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New Ducati summer-weight jacket and hoodie hit the market

Ducati has inntoruced a new line of breathable jackets and sweatshirts just in time for summer.

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The battle between comfort, looking cool, and safety always happens at the intersection of motor and cycle. A new line of outerwear from Ducati is specially designed for the hot summer months and combines comfort and safety. They leave it up to you to determine whether or not you look cool in it. The new line includes three jackets and a sweatshirt.

Flow C3 fabric jacket

Flow C3 fabric jacket

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The Flow C3 fabric jacket was designed by Drudi Performance exclusively for Ducati. It is lightweight and breathable, as well as fully CE-certified. The jacket's interior features Warrior lite protectors on the shoulders and elbows. It can accommodate a back protector.

A hook sewn on the back allows it to be worn with any pants having a standard coupling. Flow C3 also has a detachable breathable, waterproof, and windproof lining that is made of a three-layer membrane.

The jacket is available in men's and women's sizes.

Ducati Corse Tex Summer C2 fabric jacket

Ducati Corse Tex Summer C2 fabric jacket

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The Corse tex Summer C2 is made of fabric and features a richly colored design that has its roots in the Ducati collaboration with Dainese. It's body is a mix of lightweight fabric and mesh. There's a windproof lining. Ducati has explicitly designed this jacket for hot and humid climates.

Its shoulders feature aluminum inserts while there are composite protectors on the elbows. The back is designed to fit a Wave or Manis G2 protector.

Speed 3 fabric jacket

Speed 3 fabric jacket

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The Speed 3 fabric jacket was designed by Aldo Drudi and made in partnership with Alpinestars. Ducati says that the blend of mesh and fabric guarantees the stability of protective elements within the jacket in the event of a fall.

It features removable CE protectors on the shoulders and elbows. Inner pockets are designed to accommodate Nucleon back and chest protectors.

At the bottom are two hooks for connection pants, keeping both garments in the proper position.

Downtown C1 technical sweatshirt

Downtown C1 technical sweatshirt

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The Downtown C1 technical sweatshirt is an example of protection and comfort that translates from riding to daily life. It features a removable hood equipped with internal anti-abrasion aramid fiber reinforcements, protections on shoulders and elbows, and a pocket to fit the Nucleon back protector.

The garnet was designed with urban use on motorcycles in mind. It's a fully CE-certified product.

As summer approaches, and the threat of coronavirus lesses, the company's Ducati Cares program allows shoppers who wish to try on the garments at a retailer prior to purchase to do so. The collection of ventilated jackets for the summer is available on shop.ducati.com or in Ducati dealerships.

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The Polaris Slingshot is one of the most unique vehicles on sale today.

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The Polaris Slingshot is an interesting beast. It is, by far, one of the most unique vehicles you can buy in the U.S. today, though depending on where you live, it may require a motorcycle license. However, in most states, you can buy and drive one just like a normal car, albeit one that should only be driven while wearing a full-face helmet.

I recently spent a week with a 2021 Polaris Slingshot R and came away from the experience more than a little conflicted. On one hand, it's too much for me on a personal level, as I think it's too wildly styled and costs too much money. On the other hand, it's impossible to ignore the charm of the thing. It's loud, too quick for its own good, and a totally crazy driving experience that lands somewhere between being a complete riot and terrifying, depending on how and where it's driven.


2021 Polaris Slingshot There's no ignoring this when it's next to you in traffic.Chris Teague


However, for many, the Slingshot remains a complete mystery, so here are three things you need to know.

It's Loud

No, I don't mean loud in the sense that you can hear it coming – though that's part of the deal, too. I mean loud in the visual sense. Like, 1990s ugly sweater loud. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the one thing that isn't up for debate is that the Slingshot is eye-catching. Add a couple of people wearing full-face helmets and it's nearly impossible to look away from the thing.

It's a Crazy Driving Experience

It's true that this isn't a motorcycle, but the way the Slingshot puts its passengers' rear ends just a couple of inches off the road surface and not all that far away from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine creates one lively experience. Every bump, crack, and sound can be felt and heard, though it's not unpleasant at all and adds to the experience. Couple that with the open-air driving experience and giant tires communicating it all into the steering wheel and the Slingshot is a wild ride.

It's Surprisingly Quick

I tested the Slingshot R, which is one of the flashier and more expensive models Polaris makes. Its in-house four-cylinder engine checks in at 2.0 liters and delivers 203 horsepower, 144 pound-feet of torque, and a whole lot of noise. The advertised 0-60 mph time for the R is 4.9 seconds, which is quicker than some sports sedans, though it feels much more violent and faster than that in person. The optional Autodrive five-speed gearbox is an automated manual, which means that it will shift itself when asked, but is happiest with the driver firing off shifts with the steering wheel-mounted paddles.



The Slingshot is one of the few vehicles that defies almost everything to be what it is. It doesn't make sense for people who want a motorcycle and it's not particularly appealing to someone wanting a convertible or roadster. You have to be in the market for a Slingshot to end up buying a Slingshot, and for those that are, they've never been better than they are now.

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The F-Type P450 cars replace the P300 and P380 as part of the Jaguar lineup.

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Two new versions of the Jaguar F-Type are on the horizon. New versions of the model have been created to further the car's luxury proposition and both are powered by a roaring V8 engine. The new P450 variants replace the P300 and P380 models currently in the lineup. Jaguar is keeping the F-Type R around.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450

The 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 will be available as a coupe or convertible in P450 RWD or P450 R-DYNAMIC AWD grades. All varieties come with a 444-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood that achieves 428 pound-feet of torque. An electronic active differential is standard. In all configurations, the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The car has received minor exterior updates from the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

In a nod to its suburban buyers, the F-Type has a Quiet Star mode that allows a more subtle roar out the back side of the car upon startup. Drivers who don't care about keeping quiet can switch the car in to Dynamic mode and let the rumble out.

Each F-Type P450 rides on 20-inch wheels, has larger brakes than traditional F-Type models, and has the switchable exhaust. Double J-Blade daytime running lights feature up front while new slender rear lights allow the body of the car to speak for itself.

Buyers who get the F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD get bespoke badging; a gloss black front splitter, side sills, valance, and venturi; auto-dimming, power- folding, heated door mirrors with memory; and 20-inch Style 6003, split-spoke, gloss Dark Grey with Contrast Diamond Turned Finish Wheels.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The interior sports a refined appearance.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Monogram stitch patterns on the car's seats and interior accents in Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome enhance the interior. Additionally, there are "Jaguar Est.1935" markings on the center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. Six-way electric power seats are standard on F-Type P450 RWD, while F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD adds 12-way electric memory front seats, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, Delta Aluminum Center Console, and R-Dynamic branded metal treadplates as standard equipment.

A 12.3-inch driver information display is standard.

F-Type P450 is available in 11 standard exterior colors, and can be ordered in over a dozen custom SVO paint finishes. It starts at $69,900 for the P450 RWD Coupe and $79,900 for the R450 R-Dynamic AWD Coupe.

2022 Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the pinnacle of the Jaguar lineup with torque on-demand all-wheel drive, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, a double wishbone front and rear suspension, and electric power-assisted steering.

It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph thanks to its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard.

This model starts at $103,200.

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