On this episode of Ignition, Kim Reynolds heads to Pamplona, Spain to have a look at some of Jaguar's classic entries in the sports car realm, and also to get his hands on their latest convertible sports car, the F-Type. The F-type has an all-aluminum body and a new all-aluminum, 3.0-liter supercharged direct-injection V-6 based on the 5.0-liter V-8, with balance shafts, a dual independent variable cam timing system, and a Roots-type twin vortex supercharger mounted in the engine's vee. Jaguar has given us three different versions, the V6, V6S, and V8s, to play with, so we're taking them out to the mountains of Spain to see which one best represents Jaguar's new spiritual E-type successor.
While we are big fans of the Vanquish, we're suckers for a sport convertible. But, the droptop isn't the only thing to like about the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante ($300,000). Its throaty-sounding six-liter V12 engine produces 565 bhp, pushing it from 0-62 mph in just over four seconds, with a top speed of 183 mph. Not only is it powerful, it's also light — thanks to a completely carbon fiber body and aluminum chassis (all without sacrificing structural rigidity). The lightweight, fabric roof folds flat in just 14 seconds, exposing the beautifully-appointed interior, and its passengers, to the sun in no time.
This 2005 Maserati MC12 2dr MC12 Coupe features a V12 12cyl Gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 6 Speed Automatic transmission. The vehicle is White with a Blue Full Leather interior. It is offered As-Is, not covered by a warranty.
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An interesting read giving a new take on the kit car experience. While I'm not fond of most of the new matchbox kit cars people seem interested in today, I do love the idea of letting people get involved in the actual building process.