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Aston Martin Vantage 2019 Prototype: A British Classic is Reborn

The Aston Martin Vantage 2019 is the closest to perfection a driver can experience. With a beast of an engine, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, capable of reaching 503 hp, speed and power is never in doubt. The new Vantage is a two-seater, with rear-wheel-drive. The sports car has a front/mid-mounted V8 engine. The Vantage is Aston Martin’s best selling model, shifting over 25,000 units since inception. Its main completion comes from the Jaguar F-Type SVR, the Mercedes AMG GT, and the Porsche 911 Turbo, yet the Vantage takes them on square and fair, coming trumps up in several departments. Nice little touches, like the optional sports exhaust, quad outlets, or the steel body shell.

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With a dry weight of 3,373 pounds and estimates of 3,594 pounds with fluids, it compares favourably with the all-wheel-drive Porsche 911 Turbo. The car has an eight-speed automatic transmission, in a transaxle arrangement, which is 70% new. The wheels are 20 inch use adaptive dampers, and for the first time, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential is introduced.

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The deep seats ooze comfort and afford a clear view of the windscreen, and central electronic console. The driving position is perfect and snug, allowing complete control of the sports car, and a clear picture over the high window lines. Placing your palms on the steering wheel and gently pressing the accelerator as the Vantage moves into motion. As the speed picks up, one notices a sense of speed, agility, comfort and extreme pleasure the experience brings about. The Vantage picks up speed, the well-proportioned steering wheel controlling the curves and bends, and the excellent road holding add a feeling of security mingled with the excitement of driving the Vantage at high speed. Even on a slippery surface, the brakes slow the Vantage smoothly and with minimal ABS intervention. The vantage is capable of reaching a speed of 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, yes it’s that fast!

Launched for sale in April 2018, and with a price tag of just over $149,000, expect the car to sell strongly, as its predecessors did before it.

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Embark on a journey of a lifetime with the $300,000 Super Luxurious Motorhome

Embark is a super home vehicle which includes every imaginable luxury and convenience. A joint venture between Spartan Motors and Jayco, this fantastic vehicle has been turning heads and winning hearts since its launch a few weeks ago. The price will set potential buyers back by $300,000 (£209,000). In compensation, buyers can expect a plethora of impressive and exclusive features.

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The Embark vehicle is 37ft long and is fitted with an internal TV (50-inch), and external TV (39-inch), a king size bed, two separate bedrooms, a working fireplace, and a fully fitted and equipped kitchen. The fully functional kitchen is equipped with a cooker, microwave, fridge, and plenty of storage space for food.

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The RV is the most ambitious and innovative motorhome ever built, and it takes camping to a whole new level, with all the creature comforts imaginable. The vehicle has a reliable, diesel engine which can handle the extra weight. Filling up the fuel tank would cost in the region of $600! The vehicle style is futuristic and aerodynamic, offering excellent fuel efficiency. There are two lounge chairs in the driving cab for ultra comfort, and the futuristic vehicle style is sure to turn heads wherever it goes. Life on the road doesn’t have to be a bumpy, uncomfortable experience anymore. With all the conveniences and luxuries, it can be a pleasurable and comfortable experience.

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The Embark RV is the ultimate mobile home, or rather, 6-star hotel on wheels!. Al Fresco dining is available under the 17ft awnings while watching the 39-inch, exterior TV screen, using the satellite TV system installed along with the excellent sound system. The lighting, electronics, internal atmosphere and heat are controlled via a touchscreen near the driver, which offers overall control at the touch of a finger. So far, this vehicle is the most luxurious ever produced, making it exclusive and desirable.

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An exclusive toy for the rich – the Ripsaw EV Series

Ripsaw EV Series (Extreme Vehicles) super tank platforms are a limited edition toy for the ultra-wealthy, but are now available for purchase in limited production for a short time. One of the world’s most sought after high performance, luxury vehicles is handcrafted, limited run, high end luxury tracked platform developed for the public and extreme off road recreation.

Originally, the series was designed and built for the military as a light weight, go fast super tank, but Ripsaw has since moved on to the high-end luxury market for vehicles.  The fastest dual tracked vehicle ever developed, it has won awards for invention of the year.  Since 2013, Howe and Howe Tech has spent thousands of man hours improving design and aerodynamics to refine the beautiful yet rugged and refined chassis of the Ripsaw for the high end luxury market and extreme off-road enthusiasts.  From 16 inches of suspension travel, they have gone to luxurious interiors and up to 1500 horsepower, The Ripsaw platform is in league of its own when it comes to capability, speed, sheer adrenaline and luxury. 

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Off-road enthusiasts will be thrilled with a vehicle that virtually cannot be destroyed – there is no obstacle the Ripsaw cannot overcome. All the while – passengers remain as comfortable as can be inside the cabin. It makes for an exciting off-road experience of power, comfort and speed.

The Ripsaw EV series sets new benchmarks in terrestrial mobility and now stands as the pinnacle of extreme high speed off-road travel. Whatever the loose terrain – mud, sand and snow – the Ripsaw slides across it with ease.

Interested buyers should contact the brand directly through their website for more information and to reserve their build today. ​Price is available upon request.

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A record sale for Sotheby’s with the 1936 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster

International auction house Sotheby’s has sold an iconic art deco performance car of the Classic Era for the whooping $550,000. The original, authentic example has been beautifully restored to its former glory. It was formerly owned by well-known enthusiast David Tunick.

The Model 852 boasts a 150 bhp, 280 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, single two-barrel carburetor, Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger, three-speed manual transmission with a Columbia dual-ratio rear axle, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127 in.

Designed by the legendary Gordon Buehrig, it was a head turner even by the standards of its time with its curvaceous bodywork and a straight hood line that shot back from the radiator to a sharply vee’d windshield. The distinctive rear design, elegantly outlined by chrome and striping, gave the Speedster its everlasting nickname, which is, simply, “the boattail.”

The model that was sold at Sotheby’s auction is one of about one hundred fifty last-generation Speedsters built, and it is an authentic Speedster, with its original frame and body. The 1936 model Speedsters are extraordinarily rare, as they were essentially leftovers of the 1935 line, and therefore, they are highly desired among ACD enthusiasts.

At its sale in 2005, the Speedster was carefully restored by Jim Stranberg, of High Mountain Classics in Denver, Colorado, at a reported cost of $480,000. This was followed by a second restoration by its next owner who chose to change the colours by commissioning a high-quality repaint in the car’s original black, but he still retained the dark red leather interior of its Stranberg restoration.

The end result is this Auburn “Boattail” Speedster with a surprisingly modern-feeling pleasure to drive. This particular car still holds rank among the finest treasures from the past.

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Seven-Figure Supercars You Have to Own

Household names as McLaren, Lamborghini, and Bugatti have become synonymous with supercars, and rightly so. These icons of technical prowess repeatedly set new benchmarks in all areas of the industry. But now, a growing number of boutique builders are stepping up and creating their own automotive machinations—each presenting boundary-breaking design, engineering, and performance. Here are a few examples in the seven-figure price range that are a must-have for avid automobile enthusiasts. If they can afford them, of course.

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The Boreas Hypercar boasts a 7-speed automated manual transmission, which allows it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 236 mph. It took a total of 10 years in development and is currently a one-off, although 12 individually designed successors are planned for production in January.

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Courtesy ofItaldesign Automobili Speciali, this arrow-like automobile was presented to the United States market at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 20. With a starting price of £1.7 million, it carries a 610 hp, 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine (with 413 ft lbs of torque) mated with a paddle-shift-activated dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox.

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Fenyr SuperSport

Based in the United Arab Emirates, W Motors debuted the Fenyr SuperSport in 2015 at the Dubai International Motors Show. The carbon-fiber beast boasts a tubular aluminum chassis, fangs in the form of a 4-liter twin-turbo flat-6 engine (built by Germany’s RUF Automobile) that nets 900 hp and 885 ft lbs of torque. The car clocks zero to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds and can cruise at up to 249 mph. Only 25 examples are planned per year, each one priced at approximately $1.85 million.

Lykan HyperSport

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Debuted at the Qatar Motor Show in 2013, this ground-breaking coupe boasts diamond-encrusted headlights, reverse-dihedral doors, holographic instrumentation, and gold-stitched seats. The Lykan accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and can give chase at up to 240 mph thanks to its 780 hp, 3.7-liter flat-6 engine (producing 708 ft lbs of torque). Its performance characteristics, along with a distinct body design and a price tag of $3.4 million, earned it a starring role in the 2015 film Furious 7. Only seven bespoke examples are planned for production.

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Lamborghini and MIT Team Up on Terzo Millennio Hypercar Concept

One of the most exciting collaborations of 2017 could produce the car of the future – an all-electric road rocket that is more than just a treat for the eyes.

A self-repairing hypercar? That is what the Automobili Lamborghini’s visionary plans center around. In November, the company officially revealed its exploration into innovative technologies and the development of electric power trains in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With that mission in mind, the marque also unveiled a super sports car concept called Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio.lamborghini-terzo-millennio-side Under the collaboration with the participants in the MIT-Italy Program, both institutions are focused on five areas of advancement. These include new systems for propulsion and energy storage, a next-level design language, adoption of cutting-edge materials, and a new level of driver experience and automotive interface.

Lamborghini is not a brand that shies away from challenges and the Terzo Millennio concept certainly proves this with its entire carbon-fiber body serving as a reservoir for reserve energy.  

As far as energy and storage breakthroughs, supercapacitors fitted in the car will optimize power and contribute to the regeneration of kinetic energy while greatly increasing the system’s lifecycle compared to existent battery configurations. Storage capacity will be another key element of the Terzo Millennio’s entire carbon-fiber body. It will serve as a reservoir for reserve energy. This alternative “fuel” will be injected into electric motors located at each wheel. In addition, the vehicle’s proposed ability to conduct diagnostics and repair its own detected defects and weak points is a concept that will thrill many driving enthusiasts. This will be achieved via so-called arteries within the body that contain restorative chemicals.lamborghini-terzo-millennio-5

In theory, this will allow the vehicle to conduct its own diagnostics and structural repair. The car will boast forged composite monocoque construction and present a new direction in design—one that enhances aerodynamics more than ever. Inside, the driver will have access to the vehicle’s Piloted Driving simulation, which is capable of autonomously guiding the occupant around a selected racecourse before turning the car over to human control.

While the car is still far from production or even development, it’s certainly something that will stir waves in the automobile sector in the following years.

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Sotheby’s Unveiled Jaguar D-Type

RM Sotheby’s third Manhattan ICONS “A Life of Luxury” exhibit became available to the public on Nov 30 at Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters ahead of the auction held on Dec 6. A large showcase of thirty-two cars and a selection of high-value collectibles will go on public sale. The inaugural Life of Luxury Week ICONS sale is part of Sotheby’s, offering that offers clients and enthusiasts an unparalleled experience as well as the very best in jewellery, watches, wine, fashion and limited edition cars.

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Next year, RM Sotheby’s legendary sterling Moss’ Le Mans 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works (OKV 2) will make an appearance for the company’s 2018 Arizona sale. The specially-curated exhibits ICONS consist of 31 iconic automobiles from around the world’s most admired marques, from the Classic Era through today’s newest hypercars. Among the selected automotive collectibles and art, these vintage cars made up a huge part of the auction:

- an alloy-bodied 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione which claimed 5th overall at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans (Est. $14/17 million);

- the very first Jaguar C-Type imported to the United States and raced to victory by Phil Hill (Est. $5.5/7 million);

- the 1952 Chrysler d’Elegance “idea car” with Italian coachwork by Ghia, an influential landmark in transatlantic design (Est. $900k/1.1 million);

- an unmistakable 1960 Volkswagen Deluxe ‘23-Window’ Microbus, an iconic favorite of young and old (Est. $150/225,000, without reserve);

- a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, both the final prototype and first production Daytona (Est. $1.4/1.7 million);

- a wild 1990 Lamborghini LM002, one of 60 U.S.-delivery examples of the high performance SUV known as the “Rambo Lambo” (Est. $400/500,000);

- a 2000 BMW Z8 originally owned by the late visionary Apple founder, Steve Jobs (Est. $300/$400,000, without reserve);

- a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a 53-mile example of the most advanced street Ferrari ever built (Est. $3.25/3.75 million); and,

- a 2018 Bugatti Chiron (estimate $3.5/4 million), the very first example ordered for the U.S. market (Est. $3.5/4 million).

The D-Type went on public viewing alongside 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale by Boano as part of the A Century of Sports Cars Collection (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,750,000).

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The Jaguar D-Type raced by the factory team at Le Mans, chassis no. XKD 403 (registration mark OKV 2), will be the first of the featured cars to lead both RM Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix and the entire Arizona car week.

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Valkyrie AMR Pro Aston Martin’s Hypercar

The new racer from Aston Martin will be even more powerful and faster than the 1,000 hp road car. Aston Martin Valkyrie promises to achieve 250 mph, courtesy of its creator—Formula One race car designer Adrian Newey. Newey is the chief technology officer for Red Bull Advanced Technologies, and envisioned the Valkyrie as a true road car.

It will be powered by a V-12 that generates at least 1,000 hp. Constructed mostly of carbon fibre, the car’s total weight will be just over 2,200 pounds (1,000 kilograms). This gives it a 1:1 power-to-metric-weight ratio. A stunning aerodynamic design will enable the Valkyrie to generate 4,000 pounds of downforce. With those projected performance specs, it’s hard to imagine how the car will fit within street-legal constraints.

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Currently, Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, the track-only version that Newey developed comes along with the road-going Valkyrie. The AMR Pro’s 6.5-liter Cosworth V-12 will generate even more horsepower and more torque than the Valkyrie’s engine, although official specs are yet to be confirmed. The company promises a top speed close to 250 mph for the AMR Pro with lap times that rival those of a contemporary Formula One or LMP1 machine.

The more noticeable visual difference between the designs of the two Valkyries are the AMR Pro’s larger front and rear wing elements. They will enable the car to generate even more downforce than the road car does. The absence of a heater and infotainment screens will make the race car even lighter. The AMR Pro will come with instructions and owners will be able to participate in a driver-development program that includes time in a racing simulator and on-track lessons for a realistic experience.

Aston Martin has announced a limited number of only 150 examples of the road car and only 25 of the race car. Prices have not been revealed (although estimates are $2.3 million for the Valkyrie and $2.5 million for the AMR Pro). Deliveries of the road car and race car are expected to begin in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

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Ferrari’s new £3MILLION FXX-K Evo hypercar

Ferrari debuted the extreme FXX-K Evoluzione track-only hypercar – the most expensive model on the market for the whooping £3million. This far exceeds the price tag of Bugatti – the current title holder of the world’s most expensive car.

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Named FXX-K Evo, the new model is based on the £1million road-legal LaFerrari – and is the ultimate Top Trumps model. It is just as powerful as Ferrari’s current Formula One car. Its 6.3-litre V12 engine uses the same petrol-electric Kinetic Energy Recovery System – also known as KERS – that F1 machines have been fitted with in recent years.

The combination of two power sources generates a staggering 1,036bhp. Coupled with the new extreme looks, the FXX-K Evo is a real head-turner. Its sharpened and flared piece of bodywork boasts a win-profile rear spoiler, two side wings and a central fin to produce incredible levels of pin-it-to-the-road grip.

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In addition to updated aerodynamics, a whopping 640kg of downforce at a speed of 124mph is generated. In its current configuration, the FXX-K Evo is deemed far too extreme to be fitted with number plates, restricting owners to only using it in competition events or driving days at race circuits.
What’s even more, Ferrari hand-picks the owners of the FXX range, and the new model will initially be offered only to existing FXX-K customers who want to upgrade from their current 1,000bhp-hypercar.

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£3million may seem a bit extreme for a car that can’t even be driven off the track, but millionaires and billionaires are already showing interest in upgrading on the non-Evoluzione model – of which around 40 were made – or choose one of the handful of all-new models that will be built to Evo specification. Owners will be able to work in tandem with Ferrari’s design team to customize the interior for a truly unique driving experience.

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BMW debuts a One-of-a-Kind Car Inspired by Yacht Maker Nautor’s Swan

Saint Tropez’s Voiles de Saint-Tropez, one of the last major international regattas of the season, is in full swing and thousands of yachting enthusiast got a sneak peek of the one-off BMW crafted from the powerful M760 Li. Sporting bright chrome work, “the Swan” sparkles in Damask Red, a metallic version of a well-aged Bordeaux.

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The car is the result of the collaboration between BMW’s Individual bespoke division and Nautor’s Swan, one of the world’s most prestigious yacht makers. Its release marks the 25th anniversary of BMW Individual, which was spawned after fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld asked BMW to put a fax machine in his car, and requested an interior trim to match the lining of his briefcase. This marked the beginning of a long line of customized vehicles for hundreds of wealthy customers.

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The M760Li’s silky V12 helps the vehicle sail away like a luxury yacht. In terms of performance, the model resembles the V8-powered Alpina B7 (also built from the newest BMW 7 Series), but there is something stately and unmistakably elegant about cruising with 610 hp and 12 cylinders under the hood.

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The interior of the Swan boasts Criollo Brown merino leather, a colour BMW had sent from its U.S. factory in Spartanburg, S.C. (where it’s offered as an option on X5 and X6 SUVs). Attention to detail goes far beyond with even the B-pillars wrapped in leather. Braided leather piping is woven by hand at a rate of one meter per hour. The most noticeable nautical touch is the oak slatted floor mats from the same wood found inside Nautor’s Swan’s yachts. The swan logo is embroidered on the front headrests and plush leather pillows on the rear seats.

BMW customers can customize any model starting with the 3 Series and up. There are 25 different colours of leather, numerous fabrics, 120 paints (including a wide range of matte colours), and any other special requests. Trims can also be customized.