Monterrey Car Week: our top 3 novelties
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster:
We say "bummer" 249 times: Because there will be exactly that many examples of the wild roadster, but all of them have already been sold. We would have loved to have driven the most powerful and beautiful Vantage with 700 horsepower, capital gills and no roof. But if you want something even more brutal and pure, and if you are one of the selected Aston Martin Q customers, there's the all new DBR22 as well. Also equipped with a V12 power unit, the de-facto windscreenless car can reach a top speed of 320 kilometres per hour. Owners of the V12 Speedster from 2021? Perhaps you'd rather look away at this point.
Bentley Mulliner Batur:
If you had to describe the Bentley Mulliner Batur in one word, it would probably be "ultimate". Ultimately new, because it is the first model from Crewe to show the brand's future design line, which will be electric. Ultimately powerful, because the Batur is the last Bentley with the iconic W12 engine - but this now produces more than 740 hp and 1,000 Newton metres. And ultimately configurable. Bentley itself speaks of "endless" possibilities of individualisation during the presentation. Every detail is supposed to be configurable. Sounds good, but looks even better.
This is how you bring the past and the future together: For his 50th birthday, Christian von Koenigsegg presents himself with the CC850, a homage to his first self-produced car, the CC8S. For this purpose, the CC850 with up to 1382 PS takes up the lines of its own ancestor, but continues them timelessly. The gearbox looks like something out of a fantastic past-future crossover, too: a manual six-speed with clutch works here, but it can be "transformed" into a nine-speed automatic gearbox with variable transmission ratio on request. Yes, you read that right. This is made possible by the "Light Speed Transmission" from the Koenigsegg Jesko. You want to engage the the full automatic transmission? Just put the manual lever in the bottom right-hand corner and the car does the work. The only thing you have to do yourself is understand the "how" and "why". But that's not a must, the CC850 is also very nice just like that.