New Aston Martin for Under $100k? Only in America

Aston Martin is a name long associated with prosperity and power. The expensive luxury cars created by Aston Martin are simply out of reach to many–which naturally makes them objects of lust and envy. Not that they will now be cheap, but there will soon be a special edition 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT model available in the United States for $99,900. Outstanding, chaps!

2015 Aston MartinAn accessible Aston Martin? The less expensive GT Aston Martin V8 Vantage cars will be offered in a variety of racy color schemes. Which is your favorite?

2015 Aston Martin GT

The special edition GT version of the 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show. The standard version will start at $99k with a carbon edition available for $199,995. The dynamic duo will only be available at those rates for the North American market and it will be offered in both coupe and convertible forms.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT at a glance:

  • Powerful V8 engine, as expected.
  • Option of either six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. Both produce a top speed of approximately 190 miles per hour, so it will simply come down to driver preference when selecting a gearbox.
  • That signature body of Aston Martin elegance and poise.
  • Cool racing inspired cockpit.

2015 Aston Martin

While they are still not quite classified as “affordable”, there will be brand new Aston Martin cars in America with a price tag below $100k. The sub-$100k Aston will take hopes to new levels by allowing some to afford something previously out of budget. 

The next generation of the Aston Martin V8 engine will be aided considerably by the minds at Mercedes AMG. These two Aston Martin versions could be the last of their kind, which coupled with the pricing, should ensure their success in the American market.

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The Land Rover Infotainment System Isn’t Terrible

There are plenty of infotainment systems out there for a variety of automobiles. Some are user-friendly, operating with relative ease, and some are a jumbled nightmare of unkept promises. The Land Rover infotainment system isn’t terrible, and downloads onto Apple or Android. Land Rover’s InControl apps system has been in development for some time, and is poised to be as large and powerful as the luxury SUVs it enhances.

Land Rover infotainment systemThe idea of the automobile merging with the smartphone to create a science fiction rolling film is pretty awesome—and it is beginning to happen. As the disconnect between cars and devices continues to grow smaller, the unexpected perks grow.

How the Land Rover InControl apps system works:

  • The companion app must be downloaded onto a device. It works the same with both iPhone or Android, so do not fear.
  • Once the device is plugged into the USB port of the vehicle, it becomes useless as a handset and functions as the beating heart for the beast.
  • All compatible apps will appear on the display screen for users to download if they choose.
  • There is no struggle to use the apps–it is the same as using them on the device.
  • Calls are easy to make and playlists of music can be accessed for the drive, which is nice.
  • A special partner app can read aloud to the driver and another is there to ensure drivers can attend conference calls from the road. This is a fantastic way to avoid missing important emails and business during long commutes or business trips.

Land Rover infotainment systemOverall, the Land Rover infotainment system is off to a galloping start. Is it completely flawless? No. Is it simple to use and able to deliver the important stuff? Absolutely.

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Just a Range Rover Convertible Rolling Around Dubai

Just when you think you have seen it all, an automobile leaves you speechless. Check out this Range Rover convertible spotted in Dubai. It is understandable that one would wish to drop the top in Dubai, as it is scorching hot, but this is clearly a devoted Range Rover client and nothing else would do!


This Range Rover convertible was tweaked to suit the needs of its Dubai owner. What do you think of the beast with its top removed?

Range Rover convertible

Only the best exotic vehicles occupy the streets of Dubai, so this is actually a Range Rover supercharged. While there are plenty of images out there for Range Rover convertible concepts, this guy apparently could not hold his horses and wait it out, opting for an aftermarket conversion. Newport Convertible Engineering, with the Range Rover being among their specialties, did the conversion. They removed the roof of the sporty SUV with the door frames intact, did away with the C and D pillars and the glass around the boot. A brace was placed between B pillars for added strength and, of course, a convertible top. Range Rover Evoque convertible concept

The Range Rover Evoque convertible concept has been around for a while. Rumors have gone back and forth regarding whether the Evoque convertible will actually hit production, but it does not actually look awful. 

Range Rover convertible

The Newport Convertible Engineering Range Rover option offers a power operated roof and tiny rear window. The convertible conversion option is offered in a handful of Land Rover dealerships around the world and clearly has a bit of traction in the market. It can be thought of as a more powerful and prestigious Jeep that detests the thought of getting dirty off-roading.

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Video: Watch 3 LaFerrari Cars Race at an Exclusive Event

The amazing LaFerrari packs 960 Prancing Horses, a $1.4 million dollar price tag and just 499 will be made. That makes the video below of 3 LaFerrari cars caught lapping at Monza a truly rare and special treat!

3 LaFerrari Cars Race

It did not take long for all 499 LaFerrari hypercars to find homes, as over 1,000 expressed interest. Buyers were cherry-picked by Ferrari under strict guidelines in a process that left many feeling like contestants on a reality show with eliminations.

Because of the absolute rarity of the LaFerrari, seeing three of them just chilling out together in the same place is unforgettable. As some do not know, the Ferrari Corse Clienti program most often keeps the cars in pristine condition and clients fly in to visit and drive them when they have time. This was likely the case with the 3 LaFerrari cars. There are other supercars present on the track in the video, but the mini-fleet of LaFerrari cars outshines them all.

Three LaFerrari cars hit the track at Monza during a Ferrari Corse Clienti event recently. Listen to that glorious rumble and watch the triplets get it on the course!

The LaFerrari hypercar at a glance, to refresh the memory:

  • She is a HY-KERS hybrid packing 960ish Prancing Horses via a 6.3-liter V12 and two electric motors.
  • The traditional engine produces around 800 horses with the electric motors tacking on 160 more.
  • Power flows to an F1 style dual-clutch gearbox.
  • 663 pound-feet of torque.
  • Performance specs for the LaFerrari are impressive, with a 0-60 mile per hour jump of 3.0 seconds and a top speed or around 217.

3 LaFerrari Cars RaceWe look forward to seeing more LaFerrari cars out and about, and to the track-only LaFerrari XX that is in the development cycle now!

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Viking Chopper Designed by Henrik Fisker

The legendary design force that is Henrik Fisker is now trying his hand in the two-wheel arena. Fisker joined forces with Danish design house Lauge Jensen to craft a one-off chopper named the Viking chopper.

Viking chopper

The fuel tank looks like a drop of water in the wind, giving off the impression that the chopper is perpetually moving, even while parked. 

The Viking concept chopper is a hefty 660-pound powerhouse packing a 45-degree V-twin air-cooled engine. She kicks out 100 horses via a six-speed transmission and hits a top speed of 130 miles per hour.

Viking chopper

Everything Henrik Fisker devotes his touch to turns to gold, like this Viking chopper. Created alongside Lauge Jensen, it is a one-off wonder and Fisker’s first dive into the motorcycle arena. 

The design cues are sleek with the components effortlessly blending into one another using their shapes. The end result is an aggressive yet aesthetically pleasing chopper that would look fantastic for any outing. Fisker is best known for his work in the luxury automotive design sector, with the following gems gracing his portfolio:

  • The Fisker Karma
  • BMW Z8
  • BMW 6 Series
  • Aston Martin DB9
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  • Mercedes-Benz SL
  • Tesla Model S
  • Artega GT
  • And more

Viking chopper

Lauge Jensen is a Danish custom bike shop, similar to our ‘Orange County Choppers’…only…Danish. It is owned by Anders Kirk Johansen, of the Lego empire. The Viking chopper will join the likes of the Great Dane, which currently sells for around $60k. The Viking will likely demand a larger sum, with the Fisker name association and the fact that it is his first-ever motorcycle design. What will be next for Fisker, high-speed rails and private jets?

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Most Expensive: Engine Shaped Coffee Machine

Some compare their coffee of choice to ‘jet fuel’. Now java addicts lovers who happen to also be automotive aficionados have the option of obtaining their favorite drink from an engine shaped coffee machine. The ‘Espresso Veloce Serie Titanio’ coffee maker will be offered in V8, V10 or V12 engine format for the lofty sum of $16,500.

engine shaped coffee machine

If money is no object, buyers can begin their day with a little engine work that will offer plenty of horsepower in return. This could be considered true coffee engineering–geared toward a perfectly tuned workday. 

Imagine the jolt of making coffee in a fantasy engine. The Espresso Veloce Serie Titanio is made from high-quality materials like titanium, aluminum, and stainless steel. Overall, there are around 100 precision components to this fast little number, complete with authentic exhaust pipes where the coffee is ejected into cool piston cups. To add interest to the process of making the morning brew, the tips turn blue when heated. Gentlemen, start your engines, indeed!

engine shaped coffee machine

The attention to detail is fantastic. One could dream up an entire workspace to build around this little engine that could. 

Only 500 lucky (rich) coffee drinkers will be using it, as that is the amount prescribed for the initial production run. To add to the excitement, there will be a special edition ‘Nero black’ carbon fiber version of the V8, V10 and V12 dubbed the ‘Serie Carbonio Nero black carbon fiber version’. There is a need for several of these coffee engines at every corner coffee shop in the world…and that is my opinion.

engine shaped coffee machine

Notice how the pipes turn blue when the coffee heats them. 

engine shaped coffee machine

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Most Expensive: Taste of Diamonds Champagne Costs as Much as a Bugatti Veyron

For those who have a thirst for the insane, there is ‘Taste of Diamonds’ Champagne. This bubbly can be purchased for the reasonable rate of just $1.8 million per bottle…or about the same as a brand new Bugatti Veyron hypercar. Created by luxury connoisseur Alexander Amosu, this could be the most expensive Champagne in the world.

Taste of Diamonds Champagne

Taste of Diamonds Champagne is hard to swallow at $1.8 million per bottle. Would you rather have a bottle of bubbly and a shiny rock, a Bugatti Veyron or a lifetime of unlimited supercar rentals? 

Taste of Diamonds Champagne

If the price sounds a little steep, relax–Taste of Diamonds Champagne bottles come encrusted with a 19-karat diamond and a bit of 18-karat gold. Unlike the million-dollar vodka, there is something left behind to remember this purchase…unless some idiot makes a bet and swallows the diamond. Stranger things have happened on an upscale night on the town. Outrageously expensive cocktails and signature bottles are not a new thing, but when they soar to the million-dollar and up range they become legend. Still, for that price one could own a variety of supercars or some of the fastest and most amazing specimens out there, like a Hennessey Venom GT or a Bugatti Veyron.

Taste of Diamonds Champagne

The bottle was designed to draw to mind the extravagance and spirit of the roaring 20s. Each one is personalized with the buyer’s name on a gold tag with the brand logo. The labels can, of course, be customized in any way for $1.8 million USD.

Taste of Diamonds Champagne

Goût de Diamants is the brand responsible for ‘Taste of Diamonds’ Champagne, which will likely be enjoyed responsibly at nearly $2 million a pop. 

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Ferrari Sporting Activities Department Poised to Deliver Faster Toys

To close the gaps between the Ferrari Formula One program and Corse Clienti customer racing, the Ferrari Sporting Activities Department has formed. This new department will seamlessly connect activities and perks of both arenas to effectively power up the track segments and efforts. This will lead to faster connections and cars for the Prancing Horse right out of the stable.

Ferrari Sporting Activities DepartmentMuch like the photo above, it takes many hands to keep Ferrari running smoothly both on and off the track. It is that very same idea that has led to the creation of the Ferrari Sporting Activities Department. 

The Ferrari Sporting Activities Department will be led by Antonello Coletta, who will in turn report directly to Stefano Domenicali, the Ferrari Formula One team principle. I, for one, would love to sit in on those meetings! Coletta will have a broad overview of all Ferrari racing and Corse Clienti endeavors. Corse Clienti was created in 2001 to give clients the opportunities to compete against one another in special races and for Ferrari to turn their feedback into engineering results. The Ferrari F1 program is, of course, the Scuderia racing team. The Ferrari Challenge and Corsa Clienti must be interconnected in some ways to form the optimum Ferrari experience for both team members and clients. The Horse is certainly prancing in the right direction.

Ferrari Sporting Activities DepartmentThe perks of this new department and inter-department relationship are abundant. It will essentially serve as a gateway to eliminate the gray areas between sections and secure a more stable overall approach to what Ferrari is capable of on the track for both clients and racers. The team is looking forward to a successful season and is currently developing a track-only version of the fabulous LaFerrari.

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Adrenaline Rush:Track Only LaFerrari XX Coming

For the Ferrari fans, there will soon be a track only version of the hyperbeast that is the LaFerrari. She will be dubbed the LaFerrari XX, with the XX being a designation assigned to the experimental Prancing Horses in the stable.

LaFerrari XXLaFerrari will have a track-only sister very soon. 

LaFerrari XX will join the likes of the FXX, FXX Evolution, 599XX and 599XX Evolution in its development process. With the LaFerrari already a stunning specimen of what a supreme hypercar can be, it should be equally intoxicating in track format. Antonello Coletta, head of Ferrari’s new Sporting Activity Department, spilled the good news. Coletta stated the following: “Now we are working on the new hypercar for the circuit, the LaFerrari XX. I hope that the new car will arrive on the circuit in January or February of next year.”

LaFerrari XXThe main focus of the track-only LaFerrari will not be in altering the performance specifications, but rather, tweaking the handling of the monster for improved track use. When they finish with LaFerrari, she should be fit to maneuver a track flawlessly with all 950 horses behind her. LaFerrari was engineered for road use, so it is only natural that some changes be made for a separate purpose, including weight reduction, wheels, tires, suspension, electronic stability, traction control, downforce and aerodynamics.  LaFerrari XXThe Ferrari XX cars are mostly kept and maintained by Ferrari itself, with the owners visiting the vehicles on occasion and providing important feedback on their performance. It is like a legal visitation schedule for only the most loyal and elite Ferrari customers. Will the track only LaFerrari always be an XX? It is possible, and we never see a Ferrari XX model made available to just anyone!

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The Lexus NX SUV is an Interestingly Sexy Beast

The Lexus NX SUV was cleverly designed to look like it was cast from a single piece of material. The sleek and sexy beast has hit the scene with all the right attributes and is taunting the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.

Lexus NX SUV

Lexus NX is a bold approach to the luxury SUV. She is all modern inside and out, and gathering her fair share of stares prior to the official reveal. 

Lexus NX SUV

The Lexus NX appears to be a toned-down version of the much more outgoing and bulky Lexus LF-NX concept. Both members of the family are geared towards turning heads with their futuristic appearances and modern amenities. The best description of this I have read so far came from the fellows at Top Gear, who commented that the NX SUV “Appears as though it wishes to devour pedestrians whole.”

Lexus LF-NX concept

The hefty LF-NX concept

Lexus NX SUVThe Lexus NX SUV at a glance:

  • That signature spindle grille
  • There will be 3 powertrain options: A petrol-electric NX300h, petrol NX200 and a turbocharged NX200t petrol option.
  • The NX200t version will be the first turbo engine from Lexus. It is a 2.0-liter four with VVT-iW and has the capacity to operate as an Atkinson cycle engine with Otto cycle at higher speeds. The transmission is a 6-speed automated.
  • The NX300h will supply a 2.5-liter four with Lexus Hybrid Drive and a CVT gearbox. This one utilizes the Atkinson Cycle constantly.
  • The NX models also provide a nifty charging tray for devices, among other creature comforts and luxuries.
  • The standard shoes for this lady are 225/60 tires ensconcing either 17 or 18-inch rims.

Lexus NX SUVThe official reveal will be at the Beijing Auto Show next week and she may be on display during the New York Auto Show as well.

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