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DB5 Junior is the two-thirds scale EV for discerning, young Aston Martin enthusiasts

The Aston Martin DB5 Junior is designed for well-heeled junior drivers.

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The DB5 is one of the world's most iconic vehicles. From being the best supporting actor in early James Bond films to earning a spot on the list of the best British cars ever made, the Aston Martin DB5 is a beloved page in automotive history.

Now, a junior car model of the DB5 will usher in a new generation of Aston Martin enthusiasts. The brand has teamed up with The Little Car Company to create the DB5 Junior, a two-thirds scale electric junior car. The model too over 15 months to develop and utilized a 3D scene of the original DB5 to complete accuracy and authenticity.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior The car is made to fit an adult and a child.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

The DB5 Junior is about 3 meters long and 1.1 meters wide. It's designed to accommodate an adult and child side by side in a bucket seat, allowing for a multi-generational driving experience. It has a honeycomb chassis and a weight under 270 kg.

The car's electric powertrain delivers five kilowatts and 6.7 bhp to the rear wheels. It has a 30 mph top speed, which is regulated by billet aluminum accelerator and brake pedals.

According to a release, the DB5 Junior sports the same iconic Aston Martin 'wings', 'shield' and DB5 badges as the original 1963 model. "Like its big brother, the dashboard features functional Smiths instruments, which have been updated for the modern era. The fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter, while the oil temperature now monitors the motor temperature. The same Smiths clock as seen in the original 1960s car sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior The car wears the same badging as the original.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

A two-thirds scale steering wheel sits in front of the dash, but now has a racing-style quick release to make entry and exit easier for the driver. There are working headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a horn.

The DB5's iconic Silver Birch paint job is standard on the junior-sized car, with a black leather interior.

Like the original, the pint-sized car has a double wishbone suspension. There is also a period-correct live axle, with authentic upper and lower trailing arm suspension and Panhard rod.

The rig rides on 10-inch wire wheels, complete with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes that offer regenerative braking.

Power is transmitted to the ground through 10" wire wheels with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, complemented by regenerative braking. A rally-style handbrake is included.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior Ten-inch wheels are standard.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

Under the hood is a removable battery pack that delivers 10 to 20 miles of driving range, depending on driving style. A second battery can be added, and each pack can be swapped for a replacement in a matter of seconds.

The junior car also has three integrated selectable driving modes. Novice, Expert, and Race modes deliver a varying degree of power.

As with their modern Aston Martin, buyers of the DB5 Junior buyers can customize their model with an option to match their full-size version of the car. Each model will be available with a number of accessories including flight cases, additional batteries, covers, toolkits and custom number plates.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior The junior edition was created using the measurements of the original DB5.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

Every DB5 Junior owner will receive automatic membership of the respected Aston Martin Owners Club, three complete registers of the individual specification of all 1059 vehicles will be created for future provenance and authenticity. One copy will be held at Aston Martin's Gaydon Headquarters, one at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell (where the original DB5s were built) and one at The Little Car Company's headquarters.

In addition, all clients will receive complimentary membership of The Little Car Club which allows them to take part in exclusive events where they, their children and grandchildren can drive their DB5 Juniors on the most prestigious racetracks.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior A customizable number plate is available.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

Prospective buyers who wish to secure one of the limited-edition DB5 Juniors can visit www.thelittlecar.co/db5junior to place a fully refundable deposit on a first come, first served basis. When these build slots are full, a waiting list will be put in place.

Pricing for the DB5 Junior begins at £35,000 plus local taxes.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior The junior car has working taillights.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

Production commences in the UK in 2021, with deliveries taking place worldwide over the next two years.

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The F-Type P450 cars replace the P300 and P380 as part of the Jaguar lineup.

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Two new versions of the Jaguar F-Type are on the horizon. New versions of the model have been created to further the car's luxury proposition and both are powered by a roaring V8 engine. The new P450 variants replace the P300 and P380 models currently in the lineup. Jaguar is keeping the F-Type R around.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450

The 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 will be available as a coupe or convertible in P450 RWD or P450 R-DYNAMIC AWD grades. All varieties come with a 444-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood that achieves 428 pound-feet of torque. An electronic active differential is standard. In all configurations, the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The car has received minor exterior updates from the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

In a nod to its suburban buyers, the F-Type has a Quiet Star mode that allows a more subtle roar out the back side of the car upon startup. Drivers who don't care about keeping quiet can switch the car in to Dynamic mode and let the rumble out.

Each F-Type P450 rides on 20-inch wheels, has larger brakes than traditional F-Type models, and has the switchable exhaust. Double J-Blade daytime running lights feature up front while new slender rear lights allow the body of the car to speak for itself.

Buyers who get the F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD get bespoke badging; a gloss black front splitter, side sills, valance, and venturi; auto-dimming, power- folding, heated door mirrors with memory; and 20-inch Style 6003, split-spoke, gloss Dark Grey with Contrast Diamond Turned Finish Wheels.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The interior sports a refined appearance.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Monogram stitch patterns on the car's seats and interior accents in Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome enhance the interior. Additionally, there are "Jaguar Est.1935" markings on the center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. Six-way electric power seats are standard on F-Type P450 RWD, while F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD adds 12-way electric memory front seats, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, Delta Aluminum Center Console, and R-Dynamic branded metal treadplates as standard equipment.

A 12.3-inch driver information display is standard.

F-Type P450 is available in 11 standard exterior colors, and can be ordered in over a dozen custom SVO paint finishes. It starts at $69,900 for the P450 RWD Coupe and $79,900 for the R450 R-Dynamic AWD Coupe.

2022 Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the pinnacle of the Jaguar lineup with torque on-demand all-wheel drive, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, a double wishbone front and rear suspension, and electric power-assisted steering.

It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph thanks to its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard.

This model starts at $103,200.

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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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