The all-new super-sports car, better known as the Huracán STO, arrived at Lamborghini Houston in late January. The dealership hosted several private event days for the public to view the first Huracán STO to arrive at their dealership.
What makes the Huracán STO unique is the fact that it is a genuine race car car in a road-legal model. In fact, the Huracán STO embodies the history of Lamborghini’s years-long motorsport heritage. From its extreme aerodynamics to its track-honed handling dynamics and everything in-between; including lightweight contents and the highest-performing V10 engine to date.
The Huracán STO is built with a lightweight and functional design that combines to express pure performance. It shares a similar design to the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO, but is has been completely revised in shape to optimize its aerodynamics. In fact, more than 75% of the body panels are carbon fiber. A step further, the Cofango maximizes frontal aerodynamic performance while saving weight. This is a specially designed body component that incorporates the front hood and fenders.
Venturing into the cockpit, the interior features the same track-mindset, using lightweight, high-quality materials throughout. Of course, more carbon fiber. This is seen in the door panels, interior details, seats and floor mats. This offers a super-sports look that is complimented with the car’s Alcantara and Carbon Skin finishes. The interior solutions contribute to an overall weight reduction that isn’t seen in the Huracán EVO. Additional features were added such as a new trim and titanium roll bar with 4-point seatbelt.
For more pricing and availability, visit Lamborghini Houston to speak with a representative.
Written by Louis Smith
Photography by Louis Smith
iDS Raceline Debuts V2 Titanium Exhaust System for McLaren 720s and their New 850whp, 950whp and 1100whp Packages
When fast isn’t fast enough, the answer is always — go faster. Whether you’re lining up head-to-head on the highway, carving into straightaways on the track or simply doing pulls on your daily route; the answer is always — go faster.
Today, the notorious Houston company that has built a reputation on designing, developing and manufacturing the most premium titanium exhaust system for McLarens. In fact, the owner is living proof that McLarens are an ideal platform for producing high-horsepower and smiles per miles. With his gorgeous 720s producing what they call the #1110whp UFO. Built with his company’s iDS Titanium Exhaust, iDS Downpipes, injectors, nitrous and married with a M-Engineering Tune.
Once unique to his 720s is now available for owners alike.
The company has announced the brand-new iDS Racine V2 Exhaust for the McLaren 720s. Lighter, more efficient and stronger than ever before. With a history of thousand of test hours on multiple race tracks: from drag racing to circuit racing. The company stated,
[We] have continuously tested and retested our exhaust systems and have come up with a new and improved design that is far superior to anything out there in the market.”
Alongside the new exhaust announcement, they introduced their new packages as follows:
With such an announcement, the company definitely lives up the their promise: “We Make McLarens Faster.” Stamped with a Made In the USA label to complete the experience.
Learn more by contacting Mike@IDSSupercars.com for pricing and availability.
The thought of owning a McLaren 720s (or simply a McLaren at all) rattles anyone’s mind. Especially since the 720s begins at $299,000 without options, fees, or even an official McLaren cap. The official ones from McLaren themselves that are like $35 without shipping. But wait, we’re getting a little off topic since we’re all here to learn about this beast — the flame-shooting 1110whp 720s. Owned and operated by IDS Supercar’s founder Michael Adrian of Houston. The man who knows no limits on speed and clearly money; since the cost of building a high horsepower car is expensive. Even more expensive when it’s a one that already sets you back $299,000+ before the build ever starts. Nevertheless, the journey to 1110whp is one for the books.
In fact, that very journey was already embarked way before you and I. Adrian is known for his obsession with supercars, his “need for speed,” and his passion for racing into well-over triple digits. So, there is no surprise when he decides to build such an incredible driving machine. From factory, the 720s delivers 710 bhp, sprinting it from 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 2.9 seconds. Which is damn quick but still not the quickest nor the fastest car in the world. In this case, it’s definitely not in Adrian’s criteria for his fleet of mechanical beasts. The 720s produces this amount of power through its Twin-Scroll Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. Quite impressive to see a V8 do so well, despite being pushed beyond its limitations. Which is what McLaren's do.
Is this why customers complain about reliability issues way before they should? I’m not a McLaren customer or owner, but have heard plenty of stories from friends that have owned their fair share.
Yet, Adrian continues to build even more power with his 720s with one simple button. More like a couple switches, but it’s the big red button that matters the most. Located in the front trunk is a professionally installed Nitrous Outlet system that’s linked to an onboard computer inside the cockpit. As long as the number readings are ideal, the tank is full, and race fuel added; it’s all go for extra boost at the press of a button. That’s the secret sauce that this 720s has that nobody would ever expect. I spent a few hours with the very man, Jon Hebbeln of M Engineering, LLC., that tuned and tested Adrian’s 720s to not only surpass 1000+ whp, but also shoot flames with the switch of a map. As if it wasn’t hot enough for the competition already. Multiple sessions on the dyno courtesy of Prospeed Autosport. With the entire team onboard, the 720s was tuned, tested, and ready to tackle this year’s Houston Quick 30 Drag Race on Saturday, August 8th. In case you didn't know, Adrian's 720s was transported from to Texas with the assistance and protection of Haulin Iron Towing & Recovery.
With the power of computers, portable hard drives, and too much time on our hands; here are the highlights from that very night. Plus, an exclusive gallery of Mike Adrian’s 1110whp McLaren 720s Spyder and VIBE Events and Marketing’s founder Julie Johanna and her tuned McLaren 600LT.
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by Louis Smith, Editor-in-Chief
and Daphne Mata, Executive Editor
The McLaren Elva today dates previously to the 1960s where it was inspired and developed by Bruce McLaren. The open-top sports car joins the McLaren Ultimate Series as the fifth addition alongside the F1, the P1, Senna, and the Speedtail.
Now, the limited-production mid-engine sports car know as Elva (pronounced elle va) translate to “she goes!” in French.
Last Saturday, I was invited by VIBE Events & Marketing’s founder Julie Johanna to a private viewing of the Elva at the brand new McLaren Houston building. The day was glooming with waves of rainy weather that blanketed the building. Luckily, we were dry inside taking a closer look at the Elva.
The one on display was a clay model complete with wheels, tires, suspension system, exhaust system, seats, steering wheel, and paint.
For it being the company’s first open top road-legal sports car, it is uniquely designed that follows the McLaren etiquette of automotive design. The Elva claims to be the lightest sports car ever produced by McLaren (no official details released). Yet, I believe this is true since its body will be completely made of carbon fibre including the chassis, doors, and seats. Beyond the body and the chassis, the brake rotors will be measured 15 in (390 mm) which are the same ones as the Senna’s. What make the Elva brakes astounding is the weight savings of 2.2 lbs (1 kg) compared to the ones on the Senna. They are titanium brake calipers which look absolutely brilliant in design and pair well with the overall style of the wheels. A peek inside of the Elva, I could clearly see the carbon fibre spar that runs the entire length of the interior that supports the arm rest of the seats, controls, and even separates the driver and passenger.
What I didn’t see was the roll-over protection system which is understandable since it’s only deployed in the incident of a roll-over crash. This type of technology with a roofless, windowless sports car is remarkable. Yet, sources are saying that the US market cars will include a front windshield.
Earlier, I mentioned how unique the Elva’s design is. The automobile manufacture calls it the McLaren Air Active Management System (AAMS) that directly channels airflow through the car from the inlet in the plotter and directs it at a radius of 130-degrees in front of the passengers. McLaren named it “oasis of calm” that activates whenever it reaches speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h). This is typically when airflow and overall noise is high enough to create a comfort zone over the passengers. Of course, this feature is controllable by the driver and can be turned off. If so, the air channeled through the nose is delivered to the engine instead during track sessions. On the clay model, the vents are closed with plastic ducts while being in place of where the real vents will be installed on customer cars.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to view the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It’s said to produce 804 horsepower (815 PS) with 590 lb ft of torque. This is the same performance shared with the Senna and Speedtail: this is the most powerful variant of McLaren’s V8 engine. The engine produces incredible sounds through its titanium and inconel exhaust system. They lead to a set of quad tips that are 3D-printed for even more weight savings. Peeking through the rear vents of the Elva you can clearly see more than the second set of exhaust pipes, but also what appears to be the transmission.
What I do know is that the Elva will be capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than three seconds, then to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 6.7 seconds.
As stated before, there will be limited units manufactured with no more than 399 units with customer deliveries scheduled to begin in late 2020
by Louis Smith, Daphne Mata
Yet, another early Saturday morning with nothing more than my favorite cup of coffee, a backpack full of camera gear, and pure excitement on my face as I scheduled our LIVE event coverage for MEGA Drive presented by Pista Rally.
An entire event created in two weeks by VIBE Events & Marketing’s founder Julie Johanna. Johanna coordinated 50 european exotics from across Houston to join together for a full day of curves, twists, and straightaways. Plus, a special appearance of IDS Supercars’ owner Michael Adrian brand new Ferrari 812 Superfast dressed in Giallo Modena.
The day before, we received a text message from Johanna with information saying:
We’re meeting tomorrow morning at 9am at Porsche North Houston. Come with a full tank of gas. Maps of the route will be given out then.
With that said, we prepared that very night to be ready to roll out the following morning bright and early.
In fact, we arrived so early to Porsche North Houston that nobody was at the dealership to unlock the gates. It was about a 30 minute wait until anyone even arrived at the dealership. Which is no problem, since I was able to pickup a Starbucks iced coffee at a local gas station. By the time we returned to the dealership, the gate was already opened and a couple of supercars were already parked. We quickly parked in front of Lamborghini Houston, set up our camera gear, sipped a little coffee, and jumped straight into what we love to do!
Before we knew it, there were Porsches, Lamborghinis, McLarens, and even an Aston Martin lined up in every direction. It was as if we were invited to a private collection of european exotic supercars.
About 30 minutes later, everyone finally piled into Porsche North Houston’s lobby to do a quick briefing about the drive, our designated route, and any tips for safe driving.
Adrian and Johanna welcomed everyone to MEGA Drive and how today would be one of the greatest days in their lives. Before I continue, I would like to give a special thank you to Porsche North Houston for opening up both their parking lot and dealership to us. As well as, Lamborghini Houston and IndiGO Auto Group for creating goodie bags that were raffled to drivers.
With all that said, it was finally time to head outside, start our engines, and drive! Well, in this case I was riding with Adrian in the 812 Superfast while dangling outside his window to capture rolling photographs of everyone that attended. Which is typically easy, no sweat, but a little bit more intimidating while dangling outside a $500,000 supercar that sets 100 mph as cruise control.
Adrian is one hell of a driver which I quickly learned as being his co-pilot for the day. There were times that the slowest we have traveled would be no less than 75 mph before quickly speeding up to 110…125…134…144 mph. By then, the G Force has my head connected to the seat and everything to the side of us was blurred. Riding in the 812 Superfast was completely different than the supercars that I’ve driven: Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren 570s, and even the Audi R8. The Ferrari 812 Superfast is an Italian driving machine built for delivering performance time after time (after time).
Once again, thank you to Adrian for the opportunity of a lifetime to ride in the 812 Superfast and thank you to Johanna for once again creating an event unlike no other. We can’t wait until the next one.
by Louis Smith, Editor-in-Chief
& Daphne Mata, Executive Editor
“Who’s ready to eat,” asked VIBE Events & Marketing founder Julie Johanna at this year’s Supercars and Brunch. With 30 european exotics including Porsche’s, Lamborghini’s, McLaren’s, and everything in between; registered for a track day at the Texas premier road course facility — MSR Houston.
With that said, I am thrilled to present to you our coverage on the Supercars and Brunch: Track Experience 2 complete with a Best European Exotic Contest. Full coverage will be featured in our July/August magazine issue including photography of the venue, drivers, european exotics, and event sponsors documented by our staff photographers Tyler Van Pelt and Tommy Nguyen.
The night before, I prepared everything that I needed for the following event day: camera (check), smartphone (check), French Vanilla Blend Medium Roast Coffee K-Cup in the Keurig at the office (check, check, and check). Basically, everything that I needed for a successful day surrounded by hundred-thousands of dollars worth of supercars.
About an hour drive later, we arrive at MSR Houston with the sounds of high-revving V10’s in the distance, as we made our way to the Lotus Lounge for a brief meeting.
The first track session of the day was underway as drivers strapped on their helmets, climbed into their driver’s seat, secured theirselves with seat belts, and brought alive their mid- and rear-engine mechanical beasts. From IDS Supercars' Ferrari Pista to the Black Metallic Porsche GT3 Touring and even a Muriwai White McLaren 600LT; all fueled and driven by local automotive enthusiasts.
Per session, there was about a 5-10 minute wait before entering the track which nobody really minded, as they comfortably waited in their A/C-cooled driving machines. Of course, I couldn’t resist the urge to photograph a couple of them while they were lined up for the first session of the day.
Once they received the thumbs up to roll out onto the track, I headed up to the balcony of Lotus Lounge for a birds-eye view of them as they raced lap for lap: overtaking one another in the corners, adjusting their driving skills, and most importantly enjoying theirselves.
Around 11:00 AM, IDS Raceline founder Michael Adrian took to the microphone to once again welcome everyone to their Supercars and Brunch event at MSR Houston. Adrian briefly introduced his titanium exhaust system company and their system installed on their McLaren.
For more information and availability for your McLaren, Ferrari, and Lamborghini, please visit IDS Raceline’s official site.
Shortly after, a few more presenters took stage to introduce themselves and their companies. Pack-it Movers’ owner Anthony Johnson, a proud sponsor of the event, announced that they brought water bottles with their branded cozy’s. A few minutes in, Johnson shared a bit more about his company and their mission to ease the stress of moving for customers across Texas.
Before the day ended, I stumbled across a section of of the facility that was filtrated with Porsches. I’m not talking about your ordinary, everyday Porsche that your next-door neighbor purchased to drive every other weekend in the summertime. Nope, not at all. These are machines that are both track-built AND track-only. Specially, the GT4 Clubsport. This beast captured my eye as I slowly walked towards the mobile garage. It housed a single driver’s seat, gutted interior, computers damn near everywhere, and currently being tuned by the professionals that drove it. Truly magnificent. If you know who I am, which I hope you do, then you know that Porsche is my favorite automaker. Yes, my dream car is a 2009 Audi R8 in white with a black carbon-fibre side blade. But, Porsche’s hold a special place in my little heart that no other automaker holds.
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About 15-feet or so from the GT4 was two more track-built Porsche’s prepping to hit the track once more. Before I could even reach the garage door, its driver popped out and greeted me with an inviting smile to check out their facility. Once again, truly magnificent. From the Porsches to their collection of worn tires; not to mention the two Ferrari’s that sat on opposite ends of the garage. The first gentleman, better known as Grant, introduced himself and began assisting his friend with fueling. That friend goes by the name Howie.
Howie and I sat and chatted about the heritage of Porsche, their history of driving machines, and even our own stories driving multiple high-performance vehicles in our day. As an automotive enthusiasts like myself, this felt like an experience unlike any other and I am truly thankful for every minute.
In fact, I plan to revisit MSR Houston in the near future and do a ride-along with Howie in his track-built Porsche. Of course, a full-coverage will be available shortly after.
All in all, the event was a success with memories made across the board. My first track experience with VIBE Events & Marketing and IDS Supercars is one that I will forever remember. A full-coverage will be featured in our next magazine issue.
If you missed this event, please join us for the MEGA Drive event on July 4th hosted by Pista Rally, VIBE Events & Marketing, and IDS Supercars. For more information, please visit their social media event page.
by Louis Smith, President & Editor-in-Chief
Ever walk into the kitchen, look into the fridge *sees tons of food* and can’t find a single thing that you want to eat? Well, it’s the same idea when it comes to walking to your closet full of clothes and can’t find a single outfit that you want to wear. It happens to everyone and at times happens several times before we realize that we’re staring blankly at a closet that does nothing for us.
As many states are slowly opening across the country, many people are beginning to get “dressed up” and “dolled up” to mingle outside their homes. With that said, I’m excited to share with you my collective of stylish, simple and lazy outfits for this summer.
Long Shorts w/ Tee and Sporty Sandals
Believe it or not; long tailored shorts are trending today. Now combine them with a neutral tee and sporty sandals and you’ll have a stylish outfit. For even more umph, add a chic belt at the waist. For that professional look, slip into a longline blazer.
Floral Minidress + White Button-Down
There’s a chance that you’ll have a floral minidress hanging in your closest. If so, pair it with an oversize button-down to create that chic French girl-inspired look that more than likely no one else is rocking.
Tube Top + Wide-Leg Pants
The S/S 20 runways saw a bunch of tube tops. Now trending, add them to a chic black option to create beautiful contract with a pair of white high-waisted linen pants. The look itself is quite affordable without telling anyone how much you’d really spent.
Billowy White Dress + Birkenstocks + Hair Scarf
This outfit is perfect for both in and out of the house on any day. It’s a chic no-think option billowy white poplin dress. Throw on a pair of comfy Birkenstock-style sandals and even a bandana as a hair scarf to tie everything together for a simple yet striking summer vibe and look.
Bike Shorts + Button-Down + Retro Sneakers
Uncomplicated. Comfortable. Two very important things that this look is all about with a pair of your basic black bike shorts and a classic oversize blue button-down shirt. For an even more stylish look add a pair of your favorite retro sneakers.
These shirt styles will save you one of the most importantly thing in all of our lives — time (and lots of it). For many, there isn’t enough time in the day to do a routine and anything else in that matter. Luckily, nowadays we have what they call “non-iron technology” and it’s brilliant. More than likely you aren’t one of the few people that own a closet stock with these non-iron shirts: clothing that you can simply wash, wear, and carry on.
These are my favorite non-iron shirts for women of all kind.
Smooth Sateen Shirts
100% Cotton-made & Sophisticated Blouse
Stylish Shirt with More than a Dozen Colors & Patterns
After nearly two months of being quarantined, the country is slowly beginning to reopen and that’s a sign letting us know that our favorite clothing stores will reopen, too. Many of them will be advertising incredible deals and limited-time offers like 50% off storewide. With that said, I’m excited to share with you our “Dress to Impress Collective” inspired by our First-Lady model Nellie Rose Spangler.
In April, we photographed our model in Downtown Houston as she was elegantly dressed in a white dress coupled with a blue blazer, black heels, and a black purse. All items that inspired our “Dress to Impress Collective.”
Without further ado, enjoy our top picks for women business attire for summer 2020.
Upscale with Leather
All of these items are stunning on their, but even more when paired with their counterparts. Enjoy these last-minute top picks curated by yours truly.
What you are seeing is a Tesla Model S station wagon and it’s the only one that exists in the entire world. With Dutch-inspiration, Niels van Roij Design studio, working with RemetzCar Amsterdam, designed what they are calling a Model S “Shooting Brake” conversion that transforms an ordinary Model S into one that Tesla doesn’t even offer from factory. And as I stated, it’s the only one that is made and is available for purchase.
Photo: Godisable Jacob, Pexels
The gorgeous weather, clear blue skies, and summer in the near distance makes it difficult to imagine being stuck inside for any longer. For many (like you and I), it is perfect time to start shopping for new trends. And this summer, it is all about dress silhouettes paired with a stylish pair of sneakers and your favorite jewelry.
Photo: The Honest Company, Unsplash
Like many trends, they are started by an artist or a social media influencer. From there, it spreads like wildfire across social media as consumers like yourself try it home and share your results with friends and family. Believe it or not — every trend isn’t worth your time. Here are three of them that you can live without.
Facial Water Spray
A few spritz here, a few spritz there. That’s all you need to “look" and “feel" refreshed. In a matter of a few hours you will need even more spray on your face to feel refreshed. Therefore, it’s more of a mythical product than a solution. Many (many) spray products instantaneously evaporate leaving your face dry, as many of those sprays are simply water. Don’t believe me? Check the ingredients on your bottle and more than likely you’ll see that water is among the first few ingredients in the list.
For those who don’t typically use stencils: they’re used for enhancing eyebrows. A bunch of social media influencers use them in their photographs. But, in reality the results just aren’t realistic. For one, everyone’s face is different so applying a type of thick brow will not be suitable for just anyone. If you’re looking to embrace and enhance your natural shape, a different stencil brow will be needed.
Despite being a guy, I have what many women would pay for — literally — long eyelashes. Personally, I never thought they were special but apparently I was wrong, very wrong. With that said, lash extensions are next on the list of wasteful beauty trends. They're simply not practical for real life. Think about it: a week or so into wearing your extensions and they’re already falling off. This will give your lashes a weird look that you can’t really do much about. The worst part is that this will make your existing lashes weak. In short term, you are more than likely going to lose some of your natural lashes.
Many of you will still continue on the bandwagon with one, two, or all three of trends. Therefore, I linked to you products that I highly recommend purchasing that are trustworthy, as well as worth your money and time.
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With inspiration from the Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder: the latest luxury yacht by Milan-based Officinal Armare Design has been unveiled. It’s everything but your typical hard-top speedboat.
This isn’t the first time that the company based a speedboat from the inspiration of a supercar. Prior to their latest one, they built an open-air speedboat that was inspired by the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster.
Formally named the “A88,” its “powerful bow and voluptuous aft curves” showcases a grey stern with teak that’s complimented with carbon-fiber accents, said Robb Reports.
For those interested in spending a little time at the sea can do so in this super yacht as it sleeps up to 8 guests across four cabins. In addition to the cabins, there’s two large master suites and two twin cabinet. Each and every room is built with a unique blend of modern and sportive, luxurious and comfortable design that is followed into the private lounge areas, full bar, and aft decks with sun pads.
According to the brand, the
A88 GranSport combines a sleek, modern and sportive design with excess power. The streamlined design and frozen grey coloring adds to the elegant but aggressive profile.”
As for the performance in the 88-foot yacht, it’s built with twin 2600-hp MTU 16V 2000 M94 diesel engines. This means that at open throttle it can reach more than 40 knots. If you cruise at 35 knots you can expect to see a 350 nautical mile range. What makes this possible is that the A88 has numerous air intakes for enhanced calling, four carbon-fiber spoilers, and an aerodynamic hardtop.
The brand says,
Automotive-inspired style has crept its way into the design as well: a coupe-like roofline, four overwater exhausts and accentuated aft hips emulate hypercars and give the A88 a distinctive look among the populated superyacht market.”
There’s no set pricing for this yacht. Officinal Armare Design will be offering custom layouts to suit the owner’s taste.
The Ghibli’s history is quite interesting as it was the name of three different vehicles that were produced by Maserati themselves. The AM115 (1967-1973), the AM336 (1992-1998), and the M157 (2013-present).
In fact, the M157 is the third generation of the Ghibli that was unveiled in 2013 at the Shanghai Motor Show. Originally, it was offered in three different engine variants: a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 (325 hp) and a naturally-aspirated 3.0L V6 (404 hp). Plus, a turbodiesel 3.0L V6 (271 hp). All paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. Not available in right-hand markets.
With that being said, fast-forward to today’s latest version — the Ghibli S Q4 GranSport — it’s leaner, meaner, and full of horses.
For those who don’t know about the Ghibli; it’s first-impression on them is that it’s expensive and fast. In fact, a quick ride in the S Q4 GranSport would give them a taste of a refined driving machine that combines the best of Rodeo Drive luxury and Mulholland Drive sportiness.
The S Q4 GranSport sits on the Ghibli platform and priced similarly to the GranLusso model. There are only minor differences between them starting with a modestly more-aggressive front bumper, standard adaptive dampers, larger Brembo brakes, and a few sporty trim packages only available on the GranSport.
As far as pricing, the GranSport and GranLusso starts at $85,290. The Mercedes-AMG CLS 53, BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupe, and Audi S7 are direct competitors of the GranSport.
Underneath the hood, there’s a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 (424 hp) paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission only available in the top-spec’d Ghiblis’. For the lower spec’d Ghiblis’ there’s only a 345 hp variant available.
In previous models, Ghiblis’ are built on the larger Quattroporte’s rear-drive platform; with the exception of the Q4 that is now all-wheel-drive. By default, it will be sending 100 percent of the power directly to the rear wheels. On the other hand, 50 percent of the power will be delivered to the front wheels if the Q4 detects any slippage.
Even with that being said, it gracefully executes steering commands accurately with its all-season tires. Bumps in the road don’t affect the ride comfortability, whatsoever; in theory making this a perfect comfortable daily driver and road trip sports-sedan.
There’s no official road tests with the latest GranSport. Nevertheless, based on its 2014 model, with 404 hp (about 20 hp less than currant model) it sprints from zero-to-60 mph in 4.7-seconds. Which is quick but still lag with its twin-turbo V6 revving through gears. This places the GranSport behind the CLS 53 and A7.
Beyond performance, the Ghibli is quite exciting and impressive around the edges. More than enough room for four adults. The build quality and interior design is suitable for its price point.
Two thumbs up from us.
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The ‘80s are quickly returning with the era’s best clothing and now the perfect glasses and sunglasses to pair with your favorite outfits. Here is the unofficial guide to ‘80s style frames that are popular now in 2020.
They made their first appearance in the ‘50s and the ‘60s. Yet, they still fit in with the ‘80s trend solely due to them being worn in movies like Risky Business starring famous actor Tom Cruise.
These are more common; especially since Tom Cruise is the one that brought them into popularity in the ‘80s. They made a grand appearance in the 1984 film Top Gun. Aviators are a pair of the most inspired 80’s sunglasses and fit most face shapes.
The best for giving you a more sophisticated and serious appearance. These pair of glasses made their way into the fashion industry in the 80s courtesy of Bruce Willis.
It wasn’t until the middle of the decade when mirrored sunglasses were made popular. Round lenses in the ‘80s were worn by everyone. The frame shapes varied from one pair to another. Sadly, they had the issue of not being very practical due to the lenses being too small to provide protection from the harsh sun. Nevertheless, they were worn with your favorite outfit to complete your appearance for any party.
Over-sized Square Frames
Believe it or not — large frames and lenses were quite popular towards the end of the ‘70s. It was a trend that stuck. With that being said, they made their way into the ‘80s as a few people were still wearing them. Not very popular but definitely made a statement. You stood out and in a good way.
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That delicious smell of brisket being smoked in the distance is courtesy of Brisket House owner and pit master Wayne Kammerl. With three locations throughout Greater Houston, Kammerl is undoubtedly one of the most experienced and longest-tenured restauranteurs in Houston barbecue. In fact, he has a lifetime of experience working in the industry itself — in joints big and small.
With the third week of the stay-at-home order in effect, restaurants in Houston and around the world has been affected — including The Brisket House themselves.
For many, the reality to stay open or to close temporarily is no easy decision. Barbecue joints in Houston has switched to strictly takeout, curbside and delivery only.
With that being said, they're still responsible for balancing the safety of guests and employees with the goal of running business almost-like-normal to serve customers and generate income for staff. For Kammerl, the decision to stay open was dependent on these two factors: providing his employees with a paycheck and ensuring his restaurants were open for business now and in the future.
As of today, the entire staff remains; only with a decrease number of work hours. In order to continue with paying his staff, he has stopped paying himself as his staff wages has become one of his main priorities.
During an interview with Houston Chronicle’s editor J.C. Reid, Kammerl said:
The main thing is to keep staff motivated, positive and aware. This isn’t about the owner making money. It’s about keeping paychecks going out to the employees and ensuring the business is open for the long run.”
Photo: The Houston Chronicle
With these significant changes, The Brisket House remains in operations, staff continue to receive pay and guests are safe. Kammerl has said that it’s indeed a learning experience.
In the beginning, the restaurant was fulfilling orders through curbside and walk-in to-go-orders. Kammerl said that he didn’t feel comfortable with having direct contact between guests and staff. Therefore, he switched to strictly curbside delivery only.
Guests did not respond well.
Our sales decreased 30 percent when we switched to curbside only and stopped walk-in orders.”
Kammerl continued with stating that it was also on top of the 30 percent reduction in existing sales.
The issue was that customers were basically demanding to have the option to walk in and place a to-go order at the counter like normal. This sparked a conversation between Kammerl and fellow restauranteurs, including Russell Roegels of Roegels Barbecue Co. They brainstormed an idea on launching a safe implementation that would include a “no contact” system for walk-in orders. This included the installation of plexiglass barriers between customers and order takers. The existing point-of-sale systems allowed customers to pay by inserting or swiping their credit/debit card themselves. At this moment in time, his restaurants are not taking cash as a payment option.
With everything in place, business is doing well. This means that all three locations will remain open for the time being.
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With a wide-variety of pastas and sauces, DellaCasa delivers the taste of Italy directly to your dinner table with only the freshest natural ingredients.
Whether you have a taste for fresh paste made with delicious sauces or need to feed the family without the kitchen mess. This Italian restaurant will deliver to your home or restaurant; while easing the need to travel to your local grocery store. There’s very little preparation that will take no more than two or three minutes; more than enough time to warm up the delicious sauce that came with it.
Locally made in Tomball, Texas; DellaCasa Pasta's dishes are made from scratch using traditional Italian techniques and authentic bronze pasta machine dies from Italy by owner Luisa Obando. For the first time ever, the restaurant is now offering customers the option to order online and have it delivered to their home.
For wholesale customers, the restaurant requires that you to use their online form to contact them directly about your pasta and sauce needs.
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Per order, they require a $50 purchase shipping minimum. This will be no problem since they have such an array of options to choose from. Once your order to ready and everything’s in your cart; simply choose “delivery” from the “pick up/delivery” drop-down menu, and fill in your delivery information. For those who decide to pick up in person, there’s also an available onsite option at the DellaCasa Pasta Kitchen in Tomball. Plus, free shipping for all orders that are $100 or more.
They have dozens of ravioli varieties that filled with delicious ingredients. There are even vegetarian options, such as Spinach & Mozzarella that combines traditional flavors of hearty greens, rich cheese, garlic and spices. Plus, fresh Sweet Corn & Caramelized Onion with thyme, as well as Portobello & Shiitake cooked with garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.
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âShopping isnât the most important thing to worry about at this very moment. Then again, if youâre someone like myself and many others that are working from home; being comfortable in your clothes is quite important. In fact, you should at least read up on the latest 2020 Sneaker Trends Collection. Whether youâre looking for a pair to walk around in from time to time, or something to stylize in with your favorite outfits.
According to the SVP of Footwear Design and Advanced Concepts at Fila, Mark Eggert tells The Zoe Report in an interview:
It looks like the 2020's trends will be the evolution of the chunky look. While the chunky trainer has been an undeniable trend for the past few seasons, consumers are starting to move forward into a few different offshoots of this silhouette.â
Eggert ends with saying that both shape and color are key areas where you can personalize your choice of footwear till your heartâs content.
For those who share a style like I do that's minimalistic, yet modern-style; then youâll love to hear what Caroline Maguire has to say. Sheâs the Fashion Director at Shopbop. During an interview with The Zoe Report, Maguire says:
These styles work year-round as you can pair them with dresses in warmer seasons and full layers in the cool.â
âFor those who owned Chuck Taylors as they grew up, then theyâll be more than happy to know that the high-top style will be revamped this year with chic designer logos and modern silhouettes.
Taste The Rainbow
Instead of choosing one color and sticking with it, why not wear all of them at the same time. Crazy idea, I know, but hear us out.
âInstead of a boring, rubber sole try something more unique like a stylish textured sole with some lift to it. Eytyâs Odessa Sueda shoes comes with a soft base and rubbery sole that you can change out for something different. Chloeâs Clint sneakers have shoes that are geometric shapes.
Dear lazy girls. Youâre welcome. Velcro sneakers are a go-to for children that donât know how to tie their shoes. *Pause* Now, theyâre for adults and made by Givenchy and Acne Studios. They even paired them with a high-printed sock and midi dress for an easy, fashionable look.
âIt started as a platform boot trend thatâs now making its way to sneakers. This is perfect for adding some extra height, but not ideal on a skinny heel. Marni Pablo sneakers are for everyday lifestyle that will perfectly pair with pretty much anything: bold prints to pastel hues. For even more *pop* in your closest, Converse Classic Chuck Taylors give you an old-school vibe with a red-stripe on the bottom.
âTheyâre known as the âdad sneakersâ and they are here to stay for a long while. Eggert says:
Chunky continues to live on, though we see many different interpretations of it coming. Whether itâs more of a runner or trainer, or some of the vulcanized looks and bigger silhouettes, it looks like fashionable people are still loving the progressive style that the chunky trend provides."
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For some, shopping is their therapy and a getaway from reality. For others, like myself, shopping is a hassle that we do our very best at avoiding. Nevertheless, we all love to look good, keep up with the trends; all while doing it on a budget — a $100 and less budget that is.
Here’s a quick list of Spring-trends that are cheap to buy but every bit sexy!
They’re best friends to joggers: a standard for being comfortable go-to pants
On those chilly days, trench coats are great outerwear that makes you look sophisticated with little to no effort.
It’s known for being worn as a top or layered over a t-shirt; typically it’s oversized, cropped, or shrunken.
What a simple look need is a slouchy blazer that will add polish. Make sure to wear one in a checked or solid blue.
It’s a standard, a classic, and now even trending among the fashion-crowd.
So simple, yet so elegant at the same time.
You’ll remember (or not) this style of denim jeans from the ‘70s.
They’re retro style creates uniqueness among the crowd.
As simply as the word, this item will really bring everything together.
it’s perfect as a layering pice on your favorite go-to white t-shirt.
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We’re still hopeful for a bright and hopeful future as the pandemic wears on. Speaking about wearing on, we have created an Official Summer 2020 Guide for the latest deals with trends and products before they even make their way to your shoppe. According to Farfetch’s Senior Fashion Editor Celenie Seidel, here are all the summer styles that are worth both your time and money as the sight of Summer moves closer.
Backs on Show
Spring/summer 2020 saw many an exposed back, with many string-tied styles emerging. The champion of this look is Copenhagen's Cecilie Bahnsen—many of whose ultra-feminine, high-volume looks are contrasted by delicately tied open backs."
Bermuda shorts provide a fresh update to the summer suit for S/S 20, with trousers being ditched in favor of the weather-friendly alternative. From leather to linen, the shorts suit is the friend you can call on again and again."
An unlikely choice for summer, designers have been exploring the use of leather and vegan leather during warmer months. Nanushka's vegan leather bralette layered over a T-shirt or shirt, or Brunello Cucinelli's leather shorts are an easy way to try the trend for summer days."
The 'neutrals' of the print world, animal prints are seasonal staples. For S/S 20, zebra was first in show, with some of the season's most-coveted pieces being served up in the high-contrast pattern. Look no further than the Bottega Veneta Pouch in zebra print."
A far cry from the varieties worn by avid hikers, S/S 20's Velcro-sandals craze favors those that are dialed up with embellishments. Beads and crystals contrast functional rubber and Velcro in a pleasing aesthetic collision."
Gucci Technical Canvas Sandal With Crystals ($1250)
The Soft Clutch
Not only can they easily cradle all your essentials, but this season's favorite clutches are also ultra-huggable thanks to their soft, malleable finishes. Accompanying shoestring straps from the likes of Bottega Veneta and Studio Amelia give you the option of easily transitioning from hands-full to hands-free."
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Yet, BMW has announced a new model. Why? We’re not exactly sure but we could guess it’s because the automaker is competitive. Or, maybe it’s worried about not being popular among consumers. Nevertheless, the new model is here.
The German automaker names its new model as the 2 Series Gran Coupe: a booted version of the 1 Series hatchback. Hmm, interesting. At a quick glance, it looks like a standard coupe, but if we take an even closer look, we’ll notice that the 2 Series Gran Coupe is indeed a four-door sedan.
It’s “government name”, the M235i xDrive, is a compact sedan that features a stiff suspension that makes handling corners quick easy. Its 8-speed semi-automatic transmission shifts quick and precise. The sedan ensures that you are always driving in the highest gear ratio possible.
As for the performance, the 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine produces 302-bhp: traveling from 0-62 mph in about 4.9-seconds. That is the same speed an webpage will take to fully load on your favorite device. That is pretty quick for the sedan and today's standards. 300+ horsepower is plenty for many consumers and BMW-enthusiasts alike.
The steering and handling is impressive, with intelligent four-wheel-drive, it’s as if the sedan drives itself. This doesn’t mean it DOES drive itself, I’m simply stating how nice it drives.
Enough with numbers talk, lets move on and into the interior of the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Right off the back, it is quite similar to the 1 Series. The driver seat is installed satisfyingly low and its infotainment system is equipped with a touch screen, also controllable via voice or using the iDrive controller.
The roofline swoops towards the rear similar to a coupe's. This means that the headroom is not the greatest especially for anyone that is near 6-feet tall. Luckily, the knee room is roomy and will be perfect for smaller adults and children.
As it is a compact sedan, it has plenty of space in the rear. With 430-liters of trunk space, it’s perfect for storing basic medium-sized items. Even more space is available underneath the trunk floor. Even the rear seats fold down down to increase luggage capacity.
The M235i is equipped with BMW’s all-wheel-drive system — xDrive — that increases fuel consumption. This means that we’re looking at about 36.5 mpg. That is absolutely fantastic!
Technology from higher-ranking BMWs is installed alongside cruise control with braking, lane departure warning, as well as collision and pedestrian warning with city braking. Even an electronic driving assistant is installed that includes a lane change warning system.
As of right now, there are no independent crash test safety ratings. But, we do expect it to be similar to the 1 Series ratings, which means 5-stars across the board.
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