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Pirelli adds next-gen Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II tires to catalogue

The tires have been improved for better traction in wet conditions.

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Tiremaker Pirelli is adding a new tire to its large catalogue of options for car owners. The fresh Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II tire was specifically designed for the North American touring market.

Pirelli's engineers also worked to improve wet handling and traction in ways that would not impact tread wear, winter conditions traction, noise, comfort, dry handling, and steering performance that was achieved in the last generation.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II The new tire was engineered for buyers in North America.Photo courtesy of Pirelli

The new tires are part of Pirelli's new line of Plus products that have been better engineered to meet the requirements of North America's drivers. The Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II has a new tread compound and optimized footprint that improves the tire's performance on wet surfaces. Specifically, the tread has helped improve the stopping distance of the tire on wet ground.

Here's where they focused their efforts:

  • New Compound - A new functionalized polymer and increased silica content forms the new tread compound, which can also be found on the recently released Scorpion Verde All Season Plus II. This new compound delivers improved stopping distance in the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II as well as enhanced overall performance in wet traction, handling and braking while maintaining the previous generation's tread wear, winter traction, noise, comfort, dry handling and steering performance.
  • Optimized Footprint - A five percent larger contact area and optimized shape improves overall wet performance, braking and handling over the previous generation.
  • All Season Performance -The Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II is an extremely well-balanced tire that delivers high performance, low noise, and excellent handling.

The tire maker is covering each Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II shoe with a 70,000-mile limited tread wear warranty.

Pirelli's new tire is available in 30 sizes now ad a full 50-size range will be available in the coming months.

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Plug it in to get 42 miles of all-electric range.

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At last year's LA Auto Show, Toyota debuted the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in variant of the best-selling SUV in the U.S. Now that the model is about to go on sale, the Japan-based automaker has revealed how much it will cost.

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will have a starting MSRP of $38,100. Toyota will offer the model in just two grades: SE and XSE. Those two trim levels denote the SUV's underlying sporty drive characteristics according to traditional Toyota nomenclature.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hyrbid New Toyota RAV4 plug-in is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

While most PHEVs are designed to sacrifice power for range, the RAV4 doesn't. Its power plant is able to achieve 302 horsepower and can get to 60 mph off the line in 5.7 seconds. Toyota says that time makes the RAV4 Prime the quickest four-door model in their lineup.

The RAV4 Prime has 42 miles of all-electric range. Americans travel, on average, about 30 miles per day to run errands around town so theoretically whomever owns the SUV would be able to do all their errands without using a drop of gasoline. This range also gives the SUV the distinction of having the highest all-electric range of any plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) SUV on the market.

Toyota estimates that the SUV will achieve 94 MPGe combined. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which is also a PHEV, gets 90 MPGe. The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV gets 42 MPGe and the 2020 Volvo XC60 PHEV gets 57 MPGe. Each model listed comes standard with all-wheel drive.

All Toyota RAV4 models come equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE

The SE trim level has a unique front grille and lower front spoiler. Piano black exterior accents are featured throughout the body. The SUV rides one 18-inch painted and machined alloy wheels.

Its standard equipment list is fitting for its price point and includes heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, a 7-inch multi-information display in front of the driver, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert technology, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching, power hatchback, 8-inch infotainment touch screen, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

The car also comes standard with a 3-kilowatt-hour on-board charger.

The available Weather & Moonroof Package (+$1,665 upgrade) features a number of upgrades including a heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, and rain-sensing windshield wipers with de-icer function.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE starts at $41,425 and builds on what is offered in the SE model. It's available with a two-tone paint scheme that pairs a black roof with select colors, including the Supersonic Red paint that joins the RAV4 lineup for the first time.

Toyota's list of features for the RAV4 Prime XSE includes 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels, vertical LED accent lights, paddle shifters, a moonroof, SofTex seats, wireless charging, ambient interior lighting, automatic dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink universal transceiver, and a 9-inch infotainment touch screen.

Toyota is also offering the model with a Premium Audio package that includes dynamic navigation and a JBL speaker system.

Available options for the XSE grade include:

  • Weather Package (+$815)
    • Heated Steering Wheel
    • Heated Rear Outboard Seats
    • Rain Sensing Wipers w/Wiper De-Icer
  • Weather and Audio Package (+$2,435)
    • Weather package plus:
      • JBL Premium Audio
      • Dynamic Navigation with 3 year trial
      • Destination Assist with 1 year trial
  • Weather with Audio and Premium Package (+$5,760)
    • Weather and Audio package plus:
      • AC (6.6kW) Enhanced Charger
      • Digital Rearview Mirror
      • 120V/1500W AC power outlet in cargo area
      • Panoramic Moonroof
      • Kick-Type Power Back Door
      • SofTex®-trimmed seats with sporty red accents and stitching
      • Bird's Eye View Camera
      • 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket
      • Smart Key System on all doors
      • Perforated Heated & Ventilated Front Seats
      • Parking Assist with Automatic Braking
      • Adaptive Front Headlight System
      • Head-Up Display

Prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) excluding the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $1,120. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary. RAV4 Prime customers also may qualify for an $7,500 federal tax credit. Individual states have additional incentives that can be either be applied at time of purchase or via a rebate program, depending on the state. Individual state incentive information can be found at https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/state.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid goes on sale this summer.

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The model wears a striking green paint job.

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The Sián FKP 37 is the fastest Lamborghini ever produced. Now, it's going to be a LEGO Technic model that you can build at home. The brick maker will offer a 3,696 piece, 1:8 scale model of the luxury car for sale.

The Lamborghini debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. Like the car, the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 includes a V12 engine; a moveable rear spoiler; front and rear suspension; and steering powered by a wheel complete with the Automobili Lamborghini badge.

LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

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There's also scissor doors, which open to reveal the intricately recreated cockpit, with a fully-functioning eight-speed sequential gearbox controlled by a movable paddle gearshift. The lime-green color and golden rims of the LEGO Technic replica are available as color and trim on the real Sián, with the model measuring over 5 inches (13 cm) high, 23 inches (60 cm) long and 9 inches (25 cm) wide.

Model owners can open the front hood of their LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián to find a Lamborghini overnight bag, together with a unique serial number that unlocks special content. Owners can also scan a QR code in the building instructions to access an exclusive series of videocasts by Automobili Lamborghini and LEGO experts, exploring the inspiration behind the design of the original car and the LEGO Technic model.

The LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 comes in a unique box inspired by the lines, signature headlight silhouette, and color of the original Sián.

The company also sells LEGO Technic versions of the 2020 Land Rover Defender and Nissan GT-R. Additionally, LEGO recently started selling a replica of Dom's Charger from the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Additionally, a Ducati motorcycle model was recently sold by the company.

Pricing for the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 has yet to be released, as has an on-sale date.

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