Sunday May 22nd, 2011 15:06 Aston Martin Unveils the V12 Zagato


Aston Martin’s new V12 Zagato was unveiled yesterday at the Villa D’Este Concours on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. The car was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, and takes its inspiration from previous collaborations between Aston Martin and the Zagato design house. Previous collaborations have resulted in cars such as the V8 Vantage Zagato and the DB7 Zagato.

Based on the mechanics of the V12 Vantage, the Zagato’s 6.0-litre V12 engine will produce 510bhp and 570 Nm of torque. It is not yet known how quickly it will go from 0-62mph, or what its top speed is.

As building the car’s shell with the use of machines wasn’t possible, Zagato engineers have hand crafted each aluminium design flourish from sheet metal. To show the lengths to which the design house have went to to create the V12 Zagato, each front wing required the working together of seven distinct pieces of metal, and each roof bubble consists of five pieces.

Mark Reichmann, Aston Martin’s Director of Design, says: “The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style. The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato. The muscular organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of the car’s racing credentials.”

People looking for a glimpse of the V12 Zagato in action will have to wait until late June, when a racing version of the V12 Zagato will compete in a 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in Germany. It is expected that production of the V12 Zagato will fall well under the 99 units of the DB7 Zagato, but buyers should expect to pay in the region of £200,000 for the latest collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato.

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Wednesday April 27th, 2011 11:15 Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition

Vauxhall have announced the release of the new Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition. Available from late May, the Nurburgring Edition is described by Vauxhall as the “most powerful Corsa ever.”

With a re-worked version of the Corsa VXR’s 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine, the Nurburgring boasts improved horsepower and torque, with horsepower up to 202bhp and torque up to 280Nm. These improvements mean that the Corsa now goes from 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 143mph.

In order to make the most of the Nurburgring’s increased power, Vauxhall has fitted it with a mechanical multi-plate limited slip differential, and this will give drivers of the Nurburgring greater traction, in addition to reduced understeer.

The Nurburgring has also been fitted with newly developed Brembo brakes that are 30% lighter than before, and this will provide the new model with even more stopping bite. Commissioned by Vauxhall, Bilstein have developed bespoke spring and damper units that will provide drivers with a greater degree of control and involvement. Taking into account the new set-up of the Corsa VXR, its ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control systems have all been recalibrated.

Visually, the Nurburgring Edition has a number of features that will ensure that it is not mistaken for earlier Corsas. In addition to having reduced ride heights both at the front and the rear of the car, the Nurburgring boasts a stainless steel dual exhaust, forged aluminium wheels in high-gloss grey, and ‘Nurburgring’ logos both in the car’s interior and its exterior.

Available in white, black and two new colour options – apple green ‘Grasshopper’ and red ‘Henna’ – the Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition will go on sale in late May, priced at £22,295.

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