A new Mercedes-AMG wagon takes the term soccer mom to a whole new level, Aston Martin drops the top on the Vanquish S and General Motors and Honda join forces to build fuel cells. It’s all in Auto News in :60.
Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante
The top is coming off the Vanquish S. Ladies and gents, meet the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante.
Like the S coupe, the Volante gets the huge 5.9-liter naturally-aspirated V12. Horsepower comes in at 580 with 465 lb-ft of torque. It also has the coupe’s 8-speed automatic transmission. It was tuned for the S for faster and smoother shifting even at lower speeds.
The S coupe and Volante will go on sale in April. The S coupe comes with a $294,950 price tag. Pricing for the Volante will come out soon.
Mercedes-AMG E63 S
Mercedes-Benz is shoving an AMG-tuned 4.0-liter V8 into the E63 S wagon. Because why not.
The V8 makes 603-horsepower with 627 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain features a special AMG Speedshift Multi Clutch 9-speed sports transmission with a wet clutch. Of course, it comes with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. When it comes to drifting, the power shifts to the back wheels.
It’s due here in America this fall with a price tag probably over the $100,000 mark.
Honda, GM Fuel Cell Partnership
Honda and General Motors are joining forces. They companies announced this week they’re going to build fuel cells together.
The automaker’s say they’ll start mass-producing fuel cell systems by around 2020 at a plant in Michigan. They aren’t just thinking vehicles either. They are also researching military, residential and aerospace uses, too.
They’ll split the $85 million bill for the venture. The deal stems from a partnership dating back to 2013.