Audi launched the sportier version of the A7, known as S7, for the 2013 model year in the U.S., giving the quirky four-door a 420-horsepower V-8 to play with after just one year on the market. In 2014, the S7 received mild updates that included blind-spot warning, power folding mirrors and a stunning Black Optics package. Heading into the 2015 model year, the S7 is set for even more updates, as Audi is giving the model a facelift that includes new bumpers, tailpipes, headlights, and a revised Singleframe grille. Also included is an extra 30 horsepower over the 2014 model.
Audi introduced the A7 four-door coupe after realizing the success of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class in this niche segment. BMW followed Audi with its 6 Series Gran Coupe in 2013.
With Audi and BMW locked in a see-saw battle for the lead in luxury car sales in 2014, the German brand is doing all it can to end the year at No. 1. This includes a revamp of its low-volume A7 lineup, which includes the S7. U.S. sales of the entire A7 line were up 7.1 percent at the end of April 2014, and this redesign should help keep that pattern.
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It has been a decade since the Aston Martin DB9 arrived to replace the DB7. Many tuners including the popular names have spent time with the British icon to squeeze more out of it and make it even more sophisticated and lucrative. The latest tuner to get its hands on the DB9 is Carlex and it made the car look astonishing on the inside — as if the base DB9’s cabin wasn’t astonishing enough. It has dubbed this project the Aston Martin DB9 Vesper.
The ethereal looking Aston Martin DB9 has been designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker with the distinctiveness coming from the trademark front grille and super-sleek aluminum body. The long hood with distinctive creases makes the car lustrous and elegant. The DB9 is powered by AM11 engine, which is a 5.9-liter V-12 with 510 horsepower and 457 foot-pounds of torque. With this engine in tow and mated to a six-speed automatic, the DB9 crests the 60-mph mark in just 4.6 seconds.
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2015 Genty Akylone
The Genty Akylone is the first vehicle producted by Genty Automobile, a small venture specialized in the design and conception of high-performance automobiles. Although not yet available to the public, the Akylone project promises to deliver a potent, track-ready supercar that will rival state-of-the-art offerings from iconic brands such as Ferrari and Bugatti.
Born from the will to create a state-of-the-art supercar devoted to the principles of "driving pleasure, high power and weight reduced to the minimum," the Akylone is said to become reality in a few years and Genty is burning the midnight oil to make it happen.
Two years after Genty Automobile introduced the Akylone in virtual form, the France-based start-up company has revealed an updated version of the supercar with even more efficacious performance figures. However, the vehicle is not yet ready to go into production as Genty still has to raise funds to fuel its ambitious project. It remains to be seen whether the Akylone will be more than just vaporware (like most similar start-up supercars) or become an actual rival for the Ferrari LaFerrari, but until we find out more we will have a closer look at what it promises to bring to the table.
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There was a well-established manufacturer half a decade before Aston Martin known as Lagonda. With some early success, Lagonda became quite famous in its time till the consequences of World War II caused major struggle to the manufacturer. In 1947, Aston Martin took possession of Lagonda and reserved the name of limited number, ultra-luxurious sedans.
Aston Martin resurrected the hibernating Lagonda name in 1974 at London Motor Show by announcing the “Aston Martin Lagonda V8”, of which only seven units were made. The new model revived name received a humdrum response from the market and Aston Martin went back to drawing board with William Tomas. In 1976, Aston Martin lifted the curtains from a striking new concept model which surged the popularity of the Lagonda brand in quick succession. Its redesigned Lagonda received a wild response and orders piled in. With demands breaking through the roof and production rate limited to only one per week, Aston Martin rolled out the first production model in 1979 and three years later, the car finally got cleared for sale in USA.
To make the exceptional design possible Aston Martin’s engineer pushed the V-8 engine as far back as possible and even then more room was required to make the mechanism work. The engineers hatched a new intake system to compensate the space, which restricted the engine output. Tackling the issue, Aston Martin installed larger intake valves after mending the engine’s cylinder walls to meet the expected power delivery.
Aston Martin launched the Lagonda Series 3 in 1986 at New York Motor Show and the Series 4 was unveiled in all-new form in 1986.
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Land Rover branded the relinquishing model Freelander with their zenith trim: Metropolis. The new top-of-the-line trim upgrades the Freelander with many distinctive features, including a longer equipment list and some visual updates. This is the final makeover from the British manufacturer before the model goes out of production to make space for all-new Discovery Sport.
The Metropolis version is built around the previous flagship model Freelander HSE LUX, but features all bells and whistles that anyone can expect from a luxury sport utility vehicle.
Land Rover will reveal the Freelander Metropolis on the 9th of June at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and will carry a premium price tag.
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It all started in 1956 when wealthy American businessman Tony Parravano hired the Italian manufacturer, Maserati to develop a new V-8 for use in the chassis of the Kurtis Indy. Maserati saw the opportunity to revive the project codenamed Tipo 54 and develop its own engine for use its sport-specific chassis. The original car carrying a V-6 engine with chassis number 3501 became the test bed for the car ordered by the American.
The 450S made its first appearance at the Swedish Grand Prix’s practice session in August 1956, stunning everyone with its tremendous acceleration and top speed. The car clocked the third best timing in the practice, but the underdeveloped car could not handle the vibrations resonating from the wrong firing order of the engine’s spark plugs. Afterwards, the 450S received a new chassis at Mondena factory.
The development continued and in 1957, the new production 450S was rolled out to have its maiden race at the 1000 km of Buenos Aires where it led the Ferrari twin-cam sports car by 10 seconds. The car suffered from a failed transmission and retired from the race. However, the car went on to claim its first ever podium finish in the 1957 Swedish GP. Sadly, FIA changed the rules next year, making 450S ineligible for the Grand Prix.
The car was quickly prepared for the 1956 Mille Miglia 1,000-mile race. Legendary driver Stirling Moss, along with Denis Jenkinson as navigator, experienced a brake failure and the car came to rest against a tree. Driver and co-driver walked away without a scratch, but the car had to return to the factory for repairs and further development.
Fantuazzi then came into picture when he designed a new body with a contoured design. The car also got a longer wheelbase to accommodate the new V-8 engine. The updated vehicle was tested in the Swedish Grand Prix in August 1956 where the car’s builders continued to tweak is new chassis and make improvements.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1956 Maserati 450S Prototype by Fantuzzi.
Aston Martin and True Motion Pictures worked together to conceive an exquisite, ethereal and vivid short film called “The Art of Vanquish,” highlighting elegance of the flagship model – Aston Martin Vanquish.
The super-luxurious Vanquish is filmed amidst the prime locations exhibiting the grandeur of the two-door coupe. It’s kind of hard to make out exactly the message the short film is trying to get across, but damn is that car sexy. In the background plays the mechanical sound of handmade V-12 engine along with few refined words igniting the deep sense and affection for the Vanquish.
Aston Martin Vanquish has a long history. The car replaced Virage in 2001, and the range expanded in 2004 when the company introduced Vanquish S and V-12. In 2007, the DBS replaced the Vanquish range, but the Vanquish’s hibernation came to an end when the model was revived in 2012 to replace the DBS, marking Aston’s 100-year anniversary.
Germans always stay a decade ahead when it comes it automotive technology and innovations, but one brand from the same country — Gumpert — is acting tortoise in the automotive race. The company’s Apollo recently spent a whole lot of time under the careful knife of the German company 2M-Designs. The Apollo is perhaps the only Gumpert vehicle to create waves, and it introduced the brand to the world.
Though the Apollo underwent a lot of modifications here, don’t start thinking it is a slouch. In fact, The Gumpert Apollo Sport was once featured on Top Gear UK, where it completed a lap on the show’s famed track in just 1.17.1 .This time trumped the industry’s top models, including the Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Zonda. This result helped the model catch the eyes of those who were still unaware of the German brand.
So, what could have 2M done to make this supercar even better?
Click past the jump to read more about the Gumpert Apollo S Ironcar by 2M Designs.