This weekend, PlayStation 3 gamers in North America will be enjoying Gran Turismo 6 and to hype up the release, Polyphony Digital has released renderings of even more Vision Gran Turismo concepts that will be heading to the game.
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10. Honda Odyssey
I want a Lotus 2-Eleven, a Ferrari 599XX, an Evora GTE and I’ve always wanted a Range Rover too. Sadly, even the garage in my dream world has rules and picking just 10 cars to fill it is as hard as choosing my favorite child. As a result, each of my Top 10 dream cars serves a special purpose, and none are quite so purposeful as a Honda Odyssey.
On a list you’d expect to find Lambos and Bugattis, mine starts with a minivan. Still, it’s the Bugatti of minivans, and with a $44,000 price tag the Touring Elite model is definitely more first class than coach.
And before you doubt my sanity, understand, I have kids.
It’s got more toys than any other and features that plenty of luxury cars would be jealous of. You say your $300,000 luxury limo has self-closing doors, a fridge and a TV in the back? So does the Odyssey. And you can watch two movies at the same time!
I thought about filling this spot with a Range Rover, but really, if you’ve got two little ones in booster seats like I do, the only thing that makes parenting easier than sliding doors is having grandparents to watch your kids.
One of the most iconic sports car brands in the world has to be AC cars. After all, it was their Ace model that a young Texan by the name of Carroll Shelby took a liking to back in the early 1960′s, added more power (and bulges) to it, and hence gave birth to the Cobra.
Since then, AC has had its fair share of ups and downs, with the company going into receivership in 1996. Thankfully the new owner of the company decided to not only service existing cars, but also put the Cobra back into production. With the popularity of this iconic sports car only growing with time, the company has been able to sustain itself while many other British cars firms have disappeared.
However, even if the continuation series Cobra MK II and MK IV models are doing well, AC cannot move forward by just making a model from its past. To move forward, they needed a new model, and what they came up with has just been unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
It’s called the AC 378 GT Zagato, and it is the first all-new model the company has presented in over a decade. If the design looks familiar, it’s because this car was first shown back in 2009 as the Perana Z-One concept by Zagato.
While Perana seems to have vanished, Zagato offered the design to AC, who have thankfully taken on the project which has culminated to the car you see here today.
The AC 378 GT Zagato has its own chassis and body (both of which are put together in South Africa, by the same people who build the Noble sports car), but motive power comes from a very American source. Under that long hood is the same 6.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V8, that you would find in the base Chevrolet Corvette C6. According to AC, this engine produces 434-hp and that is good enough to propel this 3223-lbs car from 0-60 mph in under four-seconds and onto a top speed of 185-mph.
So not only is it pretty, it is also quite fast. At this point we are sure you’re tempted to park one on your drive way, but there are a few issues with that. Initially, AC will only offer this model for sale in U.K. and Germany, and currently there are no plans to bring this model for sale in the U.S.A. Even if it was available, you’d have to come up with $141,800 to have one. That makes it three-times more expensive than the car it shares its drive-train with.
After their initial run, AC will be taking the brand to global markets. After all, a car this pretty that comes from a well-established brand has the potential to do well in emerging economies.
Keeping its entry sports car current, Aston Martin has announced the most comprehensive enhancement program for the V8 Vantage since 2008.
For hardware, the latest V8 Vantage will retain its six-speed manual transmission but will receive an all-new Shortshift II seven-speed automatic designed and manufactured specifically for Aston Martin. According to Aston Martin, an additional gear will provide the new Vantage with closer ratios, lower final drive, and a quicker, more refined shift quality.
Other upgrades include a refined chassis, quicker steering, bigger two-piece six piston brakes, and wider tires by 10mm. As for appearance, the V8 Vantage gets a Vantage S treatment with a lowered front bumper with aero splitter that features a larger air intake that feeds the engine and front brakes. Finally, sculpted side sills and a new drag-reducing rear diffuser are also added to complete the look.
Next, the V8 Vantage S remains the top of the line Aston Martin V8, producing 430-hp and 361 lb.-ft of torque. The Vantage S further differentiates itself by receiving a louder sports exhaust system unique to the S in order to further define its sporting nature. As for its exterior treatment the S receives a carbon fiber motorsport-derived aero package.
Finally, the Vantage S interior will feature luxurious hand-stitched leather upholstery. Moving on the the V12 line-up, the V12 Vantage remains unchanged and will be joined by the latest V12 Zagato exotic, created as an homage to the DBGT Zagato made 50 years ago. Now less than 12 months from official release, the stunning V12 Zagato will debut at extremely limited availability. Be sure to check out the official unveiling of the new Aston Martin Vantage line-up at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
GALLERY: 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
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We already knew that the Aston Martin V12 Zagato was scheduled to make its public debut at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance, but that didn’t stop the Internet from finding a PDF ahead of time revealing the supercar in all its glory.
The new V12 Zagato will be available in coupe form only and will be made exclusively for just 150 lucky owners. The exotic will be hand crafted at the British automaker’s headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK and is expected to make its first deliveries later this year.
Detailed in the PDF leak includes a full spec sheet of the V12 Zagato including the 6.0L V12 powerplant with 510-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. According to Aston Martin, it’ll hit 62-mph in just 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 190-mph. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The vehicle will also feature four unique Zagato exterior paint schemes and will come with 19-inch wheels unique to the vehicle. More exciting in the leak are photos of the interior which shows off the custom hand-stitching, plenty of carbon fiber and the lightweight seats with six-way adjustment.
Pricing on the Zagato is extravagant as well with it sitting at around $520,000 based on today’s conversion rates (£330,000).
GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato
Mr. Hayashi out in Japan didn’t want to settle for just any ‘ol mundane Ferrari to add to his collection. He decided to commission Zagato for an extremely rare, modern day version of the 250 GT-based Zagato Coupesbuilt.
The job originally started in 2005 and a Ferrari 575M Maranello was chosen for the base of the project. Ferrari was even consulted early on in the development of the project, and with their blessing Zagato was allowed to place Ferrari badges and logos on the car. The only stipulation was that Zagato would not be allowed to unveil the vehicle at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show since Ferrari was debuting the 599 GTB Fiorano. As a result, this 575 GTZ made its official unveiling at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este two months later.
Now this extremely unique vehicle is for sale, with this particular one being the second of six completed. It sports only 2,826-miles on the odometer and despite being part of a numbered series, only the first and second examples (both ordered by Mr. Hayashi) features Zagato’s fully encompassing styling efforts. Vehicle number two is the only one featuring an all black exterior and an interesting dark green interior.
No other 575 GTZs will ever be built, and this vehicle can be road registered for use in the United States.
GALLERY: Ferrari 575 GTZ Zagato
The stunning love child of Aston Martin and the Zagato design house will officially be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, with both existing examples of the car taking center stage at the British automaker’s stand.
With the announcement, Aston Martin has also now officially confirmed it will build just 150 versions of the car, priced at £330,000 (or roughly $540,000). In celebration of 50 years since the original tie-up between Aston Martin and Zgato, the modified V12 Vantage uses a hand crafted carbon fiber and aluminum body and is powered by a 510-hp 5.9-liter V12 engine.
The two cars (Zig and Zag) will both be on display in Frankfurt after campaigning at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race. “Zig” will showcase the full race car aerodynamics package, while “Zag” has been converted back to something more closely resembling the production road car.
Joining the two Zagato cars on the stand in Frankfurt will be the new Vantage S, the Virage and the One-77 supercar.
GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato
GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato in Monterey
Zagato and CPP have confirmed that they’ve formed a joint venture between the two businesses and have done so since July 2010. Registered in Italy as CPP Milan, the British coachbuilding specialist and Zagato have been combining forces to ensure longevity with both brands. So far the joint venture has been a huge success, with both firms overseeing projects such as the upcoming 2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato, which has been confirmed for a limited production run.
For the last 20 years, Zagato has been under the leadership of Andrea and Marella Zagato, becoming a leader in automotive design and providing their services to some of the world’s most iconic automotive brands. CPP on the other hand, has become a coach building specialist since 1995 producing low-volume models and one-off show cars and prototypes.
Now the two will benefit from one another in order to have sustainability in what has become an increasingly difficult market to survive in.
In an industry where so many design houses and coachbuilders over-expanded and attempted high volume outsourced manufacture before failing, the independent Zagato brand and its designs retain a mythical, iconic, aspirational status. For that reason, the world’s luxury car brands continue to want to work with Andrea and his team and I saw huge advantages for us in developing a closer relationship, leading to the formation of the CPP Milan joint venture, which has delivered to the various ambitious targets set for it.”
Aston Martin’s mighty, magnificent V12 Zagato comes with a $525,000 price tag—a bargain, if there ever was one.
After all, you’d have to pay three times as much for the even mightier Aston Martin One-77, and even more for the time machine you’d need to use to go back to 2010 and get on the waiting list, before all 77 snatched up. No word on how many Zagatos will be built, but Aston says it is on “a strictly first-come first-served basis.” Hey you keep buying them, and they’ll keep building them.
And they’ll start building them next year in Aston’s home of Gaydon, for the car that CEO Ulrich Bez calls “the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin.” It will be based on the V12 Vantage, and for some will serve as a perfect dinghy to their Rapide. Call it an escape pod if you like.
[Source: Inside Line]
The recently released Aston Martin V12 Zagato which was recently spied testing on the Nürburgring, has now been priced.
According to AutoWeek, Aston Martin will only build 150 examples of the V12 Zagato and the car will be priced at £330,000, or nearly $500,000 USD, twice the price of the high-performance DBS. It is also two and a half times the price of a V12 Vantage which the Zagato is based on. Some will think that is too much to pay but Aston will sell every last one of them.
Gallery: Aston Martin V12 Zagato
Aston Martin is preparing two V12 Zagato Concept vehicles for the 24-hour Nurburgring race this weekend.
The Zegato Concept was designed by Italian coachbuilder Zagato to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato. The Zagato concept made it’s first appearance at the Concorso D’Eleganza at Villa D’Este in May and won the Design for Concepts and Prototypes.
The number 3 race car will be driven in the 24 hour race by Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, the company’s Nürburgring Test Centre Director, Wolfgang Schuhbauer and automotive journalists Horst von Saurma and Matthew Marsh.
The number 5 race car will be driven by One-77 Chief Engineer Chris Porritt, sports car driver Oliver Mathai, automotive journalist Richard Meaden and amateur racer Peter Cate.
Unfortunately, the V12 Zagato will have a very limited production run with the next year, so very few people will get to climb behind the wheel. However, viewers can catch the the Zagato V12 in action this weekend!
Gallery: Aston Martin Zagato V12
A beautiful fire truck red Aston Martin V12 Zagato made an appearance at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. This gorgeous piece of British engineering revs for just under a minute sounding unbelievabe. The Zagato features a 6.0-liter V12 producing 510-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. No wonder it sounds so great.
Check out the video after the jump!
[Source: egm Car Tech]
Now you can add supercar manufacturer to their resume. Behold the Perana Z-One, a Zagato styled, Corvette powered beauty that has just gone into production.
The concept was first unveiled a few years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, but many thought the project would not have the traction to move forward. But they have.
This stunning coupe, which will be produced in a limited number of 999-units, has just hit the production line, and the company plans to have the Z-One flaunt its stuff at many public events, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed in U.K.
This $114,000 coupe does come with an impressive list of equipment, which include air-con, touch-screen infotainment system, sat-nav and Recaro seats.
As mentioned before, it uses a GM sourced LS3 engine that displaces 6.2-liters and produces 442-hp. Mated to a six-speed ZF-transmission, Perana predicts a 0-60 mph run to take less than 4-seconds. Thankfully it also has Brembo brakes, so it will stop as well as it goes.
It should handle well too, since Lee Noble was involved in the chassis set-up, and he does know a thing or two about good handling cars.
No word yet if North American buyers will be able to park a Perana Z-One in their garage, but we really hope so.
Aston Martin and Zagato have quite a history together. They first collaborated back in 1961, which resulted in the highly desirable DB4GT Zagato. Only 25 of these were ever made.
The two companies came together once again in 1986, which resulted in the V8 Vantage Zagato, later followed by the V8 Volante Zagato. Both these cars were built in very limited numbers (52 coupes and 37 convertibles) and are hence continually appreciating.
Most recently, Aston Martin and Zagato did two versions of the DB7, a Zagato coupe and the DB AR1 roadster. Both cars were made in a limited number of just 99-units, the latter was solely marketed to the sunny Florida and California markets. Every single example of these limited edition cars have found homes and still have collectors chasing after them.
Now Aston Martin wants to repeat the successes of this partnership once again, and what better occasion than on the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato.
Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez said: “The DNA of both Aston Martin and Zagato has combined successfully to make some of the world’s most desirable collector cars in the past and in this special anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato it is appropriate to explore a modern collaboration.”
“Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time.”
The new model, the name for which has not been released yet, will be unveiled on May 21st, at the Villa d’Este concours event, which is held annually at Lake Como in Italy.
One of Zagato’s most beautiful concepts in recent memory, the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa, has been confirmed to be set for production—and it will ride on a Dodge Viper chassis, as well as its v10 engine.
The Corsa owes its production to the strange bedfellows between Alfa Romeo and Dodge, both a part of the Fiat/Chrysler conglomerate. As such, Dodge will lend the Viper chassis as well as a massaged 8.4-liter V10 that will deliver over 600 horsepower. Italian-American fusion hasn’t come together so well since the Chrysler TC by Maserati, or Olive Garden.
The TZ3 was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este about a year ago, as a continuation of Zagato’s equally-collectible TZ1 and TZ2 specials. The TZ3 was originally a one-off for a wealthy customer, but why should he have all the fun? Zagato will churn out a limited-production run in street-ready Stradale trim, presumably for other wealthy customers to whom we can grovel for a ride.
Back in 2003, before Aston Martin replaced the aging DB7 with the DB9, they prepared two special swan song versions with the help of the Italian coach-builder and design house Zagato.
The two models were the DB7 Zagato coupe, and the DB AR1 Zagato roadster. Both models were built in a limited number of just 99 units. However, while the coupe was never officially sold in North America (although some did eventually make their way across the Atlantic), the roadster was a different story. The AR1, which stands for American Roadster 1, was designed and built specifically for the American market. However, since most of them went to collectors, you hardly see them offered for sale, and surely you are unlikely to come across one sitting at your local used car lot.
But we have found a pristine example at a Las Vegas dealership. It is car no. 53 out of 99 and it looks stunning in its unusual Roman Bronze paint. The tan and beige interior shows no signs of wear and tear, but then this example has covered just 1700 miles.
One word of caution though, this 435-hp, V12 powered machine is strictly an open car. Aston Martin made this as a pure roadster, so there is no roof of any sort to protect you if it suddenly starts to rain. Although, if you can afford a used car worth $249,000 you probably have other cars to drive around on days the weather is looking a bit iffy.
Is this a future classic that has the potential to appreciate? We certainly think so.
[Source: DuPont Registry]
If you are a huge fan of the 1980′s British band Duran Duran, then we might have the ultimate fan collectible item for you. No its not some sweaty t-shirt or an autographed poster, but a very rare car.
The car in question is the very rare 1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante, and it was originally ordered by Simon LeBon, the lead singer of Duran Duran.
The Zagato Volante is one of the most collectible cars in the world, and since only 37 were ever made, their prices are likely to only go up with time. Having a previous celebrity owner doesn’t hurt this cars cred either.
This particular car features a 5.3-liter, V8 motor, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and since its birth has covered just 3000-miles. It also comes with a full service history courtesy of Aston Martin, so it probably is one of the nicest examples of this model available anywhere.
So if you have the necessary £99,950 ($162,000) and an old Duran Duran cassette, you can sing along to Rio in a genuine piece of automotive and rock and roll history.
[Source: Nicholas Mee]
After a warm reception in Europe, Zagato has announced it will sell its Chevy Corvette-based Perana Z-One in the U.S., with the official news and the car’s North American premier taking place at Concorso Italiano. The car will be imported through Superformance out of California, with pricing sure to be significantly higher than the Vette on which its based.
A standard Corvette chassis is available, with its 436-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V8, as well as a Z06 chassis with the 505-hp 7.0-liter LS7. Both of these options are mated to a six-speed ZF limited-slip differential equipped transmission. Inside, the Perana gets reworked with Recaro seats and plenty of Alcantara.
Zagato says a limited production of 999 units will be made with a small number making it to America. The rest will be sold in Europe and the Middle-East.