WIRED has a great read on how Aston Martin builds their One-77 Supercar. The British coachmaker cherns out exceptional vehicles in their Gadyon headquarters with the help of a small army of workers. The process was shifted drastically when they set out to make the One-77, ditching the assembly line approach and instead constructing a small structure and setting up seven workstations within where craftsmen and parts revolve around each vehicle. More on this over on Wired.
We’re still waiting on an official release but shots of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL have hit the internets. The German roadster has gotten a pretty heavy makeover as it now takes more inspiration from its smaller sibling, the SLK as well as the SLS AMG supercar. It’s a bit boxier and features a ton of changes on the front end in the form of a new upright grille and re-shaped light clusters. On the inside, we see a great blend of leahters and genuine wood and all the other finer details. We’re hearing the new SL has lost about 300 pounds over its predecessor which should benefit the car’s performance and handling. No word yet on pricing and availability but we’re certain some of this will released by the time it hits the showroom floor at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show.
The Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8 has been unveiled, both which dish out 500 horsepower and 481 lb-ft from a beefed up twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine. That creates a significant gap between this and the 631-hp Continental GT, essentially helping it get to its 40 percent improvement goal with respect to emissions and gas mileage. We’re not sure how much lower the pricetag will be as most of the details have been mute but we’re certain more info will drop when it hits the Detroit Motor Show floor.
BMW has unveiled the 6 Series Gran Coupe to compete with other four-door coupes on the market like the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Porsche Panamera and Audi A7. The Gran Coupe is powered by the German automaker’s N55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six, which dishes out 315 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough, the 650i Gran Coupe should do the trick as it will come with rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive and a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that delivers 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft. The design is 4.4 inches longer than its two-door counterpart and all the benefit goes to the folks in the back seats. No pricing has been unveiled yet but we’re sure to get additional details early next year when the beauty makes its public debut.
German auto tuner Brabus unveiled their rendition of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster last week at the Essen Motor Show, bringing forth a slew of enhancements including a 600-hp output, up from the stock 6.3-liter V8′s 563-hp. The exterior gets some refined upgrades like a carbon fiber kit that’s available in matte or high-gloss finishes with air vents, front spoiler, front fender, rear spoiler and a rear fascia all included. The Monoblock F “Platinum Edition” wheels look tremendous as well and come in several finishes. To take things next level, the tuner added a button-operated adjustable Ride Control suspension as well as a Front Lift System that can bring the front axle up 50mm.
Porsche has taken the covers off two new cabriolet versions of the seventh-generation 911 Carrera — the 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Like its hardtop brethren, the 2012 911 Carrera cabriolet features aluminum-steel construction but with the addition of an all-new convertible top design, which looks to preserve the 911 coupe roof line.
The 911 Carrera cabriolets use the same engine as their coupe equivalents with the 911 Carrera cabriolet housing a 3.4 liter box V6 that dishes out 350 horses and the Carrera S coming with a 3.8- liter box engine that gives out 400 horsepower. On the road, the 911 Carrera cabriolet can go from 0-60 in about 4.4 seconds and hit a top-track-speed of 177 mph, with the 911 Carrera S cabriolet clocking a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and maxing out at 187 mph. The cars feature a longer wheelbase, wider front track and a host of other new features just introduced on the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models. The end result consists of two new cabriolet variants that offer a sportier drive, better handling and an all-around better experience. Both the 911 Carrera cabriolet and the 911 Carrera S cabriolet will hit showrooms in Spring 2012 with MSRPs of $97,300 and $108,000 respectively.
As the all new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series made its way stateside just a few days ago for the L.A. Auto Show, a new commercial to accompany the new beautiful beast. The car’s not only blessed with track-orientated performance but it’s also got all the proper design cues to make this one of the most aggressive vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. See the commercial below.
Jaguar has taken the covers off the new 2012 XKR-S Convertible, the fastest drop-top Jaguar to ever hit the market. It’s packing the same supercharged 550 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 that’s in the coupe, and gives it a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds. The XKR-S Convertible features a new front bumper with a wider and lower intake and a carbon fiber splitter. The rear wing is also a new addition to the car and features a carbon fiber insert. The interior got a few enhancements as well including performance seats that are trimmed in carbon leather. For those checking out this week’s LA Auto Show, be sure to look for this beauty on the showroom floor.
BMW drops this video that gives us some stunning detail shots of the new 2012 BMW M5 and even gives us a good feel for what the twin-turbocharged V8 will sound like when it blasts past us on the Interstate. The wondrous beauty MSRPs at $92,000.
We recently had the opportunity to test drive the Rolls-Royce 102EX, also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE). It’s the world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment and one we see being showcased as a benchmark for other brands in the industry. There’s a growing demand for alternative drive-train options and that’s something the British coachmaker noticed before deciding to build the Phantom EE. Rolls-Royce is known for blending luxury with timeless design and the Phantom has been looked at as one of the most elegant designs in recent years and one that’s seen by many as a modern-day classic. The Phantom EE began here, as the original Phantom’s aluminum shell serves as the design base and though this is strictly an experimental model for the time being, no detail was spared. The hand craftsmanship, fine detailing and iconic design cues like the pantheon grille and the Spirit of Ecstasy are all showcased here, as the only thing removed from the original Phantom were the naturally aspirated 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and 6-speed gearbox.