Aston Martin confirms Lagonda super saloon

Aston Martin Lagonda sedan

Aston Martin has today confirmed what most automotive industry analysts and news outlets already knew, that the Lagonda name is coming back, and that it’ll be mounted on the back of an all-new ultra luxurious super saloon.

The Aston Martin Lagonda saloon will be based on the company’s versatile VH architecture which underpins their current lineup of vehicles – excluding the One-77. The car will be produced in a limited series, and rather frustratingly, it will be exclusively offered in only the Middle East market – or more specifically the United Arab Emirates. Whether Aston Martin decide the other markets are worthy of receiving the car in the future is yet to be decided.

The car will be offered for sale by invitation only, ensuring that only the wealthiest and discerning of plutocrats car collectors can take ownership of the new Lagonda.
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All-new 2015 Smart ForTwo

2015 smart fortwo

Amazingly, the Smart ForTwo has been around since 1998. And whether you love it, hate it, or are indifferent to its existence, nobody can deny that it hasn’t been a success and found its own unique niche in this world.

The car revealed this week is the third generation of the ForTwo, at the same time Smart also revealed the second generation of the slightly larger but far less iconic ForFour.

The styling of the new Smarts are based closely on a number of concept cars from the past few years, starting with the Smart ForVision concept from 2011, the ForStars from 2012 and most recently the FourJoy concept which was unveiled last year.
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

What you’re looking at here is the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, the fastest series production convertible to leave the Aston Martin factory. Mechanically identical to the V12 Vantage S Coupe, the Roadster uses the same AM28 6.0 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, a powerplant which produces 565 horsepower and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque. It allows the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.1 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 201 mph.

Like its hard top sibling, the V12 Vantage S Roadster also uses the same three-mode adaptive damping suspension system which offers Normal, Sport and Track settings. It also employs carbon ceramic brake discs and uses the same ZF Servotronic power assist steering.

The transmission is a seven-speed Sportshift III hydraulically actuated automated manual unit which provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes. It replaces the six-speed manual unit used in the V12 Vantage Roadster, and also weighs 20 kgs (44 lbs) less.
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Jaguar XE – engineering details revealed

Jaguar XE engineering details

Jaguar’s upcoming all-new car, the XE sports saloon, will make its world debut on September 8th at a special event in London. Ahead of its unveiling Jaguar has released more details about the car, in particular the suspension and steering systems.

Jaguar say the new XE will feature levels of innovation new to the segment, as well as utilizing lightweight construction methods and the latest generation of Ingenium engines.

The Jaguar XE will be built around an all-aluminium monocoque chassis, and include a front suspension setup derived from that used on the F-Type. The rear suspension is an integral link system which has been tuned to offer both dynamic ability and comfort. For the steering system jaguar has opted for an electric power assist setup.
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Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG Coupe

Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG Coupe

Mercedes-Benz have today published all the details regarding their top-of-the-range model in the S-Class Coupe series. Called the S 65 AMG Coupe, the V-12 powered car is visually almost identical to the V8-powered S 63 AMG Coupe model. The tell-tale signs of the additional four cylinders, are a revised front grille, exclusive 20-inch diameter multi-spoke wheels, a larger rear diffuser, and of course the obligatory “V12 Biturbo” badging on the front fenders.

Powering the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe is a 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, the same unit used in the S 65 AMG Sedan. It pushes out 630 horsepower and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque. The transmission is an AMG SpeedShift PLUS 7G-Tronic semi-automatic with three modes; Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual. The car’s top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph, while the 0-62 mph run is completed in just 4.1 seconds.
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Carice Mk1 – Classic looks, Electric power

Carice MK1

If you’ve been on the prowl for an electric vehicle lately, but constantly frustrated by the lack of style offered by conventional mainstream manufacturers, then the Dutch guys at Carice Cars might have the answer.

The Carice Mk1 is a classically styled roadster which looks like a cross between a Porsche Speedster and a chopped Beetle. It looks good, but its practicality is questionable as it has no bad weather protection – lacking a roof or even side windows. A tonneau cover can be used to keep the interior dry(ish) when parked up.

This simplistic approach, which carries through to the attractive yet Spartan interior, has resulted in a car which is ludicrously light, especially for an EV. The Carice Mk1 weights just 350 kgs (771 lbs) – depending on battery size and other drivetrain options.
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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – two keys, one helluva engine

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Supercharged

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the supercharged top-of-the-line Challenger, will be the most powerful production muscle car when it goes on sale later this year. That’s because its supercharged 6.2 litre HEMI V8 engine manages to produce 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.

However Dodge understand that over 700 horsepower is going to test even the most experienced driver, so just to provided an additional level of security, the car comes with two different keys. The black key allows the engine to produce a slightly more reasonable 500 horsepower maximum output. While the red key unlocks the full 700. Either way, I’m willing to put money on the fact a good number of Challenger SRT Hellcats get some impromptu bodywork modifications thanks to drivers who overestimate their driving talents and ability to cope with supercar-worrying power in a heavier car with a less exotic and capable chassis.
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BMW Z2 Roadster rendered

BMW Z2 Roadster

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the possibility BMW will soon introduce a smaller, cheaper roadster to fit in under the Z4. The rumored timetable for the new vehicle would involve a conceptual introduction sometime in 2016, followed by a production model a year later.

To keep costs down, and also make sure the new BMW Z2 didn’t cannibalize sales of the popular RWD Z4 roadster, BMW are said to be developing the car as a FWD model. It would make sense then that the car would share some components with BMW’s only other front-drive vehicle, the 2-Series Active Tourer. BMW could also quite easily look to MINI for a suitable platform for the new roadster. Either way, it’s the front wheels that will be providing the traction.
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Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition

Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition

The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition – lower case letters intentional – is a limited edition version of the high-performance RS 7 model. The car will make its world debut at the 2014 New York Motor Show later today.

The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition features several of the personalization options which are offered through the Audi exclusive program. On the New York show car this means crimson red contrasting stitching, carbon fiber trim and a sportier suspension setup.

The exterior of the Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition also features 21-inch gloss-black wheels, behind which hide bright red brake calipers complete with RS 7 logos. Up front is a carbon fiber splitter, while at the rear is a carbon fiber air diffuser.
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible

The C7 version of the Chevrolet Corvette is the most capable yet. The Z06 model even more so. And now you can have all the performance benefits of the Z06 with the tanning potential of the convertible. Say hello to the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible.

2015 marks the first time the Corvette Z06 Convertible has been offered from the factory since 1963, when the Z06 option package was introduced for endurance racing. According to Corvette Chief engineer Tadge Juechter, the lack of a Z06 convertible model for so long is due to the fact it was only until fairly recently that it has been possible to make a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of something like the Z06.

The Corvette Z06 convertible features an electronic folding roof that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The roof can be opened or closed on the move, at speeds of up to 30 mph.
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