Salon Privé 2020

Manifattura Stratos brings a '70s rally chic exterior to a Ferrari F430 underbody

MAT is bringing classic rally design to its Stratos supercar.

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Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT), a Turin, Italy-based carmaker, will debut its new Stratos car at this year's Salon Privé. The company is committed to a limited run of the car.

MAT was launched in 2014 by Paolo Garella and his son Riccardo after Paolo's long tenure in the automotive design industry that included a stint spearheading the Special Projects Division at Pininfarina. The new company takes projects from conception to final production, and not just under their own marque.

MAT has been involved in a number of projects including the P4/5 Competizione and the SCG003C&S Series for American collector and entrepreneur Jim Glickenhaus. They've also worked on the Apollo Intensa Emozione and currently are co-developing the Aspark Owl.

Salon Prive luxury car show England A guest has his photograph taken against a Ferrari f430 sports car on display at the "Salon Prive" luxury and supercar event held at the Hurlingham Club on July 22, 2009 in London, England. Photo by Getty Images

The first Stratos went on sale in 2018. The Stratos to be shown at Salon Privé is a modern, luxury version of a 1970s rally car. Just 25 examples of this new take on the model will be produced.

"We are happy and proud to showcase our New Stratos for the first time in the UK in such an iconic landmark," said Riccardo Garella, Sales and Marketing Manager at MAT. "Salon Privè is the perfect fit for our cars and for the kind of experience we always try to offer to our clients: we look forward to presenting the New Stratos in September in Blenheim Palace!"

Each model starts life as a Ferrari F430, which was produced from 2004 to 2009 as a successor to the Ferrari 360. MAT then heavily modifies the car to safe weight resulting in increased agility and performance. Its adapted carbon fiber body and steel frame surround a wheelbase that has been shortened by 7.87 inches.

The model keeps the Ferrari's 540-bhp 4.30-liter V8 engine under its hood. The power plant is capable of getting to 62 mph off the line I a mere 3.3 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 170 mph.

"The MAT Stratos is a brilliant modern-day interpretation of a 70s icon and the passion, skill and engineering that have gone into creating this stunning homage are clear to see. In designing the new car, MAT have made every effort to recreate a car that is as true as can be to the original, even down to the helmet compartment built into the inner door compartment," said David Bagley, Salon Privé Sales Director. "With just 25 examples being built, it will be super rare and so we are thrilled to be able to show the car to our guests, many of whom are collectors of limited production supercars."

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The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class elevates the luxury marque to new heights.

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The formula for every Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is simple. Take a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and elevate it to a bonkers level. Make it lush and plush, and suitable to use as an executive's limousine. That's exactly what Mercedes has done with the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

The car starts with a stretch. Its wheelbase is seven inches longer than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. All that stretching benefits rear seat occupants the most. But that's not all the perks for back seat riders. Long day at the office? Not a problem. The cabin has been upgraded to include new comfort features like a calf rest massage function and neck/shoulder heating.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class The model gets a unique front grille.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

This Mercedes is also differentiated from the rest of the S-Class at its face with a unique Mercedes-Maybach grille, complete with vertical chrome pinstripes. The new Mercedes-Maybach GLS received a similar treatment. At its sides, an admirer can see that the rear doors are wider and C-pillars feature a fixed quarter light as well as the Maybach brand logo. Adaptive rear lighting makes its debut on the model.

Buyers can request their chauffeur-ready car with a two-tone paint finish. The two paint colors are divided by a coachline that is applied by hand. Rolls-Royce offers a similar scheme.

The car's electrified engine is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that delivers 496 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. That's less on-paper power than the previous version of the model offered, but the electric boost off the line should make up for that, and make the vehicle more fuel efficient. Motor1.com has confirmed that an all-wheel-drive, V12-powered Maybach S-Class will be part of the lineup when it goes on sale.

Rear-wheel steering makes the car more maneuverable than its dimensions may have lead you to believe. A variety of wheel designs are available including 20-inch monolocks and 21-inchers.

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S580

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Buyers can upgrade from the initial Mercedes-Maybach to add electrically operated comfort rear doors. This features allows for the doors to be opened with little force, even when the car is parked on a grade. Rear doors can also be operated from the driver's seat - an important function for those looking to be driven in their car rather than getting behind the wheel.

The cabin of the S-Class is as well-appointed as you may imagine it should be. Authentic materials featured alongside alluring color schemes are standard for the model.

It features high-quality wood surrounds on the sesatbacks of the front seats. Adding the Executive Rear Seat Plus package adds a similar area of trim between the two rear passengers. A seat belt extender has been integrated into the backrest of the Executive seat.

This Mercedes builds on the traditional S-Class's two standard infotainment screens and ups the number to five. In the middle of the car is a 12.8-inch display. In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Two 11.6-inch screens are on the rear setbacks, and a removable tablet is stowed in the rear center console.

The car utilizes active noise cancelling technology to keep the cabin of the luxury sedan serene. To add in music, buyers can activate the S-Class's standard Burmester High-End 4D Surround Sound system.

Heated, cooling, and multi contour seats are available for each passenger. There's a calf massager for when rear seat passengers need a little extra TLC and a beverage chiller that is located in the center rear of the back console. Custom champagne flutes are available, natch.

The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S580 will arrive at U.S. dealerships in mid-2021.

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Toyota and Subaru have co-developed a new generation of the Subaru BRZ.

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It's low and goes as slow as you let it. But, you won't want to go that slow. The 2022 Subaru BRZ has debuted with sharp looks, even sharper handling, improved stiffness, and a budget-friendly price tag.

Subaru teamed up with Toyota for the redesign. The two companies collaborated on the original BRZ, which shared a body with the Scion FR-S, but different interior, when it hit the market. The BRZ's new design features many of the characteristics of that original 2+2 sports car, and improves upon them.

2022 Subaru BRZ The new-generation BRZ is sleeker and more exciting than the previous generation.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Dimensions of the BRZ are similar in the new generation as they are with the previous. It's just over an inch longer and almost half an inch lower than its predecessor. The car has an aluminum roof, front fenders, and hood. Its curb weight is estimated at just under 2,900 pounds, which combines with the car's drive dynamics to deliver track-ready handling.

It has a bespoke chassis that yields a 101.4-inch wheelbase with near perfect weight distribution. At the front are custom-designed MacPherson-type struts and coil springs. Front lateral bending rigidity has been increased by 60-percent for the 2022 model to improve turn-in and response. The double wishbone rear suspension system is designed to deliver outstanding bump absorption to enhance tire grip over varied surfaces.

Subaru will sell the new BRZ with a standard Vehicle Stability Control traction and stability system that offers the driver five different settings. The system can also be completely disengaged.

The rear-wheel drive 2022 BRZ is powered by a 228-horsepower 2.4-liter engine. It redlines at 7,000 rpm and offers 15 percent more torque than it did in the previous generation, coming in at 184 pound-feet. Buyers can choose from the standard six-speed manual transmission or the available six-speed automatic.

2022 Subaru BRZ

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The grille is set low between two wide fender arches and above large functional air intakes. At the sides are sill spoilers while a small fin at the rear and large rear fenders work to keep the car grounded and stable while on or off he track. The roof has a double-bubble-like appearance, which Subaru says is a nod to vintage race cars. It has less greenhouse than the previous version, but thinner pillars.

The BRZ has gotten a driver-centric interior as part of its redesign that includes a customizable 7-inch digital dashboard that has the tachometer with digital readout speedometer in its center. To the left of the tachometer is a programmable meter that can show the driver's choice of amps, water temperature, or a g-meter.

It features deeply contoured bucket seats with red stitching. The back seats fold for added cargo capacity. Despite being small, the BRZ can carry a fair amount of cargo. Subaru says that the BRZ has space for a mountain bike, golf clubs, or four race tires.

While the cabin isn't fancy, it has improved driver amenities including an 8-inch infotainment touch screen at the center with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and satellite radio. Models equipped with the automatic transmission also get Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. A telematics system is available.

The 2022 Subaru BRZ will be sold in Premium and Limited trim levels. Production of the Subaru BRZ will be at Subaru's Gunma, Japan assembly plant. It will go on sale early fall of 2021.

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