It’s been a minute since we got behind the wheel of a Lexus IS, but we recently got to spend some time with the latest model of the sporty sedan, which offers numerous improvements to its chassis, suspension, and technology. The results are a car that’s more engaging to drive, while still offering plenty of comfort and luxury.
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The Hummer is back and it’s 100% electric. The Edition 1 has three motors, making 1000 hp for a 0-to-60 time of 3.0 seconds. It has 35″ tires, air suspension, underbody armor and cameras, and Super Cruise autonomous driving. Its 4-wheel “CrabWalk” mode and 6″ lift Extract mode can help it get through tricky off-road terrain.
Boldly innovative, the powerful 2021 Escalade is Cadillac’s most impressive luxury SUV yet, thanks to ground-breaking tech and a wealth of surprises. Prestigious perks include the industry’s first curved 38” OLED display, 36-speaker AKG Studio audio, and Enhanced Super Cruise with Lane-change for hands-free highway driving.
Grove & Vine offers its members access to exclusive extra-virgin olive oils. These special oils are blended by oleologist Nicholas Coleman with oils pressed in locations like Brazil, Italy, South Africa, Portugal, and Chile. An annual subscription includes four bottles delivered throughout the year in 375ml or 1500ml sizes.
The GLS 600 sits at the apex of SUV luxury. Its V8 biturbo engine and 48-volt system can launch it from 0-to-60 mph in 4.8 sec., while its passengers enjoy a refined ride. Creature comforts include Burmester audio, heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, a cabin fragrance system, and even climate-controlled cupholders.
McLaren’s MSO customization division has created the ultimate motorsport look for its incredible Elva supercar. This very special version of the 804 hp lightweight racer looks incredible in the classic blue and orange Gulf livery that was an icon of 1960 and 1970s McLaren racing.
Plane Pieces’ drink coasters are a great gift for aviation enthusiasts. They’re made using authentic Pratt & Whitney gears from WWII radial airplane engines. Each one is encased in clear resin, surrounded with a machined aluminum outer ring, and has a protective bumper underneath. Sold individually, or in sets of four.
Lexus teamed up with Expedition Overland to create this luxury off-road monster. The LX-based SUV packs a 550 hp supercharged V8, a lifted suspension, an air snorkel, LED trail lighting, and more. The J201 will make its debut at the punishing Rebelle Rally on 10.8.20 with defending champs Rachelle Croft and Taylor Pawley behind the wheel.
Ready for a peaceful getaway? Take a road trip to this historic home on Canada’s Niagara wine route. Rosemount-on-the-Bench combines rustic charm and modern amenities with impeccably landscaped grounds, and is walking or biking distance from seven wineries. Check Canada’s travel restrictions before booking.
One of the world’s best beaches, Turks & Caicos’ Grace Bay Beach is delightfully uncrowded – an idyllic escape for social distancing. The all-suites Seven Stars Resort & Spa welcomes guests with its turquoise Caribbean waters, beachfront dining, cabana massages, clean-stay safety protocols, and big discounts.
Muzen’s palm-sized Bluetooth speaker has a rugged look and great sound quality for its size. It’s perfect for hanging off of your backpack or tent, and its all-metal case gives it a substantial feel. It also packs a built-in flashlight with three modes, and its IPX-5 rating means it’s water-resistant. Offers 6 hours of playtime per charge.
Part of Tockr’s unique hydro-dipped watch series, the Lume Air Defender features a luminescent stainless steel chassis in either camouflage or marble designs. Its stitching also glows in the dark, as do its hands and dial markers. It has a Valjoux Swiss movement with second, minute, and hour counters, and day/date functions.
Jaguar’s excellent and sporty AWD crossover gets refreshed with slim new quad LED headlights, a more modern and refined new interior with an 11.4″ curved glass touchscreen, and updated 3.0L supercharged engines with 48V hybrid tech, making either 335 hp or 395 hp, as well as a torquey 2.0L turbo-4 that makes 246 hp.
Audio experts Focal teamed up with automaker Bentley to create these ultra-luxe, closed-back cans. They feature full-grain leather, an aluminum yoke, diamond-motif grilles, along with the Bentley wings logo and copper accents. Their 1-5/8″ drivers kick out rich and dynamic sounds with deep bass and clean mids and highs.
We’ve been fans of the Genesis G70 since it first hit the scene in 2018. Now the sport sedan looks better than ever with a sophisticated new look that takes direct aim at European luxury brands. In addition to a refined new front and rear end, the interior gets a new 10.25″ infotainment screen and a rich purple leather option.
This distinctive and elegant sake vessel gets its inspiration from the drips that occur during the Japanese spirit’s distillation process. Each one is crafted from stainless steel and features a removable cup and saucer that looks like rippling liquid. The bottom of the saucer can also be inscribed.
Incorporating elements of the One-77 and Vulcan supercars, this incredible one-off Aston Martin is one of the most drop-dead gorgeous cars we’ve ever laid eyes on. Under its long hood, it packs a 7.3L V12 that makes 836 hp, connected to its rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Despite its race car underpinnings, it’s road legal.
Jeep sets its sights on the luxury market with a boxy and stately new three-row SUV. In concept form, it packs air suspension, a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and a luxe interior decked out in leather, metal, and wood. Its dash is loaded with screens, there’s a McIntosh audio system, and a huge panoramic glass roof overhead.
Designer Jonathan Adler’s weighty display piece gets its inspiration from the manliest of symbols: classic round barbells. These ones are made from polished brass and have a compartment inside each of its weights, ideal for storing cufflinks, change, paperclips, or other small objects. Measures 12″ W x 5.75″ H x 3″ D.
Your artisanal sourdough starter? No one is impressed. To wow ‘em with a truly badass skill, pop open a champagne bottle with a sword. Award-winning bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler – author of the The Bar Book – created Cocktail Kingdom’s machete-styled champagne sabre to help you perform the nifty trick.
Humanscale’s already-iconic Nova task light won a 2019 iF Design Award and is now even better with an optional wireless charging base with two USB ports. Nova’s bright, glare-free light has a touch-dimming control, high-efficiency LEDs that deliver 440 lumens, and smart-dimming tech that turns it off when you forget.
Take your overlanding adventures to the next level and trick out your truck bed with a full kitchen. This slide-out unit packs a refrigerator, pressurized sink, propane stove, and an off-grid electric power system, as well as drawers for storage. It’s built from riveted and welded aluminum and fits most mid-size and full-size trucks.
Every time we see the illuminated gas tubes on Ball’s watches, we want one for our collection. This stainless steel model sets the lights into each of its digits, making it incredibly easy to read day or night. It features dual time zones, and a day/night indicator window. Special pre-order price through 10.28.2020.
Mercedes-AMG cranks up the volume on its sports crossover, bestowing it with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 603hp and 627 lb-ft. of torque, and a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.7 sec. It sports massive 16.5″ disc front brakes, an electronic limited-slip diff, AMG performance exhaust, and the latest MBUX system with dual 12.3″ displays.
Released in 2016 by Aston Martin, the Lagonda Taraf is the most expensive luxury sedan on the planet, with a sticker price starting at $1 million. So what exactly do those seven figures buy you? Automotive journalist Doug Demuro got up close and personal with the extremely rare ride for a look inside and a test drive.
Created by Amsterdam designer Frederik Roijé, the Smokestack is a unique backyard fireplace inspired by the archetypal factory chimney. Its main stack is made from weathered steel with a rust finish, while the optional grill that sits inside is made from stainless steel. Measures 78″ h x 20″ dia. It’s less expensive if you live in Europe.