New Aston Martin V12 Vantage review - baby Aston gets 690bhp for one final supercar-hunting mission

Published 12th May 2022. Aston Martin's smallest model, the Vantage sports car, has just been treated to a serious powertrain makeover, and we've already tested the results on track. This, the fourth-generation V12 Vantage, has a 690bhp turbocharged V12 sourced from the DB11 and DBS Superleggera. It's now rated for a top speed of 200mph; it's faster-accelerating than any other Vantage; and it has a whacking 20 per more power to weight than any of its Vantage siblings. This is also the last time that Aston Martin will ever squeeze a V12 engine under the low bonnet of a Vantage super sports car, it says, as electrification rises amongst its commercial priorities, and it adopts more engines from Mercedes-AMG rather than those built at its old owner Ford's engine plant in Cologne, Germany. It's very rare for any car maker to announce the imminent end of life of any of its models; so, in this case, does ultimate also mean best? Matt Saunders took to Aston Martin's Stowe Circuit, at Silverstone, to find out. New videos are uploaded to Autocar each week. Don't miss a single one. Subscribe now: http://smarturl.it/autocar

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2016 Lagonda Taraf - Nicholas Mee & Company, Aston Martin Specialists
  • Published 10th March 2021. The Lagonda Taraf, introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015, a super saloon firmly aimed at the Ultra Luxury market and undoubtedly for extremely limited production. When launched the Taraf carried a price tag of a $1 million excluding taxes and was by far most expensive saloon available, in the day. Styled by Aston Martin’s renowned Gaydon studios, under the guidance of design director Marek Reichman and hand-built, in a dedicated facility, previously given over to the creation of the One-77 hypercar, the quite spectacular Lagonda Taraf, manages to be both perfectly proportioned and sculpturally sophisticated, whilst simultaneously being both spectacular and yet, restrained. The unique bodywork of this elegant super limousine is formed from Carbon Fibre and Aluminium. Constructed on Aston Martins highly adaptable all aluminium VH chassis architecture, configured for the Lagonda Taraf’s extensive wheelbase, creating a spacious and sumptuous rear compartment, capable of carrying its occupant’s in great comfort. Powered by the legendary Aston Martin V12 engine, producing a mighty 540 BHP, transmitted through Aston Martin’s unique 8 speed TT3 automatic transaxle gearbox, the specification combines. to provide a top speed in excess of 190 mph with 0-60 mph arriving in 4.4 seconds. Beautifully finished in Onyx Black metallic paintwork with a Winter Wheat and Obsidian Black Caithness hide Interior, the luxurious and comprehensive equipment of the Taraf, is further complemented by a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 1,000W audio system and a refrigerated rear stowage compartment, whilst distinctive Tamo Ash wood veneered door and facia finishers and twin rear entertainment screens, complete the refined interior specifications. Built in 2016, in Left Hand Drive configuration, the Lagonda Taraf is in all probability, the last Lagonda model to be built and powered by the internal combustion engine and is therefore something of a landmark in the long and illustrious history of Lagonda motor cars, the company having been founded in 1906. No longer available to order, we understand less than 60 examples were manufactured before production ceased, of which this unmarked example, is one. Available having covered only 150 Kilometres from new, this imposing and exclusive ‘super sports saloon’, is indistinguishable from new and is certain, to create a wave of interest, when and wherever, it arrives. Available now at our Hertfordshire showrooms. Full details available here: https://www.nicholasmee.co.uk/car-sal...​
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2019 Jaguar XJ Review - the all-time ultimate daily? Music Motors
  • Published on May 19, 2019. The Jaguar XJ has been around for years, a luxurious and superb daily for the rich and famous, but have Jaguar made an XJ which can be for anyone? The 2019 Jaguar XJ brings many new things to the equation with technological advancements and bargain second hand values. Is the 2019 Jaguar XJ the new all-time ultimate daily? Have Jaguar secured a future classic with classic XJ styling? Find out in this episode of Music Motors as we put the 2019 Jaguar XJ through the Music Motors test. If you enjoyed the video, please make sure you LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and turn notifications on so you can keep up to date with Music Motors reviews!
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