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Porsche Design Acer Book RS comes with carbon fiber cover, fast-charging capability

The Porsche Design Acer Book RS and its accessories stay true to Porsche branding.

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Porsche performance is legendary. Whether it's on the track, a paved road, or a country lane, a Porsche will take you there in style. The company is lending its style a new Acer laptop. The Porsche Design Acer Book RS picks up hallmark Porsche design elements and adds them to the computing workhorse.

"With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Acer's proven track record of excellence matches our commitment to delivering outstanding products with our partners. We are delighted to kick-off this partnership with the new Porsche Design Acer Book RS that embodies the DNA of our brand to the core and sets new standards in performance and design," said Jan Becker, CEO of Porsche Design Group.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS The laptop has a carbon fiber cover.Photo courtesy of Acer

The all-metal, diamond-cut, CNC-machined chassis of the Acer Book RS is attached to the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics and an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU. It weighs just 2.64 pounds and has 16 GB of RAM.

It has been designed to be responsive and charge quickly, just like the steering of a 911 and Taycan. The laptop includes Intel Evo platform verified models to "meet key experience targets for consistent responsiveness on battery, instant wake, real-world battery life and fast charge". Dual copper heat pipes work to ensure the device remains cool. The battery lasts 17 hours and can generate four hours of usage with a 30-minute fast charge.

The notebook's 14-inch FHD IPS touch screen is covered with a layer of Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass that covers 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut. Its ultra-narrow bezels allow for a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Acer has equipped the laptop with USB-C, Thunderbolt, and USB-A ports, and smart features including fingerprint login and Wake on Voice technology.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS Three different types of ports are housed in the notebook's body.Photo courtesy of Acer

Like many Porsches on the market today, the computer features an exterior complete with carbon fiber accents. Its cover is made of 3k carbon fiber. The computer's two covers are connected by a unibody hinge that elevates the keyboard slightly when the notebook is opened. Its keys are backlit. There is a glass precision touchpad for multi-gesture support.

The Porsche Design Acer Travelpack RS includes a mousepad, mouse, carrying pouch, and notebook sleeve. It is made from Ecco Palmero XA leather and has magnetic clasps that connect the pouch to the notebook sleeve, which is made of 1680D fabric. The Porsche Design Acer Mouse RS has Bluetooth capability and features carbon fiber accents to ensure strength and design continuity.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS Porsche Design is selling a full complement of accessories for the notebook.Photo courtesy of Acer

The Porsche Design Acer Book RS premium package (i7 notebook, travelpack, mouse) will be available in North America starting at $1,999.99. Getting just the Porsche Design Acer Book RS will set North American customers back at least $1,399.99.The Porsche Design Acer Mouse RS will be available in North America starting at $109.99. and the Porsche Design Acer Travelpack RS (mousepad, mouse, carrying pouch and notebook sleeve) will be available in North America starting at $329.99.

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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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