Aston Martin has just released details of the convertible version of the Aston Martin Vanquish, or as Aston like to call their convertibles, the Vanquish Volante. Which must be slightly confusing for Italian and Spanish buyers of the car as ‘volante’ means ‘steering wheel’ in both languages. But anyway, it’s here, revealed almost exactly a year after the coupe made its debut.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante differs from the fixed-roof Vanquish in only one aspect. The roof. Obviously. Everything else about the cars is identical. Including the performance, which is rare. Usually a little bit of speed and accelaration are sacrificed during the conversion to a convertible due to added weight and less aerodynamic profile. But not so here. The 0-62 mph time remains unchanged at 4.1 seconds, as does the 183 mph top speed.
Powering the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is a AM11 6.0 litre V12 which produces 565 horsepower @ 6,750 rpm and 457 lb ft of torque @ 5,500 rpm. The transmission is a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic unit.
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Greece is famous for many things. Their advanced ancient civilizations, their feared Spartan warriors, their booze-filled cheap resorts, and most recently; their basket-case economy. However one thing they’re not really renowned for is their automotive industry. Probably because it doesn’t exist. But that could be about to change, albeit in a rather small way. Say hello to the Korres Project 4.
It’s hardly a mass-produced machine. In fact it looks like it’s probably being built in someone’s garage. But that’s beside the point. It’s unique, it’s bespoke, and it’s powered by a mid-mounted 7.0 litre V8 from a Corvette Z06. The Korres Project 4 features what looks like a very well engineered aluminium chassis, and while the digital rendering show a fairly low-slung sports car, the photos of the partially fabricated vehicle tell a different story. It looks like the Korres Project 4 is more of an off-road vehicle. There’s plenty of ground clearance, and the ride-height adjustable suspension system looks like it’s built to take some serious knocks and allow for lots of travel.
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The Auto Union Type C8 concept is a proposal for a Bugatti Veyron-rivaling supercar inspired by the potent Auto Union Type C race cars from the 1930s. It’s digital creator is one Maxime de Keiser, a Canadian designer, illustrator and architect.
Despite its name and supposed influence, the Type C8 concept has far more in common with Audi’s more recent supercars – like the R8 and Quattro Spyder concept – than the cigar-shaped original Type C. That said, one thing the two cars do have in common is a massive engine. The 1936 Type C had a 16 cylinder engine, while the Type C8 concept has been envisaged with a W16 engine.
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At the 2013 Salon Privé this September, students from the Royal College of Art (RCA) will be presenting a number of designs for a competition called ‘Concours of the Future’. The contest requires the student designers to reinterpret historic Concours-winning cars and re-design these icons for the future.
Initially 40 designs were developed, but only 11 have made the final grade and will be judged at the pompously-titled Salon Privé motor show. Today four of those final designs were previewed. Including an Auto Union race car with hub-less wheels, a futuristic Bugatti Type 35 roadster, an extremely low slung Lamborghini 350 GT concept, and a Tron-like Rolls-Royce Phantom. Other marques which will feature in the competition include Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Peugeot, Pegaso and Zagato.
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BMW has finally unveiled the long-awaited 4 Series Coupe. The car was previewed late last year in concept form, and it looks like BMW have stayed fairly true to the original concept. The most noticeable changes being a slight redesign of the lower grilled and driving lights.
The decision to rename the long-standing 3 Series coupe the 4 Series is not one without controversy. It can take manufacturers decades to build up the respect and appreciation of buyers who instantly recognise a certain model and its heritage. However from a purely logical point of view it does make sense that the 4 Series Coupe is now in line with the larger 6 Series and 8 Series Coupes, and upcoming smaller 2 Series Coupe. In our little poll, 63 percent of you though it was a good idea to rename the 3 Series Coupe. While 37 percent thought it just confused things.
But anyway. It’s here. And from launch (in the US) it will be offered as both a 428i model and as a 435i model. The 428i is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the 435i is fitted with a twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre inline 6-cylinder. Both will be available with a standard 8-speed sport automatic or six-speed manual transmission, and both will be offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive or with BMW’s optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
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The Marchi Mobile eleMMent Palazzo is the most expensive RV you can buy. It costs an astonishing $3 million, and is said to be popular amongst filthy rich oil sheiks who take their “glamping” very seriously.
The eleMMent Palazzo – not sure what the double capital ‘M’s stand for – is built by the Austrian firm Marchi Mobile. Inside, the eleMMent Palazzo features all sorts of camping essentials like a marble lined master suite with shower and toilet, 40-inch tv, dining area and bar. To make extra space within the vehicle, one side of the eleMMent Palazzo slides out to nearly double the width of the interior space. On the outside, apart from the amazingly ugly face, the RV features must-have accessories like a barbecue, fireplace and one-button pop-up roof terrace.
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MG just unveiled the full range of styles available for the Uk-version of the new MG3. It’s pretty clear MG are taking a leaf out of MINI’s playbook and trying to inject some individuality into the car’s design.
MG say that from launch, MG3 customers will be able to personalise both the exterior and interior of the new supermini. With three trim levels, 10 colors and a range of at least 10 graphic packs, it might not have the same ludicrously large options list as the MINI. But it should be enough to accommodate most tastes.
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Toyota has followed up last year’s oddball Camette concept with another similarly cutesy vehicle. Like the Camette, the new Camatte57s concept was unveiled not at a car show, but at the Tokyo Toy Show.
The Toyota Camatte57s was inspired by the idea of creative toys which can be built, rebuilt and rearranged. Lego basically. The designers wanted to create a car which was highly configurable and easily modified by the owner without special skills or tools.
The Camatte57s gets its name from the fact the body is made up from 57 individual panels which can be quickly and easily removed, painted in any color imaginable, and allow for a number of different styles. At the Tokyo Toy Show Toyota unveiled two different versions of the car.
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VUHL Automotive, manufacturers of the soon-to-be-released 05 lightweight supercar, have just published a couple more images showing the car in a little more detail. VUHL first announced the car back in March, and at the time they said the 05 would make its international debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place next month. Well it looks like they’re going to keep that promise and bring the car along to Goodwood.
The photos VUHL just released show the car from a close up front 3/4 view – where its plain to see the 05′s sporty potential and tidy-looking design, and from a high rear 3/4 view where the car is covered in camouflage. But even with the camo its clear to see the VUHL 05 will be a fairly compact little thing. There doesn’t look to be anything too radical or ground-breaking about the design. But it does appear the VUHL 05 will be a well proportioned sports car – wide and low with powerful looking wheel arches.
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Remember Elanor, the Shelby Mustang from the remake of “Gone in 60 Seconds”? Of course you do. Well for the upcoming Need for Speed movie from DreamWorks Studios, the Mustang is set to become a star yet again. This time around its a brand-spanking new Mustang Shelby GT500. But this is no off-the-shelf GT500. Ford’s designers have gone over the entire car to make it slicker, meaner and just generally more appealing.
The changes start with the body, which is wider and lower. It has larger air intakes feeding the supercharged V8. The wheels are also bigger – now a rather donk-like 22-inches.
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