Aston Martin DB9 Virage promo
Under the brights lights in Geneva, Aston Martin revealed the Virage - a
"new" 2+2 model which sits between the DB9 and DBS models in the Aston
With the mildly facelifted DB9 launched last summer, the Virage has us
scratching our heads as we contemplate why Aston is passing the Virage off
as a new model. Same kind of confusion also ensued when spy photographers
previously caught it doing rounds at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. We
didn't know know to make of it.
Regardless of how you slice and dice it, the vehicle is a DB9 with a new
more assertive look. On the outside of the Virage, which if you're into
anagrams also spells Viagre, you'll notice a One-77 inspired aluminum front
grille, new front bumper fascia, new fender side strakes with built-in LED
repeater lamps, side skirts and rear diffuser.
The Virage uses the same front mid-mounted 6.0 liter V12 producing 490 bhp
(365 kW/497 PS) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque. The power plant is mated
to a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission through a carbon fiber
prop shaft and the gearbox is mounted transversely on the axle for 50:50
total weight distribution.
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) clocks in at 4.6 seconds and top speed is 299 km/h
Mercedes C63 AMG coupe revealed
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2012 C63 AMG Coupe ahead of its public debut
at the New York Auto Show next month - finally a true competitor to the BMW
Just like the C63 AMG sedan and wagon variants, power output stays the same
via a 6.3-liter (6208cc) V8 engine with 451 hp (336 kW / 457 PS) and 443
lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. Connected through a seven-speed SpeedShift MCT
transmission, the coupe dashes from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, also the
same as the C63 sedan. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155
mph) while fuel consumption using the combined NEDC figures remains a
thirsty 12.0 L/100km. The optional AMG Performance Package increases output
to 480 hp (358 kW / 487 PS) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. The
additional 30 horsepower enables the coupe
to sprint from 0-100 km/h one-tenth of a second faster to 4.4 seconds.
When the C63 AMG Coupe launchs in Europe this July, an exclusive "Edition
1" will also be available with exclusive equipment. The Edition 1 features
AMG sports seats, door panel centers and armrests upholstered in black
designo leather with contrasting porcelain seams on the sports seats. Also,
other trim pieces have a porcelain piano-lacquer look. The AMG performance
steering wheel has been given a two-tone wrap using black nappa leather
with the lower section in porcelain designo leather. Naturally, "Edition 1"
badges are seen throughout. On the outside, AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy
wheels painted in matt black give a unique look. As an option, the standard
metallic paintwork can be swapped for a matt finish in designo magno night
black or diamond white metallic BRIGHT.
Prices including 19 percent VAT in Germany for the C63 AMG coupe is
€72,590 while the C63 AMG Coupe Edition 1 is €77,231. The optional AMG
Performance package is €7116.20.
The new coupe makes its U.S. showroom debut in September 2011. Pricing will
most likely be announced at its public debut in New York.
2017 MINI Countryman spy video from the Nurburgring
Facelifted about a year ago, the Countryman is already heading towards a
second generation which will come with some significant changes as the new
model will be significantly larger than the current car and is going to use
the UKL1 platform just like the most recent MINI models.
Don't expect a major design change as MINI will take the evolutionary
route, but with a bigger front grille and reshaped headlights. It also
appears to have a more prominent roof-mounted rear spoiler while the
plastic body cladding around the bulging wheel arches remains hidden
underneath the camouflage.