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New Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet pictured for the first time

The Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet is a limited edition model. Just 50 of the cars will be built.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

A Rolls-Royce is a membership card for a vary exclusive club. That status symbol has been taken a step further with the Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet - a limited edition model with a very special name.

The company has released the first official images of the Dawn Silver Bullet as the first of the client-commissioned Collection Cars is completed at the company's manufacturing facility in Goodwood, West Sussex, England.

The car is pictured on the shores of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy and a popular Northern Italian holiday destination. It sits at the base of the Dolomites, which provide the backdrop for the hairpin turns the model is pictured traversing.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet

Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce has given the car and its name the silver treatment. Silver has played an important role in the history of the company. There are several cars that have taken the moniker including the Silver Dawn, Silver King, Silver Silence, and Silver Spectre. In the company's very early days, its first production vehicle, the Rolls-Royce 40/50, was given the Silver Ghost name after an early example was finished in silver.

The modern Dawn Silver Bullet features an ultra-metallic Brewster Silver paint job. Its drophead styling is revised to feature roadster attributes with the addition of Aero Cowling with vapor-blasted titanium finisher. The cowling sits behind the first row seats, giving the traditional four-seater model heightened emotional appeal. The cowling is removable for times when the owner wishes to utilize all four seats.

The Dawn Silver Bullet features dark exterior detailing; dark headlights and a new dark front bumper finisher, providing a dominant and determined expression in heightened contrast to the silver hue. The part-polished wheels offer a translucent shadow finish with a single silver pinstripe.

Inside, the Dawn Silver Bullet has a unique open-pore carbon fibre fascia and a quilted transmission tunnel with design cues taken from a leather jacket.

The Dawn Silver Bullet is a limited production model with just 50 examples to be made. Pricing is in the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" range.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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The majority of new car buyers paid a markup in January 2022.

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It's no secret that new car prices are climbing every year, as new technology and features make their way into even the most basic models. The issue is compounded by massive supply chain issues that have caused vehicle shortages for nearly every major automaker. Some dealers are taking advantage of record low inventory levels by marking up prices, and unfortunately, the problem isn't limited to a handful of bad apples. In analyzing recent sale price data, automotive publication Edmunds found that buyers paid a markup in a whopping 82.2 percent of all new vehicle purchases in January 2022, compared to just 2.8 percent a year before. Overall, the average transaction price rose to $728 above MSRP for new car purchases.


Tesla factoryTesla is looking to expand production in the U.S. beyond the confines of its Fremont factory. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Cadillac buyers saw the largest markups, to the tune of $4,048 on average in January. Land Rover and Kia weren't much better, with average markups of $2,565 and $2,289, respectively. On the other end of the spectrum, Alfa Romeo buyers got discounts that averaged $3,421, while people who bought Volvo or Lincoln vehicles got smaller discounts of $869 and $510, respectively.

Some automakers have taken a stand against dealer markups and the general lack of transparency seen in pricing across the board. Ford and General Motors have been vocal in recent months, threatening to withhold inventory from dealers found to be slapping markups on new vehicles. As Edmunds notes, both automakers have important vehicle launches on the horizon that neither can afford to flub, and inconsistent pricing or markups is a good way to alienate new customers out of the gate.


Cadillac EscaladeCadillac buyers paid the largest markups of any brand. Photo courtesy of Cadillac

If you're thinking of shopping for a new car, the best way to avoid paying a markup is to wait. The pandemic and ongoing supply chain issues have thrown kinks into every automaker's operations that will take time to iron out. That said, it's clear that some brands are committed to having no funny business when it comes to dealerships' pricing and communication. It's possible to get a vehicle at MSRP, or even below in some cases, so if you're in a position that requires you to buy a new car, shop around to get the best deal.

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