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Puma's new motorsports-inspired shoe conceived in partnership with Pirelli

Puma has teamed up with Pirelli to design a new lifestyle shoe.

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High performance tires shine on the track and the street. They're equal parts athlete and lifestyle choice. The same is true for high performance sneakers. Two companies that know this as well as anyone are Puma and Pirelli, who have teamed up to create the Replicat-X 1.8 Pirelli.

According to a release, "The Replicat-X 1.8 Pirelli takes on the ferocity and form of a modern supercar, inspired by motorsports heritage, to transform it into the fastest footwear in the entire collection."

Puma Replicat-X 1.8 Pirelli The sneakers bring the hallmark design elements of life at the track to the street.Photo courtesy of Pirelli, Puma

This is not the first foray into a sport-inspired lifestyle sneaker for the apparel company. Puma's design team regularly puts forth concepts influenced by sports including football, basketball, and golf.

The sneaker's upper features layering making it more like a booty. Its kit is an "oversized" wraparound full rubber outsoul that features Pirelli's unique Cinturato Blue tread pattern. This design gives the sneaker an obvious racing-inspired look. It also has a molded sock liner.

The new sneaker features a quick lacing system which the companies say is inspired by one of the most iconic turbo engines in motorsports history. The sneaker's upper has a perforated mash vamp, with lateral mesh panels for breathability.

The PUMA Replicat-X 1.8 Pirelli is currently available in stores in PUMA Black-Luminous Purple-Sunny Lime, PUMA White-Peacoat-Limepunch and Gray Violet-Sunny Lime-Palace Blue. The men's shoes retail for $120 and are available in U.S. sizes 7-14. The shoes are not sold in women's sizes.

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The 2021 Cadillac Lyriq is a whole new take on luxe mobility for the company.

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The Cadillac Lyriq will start at less than $60,000 when it debuts in late 2022 or early 2023, Steve Carlisle, president of General Motors North America, said Wednesday.

Cadillac won't announce official pricing anytime soon, but as the brand transitions to an all-electric portfolio, the Lyriq midsize crossover and other EVs have to be able to replace its current gasoline-powered vehicles, Carlisle said at the JP Morgan Auto Conference.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Cadillac is expected to infuse the Lyriq with a host of modern technology including its hands-free Super Cruise driving system. Photo courtesy of Cadillac

"We need to be in the same price zone," said Carlisle. "This car will need to be priced similar to how the industry prices midsize lux SUVs today, maybe a slight premium at the outset. It's a price that won't be high five digits. It won't start with a seven and it won't start with a six."

At that price it won't be Cadillac's priciest SUV - that will solidly be the Escalade - but it likely will be its most expensive two-row SUV. It's about the same size as the Cadillac XT5, which starts at near $45,000 and can go higher than $70,000 with all the options boxes checked.

General Motors is going all-in on battery-powered vehicles. The company recently announced a partnership with EVgo that will add 2,700 charging stations to the grid over the next several years. The first of those stations is set to go online next year.

Cadillac isn't the only arm of the Detroit-based automaker that is getting electric vehicles. The company recently outlined what's ahead for each brand. Chevy will have en electric utility vehicle coming to market in the near future and the GMC Hummer EV truck and SUV are well on their way. There are additional vehicles in the pipeline as well.

It was also recently revealed that GM CEO Mary Barra has entertained the idea of changing the company's name to better align it with their vision of the future of mobility.

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The Audi E-Tron is being made more affordable.

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Longer range, cheaper price. That's the bottom line for the 2021 Audi E-Tron. The all-electric SUV was the first in the E-Tron family to debut and go on sale and the a big step toward the brand's commitment to electrifying 30 percent of its U.S. model lineup by 2025.

Though Audi has revised the model's packages and lowered pricing, it's still pretty much the same SUV. Same fascia, body lines, wheels, brakes, and battery.

About that battery ... Software adjustments have made it so that drivers can now get 222 miles of all-electric range out of the 95 kilowatt-hour battery - an increase of 18 miles. The net energy amount goes up to 86.5 kilowatt-hours, nearly three kilowatt-hours more than the 2019 model.

2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback Audi sells the E-Tron in two varieties: E-Tron SUV and E-Tron Sportback.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The SUV retains its standard 355 horsepower (it can go up to as much as 402 horsepower with Boost Mode) and can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds using Boost Mode.

The all-wheel drive SUV will start at $65,900, an $8,900 dip from the starting MSRP of the 2020 Audi E-Tron. The model trim level lineup tops out at $79,100. A potential federal tax credit for purchasing an Audi E-Tron up to $7,500 may apply. There is a $1,095 destination charge.

The Premium (base) trim level is available with the Convenience Plus Package, which includes the Driver Assistance package and Black exterior trim kit. It comes standard with 20-inch five-spoke wheels; a heated steering wheel; quad-zone climate control; lane departure warning; heated front seats; a power lift gate; Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus; heated, auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors with memory; Homelink; Integrated Toll Module; and comfort pre-conditioning.

The E-Tron Premium Plus grade comes standard with charge ports on both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. It also gets the Driver Assistance Package; ambient interior lighting; heated and ventilated 12-way power-adjustable front seats; matrix-design LED headlights; 3D Bang & Olufson Sound System; and wireless device charging.

2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback The Audi E-Tron Sportback is more expensive than the traditional E-Tron SUV.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The highest grade E-Tron Prestige adds a head-up display; individual contour front seats with massage functionality; Full Leather package; multi-color LED interior ambient lighting; dual-pane acoustic glass; an air quality system; power door closers; and rear sunshades.

The E-Tron Sportback, a sloped-roof version of the same SUV, has a higher starting price - $69,100. The E-Tron Sportback Premium Plus is $78,000 and the E-Tron Sportback Prestige is $82,300. It has an EPA-estimated range of 218 miles, has a 5.5-second zero to 60 mph time, and delivers up to 402 horsepower with Boost Mode engaged.

The standard features list for each of the E-Tron Sportback's grades is nearly identical to what is offered in the E-Tron SUV.

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