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Aston Martin launches two James Bond-themed Vantage and DBS Superleggera models

One of the models is available with a ski rack.

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The 25th James Bond film, "No Time to Die", was set to be released November 20 then pushed back to 2021. Before it arrives on screen, a collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, will bring new 007 editions of the Aston Martin Vantage and DBS Superleggera to a garage near you.

"No Time to Die" will feature four Aston Martin models: the iconic DB5; the classic Aston Martin V8; the brand's latest super GT, DBS Superleggera; and the Aston Martin Valhalla – the company's forthcoming mid-engined hypercar.

The special editions have been crafted by Aston Martin's bespoke division: Q by Aston Martin.

Aston Martin Vantage 007 Edition

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The Aston Martin Vantage 007 Edition is inspired by the original Aston Martin V8, which made its debut in "The Living Daylights" in 1987 and is featured in "No Time to Die". The movie sees James Bond uncover the car from his personal lock-up in London.

The Vantage 007 Edition gets unique exterior styling including a bespoke mesh grille with chrome bezel that references the look of the brand's classic V8. It will have a Cumberland Gray exterior and Obsidian Black leather and dark chrome interior. 007 branding can be found on the center console of cars equipped with a manual gearbox.

The sun visors of all the cars features a subtle film reference in the shape of an embroidered radio station frequency – 96.60 (FM) – which 007 buffs will know was the Russian police frequency Bond used to aid his escape in "The Living Daylights".

Q by Aston Martin has given the Vantage 007 Edition carbon fiber setbacks and the outline of cello "f holes" inspired by the memorable cello chase scene featuring James Bond (Timothy Dalton) and Kara Milovy (Maryam D'Abo).

There is a dashed yellow diffuser that is inspired by the hazard stripes on the film car's rockets. The Vantage 007 Edition can even be delivered with a set of "The Living Daylights"-inspired limited edition skis and ski rack – referencing the "winterized" V8 saloon from the film.

A laser-etched gadget plaque references the various weapons and devices seen on the original film car. These included a rocket motor, missiles, lasers, a targeting display and ski outriggers. Cross hairs etched onto the car's paddle shift gear levers allude to the missile guidance system seen in the film.

Just 100 Vantage 997 editions will be made.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 007 Edition

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The 715-horsepower DBS Superleggera 007 Edition is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12. It has a Ceramic Gray exterior with roof, mirror caps, splitter, diffuser and rear Aeroblade IITM featured in black tinted carbon fiber. The model has unique Gloss Black diamond-turned Y-Spoke 21-inch wheels.

A 007 fender badge, finished in chrome with a black enamel infill and Stainless Steel Silver 007 foil, has been applied to the rear spoiler blade.

The interior of the model features leather upholstery with red detailing. Subtle 007 branding can be found on the door cards, armrest buckle badge and on the rear sub-woofer cover. The car is finished with a sill plaque that recognises it is one of just 25 DBS Superleggera 007 Editions.

The DBS Superleggera 007 Edition with a recommended retail price from RRP £279,025 and the Vantage 007 Edition with a recommended retail price from RRP £161,000 are on sale separately now. First deliveries will begin in Q1 2021.

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Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 delivers new safety and driver assistance tech to the company's 2021 model lineup.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made public a list of proposed upgrades to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). NCAP testing addresses the crashworthiness of a vehicle as well as the vehicle's headlight functionality. These new proposed measures go even further, putting driver assistance and safety technology to the test.

Automakers often strive to achieve the highest score possible in NCAP testing, wearing their five-start safety ratings and Top Pick designations as badges of honor in marketing campaigns.

"Thanks in part to NCAP, new vehicles today are much safer than a generation ago," said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. "Even so, there are still too many fatalities and serious injuries in crashes every year, so it is critical that vehicles keep getting safer in the future, and a modernized NCAP will better enable American families to select vehicles with the safety features they want."

The immediate planned update to NCAP testing includes four advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS): lane keeping support, pedestrian automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and blind spot intervention. Engineers have designed these four specific technologies to mitigate high-frequency and high-risk crash types.

NHTSA is currently seeking public input on how best to develop a rating system for ADAS technologies.

"These upgrades will make NCAP more dynamic," Deputy Administrator Owens said. "American car buyers want safety, and NHTSA wants to empower them with comparative safety information about vehicles in the market. This information creates powerful market-based incentives for automakers to invest in advanced safety technologies that will save lives and prevent injuries."

The NHTSA began testing vehicles in 1978. The first tests examined frontal impact protection and used data from crash test dummies. The five-star safety rating system was established in 1993 and have been steadily increasing the scope of the testing over the last two decades.

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The Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Légendes du Ciel" edition pays homage to vintage aircraft.

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In the aftermath of World War I, company founder Ettore Bugatti showcased the first three vehicles made by the company that bore his name. They were race cars and Bugatti found itself at the pinnacle of the sport very quickly.

By 1930, the company would begin its relationship with the aerospace industry, first with the Bugatti 100P, which never actually flew due to World War II, but served as the inspiration for a number of patents that are filed by the company. The plane went into storage as the Second World War kicked off and Mr. Bugatti would never again work on it during his lifetime.

Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Légendes du Ciel" edition

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Bugatti is honoring its racing and aviation past with a new series of Chiron Sport models dubbed "Les Légendes du Ciel". The drivers who piloted the Bugattis to success in the early 1900s were often time multitalented with resumes declaring them flying aces, daredevils, and technically skilled pilots.

"Bugatti has had close associations with aviation since the company was established more than 110 years ago. Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist and Bartolomeo 'Meo' Costantini, flew for the French Air Force, the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. "It is therefore almost an obligation for us today to pay tribute to the legends of that time and dedicate a special edition to them."

Each of the new models features a special, matte gray "Gris Serpent" paint job, which is inspired by the exterior color of aircrafts from the 1920s. The color extends front to rear with high-contrast, which gloss stripe running up the center. The front wings are adorned with the "Les Légendes du Ciel" logo. The "Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge" tricolor decorates the front area of the side sills made of exposed black carbon fiber.

At the front is Bugatti's traditional horseshoe radiator grille, finished in gloss black. The grille mesh is made of laser-cut and deep-drawn aluminum, and constructed in a dynamic pattern that that is repeated on the car's leather seats. Entry lights project the edition logo on the ground at entry while "Les Légendes du Ciel" logo on the middle console inlays.

Bugatti has covered the engine with black exposed carbon fiber with contrasting white lettering. The material continues at the back where black exposed carbon fibre and a black-coated exhaust trim cover made of 3D printed, high-temperature-resistant Inconel dominate.

The car's interior is almost entirely upholstered in leather. The leather's light brown color was chosen to be reminiscent of the natural leather in early aircrafts. On the door panels there is a hand-sketched racing scene between the Nieuport 17 aircraft and a Bugatti Type 13.

The new Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Légendes du Ciel" edition is limited to 20 vehicles. Every model is independently numbered and costs $3.5 million.

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