Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

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Do you ever get the feeling that the day is going your way? I managed to see an Aston Martin Grande Rapide this morning on the school run, and then the very same company decided to announce one of their Zagato specials. This makes up for yesterday when a late call from the garage about the lack of their ability to source some new pads and rotors for the M3 meant a planned day at the track was replaced with a not quite so exciting day in front of the laptop (but technically on vacation so still smiling). Anyway, enough about me, all the details on the new Aston are below, along with some pretty pretty pictures.

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Aston Martin and Italian design-house Zagato are proud to announce the Vanquish Zagato Concept, the latest creation from their long-standing partnership. The Vanquish Zagato Concept will make its global debut at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held at Lake Como in Italy from 21 – 22 May 2016

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Corvette Grand Sport – $66,455

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If you’v been waiting for the Corvette that fills the gap between the base model and the Z06, the time has come, along with pricing and some additional options details.

Chevrolet announced today the track-bred 2017 Corvette Grand Sport will be priced at $66,445 for coupe models and $70,445 for convertibles, when they go on sale this summer. The prices include the destination charge, but not tax, title and other dealer fees.

With heritage-inspired design cues combined with track-focused chassis and suspension elements, the new Grand Sport builds on a legacy established in 1963, when five Grand Sport race cars were built under the direction of the Corvette’s first chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov.

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“The racing DNA of the original Grand Sport race cars is in the 2017 model, adding greater dimensions of capability and driver involvement to the Corvette’s award-winning architecture, for a purer driving experience,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “It is a worthy successor to the spirit of the originals.”

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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

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Not trying to turn this into a Porsche site (and I will eventually get to the point of being able to post more regularly), but after the release of the turbo engined 911’s and Boxster’s a while back, Porsche continues the relentless push into the future with turbo’d Cayman’s now as well. Totally expected (given the afore mentioned announcements), but I personally was eagerly awaiting this one for a couple of reasons – I think the light hardtop will benefit hugely in street driving from the extra torque the turbo engines kick out, and for the first time ever, Porsche has decided (like pretty much every other car on the planet), the hardtop (Cayman) should be cheaper than the convertible (Boxster).

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This latest iteration builds on the previous appearance update – I was never a huge fan of the looks of the original Cayman, but this (and the previous) iteration look fantastic to my eyes. I’d go as far to say I prefer the looks of these to the new 911’s, and I’m not quite sure (if I had $100k to spend on a new car) if I’d get a tricked out Cayman S or a base 911. Luckily for me I don’t have this dilemma in real life, so until I win the lottery I can hold off on deciding and admire both from afar. OK, ramble over – full press release details after the jump…..

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Porsche R

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Trying to get a little caught up on my posts after a pretty slack start to the year, so here’s my favorite announcement of the year – a proper 911 with a proper gearbox. The only bad news is that (based on some reports from sources who’ve tried) you’re not allowed on the waitlist for one of these unless you’re already in possession of a nice little 918 Spyder, meaning you are either a) very lucky, or b) have little to no chance of buying this beauty. Full press release and pics below for your perusal.

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Celebrating its world debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, the new 2016 Porsche 911 R follows the tradition set by the first road-homologated race car bearing the name in 1967. Produced as part of a limited production series, the original 911 R (R for Racing) was entered in rallies, in the Targa Florio and in world record runs. Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R features a systematic lightweight construction, a high level of performance and an unfiltered driving experience. The 911 R is limited to 991 units worldwide, and represents the lightest available version of the 911 with a curb weight of just 3021 pounds. Powered by a 500 hp four-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 911 R underscores Porsche’s commitment to building emotional and engaging high-performance sports cars with a maximum amount of driving pleasure. Developed by Porsche’s motorsport department, the 911 R is the third model to use Porsche’s latest generation of high-performance naturally aspirated flat-six engines alongside the track-bred 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS models.

Powering the 911 R is the four-liter flat-six familiar from the 911 GT3 RS. The race-bred powertrain delivers 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and generates 338 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,250 rpm. The 911 R can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and reach a top track speed of 200 miles per hour. True to its purist character, the lightweight model is available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission featuring short, performance oriented gear ratios. The quick and crisp shifting further underscores the high level of driving engagement.

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Ford Focus RS – Drift Mode Video

Finally getting a few more details about the much anticipated (at least by me) Ford Focus RS, including the press release today that the first one has rolled off the assembly line and they’re targeted for an early spring launch in the US. That’s all well and good, but what we all really want to see is Drift Mode in action, and those kind folks at Ford have obliged.

 

UPDATE: Reviews have started to come in and they’re looking good – here’s Evo’s take http://www.evo.co.uk/ford/focus-rs

McLaren 765LT and Bruno Senna

It’s a match made in heaven

Lotus Exige Sport 350

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In cars  you won’t see in road going form in the US, please add the tartan interiored (???) Lotus Exige Sport 350 – a lot like the last S version, but now with less (weight, time to 60mph, that sort of thing). Full details below, including some pics of that fantastic interior decoration.

  • 51 kg lighter than previous Exige S
  • 345 hp and in excess of 300 hp/tonne
  • 0-60 mph in 3.7 Seconds and top speed of 170 mph
  • Heritage Tartan interior and new colour and trim options

As the ultimate incarnation of the world famous Exige, Lotus has revealed the Sport 350, the latest version of the class-leading and award winning sports car, that’s lighter and faster than ever before.

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The new Exige Sport 350 is the next model in the range to mark the reintroduction of the renowned ‘Sport’ naming designation. It joins the recently announced Lotus Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 –delivering a lighter and even more performance-focused driving experience.

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McLaren 675LT Spider

What’s better than a limited edition sportscar from McLaren with a bunch of extra power and guaranteed exclusivity? A topless version of said car, that’s what. So here’s the McLaren 675 Long Tail Spider, likely to adorn the walls of teenage boys everywhere.

There’s only going to be 500 built to satisfy worldwide demand, so if your name isn’t on the list by the weekend, I’m guessing you’re going to be out of luck (but can keep around $500k in your pocket). Full press release and some pics after the jump.

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LaFerrari vs P1 vs 918

Clear your schedules. If you have even the slightest like of cars, you need to watch this. You can thank me later.

Jenson to join Race of Champions

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McLaren’s Jenson Button has become the latest Formula 1 driver to sign up to Race of Champions in London later this month.

The 35-year-old 2009 world champion joins four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo at the event which will be staged at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 20-21 November.

Button will compete in the main event and partner endurance sportscar racer Alex Buncombe to represent Great Britain in the Nations Cup.

“I can’t wait to be back at the Race of Champions again – and especially to be racing at home at London’s former Olympic Stadium,” said Button.

And of you want to get yourself in the mood for the event, here’s a 25 minute recap of last years event in Barbados