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New 2021 Porsche 911 Targa design hints at heritage, will set you back over $100,000

Porche has debuted the latest models in its 911 lineup, the Targa 4 and 4S.

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Porsche has debuted another pieces of its 911 trio just in time for summer. The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 ad Targa 4S models feature the company's signature Targa look with a touch of nostalgic flare and will sit alongside the 911 Carrera and Turbo models in the Porsche 911 (992) lineup.

The part that makes the Targa different is what makes it stand out to Porsche enthusiasts with a penchant for the model style. It features a fully automatic roof system with a wide roll hoop, movable roof section that tops the front seats, and a wraparound rear window - just like the 1965 model. Porsche says that the roof goes from open to closed in 19 seconds.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 & 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

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Porsche has given the model the exterior highlights of the rest of the 911 lineup - LED headlights, wide spoiler, and. aluminum skin (with the exception of the front and rear).

Powering both model is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine that is already a well-known part of the Porsche lineup. It produces 379 horsepower in the Targa 4 and 443 horsepower in the Targa 4S. This makes it about eight percent more powerful than its predecessor.

The engine is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in both models but those desiring a seven-speed manual transmission can swap it out as a factory option at no cost on Targa 4S models. When you opt for the manual, you also get the Sport Chrono package added on.

The car features some new tech including Porsche InnoDrive, which includes adaptive cruise for the first time. There's a Smartlift function, which programs grounds clearance into the system for daily use. Every model comes equipped with all-wheel drive.

The German automaker has refined its drive and handling systems. The Porsche Active Suspension Management system (PASM) comes standard on the 911 Targa models and features Normal and Sport drive models. Also standard one the Targa 4S is the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system, which includes an electronic locking rear differential with variable torque distribution. PVT Plus is available on the Targa 4. Targa models also get Porsche Wet standard, which senses water on the roadway and prompts the driver to switch to the car's Wet drive mode.

Porsche equips the Targa 4 with 235/40 ZR front tires on 19-inch alloy wheels while 295/35 ZR tires on 20-inch wheels shoe the rear. Those cars also get 330-millimeter brake discs with black four-piston monobloc fixed callipers.

Targa 4S models get 245/35 ZR tires up front on 20-inch wheels and 305/30 ZR tires on its 21-inchers out back. They also get red-painted brake callipers (six pistons at the front, four at the rear) that pair with 350-millimeter brake discs. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are an option.

Interior design takes its notes from 911 models of the 1970s and today. A compact switch unit with five buttons sits below the 10.9-inch infotainment touch screen. The standard features list for that system includes navigation and Apple CarPlay.

Further, owners wishing to splash out on a more customized Targa can opt for the long list of personalization from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.

As for price, Porsche hasn't released that info yet, but it's very likely that the new 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S will not be cheaper than their predecessors, which had starting prices of $110,300 and $124,300 respectively for the 2019 model year.

Porsche is already teasing the next trick up its sleeve- a special edition of the 911 Targa, which will debut in June.

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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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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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