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Rolls-Royce Kryptos Collection features encrypted messages and clandestine design

The new Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection models feature a cipher.

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It's a touch mysterious, but that's the whole point. The newest member of the Rolls-Royce Collection Cars lineup is the Wraith Kryptos Collection, which was born from a designer's passion for cryptography.

The art of writing in codes has prevalence throughout the design of the model, a vehicle Rolls-Royce calls "a willing canvas for an intricate and clandestine design." The collection will be limited to just 50 vehicles.

"The name Kryptos is derived from Ancient Greek, referring to something unseen, hidden and coded, mythical even," said Rolls-Katrin Lehmann, Royce Bespoke Designer. "Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world's most brilliant minds."

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection

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"As a designer," continued Lehmann, "I've always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art."

The Wraith Kryptos Collection features an encrypted cipher that evolves throughout the car, in a move purely for the clients' pleasure and amusement. Though the ciphers appear to the untrained eye to just be a design, those who are willing to look closer will find themselves involved in a mystery.

"The brilliant and creative minds of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective have excelled once again, creating an extraordinarily contemporary and compelling iteration of Wraith," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "The Wraith Kryptos Collection, on first glance, is a statement of dynamism. On closer examination, a series of messages are hidden behind a unique Rolls-Royce cipher. I look forward to seeing whether any of our clients will crack the code!"

The code really is a secret. Only two people at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood know the full resolution of the sequence -Lehmann and Müller-Ötvös. A sealed envelope in the Chief Executive's safe holds the key to the code. Rolls-Royce clients will be able to submit their efforts at cracking the code via the members-only Rolls-Royce app, Whispers.

To begin your cryptographic journey, once you've received your Wraith, you'll start at the Spirit of Ecstasy where an engraving at the base starts the cipher. Below, there are redrafted bumper inserts, which change the posture of Wraith. The exterior of the car is Delphic Grey, a bespoke hue that is made from a solid Anthracite base color. In sunlight, blue and green mica flakes appear. A hand-painted double coachline in Kryptos Green is painted. Orbit Grey polished wheels feature a color pinstripe.

Step over the illuminated tread-lates and you'll be greeted by Kryptos Green leather that has been developed to incorporate a metallic effect, set against either Selby Grey or Anthracite. Elements of the cipher are embroidered into the Wraith's headrests in place of the customary double-R emblem. A screen print spans the width fo the interior in front of the driver.

Looking up, passengers will see a bi-colored headliner depicting an in-motion data-stream inspired motif. Illuminated door pockets are made woven leather with Kryptos Green threads.

Buyers interested in purchasing a model from the Wraith Kryptos Collection should contact their local Rolls-Royce retailer.

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The Twisted NAS-E California Series is a new all-electric 4x4.

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Earlier this year, a luxury 4x4 retailer in Austin, Texas showed off the Twisted NA-V8, a vehicle based on a classic Defender that comes in five different body styles. Now a limited run of 30 Twisted NAS-E all-electric 4x4 is bowing.

The NAS-E is born of the classic Land Rover Defender 90 body with a soft top and features an electric powertrain, a luxurious interior, and impressive off-roading capability. Each model is compliant with all North American EV Regulations and California CARB regulations.

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

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"As the world moves steadily toward mass electrification, the Californian market has been missing a uniquely stylish electric 4x4 option that can stand out at the beach, off-road and at stoplights with a level of exclusivity and prestige that can only come from the timeless British Defender form," said Bruce Riggs, COO, Twisted North America. "With color schemes reflecting the natural beauty of California, a removable soft top shape to fully live the elements, advanced electric powertrain engineering exclusive to Twisted, zero-emission power, practical battery range and luxuriously modern interior touches, the Twisted NAS-E is the ultimate expression of the American coastal lifestyle."

The model is the first hero vehicle of the Twisted Legacy collection. It will be sold in two trim levels: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus. The difference mainly comes down to the power allocation. The NAS-E will be powered by a Remy Borg-Warner motor delivering more than 280 pound-feet of torque and 214 brake horsepower. The NAS-E Plus sees its output upped to 309 pound-feet of torque and 320 brake horsepower.

Twisted NAS-E Malibu Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted says that the model has a 200-mile range from its 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The SUVs have custom-valved dampers, six-piston front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, and a traction control system. Four-wheel drive is standard. There are Sport, Eco, and Off-Road drive modes.

The model will be offered in three color options: Malibu, Yosemite, and Tahoe. They will make up the California Series of the models, a limited time 30-vehicle offering.

Twisted NAS-E Tahoe Photo courtesy of Twisted

The NAS-E comes with a good list of features: cream leather seats featuring Alston Alcantara inserts, a three-seat bench across the front row with detachable headrests, 4x tip ups located in the load area, Twisted Sport Wheels finished in silver, a Twisted Stage One front end, NAS roll cage, Bimini hood, an infotainment system, EV management system touch screen, raptored 'spray down' unique flooring, eight-channel audio system, rearview camera with wideview angle, GPS tracker, immobilizer, and air conditioning.

The NAS-E Plus builds on that to include a NAS brush bar, NAS side steps, roll-bar spotlights, NAS-E body stripe decal, and black side sills.

Twisted offers the model with a comprehensive 24-month/20,000-mile warranty. Extensions are available.

Twisted NAS-E Malibu Photo courtesy of Twisted

The Twisted NAS-E starts at $185,000 while the NAS-E Plus comes in at $210,000. Each has a lead time of approximately nine months and requires a fully refundable deposit to reserve. Limited test drives will be available early October 2020.

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This image of a young child was considered so perverted by some that Audi decided to apologize for it.

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Audi has apologized for an advertisement that shows an image of a young girl eating a banana while she stands in front of an Audi RS 4 Avant.

The apology was issued after outcry from critics on Twitter who pointed to perceived numerous flaws in the ad from the overt sexualization of the child because of the banana involved to the potential danger the child was in because she was standing in front of a parked vehicle that can go up to 174 mph.

In the three-part apology, Audi stated, "We care for children. We hear you and let's get this straight: We care for children. The Audi RS 4 is a family car with more than thirty driver assistance systems including an emergency break system. That's why we showcased it with various family members for the campaign."
The statement continues, “We hoped we could convey these messages, showing that even for the weakest traffic participants it is possible to relaxingly lean on the RS technology. That was a mistake! Audi never intended to hurt anyone's feelings. We sincerely apologize for this insensitive image and ensure that it will not be used in future. We will also immediately examine internally, how this campaign has been created and if control mechanisms failed in this case.“
Some of Audi's Twitter followers said that, in their view, the criticism was likely unwarranted while others chose to concentrate on the fact that the model in the photo features a potent power plant. Others pointed out that they felt that the image was pro-pedophilia writing, in German, “I see a pedophile ad here. And child abuse. Disgusting and reprehensible.“

Though this is the first advertising slip up this year for the Audi brand, it's the second major ad folly for Volkswagen Group, Audi's parent company. In May, the company became embroiled in a controversy surrounding an advertisement that features a dark-skinned man being maneuvered around by the hands of a white woman. As the ad developed, the dark-skinned man ended up being flicked away from a yellow Volkswagen Golf, all while upbeat music played in the background.

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