Stig vs the 12C Spider

Stig vs the 12C Spider

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The Hennessey VR1200 Twin Turbo Cadillac CTS V Coupe.
Think of it as a Venom GT with softer leather seats.

The Hennessey VR1200 Twin Turbo Cadillac CTS V Coupe.

Think of it as a Venom GT with softer leather seats.

Top Gear magazine in the Aston One-77

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Aston V12 Zagato reaches production

It’s gorgeous. And it’s being revealed next week:

It first made waves at the Villa d’Este last May; from there it raced as a prototype in June at the gruelling Nürbürgring 24hrs, and last September made an appearance at the Frankfurt motor show. All as a full-blooded, big-winged cabin-less racecar.

Next week, in Kuwait, Aston Martin will finally reveal the road-going production version of its lightly expensive and gently unique Aston Martin V12 Zagato. And it will look like this.

Each Zagato takes around 2,000 man hours to complete, and is constructed from hand-crafted aluminium and carbon fibre, just like the One-77. The car sits on a V12 Vantage platform with that body, complete with ‘double-bubble’ roof, bonded to the aluminium structure of the base car, designed by Aston Martin design chief Marek Reichmann’s team in Britain. In fact, the Aston designer insists the new Zagato takes cues from the past, but forges a new design language for future Astons.

For more details, visit TopGear.com

It is hugely exciting to power-slide a Ferrari 458 around a corner. Much more exciting than deadheading a rose, for example. But you need to remember that after you’ve laid down some smoke, the tyres will be shot and the diff will be over-heating. You can take any car to the limits of its abilities. But only once or twice. And when it comes to making a television programme, that’s never enough.
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TopGear.com’s roundup of the Best of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

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