Following the first glimpse offered by the Project AM 310 shown at Villa d'Este, Aston Martin have now released full details of the all-new Vanquish. Replacing the DBS as the range-topping model, the new Vanquish features a second generation of the bonded aluminium 'VH' chassis, which includes more composite components. The engine is still the tried and trusted V12, which in its latest guise produces 565 bhp. The first Vanquish is expected to be delivered towards the end of the year.
At the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley will reveal its fastest production model yet; the Continental GT Speed. It boasts a tweaked version of the W12 engine, which is good for 616 bhp and 800 Nm of torque. It will be driven up the hill by the likes of Juha Kankunnen and Derek Bell.
While in the process of scoring the first Le Mans victory with a hybrid car, Audi revealed the first diesel engined 'S' model. Dubbed the SQ5 TDI, it is based on the Q5 crossover. Power comes from a V6 with two turbos used in series. The 'BiTDI' engine is good for a hefty 308 bhp and 650 Nm of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic.
Also at Le Mans, Mazda revealed the first diesel engine eligible for the LMP2 class. Known as the 'Skyactiv-D', the new 2.2-litre unit was fitted in a Lola B10 chassis. Considering the British manufacturer's difficult financial situation, it seems more likely that a different chassis will be used when the engine will make its competition debut in 2013. The first time signed up to use the engine is Dempsey Racing, co-owned by actor Patrick Dempsey.
Specifically for the X Games in Los Angeles, Citroen have prepared this DS3 XL. It is based on the current WRC car, with a larger version of the engine, which pumps out 545 bhp and 800 Nm of torque. This allows the all-wheel drive machine to rocket to 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds. The 'L' in the type name is a reference to World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb, who will campaign the very hot DS3 in the X Games.

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2012 Aston Martin Vanquish - Images, Specifications and Information

2012 Audi SQ5 TDI - Images, Specifications and Information

2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed - Images, Specifications and Information

2012 Citron DS3 XL - Images, Specifications and Information

2012 Lola B10 Mazda Skyactiv-D - Images, Specifications and Information