The new Aston Martin Vantage has arrived sportier than ever, thanks to a German heart and 007 James Bond-inspired styling.
Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the latest Vantage draws heavily from the DB10 featured in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre, with notable design highlights including a lower front fascia adorned with a wider grille and swept-back headlights.
It has more of a boy racer look than classy and even timeless designs that Aston Martin is known for, and this probably won’t sit well with many enthusiasts. What do you think?
The new Vantage is built on an evolution of the Aston Martin DB11‘s bonded aluminum structure and gets its power from a 4.0-liter V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG, tuned to generate 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm.
A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission channels all that power to the rear wheels, allowing the car to sprint from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 195 mph (314 km/h).
The Vantage’s German engine and German transmission are complimented by quick, precise steering, providing German precision on twisty roads. In other words, what you’re getting is more sports car and less grand tourer. Even so, Aston Martin promises that it’s a better everyday vehicle than the previous Vantage
Prices for the new, 2019 Aston Martin Vantage start at $149,995 in the United States and deliveries begin in the second quarter of 2018. V12-powered and roadster versions of the British sports car will be introduced later on.
Cadillac Announces ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Editions
Cadillac has introduced new Championship Editions of the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V to celebrate the company’s win of the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team and Endurance Championships.
Both commemorative ATS-V and CTS-V are available in Black Raven or Crystal White with Cadillac V-Performance graphics on the hood and rear spoiler and come with Red Obsession side-view mirror caps, a DPi-V.R graphic on the quarter windows, Red Brembo brake calipers and forged polish-finished alloy V-Series wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets.
A Morello Red detail package gives their interiors Jet Black Recaro seats, red front and rear door armrests and Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim.
The 2018 Cadillac Championship Edition ATS-V starts at $72,190 for the sedan and $74,390 for the coupe, while the 2018 CTS-V Championship Edition sedan starts at $105,730.
BMW M3 CS Is The Ultimate 3 Series, Packs 453HP
Joining the limited-edition BMW M4 CS, the first ever BMW M3 CS amplifies the performance of the with more power and a lighter weight.
The performance-tuned German sports sedan is built around an evolution of the standard M3’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, which has been tuned to produce 453 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque compared to the stock 425 HP and 406 lb-ft. The engine breathes through an M-made sports exhaust system, and all that power is sent to the rear wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The powertrain allows the M3 CS to sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a stop in 3.7 seconds, making it 0.2 seconds faster than the regular M3. Top speed is capped at 174 mph (280 km/h).
Like the M4, the M3 CS benefits from a long list of carbon fiber add-ons — the hood, roof panel, rear spoiler, and diffuser integrated into the rear bumper are all made from the lightweight material — that make it 110 pounds (50 kg) lighter than its lesser sibling while lowering its center of gravity.
The weight saving measures extend to the interior, where BMW’s engineers added lightweight sport seats. It’s not a stripped-out track car, however, maintaining all five seats and convenience features like automatic climate control and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.
The interior also boasts an M sports steering wheel and more Alcantara trim.
Orders for the BMW M3 CS in May 2018. You have to act fast if you want one, because production is limited to 1,200 units worldwide, and only 550 is allocated to America. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition Is The Ultimate Yukon
GMC has unveiled an even more premium Yukon Denali package for those who don’t find the regular Denali good enough, appropriately calling it the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.
So, what exactly do you get? For starters, all the options available on the Yukon Denali black-painted 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts, a polished exhaust tip, chrome mirror caps and Onyx Black exterior paint.
The Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition also comes with the Open Road Package, which consists of a power sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, Sirius XM and NavTraffic, Power-Retractable Assist Steps and the Enhanced Security Package.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking is standard safety ware, and power is provided by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager for GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs, stated:
“The Yukon Denali has always made a bold and powerful statement, and the Ultimate Black Edition takes that expression to a new level. The Ultimate Black Edition provides our customers seeking the ultimate in performance and refinement with an opportunity to express themselves with a new and unique style.”
If you think it’s pointless for General Motors to have he Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition, think again. The company sells tons of Denali-badged models every year and makes a lot money doing so. In fact, don’t be surprised to hear a Hyper Ultimate Black Edition announced some time int he future.