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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 Ferrari Omologata comes from a strong family tree filled with performance and Italian beauty. It's a one-off model that takes its DNA from seven decades of Ferrari GT tradition. The model has been crafted by a European client.

It's taken two years to complete the model since the presentation of the initial sketches. It's a model that took its inspiration from a variety of sources: racing heritage, sci-fi, and modern architecture.

A Ferrari 812 Superfast is the underlying package of the car, but the designers kept just the windscreen and headlights from the body. They set forth to create a model with smooth volume and undulating reflections. The car's front end is tapered and faced by a flattened oval grille. At the back, the car takes a more muscular stance, has deeply set taillights, and is finished off with a prominent spoiler.

Ferrari Omologata

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Dressed in a triple layer of Ferrari's Rosso Magma paint and a racing livery the car combines track day prowess with daily drivability.

Inside, the car sports electric blue seats finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric with four-point racing harnesses. The rest of the interior is finished in black.

Unlike modern vehicles, the Omologata does not have a screen in the center of the vehicle, giving the model. a historic tinge. Metal parts on the dashboard and steering wheel are finished with the crackled paint effect associated with the great GT racers of the 1950s and 1960s as well as with Ferrari's engine cam covers. A hammered paint effect so often used in cars such as the 250 LM and 250 GTO finds its way on details such as the inner door handles and on the Ferrari F1 bridge.

The mid-engine car has a 6.5-liter V12 engine, harvested from the 812 Superfast. In that car is generates 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ferrari isn't divulging the price of the Omologata.

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The 2021 BMW X2 Edition M Mesh is a new package addition to the company's crossover lineup.

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BMW X2 sDrive28i and xDrive28i models will be available with a special edition package for the 2021 model year. The 2021 BMW X2 Edition M Mesh adds a number of sporty accents with a $3,550 price tag.

The package includes the BMW M Sport X exterior package, M Mesh kidney grille, and new 19-inch M Aerodynamic Style 919M wheels with orange or black highlights. Buyers can choose their car's metallic paint job, with Brooklyn Grey Metallic added to the options list for the first time.

Twenty-inch wheels are available. Buyers can choose from all-season or summer performance tires.

2021 BMW X2 Edition M Mesh: Exterior

Each model is driven by a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and steering wheel paddle shifters, can get from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 to 6.6 seconds, depending on model chosen. The crossover's speed tops out at 144 mph.

Interior appointments include Edition badging and M Sport Seats with leather upholstery.

Each model comes standard with an 8.8-inch high-resolution touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Wireless charging is available.

The X2 with the package comes standard with front collision warning with city collision mitigation, lane departure warning, speed limit information, and automatic high beams. Active cruise control with stop & go is available as an option.

2021 BMW X2 Edition M Mesh: Interior

The package is priced at $3,550. The MSRP for the 2021 X2 sDrive28i is $36,600 plus $995 Destination and $38,600 plus $995 Destination for the X2 xDrive28i.

Production of the 2021 BMW X2 Edition M Mesh begins in November.

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