/Midnight Silver finish, all-season run-flat tires, Brembo V Performance front brakes with blue brake calipers, and neutral density transparent lens taillamps with crystalline inners. Larger alloy wheels with Polished/Dark Android Gloss finish are available.

In the cabin, the special edition car comes standard with Sky Cool Gray/Jet Black leather seating surface interior with exclusive Diamond Fall custom seat insert perforation, exclusive interior trim (Centaurus Finish Aluminum on CT4 and Galaxy Finish Wood on CT5), alloy driver pedals, a Diamond Sky Metallic accented key fob with color Cadillac crest logo.

2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 The Diamond Metallic models offer upgraded appointments.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The 2021 CT4-V and CT5-V get upgraded Modena leather on the performance steering wheel, along with a standard leather-wrapped horn pad. In addition, the front brake calipers are now V Performance branded with the V-Series logo. On the CT4-V, the center console trim has been updated from aluminum to carbon fiber.

Select V-Series content is now available on the Sport trim of each vehicle as well. The CT5 Sport trim now offers an available V Performance package, which includes an upgraded performance suspension, Magnetic Ride Control, and mechanical limited-slip differential. Brembo V Performance front brakes are also available on the Sport trim for both CT4 and CT5, with a choice of red or blue calipers.

Cadillac has expanded its paint color roster one both models. Infrared Tintcoat and Rift Metallic (V-Series only) replace Red Obsession Tintcoat and Royal Spice Metallic. Infrared Tintcoat is a new cherry red color and Rift Metallic is an alabaster white-based color with a greige hue.

Pricing will be announced closer to the models' on-sale date.

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