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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", is set to be released November 20. First, 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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The new RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car showcases the future of the Hyundai brand.

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Hyundai debuted the RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car this week, showcasing what isn't the beginning but what is very much the future of what the Hyundai brand will offer. The electric-based high-performance race car, like those designed by other manufacturers is a proving ground for technologies that may be employed in Hyundai passenger vehicles in the future.

Hyundai has been quite open about this calling the platform the RM20e is based on, the RM development platform, will be used for future N brand products that are inspired by the car. This follows as part of the progressive evolution of the car with previous iterations bearing the names RM14, RM15, RM16 and RM19.

RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car

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Hyundai's first electric race car was developed for the eTCR electric touring car series in 2019 - the Veloster N eTCR.

"Our new electrified RM20e pushes the proven RM platform forcefully into a new, environmentally-focused decade of the 21st century, stretching the performance envelope of electrification on normal road environments," said Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research and Development Division at Hyundai Motor Group. "RM20e represents a revolutionary new chapter of electrified performance for the Racing Midship series, and our N engineers continue to garner valuable insights in the arena of zero-emission performance dynamics."

The mid-engined, rear-wheel drive RM20e features a powertrain that achieves 810 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque thanks to its electric motor. It can get from zero to 62 mph in less than three seconds and to 124 mph from a standstill in 9.88 seconds.

Hyundai says that the RM20e combines "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip while retaining daily-driver quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability".

The propulsion system driving the car, as well as the equipment that helps it achieve the "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip" are part of Hyundai's larger plant to develop hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Hyundai isn't working alone. The company has formed a strategic partnership with Rimac Automobili to co-develop battery and fuel cell electric vehicle prototypes.

Additionally, Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of the Hyundai, Genesis, Kia, and new Ioniq brand, has committed to addinng 44 "eco-friendly" models by 2025.

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The 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback has debuted but Americans will have to wait around six months to get one.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the traditional dimensions of the Audi Q5 and shaves some off the back of the roof to creating a more sloping design. The result is a model that fits right into Audi's lineup.

At the front of the new all-wheel drive model is an octagonal Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air inlets. The car's headlights feature daytime running lights with the buyer's choice of LED or matrix-design LED technology. At the rear are taillights that feature OLED lighting technology split into three ties of six segments each.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback

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Like the roof, the car's windows taper as the design of the vehicle flows backward. Its rear bumper appears to be high-mounted.

Base Audi Q5 Sportback models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The SQ5 will come standard with adaptive dampers and has an available air suspension and dynamic steering capability.

Each model has Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be optioned to include a 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver as well as virtual cockpit and head-up display technologies. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation. The system allows for multiple user profiles.

The Audi phone box and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound are available.

Inside the cabin, the car has a rear bench seat the can be shifted laterally as well as forward and aft. The seat also reclines.

Each Q5 Sportback comes with a standard hands-free power tailgate.

Buyers can option their model to include numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear, lane departure warning, and Parking System Plus.

The 2020 Audi Q5 starts at $43,000. Expect the Sportback model to be slightly pricier when it arrives in the U.S. in the first half of 2021. It will be assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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