The McLaren 650S, hastily unveiled yesterday after an injudicious leak by The Sunday Times (something we deplore as we had a sneak preview of the 650S at McLaren’s HQ in Woking a couple of months ago and managed to keep quiet about it…), is faster, better handling, and even more beautiful than the 12C it doesn’t replace...
Long-term readers of our blog will remember that, a few months ago, Aston Martin revealed a very special concept car as part of its centenary celebrations: the achingly gorgeous, DBR1-inspired CC100 Speedster.
So seemingly awe inspiring the CC100 was, that former step-sister Jaguar thought that its new F-Type Roadster deserved the same retro, 'homage to the great endurance racers of the past' makeover.
The end result is this: the rather stunning Project 7.
It seems Aston Martin can’t get enough of launching new models and special editions this year to commemorate the marque’s 100th Anniversary.
First we had the ‘Centenary Editions’, then the CC100 Speedster was unveiled last week at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race. And now we’ve got the fastest ever “baby Aston”: the V12 Vantage S.
Though the McLaren road car division in its current incarnation has only been going for less than a decade, the company and the brand as a whole is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.
To mark the occasion, McLaren’s got quite a few things in store - among them, these 12C and 12C Spider special editions...
Earlier this year, as part of the company’s 100th anniversary, Aston Martin announced it would be unveiling an array of new, bespoke machinery in order to mark the occasion.
So far, though, all that’s materialised are a few ‘Centenary Edition’ variants of the V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide and Vanquish models.
However, rather reassuringly, the company has revealed what could quite possibly end up being this year’s most praised concept car – the CC100 Speedster.
In recent Porsche tradition, we’ve often had to wait a while for the 911 Turbo to join the model range, and even longer for the upstart Turbo S to put that car in its place.
Now, though, both forced-induction, all-wheel drive variants of Germany’s eponymous rear-engined sports car have not only been revealed simultaneously, but will also officially go on sale at the same time in September this year.