Friday, September 16, 2005

This is what I would like for Christmas

Aston Martin Vanguish v12

Or, maybe when I grow up, I can have one like it. It is an Aston-Martin Vanquish v12.

Specifications: (from the Aston-Martin website)

All alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935cc 60° V12 front engine, rear-wheel drive Twin PTEC engine management system controlling fuel-injection, ignition and diagnostics Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active by-pass valves
Compression ratio: 10.8:1
Maximum power: 388 kW (520 bhp) at 7000 rpm
Maximum torque: 577 Nm (425 lb.ft) at 5800 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds; 0-160 km/h (100 mph) in 9.8 seconds Maximum speed: Over 321 km/h (200 mph)

Full grain leather and Alcantara interior
Driver and front passenger airbags
Electrically controlled front seats incorporating optional seat heaters
Air conditioning
Heated rear screen and optional heated front screen
Alarm and immobiliser system with remote central locking and boot release
Tyre pressure sensing system
Automatic rain sensing wiper operation
Blade mounted washer jets
Automatic headlamp operation
Auto dimming rear view mirrors
Trip computer
Instrument pack message centre display
Battery disconnect switch
Battery conditioner
Boot-mounted umbrella
First aid kit

In-Car Entertainment
Linn audio 1200 W, 13 speaker, 13 channel system with stereo radio cassette and six CD autochanger

Length: 4665 mm (183.7 inches)
Width: 1923 mm (75.7 inches)
Height: 1318 mm (51.9 inches)
Kerb weight: 1875 kgs (4133 lbs)
Wheelbase: 2690 mm (105.9 inches)
Boot space: 0.24 cu. m. (8.48 cu.ft.)
Fuel tank capacity: 80 litres (17.6 Imp. galls., 22.0 US galls.)
95RON unleaded fuel only

Fuel Consumption*
Litres/100 km (mpg)
Urban: 28.2 (10.0) Extra urban: 13.4 (21.0) Combined: 18.9 (14.9)
CO2 Emissions: 448 g/km*
* Not applicable to North America

Gas Mileage (mpg) - North America
City: 11.0
Highway: 17.0

MSRP: $234,260 (but it is hand-made)

What I would be concerned about, of course, is with the rising price of gasoline, how can I afford to drive this beauty with a 22 gallon gas tank and only 11 miles per gallon? Ouch. What I really do like about it is the "boot mounted umbrella". Everyone needs one of those.