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You can now get your special edition Porsche 911 with a side of Embraer Phenom 300E

Customers who opt for a special edition Embraer Phenom 300E business jet can also buy a matching customised Porsche 911 Turbo S.

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There's exclusive and there's exclusive. This is the latter. A new partnership between Embraer and Porsche will see 10 unique duets delivered to clients. The bundle consists of a special edition Porsche 911 Turbo S and an Embraer Phenom 300E.

"A partnership of this magnitude could only be brought about by two innovative companies with a shared vision: to offer the ultimate customer experience. Every detail of this stellar duo was inspired by the particular standards of our discerning customers," says Michael Amalfitano, President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets.

The models were created to pair together. Each wears a two-tone Platinum Silver Metallic gloss and Jet Grey Metallic satin matte two-tone finish. Trim parts are featured in Brilliant Chrome and Speed Blue. The paint process is complex and completed by hand on both the car and plane.

Porsche 911 Embraer Phenom 300E The duet is a very limited edition offering.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

A logo has been specially designed to celebrate the partnership. It takes its cue from aerodynamics and is made up of a stylized aeroplane wing from the Phenom 300E and the rear wing of the flagship 911 with the Sport Design package. It is used on the exterior and interior of both products and can be found embossed on head restraints and as part of a limited-edition badge.

Other stylized elements connect the 911 Turbo S to the plane. The individual registration of the respective jet can be found on the underside of the rear wing and on the sides of the vehicle key. The door sill trims feature "No step" lettering illuminated in red. The dial on the stopwatch from the Sport Chrono package has a printed-on artificial horizon.

There is a special emblem on the B-pillar: in addition to the cooperation logo, it includes ten small rectangular fields corresponding to the limited number of units. One of these fields is blue. Every customer can select where this field is placed, representing that the car is one of only ten. This emblem is repeated on the outside of the jet.

The car is traditionally engined for its trim level.

Inside the Porsche's cabin, the color scheme from the exterior continues with black and chalk-colored leather that matches the jet's yoke. The 12 o'clock marking on the steering wheel is in Speed Blue and the car comes standard with Porsche's Carbon interior package. Chalk-colored Alcantara covers the roofline while the front seats have high-gloss carbon accents. The leather loop for folding the front seat backrests is red, matching the loops of the jet's seats.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Duet

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The roofliner is covered with chalk-coloured Alcantara. The front seats have decorative elements made of high-gloss carbon. The cooperation logo is embossed on the head restraints. The leather loop for folding the front seat backrests is red, matching the loops of the jet's seats. The entire vehicle interior is hand-crafted, installed by the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, and is not available in this form for the series production range.

Every customer who purchases the dynamic duo will also receive a Porsche Design luggage set that includes a pilot's case and two weekend bags. Additionally, a special edition of the new 1919 Globetimer UTC timepiece from Porsche Design is included and carries the design elements of the duet on its face.

A special night design is obtained through use of luminous Superluminova material: the runway lights up in light blue in the dark, while the hour indices and hour and minute hands shine in light green. The tip of the date pointer is shaped like the Embraer logo. This is the letter "E", stylised in the shape of a symmetrical plane. The black leather strap is made of real Porsche interior leather and features contrast stitching in Speed Blue. The cooperation logo can be found on the leather strap, the rear of the case and the dial. The 1919 UTC Globetimer Embraer is also limited to ten units and is exclusively reserved for owners of the jet and vehicle.

Porsche 911 Embraer Phenom 300E The interior of the plane matches the interior of the Porsche.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Like the Porsche 911, the Phenom 300E is performance-focused. It's the fastest and longest-ranged single-pilot jet available. It has a high-speed cruise of 464 knots and a five-occupant range of 3,724 km (2,010 nautical miles) with NBAA IRF reserves. The aircraft is capable of flying at 13,716 metres (45,000 feet), powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E1 engines with 3,478 pounds (15.47 kN) of thrust each.

Space is key. The Phenom 300E's baggage compartment is among the largest in its category. It also has a spacious cabin with the largest windows in its class. A private lavatory is on board as well as seats with recline and full movement capability. It has distinct temperature zones for pilots and passengers, a wardrobe and refreshment center, voice and data communications options, and an entertainment system.

Porsche 911 Embraer Phenom 300E Seats in the plane have recline functionality.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Pricing for the duet is in the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" category.

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Bugatti is selling just 40 Divos worldwide.

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Only 40 Bugatti Divos will be made. Four of them were recently delivered to U.S. customers. The latest customized version of the supercar to be delivered by the French automaker pushed the limits of what the Bugatti craftspeople are capable of. As company founder Ettore Bugatti once said: "If it is comparable, it is no longer Bugatti."

Meet the Bugatti Divo named "Lady Bug".

The Divo premiered in 2018 and shortly thereafter a prospective buyer and noted collector from the U.S. approached Bugatti with an idea in mind. They wanted a strict geometric pattern that featured diamond shapes in a unique color contrast on their Divo. The Bugatti design and development team set about figuring out how to make that happen.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" design process

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Two special metallic paint colors were developed: Customer Special Red and Graphite. The diamond pattern was designed to run precisely from the front over the sides to the rear – matching the silhouette of the Divo.

Bugatti's team spend a year-and-a-half to develop and implement the technical and graphic solutions the Divo owner required. Adding the diamonds to the car was far more complex than they expected. They would have to be painted onto the body with precision and exact definition.

What made it so hard? According to Bugatti, "the digital patterns in the CAD program bear little resemblance to reality: owing to the three-dimensional, sculptural form of the Divo with its contours, curves and ribs, the 2D-printed diamonds became distorted on the surface of the exclusive hyper sports car. As a result, they had to be digitally modified."

Being off by as little as one millimeter would ruin the entire visual effect. The total would be 1,600 diamonds by the time the pattern was fully executed.

Weeks later, designers discovered a way to match the CAD data with reality. They ended up being able to pull the film over the deeply concave surfaces of the Divo without the diamonds becoming distorted or developing folds.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" graphics application

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During the pattern's development, a test car was used to perfect the pattern. After the initial steps of the application process were applied to the customer's Divo, Bugatti's team need to remove each diamond. Graphite paint and a clearcoat were applied on top of the effect paint in Customer Special Red in order to invert the pattern. As part of this process, the paintwork was sanded, smoothed, checked, retouched and then re-sanded. All in, the total time spent on the paint on the customer's car alone was two weeks.

"Every Bugatti Divo is one of a kind. With the custom-made 'Lady Bug', Bugatti has demonstrated the full range of its customization expertise. What initially seemed impossible was executed to perfection by the designers and developers in collaboration with the customer," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti."We are proud to have matched the customer's personal taste and expectations with this unique Divo. The car really demonstrates what the marque is capable of in terms of creativity and craftsmanship."

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug"

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There were no changes to the car's W16 powertrain for the project.

Each Divo is priced at $5.6 million USD but buyers pay more depending on which options they choose. All Divos are produced by the Bugatti Alelier in Molsheim. The first deliveries of the supercar happened in August 2020. All models will hav been delivered by this spring.

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The Nissan GT-R probably isn't the first supercar that comes to mind, but it's worthy of consideration if you're not all about being seen.

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You put the pedal down. A confident growl busts out the back end. The wheels may squeal, and you might too. It's not all about the power, though it has plenty. The 2021 Nissan GT-R delivers the type of drive experience that you're never going to get from an electric vehicle - and it's magnificent.

Godzilla has been in production since 2007 with nips and tucks and add-ons here and there along the way. It's not as sleek or stylish as the Audi E-Tron GT or even Audi's R8. There's no giant wing out back à la McLaren and certainly nothing Italian about it. The GT-R is it's own man.

Even areas of the country that are supercar-heavy, aren't heavy with GT-Rs. A Ferrari or Lamborghini is a bigger status symbol for adoring eyes. It's the real drivers out there who know that a GT-R is perhaps the better investment for someone who wants a supercar to drive, not just to be seen in. Its unique looks are subtle but properly athletic.

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium The car is capable as a daily driver but it can also push the limits during a track day.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

The reason for that starts but doesn't end with Nissan's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. It rests below the hood, not behind your ears, and delivers 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque creating a visceral acceleration experience. It's enough to satisfy you, bring a smile to your face, impress those around you, and make you realize that Godzilla really is a beast.

The six-speed dual-clutch transmission in the GT-R Premium ($113,540 base price) manages the power nicely and shifts relatively smoothly - it's no Ford 10-speed automatic and that's okay. If you want a GT-R with a manual transmission, you'll have to upgrade to the NISMO model. Don't "save the manuals" me. So few people are buying them that they're becoming extinct despite your bumper sticker saying and hashtag. Most supercars don't have them. Nissan is just simply following an industry trend and the DCT is perfectly fine for drivers not spending the majority of their time on a track.

All wheel drive is standard on the model, meaning that the GT-R sticks to the road as you put it through its paces. That also means that you don't need to head home every time there's rainfall or snow in the forecast, and you can take corners a little faster than the local constabulary may prefer.

The car has athletic looks despite not conforming to the typical supercar design language.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

Proper engineering has made the GT-R a great daily driver. It's fun to push it around the twisties on a winding road in the country during a long weekend, but it's also not a bad car to commute or run errands in (it has a real trunk!). Like any good supercar, the GT-R goes right where you want, when you want it, whether you're doing slow speed maneuvering around a neighborhood or putting the throttle down on the highway. The speed-sensitive steering calibration is spot-on.

Parts of the interior are dated, especially when compared to other vehicles in its price point. But none of those parts are enough to make the GT-R even the least bit undesirable. The seats are surprisingly comfortable and the ride isn't too harsh. Analog dials are a nice break for the eyes.

But the real reason you're in the GT-R isn't because of the the amenities. It's because you love to drive. Because you're confident enough to go with Godzilla rather than a flashy Italian or German. Because you understand that the car nicknamed after a fictional monster, and its gasoline-powered ilk, are in danger of going extinct as carbon neutral priorities seem keen on removing the type of visceral fun that internal combustion engines provide.

The car has analog dials in front of the driver.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If we're going to have to make concessions to make the air and water cleaner, it would be nice if, on the other end of the spectrum, the powers that be let us keep having the muscle of the GT-R.

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