A rare Aston Martin has recently sold on auction for £1.2 million at a Bonhams Auction in the UK. In comparison to recent auction history, it’s not considered an astronomical amount but it is an interesting purchase. While the vehicle may be rare, it is a factory approved replica.
This Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato was the first collaboration between Zagato and AM in the 1960s which saw the production of just 19 models. Almost 30 years later, Aston Martin decided to re-unite with Zagato and relaunch the model in 1987, by upgrading four existing DB4 rolling chassis to GT spec with AM specialist Richard Williams.
Williams upgraded each car with an uprated 4.2-litre engine, producing 352bhp, independent front suspension a limited slip diff and a live-rear axle.
According to a recent report by Car Magazine, Bentley will enter the 2013 Dakar Rally to promote its upcoming crossover.
The report says that Bentley will be buying back VW’s Race Touaregs, previously sold to private racing teams, and will update the SUV racers into modified versions of the EXP 9 F concept in order to have them ready for the 2013 competition.
Although the EXP 9 F was only just unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and is likely a few years away from production, both the Bentley and its platform-sharing Lamborghini Urus SUV are “crucial to their respective brand’s future fortunes and both are production certainties”.
Here are a few spy shots of Porsche’s 2014 Macan snapped by Motor Authority.
The Macan was first announced by Porsche as the name of its upcoming compact crossover SUV at the Geneva Motor Show that took place earlier this year with production expected to begin in late 2013.
On the performance side, “the Macan is expected to feature torque-sensing and torque-vectoring differentials, a wider track than the Q5, and both manual and PDK transmissions. A sport-tuned suspension with an optional adjustable ride system is also likely”.
According to Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, the sales volume estimates range from 50,000-55,000 units per year.
Aston Martin has officially entered the 24 Hour Nurburgring endurance race that is scheduled to take place this coming weekend in Germany.
Two of the four cars that Aston Martin will be racing include V12 Vantage GT3 racers. Just like in the production car, the racer has “aluminum VH architecture with a lightweight dry-sumped 6.0-litre V-12 engine”. However, to optimize weight balance, the engine will be set even further back in the vehicle.
Cadillac has installed their latest vehicle, the 2013 XTS, with its very own iPad. The iPad serves to explains to customers with the use of tutorials how to get the most out of the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) System.
With the inclusion of the iPad, each Cadillac dealer is required to have not one, but two, ”certified technology experts” on duty. But that’s not all – dealers are also required to have a CUE call center for owners, an online media team looks for CUE questions to answer and a mobile CUE specialist who makes house calls.
The new CUE system, says the press release from Cadillac is “a comprehensive in-vehicle experience with an intuitive design for information and media data control”. Features include 10 airbags, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, and dual-zone climate control.
Monster World Rally Team driver, Ken Block and Mötley Crue rock drummer, Tommy Lee met at the Willow Springs Raceway in California for a seat swap in Block’s 600 horsepower 2012 Gymkhana World Tour Ford Fiesta.
During the video, Tommy Lee is clearly enjoying the adrenaline rush as the car drifts, spins and speeds around the track.
The pair then headed to Las Vegas for a ride in Tommy Lee’s 360 Drum Roller Coaster at a Mötley Crüe show at the Hard Rock Hotel.
With the upcoming launch of the X1 sub-compact SUV in the U.S., BMW has released a pack of 100 photos of the face lifted vehicle that will be available in multiple models with a long line of options and trim packages.
The official press release states that “The talented Sport Activity Vehicle of the premium sub-compact segment will make its US market debut armed with state-of-the-art powertrain technology, innovative features, selective design modifications and extensive interior refinements.”
The first choice one has to make with the new X1 is between the four cylinder or six cylinder engine. The two-litre, turbocharged four cylinder engine offers 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and is available exclusively with an eight-speed automatic with rear-drive (X1 sDrive28i) and all-wheel-drive (xDrive28i) also available.
Following the announcement of a limited production run of its Juke-R supercar crossover, Nissan has also released a new video online to promote the new vehicle. The short film entitled “Desert Nemesis”, is of the Nissan Juke-R racing against a Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS AMG and Ferrari 458 Italia in the streets of Dubai with Lucas Ordonez behind the wheel.
Available on a built-to-order basis, Nissan is promising that the new Juke-Rs will be even more powerful than the original concept car. The Juke-R concept accelerated from 0-100 kph in 3.7 seconds reaching a top speed of 57kph. However, the new Juke-Rs will feature the upgraded drivetrain and chassis of the model year 2012 GT-R which packs 545 hp (406 kW / 553 PS) and 463 lb-ft (627 Nm) of torque.