When Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing teams up you know that you will get something exciting. That’s what has happened here with the Aston Martin V8 and V12 Vantage Red Bull racing edition.
Strictly for the track use, not street legal!
When nothing works but the best, Aston Martin didn’t wish to stay behind in the race set by Ferrari and McLaren. Sportingly, it grabbed the attention of all aspirers around the world by unveiling its new Vulcan ahead of Geneva Motor show. The car is strictly for the track use, and not a street-legal. The new Vulcan possesses the power-to-weight ratio exceeding the cars of FIA World Endurance Championship. So, those wishing to buy a track-spec big racecar and wished it to be from the finest British car making techniques, then there is nothing better than Vulcan.
Shelled completely on the monocoque chassis with carbon fibre, it sports unique designing cues, like front grille integrating into the splitter. Power supplied by a 7.0-litre V12 naturally-aspirated petrol engine sends 800bhp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed sequential gearbox. Adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear both, driver-oriented adjustable anti-lock braking, limited-slip differential and variable traction control takes the care of driving sense. Brembo brake calipers bites effectively the 380mm ceramic discs at front and 360mm at rear.
Hence, there will be only 24 limited Vulcan units to be built. And buyers will be entitled an opportunity for a track day programme, which the other cars of this segment also boasts to specify owners about the detailing. Aston Martin Racing’s experienced racer Darren Turner will share his expertise on the day at track. Alongside, for confused and curious minds, Aston Martin will allow them to drive the other models like One-77, V12 Vantage S and a Vantage GT4 race car to make up their confidence before going inside the Vulcan.
The riches need a reason to splurge, but they get more cautious when it comes to cars. After all, the ‘most expensive’ is an ultimate option for them. So carmakers not shying of any filth to be stopping them from selling their niche cars in this extensive market, for which rolled out a number of them during 2014. Though, we managed that hard job to find the best five of them which made way to India over the past year. Mentioned here the top-five that raised the eyeballs in terms of prices they for which were launched, and the newness they offered to buyers.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
The entry-level sedan of Rolls-Royce which has found many buyers in India during the lifetime, received a facelift during 2014 with the tag of Series II. Launched at a price of Rs 4.5 crore (ex-showroom Mumbai) the car saw new headlamps with daytime running lights, redesigned bumpers, fresh bonnet design and reworked tail lamps. The front air intakes do get chrome lining, whereas the range of selecting alloys have been widened with numerous other options. In fact, the cabin entertainment too got enhanced by the brand new infotainment system featured on those 10.2-inch screens and touch-pad controller. Power remains constant at 563bhp from a 6.6-litre V12 engine.
Lamborghini’s new baby car for India after the end of Gallardo, Huracan, was made to foray for a price of Rs 3.43 crore (ex-showroom Delhi). Though, this baby Bull of Italy ventured into the tradition of using a bombastic V10 engine for producing matured amount of 602bhp, with the electronically capped top-speed of 325kmph and 0-100kmph in 3.2 seconds. However, the cabin too is enough for housing only two at a time, both can travel in ultimate speed with the expertise of jet plane on steering, as well as at the passenger’s seat. For India, Lamborghini had added a special function of lifting up the nose by 40mm over the standard ground clearance for road conditions of this country.
Range Rover Long Wheelbase And Autobiography Edition
Range Rover which was already long enough to fit a King in its rear, now gets longer with more 186mm of wheelbase, where out of the whole 140mm is added for the rear seat only. The long-wheelbase edition can be easily identified from the size of rear doors where they comparatively appear bigger than before. So, those wishing to end their drive in the lap of luxury and also admit their vehicle shall be rugged and must take on the every terrain, surely this is the right option to choose from. Even getting more exclusive, buyers are given to choose from a bench and executive seats for the rear passenger. Large panoramic sunroof and 17-degree reclining seat at rear are standard on all the variants. Top of the line Autobiography Black edition takes the cake away, where subtle changes on outer paves way for the exclusive buyout. The 10.2-inch screen, massage rear seat, chiller compartment, special leather for seats, LED ambient light to suit the mood are some of the examples which its owners will experience. For the price tag of anything between Rs 2.08 crore and Rs 2.63 crore (launch price ex-showroom Delhi) it hits the nail on its head with options of petrol and diesel both. Former set of buyers (of petrol) can get the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol of 510PS and 625Nm of torque. The 4.4-litre V8 diesel will send power of 339PS grunting over the 700Nm of torque. Another starting variant of diesel gets the base price stuck with its 3.0-litre mill. However, they say, the engine options are standard as of the stock Range Rover.
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
The success of Jaguar F-Type speaks about itself. Thoughtfully, the company has played smartly with this model, as launched the convertible first and then brought the hardtop called as F-Type Coupe later. Launched for the price of Rs 1.21 crore, it goes upto the max level of Rs 1.82 crore ex-showroom Mumbai. We loved this car just because of its Wild Cat-ish looks. But for the adrenaline lovers, British automaker had lent it number of options which sound like a music to the ears. Power of 340PS is just the standard for this coupe from a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, whereas the slightly more powerful version called F-Type S delivers 40PS more than the said, and the result is 380PS. The top of line uses a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 for the staggering 550PS and 680Nm of torque. Wholly, the range topping also differs on the equipment level with 20-inch wheels as against the 18-inch of the said two. Top-speed of the range topper is clocked at 300kmph with 0-100kmph being touched in 4.2 seconds. The S trim of 380PS successfully delivers 275kmph of max-speed and 0-100kmph in 4.8 seconds.
Aston Martin Rapide S
Though, this launch happened in the last week of 2013, but this car turned towards 2014 for getting delivered into the hands of buyers. A family sports sedan with 4-passenger seating capacity, this turns out to be monstrous when led unchained on the open racetrack. The model already exists in the country back from 2011, but the addition of ‘S’ to the badge makes it worthy for a price of Rs 4.4 crore ex-showroom Mumbai. Now it enjoys a healthy power output of 550bhp (from 470bhp) and 619Nm of torque (against the 600Nm) with the traction being sent by a 6-speed AZ automatic transmission. One couldn’t deny its opulence of being a proper four-seater with the right balance of luxury and healthy sports characteristics. Wished, it could be in everyone’s wish list if desiring to shell out the tag of something more than Rs 4 crore.
Already it was more than enough to have replicas of the famous cars being built in China. Here, one more example has just rolled out on the wired media to claim that China hasn’t stopped yet.
Reportedly, the newbie from Chinese bay is the copy of Aston Martin hatchback called ‘Cygnet’.
The Chinese version is dubbed as Dojo Pioneer launched by Jiangsu Daojue Industrial Corporation.
Reportedly, Dojo Pioneer comes powered by an electric motor. As far as the power is concerned, this 13.4 bhp hatchback can clock only 60 kilometers per hour and takes half an hour for the fast charge to level upto 80% of that obsolete lead-acid battery pack, whereas eight hours to reach the fullest.
Its total capacity to run every full charge is 120 kilometers.
On the dimension note, the length Dojo Pioneer measure is 3520mm, width at 1570mm and is 1490mm tall. The weighing scale is tipped for 850kg when stood atop it.
The 13-inch wheels and 186-litre boot space makes the factor more favourable to explore highways when needed, which for such a car is not that easy at times.
On the price tag, surprisingly, makers imprinted it for 43,000 yuan, accumulating upto $7,000.
Hence, Chinese had succeeded in resembling the front fascia of Cygnet but have worked badly at the rear with those oversized tail lamps.
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James Bond and the Aston Martin cars are inseparable from each other on the silver screen. For the same motive, this carmaker of Gaydon, England, has rolled-out a very rare example for 007 to drive in his next movie ‘Spectre’.
Dubbed as DB10, the latest Aston Martin is called a bigger V8 Vantage but with different lines and higher sitting roofline.
However, the company’s coyness refrained from getting the power numbers, where it too is touted that only 10 such examples are going to be made. Apparent to this thought, isn’t the carmaker thinking of making it an exclusive to the Middle-East market like how it made the Lagonda Taraf sedan compatible only for those Arabs.
Well, a round of applause must be raised for the Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin, Marek Reichman, for giving this world a one lovelier Bond piece that the time will remember. And yet, it isn’t reported of smart techs and stuffs there on-board that is Mr. Bond is convicted to be used to.
Hence, all must be waiting for the price, which we guess must be well-known by the EON Productions – the studio which takes care for the Bond movies.
Those who are interested to see the Aston Martin DB10 in action, they can head to theatres on November 6, 2015, the day when movie will hit the silver screen.
Finally, the Aston Martin Lagonda is here. The official launch in Dubai has tagged the exclusive sedan of Aston as Lagonda ‘Taraf’ – exclusively for Middle East.
Unlikely to the earlier pieces of news, British automaker confirmed of bringing it to numerous markets, which then means the nomenclature of Taraf would be dropped off and a lesser luxurious package with will be offered for a more realistic price tag.
However, in comparison to the sample that was sent to Oman for testing purpose technicalities under the hoods isn’t changed. Power comes from the 5.9-litre V12 engine as of Rapide S reaching 0-62mph in 4 seconds and making way till 200mph for the maximum. Its bundle of 600bhp is sent to the rear wheel via an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The design of this model plate comes pinned on the VH-architecture with body panels made out of carbon fiber. LED lights at front and rear both encountered in the sleek and contoured body appeals the buyers further.
Well, there seemed many interested buyers in the UAE. As cited earlier, only selected audiences were sent the invitation for the unveiling. But it looks there are plenty of riches in the Middle East to run it out of stock sooner than expected.
Estimated Price: £1 million
Ideally, India isn’t a place of acquainting sportscar for the daily routes. Yet, the hangover of those sports machine couldn’t be well off if knows how to tackle the Indian driving condition sitting inside them. It took immense time for us open to open the tab, do an instant research and pen down the best yet the sportiest car in India. Read on to discover more…
Porsche Cayman S
Porsche’s perception for Indian roads was quite blissful, and with that vision it launched the Cayman S. A flat-six engine of 3436cc worth producing 320bhp and 370Nm is just perfect.
Price: Rs 94.51 lakh (ex-showroom India)
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
F-Type R Coupe seriously preaches British engineering from the ‘first sight’ to sitting inside and dabbing the acceleration. That crackling sound off a 5.0-litre V8 of 542bhp sets the adrenaline gushing.
Price: Rs 1.82 crore (ex-showroom Mumbai)
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
With the biggest engine here, V12 Vantage of Aston Martin may not be a perfect answer to racetrack lovers, but when taken for the road-driving nothing comes closer to it, must be its 510bhp from 6.0-litre V12!
Price: Rs 2.2 crore (estimated)
Audi RS7 too was considerable, but the practicality of RS5 made us to fell for it. Compact yet powerful, it delivers the hell of 444bhp out of a 4163cc V8 engine.
Price: Rs 95.28 lakh (ex-showroom Maharashtra)
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz’s latest offering to India for the niche sports lover is SLK55 AMG, which is a trimmed down version of SL. A 5.5-litre V8 propels 420bhp when driven hard.
Price: Rs 1.26 crore (ex-showroom Delhi)
Last time we brought the best and finest British luxury cars that are made a cut to suit the job creators and echelons of the society, but this time the listing is differentiated with more options of affordability added to spice up the English charm. Read on to discover more…
The combination of yacht and an aircraft on the exteriors, with interiors mimicking the same story, XJ is one of the best drivable sedans in its class where Germans couldnt comply their rivals till there on both ends.
Cut down the XJ from all sides by proportionate amount you’ll get the XF. Small in size, but prefers to deliver all the cuts of niceness its elder sibling does.
Recently unveiled and still need time to conquer the roads, its impeccable designing and costing factor is going to make everyone experience the British sense of driving.
Land Rover Range Rover
How one can forget the Land Rover when talking about British automotives, and not exceptionally the Range Rover yet that lets you sit on the throne and command to grasp any of the terrain given thrown at its feet.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
A bit sizeable in nature but still the Land Rover in its every gene, Sport comes handy to get away on any of the routes either of urbanity or country-side.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The compactness of Evoque has made it quite popular amongst the fairer sex, but it doesn’t mean the compact Range Rover isn’t macho either. Throw it to anything – it acts friendly for urban commute the most.
Aston Martin Rapide S
The stars of this countdown are here, Aston Martin! This British automaker did what the Italians in the sporting arena hadn’t. British’s most disciplined attitude over the plinth of luxury, the ultimate sports is delivered even in this four-seater – Rapide S. The lines don’t harness its beauty of being seen as of a four passenger dimension.
Aston Martin DB9
The James Bond’s car cannot miss this countdown and ultimately it made its way in its typical 007 manner – at the last but with a bang. This compact two-seater sports machine doesn’t needed to speak about much. It says everything with its legendary Brit aura.
The middle-east exclusive Aston Martin Lagonda sedan was already ripped off when it was transported to Oman, by Oman Air. Now, officially automaker revealed the images of interiors which earlier weren’t sneaked yet.
The cabin is designed keeping in mind Arabs taste and preference. Exclusively draped in leather with deep quilts on seats and use of wood and aluminum over the dashboard, central console is swayed in waterfall layout.
Well, less than 100 units are said to be built. Under the hoods, it’s meant to be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine of 600bhp with the traction being sent to rear wheels using an eight-speed automatic transmission. The clock sets an impeccable 4.2 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint. Underneath the skin, British sedan for Arabs features the VH platform, and on outers carbon fiber panels adore it to maximum.
Though, pricing is not announced, and earlier company has claimed of selling only to assorted buyers which they will be called via invitations.
The police force of a nation always defines its stealth and its economy. Don’t know how true that saying is, but sincerely it’s of the fact that countries around the world had engraved their names in exclusivities by trusting their police officials deliberately and provided them with expensive cars to patrol the streets.
The most affordable and yet fastest in its class, Nissan GT-R is allotted the UAE police costs a mere $100,000. This was added to the fleet in 2009 and ousting the offenders with a scare of 485hp. But to call for the namesake, police department there are using it over promotional reasons, and not exactly for the routine job.
Porsche may not have believed it when Qatar ordered to allot Panamera to the whole fleet. Unlike to one or two exclusive examples added to the repertoire of other countries, 2011 Qatar National Day parade stunned everyone when rolled out those German beauties on the road. Topping them were also the Cayenne in few numbers for avoiding bullies on the streets.
Bentley Continental GT
Honing up the fleet of police vehicles, Dubai went berserk adding up famous models. And Bentley wouldn’t be any exception if talked so. A Continental GT worth $200,000 isn’t a costly affair either.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
A cockpit and gull-wing doors of SLS AMG once again marked aeronautics deployed to automotives. Of more than $200,000 all to be used for the best, Dubai Police deployed it on the duty to nab offenders in the country so none of them could fly away from their jaws on roads at least.
The collection of supercars wouldn’t be completed if not added a McLaren. Hence, a MP4-12C for $248,000 would do the justice for an immaculate 616bhp from 3.8L V8 engine.
It’s has to be birthright of Italy to have every example of homemade supercars for its police force, but sadly they don’t have such! Rising out like a messiah from the whole crowd, Lamborghini donated a Gallardo to the official policing authorizes back in 2004 on their 152nd anniversary. No one would mind a donation as costly as $250,000. But surely the rich donors may have envied.
Lamborghini’s affair continues to stay with the Italian police force humbly. As of in 2014 when the Gallardo’s successor Huracan unveiled, they too donated a one which had approximately caused them suffer loss over a sale worth $250,000.
In general, the patrolling needs only two police officials, but in case if needed two more, Dubai Police introduced a Ferrari FF to the fleet for an added convenience. Hence, it could be used for tourist space rather than affording to nab offenders in a sports family-saloon.
The most aggressive Lamborghini in the list, Aventador, also succeeded in making its way to the Dubai fleet. Priced for $450,000, we are expecting the official must also get a roadster model which led them to be fashion police with wayfarer-on and roof-off.
Mercedes-Benz CLS Brabus Rocket
Wouldn’t have thought the German may go such extreme. Rolled out the CLS Brabus Rocket as an outcome of Association of German Automobile Tuners (VDAT) and German Federal Traffic Ministry, the car is powered by a V12 of 720hp having electronically limited speed of 250mph.
Audi R8 GTR
From the tuning specialist Abt, Audi R8 GTR of Polizei is not a one can be sighted frequently in Germany. The most adorable item in the list that may turn heads if followed you, gets power from a 5.2L V10 engine of 612 hp – 100hp more than the standard. Just be careful: 0-62mph is attained in 3.2 seconds!
Dubai Police once again became the only authority of its time to appoint the world’s fastest car in their fleet. Priced for $1.6 million, the example isn’t easy to handle – in terms of speed and in number of admirers it galore at every street corner. For the diehards, it can be visible openly at the tourist spots of Dubai. And in worst if the offender is reached out of a wreck, a livelier action would apparently be witnessed.
Watch Out: Top Speed – more than 250mph (over 400km/h); 0-62mph – 2.46 seconds
Aston Martin One-77
Must say, Dubai stands second to the definition of exclusivities. And here out of the mass production, Arab policing authorities had also bought an Aston Martin One-77, of which only 77 of them were made and were outsold within a jiff. The price tag escorted of $2million (approximately) may not have shied the Sheikhs to roll-it for their heritage and love of supercars.
Hence, it’s also proven Dubai too loves customization. Officially One-77 is rolled off the production line only in silver shade, which the authorities may have asked to paint it aptly in white with green stripes for the fleet. The breaking 220mph of top-speed and aforesaid exquisites can compel anyone to break the law for a ride in it.