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Five lucky people get to pay €2.6 million for the new Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

The exclusive Battista Anniversario celebrates the 90th anniversary of the bespoke coachbuilding company.

Photo courtesy of Automobili Pininfarina

Automobili Pininfarina has debuted a new all-electric luxury supercar celebrating its 90th anniversary. Only Battista Anniversario models will be built and each will start at €2.6 million.

Each Battista Anniversario will be hand-crafted at the home of Pininfarina in Cambiano, Turin, Italy.

"For 90 years, the Pininfarina name has been at the forefront of automotive design and performance, and the Battista perfectly encapsulates these values," said Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina. "This ultimate expression of Battista, the Anniversario, is the distillation of everything that the brand has stood for in the past and which we now strive for in the future, creating a new pinnacle of desirability for electric cars."

Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

Photo courtesy of Automobili Pininfarina

Each of the five models will be finished in a combination of three of the coachbuilder's signature colors, new and old: Bianco Sestriere, the never-seen-before Grigio Antonelliano, Iconica Blu. Each car will take several weeks to paint as the color is applied layer by later by artisans. The body is disassembled and reassembled three times so pinstripes in the three separate colours can be hand-painted directly onto the body.

"Battista Anniversario features one of the most complex paint finishes in the world," said Luca Borgogno, Chief Design Officer, Automobili Pininfarina. "The process of creating such a finish is akin to a great artist completing an Old Master painting. The result is more than just a visual work of art. Styling, balanced with ultimate performance, produces a genuine Pininfarina: the beauty of power and the power of beauty."

Each Battista Anniversario comes equipped with the new Furiosa package, which will be made available on any model in the Battista lineup moving forward. The package includes a evised carbon fibre front splitter, side blades and rear diffuser.

To add a touch of specialty to the anniversary model, those parts are finished in a two-tone combination of signature carbon and carbon tinted with Iconica Blu with pinstripe in Bianco Sestriere.

Besides the package, each Batista Anniversario is finished with a bespoke rear wing, rear aero fins, and other unique details. It is 10 kg lighter than the Battista thanks to a new wheels design, which moves to center-lock forge aluminum wheels that are now 21-inches as opposed to the previous model's 20-inchers.

Buyers also get unique seats that are finished in sustainably-crafted black leather and black Alcantara. An engraved chassis plate, headlight engraving, "Anniversario" script on the side wings, black anodized dedication door plaques, "Pininfarina 90"logos, and a specially engraved chassis plate between the seats of the coupe finish the details.

Like the Battista, the car is powered by a 120 kWh battery that is paired with four electric motors that generate 1,900 horsepower. This makes the model quicker than a Formula 1 car, getting from zero to 100 km/h in less than two seconds.

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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 QX50 Pricing 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 QX50 ProPilot 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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Watch the Ram TRX Lap the Nürburgring

The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The Ram TRX is a cartoonish truck with specs that would make most people shy away. Its size, sound, and imposing appearance live up to the hype laid out on the spec sheet, and its Hellcat-derived powertrain demands attention. The truck is one heck of an off-roader, too, but a recent YouTube video proves it can dance on a racetrack, too, though not as gracefully as the low-slung cars it passes.



The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

The truck appears unmodified and looks to have just over 1,000 miles on the clock for the lap. Of course, the TRX looks about as at home on a track as a Mini Cooper would rock crawling, but the truck's 4.5-second 0-60 mph and 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are more impressive than many sports cars.

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