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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 

Ice Blue LE60 Plus Six

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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

Plus Six LE60 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

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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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDriveThe last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDriveOnly 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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2022 Infiniti QX50 picks up new standard features

The new QX50 gets more tech and safety features.

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Infiniti is one of a handful of automakers that have continued developing and building cars instead of focusing only on higher-profit and much more popular SUVs and trucks. That said, Infiniti's catalog is crossover- and SUV-heavy. Its smallest and least expensive crossover, the QX50 gets a handful of new features for 2022, and today Infiniti announced pricing.

Infiniti offers the 2022 QX50 in five trims: $40,025 Pure, $43,375 Luxe, $47,825 Essential, $52,525 Sensory, and $57,975 Autograph. All trims get Infiniti's variable compression (VC-Turbo) engine that makes 268 horsepower and returns up to 26 mpg combined. The advanced engine shifts its compression ratio to match the driver's behavior. When more power is needed, the compression changes, and when efficiency is the priority, it changes again. It's a marvel of engineering, but it's not as fuel-efficient as a hybrid. Power reaches the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

2022 Infiniti QX50Pricing starts at around $40,000.Infiniti

Beyond the new standard features for 2022, buyers of the new QX50 will have to step up to the Luxe trim to get the most desirable features such as auto-folding exterior side mirrors, power lumbar support, and perforated leather upholstery. Standard comfort gear includes eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Infiniti stuck with its dual-screen infotainment configuration with the 2022 QX50. The top eight-inch screen handles wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto duties, as well as navigation. The bottom seven-inch screen handles vehicle controls, radio stations, and other settings. Though the system looks great and adds a high-tech feel to the cabin, two screens can be distracting and confusing while driving. The good news is that the QX50 gets an excellent 16-speaker Bose stereo starting with the Luxe trim.

2022 Infiniti QX50ProPilot Assist and Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standardInfiniti

The 2022 QX50 hasn't been crash tested by either major ratings organization yet, but the 2021 model performed well. It earned Good ratings in crash testes and a Superior score for its standard crash prevention systems. The 2022 QX50 comes standard with Infiniti's ProPilot Assist system, which brings advanced adaptive cruise control functions that can center the car in its lane, brake, and accelerate. Other standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic braking, predictive forward collision warnings, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


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