You know how only certain guys can pull off wearing white jeans? Like male models and rock stars … Well, the same sort of applies to driving a white convertible (with a red ragtop). Aston Martin just dropped the 2013 V12 Vantage Roadster & it’s a lot meaner than it looks. With its enormous V12 and a top speed just shy of 200MPH, it’s more than just pretty. It’s pretty sick. You got what it takes to pull it off?
Convertible cars have this stigma—that they’re better suited for a female driver. But then along came the Spider. Specifically, the 600-horse McLaren MP4-12C Spider, a 32-valve, twin turbo land rocket that nobody can seriously call a woman’s car. And even if they did, you wouldn’t hear them with the top down at 200 MPH.
If you’re not fast on the draw, that guy who drops his kids off at school in a spotless Land Rover fitted with Super Swampers, a snorkel exhaust, and a bumper winch will beat you onto the waiting list for this new Rover x Bowler road-legal rally rig. Bowler is a British rally car maker that has teamed up with Rover to create the new supercharged EXR S. Here’s the deal: 550 hp, roll cage, leather interior. In other words, perfect for Dakar or dad duty.
Aston Martin’s latest hand-built thoroughbred is called the Vanquish. Its 183 mile-per-hour 6-liter, V12 power plant enables it to vanquish the competition but this car is really all about elegance & luxury. Bold, flowing body lines; carbon fiber trims, an advanced “infotainment” system and an interior hand-stitched from seven full leather hides, leaves no question that this is truly a GT worthy of the legendary Aston Martin emblem.
We may be fans, but some would argue that almost every vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz lineup is a snore; just luxuriously dull. But notice we said almost. When M-B drops something like the SLS AMG GT with nearly 600 horses, a dual clutch 7-speed, and butterfly doors, you forget about all their mundane models.
Apologies in advance to all you bigwigs who dropped 180K on the over-inflated Panamera – you bought the wrong car. This is the real Porsche. The 60th Anniversary 911 Club Coupe is due out this summer: a 430-horsepower pitbull sitting on 20-inch rims that whip it from 0-to-100 km/h in 4 flat. Rendered in Brewster Green paint with espresso leather, this small-batch run is limited to just 13 vehicles.
Aston Martin’s DB7, produced for a decade starting in ’94, was never much of a headturner. After all, it was cobbled together from leftover Jaguar parts. Its greatest strength was the big V12 motor. England’s Evanta Motors saw potential in the DB7 as a candidate for conversion into something cool. Their DB4 Zagato Evocation conversion puts the DB7 with its modern features like tiptronic shifting and airbags into a classic DB4 chassis for a look that is straight up classic.
The prototype Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid is a rocket, boasting 770-horse power, a plastic monocoque body shell and crazy rear axle steering. This freakishly fast and futuristic machine is set to go on sale sometime in 2014, and will bear a price tag of nearly 1 million dollars.
What can you do with half a million dollars? Well, in NYC you can buy a shabby 800sq.-foot apartment, or if you’re like Newt, you spend it on jewels for the ex. A third, much better alternative would be to drop your cash on something cool like the GT4, the world’s most efficient, high performance plug-in electric hybrid aircraft. It’s got a carbon fiber body and can take off and cruise using only batteries. Time to fly. Source
Keep in mind we haven’t test-driven this thing but the idea of people buying something British with a motor in it in 2012 is beyond reason. Just the same, Aston Martin is proudly offering a new variant of their flagship DBS. The DBS Ultimate. This model is dressed up with carbon fiber body parts, racy diamond quilt stitching on the leather interior, and your choice of coupe or convertible body style.