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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

The 2013 Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish, officially named the "Aston Martin Vanquish"

Sitting proudly at the pinnacle of the luxury British car maker’s sports car line-up, this breath-taking new super grand tourer represents the zenith of current Aston Martin design and engineering. Vanquish points to an exciting and confident future for the historic brand.

Vanquish is a new Aston Martin featuring the next generation of the renowned VH architecture as well as a significantly upgraded 6.0-litre V12 engine that is considerably more potent than before.

The design represents the latest take on Aston Martin’s iconic visual language. Vanquish unquestionably sees the brand continue its enviable tradition of producing some of the most beautiful sports cars in the world. Styling cues such as the elegant new waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are derived from the One-77 supercar.

Unmistakably an Aston Martin, the design shows a clear and coherent lineage from its heritage while providing an equally clear pointer to the luxury car brand’s vibrant future. Closer inspection reveals details such as the stunning new Aero Duct on the rear boot lid. This elegantly devised passive engineering feature, which counteracts lift at the car’s rear when travelling at speed, is a triumph of both design and technical ability.

Performance, presence, style and great British craftsmanship – the new Vanquish has all these traits in abundance.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability. It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise.

“Bearing the same name as the iconic V12 Vanquish that did so much to cement Aston Martin’s reputation as a maker of great GT cars in the modern era, I believe the car unveiled today once again puts this great British brand at the top of its class.

“The new Vanquish mixes beautiful design with impressive technology such as the superb new infotainment system. This is the latest incarnation of everything we know, informed and developed from One-77. It is the ultimate Super Grand Tourer – confident and assured – and is the newest representation of Power, Beauty and Soul.”

As happy on the streets of a bustling city as it is carving through the countryside or long distance motorway touring, the Vanquish offers a thoroughbred British luxury sports car that’s also suited to everyday use.

Powered by a significantly revised naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine mated to the proven Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox, the new car offers suitably impressive performance figures. The V12’s power peak of 565 hp (573 PS) makes it Aston Martin’s most potent production model yet, outmuscled only by the strictly limited edition One-77 supercar.

The raw statistics speak for themselves: 565 hp at 6,750 rpm, 620 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm, 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph place the Vanquish firmly into supercar territory. Yet the brand’s team of engineers have been working towards economy and emissions improvements, too.

The latest engineering methods, innovative technologies and typically understated classic British design come together to make the muscular new Vanquish a true super GT. For instance, each body panel on the car is constructed from carbon fibre because of its high strength-to-weight ratio and flexibility of form. Meanwhile torsional rigidity is improved by more than 25%.

Practical improvements such as a newly designed and significantly more spacious cabin and a boot that, at 368 litres, is more than 60% larger than that of the DBS, ensure the new Vanquish can carry sufficient luggage for even the most ambitious grand tourist.

Designed and hand-built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire the new Vanquish, available as a 2+2 or 2+0, sits atop a broad line-up of world-class sports cars including the exquisite DB9, sporty V8 Vantage and luxurious four-door Rapide.

2013 Lucra LC470

U.S. based company, Lucra, revealed their just barely street legal 2013 LC470 supercar. The LC470 sprints 0 - 60 mph in a blistering 2.5 seconds. Under the hood is the Corvette ZR1's supercharged 6.2L V8 pumping out 630 horsepower.

This new LC470 features a redesigned carbon fiber body, optional HID, LED and halogen lights, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights. There is increased airflow with hood vents, an updated cooling and exhaust system, race cage 6-piston caliper brake system, eye-catching colors and more.

Lamborghini Aventador J

Lamborghini announced its new speedster, the Lamborghini Aventador J "Unica," and confirmed it would be a unique, one-off production. An unnamed buyer bought the car for €2.1 million ($2.76 million), a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

There is only one Lamborghini Aventador J and whoever the lucky individual is who ultimately purchased the Aventador J, he or she bought an incredibly beautiful and well-engineered machine and no doubt left those they outbid with the lingering taste of jealousy.

The car is based on the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, but it has been substantially lightened and stuffed full of new technology from Lamborghini to make a faster and sportier, though perhaps less comfortable, Aventador. The Aventador J sports a 6.5 liter, 700 horsepower, V12 engine with an ISR (independent shifting rod) transmission and all-wheel drive.

Most distinctively, the Aventador J has lost some weight by losing the roof, windshield, air conditioning and navigation system from the Aventador LP 700-4, meaning the new car will come in somewhere under its 1575 kg (3,472 lb). The slimming down should also speed the car up on the track.

While the car never underwent a track test session to measure times, predictions based on the aerodynamics and specifications of the car project a top speed over upwards of 186 mph, a Lamborghini spokesperson said.

The interior of the car is certainly spare anyway you look at it. Every indication is that it will just be two seats, the controls and dials, and some pedals -- minimalism with the focus on driving. There isn't even a radio, not that you would be able to hear one anyway with nothing but the car's wind deflectors to protect you. The seats and cockpit are clothed in what Lamborghini calls "Carbonskin," with inserts of "flexible carbon fiber fabrics."

A close examination reveals an arm sticking up out of the top of the hood. This is, in fact, the rear view mirror. While at first blush it seems like it would be goofy, it seems to fit in with the overall minimalism and angularity of the Aventador J's styling.

Much of the car's styling, though, also serves a utilitarian purpose. The front and rear bumpers, for instance, have additional fins to increase downforce, and thus grip, and rims designed specifically to ventilate and cool the brakes of the car.

"We're not talking about future versions of the Aventador yet," a company spokesperson said when asked if the Aventador J presaged changes to the Aventador LP 700-4.

"The coupe is sold out for the first 18 months of vehicle production," the spokesperson added.

Ultimately, only one lucky buyer will get to experience the Aventador J, and so the jury could remain out for a long time on whether it's actually any good to drive unless Top Gear somehow gets ahold of it. Either way, though, it is a sight to behold.