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Porsche Doubles Taycan Production To 40,000 A Year

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The company expects to sell as many of its electric car as the Tesla Model S.

An optimistic Porsche has doubled its planned annual production volume for the Taycan, its first-ever all-electric vehicle.

In anticipation of strong demand, the German automaker has increased output from the initial target of 20,000 units per year to 40,000 units annually.

“We had been ready for it,” Porsche spokesperson Andrew Lennon told . “We had the ability to increase capacity from the beginning, and executives recently made the decision to go ahead.”

Porsche likely expects Taycan sales to match or exceed demand for the Tesla Model S. In 2018, Tesla delivered more than 99,000 Model S and X vehicles, with the Model S accounting for approximately half of that combined total.

The Porsche Taycan goes on sale by the end of 2019. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but it will reportedly start between the Cayenne and Panamera, suggesting a price of around $80,000 in the United States.

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Bentley Wants To Sell You A $255K Diamond-Encrusted Book

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100 Carat Diamond Bentley Book

The 100 Carat Diamond Bentley Book with a price tag of $255,000

The massive, 66-pound book celebrates the British automaker’s centennial.

Bentley turned 100 years old in 2019 and chose to celebrate the milestone with a centenary book, including a diamond-encrusted version that carries a six-figure price tag.

Weighing around 66 pounds, The Bentley Centenary Opus may be the most ambitious book of its type ever written. It has nine chapters and over 800 pages that cover Bentley’s history and vision in painstaking detail, with plenty of pictures and even a six-foot fold-out spread for your viewing pleasure.

Bentley Centenary Opus

There are three limited editions to choose from. Kicking things off is The Centenary Edition, which is covered in a choice of four shades of Bentley leather (the same leather upholstery used in Bentley cars) and includes matching leather slip case. It is limited to 500 copies.

Second up is the more exclusive is the Mulliner Edition. Limited to just 100 copies, this version of the Bentley book is available in 17 shades of Bentley leather and comes with a hand-made, engine-turned aluminum slip case.

Finally, we have the appropriately-named Carat Edition. Limited to just seven examples, “one for each continent” (including Antarctica, apparently), it is adorned with 100 carats of diamonds and a white gold or platinum Wings badge. The Carat Edition is not only the most exclusive edition, but at a cost of $260,000, it might also possibly be the most expensive automotive book in the world.

The Bentley Centenary Opus is as much of an exclusive collectible as the cars themselves, but can you imagine yourself ever spending $16,000, let alone $255,000, on a book? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Bentley Centenary Opus book cover

Bentley Centenary Opus book sketches

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New McLaren GT Supercar Is All About Comfort And Speed

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New McLaren GT Supercar

The British automaker finally has a proper grand tourer.

McLaren has unveiled the ‘GT, an all-new supercar for those looking for a bit more comfort and practicality than offered by its high-octane performance machines.

Like all modern McLarens, the McLaren GT is built around a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque and features a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged V8. However, as the daily driver rather than an outright performance supercar like the 720S or P1 hypercar, it features a softer suspension for a more comfortable ride and s boosted power steering system for lighter steering at slower speeds.

Engineers also gave the McLaren GT a greater approach angle and 4.3-inches of ground clearance, which can be raised to 5.1-inches with an optional vehicle lift system.

Inside, driver and passenger are treated to buckets seats that are more thickly padded and positioned higher for maximum comfort, while glass pillars improve outward visibility. The 12.3-inch infotainment system is supposedly faster than any other system in McLaren’s other models and the available 12-speaker Bower & Wilkins premium audio system should help keep everyone relaxed during longer trips.

And speaking of trips, the McLaren GT offers “ample” of cargo space for a supercar, featuring 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear (enough to hold a full-size golf bag or two pairs of skis) and 5.3 cubic feet of space in the front trunk.

All McLarens are very fast, and the GT is no exception. Its 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 produces 612 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (km/h) in just 3.1 seconds before reaching a top speed of 203 mph (327 km/h).

You can have your very own McLaren GT supercar for $210,000. Is it worth that price? Are you happy with how it turned out?

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Porsche Might Offer Two-Door Panamera Coupe To Rival BMW 8 Series

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Porsche Panamera Rear Badge

The Porsche 911, Cayman and Boxster could be getting some company.

Porsche might introduce two-door and cabriolet versions of the Panamera to take on the BMW 8 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe / cabriolet.

According to , the Panamera coupe and Panamera convertible will be based on a shortened version of the Panamera’s MSB platform and could arrive as early as 2020. The coupe in particular will be positioned as a more practical, 2+2 alternative to the evergreen 911.

“As a designer there are no limits to what I can conceive. I believe it is the design department’s role to sketch and consider every model it can for the future so that we are ready should anyone wish to pursue a project,” Porsche design boss Michael Mauer told the British publication “But if you are asking me to confirm if such projects are on the way then you are going to be disappointed. It is not my role to consider such things.”

Although Mauer didn’t confirm anything, a Panamera coupe seems like a logical move for Porsche. Yes, the sports coupe segment is declining globally, but the fact that the company has a powerful image, already sells in very small numbers, and has most of the engineering work done could make a coupe and convertible financially-feasible propositions.

There is a chance they might not even use the Panamera name.

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