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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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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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Rare V8 roadster

This BMW Z8 is worth its price tag

The BMW Z8 is a modern classic.

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We could spend all day bemoaning car auctions' impact on vehicle pricing. Sites like Bring a Trailer and Cars and Bids invite frenzied buyers to offer wild sums of money for cars that might otherwise be considered ordinary. Some vehicles on those sites, however, are worth the coin, and we think this 2001 BMW Z8 is one of them. The 22,000-mile car's auction is almost over at the time of this post, and its sky-high price tag is actually warranted. The BMW Z8 is exceedingly rare to begin with, but this car's color combination of black over tan leather makes it even more of a unicorn, as only 229 were made in that combination.


BMW Z8 The Z8 took inspiration from BMW's classic roadsters.Bring a Trailer


Even the car's designer is noteworthy. Though he may be focusing on his own electric vehicle brand now, Henrik Fisker's 12-year run at BMW was the stuff of legend. Fisker's work included the design for the Z8, as well as contributions of the original X5 SUV, which is now part of an expansive BMW SUV and crossover lineup.

The Z8 reached legend status when it shuttled Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in The World Is Not Enough, but the cars were (and are) worthy of standing on their own. Under the hood, BMW installed a 394-horsepower 4.9-liter V8, which gave the car a claimed 0-62 mph time of just 4.2 seconds. That power reached the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, and this car has had maintenance performed to keep the drivetrain purring for years to come.


2001 BMW Z8 This Z8's color combination makes it exceedingly rare.Bring a Trailer


If you're wondering where this Z8's current bid price of $162,500 lands on the car's overall value spectrum, there's some good news, depending on how you view spending six figures on a car. Hagerty estimates that a Z8 in good condition should draw around $155,000, while a car in excellent condition should get $199,000. This car's mileage and condition match up with its price, which falls on the lower end of that range, and should allow it to be an actual driver for the right person. After all, what's the fun of buying a car just for display?

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