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2009 Aston Martin DBS “Agent 007 is on the Mission”

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Base price: $274,350
Price as tested: $278,370
Vehicle layout: Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door, coupe
Engine: 5.9L/510-hp/420-lb-ft DOHC 48-valve V-12
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Curb weight(dist f/r): 3949 lb (52/48%)
Wheelbase: 107.9 in
Length x width x height: 185.9 x 75.0 x 50.4 in
0-60 mph: 4.2 sec
Quarter mile, sec/mph: 12.6/112.3
Braking, 60-0 mph: 106 feet
Cornering: 0.96 g
MT figure eight: 24.8 sec/0.78 g avg
EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 12/18 mpg
CO2 emissions:1.37 lb/mi

It’s not unusual for Her Majesty’s Secret Servant to employ the same car in more than one movie. The iconic DB5 appeared in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball,” so why not let 007 have another go at Aston’s freshened flagship, the DBS, for “Quantum of Solace?” For 2009, the DBS offers the optional availability of a six-speed automatic transaxle, 2+2 seating, a new 20-inch wheel package, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The DBS shares its layout and architecture with the DB9, but is much sportier and differentiated enough to earn its own name. Available in coupe form only, its sinuous body is crafted of aluminum and carbon fiber. There’s no change underhood: 510 horsepower still boils out the same 5.9-liter V-12 the model was launched with in late 2007
This is our first track test of a DBS, and it has the goods to honor the badge on its bonnet. With a 0-to-60 time of 4.2 seconds, grip at 0.96 g, a 60-to-0 stopping distance of 106 feet, it’s the quickest, stickiest, and shortest-stopping Aston Martin we’ve ever tested. And it feels so good doing it. The engine whirs and warbles as only a V-12 can. There’s a ton of grip and good body control, yet the ride harshness isn’t over the top.
The new trans isn’t as responsive as the best dual-autoclutch units, but lets you be in command. In manual mode, there are no downshifts even when you floor it, and it will hold gears to redline (which unfortunately isn’t marked on the tach).

Aston Martin’s DBS walks a smart line between GT and sports car and is an eminently desirable piece. The new color, by the way, is named Quantum Silver, after the movie of a similar name.

From Audi R8 to Razor GTR

PPI Automotive Design just unveiled their newest Audi R8 rendition, which will be known to the public as the Razor GTR. The German tuner company first unveiled their original Razor at the Essen Tuner show last year, and the new Razor GTR will be introduced with a weight reduction surpassing 550 lbs. Audi’s 4.2L V8 now outputs 573hp and 443 lb-ft of torque thanks to the new supercharger, and the supercar goes from 0-60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds. PPI also spiced up the exterior with a full wide-body aero kit, while upgraded brakes and KW suspension helps keep the car from flying off the road.

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EUROPIAN CIVIC TYPE-R MIGRATES OVER TO JAPAN

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For years, Japan and Europe have been getting 2 very different versions of the Civic Type-R, but this coming year, Honda’s changing things around a bit by bringing Europe’s Civic Type-R hatchback over to the Land of the Rising Sun. It’s all about variety, and while we’re happy that Japan is getting another version of the R, it only serves as a reminder that us peasants over in the U.S. still have no Type-R to speak of.

2010 Mustang FIRST Reveal!

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Mercedes SL65 Black Series(Inside Line Video)

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2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

Mercedes engineers were able to wring out an extra 57 horsepower from the car’s twin-turbo 6.0L V12 – bringing total output to a monstrous 661 horsepower (20 more than the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition). But despite the bump in horsepower, the engine’s torque rating remains the same at 738 lb-ft.
The SL also went on a hefty diet to become the SL65 AMG Black Series. Through the extensive use of carbon fiber in the car’s front fenders, hood and new fixed roof, the SL shed about 570 pounds – bringing its curb weight down to a still rather portly 4,080 pounds. Of note, the decision to make the roof a fixed unit wasn’t strictly a weight-saving measure – it simply wouldn’t fit in its retracted position because of the car’s steamroller rear tires.

To round out the performance package, Mercedes also equipped the SL Black Series with a new adjustable suspension, a wider track, larger brakes, a deployable rear spoiler and a lower hood.

Inside the SL Black Series, the car features carbon fiber shell racing seats, a flat bottom steering wheel and plenty of Alcantara. However, the carbon fiber seats won’t make it to the U.S. as they do not have side airbags.

The SL65 AMG Black Series is expected to hit the U.S. market next year – in white, black, red and silver – with a price tag north of $300,000.

World’s first electric sportscar & The Air Car

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