Aston wants to build DBX on its new platform, not Mercedes’

Aston Martin is proceeding with plans to launch the DBX as its first production crossover. It just can’t say at this point what it will be based on.

Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Aston’s new CEO Andy Palmer indicated that basing the DBX on a Mercedes SUV platform would not be its first choice because they “clearly sit in a very different space to the one we want to go” with the DBX. Instead, the company’s first choice would be to build the crossover atop the new platform it’s developing for its sports cars. “It just depends how high off the ground it could go,” said Palmer. “I don’t exclude the possibility of using some [Mercedes] parts, but I would say very much the primary route is our platform.” More …

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Ten Of The Nicest Cars You Can Buy On eBay For Less Than $20,000

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Ten Of The Nicest Cars You Can Buy On eBay For Less Than $20,000

Last week, I asked you intrepid readers to find the cars that would make you most likely to do a double take in a parking lot for under a $20,000 budget, on eBay. Without further ado, here are the ten niiiiicest cars you all picked.  More…

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What It’s Like Driving In The Mille Miglia

What It's Like Driving In The Mille Miglia

There’s a place in this world where cars have a holiday dedicated to them. And it’s a genuine holiday. Not the lame-ass British ‘holiday’ that’s just a jaunt to some tepid seashore, but holiday as in people stop all the normal rules of life and celebrate. The place is Italy, and the holiday is the Mille Miglia.

There’s really no other way to describe what’s going on here. This morning, the entire town of Brescia pretty much shut down and everyone went to ogle and moan over the massive collection of remarkable cars that was amassed in a lovely, ancient-feeling town square. There was a festive feeling everywhere, and everywhere you looked was an amazing car.   more…

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It’s the fastest street-legal Viper ever

It’s street-legal, but you’d better have your brave pills to hand. This is the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, built for a racetrack near you, and featuring numbers big enough to warp time itself.

We caught our first glimpse of this hardcore Viper ACR at SEMA last year, but now we have some actual details. It’s billed as the ultimate track-honed Viper, built to “dominate road courses around the world”.

And as with any self-respecting track car, the upgrades over the ‘standard’, 8.4-litre, V10-engined Viper cover the aerodynamics, the chassis and the rubber. First up is something called the ‘Extreme Aero Package’, and it is quite extreme.   more …

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This Secret Car Collector Owns 50 Percent Of The BMW 700 RS Population

This Secret Car Collector Owns 50 Percent Of The BMW 700 RS Population

The 700 RS is a hand-built race car and BMW only made two. One is in their famous museum in Munich while the other belongs to an unnamed American collector who wishes to stay in the shadows. Enter one of the most significant collections of classic BMWs on the planet.

There’s a secret warehouse located somewhere in Southern California. Inside, you find 45 classic BMWs from 1960-1988, and another ten cars in pieces.

All this was put together by a bloke who was homeless at the age of 17, saw an E30 M3 on the road and got so hooked on BMWs that when the American Dream did its job, he ditched his art collection in favor of some steel, aluminum, oil, rubber, and other precious materials in between.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V to hit dealers this summer, start at $83,995*

Cadillac has announced pricing for the 640-horsepower CTS-V, and not only will the new super-sedan outgun its heartiest German rivals, it’ll undercut them on price, too.

Kicking off at $83,995 (not including a $995 destination charge), the CTS-V is nearly $10,000 less than the 560-hp BMW M5, almost $18,000 less than the 577-hp Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic, and is nearly $25,000 less than the 560-hp Audi RS7. So in case you were wondering, yes, the CTS-V will continue to be one of the auto industry’s very best high-performance bargains in its third generation.  more…

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First Drive: Clarion Audio’s 1974 BMW 2002

Clarion Builds BMW 2002 Photo 19

When it came time to build a show car, the guys at Clarion Audio decided they didn’t want just another undrivable double-DUB SEMA-show screamer. They wanted something that you could not only drive, but that you would drive because you loved it; something subtle to look at but that had all the right componentry underneath for a great daily driver track car. So they commissioned this fully drivable, very fun, perfectly balanced everyday dream car, a 1974 BMW 2002. How do we know it was fully driveable and very fun? Because we drove it. Bwa ha ha ha… more…

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Ultimate Z06? Track-ready Corvette C7.R Edition lets you channel your inner Tommy Milner

Photo: 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition Photo 1

When Chevrolet does just 500 of any kind of new Corvette, you can bet it becomes a collector’s item. The latest is the 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition – a car Chevy calls a “road-going, track-capable homage to the Corvette Racing C7.R race cars.” It comes in Corvette Racing’s yellow livery –- or black –- and yes, just 500 are coming “later this year,” according to Chevrolet.  more …

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Sedan: Race Organizer Review

2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Sedan LH front view

When I went to Santa Barbara, Calif., to drive the 2015 Mercedes-Maybach S600, the Mercedes-Benz suits from Stuttgart had just read my nightmarish account of driving the E63 AMG wagon across several 25-below-zero Western states (accompanied by the worst station wagon ever made and a fully caged Checker Marathon race car), en route to work at a 24 Hours of LeMons race at Sears Point.

Since I’d be going to another winter Sears Point LeMons race, directly from the Maybach event, somehow it was decided that I’d be given a gorgeous Alanite Grey matte-finish S65 AMG sedan to drive the 350 miles north to the track. Therefore, your humble Race Organizer is following up his Chevy Volt Race Organizer Review with an account of taking an Oligarch-Grade Benz to an event at which the value of this car exceeded that of all 93 vehicles entered in the race, plus tow vehicles, combined.   more…

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