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Bespoke Magma Red Rolls-Royce Phantom to be auctioned online to benefit (RED)

Rolls-Royce has teamed with Sotheby's to auction a bespoke Phantom for charity.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce has provided a bespoke red Phantom for auction by Sotheby's to benefit (RED). The winning bidder will have the opportunity to collaborate with contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas to create a custom wrap for their car, based on a work of art inspired by the car.

"It is an honor and privilege to present this one of a kind commission created at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England," commented Martin Fritsches, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas. "Every member of our team is deeply inspired by this world-class commission and equally by the importance of the cause that it was created to support - (RED)'s fight to end AIDS. We are proud to partner with Mickalene Thomas, Sotheby's and RM Sotheby's to achieve an outstanding result from this auction."

Rolls-Royce Phantom (RED)

Rolls-Royce Phantom (RED) leather steering wheel

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Red leather wraps the steering wheel and shifter.


As presented for auction, the (RED) Phantom's exterior features a bespoke finish of Crystal over Magma Red. Particles of crystal are captured in the final layers of finish, creating an extraordinary luminescence. The handcrafted Brilliant Arctic White leather interior is offset by bright Mugello Red highlights. On the cabin's roof is a Mugello Red Shooting Starlight Headliner. Housed within a single-piece glass fascia and extending across the instrument panel, the Gallery design, "Red Regatta Sails," is constructed of Bespoke Mugello Red leather.

The model has deep heritage in the automaker's lineup, first debuting in 1925 and now it is in its eighth generation. The Rolls-Royce Phantom is a full-size luxury sedan that was completely redesigned two years ago. The model is generally purchased by the automaker's most sophisticated buyer, often someone who has a driver. It is available in regular and extended wheelbases.

Pricing for a Rolls-Royce Phantom traditionally starts at $450,000.

The online auction at sothebys.com will run December 4-13, 2019.

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New performance sedan

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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Updated premium crossover

2022 Infiniti QX50 picks up new standard features

The new QX50 gets more tech and safety features.

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Infiniti is one of a handful of automakers that have continued developing and building cars instead of focusing only on higher-profit and much more popular SUVs and trucks. That said, Infiniti's catalog is crossover- and SUV-heavy. Its smallest and least expensive crossover, the QX50 gets a handful of new features for 2022, and today Infiniti announced pricing.

Infiniti offers the 2022 QX50 in five trims: $40,025 Pure, $43,375 Luxe, $47,825 Essential, $52,525 Sensory, and $57,975 Autograph. All trims get Infiniti's variable compression (VC-Turbo) engine that makes 268 horsepower and returns up to 26 mpg combined. The advanced engine shifts its compression ratio to match the driver's behavior. When more power is needed, the compression changes, and when efficiency is the priority, it changes again. It's a marvel of engineering, but it's not as fuel-efficient as a hybrid. Power reaches the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

2022 Infiniti QX50Pricing starts at around $40,000.Infiniti

Beyond the new standard features for 2022, buyers of the new QX50 will have to step up to the Luxe trim to get the most desirable features such as auto-folding exterior side mirrors, power lumbar support, and perforated leather upholstery. Standard comfort gear includes eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Infiniti stuck with its dual-screen infotainment configuration with the 2022 QX50. The top eight-inch screen handles wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto duties, as well as navigation. The bottom seven-inch screen handles vehicle controls, radio stations, and other settings. Though the system looks great and adds a high-tech feel to the cabin, two screens can be distracting and confusing while driving. The good news is that the QX50 gets an excellent 16-speaker Bose stereo starting with the Luxe trim.

2022 Infiniti QX50ProPilot Assist and Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standardInfiniti

The 2022 QX50 hasn't been crash tested by either major ratings organization yet, but the 2021 model performed well. It earned Good ratings in crash testes and a Superior score for its standard crash prevention systems. The 2022 QX50 comes standard with Infiniti's ProPilot Assist system, which brings advanced adaptive cruise control functions that can center the car in its lane, brake, and accelerate. Other standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic braking, predictive forward collision warnings, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


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