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First Aston Martin V12 Zagato Coupé and Speedster by R-Reforged revealed

The first set of Aston Martin V12 Zagato twins has been delivered.

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R-Reforged has delivered its first set of twins, created to mark the centenary of Zagato, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged. These models were specified by Andrea and Marella Zagato and reserved for the private Zagato collection. Just 19 customer sets of the twins are available.

The hand-assembled models are styled at Zagato's Milan headquarters. The Italian design house has evolved the 2011 Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Coupé form and created a new, pure Speedster twin.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato Coup\u00e9 and Speedster by R-Reforged The twins are fraternal, but nearly adentical at the face.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

"The essence of this project was to create a perfect 'garage', comprising two desirable and collectable cars; Coupé and Roadster," says Andrea Zagato. "Limited to just 19 pairs, a significant number, recalling the year Zagato was formed, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged mark a remarkable milestone for the Milanese atelier. Despite having created over 450 models since our formation, we chose Aston Martin, which has surely been our most prestigious partner over the last 50 years, to mark this celebration. The cooperation with R-Reforged ensured that we could create an instant classic."

Each of the vehicles was created to join together two parts of the automotive world - iconic driver cars and the elegance of Zagato design cues that are synonymous with the Carrozzeria including a double bubble roof on the Coupe and 100th anniversary gold Z badging. The body of the cars is carbon-fiber and has had a 10 millimeter ride height reduction and a 20 millimeter stretched track. There's a new splitter and front wings as well as a sleeker tail.

Each of the models features a reworked version of the car's standard 5.9-liter 48-valve naturally aspirated engine and paired it with a performance aluminum air intake and titanium exhaust to produce 80 bhp more than they did originally (around 600 bhp now).

Aston Martin V12 Zagato Coup\u00e9 and Speedster by R-Reforged Some fresh exterior elements are easily seen on the models, like the double bubble roof and sleeker tail.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

Prototypes of the vehicles will be used to determine final geometry, damper settings, and spring settings in early 2021. Until the, the vehicles will be on simply at Aston Martin St. Gallen in Switzerland until early in the New Year before embarking on a global tour including the US and Europe.

Further, the design of the cars has been tweaked to include 19-inch bespoke alloy wheels designed by APP Tech to give the car a more muscular look. The wheels are wrapped in Pilot Sport 4S rubber.

The production of each vehicle took 400 hours. This includes the time it took to create the carbon weave before the application of the lacquer. Buyers can choose to have their carbon fiber lacquer tinted during the hardening process, or have their vehicle receive a paint color, which can be matched to any sample, whether matt, satin, or gloss.

Each car's interior is made of rich materials including Bridge of Weir's finest Grade A leather with an almost infinite range of colors, bespoke patterns and textures. Choices to-date include a mottled surface texture, just like that of a pebble, and gloss leather to complement the exterior body finish.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato Coup\u00e9 and Speedster by R-Reforged The car's interior can be color-matched to the exterior.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

Inside are sensory rich materials, including Bridge of Weir's finest Grade A leather with an almost infinite range of colours, bespoke patterns and textures. Choices to-date include a mottled surface texture and gloss leather to complement the exterior body finish.

Additional color choices include matching the horn push button on the steering wheel, the first time in the Vantage's history that has been done.

Each model is assembled in Warwick, U.K., at R-Reforged's newly expanded 2,800 square meter facility. Each car takes a team of 12 craftspeople 16 weeks to assemble. All cars are extensively stripped, analyzed, and refreshed before receiving over 500 new components to ensure the finished car is both aesthetically and performance wise pin sharp.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato Coup\u00e9 and Speedster by R-Reforged The model has had its horsepower cranked up as part of the redo.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

More than just the vehicles, the R-Reforged intends to give each buyer a number of specially tailors gifts. This starts with a Twins carbon fibre presentation case, cataloguing specification details using scale models and samples.

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Special edition Land Rover

Special Land Rover Defender stars in new James Bond film

The special Defender features several 007-inspired touches.

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James Bond and British vehicles go together like bread and butter. The spy's most well-known rides come from Aston Martin, but Land Rover isn't sitting out on the action. The 25th film in the Bond series, No Time To Die, premiers in just a few weeks, and with it, a new special edition Land Rover Defender. Land Rover's SV Bespoke division created the special Defender, which in addition to making an appearance on the silver screen, will be on sale for a limited run to 300 lucky Bond fans willing to shell out the cash.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The Defender gets exclusive infotainment animations.Land Rover


The villainous Defender is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty off-roader to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.1 seconds. The V8 is a recent addition to the Defender line, and comes paired here with unique suspension and transmission tuning, bespoke spring and damper rates, and a new electronic active rear differential.



2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The 007 Defender V8 get special puddle lights.Land Rover


Unique touches to the 007 Defender include "Defender 007" treadplates, special infotainment animations, and "007" exterior puddle lamps. The interior will get a laser-etched detail plate to denote its number among the 300 vehicles. No Time To Die will feature the Defender front and center, but it's not the only Land Rover in the film. Two Range Rover Sport SVR SUVs will also make an appearance, along with a Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series III.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition You'll need to be really into Bond to truly appreciate the special Defender.Land Rover


If you're more interested in seeing the Defender's time on screen than you are in getting behind the wheel, it hits theaters in the U.S. starting on October 8, 2021. The film will be the fifth and final movie to feature Daniel Craig as Bond. However, if you're really excited about the Defender, get ready to pay up. Prices start at $114,600 and supplies are extremely limited.

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Family driving

Can your family live with a convertible?

Convertibles are fun, but can your family handle the size and driving experience?

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Testing convertibles is always great fun, but they sometimes show up when the weather isn't ideal. Here in Maine, our drop-top driving season is fleeting, which can make for a tricky time driving with the top down. This year, however, a 2021 BMW 430i Convertible showed up in early August and I had an entire week of sun to soak up in the open air. I have two children, however, and own a three-row SUV to haul them, their friends, and all the accompanying gear. Squeezing into a convertible is possible and even fun at times, but it got me thinking: Could a convertible be a car we could live with on a daily basis? The answer for me is no, but there's more to the story, and I'm certainly not ruling out a drop-top purchase for my family at some point in the future.

Of course, none of this came as a surprise to me. Last year, I tested the BMW M850i Convertible, and while it was a blast, there was nothing about it that screamed "family car." This BMW is no different, but my younger daughter's shift to a booster seat from a full-size harness car seat made the back-seat fit for both of my kids much easier. Now, it's a little easier to see how the 430i Convertible could be a perfect weekend or summer car for a family that is already set with roomy daily drivers.

Here's how owning a convertible might play out for your family.


2021 BMW 430i Convertible The BMW 430i Convertible is premium, inside and out.BMW

Open-Top Fun – At a Cost

This BMW's price tag lands in the mid-$50,000 range with a few desirable options, which is about right for a premium brand convertible. There are much cheaper options to be had, however, in the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro. Both cars come in a convertible format and can be found for around half the price of the BMW. There are performance and luxury penalties when moving to the less expensive options, but for most people the draw of a convertible is the open-top experience itself. You don't absolutely need screaming performance or a top-notch interior to get the full convertible experience.

Good in Small Doses

My kids are over the moon about riding in a convertible for a while, and then spend the rest of the time complaining about noise, bugs, and wind. Rolling the side windows up helps, and models with a retractable rear windscreen are even better, but the reality is that some kids are not the best at dealing with outside-the-norm car experiences. More often than not, we'd end up driving for half an hour or so with the top down, a few more minutes with the windows up, and then the rest of the time with the top closed. That's no fun in a small car that feels even smaller with the top up.


2021 BMW 430i Convertible If your kids are like mine, the open-top experience comes with some tradeoffs.BMW

Weather Woes

I get that most of you don't live in Maine like I do, and that your spring, summer, and fall months extend longer throughout the year. You're able to enjoy the open-top driving experience more often than those of us in New England, but there will still be times that driving a convertible is less than enjoyable. If you live in Florida, for instance, how often are you going to want to drive with the top down when it's 90 degrees with 80 percent humidity under the bright sun? Even with the wind in your hair, that will get old. Keep this in mind if you're shopping for a convertible.

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