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Lunaz's first all-electric Rolls-Royce restomod has as much range as a Tesla

Lunaz is electrifying some of the world's most desirable classic cars.

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Classic elegance meets modern powertrain. Lunaz has begun production of the first electrified classic Rolls-Royce models. Like with modern Rolls-Royces, production is limited and the cost is high.

The first Rolls-Royce model to be converted by Lunaz is a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. The car received a ground-up restoration and the incorporation of Lunaz's proprietary electric powertrain and full suite of hardware and software upgrades.

"The time is right for an electric Rolls-Royce. We are answering the need to marry beautiful classic design with the usability, reliability and sustainability of an electric powertrain," said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz. "More than ever we are meeting demand for clean-air expressions of the most beautiful and luxurious cars in history. We are proud to make a classic Rolls-Royce relevant to a new generation."

Lunaz Rolls-Royce electric classic car Lunaz has already converted a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V.Photo courtesy of Lunaz

The conversion and restoration features the installation of a 120-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the largest in the world inside an auto, that delivers a range of over 300 miles.

The weighting of switchgear has been engineered to operate an entirely new powertrain with the same haptic feedback as the original. Instrumentation stays true to the spirit of the 1960s design, with delicate integration of a battery range meter and power gauge.

Every car by Lunaz is equipped with the capability for both home charging and rapid charging.

The company starts each model's changeover by taking the car back to bare metal, 3D scanning it, and fully restoring it. Then, the conversion takes place. The internal combustion engine and associated systems are removed and the chassis is prepared for electrification. The electrified powertrain's components are integrated into the existing design of the car - the fuel filler cap becomes a charging port.

Electric 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V by Lunaz

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Lunaz allows each customer to be involved in the design and technology process relying on Design Director Jen Holloway to execute their vision. The first model finished features a contemporary two-tone paint scheme, with Midland Grey on the upper of the car and Cinereous Grey on the lower. The hand-painted feature line that breaks the two colors is inspired by a period item specified by the car's previous client - a pink bakelite telephone that sat between the rear occupants. This item has been retained in the final build and upgraded to incorporate modern cellular phone technology, encrypted for privacy.

The interior scheme tastefully echoes the exterior. The very finest sustainably-sourced leather is crafted by Lunaz' in-house specialist team and specified in Argent Grey. Instead of traditional seat piping, a double welt feature is presented in Whisper with Argent Grey, creating the look of a contemporary pinstripe detail. The car's grab-handles are the same shade pink as the feature line.

The original woodwork inside the Phantom V has been restored and finished with a contemporary satin treatment. The update is offset with rose gold inlays that extends to the door cappings, front fascia, and the picnic table backs affixed to the privacy division that separates the driver and rear passenger compartment.

Lunaz Rolls-Royce electric classic car Photo courtesy of Lunaz

Though vintage, modern conveniences abound. The car comes with an integrated infotainment system that includes navigation. Audio can be split between the front and rear allowing the driver to be the only one to hear navigation voice commands. The car has modern air conditioning that can have its settings vary by seat.

Under the picnic tables, rear passengers have two screens. The center unit features a bar service that can be customized by size to perfectly fit the bottle of the buyer's choice.

The 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz is built in eight-seat configuration with a front bench for three occupants, rear bench for a further three and two occasional seats.

Rear floor mats have been custom made in alpaca wool, a material that is rarer than cashmere, softer than lambswool, and is considered highly sustainable.

Lunaz Rolls-Royce electric classic car Photo courtesy of Lunaz

Following modifications of Phantoms, Lunaz will move on to converting Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds. The models are available in a variety of body styles, including four-door limousine, two-door coupé and drop head coupé.

The first tranche of Rolls-Royce cars by Lunaz will be limited to 30. Orders are already being accepted. To meet this demand, Lunaz is doubling its workforce at its technical headquarters in Silverstone, England.

Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds by Lunaz will feature an 80-kilowatt-hour battery that can deliver over 300 miles of range. Luaz will make both fixed head and drophead body styles across Silver Cloud I, II and III available for purchase.

Electrified Rolls-Royces by Lunaz will be available globally. They can only be purchased via a direct relationship with the factory, meaning there are no dealerships in the way of the purchasing process. Prices for a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud by Lunaz starts at £350,000 (not including local taxes). Pricing for a Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz starts at £500,000 (not including local taxes).

Lunaz already offers electrified Bentley and Jaguar models.

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The 2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan is the quickest, most powerful vehicle the company has ever produced.

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The newest member of the BMW family is also the quickest and most powerful production BMW car ever made. The limited edition 2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan will be made for just one model year.

The model builds on the BMW M5, which was recently updated for the 2021 model year and combines an amplification of power with a weight reduction to achieve its performance and dynamics that enhancing both on-the-road and track capabilities of the 5 Series.

The design of the M5 is mostly unchanged with the new car, however there are definite differences. There is extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. There is a gold finish on the BMW kidney grille, model badging, and 20-inch forged light alloy wheels. The adaptive LED headlights feature L-shaped light tubes that illuminate to yellow instead of the standard white. There is a BWM Individual Shadowline trim that adds a dark shaded appearance and accentuating the yellow accent lighting.

The M5 CS is available in a standard Brands Hatch grey metallic paint with two optional BMW Individual colors – Frozen Brands Hatch grey metallic and Frozen Deep Green metallic.

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan: Exterior

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BMW's engineers have tuned the car's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 to achieve 627 horsepower, a 10-horsepower increase over the Competition model, and 553 pound-feet of torque, delivered in a wider band than the M5 Competition. The engine is paired with an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic. The M5 CS reaches 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the M5 Competition model. Top speed with the standard M Driver's Package is 190 mph.

The rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel drive system is standard on the car and is able to distribute all of the available torque between the front and rear axles. The Active M Differential further optimizes power between the rear wheels for maximum grip and lateral dynamics.

Drivers can select from three xDrive modes including 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. The Dynamic Stability Control system can be adjusted to DSC ON, MDM (M Dynamic Mode), and DSC OFF. The Drivelogic switch on the gear selector lever allows three modes - Efficient, Sport, and Track.

There are three drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. Individual configuration is available. Drivers can toggle between Road, Sport, and Track settings using the M Mode button. Engaging these modes also changes the look of the driver information screen and head-up display. Road mode is the default setting.

The M Driver's Package also includes a voucher for BMW driver training.

The car's dual-branch, electric flap-controlled sport exhaust system, with quad stainless-steel tips, has a tone that changes depending on the selected mode (Efficient, Sport, or Sport+). Additionally, the M Sound button can soften the exhaust tone for a more understated note.

The M5 CS builds on the M5 Competition Package's offering when it comes to chassis and suspension tuning. There are stiffer engine mounts, firmer springs, a 0.2-inch lower ride height, increased front negative camber, a firmer rear anti-roll bar, and tow-link ball-joint mounts. There has also been furtherspring and Dynamic Damper Control tuning.

Standard mixed-size non-runflat high-performance tires measure 275/35R20 at the front and 285/35R20 at the rear and are fitted to Gold Bronze 20-inch M forged Y-spoke wheels. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are available at no cost.

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan: Interior

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This car is the first time BMW has put four-passenger seating in a M model in combination with M carbon sport seats up front and two bucks seats for rear passengers. Headrests on all four seats are imprinted with the map of Nurburgring's Nordschleife.

The interior of the car has black Merino leather with Mugello red accents and contrasting red stitching. The M Alcantara steering wheel has a perforated section with red background and lightweight carbon-fiber shift paddles with matching red trim in the cut-outs and on the back panels. Alcantara is also used for the headliner.

The lightweight black Merino leather center console cover with red double stitching replaces the traditional armrest and together with the absence of the armrest area tray helps to further reduce weight. Red "CS" badging can be seen on the instrument panel and between the rear bucket seats. The M seat belts feature BMW M tri-color stitching and the "M5" badge also appears on the velour M floor mats with bespoke piping and in the illuminated "M5 CS" badge on the door sill finishers.

Pricing for the car will be announced at a later date. The M5 starts at $103,500. Expect the limited edition model to be priced higher.

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Two Lamborghini Siáns have arrived in London.

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The Lamborghini Sián is one of the most expensive cars in the world. The Italian automaker is only making 63 of the models, with just three allocated to U.K. customers.Lamborghini London, operated by the H.R. Owen Group, took delivery of two of the models, and has had them take part in a photo shoot that reveals their full specifications.

Each Sián is individually styled by their owner, working with Lamborghini's design centre and Ad Personam personalization department. The lighter colored model is finished in a Grigio Nimbus paint job with exposed carbon weave roof and Rosso Mars accents, complemented by a Nero Ade interior with Rosso Alala contrasts.

The darker Sián has Nero Helene colored bodywork that is complemented by an exposed carbon fiber bonnet, front lamp inserts fenders, and engine cover. The car's highlights are finished in Oro Electrum, which is also used within the alloy wheels. This owner has opted for bespoke Pirelli tires with white detailing. The car's cabin has Nero Ade base leather and Oro Electrum stitching and highlights.

Lamborghini Sián in London

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Both models are powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine that is paired with a 48-volt battery to deliver 819 horsepower. The car can get from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph. That makes it the most powerful and fastest accelerating Lamborghini every produced.

Traditional electrified vehicles have heavy battery storage below the floor of the car. Instead, the Sián uses a lightweight supercapacitor that is fully charged every time the vehicle brakes. The e-motor and supercapacitor system weighs in at just 34 kilograms total, making it three times lighter than a battery storing the same power.

The owners of the vehicles have yet to be disclosed.

If you can't afford a Lamborghini Sián but still want one at your home, you can opt for the LEGO Technic version.

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