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BY: Bix

Epic Shelby GT500 Dyno Fail Is Good For A Laugh (w/Video)

Assuming nobody was hurt. Otherwise, that just seems mean.

Running a car on a dynamometer involves tricking said car into thinking it's running along at high rate of speed when it's actually standing still—which, in turns, involves getting the rear wheels spinning very quickly. (more…)
May 28, 2013 at 06:49 PM
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BY: Bix

Test Drives - 2013 Aston Martin DB9 Volante

Damn, it feels good to be a gangster.

Story: Will Sabel Courtney

Photography: Andrew Link

These days, it seems like every big-name sports car company you can think of has some even bigger name brand behind ’em: Ferrari has Fiat; Porsche has VW; Lamborghini has Audi...which in turn is owned by VW as well. Aston Martin, though, goes it alone. Ford owned the company for a while, but a decade or so ago, Aston struck off on its own and hasn’t looked back. (And for what it's worth, the cars have only gotten better since they ditched the Blue Oval.)

Why are we mentioning this? Well, consider it context for why some of the smaller details in the DB9 don’t quite live up to what you’d expect from a car that costs north of $200,000. The navigation system is a Garmin—albeit one in a very attractive retractable carbon-fiber housing. The radio screen is the anti-Retina display—black and white, with pixels so large you can pick them out five feet away. The windows roll up automatically when you open the door with the car off, but they don’t roll back down when you start the car again. Little things like that.

here in 2013, in the golden age of automotive quality and features—when you can by a Ford Focus with leather seats and Jaguar makes cars that don't short-circuit when it gets humid—We call those sorts of things flaws. But with an Aston Martin, these aren't flaws. They're just part of the car's character.

The DB9 is a throwback to an earlier time, when luxury cars were made by hand in small batches, and every car had its flaws—but you didn’t care, because they were your car’s flaws, and you loved them because that was part of the package. Perfection is characterless. Perfection is boring.

So if you can look past those…character traits, the DB9 is a sweet ride, indeed. Practice walking backward, because you’ll never be able to park this car without staring at it as you walk away. It’s one of the finest-looking cars ever—period. Stack it up against the E-Type, the 300SL, your preferred generation of 911—the DB9 has a fighting chance of coming out on top. The interior upholstery looks like it was put together on Savile Row. The naturally aspirated V12—that beautiful dying breed of engine—makes music when you put your foot down.

And with 510 horses, it moves the decently heavy Aston with serious oomph. We took it to some of our favorite mountain roads and let it loose alongside a new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, only to be pleasantly surprised to see the old-school, drop-top, “character”-filled DB9 stick to the lighter, all-wheel-drive-equipped, technological wündercar like Carl Weathers to a ham bone.

No car is perfect, but some make a business out of coming as close to it as possible. (We're looking at you, Lexus.) But y'know...maybe we could use a little more imperfection in the automotive world. Especially if the results wind up as beautiful and as fast as the DB9 Volante.


Price as Tested: $222,505

Power: 510hp, 457 lb.-ft.

0-60: 4.5 secs.

Fuel Economy: 13 city, 19 hwy

Miles Driven: 295

May 24, 2013 at 02:29 PM
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BY: Bix

Shots Of the Day: Aston Martin Reunion At The Nürburgring / CC100 Speedster Concept

Bringing you the finest shots found in the depths of the Internet.

Aston Martin celebrated their 100 year anniversary with a new concept car, the CC100 Speedster, and with a parade of Aston Martins at the Nürburgring Nordschlife. You may have just found your new iPhone 5 wallpaper, folks.

The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept, in case you were wondering, is a concept inspired by the DBR1 race car that Sir Sterling Moss drove 667 miles to an endurance race win back in 1959. Based off the same basic platform that underpins all of Aston Martin's production cars, the CC100 uses a naturally-aspirated V12 and a six-speed sequential manual gearbox. 0-60 goes by in a little less than four seconds, with a top speed of 180 mph. If anyone actually is willing to drive 100 mph in this thing without a helmet, we'll give them an award.

[First image via Teamspeed, subsequent images via Aston Martin]

May 23, 2013 at 03:00 PM
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BY: Bix

2014 BMW M5, M6 Score A Competition Package

You will want to check this option box.

The BMW M5 is only a year or so old, but the F10-model 5 Series it's based on has some decent miles under its belt. And with the regular old 5 Series due for a mid-life cycle refresh, it seems BMW said, "What the hell, let's spruce up the M5 and M6, too." (more…)

May 20, 2013 at 07:04 PM
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BY: Bix

Meet The All-New 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (w/Video)

If you can only have one car, this might be a good choice.

A new Mercedes-Benz S-Class doesn't come around all that often—the last one popped up in 2005—so when one does show up, it's a big deal. So let's give it up for the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class—the car of tomorrow, today. (more…)

May 16, 2013 at 05:39 PM
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BY: Bix

Porsche Reveals The Almost-Production Ready 918 Spyder

Hope you have your million bucks lined up.

After years of teasing and tempting us, the Porsche 918 Spyder will finally enter production on September 18th, 2013. But the looming launch date doesn't mean Porsche needs to close the tap on their steady stream of media updates. In fact, Porsche has just given us our best look yet at their entrant into the Supercar War of 2013. (more…)

May 16, 2013 at 03:14 PM
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BY: Bix

Holden Reveals New HSV Gen F Range, Includes 585 HP GTS Sedan

Forbidden fruit from the land down under.

GM must really like Australia, because their Aussie division Holden gets all the best affordable V8-powered practical sports cars. And even when GM brings a few RWD, V8-powered Holdens over here—like the Pontiac G8 and the Chevrolet SS—the versions they get in Australia are still better. (more…)

May 14, 2013 at 05:32 PM
BY: Bix

Lamborghini Egoista: The Supercar So Exclusive, No One Can Have It

And only one person can sit in it.

Ego. If your mom and dad were like this humble writer's, they probably taught you that ego is generally a negative thing. As you get older, you start to realize the value of having a healthy one—but you also learn the value of keeping it in check. Suppress it too far, you wind up a pushover. Let it grow too large, though, and you wind up naming buildings after yourself. Or building one-off supercars with gonzo styling and room for only one person—oh, and that nobody else will ever get to drive. (more…)

May 14, 2013 at 01:00 PM
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