In 2013, Bell & Ross is enhancing the Aviation collection with three new instruments directly inspired by the cockpit – HEADING INDICATOR, AIRSPEED and CLIMB – and essential to flying and navigation. The collection is directly inspired by the instrumentation of aircraft cockpits while addressing four fundamental requirements: legibility, functionality, precision, and water-resistance.Each instrument is available in limited editions of 999 pieces. The first 99 will be offered exclusively in a lavish collector’s box containing the six instruments: BR01 HORIZON, ALTIMETER, TURN COORDINATOR, HEADING INDICATOR, AIRSPEED and CLIMB. The box is designed as a control panel where the essential instruments are laid out in T shape for optimum legibility.
Filson has opened their first store outside of the Pacific Northwest, and it’s in London. Located on Newburgh Street in the city’s SoHo neighborhood, it will be the go-to shopping destination for Filson enthusiasts from around the world. Look for a solid lineup of classic Filson accessories and apparel, as well as vintage bags and store exclusives.
At the New York International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz took the covers off their all-new CLA45 AMG. AMG engineers are known to hold nothing back when it comes their breed of performance vehicles and it’s no different here. The CLA45 AMG is an all-wheel drive rocket that’s powered by a hand-built turbocharged four-cylinder dishing out 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 time comes in at 4.5. It’s worthy of the AMG badge and for the new entry-level luxury sedan on the block, we’re excited to see the CLA and CLA45 when they hit showrooms in the months ahead.
Mercedes-Benz has also released a short video showcasing the new CLA45 and can be found below.
Here’s something unique from Swedish brand Nudie Jeans. The brand’s been exploring opportunities to be more eco-friendly and this started a few seasons back when they introduced a line of organic denims to their mix of offerings. Now, they’ve started to turn worn out or destroyed denim into recycled rugs. The result’s outstanding as the Post Recycled Denim Rugs are made from worn-out Nudie Jeans. Each rug is produced by cutting used denim into serrated strips that are then sewn together and rolled. All pieces are produced in Turkey and be available exclusively at Nudie Jeans House in Los Angeles and Nudie Jeans Concept Stores worldwide with a price tag of $599 USD.
There are a range of unveilings taking place at this week’s New York International Auto Show so expect us to continue delivering headlining news as fast as we can write it. Next up is the newly redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport. From first glance, we’re seeing this is an extended Evoque with hints of the new HSE sprinkled in as well. It features the Range Rover’s tapering blade lights and LED day-time running lights with unique elements resting on the two-bar grille, the strakes in the side vents and the two vents on the hood. The latest iteration of the RR Sport gets seven inches added to the wheelbase, making room for an optional third row of seats. Under the hood, you get your choice of a 340hp supercharged V6 or a 510hp supercharged V8, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission by ZF.
Prices will begin at $63,495 for the Range Rover Sport SE and its 3.0-liter supercharged V6, then go to $68,495 for the HSE, $79,995 for the Supercharged that puts the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 underhood, and $93,295 for the Autobiography. All of those prices include the $895 destination charge.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS was officially unveiled earlier today and we were at the press conference to see this beauty in person. The luxury sedan furthers the brand’s Art & Science philosophy as it looks to deliver a longer, leaner aesthetic, reflective of its lightweight, driver-focused ethos. You may notice the CTS takes much inspiration from the highly successful Cadillac ATS, which we had the opportunity to review earlier this month. The new CTS is about five inches longer, with a roofline, hood line and windshield base all about an inch lower, emphasizing a long dash-to-axle proportion that enhances the car’s athletic appearance. The front end is aggressive and feature Cadillac’s signature bold vertical lighting elements. Included in this are LED front signature lighting details which evolve with headlamps that flow up and with the hood line. The headlamp housings incorporate crystalline LED light guides in the upper and lower forward corners and also serve as daytime running lamps.
Ahead of this week’s New York International Auto Show comes a look at the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT. It’s the ultimate street-legal and track-ready version of the XK coupe and is powered by the British automaker’s proven supercharged 5.0 liter V8 which delivers 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque when mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Jaguar fitted the XKR-S GT with a new hood as well as carbon fiber on the redesigned front air splitter, dive planes, extended wheel arch spats, as well as a new rear diffuser, an aluminum front under tray and a back wing to control downforce.
Only 30 will be offered in North America, with 25 slated for the United States and the remaining five going to Canada. Price is set at $174,000 with this monstrous beauty going on sale in August. We’ve got a video below with the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT in motion so be sure to check it out.
MR PORTER’s currently stocking this suede backpack from Parisian label Ami. It comes in a brick-red finish made and features very subtle detailing such as the embossed emblem on the front pocket as well as the top handle and adjustable shoulder straps. Everyone should have a backpack in their lineup of travel bags and this one from Ami is a sound investment as it’s made from rich materials and is sure to last.
Introducing the new Aston Martin Rapide S, a welcomed upgrade to one of the finest four-door sports cars on the market. The Rapide S gets subtle enhancements in design as well as a range of performance upgrades starting with the introduction of the all-new Rapide Gen 4 AM11 engine, the most technologically advanced, most powerful Rapide engine the British coach maker has ever built. It’s all in the numbers — a sprint time of only 4.9 secs, 457 lb-ft of torque and potent power of 550 horses – an increase of more than 17% over our previous model. The Rapide S also accomplishes a near perfect 48:52 front / rear weight distribution without any compromise in design or features. The latest iteration of the Rapide features a new rear deck profile which enhances aerodynamics as well as a new full-face aluminium grille honed as a single piece by hand which creates a striking front profile.
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is set to hit showrooms this summer with a price set around the $200,000 mark.
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve got a video which sees Rhys Millen, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record-holder and Chanelle Sladics, Winter Games Medalist, race down the notoriously treacherous Loveland Pass. A 616-bhp McLaren 12C Spider vs. a skilled snowboarder, the video features the 12C showing off its ability in icy and snowy conditions. We’ll leave it at that and let you see who comes out victor.