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 Subaru Crosstrek has been refreshed for the 2021 model year.

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Long beloved for its zippy drivability and spacious cargo area, the Subaru Crosstrek is also just underpowered enough for some drivers to make it a non-starter. The automaker is now offering a 2.5-liter four-cylinder option for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

Buyers can choose the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque or the 2.5-liter that is shared with the Forester and gets 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek The car is mostly unchanged at the rear compared to the 2020 model and still just as capable. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Both engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in most trim levels. The standard six-speed manual transmission in the Base and Premium grades is paired with the smaller engine. Models equipped with the CVT get Intelligent and Sport drive modes.

The larger engine gets 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. The smaller engine, mated with the CVT, achieves 28 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined. With the manual, the Crosstrek gets just 22/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined.

All models will continue to be sold with standard all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring technology. Base models get a Low Shift Mode for descending hills.

Models with the CVT come standard with a suite of Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. That suite now includes adaptive cruise control with lane centering (debuted on the 2020 Outback) in addition to automatic pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure prevention, lead vehicle start alert, automatic start-stop, rear seat reminder, and SI-Drive.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek The Crosstrek Sport features blacked out interior and exterior elements. The Crosstrek Limited is the most refined model. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will start at $22,245, just a $100 increase over the price of the 2020 model.

Subaru is adding a Sport grade ($26,495) to the Crosstrek lineup for 2021. It, along with the Limited trim level ($27,995), comes standard with the larger engine. The Crosstrek Sport gets dual-function X-Mode, which also debuted on the Outback, and includes hill descent control with snow/dirt and deep snow/mud selectable settings.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will make its way to a dealership near you this summer.

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Bentley's vehicle's are getting the company's new steering wheel for the 2021 model year.

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The Bentley Continental GT is a grand tourer of the grandest design. It's getting an update for 2021, giving customers more of the high-tech features and design they've requested. Bentley sells the Continental GT in coupe and convertible body styles.

The 2021 Continental GT is now available in Viridian, Patina, and Snow Quartz paint jobs - the same colors that were added to the Flying Spur this year. Viridian is a dark emerald metallic hue that is Bentley's take on classic British racing green. It features green and blue undertones, and tiny flecks of amber and gold.

2021 Bentley Continental GT Viridian is Bentley's new take on British Racing Green.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Patina is inspiredly the look of polished metals, blending together with elements of champagne and silk. The mid-cream tone features a tinge of green.

The Snow Quartz paint job consists of three layers of pearlescent paint that results in a shimmering and lustrous whiteness.

All Continental GT coupes are now able to come with Bentley's panoramic glass roof. This is the same as in the 2021 Bentayga and Flying Spur. The sunroof features polarized glass that reduces glare and interior blind clad in Alcantara that is electronically controlled by the car's console. The blind matches the car's headliner. There are 15 headliner color options to choose from.

With the addition of the paint jobs and roof, there are now over 10 billion variations a customer can choose to personalize their Continental GT.

2021 Bentley Continental GT A panoramic sunroof is available.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The model also receives the automaker's new steering wheel as standard. The wheel features a revised shape and profile, with capacitive sensing throughout the wheel rim, allowing the steering wheel to detect when it is being held. The steering wheel also features a more elegant aesthetic with a chrome bezel at the bottom of the vertical spoke.

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