Vintage & Classics

Everything old is new again: R-Reforged making Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins

R-Reforge is hand-crafting 19 pairs of Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins.

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You don't have to choose between the coupe or the speedster. If your wallet has enough cheddar you can take purchase one of the 19 sets of Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato models R-Reforged is crafting. The cars are R-Reforged's first project.

The limited edition cars, dubbed the "Heritage Twins", will be hand built in celebration of the centenary of the Zagato Atelier (1919-2019) and 60-year long partnership between the Milanese "Signature" and British sports car manufacturer. The cars will be manufactured at R-Reforged's new facility in Warwick, Warwickshire, England.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins Silver and gold feature prominently on the first two models to come out of the shop.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

The Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged are undoubtedly a highlight of our centenary celebrations," says Andrea Zagato, "A beautiful, bespoke and intrinsic part of our history and creative association with Aston Martin. To own these collectible cars will be a very personal and emotional experience."

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 includes a deployable rear wing.

Each of the models features a reworked version of the car's standard 5.9-liter 48-valve naturally aspirated engine to produce 85 bhp more than they did originally (600 bhp now).

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins The car features a deployable rear wing.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

Further, the design of the cars has been tweaked to inlcude 19-inch bespoke alloy wheels designed by APP Tech to give the car a more muscular look.

Marella Rivolta Zagato, who co-runs the Italian design house, specified the first two cars. She explained: "When I was selecting the body colours, I looked for something that would simultaneously represent our 100-year heritage and our future. The most symbolic colours are gold and platinum, which are precious metals. Gold, an emblem of purity and distinction, is in my mind a tribute to our first century. Platinum is resistant to corrosion and has great catalytic capabilities, which is what I wish for our next 100 years!"

Most of the models are already spoken for. Reserving a model starts with placing an order and accepting a bespoke gift box. Fro there, owners will specify every element of the Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged with the designers at Aston Martin St Gallen in Niederwil, Switzerland, before being invited to witness the team of skilled craftspeople at R-Reforged's newly-created 30,000 sq. ft facility in Warwick, UK, produce their cars.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins The interior of the models is completely vintage (with modern accents) and delivers a low-tech experience.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

The first two cars will be unveiled in summer 2020. Customer vehicle production will begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

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The 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition is a fresh addition to the company's lineup.

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Double takes aren't always good. In a curious twist, Toyota has decided to give its Highlander SUV bronze accents as part of a special edition model for 2022. The 2022 Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition will be positioned between the Hybrid XLE and Hybrid Limited in the company's lineup.

Each 2022 Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition gets bronze-colored accents on the exterior and interior, including 18-inch bronze wheels, bronze interior stitching, illuminated bronze door sills, and SofTex-trimmed seats with a fabric insert and bronze stitching. The SUVs also have unique floor and cargo mats.

Toyota will offer the new model with either a Cement or Wind Chill Pearl paint job.

2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition

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The new three-row SUV builds on the Highlander Hybrid XLE and is available in front- or all-wheel drive. It has the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine and two electric motors as other Highlander Hybrids. It gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined.

It gets hands-free power lift gate, rain-sensing wipers, a digital rearview mirror, 1500-watt power outlet, puddle lamps with the Highlander logo, in-dash ambient lighting, driver seat memory, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, and LED daytime running lights.

Some of the model's equipment is part of revisions to the Highlander product line for 2022 including a height/tilt power-adjustable passenger seat. For 2022, that feature will be standard on Highlander XLE and above trim levels.

Every new Highlander comes standard with Toyota's 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty. A 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty is also standard. Highlander Hybrid models have their hybrid components covered by a eight-year/100,000-mile warranty and the hybrid battery is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles. The battery warranty is transferrable between owners.

The 2022 Highlander Bronze Edition also comes with ToyotaCare, which covers normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage.

Pricing for the new SUV has yet to be announced.

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Motul has released a new line of lubricants for "rad" era vehicles.

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Motul has been around for 168 years, far longer than automobiles. The new Classic Line of lubricants have been specifically formulated for cars slightly newer, those that are members of the "rad" era. Motul's Classic Line features oils, detergents, and additives that the company has engineered to enhance the performance of older powertrains while offering improved protection.

Each Classic Line lubricant features an additive package with high-zinc (ZDDP) and molybdenum (moly) for reduced friction and increased power. Synthetic base oils and adapted detergent levels of each formulation are suited for metals and gasket materials that are common of the era of vehicle manufacturing. Advanced additives ensure that the lubricants meet or exceed American Petroleum Institute (API) standards.

Motul Eighties 10W30 Motul's Eighties formulation is made for forced induction engine vehicles.Photo courtesy of Motul

The Classic Line's products have high-adhesion properties that are designed to provide excellent cold flow properties to prevent engine wear during start-ups and to coat and protect engine internals and running gear during the periods of prolonged storage that collector vehicles often experience.

Motul Modern Classic Eighties 10W40 meets the needs of forced induction engines while Modern Classic Nineties 10W30 was designed for the demands of high-revving engines with more modern valvetrains. Both Modern Classic oils are the first products to offer high ZDDP and moly for "rad" era collector cars from these two decades.

To get the new 2100 Classic Oil 15W50, Motul revised its 2100 oil to better lubricate and protect naturally aspirated and forced induction engines with flat tappet cams common to the vehicles in the 1970s and beyond.

Motul Classic 10W50 Classic vehicles have different needs and their lubricants have a different formation than Eighties and Nineties branded oils.Photo courtesy of Motul

Classic Oil 20W50 is designed for hot rods, muscle cars, and collector vehicles, and uses additive packages fortified with ~1,800 ppm of ZDDP. According to Motul, this oil provides "improved protection for flat tappet or high-lift cams and high-performance engines with tighter tolerances and older elastomer gaskets; the medium detergent level also makes Classic Oil 20W50 an appropriate break-in oil for newly refurbished engines".

Straight-weight Classic Oil SAE 30 and SAE 50 are mineral monograde engine oils with low detergent levels, blended specifically for gasoline or diesel four-stroke engines generally produced before 1950.

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