The 2014 LA Auto Show is the last chance of the year for the automotive industry to show off what they have now and what’s coming up next. From realistic to only-in-your-dreams, the LA Auto Show has a lot to offer, but only the best are worth mentioning.
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Today in Gear: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, HRE Wheels’ fresh new RSI series, a Nixeus mechanical keyboard, black and white bedding from Crane & Canopy and Nike Golf’s app.
Affordable Ways to Your Fuel-Lovin' Heart
Your buddy’s Rosso Corsa Red Ferrari makes your blood boil with envy. Unfortunately, your better half won’t let you mortgage the house so you can buy one yourself. Though they may not have the prancing horse on the grille or elicit gazes from the bold and the beautiful, these 10 affordable driver’s cars still delight with great driving dynamics and the kind of motoring spirit that makes you feel like a kid again.
To drive or ogle? That is the question.
The beauty of classic automotive design is often in direct struggle with modern safety and fuel economy standards, not to mention the latest in technology. But there are still a number of shining examples around today, ones that echo the past and ones that break new ground but don’t break the rules of good taste. These ten prove that less is more and that automotive design is not on the rocks.
Vanquishing miles of road and years of your salary
Aston Martin has been putting cars on the racetrack, in movies and on teenage boys’ walls for more than 100 years; no wonder even people who don’t care about cars can recognize them in an instant. The 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante ($296,000) is just another prince in their royal lineage.
An Empire State of Rides
Sandwiched between the Geneva Motor Show and the Beijing Auto Show, the New York International Auto Show usually misses out on the biggest reveals of the year, but it still has plenty to offer. This year’s show had its fair share of new designs and vehicles along with loads of improved sheetmetal. We’ve chosen ten standouts from our time on the ground that we’ll be looking to drive in 2015.
Autodromo Stringback Driving Gloves Vintage-inspired, these stringback driving gloves hearken to the days of wooden steering wheels and veddy British racing heritage. The short cuff is buttonless, which means your Autodromo watch can gleam in the sun as you motor à la drivers of yore. $110 (★) Fujifilm XM-1 According to leaked images, the newest…
Time to Drive
Wheels and gears, second hands and tach needles, power trains and power reserves. Men have always been fascinated by time, speed, accuracy and power — and the beautiful combination of high-end timepieces and exotic roadgoing automobiles captures these obsessions appropriately. And whether the watch of choice is used to measure lap splits or to simply echo the same kind of quality and heritage as his car, you can be assured that careful time was taken to select both. We match up some of the best in timekeeping and automobilia in Gear Patrol style.
Starpower trumps horsepower
Weeding through Hollywood’s entire crop of iconic movie cars in the hopes of arriving at an agreed upon best of list is like trying to choose the sexiest Victoria’s Secret model — it can be grueling work, but the research isn’t exactly painful. Car guys are a picky lot, especially when looking to the silver screen: Some go weak in the knees when they hear an American V8 rumble to life slightly out of frame, while others are gaga for the svelte silhouette of a European exotic on a twisty backdrop. A select few believe the essential chase scene is the deciding factor, while yet another breed is only happy when the director has chosen an “appropriate” vehicle for the character driving, regardless of whether the movie was even watchable.
The GP Team’s collection of petrolheads put all of these variables into play, entered into
deep philosophical debate and eventually agreed to disagree so we could present you with our picks for the best movie cars ever. Gentlemen, start your arguing engines!
KitchenAid Pro Line Series Hand Blender Cords are for rubes. A gourmand’s version of a modular drill, KitchenAid’s cordless hand blender with a 12V Li-Ion battery means freedom, versatility, and a mean batch of mashed potatoes. $350 (★) Aston Martin and Silver Cross Stroller The Brits might call it a “baby buggy”, but this stroller’s…
True British Muscle
Aston Martin recently decided that being one of the most prestigious and sexiest car makers on the planet wasn’t enough. They needed to be audacious. Their execution of this? Surgically transplanting the 6.0-liter 510 hp V12 from the DBS into their smallest and lightest offering, the Vantage. The Carbon Black edition adds carbon-fiber side strakes, lightweight carbon fiber and Kevlar seats, piano black accents and gloss black painted wheels, which convey the same kind of ballsy aggression as the drivetrain underneath that extruded aluminum body. Read on for a video and photo essay of this Brit stunner.
Wake up, America
Aston Martin and Bertone have partnered up once again to bring you automotive nirvana, this time in the form of the one-off Aston Martin Jet 2+2. The rakish shooting brake (station wagon) is based on the beautiful Rapide S four door coupe and will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. We’d say the result is nothing less than stunning.
A Vantage to a Kill
Though Skyfall has Bond piloting the classic DB5 (of “Goldfinger” notoriety) rather than this new 510 hp rear-wheel-drive beauty, we felt it only proper to salute our favorite (rebooted) hero with some auditory and sensory overload. The full Behind The Wheel is on the way in the next few months, but this little teaser is…
Time to bleed the bluebloods
When a historic car hits the auction blocks, wealthy enthusiasts and collectors take notice. When that car is the only Aston Martin to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, they need to change their pants. Talacrest hopes to sell the Aston Martin DBR1/2 for a cool $32 million. And they’ll probably get it. The…
Sadly, Bond will probably wreck this one, too.
It’s a tall order to fill the shoes of the outgoing Aston Martin DBS, a car that graced the automotive world, as well as MI-6’s garage, since 2007. In order to bring forth a worthy heir to the Aston Martin grand tourer role, the British automaker invoked a name from its illustrious past and tantalized…
No question, the Aston Martin DBS is a looker. Good enough for James Bond, good enough for us (even though Bond could’ve saved Her Majesty a cool $100K by using a V12 Vantage with the same output as the DBS). Well, Aston Martin’s svelte darling will soon say farewell after five years to make way…
Lone Star Lovin'
Sometimes we wonder, given the job prospects and varying degrees of instability, if writing auto reviews was the right decision for our lives. But then we realize that if Fate had wanted us to be anything else, we wouldn’t look so dang good behind the wheel. And so it goes, saddling up our horses we…
Captain Show and Tell
Saturday, 9:05pm | It’s often said that New York City is one of the world’s worst places to own a car. Between the raging cabbies, soaring parking prices and tousled roads the conditions are enough to beleaguer even the most steadfast owner. Even worse, the past few weeks in New York have been a seasonal…
Aston Martin needs no introduction. Their cars have worn and continue to wear some of the sexiest sheet metal in the automotive world. Zagato may be lesser known in the general public, but the Italian design house has partnered with the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lancia and Alfa Romeo for decades, using its knowledge…
British in all the right ways
Aston Martin produces some of the sexiest sheetmetal in the automotive industry today, and the tally now stands at 8 (we’re not counting the diminutive Cygnet in this group). Every new offering seems more swoopy than the the previous one, and the 2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe ($200,000) is no exception. Created to fill a…
The 2010 Paris Motor Show had landed and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to for a man to assume an amplitude of impossibly sexy cars, leggy models, and enough bespoke suits to make the men of Positano blush. Well, if this year’s display of supercar prowess is anything more than a declaration that the recession is…
The Whip of Choice for Baller Sith Lords
The self-proclaimed auto industry-obsessed Autoblog has surfaced another ridiculous spectacle in the world of luxury sports cars. It’s distinguished from standard Aston Martin V12 Vantage sport coupes by its sinister black metallic finish, which apparently looks different depending on the viewing angle and requires over 50 man hours to apply. The inside naturally also received…
By Justin Berkowitz | The Truth About Cars Sean Connery’s Bond, James Bond, would punch you in the face while kissing your girlfriend. His Aston Martin DB5 was beyond cool. By the 1990s, Bond drove a range of product placement-mobiles, and Astons looked like Jaguars (and vice versa). While devastatingly quick, Astons handled like trains….