Aston Martin Vulcan
When is a concept car not a concept car? When it’s the Aston Martin Vulcan. The British brand’s latest supercar is a seven-liter, V12 track-only monster. With more than 800 hp, this front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, carbon-fiber creation is more powerful than an F1 car. And while it won’t quite have the latter’s power-to-weight ratio, Aston Martin says it will outstrip one of its GTE cars from the World Endurance Championship.
That, quite frankly, is a lot of power, and being able to afford the hefty price tag doesn’t necessarily confer the talent to use it wisely. Which is why anyone buying one of the 24 Vulcans currently in production will get the opportunity to participate in an intensive driver training program. Aston unveiled the Vulcan at the Geneva Motor Show and made much of the fact it was styled in-house and features “a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars.” You’ll often hear phrases like this at car shows, when car companies want to float a balloon to test whether customers like or loathe their vision of the future. With the Vulcan, Aston has a double whammy: a styling concept for show and also something they can sell.
The new McLaren Longtail craves competition
Also making its debut at Geneva was the long-awaited McLaren 675LT. Trading on the “Longtail” moniker last associated with the GTR derivative of the McLaren F1 road car, the 675LT is the latest variant of the 650S. The new McLaren has shed around 200 lbs., and its 3.8-liter V8 engine has been heavily revised to deliver more power. The body has been tweaked to generate greater downforce, as well as improvements made to the 650S’s active airbrake. McLaren is quoting figures of 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. The figures suggest a model destined for racing, and the 675LT’s lack of creature comforts—no air conditioning, etc.—seems to support this. McLaren, however, is keen to point out that the 2,700 lb. supercar is entirely road legal.
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