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News – July 2012

Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin is reviving the evocative Vanquish name for its latest flagship supercar, due later this year. Both lighter and more powerful than Aston’s current range-topper, thanks to an uprated 6.0-litre V12 with 565bhp and carbon fibre body panels, it’ll feature a touch-tronic paddle shift gearbox and for the first time on an Aston, launch control. Visually different enough to call it a new model (unlike some recent Astons – Virage and DBS come to mind) I hope that the balance of supply and demand is better handled to avoid residual harm to values.

Expect the new Vanquish to be dripping with kit – from B&O audio to a wi-fi hub and an interior swathed in lashings of quilted leather. The price, if you must ask: £190k, before options…

Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley’s latest bruiser, the new Continental GT Speed, gets an uprated version of the venerable 6.0-litre W12 engine. With 616bhp and 590 lb ft of torque, it can hit 60mph in a slightly unhinged 4.0 seconds before running out of steam at 205mph.

That makes it Bentley’s fastest ever production car – although thanks to a new eight-speed close ratio automatic, it’s 12 per cent more fuel efficient than the last GT Speed.

With prices starting at around £150,000, the new GT Speed arrives this autumn. This just leaves a new model Supersport missing to complete the staggered launch of the facelift body.

McLaren MP4-12C Spider

McLaren has confirmed the launch of the open-roofed MP4-12C. The Spider features a folding hard top roof, similar to its arch nemesis, the Ferrari 458 Spider. The car will have a top speed of 204 mph; 3 mph sploer than the Coupe but with the same 0-62 acceleration in 3.2 seconds powered by the same 625bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 as its fixed-roof sibling.

The same ultra-stiff carbon MonoCell chassis should ensure McLaren’s newest supercar remains focussed and wobble-free, sans roof. with a pre options list price of £195k the spider is £27k more than the coupe compared with a surcharge of £20k for the Ferrari 458 spider over the 458 italia.

With the impending 2013 model upgrades for all Mclarens, I reckon this Spyider derivative will become the main MP4 12C seller and one of the hottest mid engined Spiders this year.

Pagani Huarya

Pagani’s unpronounceable replacement for the legendary Zonda has Veyron-rivalling performance and a similarly eye-watering price tag. With 720bhp from an AMG-sourced twin-turbo V12, a carbo-titanium tub and active aerodynamics to reduce drag and aid stability, the Huarya (‘why-ra’) is a mouth-watering combination of technical wizardry and hand-built Italian craftsmanship.

It’s also finding a ready queue of buyers, even at 800,000 Euros plus local taxes. In fact, 6 figure premiums are being paid for early product slots.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

On-paper figures can only tell you so much about a car, but Ferrari’s new F12 Berlinetta proves it’s all about the numbers when it comes to selling supercars.

With a 730bhp 6.3-litre V12, the 599 replacement attracted huge interest when it was unveiled at Geneva earlier this year – along with a flurry of deposits for the 211mph car. As the fastest road car ever to lap Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, the name is a nod to classic Ferraris of yesteryear, including the legendary 250 GT Berlinetta.

Prices for the F12 are expected to top £250,000 when right hand drive deliveries begin in 2013.

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