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2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman get a spec-boost: All the details

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Porsche has revealed the 2021 718 Boxster and Cayman, and while the new model year may not touch the style, the tech and cabin comforts are getting a welcome upgrade. Features like Apple CarPlay are now being included as standard across the line-up, as will two-zone climate control.

All standard 2021 718 Boxster and Cayman models – including the T, S, and GTS 4.0 cars – will get heated front seats now, as standard, too. They’ll also have auto-dimming mirrors with rain sensor, plus bi-xenon headlamps with the Porsche Dynamic Light System.

Previously an option, the PDLS adjusts the range of the dipped beam headlamps according to the driving speed of the car. It also includes a dynamic cornering light function, which pivot the main beams around a corner as you turn the wheel, for maximum visibility at night on twisty roads. The GTS 4.0 will get black bi-xenons.

The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman will start from $59,900 (plus $1,350 destination), while the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster will start from $62,000 (plus destination). As standard they come with a six-speed manual transmission. A seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is offered as an option.

For the first time, though, that transmission is also being offered on the 2021 718 Cayman GT4, 718 Spyder, and 718 GTS 4.0 models too. Those cars aren’t expected to arrive at US dealers until early in 2021, however.

2021 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 go up for order

Announced earlier this year, the new 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 are also now being offered up for pre-order. The Cayman GTS 4.0 will start at $86,800 (plus destination) while the Boxster GTS 4.0 will start from $88,900 (plus destination).

Either way, you get a 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine, with 394 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. The Sport Chrono Package is standard, and – with the six-speed manual transmission – 0-60 mph comes in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is 182 mph.

Standard features include the Sport Seats Plus, Sport Exhaust System, and PASM Sport Suspension. There’s also a mechanical limited-slip differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), along with 20-inch wheels painted in satin black. Of course, the coupe and convertible also get all the standard features – including CarPlay – that the rest of the 2021 model year 718 cars get too. Expect the GTS 4.0 versions to show up in dealerships in the US by the end of the year.

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The Special Detail Hidden On The Cadillac Escalade-V

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If the V badge means anything in a Caddy, you can think of it as Popeye after devouring a can of spinach. The Escalade-V has a 6.2-liter supercharged gas-fed V8 engine derived from the hardcore CT5-V Blackwing. However, Cadillac engineers gave the mill a more substantial 2.65-liter R2650 TVS supercharger with four-lobe rotors capable of spinning to a heady 13,500 rpm. Pumping out up to 10 pounds of boost accessible with a heavy right foot, the Escalade-V offers 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque, making it the world’s most powerful full-size luxury SUV. In addition, the blown V8 churns out maximum torque from 4,400 rpm, which means you get ultimate shove without burying the go-pedal, a trait that most luxury car or SUV buyers love.

Sure, the Escalade is an opulent (albeit pricey) family SUV, but the V badge and magnificent supercharged V8 have given it a renewed vigor. According to Cadillac, the Escalade-V could sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds. It could also breach the quarter-mile run in 12.74 seconds at 110 mph. For context, the Escalade-V has more power than a Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and is faster than a RAM TRX at the dragstrip. Who says you can’t have fun in a three-row luxury SUV?

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Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.

There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.

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Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future

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During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.

The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.

Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.

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