From a Toyata Century to a super fast Adamastor, we’ve got pictures and reviews of 5 dope rides you’re sure to like.
Given the popularity of its cars, it’s still a little bit of a surprise that Toyota keeps its most luxurious model mostly to Japan. And this model also happens to be one of the marque’s longest-running nameplates, even though few people outside of Japan have seen it.
This model, of course, is the Toyota Century, and it has been redesigned for the current model year for the first time since 1997. Yes, things move slowly when it comes to Japan’s personal luxury and state sedans, and we’re certain that quite a few Century owners would have preferred Toyota not update the 1997-generation Century at all.
What does the interior of this chauffeur-driven sedan offer? Lots and lots of velour, which has long been the preferred upholstery in luxury cars and state limousines in Asia, not just in Japan. The rest of the interior design is similarly conservative — it would be easy to mistake this interior for something from the 1960s. Seat design has been kept very minimalist, and Toyota has even refrained from placing flat-screens in the front headrests for the benefit of rear-seat passengers. Instead, there is a large screen incorporated in the center armrest that also houses multiple pull-out drawers and air-conditioning vents. Read the full review here.
Aston Martin DB11 AMR
Aston Martin really wants to make the most of its newest GT car, the DB11. There’s the regular V12 coupe, plus a V8-powered coupe and convertible, and now there’s a new flagship. At least, there was the regular V12 coupe. Meet the DB11 AMR, 630 horsepower of V12-powered grand touring goodness. It’s also replacing the regular DB11 V12.
This car is part of Aston Martin’s new AMR sub-brand, which brings race inspiration to the road. In other words, that means performance upgrades. The DB11 AMR gets an extra 30 horsepower from its 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 and revised shift programming for its eight-speed automatic transmission. Aston also says the exhaust is a little louder, which is always a good thing when you have a V12.
The results of the AMR-ificiation include a 0.4-second improvement in 0-60 mph time, with the DB11 hitting the mark in 3.5 seconds vs. the base V12’s 3.9, and 208 mph flat out. Read the full review here.
What we are looking at is an FIA-spec steel tubular frame with crash structures front and rear, wrapped in a composite body with carbon fiber details. Engine choices include 2.0 or 2.3-liter four-cylinder Ford engines, or for more scoot, Ford’s 2.7 or 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 powerplants (a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 is also available). When it comes to gearboxes, Adamastor will offer Ford’s manual or automatic choices, or a dog ‘box with straight-cut gears in H-pattern manual, sequential or paddle-shift format and the custom gear ratios of your choosing.
While Adamastor is looking into widening its powertrain portfolio, the P003RL is far from being the only road-legal track car using Ford engines. In England, both the now AC-owned Zenos and the ex-McLaren crew’s Elemental RP1 use tuned Ecoboost four-cylinders. Read the full review here.
Polestar 1 Hybrid Coupe
Last year, Volvo made Polestar its own brand for hybrid and electric performance cars, then it dropped the stunning Polestar 1 Concept. We had some indication this 600-hp carbon-bodied hybrid coupe would be expensive, but now we know for sure. Polestar confirmed today at the Beijing Motor Show that the Polestar 1 will start at $155,000 when it reaches the US next year.
That means Polestar will be playing with some heavy hitters, though we’re not sure if this car will have any direct competitors. The only other hybrids in that general price range are the BMW i8 and the Acura NSX, both of which are quite different than the Polestar.
Polestar is taking an interesting sales approach for its new cars too. Like Tesla, it’ll bypass traditional dealers in favor of its own Polestar Spaces, and it’s also planning on offering a subscription service like Care by Volvo. Read the full review here.
Following the release of the Maybach Vision 6 and the refreshed Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the company has released another concept, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury. Combining sedan and SUV body styles, the Ultimate Luxury (creative name!) is fully electric, sending power to all four wheels via four individual permanent-magnet synchronous motors. It also looks… interesting.
Let’s get the exterior out of the way. The front looks nice and concept-y, and those 24-inch turbine wheels are pretty sweet. But once you get to the rear, things start to go wrong. It’s like Mercedes tried to make an S-Class that could go mudding, but mixed up the numbers used to change the proportions. Maybe it would look nicer carving up a sand dune, through a snow-covered road, or up a rock-covered hill. But these photos aren’t helping. Read the full review here.