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Ares Design reveals the Defender Spec.1.2

• Modenese coachbuilder ARES reveals limited-edition ARES for Land Rover Defender Spec. 1.2

• Exterior features include carbon fiber bodywork and panoramic roof

• Luxurious handcrafted interior with leather and carbon fiber throughout

• Enhanced V8 powerplant and 6-speed transmission

Luxury Italian coachbuilder ARES Design has released details of its bespoke Land Rover Defender Spec. 1.2 detailing its high level of customization and luxury, creating a modern-day tribute to the timeless off-road icon.

Designed by the company’s Centro Stile, the exterior sports a carbon fiber bonnet, widened wings and is devoid of all visible body bolts. While the front-end LED-powered lamps are housed in a new one-piece carbon fiber front end the rear sports new style circle LED tail lights.

Rounding off the customised exterior are larger tinted windows, including a high-grade panoramic roof and 18” ARES designed rims giving the vehicle a commanding modern appearance.

Inside, the company designers and artisans have combined their talents to produce a stunning bespoke interior. Expertly finished, the finest leather and carbon fiber trim extends to every part of the cabin, from the instrument panel through to the rear bench seats giving a sensation of luxury and quality throughout. Additionally, its new infotainment system, revised and upgraded air conditioning unit and four electrically operated windows assure interior comfort and luxury.

Once behind the wheel the driver will begin his journey with a simple start/stop button, and with modern-era levers controlling lights and wipers at this finger tips their journey will be uncomplicated and fun. For colder weather the vehicle has adjustable and heated side mirrors with an incorporated indicator ensuring the swiftest of departures on the coldest of days.

Underneath the newly defined exterior ARES’ extensive engineering work has been undertaken. The coachbuilder has replaced the original 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a 4750cc V8 engine capable of delivering 280hp and a torque of 440Nm all supported by a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Additional strengthening on transmission and axle shafts and CV joints supports the higher speed and power delivery while the braking system sports larger performance discs and 6-piston calipers. Ensuring the smoothest of drives the ARES for Land Rover Defender Spec 1.2 has an electronically adjustable suspension with a soft and sport setting.

Dany Bahar, ARES Design CEO, explained: “We created our first Defender Ultra V8 in 2018 so we have a great knowledge of the vehicle and that has led us to create a second edition with an even more distinctive style and refined finish. Powered by the same V8 engine, the ARES for Land Rover Defender Spec 1.2 retains the characteristics of the new Defender design but beautifully reimagined to express modernity and luxury.”

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Automobili Pininfarina, the pinnacle of Italian luxury automotive design, has unveiled the Battista Cinquantacinque, a hyper GT paying homage to the timeless elegance of the 1955 Lancia Florida. This one-of-a-kind masterpiece blends cutting-edge technology with the spirit of classic Italian design, capturing the essence of automotive history.

Named “Cinquantacinque,” meaning 55 in Italian, the car’s moniker pays homage to the legendary Pininfarina-designed classic car. The Battista Cinquantacinque proudly showcases the iconic Blu Savoia Gloss bodywork and a contrasting Bianco Sestriere Gloss roof, inspired by the original Lancia Florida show car.

The Lancia Florida, created by Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, served as a muse for the creation of the Battista Cinquantacinque. Farina, the visionary behind the classic model, also lent his name to the fastest and most powerful Italian road car, the Battista.

The exterior of the Battista Cinquantacinque features flawless Blu Savoia Gloss paint, complemented by a Bianco Sestriere Gloss roof and Brushed Anodised jewelry pack. Inside, the bespoke Mahagoni Poltrona Frau Heritage Leather upholstery exudes luxury and sophistication.

Each Battista Cinquantacinque bears unique inscriptions, including the signature ‘Cinquantacinque 55’ on the passenger door plate and the underside of the active rear wing, signifying its heritage and provenance.

Underneath its exquisite exterior lies a powerful heart—a 1,900hp electric powertrain propelled by four independent motors and a 120 kWh lithium-ion battery. With staggering performance figures like 0-100 kph in 1.86 seconds and a driving range of up to 476 km, the Battista Cinquantacinque promises an exhilarating driving experience.

Dave Amantea, Chief Design Officer at Automobili Pininfarina, expressed his excitement, stating, “This was a truly special and unique opportunity to design a car that pays homage to Pininfarina SpA’s heritage.” Amantea highlighted the significance of the Lancia Florida’s influence on both the Battista Cinquantacinque and the PURA Vision design concept, setting the stage for future Automobili Pininfarina models.

The Battista Cinquantacinque will make its debut in Tokyo, Japan, alongside retail partner SKY GROUP, marking Automobili Pininfarina’s global expansion. Clients in the region will experience the brand’s promise of ‘Dream Cars. Made Real.’ firsthand, with each hand-crafted vehicle tailored to reflect the personality of its owner.

Automobili Pininfarina’s dedication to crafting bespoke masterpieces ensures that each vehicle leaving the Atelier facility in Cambiano is a unique expression of luxury and automotive excellence, rooted in Italian heritage and innovation.