Zagato has revealed two special projects that pay tribute to Aston Martin’s 100th Anniversary: the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial and the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, commissioned by private collectors.
The DB9 Spyder Centennial was conceived for the well known American car collector Peter Read, while the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial was delivered to a young and prestigious Japanese entrepreneur.
In 2001 Dr. Ulrich Bez approved a design for the DB7 Zagato, which was inspired and financed by the Zagato team, comprising of Andrea and Marella Zagato and Peter Read, a long time enthusiast and collector of Aston Martins.
Due to the success of the DB7 Zagato (all 99 units were sold at the Paris Motor Show prior to production) and with the approval and collaboration of Aston Martin, the same team designed, developed and produced a one-off DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial.
This creation pays tribute to the heritage of Aston Martin’s Centenary. As Peter Read explains, “The DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial perfectly merges Aston Martin and Zagato’s DNA by combining the elegance of design, typical of Zagato, with the soul, power and prestige of Aston Martin, all developed over the last 100 years. This car personifies the timelessness of the Aston Martin/Zagato marque.”
Porsche has presented the new generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the model and featuring enhanced dynamics and improved efficiency.
The 2014 911 Turbo is based on a new lightweight chassis with a 100 mm longer wheelbase and larger 20-inch wheels. It is equipped with all-wheel drive, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights.
Powers come from the turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct injection, which produces 520 hp (383 kW) – 560 hp (412 kW) in the S model.
The unit has two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry and is coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
Up: the 911 Carrera – down: the new 911 Turbo S Coupé
The 911 Turbo with the optional Sport Chrono Package accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds (3.1 seconds for the Turbo S). The car’s top speed is 318 km/h, while the fuel efficiency technologies have reduced NEDC fuel consumption by up to 16 per cent to 9.7 l/100 km.
The new top models of the 911 line-up series will go on sale at the end of September 2013. In Germany, the 911 Turbo costs 162,055 euros; the new 911 Turbo S costs 195,256 euros, including VAT and country-specific features.
The trademark wide rear body panels of the new generation 911 Turbo are 28 mm wider than on the 911 Carrera 4 models – they feature a nearly level surface, about the width of a hand, between the C-pillar and the outer edge of the car body.
Other differentiating characteristics include two-tone forged 20-inch wheels – on the 911 Turbo S they have hub wheel locks.
The Turbo S is also equipped with full-LED headlights that feature four-point daytime running lights and dynamic, camera-based main beam control.
The active aerodynamic system includes a retractable three-stage front spoiler, whose segments can be pneumatically extended, and a deployable rear wing with three adjustable wing positions.
The interior was completely redesigned in both 911 Turbo models, and it builds on the 911 Carrera family.
The S model offers an exclusive interior in a black/carrera red colour combination and adaptive sport seats plus with 18-way adjustment and memory.
In addition, the seat backrest shells are leather upholstered with double cap seams and various elements in carbon look.
Like on the previous models, the Bose sound system is installed as standard; for the first time, a Burmester system is also available as an optional feature. A radar- controlled cruise control system, camera-based road sign recognition and speed limit recognition are other new options being offered.
Rear axle steering
A new introduction for the 2014 911 Turbo is the rear axle steering, a system that consists of two electro-mechanical actuators instead of the conventional control arms on the left and right of the rear axle.
The steering angle of the rear wheels can be varied by up to 2.8 degrees, depending on vehicle speed. At speeds up to 50 km/h, when the front wheels are turned the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction.
This actually corresponds to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase by 250 mm. The system lets the car turn faster into the bend and offers more dynamic steering response. This also simplifies maneuvering and parking.
At speeds above 80 km/h, the system steers the rear wheels parallel to the turned front wheels. This is equivalent to a virtual lengthening of the wheelbase by a significant 500 mm and gives the sports car increased stability, especially at high speeds.
At the same time, the steering input by the driver leads to significantly faster build-up of lateral force at the rear axle, which initiates the change in direction more spontaneous and harmoniously.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, first rendered in 2010, has been revealed in the flesh and tested on the open road. This sharp Italian supercar was once just an idea, but it’s ready to break records and pocket books here in 2013. The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is powered by a 570HP V10 engine that can accelerate to 60mph in just 2.5 seconds, one of the fastest acceleration times we’ve ever put down in virtual print. It does so by fusing that engine to a lightweight body design, weighing just 2200 pounds next to the curb. With this incredible power comes a design of its own, showing off that signature Lamborghini sharpness. Check out the video below to see the prototype in action. We were originally hoping this one would be more than just a rendering, so we’re thrilled to see it in the flesh.
This is not Kahn Design’s first tuning kit for the Ferrari 458 Spider. The the first was unveiled back in 2012 and just like this latest one, it only includes exterior and interior upgrades.
The new package starts with a lowered suspension and features a new front section and rear styling details painted in black. The car sits on Monza forged alloy wheels finished in any desired color with black painted calipers peeking through the rims.
For the exterior, the tuner opted for a very nice Grigio Alloy paint and replaced the fabric roof with a new, folding hardtop. The roof folds in 14 seconds, and is 25 kg (55 pounds) lighter than the original top.
For the interior, the only update offered is the addition of a luxurious Nero trim. As usual, Kahn offers its clients the possibility to opt for any desired color, leather or any other imagined material.
As usual, Kahn Design is not a tuner that offers tons of upgrades on a car, but limits to change only the essentials and this new package is no exception to the norm. Kahn focused on only improving the general look of the car, with no upgrades to improve handling or aerodynamic features; after all, a Ferrari really doesn’t require such updates.
Buyers get get a new range of colors, and new front and rear sections with a matte finish. The only “major” update is that lowered suspension system that offers the car a more aggressive look and the new folding hardtop that helps reduce the car’s weight by 55 pounds.
The 458 Spider was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, one year after the coupe version arrived on the market.
Just like with the coupe version, the 458 Spider is powered by a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 400 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. This output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph.
On the U.S. market, the model is priced at $257,000.
Do supercar owners stick with the kudos to match ownership of intricate vehicles, or do they purchase something that has the looks, sound, speed and handling of a real supercar?
Marking an evolution as opposed to a revolution – the Kahn Ferrari 458 Spider is the perfect car.
Welcome, to the new world of the Ferrari 458 Spider. Shrouded in voluptuous Grigio Alloy couture, the Kahn styling package comes complete with a lowered suspension, front sections, matt rear styling detail, black painted calipers and state of the art Monza forged alloy wheels (finished in the colour of your choice & fit all original centre caps), and the majestic 180 number plate, ensure a mighty presence on the road.
This convertible is the right choice for people who want to be seen and heard. Ferrari has discarded the fabric roof in favor of a folding hardtop. The roof folds in 14 seconds, and is 25kg lighter than the equivalent.
Inside is the ‘bespoke touch’, and the Kahn Ferrari 458 Spider scores profoundly with a rather luxurious Nero interior.
Don’t feel limited by what we have done to these 3 cars. If you, for example want a car with a full colour change (to a colour of your choice) and an interior akin to, let’s say your favourite leather reclining chair in your living room, we will be more than happy to oblige.
A. Kahn Design is for the individual who will not submit to a life of uniformity and who will only accept perfection. Dedicated to the creation of luxury bespoke vehicles, we redesign the ordered monotony of mass produced vehicles and rebuild them into individually tailored creations.
Get ready for a design collaboration that will disrupt your fashionable lifestyle. The genius furniture design company BoConcept and sustainable automobile company Smart, have teamed up and created something magical. A lifestyle revolving around city living. Innovative interior design has expanded to Smart Car with gorgeous leathers and fabrics that will that will keep you comfy and fashionable while waiting in city traffic. Claus Ditlev Jensen, head collection designer from BoConcept, states that the seats were inspired by a 1960′s car and designed to feel like you are sitting in a modern living room. That vision was an ultimate success, sitting in the BoConcept Smart car makes your feel luxurious as you travel and constantly surrounds you with design inspiration and innovation. A lovely launch celebration was held at the flagship BoConcept on Madison ave. revealing the new collection and a chance to meet the designers behind these thoughtful pieces. The collection has a color palette of warming grays with welcoming bursts of chartreuse. Clever design details have been brought in from the road and comfortable living introduced to the driving experience.
A morning event was made better with a fabulously delicious spread from Aamanns-Copenhagen, a favorite restaurant of the BoConcept team. I must say if their breakfast was that fresh and thoughtful, I can not wait to try out their lunch and dinner menu. The table was adorned with fresh jams and homemade danish, breads and delectable eats.
A tribute to Pio Manzu – ‘FIAT 127 concept’ by David Obendorfer
FIAT127 (1971) vs. FIAT 127 concept
images courtesy David Obendorfer
Designed according to the stylistic canons of the 1970s, the resurrection of Pio Manzù’s FIAT 127 is quite risky: the original model
was one of the first truly innovative cars of the 70s designed to be rational in style with clean volumes and pure, simple lines.
The danger of creating a car already seasoned at birth, as it were, with an imperceptible nostalgic effect is that it may not be
particularly attractive. With this being said, designer David Obendorfer tries to unite the past and future in one car of updated
proportions and boasting with the unique combination forms influened by the model launched in 1971 with high-tech
solutions such as a multifunctional touch screen in the center of the dashboard.
nostalgic concept of a b-segment-hatchback inspired by the legendary 127
Enlarged in size compared to the original model, the FIAT 127 concept is based on the fiat punto-alfa mito platform.
interior follows the same rational concept featuring nostalgic elements that give a strong personality to the dashboard. The circular
vents in the center, the chrome handles and the design of the two-spoke steering wheel are clear references to the first 127 model.
nostalgic concept of a b-segment-hatchback inspired by the legendary 127
minimalist-nostalgic interior with voice command system and multifunctional touch screen
high performance abarth version
abarth 127 concept
design sketches for the fiat 127 concept
The Citroen DS BiRotor is a lightweight 4-seater coupé designed to optimize urban mobility and fuel consumption. The author is José Eduardo Sánchez from México.
Selected as a finalist at the Michelin Challenge Design 2013 competition, the Citroen DS BiRotor combines a compact coupé body and a refined interior with lightweight materials and an efficient powertrain solution that optimizes fuel consumption.
The hybrid drivetrain features a 600cc Wankel engine powering the rear axle, coupled with two in-wheel electric motors mounted at the front and a CVT transmission.
The vehicle is based on a carbon / aluminum modular chassis, which is left exposed in the four-seater interior, characterized by the futuristic AMOLED screen and a transparent, polycarbonate panoramic roof.
The tires can adapt to different weather conditions and driver demands by expanding and contracting widthwise, creating gaps between the rubber to allow water flow and increase grip or shrinking themselves altogether generating a slightly larger, thinner and harder tire to aid fuel consumption.
About the Designer
José Eduardo Sánchez is an Industrial Design student at the University of Guadalajara, México.
Image Courtesy: José Eduardo Sánchez for Car Body Design via car body design
This market was upended in 2007 when Audi introduced the A5. Proportionally, it moved on from the idiom of simply being a 2-door version of its 4-door sedan sister, looking like an altogether new car. It wasn’t just different surfaces and details, but the proportions were different too – the roofline lower, track wider and stance altogether more sporting. In comparison, BMW’s e90 3-Series coupe felt tame – too close to the sedan.
So the 4-Series is BMW’s response and it works well. Not only do we get a number change to set it apart from the 3 (and the first use of 4-Series in BMW history), but it’s also 5mm longer, 15mm wider and a whopping 67mm lower. In the metal the impact is to make the 4-Series look very low and lean. Combined with other changes – the wheel to body relationship is really something else – it moves the 4-Series into a space of looking very much like a more-compact 6-Series. In our view, that’s far from a bad thing.
Some of the details (the lower and side intake, in particular) look a little incongruous, but likely won’t make the production model, which actually might be no bad thing.
Inside, an extensive colour and trim exercise in the show car lifts the 4-Series’ interior to a higher plane than the rather pedestrian 3-Series sedan. It is branded BMW Exclusive and with the architecture production ready, we’d expect at least some of this trim to make it into the production car. The colour combination is expressive while remaining tasteful – combining a tobacco/tan leather with dark, matte wood with some exposed grain.
Arguably, the most interesting element is the stitching on the seats and doors. It’d be doing it a disservice to call it ‘baseball’ stitch, because it’s more than that – it’s more like a wicker or rattan weave, but it’s as striking as that detailing was when first seen on the Gen 1 Audi TT.
All in all, a bit of a surprise, but a good one – and on first acquaintance this looks like a very smart direction for BMW to have moved in, for the car formerly known as the 3-Series coupe.
Lamborghini’s new super sports car Aventador with its 700 HP bull power – powerful and classy just like his namesake, Spanish bull legend Aventador – relentlessly fighting the forces of nature in a 3-minute special effect thunderstorm, shot in the Californian desert Coyote Dry Lakebed and directed by Ole Peters.
Daniel Tomicic and Tina Markovic are the people who made possible Auto®, the automotive design conference in Zagreb, Croatia. The think-tank of future personal mobility and a meeting point between Western and Eastern European automotive designers. The largest automotive design conference in Europe since 2009, once again gathers in Zagreb some of the world most renowned designers. This mass orientated event mission is to promote automotive design.
For a weekend in Zagreb you could meet top car designers – from Peter Stevens, designer of mythical McLaren F1, to Carlo Gaino, designer of bizarre Lancia ECV 2. This mass orientated event mission is to promote automotive design. Auto® was packed with various happenings.
Panel discussion gathered around question how to define supercar today when their performance is matched by ordinary cars. Can EV be supercar was questioned in lectures by Chris Longmore, designer of Lightning GT and Adriano Mudri, designer of Rimac Concept_One. Our friend Alessio Minchella, Fiat Designer and lecturer at IED Torino gave an inside glimpse on car designers perspective of world and sources of their inspiration. Elena Ristancevska spoke on future trends in colour and trim.
Volvo organised design workshop for V40 exterior stickers that should underline Volvo brand values. Visitors could get their hands dirty in clay modelling workshop by Custom Creations under Dario Dropucic guidance. Three models were mad upon projects submitted to Design Challenge.