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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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2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series confirmed: What we know of this Super SUV

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Cadillac’s most lavish model is about to get a sports upgrade, with the 2023 Escalade V-Series marking the first time the SUV has worn the badge. While already notorious for its scale, luxury cabin, and general excess, the V-Series flavor of Escalade will add performance to that mix.

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Full details of the 2023 Escalade V-Series won’t be shared until spring of this year, Cadillac has warned. These newly-released photos, meanwhile, show the pre-production form of the SUV. Still, it gives us plenty to go on, as does the trajectory of the V-Series line in general.

For Cadillac, V-Series is more than just speed

You can’t accuse Cadillac of underplaying just what a V-badged model can do. “With nearly two decades of racing-inspired prowess,” the automaker promises, “the V-Series designation is reserved for vehicles that encompass the peak of Cadillac performance, bold, distinguished design, and innovative technology.”

The route from V-Series’ founding in 2003 to today has seen a few big changes along the way. Initially intended as a way for Cadillac to compete with Mercedes-AMG and BMW’s M division, it debuted with the 2004 Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan. That managed to score a role in the original Matrix movie series, (specifically The Matrix Reloaded, released in 2003), helping secure the green-light for the second-generation V Series in 2009.

Cadillac stuck with a familiar strategy: big, high-horsepower V8 engines, paired with its Magnetic Ride Control system for a sedan that could flick from luxury cruiser to track hero at the push of a button. By the time the ATS-V arrived in 2015, however, the criteria had expanded. Smaller and more affordable than the third-generation CTS-V – which got the Corvette C7’s 6.2-liter LT4 V8 to play with – the ATS-V packed a twin-turbo V6.

Beyond that, Cadillac attempted to replicate what BMW and Mercedes had achieved, expanding “V” as a broader badge to indicate a more sporting – though not necessarily the most sporting – iteration of a regular model. It tried, and abandoned, the V-Sport trim, and has most recently settled on “V” badged models as being entry-level performance options. The CT5-V and CT4-V are the current examples of that.

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Meanwhile, a new Blackwing designation flags the most extreme examples of V-Series performance. Initially referring to Cadillac’s new Blackwing engine, but since expanded, the trim has so far appeared on the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, each produced in limited number.

What we expect from the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series

For the 2023 Escalade V-Series, the expectation is an evolution in performance rather than the outright leap that Blackwing badging would indicate. The current Escalade – now in its fifth-generation – already features a V8 engine as standard. That’s 6.2-liters in size and offers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic is standard.

2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series

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They’re not small numbers, but then again the Escalade is not a small SUV. One possibility for an upgrade is the V8 from the CT5-V Blackwing, supercharged and with upwards of 600 horsepower on tap. Cadillac would obviously need to upgrade other components such as the brakes to balance that uptick in power, though Magnetic Ride suspension is already available on the SUV in its current form.

2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series

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To better distinguish the V-Series truck visually, Cadillac has given it a moody makeover. The grille switches to black mesh, and most of the chrome has been deleted in favor of gloss-black trim. The bumpers front and rear, and the side sills, have been tweaked, and of course there are vast blacked-out wheels, too.

2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series

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For the inside, Cadillac is playing it even more coy. A single image previews the “V” badging on the steering wheel, though we’d expect a fair amount of carbon fiber and Alcantara to feature, based on the other V-Series cars. The Escalade already offers a huge, curved dashboard display and plenty of space across three rows, not to mention a whole host of toys to play with.

2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series

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As for 2023 Escalade V-Series pricing, there too Cadillac is saving full details. The current model spirals up to over $109k for the standard-length 4WD Sport Platinum trim, and that’s before you head into the options list. A six-figure V-Series is basically guaranteed, then, as Cadillac takes on well-esteemed (and well-equipped) performance SUVs from its German rivals.

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Brabus 800 Adventure XLP Superblack is taking it to the extreme

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Renowned Mercedes-Benz tuning house Brabus has unleashed its latest creation based on the Mercedes-AMG G63 sport-luxury SUV. It’s the newest variant of the 800 Adventure XLP Superblack, a go-anywhere pickup truck hiding a mighty powerful V8 engine under the hood.

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This Airstream eStream concept is an electric camper with an innovative twist

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Thor Industries, maker of the Airstream and other popular RVs, recently unveiled the eStream electric camper concept. It’s essentially a hi-tech Airstream travel trailer with some nifty innovations hiding underneath.

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