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Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged starts at $2M

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Swiss bespoke manufacturer R-Reforged is officially starting production of the Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins. Based on the 2013 Vantage V12, the company is slated to produce 19 coupes and 19 convertible models to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Zagato and 60 years of partnership with R-Reforged. Prices start at around $2-million and the vehicles are sold as a pair.

“The Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged is undoubtedly a highlight of our centenary celebrations,” said Andrea Zagato, CEO, and grandson of company founder Ugo Zagato. “A beautiful, bespoke and intrinsic part of our history and creative association with Aston Martin. To own these collectible cars will be a very personal and emotional experience.”

What really caught our attention is the decision to combine the best of both worlds. The Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage models are twins, but they are far from being identical. The coupe model looks pretty much like a 2013 Vantage V12 with its familiar fascia and double-bubble roof design.

However, the convertible model is destined to steal the show – it has a unique fastback-inspired rear end like the Aston Speedster. Both vehicles receive 100th-anniversary gold Z badging, an active rear wing, and bespoke 19-inch center-locking alloy wheels by APP Tech.

But the biggest news has nothing to do with the twin’s iconic design. Each of the 19 coupes and 19 speedsters features a retuned version of the Vantage’s 5.9-liter naturally-aspirated V12 motor. Each car is now producing a healthy 600 horsepower – 86 more horses than the original model. We have no word yet on transmission choices, but we reckon a paddle-shift automatic is standard while a six-speed manual (which was standard in the original V12 Vantage) remains an optional possibility.

Potential buyers are in for a treat. Upon placing an order, customers will receive a bespoke gift box as part of the R-Experience. Each vehicle is highly customizable, and buyers will work directly with the designers at Aston Martin St Gallen in Niederwil, Switzerland to discuss specific bespoke options for each model. Afterward, lucky buyers are invited to R-Reforged’s brand new manufacturing facility in Warwick, UK to witness firsthand how each car is built.

“Aston Martin’s relationship with Zagato stretches back 60 years and together in that time we have created a series of very special cars,” said Peter Freedman, Aston Martin VP, and chief marketing officer. “The Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged project is a fitting tribute to the Zagato centenary anniversary.”

The Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins is the first project of R-Reforged. Both the coupe and convertible models are set to debut this summer while official production begins later this year. According to R-Reforged, the order books are still open but most of the 19 build slots are already sold out.

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Galaxy Z Fold 4 Under-Display Camera May Get A Stealthy Makeover

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According to a tweet from the account @SamsungRydah, which was first spied by SamMobile and has since been removed by Twitter based on a copyright claim (seemingly lending credibility to the leak), the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will rectify the poor invisibility of the UDC. The model will reportedly use a different arrangement of pixels to make it denser, providing a 132ppi circle, up from the Galaxy Z Fold 3 model’s measly 94ppi. The result is that the hole will hopefully be less visible, and text should be less distorted in that area. Unfortunately, it’s not completely invisible, at least not based on the leaked slide.

What isn’t clear, however, is whether Samsung is also upgrading the camera sensor itself to something more than just 4MP. Increasing the sensor’s own pixel count could help offset whatever side effects the UDC panel might have in terms of quality. While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 foldable’s internal camera was moderately usable for video calls, it just didn’t sit well with buyers considering how much they’d paid for the premium phone.

An upgraded internal camera would be in line with upgrades to the other cameras expected for the Galaxy Z Fold 4. These include a 50MP main sensor and a 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom. These are moderate upgrades, of course, but Samsung seems to be taking a page from Apple’s book here by improving quality through software and other minor tweaks rather than going all out on what would be a bulky sensor that wouldn’t fit the Galaxy Z Fold 4 model’s slim profile.

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Today’s Wordle Answer #416 – August 9, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#416 – August 9, 2022) is patty. Its meaning varies across cultural contexts — to the British, it’s a small pie or pastry; to North Americans, it’s a small, round, and flat chocolate-covered peppermint sweet. More generally to Americans, it’s a small flat cake of minced or finely chopped food, especially meat (via Merriam-Webster). To Mr. Krabs of SpongeBob, it’s a veggie burger (and a moneymaker). Seeing as the word patty has roots in the French word “pat,e” which means dough, Mr. Krabs obviously knew what he was doing. 

We solved the puzzle in four tries today, just like yesterday and the day before. We began guessing with the word roate, which is an uncommon but excellent first guess (even the WordleBot thought so). After following up with fluid, we hit a lucky strike with catty — only one letter short of the correct answer.

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The Reason Ford Won’t Build A Mustang GT500 Convertible

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Ford won’t be making a convertible Mustang GT500 because… it’s too powerful.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product platform, and operations officer confirmed the S550 platform on which the Mustang was built had reached “the top end of the capabilities” (via Muscle Cars & Trucks).

Dave Pericack, former Director Enterprise Product Line Management — Ford Icons, backs up those comments even more bluntly. “The real reason” Ford isn’t making a convertible model is because, by removing the roof, the car would lose all its structure and stiffness in the chassis and body. The power of the GT500 is simply too much for a convertible car to handle.

The only way it could make a convertible model would be to “spend a lot of money in exotic material” to compensate for the loss of the roof and the structural integrity it provides (via Ford Authority). Ford is not prepared to do that, considering the S550 platform is nearing the end of its road. The S650 platform — the seventh generation of Ford Mustangs — is on its way and will, in all likelihood, be the last Mustang with an internal combustion engine.

Fear not Ford faithful. The Blue Oval is already looking to the future and has already built a 900hp electric Mustang to show the world that an EV can also be a muscle car.

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