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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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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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