July 5, 2010

New Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9

With James Bond making use of the DBS and the long-awaited four-door Rapide finally under production, the DB9 could appear as the lost sheep in the British premium sports car company’s flock. Priced mid-range between the V8 Vantage and DBS the DB9, a vehicle advertising by Aston Martin as ‘the definitive sport grand tourer’, enters into the 2011 model year undergoing an automotive equivalent to a spa renewal treatment.

Far from requiring any reconstructive surgery, the exterior and interior appearance of the so-called ‘revised DB9′ coupe and Volante is only slightly retouched. Lower intake ducts on the front fascia has been redesigned to better coordinate with the large primary grille. The Aston Martin’s air intake is accompanied by a refreshened look for the headlamp lenses. The hind side of the Aston Martin DB9 is also enhanced as the clear lenses over the taillights is now a standard offering.

While the premium car retains its 470 horsepower 6.0 liter V-12 engine, the new Aston Martin DB9 will simply look faster; particularly along the side. Aston Martin’s termed ‘hockey stick curve’ treatment along the bottom door sills is given an more pronounced presence as part of the refit. Engine power spins the large and enchanting 20-inch diamond turned alloy wheels over top of majestic silver brake calipers to complete the DB9’s stylish roll.

Putting importance on keeping the DB9 in vogue, Aston Martin has also committed efforts to insuring the V-12 engined two-door remains firmly connected to the road. Upon the greatest changes for 2011, the DB9 becomes the newest recipient of Aston Martin’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS). An option through the DB9 Sport Pack previously, the now standard equipment ADS is designed to provide optimum ride quality by constantly regulating and adjusting the car’s shock dampers. Featuring a driver-selected sport and comfort setting allows the new Aston Martin DB9 to whether reduce body roll around sharp corners or gracefully overcome ripples in a road.

Understanding that many of us will have to settle with admiring the Aston Martin DB9 from the outside, the privileged ones who get to admire the British sports car’s interior can find a few new changes. For the upcoming DB9s, options such as Double Apex alloy trim and a BeoSound Bang & Olufsen stereo system can now to added.

Priced a little higher than the current model, the new Aston Martin DB9 coupe price roughly equates to $185,648 U.S. while the convertible Volante running $199,328. The first of these DB9s are set for delivering within the month of July sending British motoring excellence across the globe once again.

[Source: Aston Martin]

267.81 mph production class record set by Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport!

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

You’ve got to hand it to the guys at Bugatti as they build one fast automobile. When it came out in 2004 everyone was a bit taken back by the fact that it had two major talking points. First off was the $1.2 million price tag and second was the 253.5 mph top speed. Pinned as the ultimate GT car the Bugatti Veyron in stock trim made an amazing 1,001 hp and 922 lb-ft tq. from its quad-turbocharged W16 engine and rocketed its passengers from 0-60 in 2.2 seconds. Since that time though another car, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT has eclipsed the Bugatti’s record with an amazing Guinness Book of World Records run of 256.12 mph.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Not one to be satisfied with a mere 253.5 mph and second place, Bugatti decided to go out and once again shatter the production car land speed record with a verified run of 267.81 mph. To accomplish this amazing feet power output was raised from 1,001 hp to 1,200 hp and 1,106 lb-ft tq. up from 922. A new aerodynamic kit was also added. The top speed was also “limited” to 257.9 mph to keep the tires in one piece. If you want to view this masterpiece of speed you’ll actually be able to do so, but not until the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in August. This record does make you wonder though what the guys over at SSC Ultimate Aero TT are doing now because you know damn well they’re not going to let Bugatti keep this title for long.

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