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Aston Martin Vanquish

Unless you were living under a rock, you would know that nearly half of Aston Martin’s stake now belongs to former Ducati owner Investindustrial. Good to know that Aston Martin can still live to see the future.

But, like every acquisition, it does bring along changes, and Ducati’s past could influence one of them.

Ducati once collaborated with Mercedes AMG to create and market a special-edition Mercedes SLK55 AMG. It was said that Investindustrial saw more potential and a better future using AMG engines and transmission systems. Can we blame them? They’re in fact one of the best engine makers. If you don’t believe us, feel free to have a talk with the SLS AMG GT or the Pagani Huayra .

While the news may sadden some of the Aston Martin purists, remember that the engines powering current Astons aren’t really in-house developed. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine for example is basically a 4.2-liter V-8 from Jaguar that has been heavily re-tuned in Germany and slapped the Aston badge. The all mighty 6.0-liter V-12 under the Vanquish’s hood is actually a Ford Duratec engine. So, Aston Martin is no new customer when it comes to in-house development.

The changeover would make sense to us, as current Aston Martins continue to get more beautiful, its powertrain systems and electrical architecture seem to never really improve significantly.

Tell us which you would prefer: a Jaguar and Ford engines or a lineup of AMG engines? We bet the decision is an easy one to make.

Source: Drive

Grand National, T-Type and GNX are three special editions offered by Buick for its second-generation Regal : the Grand National arrived in 1982, the T-Type in 1983 and the GNX in 1987. All three names were dropped once the third-generation Regal debuted. All of you gearheads already knew that, right?

We’re willing to bet that you didn’t know that rumors are floating around that Buick will resuscitate all three nameplates in the upcoming years. All three models will be offered as four-door sedans and will be built on GM’s new rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform, which will be shared with the Cadillac ATS .

Just like in the past, the Grand National and the T-Type will come with the same powertrains and suspension calibrations. The only distinctive feature being the exterior color, as the T-Type will be offered in a full color palette and the Grand National only in a black, staying true to the original. Inside Line reports that the Grand National and GNX will likely be powered by GM’s new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 engine with an output in the 350- to 400-horsepower range.

The GNX will be the most powerful version and will likely get a nice helping of LT1 V-8 muscle. We’re not too sure if GM will detune the new LT1 before installing it in the GNX, if it happens, but if not, this would put it at 450 horsepower. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it cranked down to 425 ponies – God forbid, GM step on its precious Corvette’s toes.

All three models are expected to come with six-speed manual transmissions standard with the option of a six-speed automatic.

Muscle car enthusiasts everywhere are now jumping with joy at this announcement, but keep your cool fellas, we don’t expect them to hit the Auto Show scene until sometime in 2014.

Full details on the three models will be revealed in the upcoming month, so stay tuned!

Source: InsideLine
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Volkswagen Eos Sport & Style

People that are disgusted with the VW Beetle Cabrio , but still want to enjoy open-top freedom with a VW badge on it, will sadly be stuck with the Bug as the only option. So what in the world is VW doing with its peppy VW Eos , you may ask?

Well, in recent studies held by the VW design team, VW concluded that that the market has lost sight of the retractable hardtop vehicles, and are looking for better and cheaper options. The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class , Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class and the BMW Z4 obviously think otherwise.

So, according to Bischoff, there will be no VW Eos in production from next year ownward, bringing misery to the Eos fans-not that we know of.

On the bright side, Klaus Bischoff, VW head of design, said that there will be a larger four-seat, two-door convertible with a soft-top, which is obviously something to compete with the upcoming BMW 4-Series Convertible. However, this will be far less costly than the outgoing EOS, but it will also be more luxury appointed than its predecessor.

Expect to see thislarger drop-top sometime in 2014, as VW unveils its new range of vehicles following its new “top-down” design format.

This is all that we have for you but we’ll keep a close eye once details emerge.

Source: Autocar
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BMW 760i and 760Li

Thanks to the downsizing trend that many top brands have been following lately, we might have to say goodbye to the top-of-the-line V-12 engine in BMW’s lineup. As of yet, BMW hasn’t given the green light to its inclusion in the next-generation 7-Series .

The V-12 engine has always been the pièce de résistance for the flagship BMW. Other than the plethora of creature comforts and gadgets that would make your kids happy, the V-12 engine gave the 7-Series immense power — 544 horses of it — that would make your gearhead friends happy as well. M-Series cars aside, this engine made the BMW 760Li the most powerful and costliest Bimmer ever made. It was more like buying the cheaper, German cousin of the Rolls Royce Ghost.

If it is axed, BMW may replace the hole left by the V-12 with a tuned version of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine from the M5 . BMW claims the difference between the two is size of the hole burnt in your pocket when it comes to gas consumption.

For people who are planning to buy the flagship limo just for the V-12 engine – likely only a handful of people – don’t lose hope yet, as the consideration of this engine is still under review. However, with the downsizing trend picking up pace and popularity, this move seems inevitable.

Source: Caradvice
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Porsche Cayman

Well, that was fast! Days after Porsche unveiled its new Cayman and Cayman S, we now have rumors of a Cayman Turbo that is expected to debut at the IAA-Frankfurt 2013.

Any Porsche enthusiast knows that the “Turbo” badge signifies more power and a bigger price tag. Yes, there’s more power but with a catch. Unlike the 6-cylinder, boxer configuration of the Cayman S, the Turbo variant is expected to be powered by a smaller, turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine that is expected to produce more than 350 horsepower. We don’t think Porsche purists would be happy with this move as it will lose the iconic sound that is instantly recognizable as Porsche sports car, but at least the power is there.

With the downsizing trend becoming popular among top brands, the main aim is to bring more power while improving fuel efficiency, thanks to the rising fuel prices and concern for carbon emission. Looks like Porsche is expected to join that bandwagon with the Cayman Turbo and the Macan .

If this is true, it’s going to be funny trying to reason with a Cayman S owner why the Turbo is better.

For now, this is all we’ve got on the flagship Cayman. We’ll keep an eye out on this while we wait for its expected unveiling at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.


Anyone who thought the Bugatti speed legacy was going to quit at 1200 HP may be in for a big surprise once the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show gets underway. According to Automobilemag, the French manufacturer is working on a 1600 HP version of the Veyron and have dubbed it the "SuperVeyron."

The new Bugatti SuperVeyron is supposed to incorporate extensive use of carbon fiber, shaving off about 550 lbs from the Veyron Super Sport ’s total weight of 4052 lbs. Under the hood, Bugatti will place an 8.0-liter (or 9.6-liter) engine that will deliver an amazing 1600 HP, and a power-to-weight ratio of one kg (2.2 pounds) per hp thanks to the amazing weight loss. With these additions, the new SuperVeyron will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds, while top speed will be raised from the current 259 HP up to an impressive 288 mph.

Next to the extra power, the new supercar will also get new designs for the front and rear with even more sophisticated active aerodynamics.

If these reports are true, then all of this will come in at a not-so-bargain price of over $2.5 million.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

Back in September, rumors about Lamborghini unveiling a rather unusual version of the Aventador began. This Aventador was supposed to be a GT with two small rear jump seats, a sign that Lamborghini may be following along the lines of Porsche by trying to expand their sports car lineup to include non-traditional models. However, during the recent Sao Paulo Motor Show, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that the company does have big plans for the Aventador , but that a 2+2 version of the super car will not be launched.

In an interview with Autocar, Winkelmann said that an extended Aventador with two small seats in the back was indeed being considered, but it hadn’t progressed beyond the drawing board. He also confirmed that there were lots of ideas for the Aventador, but not "all the ones that have been suggested are true."

In the near future, we should expect to see the roadster version of the Aventador, as well a more powerful version of the V12 engine, but a few other versions are being developed using the company’s latest bespoke program.

Is Lamborghini playing the game of denial until the 2+2 Aventador is launched or can we remain calm about Lamborghini’s true sports car future? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Source: AutoCar
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Ferrari Releases the F70's Rough Debut Details Along With a Rendering

After initial rumors and reports that Ferrari would unveil the highly anticipated flagship at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), now, according to Autoblog.com, reports suggest that Ferrari hasn’t finalized the plans for a worldwide launch. So, Ferrari enthusiasts who have penned down the date on their calendar will sadly have to strike them off.

On the other hand, the Prancing Horse might consider a private launch, separate from all the big car shows, so that they can grab more attention and more people to drool over it. A likely reason for its change of plans is because of the unveiling of the sister brand’s - Maserati - next generation Quattroporte . If debuted at the same show, the F70 would’ve drawn the entire Detroit population towards its stand leaving the Maserati stand deserted.

According to previous reports and a spy shot of the engine bay , the Ferrari F70 is expected to get a V12 engine with an F1-inspired KERS system that will pump out a combined output of 920 hp (686 kW). The supercar could have a curb weight of only 1134 kg (2500 lbs) thanks to a 20 percent lighter chassis made from carbon fibre. The carbon tub that underpins the F70 was shown off at the Paris Motor Show which was enough to increase the excitement and anticipation of its launch.

Source: AutoBlog

We have already learned the Porsche is returning to Le Mans, but now there are some new rumors with a little bit of validity regarding Porsche and professional racing. This new rumor is that Porsche is considering a return to F1 . This rumor, however, has some strength, as Porsche has been hiring folks with F1 background. The latest hiring episode by Porsche included: Fritz Enzinger, Alex Hitzinger, Mike Krack and Urs Kuratle.

Enzinger was the Head of F1 Test and Race Organization at BMW Motorsport, Alex Hitzinger was the Head of Advanced Technologies’ for Red Bull F1 and Scuderia Toro Rosso, and Mike Krack and Urs Kuratle were race engineers at BMW Sauber. That’s a lot of F1 experience for any other manufacturer to hire, but Porsche is not your typical manufacturer, so those hirings alone are strange, but really no big deal.

There are also rumors that Porsche is scouring the F1 pits searching for more talent to add to its stable. This odd hiring trend combined with these rumors may be to prepare for Le Mans. If you really think about it though, wouldn’t Porsche hire a more eclectic group of racing experts or stick with Le Mans talent for that?

We definitely think there is something to this rumor and that Porsche will soon announce that it is returning to F1 in some capacity. Stay tuned for more!

Image Credit: John Chapman

Acura NSX Concept

The NSX project was on and off like a bad high school fling all throughout the mid-2000s and finally, after mulling around, Honda Honda decided it was time to let the NSX breathe. In the midst of all of that on-and-off movement, Honda planned, then scrapped, a smaller version of the NSX. This entry-level sports car was slated to go into the slot once owned by the now-defunct S2000 , but when the NSX was axed, so was its baby brother.

Reports out of Japan, via Motor Trend, are pointing to the chances that this sub-NSX model is, in fact, a reality and will be chauffeured into the Acura lineup. According to the report, the baby NSX will essentially look like its full-size brother and even share a lot of its parts. The only real difference will be the overall size of this low-level NSX and its drivetrain.

The drivetrain is really a mystery on this compact, mid-engine sports car, as there are many directions that Honda can take it. With the NSX boasting a nasty V-10 setup, Honda could use either a V-6 or 4-cylinder option without intruding into the area reserved for its upcoming flagship sports car. Rumor has it that this smaller NSX will feature a turbocharged, direct-injected version of an existing engine, likely either the 3.5-liter V-6 or 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.

With the NSX’s release date still not concrete - we anticipate it being in showrooms sometime in the 2015 model year - we can only guess that the smaller NSX would be a 2016 model year vehicle. If Acura does release this baby NSX, we assume that his would extinguish any talk of releasing a replacement for the S2000 in Honda’s lineup.

We’ll keep our eyes out for any additional news on this possible baby NSX and pass on whatever we can to you.

Source: Motor Trend

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