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The new Land Rover Defender is an off-roading weapon and, as it turns out, doubles as an excellent tow vehicle.

When delivering seven new Land Rovers to the Stafford dealership in the UK, the car transporter got stuck on the icy, snow-covered roads. That’s where the Defender came into its own and managed to pull the transporter.

Admittedly, this isn’t a simple case of the Defender pulling the truck from a dead stop without any assistance. Instead, the driver of the truck was also hitting the throttle, providing the Land Rover with the little bit of extra traction and power it needed to start moving forward. It is an impressive feat regardless.

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The description of the video fails to mention what specific variant of the Defender this is. However, we suspect it was one of the available diesel models that are sold in the UK.

When the new Defender was first launched, it was available in D240 guise featuring a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbodiesel producing 237 hp. However, Land Rover replaced this variant with the D300 in September last year. This model features a new Ingenium six-cylinder diesel engine with 296 hp and an impressive 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque that uses mild-hybrid technology to improve its responsiveness and fuel efficiency.

 


Fans of automotive design have long wondered if cars can become so beautiful, so desirable, so evocative of the lived experience of people in a time and place that they can transcend their utilitarian origins and become art. Turns out we were thinking about it all wrong.

According to Rolls-Royce, the car isn’t the art, it’s the gallery. The latest work going up on the Phantom is by a Swiss firm called Nature Squared.

The firm picked individual feathers from birds (species not specified) and placed them individually into the dashboard of the car – or what Rolls calls the “gallery.” The idea first appeared in concept form in 2017, but has now been delivered to Abu Dhabi Motors.

“A space aptly named ‘The Gallery’, is an application of glass that runs uninterrupted across the fascia of Rolls-Royce Phantom, providing an unprecedented opportunity to present artwork within your car,” says the British luxury automaker – and if you feel like rolling your eyes, we’ll understand. The thing is, though, at least they’re trying to do something to make their cars more unique.

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I distinctly remember the first time I saw the inside of a Bentley in person and was by disappointed that the seatbelt buckles were the same ones that I use and the steering column looked just like the one on any other car. I don’t really know what I expected, but the deeply common nature of those elements made me wonder what all the fuss was about.

So taking the time to team up with craftspeople like Nature Squared, a materials specialist that uses “the latest technology to transform sustainable natural materials” into things like a dashboard, is kind of interesting. I can at least see how these things are artisanal and require skill to make and there is just space there, so why not fill it with something pretty?

According to Rolls, more than 3,000 tail feathers were selected specifically for their iridescence and hand-sewn into the “gallery” to wrap elegantly around the clock. While the feathers iridesce, the clock has a lustrous look because its face is made of mother of pearl.

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Driving a powerful, rear-wheel drive sports car like the BMW M3 in a blizzard isn’t something we’d recommend, but if you have the skills, it can be quite an enjoyable experience.

YouTuber Tedward is the proud owner of an E92-generation BMW M3 and when Boston was hit with a blizzard, he decided against locking his car away in a garage; instead, he opted to drive it and appeared to have quite a lot of fun doing so.

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The E92 M3 is powered by a 414 hp, 4.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 that sends power to the rear wheels. While the car was available from the factory with a six-speed manual transmission, Tedward’s car has the optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that does make things a little easier. Nevertheless, a rear-wheel drive sports coupe with more than 400 hp probably isn’t the first car you would choose to drive in these conditions.

In his video, the YouTuber mentions that his M3 is sitting on a set of Vredestein Wintrac Pro tires that work wonders in the snow. Evidently, he also has a lot of snow-driving experience and is able to effortlessly powerslide through corners. When driving on the highway, he mentions just how important it is to drive with a very light grip on the steering wheel, allowing the car to gently slide rather than trying to resist even the most subtle of movements.