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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish loses its lid!

Aston Martin has lifted the veil off of the 2014 Vanquish Volante convertible.  Based on the range-topping Vanquish coupe, the V12-powered Volante represents several milestones for the hundred-year old British firm. None of the Vanquish coupe’s sexiness is lost in the transformation to drop-top Volante. Even the soft-top complements the body lines. That top is made from a lightweight triple-layer fabric and can be raised or lowered in 14 seconds and at speeds up to 30 mph.

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante - Front 3/4

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante – Front 3/4

Like its coupe sibling, the Vanquish Volante wears carbon composite body panels wrapped around a bonded aluminum structure. Underhood, there are no surprises: you’ll find the same 6.0-liter, 565-hp, 457 lb-ft V12 that so ably powers the coupe. Aston’s 6-speed Touchtronic II paddle-shift transmission is also carried over, along with the hardtop’s six-piston Brembo carbon ceramic setup in front, with four-piston carbon ceramic stoppers in the rear.

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante - Rear 3/4

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante – Rear 3/4

Retaining the coupe’s 2+2 layout, the Volante’s interior is built with premium materials such as Luxmil leather, satin chrome and Alcantara.  The cockpit boasts a new, user-friendly center console that is inspired by the exclusive One-77 supercar.  The console is home to the infotainment system, the engine start button, the gear selection buttons and the climate control knobs.

In keeping with the Vanquish Volante’s range-topper status, it gets a range-topping price of $297,995. That’s a $16,000 premium over the Vanquish coupe, nearly $100,000 more than the four-door Rapide S, and a not-insignificant $150,000 more than the 2013 V8 Vantage roadster.

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Mazda proves that it makes World’s Fastest Convertible

In a clever fashion, Mazda has proved that its MX-5 Miata is the world’s fastest convertible in a drag race set in Southern California.

Lining up against some of the world’s most prestigious convertibles, the Miata took down the likes of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Ford Mustang V6, and Porsche 911 Carrera.

So how did it achieve this seemingly impossible task? Well, we won’t spoil it for you, so you’ll just have to watch the video below to find out.


Jaguar releases a Short Film – “Desire” staring its all new F-Type

Cast along side the F-Type is Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, as well as Shannyn Sossamon, and obvious bad guy Jordi Mollà. With music by BRIT award winner Lana Del Rey, it’s a bit campy at times but tells a nice little story with a twist. Enjoy:


Mercedes Benz creates a video honoring 60 years of the SL

For most of us it would take 60 years to save for a new Mercedes-Benz SL while others feel that you’d have to be 60 to drive an SL.  We’re not sure if either statement is right, but what we are sure of is that 60 years in business let alone the car business is a significant mile stone and should not be taken lightly.

We also think that the timing is right to show you this video as Mercedes Benz has just released the new 2013 SL63 AMG’s specs and they are awesome.  The torch has truly been past to this new car and the days of the SL brand being a soft wallowy boulevard cruiser are over.  The brand now has some major fire in it belly and some tire shredding torque being feed to the rear wheels.

To read about the newest SL model click here: “2013 Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG is Introduced to the World


2013 Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG is Introduced to the World

Originally scheduled to be debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show the 2013 Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG has been introduced to the world today.  Personally I can’t understand why they would launch this car early as the SL is truly in a class all by its self and would not be a response to another Car company launching one of its cars. Sure some of you might say that the new 911 turbo cabriolet would compete with the SL63 AMG and we would respectfully disagree as the Porsche can’t compete in the looks department.  The Audi R8 V10 can compete in that department but it the hard top version is in our option much more attractive then the Spyder.  The SL is a purpose built two seater hard top convertible and because of that it excel’s in the style and looks department when compared to other cars it may compete against.

2013 Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG - Front 3/4

Power in the 2013 SL63 AMG starts at 530 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, capable of 4.2 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.  If more oomph is desired, the AMG Performance package provides an extra bump in output to 557 hp and 664 lb-ft, 4.1 seconds to 60 mph and a higher top speed limited to 186 mph.

Not surprising the awesome but thirsty 6.2-liter V8 with its 563hp and 480 lb-ft of torque is not included in this model.  Instead the new AMG go to engine the 5.5-liter bi-turbo is employed under this car’s hood.  We were surprised to learn that this car will use a traditional 7-speed automatic transmission instead of the dual cultch unit that is found in the SLS AMG.  We wonder if it is a supply and demand thing, as nearly 4 time as many SL63 AMG’s will be built in relation to the SLS AMG.  The other possibility is the fact that the 5.5-liter simply produces too much torque (110 more to be exact) to be handled by the dual clutch unit.

2013 Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG - Rear 3/4

Other hardware add-ons by AMG include 6-piston brakes that bite onto huge 15.3 inch compound discs at the front and 14.3-inch integral discs with single-piston floating calipers in the rear.  An adjustable AMG sports suspension (sport or comfort) based on the Mercedes-Benz active damping system and speed-sensitive steering provide the handling needed to match the power.

2013 Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG - Interior

The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG will be one of many new cars introduced in person at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in 2 weeks time so make sure to check back in with us then for complete show coverage.


Jaguar unveils the 2012 XKR-S Convertible

Did you know that the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible was revealed at the L.A. Auto Show last month?  Neither did we so we thought that we better fill our selves and you in on all of the details.  Here is what you need to know it is the same exact car as the hard top version except it has a soft top roof that will retract in 18 seconds.  This means that it has the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that makes 543 hp and 501 lb-ft of torque which is then feed through a 6-speed auto gear box.  The XKR-S Convertible can do the 0-100 km/h run in 4.4 seconds and will top out at 300km/h.

Thankfully the car still has the ability to turn heads with it boisterous exhaust note and in the video below shows the car in ultra cool matte black.


BMW’s tribute to the Great Gatsby or the 75 year old 328

I will have to take BMW’s word on this one as I have read that the BMW 328 was one of the dream sports cars of the 1930’s.  I personally wasn’t around then and my local library only has back dated issues of Car & Driver to 1991 so I’m out of luck there as well.

Either way the BMW 328 has gotten nostalgic BMW all misty eyed and though that on its 75th birthday it would be nice to build it a tribute car.  So I am proud to show you all the BMW 328 Hommage, a car that is a modern interpretation of the 75 year old classic.

Don’t ever think that you will see this car on the road as It looks like an effort in design and material composition testing.  Purely one for the engineering department, that is until the marketing boys saw it out on the test track.  The result is a short video detailing 5 W’s of the new car.

I have also for good measure found a behind the scene making of video that was curiously released 3 days before the official video came out on BMW’s YouTube channel.  I guess you can also then thank Car Rolodex for solving the age old question of what came first the chicken or the egg.  In this case it was the making of video, either way enjoy.

The Chicken

The Egg