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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.


2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is Unveiled

We are happy to introduce the wildest Aston Martin Vantage yet. In fact, One-77 hypercar aside, this new V12 Vantage S is the fastest road going Aston yet released, with a 205mph top speed nudging it 3mph beyond the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo.

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - Front 3/4

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – Front 3/4

The heart of the matter is the new AM28 engine, a more evolved species of the 6.0-liter V12 that incorporates features like CNC-machined combustion chambers and hollow camshafts. Power output is 565 horsepower, a healthy 50-horse bump over the outgoing coupe, and 475 pound-feet of torque, a boost of 37 lb-ft. Acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour is expected to come before the four-second mark which is down from 4.2 seconds.

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - Rear 3/4

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – Rear 3/4

While we mourn the loss of yet another row-your-own option in a supercar, the new paddle-shifted gearbox offers two distinct advantages over the obsolete six-speed. First being top speed and second would be the weight savings of over 55 pounds. The transmission is a seven-speed automated manual transmission that has been harvested from the V8 Vantage S (it’s also the ‘box from Aston Martin’s FIA GT race cars), it gains a gear over the six-speed in the V12 Vantage yet is still lighter.

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - Side Profile

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – Side Profile

The biggest visual change is the car’s grille, which adopts the wide-open look previewed on the wicked CC100 Speedster Concept. It also gets a black painted roof and rear trim panel, new wheels, suspension and exhaust. The new sports exhaust is derived from the One-77, and boosts the already vocal Vantage’s soundtrack and there’s a quicker steering rack. The Vantage also gets its first adaptive damping system, with Normal, Sport and Track modes altering the suspension as well as the amount of power steering assistance. A Sport button sharpens the throttle response, gearshift times and exhaust note.

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - Interior

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – Interior

Although Aston Martin hemmed and hawed before finally porting the previous V12 Vantage to North America, the 2015 V12 Vantage S will be offered in the U.S. from square one. Pricing is being estimated to be in the realm of $200,000, however it has not yet been finalized, but dealers are now taking orders, with deliveries beginning in early 2014.

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:

McLaren P1 was Apparently Designed by Air

A dramatic new video highlighting the McLaren P1’s aerodynamics was released this week in non HD, but it does however suggest that the supercar was shaped by air. Wind tunnel air in this case as the video shows how the air flows over raw metal and carbon fiber body panels and other features. In the video, the raw materials are molded into the supercar’s basic silhouette before excess pieces are stripped away to reveal the P1’s body.

By using Formula 1 technology, McLaren claims the P1 is the most aerodynamically advanced car in the world. The video is the first of two that will highlight the McLaren P1 supercar’s story. McLaren has also released new photos of the P1 supercar; the images are in the gallery below.

2014 Cadillac CTS Images Leak Before NY Auto Show Debut

We are mere days away from a major auto show (New York if you did not know), which means an inevitable slow and steady leak of photos and information covering highly anticipated reveals. Today we start with a car that we discussed last week when it was revealed that it would be receiving a 420hp twin turbo engine. That car would of course be the 2014 Cadillac CTS.

Leaked images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS

Leaked images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS

Predictably, Cadillac’s mid-size sedan is adopting the same styling cues as the ATS and XTS. None of the pictures give a full-body view of the car, but noteworthy changes include the tall LED headlights and fog lights you see here. While the exterior changes shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, the CTS looks like it’s shaping up to be a much more luxurious vehicle. One of the photos shows the car’s interior door panel and hints at that in doing so.

Leaked images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS

Leaked images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS

While similar in design, the CTS’s LED signatures are more prominent than the ATS’s—at least on this presumably up-level trim—and extend more cleanly into the lower front fascia. The grille frame is softened from before, and features two horizontal chrome strips versus the current three.

Leaked images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS

Leaked images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS

The prominent Cadillac grille and the bulged hood with its massive creases complete the CTS’ aggressive front end. One of the pictures shows a fragment of the rear, which features vertical LED taillights and a V-shaped bumper. The only interior photo shows a detail of the right front door, with wood and leather trim, Alcantara, chrome door handle and polished aluminum. While it may be a photo of a top-spec model, there’s no denying the CTS’ interior promises to be luxurious one.

Leaked images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS

Leaked images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS

The 2013 New York auto show kicks off Wednesday, though, so you can check back then for a full-boat download on the all-new CTS. You can also read about the 2014 CTS’ newest engine here: “Cadillac Announces its new 420hp Twin-Turbo V6 Engine

Cadillac Announces its new 420hp Twin-Turbo V6 Engine

With GM promising it’s loyal red, white, and blue followers five world debuts at next weeks New York Auto Show the rumor mills have been running rampant. One Model that was indirectly confirmed to be in the big apple next week will be the 2014 Cadillac CTS.

While the Detroit carmaker is holding back on the pictures, it confirmed details on the engine lineup, which is highlighted by a brand-new 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline unit paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission – both a first for the brand. The PR department has indicated that “The new powertrain is the highest-output V6 we’ve done in General Motors history,” said Richard Bartlett, assistant chief engineer for the engine. Which is a far cry from the 3.8-liter V6 found under the hood of my Dad’s old 88 Bonneville which could only manage a few ponies over 200, or the 245hp in his 98 supercharged model.

2014 Cadillac Twin Turbo 420hp LF3 Engine

2014 Cadillac Twin Turbo 420hp LF3 Engine

The Brand-new 3.6-Liter unit will produce 420hp at 5750 rpm and 430 lb-ft of torque between 3500-4500 rpm. On this non-V CTS, Cadillac claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds with a top speed of about 170 mph. A version of the engine will also be made available in the 2014 Cadillac XTS.

This LF3 engine will feature an all aluminum construction and will feature both direct injection and rather large intercooler. Official fuel-economy ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency haven’t been set, but Cadillac expects the new CTS engine will be rated at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, running on required premium fuel. It will be available only in a rear-wheel-drive layout.

2014 Cadillac Twin Turbo 420hp LF3 Engine

2014 Cadillac Twin Turbo 420hp LF3 Engine

The next-generation CTS will carry over the 3.6-liter V6 from the current car (likely as a base engine) and also add the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder from the ATS. The twin-turbo V6 is the most powerful of three engines announced for the redesigned CTS. We had to look up stats on those engines and discovered the following: The naturally aspirated directed injected 3.6-liter V6 is rated at 321 hp at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm; and the Cadillac ATS’ turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is dialed up to 272 hp at 5,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft at 1,700 rpm.

2014 Cadillac CTS - Front 3/4 Spy Shot

2014 Cadillac CTS – Front 3/4 Spy Shot

We are expecting the turbocharged four and naturally aspirated V6 will be the only all-wheel-drive engines of choice due to the huge amount of that the twin turbos can produce in the newly introduced V6 engine. The rear-drive naturally aspirated V6 will also be mated to the new eight-speed transmission, while the all-wheel-drive variant and the turbocharged four-cylinder will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

2014 Cadillac CTS - Rear 3/4 Spy Shot

2014 Cadillac CTS – Rear 3/4 Spy Shot

In GM’s release there was no mention of the ATS-V, but if the 420-hp twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 can make the 2014 CTS accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, it may do just fine under the hood of the ATS.

The 2014 CTS goes on sale this fall and the brand has clearly addressed the one area where they were not yet able to compete with their German rivals, which in the words of jeramy Clarkson is “POWER!!!!!” Tune back next week when the cars official images will be released to see if the aggression from under the hood will translate to the body-lines of the car.

All the numbers for the CTS’ Engine and Transmission Options

Undisputed video proof that the Bugatti 16C Galibier is the most Beautify concept car ever

The Bugatti 16C Galibier is not a new concept car in fact it has been hanging around the luxury concept car show room for the past three years. If you haven’t seen it yet then you are in for a real treat today as the car is a prime example of mechanical art. The Galibier’s design concept was to retain the brands stunning body lines developed in the late 20’s early 30’s when the company was at its height of popularity.

Bugatti 16C Galibier Concept - Head on

From the very beginning, Bugatti’s unique constructions and high aesthetic standards have enthralled the public and spawned a virtually boundless passion in those fortunate enough to own such automotive works of art. The Bugatti legacy dates back to the year 1901, when the designs and constructions of Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean achieved a perfect synthesis of art and technology. In the 1920s, Ettore Bugatti’s cars were the embodiment of light construction and unmatched technical aestheticism. Jean Bugatti’s bodywork designs had a lasting impact on the style of the 1930s.

Bugatti 16C Galibier Concept - A nice place to live

The pre-production Galibier promo video touches on the three principals at work during the cars design stage, which were shape, Power, and passion to art. All of which we think have been perfectly captured in the 2.5 million dollar super sedan. When the Bugatti 16C Galibier reaches its final production stage and arrives in showrooms in 2013 it will be the most powerful production sedan ever created. It is expected to use a similar forced induction 8.0-liter W16 engine to that found in the Veyron. Replacing the quad turbochargers for dual superchargers that will keep the engines output in the four figure ranges for horsepower and torque. The Veyron’s eight-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive system will also be co-opted for the Galibier.

Bugatti 16C Galibier Concept - All ports open

When the Bugatti 16C Galibier is equipped with this set up it would be capable of a top speed north of 260 mph and a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.0 seconds or less. Bugatti is expected to build between 500 and 1500 copies of the car over the course of five to six years. I am sure that you will never see one of these cars the road, so we are looking forward to its official reveal at an auto show near you.