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The Aston Martin Lagonda: An Unconventional Saloon

The Aston Martin Lagonda: An Unconventional Saloon

The Unconventional Aston Martin Saloon

Aston Martin Lagonda - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Lagonda – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

From 1976 to 1990, Aston Martin offered a 4-door luxury grand tourer saloon called the Lagonda. The design of the Aston Martin Lagonda is by William Towns. With this unconventional design, Aston Martin was able to resuscitate itself in a degrading market situation. The overall design for the Lagonda follows the “folded paper” visual strategy. Starting in 1974, there are 4 series of releases for the Lagonda. Generally, the years for the series are as follows:

  • 1974-1975: Series 1
  • 1976-1985: Series 2
  • 1986-1987: Series 3
  • 1987-1990: Series 4

Each series offers different features, whether minor face-lifts, or entire overhauls in design.

Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 1 (1974-1975)

Aston Martin Lagonda - Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Lagonda – Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In 1974 and 1975, the Aston Martin Lagonda was available as a series 1 model. The series 1 Lagonda was announced at the 1974 London Motor Show. The series 1 sports a 5.3-liter DOHC V8 engine with 280 horsepower and 301 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine allows for a top speed of around 149 mph. Additionally, from 0 to 60 mph, the series 1 Lagonda takes only 6.2 seconds. Furthermore, and most noteworthy, two units were upgraded to a 7.0-liter Aston Martin V8. Most important, this larger engine can reach between 440 and 480 horsepower.

Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 2 (1976-1985)

1984 Aston Martin Lagonda - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1984 Aston Martin Lagonda – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

From 1976 to 1985, the series 2 Aston Martin Lagonda was available on the market. This version features the same 5.3-liter DOHC V8 with 280 horsepower and 302 lb.-ft. of torque. A major alteration, that is a bit disappointing, is the downgrade of the acceleration and top speed. In the series 2, 0 to 60 mph takes 8.8 seconds, 2.6 seconds slower than the series 1. On top of this, the top speed is lower at 143 mph.

On the technology side, the series 2 Lagonda initially had a digital LED dashboard and touch pad controls. These features were abandoned in 1980. On the exterior, the series 2 also has minor alterations to the front bumper and air dam. Furthermore, the MSRP of the Lagonda in 1980 was the equivalent of $68,883.23. This may seem cheap, but due to inflation, this is equivalent to a current buying power of $220,952.26. Thanks inflation, you’re the shi… best!

Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 3 (1986-1987)

1986 Aston Martin Lagonda - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1986 Aston Martin Lagonda – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

From 1986 to 1987, the series 3 Aston Martin Lagonda was in fashion. At this time, the units were limited to only 75. Differences for the series 3 are as follows: fuel injected engines and vacuum fluorescent display system. These features were a modernization of those technologies at the time. Otherwise, the series 3 didn’t differ too much from its predecessor.

Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 4 (1987-1990)

1989 Aston Martin Lagonda - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1989 Aston Martin Lagonda – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The series 4 Aston Martin Lagonda was brought into awareness at the 1987 Geneva Motor Show. This series features a significant facelift including rounded edges. Not surprisingly, this series was limited to only 105 units. One major visual alteration is the elimination of the pop-up headlights. On the series 4 Lagonda, there are new triple headlights. Furthermore, Aston Martin removed the side surge line and installed 16” wheels. The series 4 is also the last Lagonda series to hit the market. Unfortunately, in January of 1990, Aston Martin closed production on this unconventional saloon.

The End of the Unconventional Aston Martin Era

Classics Revealed: The 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda rides again – The Fast Lane Car – YouTube

Through its years of production, the Aston Martin Lagonda was as popular as it was unusual. To be honest, who would’ve thought that the Lagonda would save the manufacturer. But, in a positive direction, the Lagonda relieved Aston’s financial dilemma bringing funding to the company. In current years, the Lagonda still survives, but records show at least 20% are no longer in existence. Overall, the Lagonda took the world by surprise and kept Aston in the auto world.

1987 Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting Brake - Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1987 Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting Brake – Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT: A Limited Production

1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT: A Limited Production

The First Production Lamborghini

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Front Corner in Black - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Front Corner in Black – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

From 1964 to 1966, the Lamborghini 350 GT was a production 2-door grand tourer coupe. Not surprisingly, this model may not be familiar to most people. This is probably due to the 350 GT’s very limited production of only 120 units. This limitation makes surviving models a rare spectacle. Now, Lamborghini is famous for it’s rear-engine sports cars as well as the all-new SUV (the Urus). Regardless, and most noteworthy, the Lamborghini 350 GT was Ferruccio Lamborghini’s first production car.

3.5-Liter Aluminum Alloy DOHC V12

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Engine - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Engine – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the 1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT sports a 3.5-liter aluminum alloy DOHC V12. This engine produces around 280 horsepower and close to 240 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor works in sync with a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. From 0 to 62 mph, the 350 GT takes only 6.8 seconds. Furthermore, from 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 16.3 seconds. At the high end, the 350 GT can reach a top speed of 158 mph. Lastly, to top it off, this motor can produce 400 horsepower but was limited for production.

Aluminum Body, Carburetors, & Wishbone Suspension

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Rear - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Rear – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The 1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT starts with an aluminum body. Next, there is four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length wishbones. On top of that, the suspension uses concentric coil-spring-damper units. Furthermore, there is a Salisbury differential as well as a four-vacuum servo-assisted Girling disc brakes. Lastly, the 350 GT is built with twin-barrel side-draught Weber 40 DCOE 2 carburetors.

The Beginning of the Lamborghini Empire

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Jay Leno’s Garage – YouTube

Overall, the Lamborghini 350 GT was the beginning of the empire built by Ferruccio Lamborghini. Due to its importance in the Lamborghini line-up, it is quite the collector’s car. On top of that, with it’s limitation of 120 units, there are only a handful left in the world today. With it’s race design, this car is meant to compete with alternative sports car rivals. Imagine… only if they left the 400 horsepower in the production model. Regardless, the 350 GT is an automobile of beauty and marvel.

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Rear Logo - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Rear Logo – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon: Entering the U.S. in Late 2018

2019 Volkswagen Arteon: Entering the U.S. in Late 2018

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon comes to America

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Earlier this year, the stylish, four-door Arteon made its American debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Consumers got a chance to view the newest Volkswagen that will find its way into showrooms during fourth-quarter of 2018.

There is a bit of controversy over what to call the Arteon. Volkswagen insists that it is a sedan. At first glance, the 4-door car does indeed look like a sedan or maybe a sports coupe. However, the Arteon has a hinged opening above the back windshield. In America, we call that a hatchback.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Volkswagen insists that the car is not a hatchback.

So, Arteon is a sleek hatchback-sedan that looks like a sports coupe and it comes with three trim levels: SE, SEL, and SEL Premium.

Features and Specifications

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon runs on a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, producing 268 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Handling is accomplished with an eight-speed automatic transmission and buyers can choose between front or all-wheel drive.

The 2019 Arteon comes standard with heated front seats (heated backseats optional)  and LED headlamps.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Actually, the full list of standard features is pretty impressive:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Forward Collision Assist
  • Proximity-Key Entry
  • 3-Zone Climate Control
  • 8.0-inch Touchscreen Control with Apple CarPlay and Android Support

Other options for the Arteon include Volkswagen’s full-LED gauge cluster, sunroof, heated rear seats, and for a truly luxurious ride – a massaging driver’s seat.

Pricing on the 2019 Arteon

Volkswagen Arteon 2018 review – is it better than an Audi? – carwow – YouTube

The official price points haven’t yet been published but should be released this summer. Volkswagen has said that they expect the starting price to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $34,000. If that is true, then it means that the base price of the Arteon will overlap the decked-out price of the Passat. Speculation is that a loaded Arteon SEL Premium will surpass the $40,000 mark.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

 

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake: A Stylish Wagon

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake: A Stylish Wagon

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake - Side in Action - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake – Side in Action – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Basically, the new Jaguar XF S Sportbrake is just a larger, wagon version of Jaguar’s XF sedan. However, unlike the sedan, the Sportbrake wagon only comes with one engine option: the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Yet, why mess with a good thing. This engine is powerful enough to accelerate this 4000+ lb. vehicle at super-fast speeds.

It’s FAST!

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Mama move over, this wagon is not for getting groceries or the kids to soccer games.

Jaguar claims that the XF S Sportbrake will do an impressive 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The 380-hp engine has 332 lb.-ft. of torque and never flags at any rpm. When you hit the gas, it GOES! Top speed on the Sportbrake is 121 mph, which is great until you need to stop.

A 4000+ lb. object moving at speeds of 100 mph will NOT stop on a dime. Like older wagons, you still have a bit of yaw in the corners and, truth be told, it still looks like a wagon.

The 2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake – Not Built for Comfort

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake - Front Corner in Action - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake – Front Corner in Action – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

So, here is the problem. The Sportbrake is a $73,000 wagon that only seats five people and doesn’t have the cargo space to haul anything over 6 feet long. It’s also been noted that both the front and back seats are not that comfortable. Both are flat and firm, making long trips a bit tedious.

Jaguar has done what it does best, it’s made a fast car, in a category where fast is not all that common. The Sportbrake also has plenty of power to tow and it looks pretty darn good for a wagon. The lines are sleek and definitely make you think of a Jaguar.

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake - Front Grille & Headlight - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake – Front Grille & Headlight – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

What’s missing are the things that make people want to buy wagons in the first place: seating, cargo space, and comfort.

So, for wagon enthusiasts with money to burn, why not? It’s fun and fast and sure to turn a few heads. However, if you are just interested in a fast and powerful car, the XF sedan might be a better choice.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake (2018) Features, Interior, Design [YOUCAR] – YouTube

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Italian Job: 2003 Mini Cooper S

The Italian Job: 2003 Mini Cooper S

Fun Facts About the Italian Job 2003 Mini Cooper S

There are lots of iconic movie cars, but very few “small” cars outside of Herbie the Love Bug and, of course, the Mini Cooper from the Italian Job.  In fact, both the original 1969 and the 2003 movie, act as a full-length commercial for the Mini Cooper.

The original picture features three Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S’s, in red, white and blue and the 2003 movie showcases the 2003 Mini Cooper S, modified both on and off-screen.

1963 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1 - Front - The Italian Job - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1963 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1 – Front – The Italian Job – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On-Screen and Off-Screen Modifications

On screen, the Mini Coopers were to be used to “get back the gold” after a double-cross. The main characters devise a plan to update and modify three small cars (Mini Coopers). They want them to be FAST and with a beefier suspension to carry the heavy bars of gold they hope to recover.

Off-screen, it was actually necessary for the movie makers to make modifications to the three cars before shooting could take place. Two electric-powered Mini Coopers and a Mini Cooper S had to be built because gasoline-powered vehicles are prohibited in Los Angeles’ subway system. Without the modifications, that iconic chase scene through the tunnels could not have taken place.

Another Mini Cooper with two steering wheels was used for some of the shooting. This was so that a stunt driver could navigate while the actors did their thing for the camera. This one of a kind Mini now sits on display at the Mini factory in Cowley, Oxford.

Specs on a Non-Modified 2003 Mini Cooper S

The Italian Job (2003) – Trailer – Paramount – YouTube

How close to what you see on the screen is a real Mini Cooper S?

A non-modified 2003 Mini Cooper S has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a mechanical-drive supercharger and produces 163 horsepower.  Though it’s a bit slow off the line, the six-speed manual transmission means there’s plenty of power and good control. However, be prepared to do a lot of shifting. If it’s your daily driver, you may find that to be a bit of a nuisance.

All in all, people find the Mini-Cooper fun to drive around. However, most agree that the size and shifting make it a bit impractical for families or the daily commute.

 

 

Everyone Deserves a Second Chance… Including Volkswagen

Everyone Deserves a Second Chance… Including Volkswagen

VW Emissions Scandal & Why They Deserve a Second Chance

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

For the 642,000 people working for Volkswagen, the actions of a few have altered their lives irrevocably.

You are probably aware that from 2006 to 2015, VW based their US sales strategy on selling “clean diesel” vehicles such as the Passat and the Jetta. They claimed that these vehicles rivaled electric-hybrids like the Toyota Prius in both performance and emissions.

Sales records show that as many as 580,000 found their way into the garages of unwary consumers. All of these customers thought they were buying high-performance, EPA-friendly autos.

But they weren’t.

Instead, they were actually purchasing vehicles which spewed 4x the legal limit of noxious fumes allowed by the US Nox Regulations.

Who’s to Blame for VW Emissions Scandal?

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

So, how did this fraud continue for close to a decade? Who knew and who didn’t?

Actually, the emissions scandal was the work of only a handful of people.

About 40 people, worked together to cover up the results of the failed emissions testing. The fraud went all the way to the top and there is little doubt that the CEO, Winkerton, knew of the issue in 2016. Many feel that he knew about it before then and may have had a hand in its execution.

Once the story broke, vehicle owners began filing civil lawsuits and criminal investigations began. Several executives found themselves facing jail sentences and VW’s CEO was forced to resign. In addition, the company was hit with billions of dollars in fines and settlements.

2nd Chances for VW Workers

Volkswagen’s diesel scandal, explained – The Verge – YouTube

Unfortunately, the lasting implications for the 642,000 auto workers who had nothing to do with the VW Emissions Scandal are real. VW sales have still not returned to same levels they were before the diesel scandal. Some US auto dealers reported that they had days during the past two years when they didn’t see a single customer in their showrooms.

Yet, finally, this past quarter, VW sales have started to climb.

According to Autodata, it looks as if VW has gained 12% over previous year’s sales. This could mean that the public is willing to forgive and forget now that those who engineered the VW Emissions Scandal have had to pay the piper.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

BMW Vehicle Subscription Service: Testing in Nashville

BMW Vehicle Subscription Service: Testing in Nashville

BMW Begins Offering Subscription Service in Nashville

2018 BMW M2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M2 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Just this week, BMW began testing their new BMW vehicle subscription service in Nashville, Tennessee. Similar to the Cadillac and Volvo subscription services, drivers can request vehicles through a mobile app and if desired, can even drive a different car every day of the month.

Once you request your car from the BMW subscription service, a concierge from the local dealer delivers the car to you. It comes fully fueled and detailed and you can even have them preset the car to match your preferences.

Lease, Buy, or Use the BMW Vehicle Subscription Service?

2018 BMW M4 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M4 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Most people are familiar with the buying and leasing process. What they may not realize is how the BMW subscription service might better fit their needs.

A lease can allow you to drive a car for a lower monthly sum than it takes to finance a purchase. For many, it’s a way to drive a nicer car without having a hefty down payment. However, when leasing, you are tied to that one vehicle for the term of your lease and you still have to find auto insurance and maintain the car.

Subscription plans allow you to “own” or “rent” a car month-to-month. This is perfect for those who don’t want the hassle of owning or maintaining a car year around. The BMW subscription service also includes insurance, maintenance, and roadside assistance as part of the subscription fee.

How Much Does It Cost?

BMW’s New Subscription Service I Fortune – Fortune Magazine – YouTube

The cost of the BMW vehicle subscription service is similar to that of other car companies. For between $2,000 and $3,700, BMW lovers can pick between various models such as the BMW M2, the 5 Series, and the X5.

For hybrid enthusiasts, the 530e iPerformance and X5 xDrive40e iPerformance are also available.

And if speed is your thing, then you might want to tool around town in the M4 convertible, M5, M6 convertible, X5M, or X6M.

As of now, the BMW vehicle subscription service is still in the testing phase. Nashville should allow them to learn and grow the program to better meet the needs of their customers before launching it across the country.

2018 BMW X2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW X2 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT: Engineering Feat of the Late 90s

Lamborghini Diablo GT: Engineering Feat of the Late 90s

The 1998-2001 Lamborghini Diablo GT

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In the 1990s, the Lamborghini Diablo was an iconic sports car that arrived in a ton of different variations. From 1998 to 2001, Lamborghini brought about the Diablo GT. The Lamborghini Diablo GT is a very limited production car with only 80 units in Europe. The Diablo GT differs from the other models due to its race orientation. This car didn’t only differ in minor aspects, but major as well.

6.0-Liter V12 with 575 Horsepower

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Rear Engine Bay - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Rear Engine Bay – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The original base Lamborghini Diablo model has a 5.7-liter V12 with 485 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque. On the other hand, the Lamborghini Diablo GT has a larger 6.0-liter V12 engine. This larger V12 produces 575 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. This equates to 90 additional horsepower and an increase of 37 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Diablo GT can reach 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds as well as a top speed of 215 mph. Unlike the other Diablo models, the buyer had the option of choosing gear ratios on this transmission. Lastly, the car has RWD for lower weight in comparison to AWD.

Exterior Alterations from Base Diablo Model

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On the exterior, the Lamborghini Diablo GT differs from it’s predecessors. Overall, the car features more aggressive bodywork including carbon fiber, a steel roof, and aluminum doors. The styling difference begins with the black carbon fiber front air dam, large brake ducts, and a central vent for the oil cooler. The front fenders are wider than the base Diablo with small NACA style corner vents. Inside the front trunk, a large air extractor withholds the space. Alone, these changes are enough to make this car stand out from the other Diablo models.

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On the rear end of the Lamborghini Diablo GT, the bumper and lamps were removed entirely. In place of the bumper, there is a carbon fiber diffuser. The back-up and fog lights were relocated into the tail lamps. Furthermore, there is a shielded large center-mounted exhaust pipe system. The rear also has a differing engine lid and a rear spoiler. On the roof, there is a large central ram air duct. Lastly, the car wears special 3-piece Oz wheels.

A Race Car Style Interior with Technological Options

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Interior - Pinterest - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Interior – Pinterest – EuroDrift

On the interior, the Lamborghini Diablo GT also differentiates itself from the base model. The interior begins with carbon fiber panels in its stripped-down appearance. Secondly, there is race-spec bucket seats with 4-point seat belt harnesses. Thirdly, there is a smaller steering wheel meant for racing. On the optional side, there is an Alpine LCD screen for GPS as well as a bumper-mounted back-up camera. Surprisingly, AC is a feature of the Diablo GT, unlike many other race inspired vehicles. Lastly, air bags are included but can optionally be omitted by the buyer’s request.

Original MSRP of Around $300,000

Lamborghini Diablo GT (16/80) loud sound: backfire, hard revving and accelerating! – nonsolonoia – YouTube

The Lamborghini Diablo GT is quite a rare and unique collector car. Initially, the MSRP of the Diablo GT was around $300,000 USD. Furthermore, being only limited to Europe, a few Diablo GT models were imported into the U.S. and some were even converted to meet US road-legal specs. Most units remain in Europe but if lucky enough, one may be spotted at a car meet in the U.S. In conclusion, the Lamborghini Diablo GT is a RWD V12 beast that showcases the end of 90s sports car era.

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Wide View Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Wide View Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S: A British Luxury Sedan

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S: A British Luxury Sedan

Aston Martin’s Luxury Sedan

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Rear with Doors Open - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Rear with Doors Open – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

In early 2010, Aston Martin introduced the Rapide luxury sedan to the world. The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S arrives in two different versions with slightly differing MSRPs. First, there is a Shadow Edition with a MSRP from $204,950. On the other hand, there is a base edition with a MSRP of $206,000. Surprisingly, the “special edition” is slightly cheaper than the base edition… that’s kind of odd, isn’t it? Either way, the Aston Martin Rapide is quite the unique British luxury sedan.

Development & Production of the Rapide

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Not surprisingly, the 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S basis is the Vanquish. The Vanquish is one of Aston Martin’s most well-known and respected vehicles. This made it the preferred vehicle for the transition into a 4-door sedan. The Rapide is currently in production at the Gadyon, England plant. Previously, from 2010 to 2012, the car was built in Graz, Austria.

6.0-Liter DOHC V12 with 560 Horsepower

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S sports a 6.0-liter QOHC 48-valve V12 engine. This motor withholds an aluminum block and heads as well as port fuel injection. Shockingly, the motor does not have a supercharger or turbo… just straight, raw power. At the peaks, the Rapide boasts 560 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine setup works in conjunction with the new 8-speed Touchtronic III ZF automatic transmission which shifts in just 130 milliseconds. The top speed of the Rapide is 203 mph. Overall, the Rapide has had a few overhauls in power with this being the newest design.

Quarter Mile in Only 12.4 Seconds

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S can hit 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 9.3 seconds. On the quarter mile, the Rapide S completes it in 12.4 seconds. Furthermore, on the 200-ft-diameter skid pad, the car has a road holding value of 0.93 g. For a luxury sedan, the Rapide is quite the performer. These values may not match the Vanquish, but they are absolutely fit for the track.

Features & Technology

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S has a handful of typical features and technology. First, the car has a LED lighting system, which most modern cars contain. Secondly, the car sports the usual technology such as Bluetooth, navigation, and radio. Thirdly, there is a push start button for turning on the vehicle. Lastly, the car wears 20” wheels which complement the design very nicely. Although this car isn’t very futuristic technology wise, it meets the minimal requirements of the current era.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Engine Start Button - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Engine Start Button – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Rapide is a True Luxury Sports Sedan

Aston Martin – Rapide S – The World’s Most Beautiful 4-Door Sports Car – Aston Martin – YouTube

The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S is a true luxury sports sedan. From it’s raw power V12 to it’s sporty design, this car offers the best of luxury and sport. With a MSRP of over $200,000, the ownership of this car is quite limited. This makes a car like this quite a spectacle to see on the road. For the luxury enthusiast, this car is a great complement to the car collection. In conclusion, the Rapide S is a great introduction of Aston Martin into the luxury sedan market.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Differential, Steering, & Suspension Diagram - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Differential, Steering, & Suspension Diagram – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni

The Gallardo Valentino Balboni Edition

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni - Front Corner with Valentino Balboni - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni – Front Corner with Valentino Balboni – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

For the 2010 model year, Lamborghini built the Gallardo Valentino Balboni edition. The 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni is a dedication to Valentino Balboni. Valentino Balboni has been a member of Lamborghini since 1967. Back then, Ferruccio Lamborghini hired Balboni to be a driver whose focus was on dynamic attribute development. Valentino Balboni has been in this position since 1973 but retired in 2008 and now goes around the world as an ambassador. Either way, Balboni has been a major contributor to the Lamborghini brand for over 40 years. Not surprisingly, the Balboni edition arrived with only 250 units.

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni - Front Overhead - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni – Front Overhead – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

5.2-Liter DOHC 40-Valve V10 Engine

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni sports a mid-engine 5.2-liter DOHC 40-valve V10 engine. This motor has aluminum block heads as well as direct fuel injection. This engine produces 542 base horsepower and 398 lb.-ft. of base torque. Furthermore, the motor works in conjunction with a 6-speed manual transmission. In combination with a RWD drivetrain, the Balboni is a beastly sports car. This vehicle is the first RWD Lamborghini since the Diablo.

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni - Rear Overhead - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni – Rear Overhead – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Differences from Base Lamborghini Gallardo

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni - Front Corner in White - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni – Front Corner in White – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni differs from the base Gallardo in a multitude of ways. Firstly, the Balboni edition has a 43/57 front-to-rear weight distribution ratio. This is due to alterations such as the transmission being relocated to the rear. Secondly, another alteration is the 45% limited-slip differential that works better with the RWD system. Thirdly, the suspension has stiffer anti-roll bars as well as spring and damper tweaks. Lastly, on the interior, the Balboni arrives with black leather that works together with contrasting white segments.

Optional Upgrades for the Balboni Edition

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Not surprisingly, the 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni offers quite a few expensive options. Firstly, Lamborghini offers heated electric seats for $3,630. Secondly, there is a carbon fiber engine dress-up option at $4,235. Thirdly, there is a ceramic brakes package at a steep price of $15,600. Yes, the options alone can add over $20,000 to the hefty price tag. The front brakes are 15” drilled, vented, carbon-ceramic discs with 14” versions in the rear. Furthermore, there are 3 caliper color options to go with the gray wheels. Either way, the Gallardo Balboni is quite an amazing feat of engineering.

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Balboni Performance Specifications

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni is a powerhouse of a vehicle with amazing performance specs. From 0 to 60 mph, the Balboni edition takes only 3.6 seconds. Furthermore, for 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 7.8 seconds. On the quarter mile, the Balboni completes it in 11.6 seconds at 124 mph. The 5.2-liter V10 allows for a top speed of 199 mph. On the braking side, the vehicle can stop from 70 mph in only 173 feet. Lastly, this car hits 0.93 g on the g-force turning tests.

One of the Most Unique Gallardo Models

A Dream Ride In The Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni – Motor Trend Channel – YouTube

The 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni edition is one of the most unique Gallardo models. Initially, the car’s MSRP was $225,795 but the 8-year depreciation leads to a current price of around $150,000. Furthermore, this car boasts some additional tech such as a back-up camera, Bluetooth, and navigation. The Balboni edition is probably the most collector’s edition model of the Gallardo. In conclusion, the Gallardo Balboni edition is a phenomenal piece of engineering from the past.

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