Monthly Archives: March 2015

The size of an apartheid leader’s statue tells you everything you need to know about race and South Africa

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Production Mini Superleggera could arrive by 2018

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If you were holding your breath for the slinky Mini Superleggera Vision concept to make it into production, you can finally breathe a sign of relief.

Unveiled at last year’s Concours D’Elegance in Villa d’Este, Italy, the concept has been reportedly green-lit for production. According to British magazine Car, the roadster will be one of five core “superhero” models in the Mini lineup.

The Mini Superleggera Vision's cabin features leather, aluminum and black chrome, as well as classic Mini touches. The Mini Superleggera Vision’s cabin features leather, aluminum and black chrome, as well as classic Mini touches.

Penned by Italian design studio Touring Superleggera, the concept gained universal praise for its shape and unique styling touches, and extremely minimalistic yet gorgeous interior. While not everything is universally guaranteed to move over from concept to production, leaked patent images show a production version of the Superleggera would be mostly unchanged.

The Mini Superleggera concept at the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The Mini Superleggera concept at the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

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2015 Mercedes S550 Coupe: A car, and then some

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These days a great car has to be more than just a vehicle. It needs to be bulletproof, stuffed with the latest technology, and, of course, fun to drive. But Mercedes’ new model goes so far over the top that the word “car” itself no longer seems quite adequate.

The Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe, the latest entrant in the company’s flagship S-Class line, doubles as a mobile nightclub, tech center, and concierge. There are seven mood-lighting options, a Burmester 3-D sound system, and “Magic Sky Control”—a glass roof you can electronically switch from opaque to transparent, for stargazing. The Mercedes “mbrace” smartphone app can book concert tickets, then automatically load directions to the venue into the car’s GPS. And more than 100 electric motors power bleeding-edge systems, such as wipers that spray heated fluid from laser-cut holes along each blade. Radar sensors plus a stereoscopic camera in the windshield stop just…

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