[Image: Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson are standing outside, between two cars. Hammond is talking, hands raised in front of him. James and Jeremy are both standing with hands in pockets while they listen to him. The caption reads: “(519): Rule 1: If any of us dies on a trip, the other two have to ‘Weekend at Bernies’ the shit outta that corpse…”]
It’s Aston’s Lagonda super saloon
Aston Martin revives Lagonda badge for range-topping four-door for the Middle East
Aston Martin has announced it will revive the ‘Lagonda’ badge for a limited run of an exclusive new super saloon.
The as-yet unnamed Aston Martin Lagonda four-door supercar will hit production early next year, and promises to be “the fastest of fast cars”, though at present, it’s only being offered exclusively for the Middle East. Blame ‘market demand’, or something.
Though Aston is being coy with the details, we’re told the car will sit on the firm’s ageing VH chassis architecture - on which all current Aston Martins are based - and will take design inspiration from the boxy, wedge-shaped Lagonda of 1976. That’s right, the company has decided to use the 1970s as design inspiration. [x]
Bugatti Veyron: This Is Your Life
The new ‘1 of 1’ GSV is the latest in a long line of Bugatti Veyron models. We chart them all.
We’re not at all suggesting Volkswagen’s brightest minds took to Shakespeare before embarking on the perilously fraught journey that is the Bugatti Veyron, but you can’t help but detect more than a note of Twelfth Night about its conception.
"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." It’s fair to say all three scenarios apply to the Big Bad Bug’.
In fact, we don’t even need to pillage the Bard to attribute majesty to this thing; Jeremy summed it up on the show many moons ago when he proclaimed it to be “the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime”.
Born to a cynical world, packing physics-defying power and becoming the defining car for a generation of petrolheads, the Veyron is the ultimate in excess. It’s got 16 cylinders, for goodness sake, and is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds. Every day of the week. [x]
I love James May for many reasons and this is one of them.
Actually it’s not new, but a less powerful, slightly softer 650S for the Asian market.
This is not a new McLaren, but a tweaked one built for the Asian market. Extra power and extra fastness, you would presume?
Wrong. It’s called the McLaren 625C, and is a less powerful version of the 650S. As the name suggests, there are 625 somethings; in this case, 625 PS, equating to some 616bhp. That’s less than we get in Europe with our 641bhp.
Then there’s the rejigged chassis. There are new dampers, a revised mechanical balance which includes softened spring rates at the rear, making it the most “refined ride of any McLaren model to date”. Slightly softer, then. [x]
Dylan Gelfman by Seth London