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Five new models celebrate six decades of Morgan's partnership with Louwman Exclusive

Morgan has made five new models to celebrate a significant anniversary with its Dutch dealership.

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They may be new, but the five models created to celebrate the partnership between Morgan Motor Company and its retailer in the Netherlands, Louwman Exclusive are a reminder of the days when motoring was truly motoring and craftsmanship was in focus rather than mass production.

The three limited-edition specifications served as the blueprint for the LE60 range that includes two Plus Six models in Ice Blue, a pair in Scintilla Silver, and a single Almond Green 3 Wheeler. The models were all designed in-house by Morgan's design team at the company's factory in Malvern, Worcestershire, England.

"We are delighted to recognize this landmark anniversary with our Dutch dealership, Louwman Exclusive," said Marcus Blake, Chief Sales Officer at Morgan Motor Company. "We are proud of our entire Dealership network, and it gives us immense pleasure to be able to celebrate these milestones in such a fitting way. When Louwman contacted us with their plans to celebrate 60 years as a Morgan dealer, we wanted to make sure they did so in style. All Morgan cars are special, but with consultation from our design team, these bespoke LE60 specials are especially beautiful and unique."

LE60 Plus Six in Ice Blue 

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The Ice Blue LE60 Plus Six rides on 19-inch alloy wheels that feature a design that envokes the wire wheels of the past, but with a contemporary twist. There are yellow accents throughout the interior and exterior of the car - brake calipers, spot light castings, and LE60 decals just to name a few. The cabin is covered in black pebble-texture leather with yellow diamond seat stitching and LE60 headrest embroidery, and a matte tawny wood dashboard and tunnel top trim, while an interior motif reaffirms the model's significance.

Each Plus Six is powered by BMW's B58 turbocharged, inline six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine, which produces 335 bhp. The models can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

LE60 Plus Six in Scintilla Silver

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This second Plus Six LE60 model also has yellow accents, starting at ground level where the 18-inch black Speedster wheels sit above yellow brake calipers. There is a yellow number 6 painted on the grille, yellow horizontal seat stitching, and yellow LE60 headrest embroidery. A yellow band serves as a visual break between the hood and windscreen. Its dashboard and tuned top are body colored.

LE60 Morgan 3 Wheeler

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The only LE60 Morgan 3 Wheeler in the world features an Almond Green paint job and yellow accents throughout the body in keeping with the product line theme. It has a leather dashboard with a laser-engraved design.

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The 488 GT Modificata is the newest addition to the Ferrari lineup.

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The new, limited edition Ferrari 488 GT Modificata takes its technology from the 288 GT3 and 488 GTE, the pushes to achieve its full athletic potential. That potential is exclusively for use during track days and at Ferrari Club Competizioni GT events.

The Ferrari 488 GT Modificata takes its name from the Ferrari jargon meaning better performance. It takes its prowess from the genes of the 488 GT3 and the 488 GTE. It also has new technologies, mainly linked to the powertrain, that are no longer limited by the FIA Balance of Performance.

Ferrari 488 GT Modificata

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The 488 GTE competes in the World Endurance Championship. Ferrari calls the 488 GT3 the "queen of GT racing". The 488 GT3 has delivered 350 wins and 630 podiums at national and international races as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship Drivers', Teams' and Manufacturers' titles. The 488 GTE has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Petit Le Mans. Ferrari tuned the new model at the Nordschleife.

It's powered by a twin-turbo V8 that delivers 690 horsepower. Ferrari says that it does all that by utilizing new high-performance mapping that doesn't compromise the car's predicted reliability. The car's gearbox is available with different transmission ratios. The clutch is made of carbon fiber.

Ferrari has given the car unique high-downforce aerodynamics that shift the position of the car forward. This positioning generates higher downforce without increasing drag, allowing the model to be more efficient than its racing counterparts. The car has downforce of over 2,204 pounds at 142 mph.

The car's body is made almost entirely of carbon fiber. It has an aluminum roof and uprights.

Ferrari has given the 488 GT Modificata the 488 GTW's suspension. The braking system was developed in partnership with Brembo and features low residual torque calipers that are fitted to world championship cars. Its antilock brake system comes from the 488 GT3 Evo 2020, with specific settings.

Each model comes standard with a V-Boz acquisition system, which combines with Bosch's telemetry data acquisition system and allows data to be downloaded directly onto a USB stick.

A high-resolution rearview camera is also standard.

Customers will be able to nearly fully customize their 488 GT Modificata. It will initially only be for drivers who, in recent years, have participated in Competizioni GT with Ferrari or Club Competizioni GT.

The 488 GT Modificata will be admitted to Club Competizioni GT events. In 2021, customers will have the chance to participate in five events at tracks including Virginia International Raceway, Monza, Watkins Glen, Suzuka, Nurburgring, and Finali Mondiali.

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The Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini is inspired by a pioneering Lamborghini car.

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Automobili Lamborghini and Ducati have partnered to design a limited edition motorcycle. The Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini is said to embody "Italian excellence" and is comprised of the values of sport companies: "sportiness, attention to design, and a meticulous devotion to detail". Just 630 of the models will be made.

Inspiration for the project comes from the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, a car noted as being the first to combine a V12 engine and hybrid technology based on supercapacitors. With their powers combined, the Lamborghini reaches speeds over 220 mph. Its body is totally made of carbon fiber with sharp lines optimized for aerodynamic excellence. The automaker's signature Y-shaped features and hexagonal shapes are on display on the interior and exterior of the car.

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The new bike is based on the Ducati Diavel 1260 S, which the company describes as powerful, muscular, agile, and "effective between the curves". Traditionally, the 1260 S comes in a red and white paint job with Ducati graphics. The motorcycle is powered by Ducati's Testastretta DVT 1262 engine, which achieves 162 horsepower and offers three ride modes and three power modes. Its lightweight frame is paired with adjustable forks, Öhlins suspensions, Marchesini forged rims, and a daytime running light.

Centro Stile Ducati redesigned the bike for the project. For the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini, Ducati has improved upon the 1260 S replacing its rims with forged ones designed explicitly to recall the car, finished in Oro Electrum paint. The same theory holds for the new carbon fiber radiator covers and Ducati red Brembo brake calipers. Additionally, the silencer cover, spoiler, central tank cover, seat cover, front and rear mudguards, dashboard cover and headlight frame are also made of carbon.

The livery of the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini is the result of the collaboration between the Centro Stile Ducati and Centro Stile Lamborghini. The bike's Verde Gea paint is the same as what was applied to the Sián FKP 37. The livery of this Diavel has a '63': an important number for the Sant'Agata Bolognese company that was founded in 1963. Multiply 63 by 10 and you get the number of units of the model to be produce by Ducati.

The Ducati Siavel 1260 S starts at $22,995. Expect this limited edition model to be a premium on that price.

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