An unlikely bit-player in one of summer’s cinematic dramas has been the humble moustache. Or, to be more precise, the face-furniture attached to actor Henry Cavill. This became an issue because extensive reshoots for Justice League overlapped with the filming of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, for which Cavill had been required to grow a moustache (which he was then contractually prohibited from shaving). The realities of stunt-work meant that Cavill couldn’t wear a falsie for M:I, so Warner Bros took the hit and removed the offending ‘tache from his reshoot scenes using CGI (the results of this have not entirely impressed fans).
But with such a high profile role celebrating the elaborate nose-warmer, are we due to see a renaissance in top-lip grooming this season? With the hipster beard possibly reaching the end of its lifecycle, this could be the next follicular frontier. But if we’re going to reclaim the muzzy from 1980s footballers, Latin American dictators and retired Northern Irish paramilitaries, which moustache style should you be going for? Well, in descending order…
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The closest to a naturally grown-out shape, the chevron is a deceptively tricky style to pull off unless your name is Tom Selleck or Ron Swanson. (We simply love Ron Swanson’s moustache. It’s truly flawless.) It can balance out big facial features and conveys a certain old-school, ‘eighties dad’, anti-fashion power, but you need a decent thickness of hair and growth to avoid looking like a schoolboy who’s trying to buy a pint.
It works best as part of a generally macho look, so try and put some gym-bulk on before growing this, and perhaps pair it with a heavy, unreconstructed scent for maximum alpha-male impact.
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The least showy, but the most easily executed of these styles – a classic workmanlike moustache, paired with a lightly developing beard. A look that suggests you did have a well kept Chevron, but a week or so of fighting crime, defending your property and generally being rugged has let it slip a little. Less eye-catching than a clean-shaven face as there’s a reduced contrast in the skin-and-hair tones, but you do need a decently even stubble growth to make this work.
This moustache style suits dark colouring better as lighter hair can make you look a just scruffy rather than ‘relaxed.’ This is Henry Cavill’s moustache in Mission: Impossible, so expect to see it appearing on your high street imminently (albeit on men who don’t look quite as heroic as Cavill).
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The pencil was originally conceived as an elegant, minimalist reaction to the overbearing facial hair of the Victorians. Popularised by Hollywood idols, it only later became shorthand for the more furtive gentleman – and to this day, it does conjure up images of chaps conning lonely widows out of their savings or selling hooky nylons to London’s women during World War II.
This isn’t to say it can’t be revived in a modern context though (take a bow, Jamie Foxx), but be warned that it will require almost daily shaving to maintain its clean lines. If you’ve got small features, it can work well. However, if paired with a scruffier look or long hair, there’s a real risk of getting into ‘amateur sorcerer’ territory (Jack White is a prime offender).
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An extremely strong personal statement. Associated with Hulk Hogan, Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, 80s leather ‘clones’ like the guy from the Village People, and amphetamine-addled bass-wielding metal god Lemmy from Motorhead, this is an absolutely no-half-measures moustache style.
Not advised for anyone with a long narrow face as it will give you a certain equine aspect, and it needs to be considered as part of a complete outfit: it will go perfectly with head-to-toe biker leathers or broken-in double denim. Not such a good fit with something you picked up in TK Maxx to wear to the football.
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A tricky case to call: on its own merits, a fine moustache style that demonstrates real commitment to growth, grooming and upkeep. But it has unquestionably suffered from association with retro-bores who have tainted it with the whiff of ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ posters, ear-bleeding, irony-laden electro-swing music and Blitz-revival club nights.
It’s adaptable to most face shapes, so if you are going to try out the Handlebar, either contrast it with a simple workwear-inspired outfit, or go for something smart, preppy and Ivy League (or, like it’s most famous exponent, Rollie Fingers, a baseball kit). In short, if your moustache is shouting for attention, then your outfit shouldn’t be.
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The absolute big daddy of facefuzz, best exemplified by actor Sam Elliott. A shaggy, grown out, big-beast, perfect for the larger gentleman, anyone with a huge nose or a wide face. It can make you look prematurely old, so think carefully about committing to this style. Be prepared for some gentle ribbing from your less fashion-forward peers, along the lines of ‘Careful you don’t get harpooned, you big fat bastard.’
Also, check that your significant other isn’t going to dump you rather than be seen with someone who looks like they spend a lot of their free time playing Magic: The Gathering and watching The Discovery Channel.
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Perhaps the worst facial hair style ever devised — and one that even the patron saint of male grooming, David Beckham, has fallen victim to — a combination of a pointed beard that traces the jawline and peaks in a sort of below-lip soul-patch, sitting below a disembodied moustache.
A statement which hints at long hours arguing on Youtube comment threads about Pick-Up Artistry, in-depth re-watchings of The Matrix, and ownership of at least one sword (or ‘mastery of the blade’ as this kind of helmet would doubtless term it).
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RAC report reveals that 18% of drivers aged 17-24 admit to taking part in video calls while driving
Drivers using a handheld phone behind the wheel remains one of the most prominent concerns of motorists, new data from the 2020 RAC Report on Motoring reveals.
The report also claims that nearly one in five (18%) of drivers aged between 17-24 have admitted to taking part in video calls while driving.
The figure is more than twice that of drivers of all age groups. The RAC claims the rise in popularity of video-based apps such as FaceTime, WhatsApp and Snapchat has contributed to such a significant proportion admitting to such actions.
The statistics, compiled from a representative UK sample of more than 3000 drivers, also reveal that 9% of those questioned admit to playing games on a phone behind the wheel. However, the rates of those surveyed admitting to this illegal phone usage has largely dropped across the board compared with 2019’s data.
Findings in the RAC’s 2016 report, which reported the problem was at ‘epidemic levels’ eventually lead to the introduction of tougher penalties for those who use a phone while driving. However, RAC road safety spokesperson Simon Williams says the new figures reveal “that the problem of illegal phone use at the wheel has far from disappeared”.
The 2020 report reveals that 79% of motorists support the introduction of cameras to identify illegal phone use – technology that’s already in use in Australia. Of those people, 52% strongly support such measures, which will reduce the burden of enforcement on already-stretched police forces.
“Our findings from 2016 were a watershed moment which led to the UK government calling for people to make illegal mobile phone use while driving as socially unacceptable as drink-driving”, Williams said. “The fact drivers still state it’s their second-biggest motoring concern of all shows that more progress still needs to be made here.”
The RAC has called for more “regular and robust” data on the problem to be gathered by the government and for police forces to trial handheld phone detection technology. It also wants more investment in high-profile media campaigns to raise public awareness to the dangers of phone use while driving.
The full 2020 RAC Report on Motoring can be read here.
The Honda CBR650R has received multiple changes for 2021. The updates include a Euro 5 (BS6) engine, suspension upgrade and more.
It has been little more than a year since Honda revealed the heavily updated replacement to the CBR650F. Not only did the bike get major changes, making it sportier, but it also received a minor change in its name.
While it continues to be called the CBR650R in its latest guise, it has got multiple updates for 2021. The biggest change comes in the form of the Showa 41mm Separate Function Big Piston fork (SFF-BP), which will most likely result in sportier handling characteristics.
The 649cc engine has also witnessed revisions to the ECU, cam lobes, intake timing, exhaust pipe, catalyser and silencer, to help it meet Euro 5 (BS6) emission regulations. The power and torque figures now stand at 95hp and 63Nm, which is nearly identical to that of the bike it replaces. That said, we could see the India-spec CBR650R make lower figures, just like the 2019 model.
Honda has also said that the bike now uses revised side panels and a redesigned number plate mount. The bike’s headlight also has revised reflectors that are said to improve its performance. Similarly, the instrument cluster’s readability has been improved, with a change of LED angle and font size. Lastly, the middleweight motorcycle gets a USB Type-C socket under the seat for 2021.
The 2019 Honda CBR650R was priced at Rs 7.70 lakh in India and this upcoming, updated version is expected to bump up that price quite a bit. However, a big price hike would take its price over that of the considerably more powerful BS6 Kawasaki Z900 (Rs 7.99 lakh).
The Jaguar XE has been updated with a new mild-hybrid powertrain option and the introduction of the Pivi Pro infotainment system, now being rolled out across the Jaguar Land Rover range.
The small saloon’s refresh comes at the same time as more dramatic changes for its XF sibling, as Jaguar looks to revamp the appeal of its saloon in the wake of poor sales, tough competition and the growing dominance of SUVs.
The three-strong powertrain line-up echoes that of the revised XF, with the highlight being the 201bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel employing a 48V mild-hybrid set-up, emitting 127g/km CO2 and up to 58.5mpg.
On the petrol front, there is a rear-driven 247bhp 2.0-litre turbo and an all-wheel-drive, range-topping 296bhp 2.0-litre turbo, the latter of which achieves 0-60mph in 5.6secs. All powertrains use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
There are no exterior design changes, with the XE having been heavily updated last year, but those opting for the R-Dynamic Black trim will get black mirror caps and side sills. Inside, across the range, the XE receives an updated seat design and new split-rim steering wheel.
The Pivo Pro system is accessed through a 10in touchscreen and is underpinned by Jaguar’s new electronic architecture, dubbed EVA 2.0, which also allows for over-the-air software updates and wireless charging. There is a new Guardian mode which allows customers to flag times the car will be inactive and receive alerts if it is used during this window.
In the same way as the XF, Jaguar has dramatically decreased the number of derivatives offered on the outgoing model – from 24 to 13 – in order to achieve cost efficiencies. Part of the same ‘browse, buy, drive away’ trial as the XF, the starting price has been cut from £34,600 to £29,365. Deliveries begin in early 2021.
MARIUS DESIGNHAUS is the newest, most promising player in the high-end tuning industry. After a 10 year career in the field, as a designer, Marius Dumitrascu, owner and namesake of the company, decided that the tuning industry needed a breath of fresh air, in an environment polluted by the sub-par quality and questionable styling.
Based on the mighty Lamborghini Urus, labelled the MD1, this is the first project that MARIUS DESIGNHAUS is unveiling.
The complete bodykit, without a doubt, manages to improve on the design of the Italian bull and becomes an impressive sight to behold.
MARIUS DESIGNHAUS has brought together the aggressive design language with the Italian unmistakable style and class, resulting in one of the best looking cars on the road, a car designed to turn heads.
Produced in Europe, every part of the MD1 bodykit created by MARIUS DESIGNHAUS is built in ultra-light, high-end carbon fiber, through state-of-the-art technology.
MARIUS DESIGNHAUS is bringing on the market unprecedented quality and materials, using aeronautical grade carbon fiber prepreg.
Some parts of the bodykit have a Nomex honeycomb core, used only by the finest hypersport car manufacturers, as well as stainless steel AISI316 inserts for a life-lasting product.
Even the screws used are titanium grade 5 (aeronautical quality), this is the exceptional attention to detail that MARIUS DESIGNHAUS has.
The bumpers are manufactured in a mix of carbon fiber and zylon, to support shocks.
Zylon is an evolution of Kevlar, far stronger. Used by the F1 teams, now, for the first time, MARIUS DESIGNHAUS is bringing this technology to the tuning industry.
MARIUS DESIGNHAUS engineers worked together with the design team to obtain a versatile bodykit that can be configured in multiple ways, every new piece fitting perfectly with the original ones.
The MD1 is an exclusive, limited edition piece of art. Only 30 will be built by MARIUS DESIGNHAUS.
Starting from the front, the MD1 features a completely redesigned front bumper, an aggressive front lip, a new bonnet, and custom covers for the side mirrors.
The front fenders are completely modified and present a new design for the side air vents, complemented by stylish covers.
As well as the fenders, the wheel arches are redesigned in a unique way, a trademark for MARIUS DESIGNHAUS.
The back wheel arches feature the same styling as the front ones, being joint together by the new side skirt.
At the back of the car we discover a completely new back bumper and diffuser, with a simple, but effective cover for the back air outtakes.
MARIUS DESIGNHAUS team has created two beautiful spoilers, one mounted on the tailgate, and one on the roof.
Also on the roof you can find two fins, joining together the front and the back of the car, completing the exquisite design of the MD1.
In any configuration or colour, the Lamborghini Urus MD1 from MARIUS DESIGNHAUS will be a powerful statement on any road!
It is here to impress, and it manages to do so effortlessly. Be the hero in the story of passion and emotion!
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The Ferrari Portofino M, the evolution of the Prancing Horse’s 2+ GT spider, the Ferrari Portofino, was unveiled today. In a move unprecedented in the Maranello marque’s 70-year-plus history, the new car’s premiere took place entirely online. The build-up to the unveiling included the sending out of a series of newsletters to clients over recent weeks at the end of which they were given access to a platform containing exclusive videos illustrating the concept behind the car, its restyling and main technical contents.
The Portofino M is the first Ferrari to be presented in the wake of the company’s temporary closure due to the Covid-19 crisis, making it the symbol of a voyage of rediscovery. It is the (re)starting point for Prancing Horse’s pursuit of innovation whilst fully respecting its heritage, passion and constant search for perfection. All of these values are reflected in the new Portofino M. In fact, the ‘M’ in its moniker stands for ‘Modificata’, which in Ferrari nomenclature refers to cars that have undergone an evolution that has significantly boosted their performance.
There is no shortage of technical innovation in the stunning new evolution of the Ferrari Portofino, the most notable being its redesigned powertrain, a brand-new eight-speed gearbox and the five-position Manettino that includes a Race mode, an absolute first for a Maranello GT spider. As a consequence of these and many other new features, the Portofino M guarantees an unprecedented combination of authentic GT performance, driving pleasure, agility and exceptional versatility in everyday driving contexts.
This latest design and engineering masterpiece from the Prancing Horse is the perfect evolution of the Ferrari Portofino. Sportier in character than its predecessor, it also delivers superior handling whilst not only maintaining but enhancing on-board comfort, courtesy of specific new optional features, such as ADAS, and ventilated and heated seats. The Ferrari Portofino M thus retains the Ferrari Portofino’s twin soul and is the only car on the market that can rightfully be described as an authentic coupé with its top closed and a genuine spider when it is open. This is thanks, of course, to the Retractable Hard Top (RHT), the signature feature of all the Prancing Horse’s convertibles.