James Bond Actor Sean Connery Dies at Age 90

Sir Thomas Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, according to his family. The Scottish actor was famed for his portrayal of James Bond, having originated the role of the British secret-agent 007 in ‘Dr. No’ in 1962. He went on to star in five subsequent James Bond films, ‘From Russia With Love’ (1963), ‘Goldfinger’ (1964), ‘Thunderball’ (1965), ‘You Only Live Twice’ (1967), and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ (1971). Connery died at his home in the Bahamas.

We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words: “The name’s Bond… James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.

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The actor was born to a working-class family in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1930. He became interested in acting in the 1950s after working backstage at a theater, and secured his first film role in 1957 in ‘No Road Back’. He was reluctant to star in the film adaptation of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, but the movies proved to be one of the most iconic film franchises of all time.

When you think of Sean Connery, you automatically think of the most iconic movie car ever: the Aston Martin DB5 Touring. The DB5 was introduced in 1963 and made its star turn in Goldfinger the following year. Even though it ended its on-screen time with a crash, the DB5 forged a connection between Bond and Aston in the public consciousness. The car has appeared in six other 007 films since then.

After stepping away from the Bond series, Connery worked with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg. At the peak of his career in 1988, Connery won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the movie ‘The Untouchables’ (1987). His repertoire also includes many other well-known films such as ‘Marnie’ (1964), ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989), ‘The Hunt for Red October’ (1990), ‘The Rock’ (1996) and ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ (2003).

Later in his career he was offered the role of Gandalf in the famous trilogy ‘Lord Of The Rings’ (2001 – 2003), but he ignored this offer. He admitted in an interview that he did not understand the script. Nor would he return in the fourth ‘Indiana Jones’ movie of 2008.

He retired from acting in 2003, Connery enjoyed himself very much with recording the James Bond film in 2005 and said he would like to do it again, but it never happened again. There were also rumors about a role in ‘Skyfall’ (2012), but this role eventually went to Albert Finney. A longtime supporter of Scottish independence, Connery was knighted in 2000.

Ares Design Pulls Back the Curtains on Roofless S1 Project Spyder

Improving and enhancing the automotive landscape with more luxury and personalisation is what Ares Design is all about. Revitalising and modernising classics cars, producing one-off supercars or carrying out customised fabrication is all part of Ares’s raison d’etre.

Ares Design has pulled back the curtains on its boutique supercar S1 Project Spyder. The new vehicle follows the company’s S1 Project Coupe, giving its Barchetta-style silhouette a roofless design this time around.

We wanted to create a model that is a true tribute to the pleasure of sport driving. This new [vehicle] adds more charm to the S1 Project design as it takes additional inspiration from the world of motorsport and the racing cars of the past.

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Simply said, it is the homeless (as in no roof, no soft top or anything) version of the earlier S Project. Is that practical? No, not at all. Is it spectacular? Yes, very much – nothing that happens outside the car, in terms of smell, noise, wind and yes: rain will also escape you.

Did it once started with the Isdera Spider in the 1980’s! and the De Tomaso Guara Barchetta (1993), it’s a body style is somehow been quite popular with supercarmakers lately. Just think of cars like the Ferrari Monza, the McLaren Elva and the Aston Martin V12 Speedster.

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Ares’ S1 Project Spyder adopts the style of its coupé twin, but at the same time rebuffs it in a new form that is even more extreme and uncompromising, with a design enriched by the absence of the roof and the windscreen. To assure the ultimate driving experience, Ares’ Centro Stile designed two wind deflectors that flawlessly emerge from the streamlined bodywork, redirecting the air flow over the passengers into the air intakes behind the headrests and creating a virtual canopy and a calm driving environment, to fully enjoy the unique dynamic experience.

Coming with two deflectors, its windscreen-less design pushes up air current over the driver and into air intakes behind the headrests to create a ‘virtual canopy’.

The S1 Project Spyder fully embodies all the values of the Ares design language, where form meets function to offer unique style, unparalleled dynamic performance and a pure, unfiltered driving experience.

Engineering

Beneath its handmade carbon fibre bodywork, the S1 Project Spyder houses a centrally mounted, naturally aspirated Corvette C8 6.2L V8 engine. With a maximum of 8,800 rpm, the car’s powerful acceleration will deliver a 0-100 kph in 2.7 seconds.

Apart from its exterior body, the S1 Project Spyder does not differ greatly from the inner mechanics of its coupe twin. Under the hood, the car has a naturally aspirated V8 engine that can rev up to 8,800 rpm and put out 715 horsepower.

Ares Design has also created the bespoke exhaust system and revised the engine ECU to achieve a maximum power output of 522kw (715hp), delivered via the rear wheels and an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox and double wishbone suspensions, with forged aluminium axles and adaptive Magnetic Ride Control.

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Without the windscreen, the sinuous carbon-fibre bodywork of the S1 Project Spyder takes on a unique, organic form, flowing through the interior to divide and envelop the passengers. Bespoke hand-crafted and richly finished with fine Napa leather and Alcantara, the S1 Project Spyder’s interior reveals elegant, minimalist lines, with the HMI positioned entirely on the centre console and dashboard.

The vehicle’s open cockpit offers a bold contrast between the silver-toned body and its delicately handcrafted Napa leather and Alcantra-covered interiors.

The wrapping shapes contrast with the absence of a roof and windscreen, emphasising the sensations experienced while behind the wheel.

No official release date for the S1 Project Spyder has been announced, but like its predecessor, the model will be limited to just 24 examples. Units will be built to order, with order books already open.

Come into the beautiful world of Ares Design.

Lamborghini Adds Matte Color Options for the Urus With Graphite Capsule

Lamborghini is furthering its push for the Urus in 2021 with a new Graphite Capsule edition. Said to be the perfect blend of sportiness, comfort, and luxury. On the outside the ‘Graphite Capsule’ sees four matte paint jobs in ‘Bianco Monocerus’, ‘Grigio Nimbus’, ‘Nero Noctis’, and ‘Grigio Keres’, and one of four gloss paint colors for the accents, which are restricted to the front splitter, door trims, rear spoiler and wheel rims. The accents are available in green, yellow or two choices of orange. The monochrome base paints let the boldly colored accents really pop.

The exterior color scheme is reflected on the inside, where all the stitching and a few seat, dash and door panels are given the same color as the outside accents. The rest is finished in black. The aluminum trim is given a dark anodized finish, and the interior carbon fiber has a matte finish. A special option exclusive to the Graphite Capsule, as well as the Pearl Capsule model, is ventilated seats upholstered in Alcantara.

Still keeping its best power-to-weight ratio badge within its SUV segment, the Urus Graphite maintains its stats of 650 horsepower, 305 km/h max speed, and a 0-100 km/h time of 3.6 seconds.

This more personal approach to the Lamborghini Urus will start at roughly $218,000 USD. Come into the beautifu world of Lamborghini.

Yohji Yamamoto Teases Lamborghini Collaboration

2020 has resulted in countless canceled plans and shelved projects, but it’s been one of Yohji Yamamoto‘s most productive years to date. The legendary Japanese creative has partnered with Adidas, Hublot, and – of course – Supreme, but Yamamoto’s latest endeavor may be his biggest to date, as the 76-year-old designer has joined with Lamborghini.

Offering only two brief images and a brief press release, the duo have left the exact nature of their collaboration tantalizingly vague. In one image, co-branded Lamborghini badge is realized in Yamamoto’s signature monochrome shades, standing in stark contrast to a sample of what’s likely a custom body wrap for the bespoke automobile. Splashed with white and red streaks across a black base, the bold pattern features assorted kanji and katakana characters, like 呵大笑 and 力大笑 (essentially, big and powerful laughter) and ロマンスグレー (literally, ‘romance grey’).

In 2014, Yamamoto reflected on a love of cars in a NOWNESS video, explaining that driving his ’80s Nissan Cedric “is the only moment [when] I can become myself. A car is like a girlfriend. So, it’s nice to just look at her, or ride with her”. Yamamoto has owned vehicles from Jaguar and Rolls-Royce but reportedly isn’t a fan of contemporary car design – “I like glamour, but I also want to have a low profile. I find modern car design so ugly, so I found this car on the internet”, so a repurposed vintage Lamborghini may be just the ticket.

However, Yamamoto has offered little by way of this collaboration, including the era and style of car he’s revising. The designer explained that his Lamborghini partnership will reflect the ‘tradition’ and ‘DNA’ of both brands, honoring tenets like heritage, passion, craftsmanship and innovation. Note that this joint effort will not yield a production model; Yamamoto underlines that the resulting vehicle will be a ‘piece of art’.

Expect Yamamoto and Lamborghini to lift the veil on their collaboration in late October. Come into the beautifu worlds of Lamborghini and Yoshi Yamamoto.

This Is Ferrari’s One-Off Omologata

Ferrari understands very well that people with a few million on the bank do not want to drive the same car as their immediate neighbor, who lives 300 meters away. That is why as a valued customer (so you have to get some ‘standard’ Ferraris first) you can knock on the door for a one-off.

Ferrari will then build a unique model especially for you. You can then be 100 percent sure that there is no one else with the exact same car. The latest one-off is this Ferrari Omologata, based on the 812 Superfast.

One-off Ferrari’s are a rarity, so news of the Italian marque’s new Omologata is rather exciting. The Omologata is featuring a coachbuilt body that exploits “the proportions of the potent, mid-front layout”, as Ferrari says. 

The Omologata was commissioned by an unnamed European client and the brief was to create “a futuristic design with distinctive elements reinterpreted in a fresh manner to provide potential for a timeless shape that is certain to leave a lasting impression”. The name makes it clear that the Omologata also had to be equally at ease on the road as on the track.

Somebody in Europe clearly found the 2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast’s exterior to be a touch on the busy side, and opted to commission the Italian carmaker’s tenth one-off GT since 2009.

Like the story usually goes with these specials, the project took two years to complete, with Ferrari VP of Design Flavio Manzoni penning a hand-formed aluminum body that still wouldn’t clash with the 812 Superfast’s global crash homologation. Mind you, according to Maranello, the track-only mid-engine P80/C announced last year was a four-year job.

The Omologata even gets its own shade of Ferrari red, dubbed ‘Rosso Magma’. Finished in three layers of paint, it’s set over a darkened carbon fiber finish and is accompanied by exclusive racing-inspired decalsThe new Ferrari Omologata shares only its windshield and headlights with the 812 Superfast it’s based on, at least when it comes to its exterior panels.

With its round taillights and more pronounced grille, the overall result has a much more traditional feel than Ferrari’s latest gran turismo, the V8 Roma. The idea from the onset was to create a futuristic design with distinctive elements reinterpreted in a fresh manner to provide potential for a timeless shape that is certain to leave a lasting impression.

The objective was to exploit the proportions of the potent, mid-front layout to deliver a very sleek design defined by smooth volumes and undulating reflections, uplifted by sharp graphics with sparingly distilled surface breaks wherever dictated by aerodynamic functions. The trickiest aspect was striking the ideal balance between expressiveness and restraint: the Omologata had to ooze street presence whilst maintaining a very pure formal language.

The designers carefully studied the stance and attitude of the car from all angles, defining a tapering front volume from the flattened oval grille. The rounded section over the front wheelarches, emphasized by a contrasting stripe wrapping across the bonnet, seems to naturally extrude from the grille.

Rear of the door, the flank develops into a very potent rear muscle that neatly blends upwards into the three-quarter panel. The entire volume is rendered deliberately imposing through the elimination of the rear quarter light, while three horizontal transversal cuts in the fastback volume visually lower the rear mass.

The tail is surmounted by a prominent spoiler which adds not only downforce, but a more aggressive, sporty stance. Overall, the car appears to be poised to attack the tarmac even at a standstill and, seen from the rear, the deeply set single taillights underline the tension.

A fitting one-off exercise, the Omologata manages to encompass a range of subtle Ferrari signature design cues without falling into nostalgia. Its hand-crafted aluminium bodywork is sprinkled with almost subliminal details, in a way that challenges the enthusiast to identify the various sources of inspiration that played a part into its inception.

The 812 Superfast’s underpinnings and V12 engine remain, meaning the Omologata also packs 789 BHP which is good to push it well over 200 MPH.

I would argue that it achieved what it wanted. The Omologata corrects a few tiny details that to me seems to be misses on the 812 Superfast, done purely because the latest V12 is an evolution of the Ferrari F12, and thus had to be dialed up in all respects, except maybe for how tricky an F12 can be to drive.

Let’s choose not to talk about rear visibility at all, taking a peek at the cabin instead. Inside the car, it’s all about nods to Ferrari’s racing heritage, electric blue seats finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric with 4-point racing harnesses, stand out against a full black interior. Ferrari even deleted the rear quarter lights to make the atmosphere even more focused.

The electric blue seats, finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric, feature 4-point racing harnesses stand out against a full black interior.

The metal parts of the dashboard and steering wheel are finished with the crackled paint effect, which is supposed to remind us of GT racers of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as with Ferrari’s engine cam covers. With that in mind, both the inner door handles and the Ferrari F1 bridge have this hammered paint finish.

The 2020 Ferrari Omologata, the tenth one-off V12 from Maranello since 2009 leaves us with one question this week. Would you take home this unique multi-million-dollar creation based on the 812 Superfast, or one of Touring Superleggera’s upcoming Touring Aero 3s based on the F12? With custom Ferraris, it’s always a tough one.

Take a look at the one-off Ferrari Omologata; and note, that’s about as close as we’ll probably ever get to it, seeing this has been coachbuilt for one very lucky, discerning Ferrari customer.

Come into the beautiful world of Ferrari.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Goes Full Stealth Mode

Unveiling its impressively powerful Black Series Edition earlier in July, Mercedes-Benz AMG has now crafted a special Stealth Edition of its performance GT, giving the speedster a sleek, blacked-out look. Available for both the coupe or convertible versions of the new 2021 GT, the special edition taps AMG’s Exterior Night Package.

A Stealth Edition model also joins the roster for 2021 with add-ons from the AMG Exterior Night Package such as black brake calipers, an AMG radiator grille in dark chrome, headlamps with black elements and mixed-size tires, with 19-inch matte-black Y-spoke wheels on the front and 20-inch wheels on the rear.

Other Stealth Edition features include a carbon-fiber roof with dark-tinted areas on the coupe and a black soft top on the Roadster, as well as some paint choices: Stealthy black is standard; optional colors include Obsidian Black Metallic, Selenite Grey Metallic and Designo Graphite Grey Magno.

For the new year, the models get 54 more horsepower than the outgoing version. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 now makes 523 hp and clocking 0-60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, a 0.2-second improvement.

Some new equipment is also available this year: the AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, an electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle, AMG high-performance composite braking system and red painted brake calipers.

The interior is – as you expect – all black. Cabin additions for the model include an AMG steering wheel in Dinamica microfiber with black steering-wheel spokes and shift paddles, diamond quilted black Nappa-style leather, black topstitching, piano-black lacquer or carbon-fiber trim and a special Stealth Edition badge.

The new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Coupe and convertible are available in early 2021. Come into the beautiful world of Mercedes-Benz.

Vision Automobiles’ 1789 Hypercar Runs on Biomethane

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More than 200 years after the French Revolution, Parisian hypercar design firm Vision Automobiles has debuted a new hypercar, aptly named the 1780. Much like the historic event which started in the year 1789, the 1789 Hypercar is Vision’s own attempt at revolutionizing the automotive industry.

Vision is an automobile high fashion house that manufactures, by hand, vehicles sized for gentlemen drivers. Manufactured and assembled in France, their ambition is to offer their clients an innovative experience that is so much more than an automobile! Founded by former Peugeot designer Thomas Castex and his childhood friend and Renault veteran Florian Gravouil, the company has managed to create a hypercar that runs solely on biomethane with the help of other racing experts including Paul-Loup Chatin and Matthieu Vaxiviere.

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Their first creation, the 1789, is a revolution, it is an iconic model that crystallizes French expertise in motorsport and luxury. Vision 1789 – a two-seater vehicle inspired strongly by the prototypes from the 24 Hours of Le Mans – takes the driver’s seat in order to immerse the driver and passenger into the extreme world of automobile racing. The 1789 is a real prototype in an evening dress and its interior, is a showcase designed to the measure of its owner.

Featuring a groundbreaking and uncompromising design, the Vison cars are developed in collaboration with French experts and two professional Le Mans drivers, with the aim of participating to this mythical race. The 24 Hours of Le Mans are the DNA of Vision. This is why our vehicles will be first developed and produced for the track and then, in a second phase, the experience gained in racing will enable us to transcribe these unique.

Everything has been thought to provide unique driving sensations to the driver. This is why the 1789 has an extremely well worked flat bottom, specially developed to produce an outstanding aerodynamic support. Its power-to-weight ratio close to 1, and its rear transmission are the extension of this vision of motor sport.

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In the current context of energy transition, they are convinced that they have smart alternatives to fossil fuels and electricity right in front of us. This is why Vision decided to fit the 1789 with an engine running on bio-methane. This motorization, specially developed for endurance racing, has the specificity of having a positive carbon impact by enhancing the bio-methane resulting from the decomposition of organic materials. The interest of this choice is to make our waste a source of energy and to reduce the impact of the methane on global warming.

Unlike electric cars, the use of biomethane means you’ll still get the thundering rumble of internal combustion while completely removing pollutants.

The different states of bio-methane make it possible to adapt perfectly according to the desired use of the vehicle: indeed, for the race, the 1789 will use liquid bio-methane which has the advantage of being less heavy and less cumbersome. For the road, gaseous bio-methane will be used, which does not evaporate. Both will be stored in a tank behind the occupants. This more responsible powertrain works perfectly with today’s combustion engines and allows to keep an incredibly important and emotional element… the sound of Le Mans’ racing cars.

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While benefiting from other high-caliber partnerships with companies like Michelin, Faster, WRTi, Estival, Genaris Group – and many others – the car will derive its driveline components from Welter Recherche Technologie Industrie, the brainchild of Gerard Welter, a French designer who worked for Peugeot between 1998 and 2007. Some of his creations include the 304, the 604, 305, 405, and 406 Coupe, along with the 205 hatchback. This guy also built sports prototypes such as the WM P88 that reached 407 km/h at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1988 thanks to an 850-horsepower V6 engine.

You can take a closer look at the 1789 in the gallery above or over on Vision Automobile’s Instagram page down below. To learn more about the 1789’s performance, you can head over to the Parisian company’s website. Come into the beautiful world of Vision Automobiles.

 

 

 

Dynamic testing of AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior is underway

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Aston Martin teamed up last year with fellow historic British brand Brough Superior to launch a motorcycle. The AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior took to the track at Pau-Arnos in France recently to begin its comprehensive testing programme. Designed and engineered for the race track, the AMB 001 is strictly limited to just 100 examples and is on schedule for first deliveries at the end of this year. Adorned in the traditional Aston Martin Camo livery, the AMB 001 test mule completed its first test at Pau-Arnos.

Everybody involved has managed to make tremendous progress with the development of AMB 001, despite the challenges we have all been facing. This special motorcycle is, like our road cars, the result of beautiful design melding with modern technology to produce a bike that any collector will be proud of. We are delighted to see how much progress has been made, both on and off track and look forward to the moment when production starts for this stunning machine.

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer

Prototype testing is one of the most vital parts of the development process with a test motorcycle allowing the team to validate the chassis geometry, the ergonomics and dynamic behaviour. In the same way that Aston Martin’s vehicle dynamics engineers can ‘read’ a car, Brough Superior’s test rider feeds back on all areas of performance, from the overall dynamic feel of the bike to details regarding cornering, braking, acceleration and the like.

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Commenting on the ongoing success of the development programme, Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette said: “One of the key design features of the AMB 001 is an aluminium fin that runs along the full length of a carbon fibre tank, passing under the saddle and out onto the rear. The body holding the fin and supporting the saddle is one of the areas where we called on the unique knowledge of Mecano ID, who joined the project to apply specialist aerospace-quality carbon fibre skills to the exclusive AMB 001″.

While the focus of the track testing is directed at the chassis, engine bench testing takes place in parallel to streamline the development process. The AMB 001 boasts a turbo-charged engine with an output of 180 hp, which is unique in the motorcycle industry for a serial production bike. The turbo package includes an intercooler; this imposing radiator with its striking oversized/wide intake manifold, gives the V-twin a supercar engine appearance.

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The AMB 001 is due to start production at Brough Superior’s plant in Toulouse, France, this fall. Just 100 examples will be built and the price tag for one is 108,000 euros ($121,675). Interestingly, there could be more two-wheeled vehicles in Aston Martin’s future. At the AMB 001’s reveal last year, Aston Martin said it was just the first chapter in the newly established partnership with Brough Superior.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Aston Martin and Brough Superior.

 

 

 

 

Jaguar Releases Tech-Filled I-Pace All-Electric Performance SUV

 

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The I-Pace was announced in March 2018, European deliveries began in June 2018, and North American deliveries started in October 2018. Designed by Ian Callum, the I-Pace is the first electric SUV from a premium European automaker. In its first year, the I-Pace became one of the most highly decorated production cars ever, winning 62 international awards.

In March 2019, the I-Pace won the European Car of the Year award, the first Jaguar to win in the 50-year history of the award. In April 2019, the I-Pace became the 2019 World Car of the Year, and by also winning Best Design and Best Green Car awards, it became the first car to ever sweep three of the six categories.

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Now today the British luxury carmaker has unveiled the 2021 I-Pace, showcasing a whole host of new technological features and improvements to the British company’s electric car. This mid-sized performance SUV now offers a new fast, intuitive infotainment system and quicker charging capabilities, making for a more pleasant owner experience.

Jaguar says the new system is ‘as quick and easy to use as your smartphone’, noting its self-learning navigation system that will show you where the nearest charging station is, how long it’ll take you to fill up, and the cost.

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Elsewhere, Jaguar has included a dual-modem embedded SIM with 4G data plan, wireless device charging, embedded Spotify, and Bluetooth for two phones at the same time inside the cabin. There’s also a new 36-degree camera system, a wide-angle digital rear-view mirror, and an optional Meridian sound system that equips the I-Pace with 16 speakers and one subwoofer.

Other tech updates include cabin air ionization with PM2.5 filtration, making for a cleaner allergen-free atmosphere. Charging has also been upgraded, as customers with an 11kW supply at home can now gain 33 miles of range (WLTP) per hour.

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The 2021 I-Pace has a standard 11 kW on-board charger, which enables 33 miles (53 km) of range per hour, in the WLTP cycle, using a 11 kW wall box. A full charge takes 8.6 hours, or 12.75 hours via a 7 kW wall box at up to 22 miles (35 km) of charge per hour. Should you find a 50 kW charger, you can add 39 miles (63 km) of range in 15 minutes, or 78 miles (126 km) via a 100 kW charger.

The I-Pace is fitted with two electric motors which provide 394 HP and 513 lb-ft. of torque, while its 90 kWh battery is good for 292 miles. 0-60 MPH is achieved in just 4.5 seconds.

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Available on all models in the range, the new Black Pack option complements the Atlas Grey grille tip finish, which is another novelty. It brings a colorful look for certain parts, including the Noble Chrome grille surround, Satin Chrome window surrounds, Atlas Grey side mirror caps and rear diffuser. The Black Pack option adds a glossy black finish to the rear badges. Speaking of colors, the palette has been expanded to include Caldera Red, Portofino Blue and Eiger Grey. Additional wheel options are also available. The Jaguar I-Pace is built by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.

Jaguar I-Pace is available at its car dealerships. Come into the beautiful world of Jaguar.

 

 

 

Aston Martin offers up a peek into the progress of its DB5 Goldfinger Continuation series

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The Aston Martin DB5 is a British luxury Grand Tourer (GT) that was made by Aston Martin and designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring in Milan. Carrozzeria Touring became well known for both the beauty of its designs and patented Superleggera (tube-frame) construction methods.

Released in 1963, it was an evolution of the final series of DB4. Although the design and construction techniques were Italian, the DB4 was the first Aston to be built at the company’s Newport Pagnell works in Buckinghamshire, England. And so was the DB5.

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By many people dubbed as ‘the most famous car in the world’ and renowned as being among the most desirable and sought-after classic Aston Martin models, the DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability.

Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built by the brand between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world’s best-known secret agent – James Bond – who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, ‘Goldfinger’.

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Now, 55 years after the last DB5 rolled off the production line at Aston Martin’s then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, work is once again under way there on a strictly limited number of just 25 new DB5 models. Created in association with the producers of the James Bond films, EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen on screen in the 1964 film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are history in the making.

The latest in Aston Martin’s phenomenally successful Continuation car programme, which began in 2017 with the DB4 GT Continuation, the new DB5 models represent among the most valuable new cars yet brought to market by the British luxury brand. Each DB5 Goldfinger continuation car is priced at £2.75 million plus taxes, and the meticulous construction process takes around 4,500 hours per car.

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Each of the 25 new cars is being built to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship, with the sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, alongside the integration of cutting-edge working gadgets developed with Chris Corbould OBE, the Oscar-winning special effects supervisor who has worked on more than a dozen Bond films.

The list of Bond-inspired gadgets includes features all too familiar to viewers of the classic 1964 big screen hit, such as revolving number plates at the front and rear (triple plates), simulated twin front machine guns, a simulated tyre slasher, a bullet resistant rear shield, a removable passenger seat roof panel, a telephone in the driver’s door, a gear knob actuator button and a remote control for gadget activation.

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All the new cars are meticulously detailed authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen, with some sympathetic modifications and enhancements to ensure the highest levels of build quality and reliability. All the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are being built to one exterior colour specification – Silver Birch paint – just like the original.

The cars feature original DB5 styled aluminium exterior body panels wrapped elegantly around an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure (Supperleggera). Under the bonnet, there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that’s capable of generating in the order of 290 bhp. This is mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission in the rear-wheel drive DB5, which also features a mechanical limited slip differential.

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Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works where the original DB5 was built and the new cars are also being created, said: “We are making, perhaps, some of the most desirable ‘toys’ ever built for 25 very lucky buyers worldwide. Creating the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works.”

First deliveries of the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers will commence in the second half of 2020. Come in the beautiful world of Aston Martin.