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Lamborghini Huracán EVO Review: Brains With Brawn

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The Lamborghini Huracán EVO represents an evolution and introduces a new “brain”, the Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics (LDVI) system.
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys

When you consider that the total production numbers in the lifetime of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. sits at around 50,000 and that a brand like Toyota pumps these numbers out in 3 or so days, you start to understand that Lamborghini has spent the time to be very intentional about everything they do. 

So when they say they have created something that has evolved – they really have.

First introduced in 2013, the Lamborghini Huracán line is the smaller (but no less attention-grabbing) sibling to the Aventador range. With the Italian brand officially retiring the original Huracán and Huracán Performante models from their website this year, the Lamborghini Huracán EVO has now become Lamborghini’s new entry-point vehicle.

The new 'entry level' Lamborghini. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The new ‘entry level’ Lamborghini. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Described as the “evolution of the most successful V10-powered Lamborghini ever”, the Huracán EVO is not just the result of learning from the previous Huracán models, but also the Aventador, Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo Racing experience and ultimately Lamborghini’s entire technological and styling history of producing super sports cars.

Having already reviewed the Nürburgring production car record holder, the Huracán Performante, I was very eager with this review to get behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Huracán EVO to see what Lamborghini had forged in its further evolution of the Huracán.

The Huracán is named after a famous Spanish fighting bull from 1879. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Huracán is named after a famous Spanish fighting bull from 1879. Credit: Billionaire Toys

With only a few hours this time to take it through its paces, Anthony De Zen at Lamborghini Brisbane gave a quick introduction, summing it up as, “If you thought the Performante stuck to the road like glue…. You’re going to LOVE this thing”.

He wasn’t wrong.

First, we had to get the EVO out of the congested streets of the city and somewhere it could breathe and stretch its legs, so we headed for the long roads and tight corners of sugar cane country.

Testing the Huracán EVO in spectacular scenery. Credit: Billionaire Toys
Testing the Huracán EVO in spectacular scenery. Credit: Billionaire Toys
Plenty of corners too. Credit: Billionaire Toys
Plenty of corners too. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Huracán EVO’s Exterior

When you first walk around the EVO, you immediately notice Lamborghini has dramatically redesigned the rear wing and removed the ALA (aerodynamic) wing system that featured on the Performante.

There’s also a new front splitter. Moving away from the angular “shark-like” one of the original Huracán and Huracán Performante, the Huracán EVO features a more honeycomb “Y” shaped looking front bumper.

The new front splitter design of the Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The new front splitter design of the Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys

The rear diffuser is also dramatically redesigned, which, combined with the new front splitter, creates a double airway underneath the super sports car. All this has resulted in the EVO now having 5x more downforce than the previous Huracán, giving it more advantages in accelerating, braking and cornering.

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo's new wing and rear diffuser design. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo’s new wing and rear diffuser design. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Looking down the side of the EVO, you may also notice the skirt vents have been reshaped and are reminiscent of those on the Lamborghini Murcielago (it’s nice to see some older family DNA still making it through the generations).

The specific Huracán EVO model we were testing featured exterior paintwork in “Bianco Icarus Metallic” (standard color at no extra charge) with exterior details in high gloss black (optional extra) including the front fascia, exhaust pipes, c-pillar air vent frames and backend frame and rear panel.

Another feature of this particular EVO was the transparent engine hood, which comes at an extra cost (roughly around $10K) but, in my opinion, is an absolute must. The engine itself is a work of art, and to cover it up is almost criminal. Not to mention, you’ll likely find your gaze drawn to the interior of the engine bay every time you’re filling up the fuel tank (and be joined by friendly bystanders wanting to do the same).

The Lamborghini transparent engine hood is a must-have option. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini transparent engine hood is a must-have option. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo in Bianco Icarus Metallic paint. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo in Bianco Icarus Metallic paint. Credit: Billionaire Toys

All-Wheel Steering

But this is still just the beginning of the evolution. For the first time in an entry-level Lambo, All-Wheel Steering has been installed and compliments the EVO’s increased downforce to give it some incredible supercharged handling abilities. While exceptional at high-speed cornering, having all-wheel steering at low speeds also increases the agility and turning circle of the vehicle in every day driving.

New Wheel Design

Also new to the Lamborghini Huracán EVO are 20″ Aesir rims which were graphite grey with orange calipers on the car we were testing. However, if these don’t take your fancy, other options include diamond cut or titanium matt versions, “flower petal” shaped Giano 20″ rims, ten-spoke Navi Forged 20″ rims, or the hexagon-shaped 5 spoke Loge Forged 20″ rims.

The EVO coupe we tested was an All-Wheel Drive version, and typically one would assume that to have fun drifting, a Rear Wheel Drive variant is required. Curiously, this is not the case with the Huracán EVO because of some new tech….

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo with graphite grey 20" Aesir Rims. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo with graphite grey 20″ Aesir Rims. Credit: Billionaire Toys

The Super Gene in EVO’s DNA

Lamborghini was still not content with the evolution so far, as all the systems discussed until now only represent the brawn attributes of the EVO. A car’s muscle, agility, strength, and performance are still limited to the brains using them, so Lamborghini built a new super brain for the EVO.

In Italian, it’s called the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI). In English, we swap the order around and call it the Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics. In short, it’s an incredible processor capable of coordinating a complex and sophisticated system and managing driving dynamics.

LDVI works by continually monitoring the vehicle’s all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, traction, and suspension systems. It also gets orientation data from a series of gyroscopes and accelerometers that sit in the EVO’s center of gravity. Additionally, LDVI is also reading data from the driver via the mode they’ve put the car in, their use of the brake, accelerator, and the steering angle.

The LDVI system's outputs can bee seen on the 8.4-inch touchscreen. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The LDVI system’s outputs can bee seen on the 8.4-inch touchscreen. Credit: Billionaire Toys

LDVI takes all of this information and, in just 20 milliseconds, anticipates the driver’s wishes, shifting from the usual reaction model to one of anticipation. The LDVI “brain” is the fulfilling evolution of the Huracán EVO, wired to pre-empt your next move. For example, if a driver is about to understeer or oversteer into a corner, the LDVI brain makes slight corrections before the predicted event and adjusts accordingly (especially helpful when throwing an EVO around the real-life roads surrounding cane farms that feature corners foreign to engineered racetracks).

Switch the Huracán EVO into sport (fun) mode, and the car will know when you want it to drift. Putting the vehicle into Corsa (track) mode, you are telling it that lap times and accuracy are essential, and under the same scenario, drifting will be prevented. LDVI will allow a driver to feel bulletproof, and when driving a super sports car, this is exactly how you want your driving experience to be.

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Dashboard in Corsa mode. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Dashboard in Corsa mode. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo dashboard in Strada mode. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo dashboard in Strada mode. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The new HMI 8.4-inch touchscreen is a great addition to the Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The new HMI 8.4-inch touchscreen is a great addition to the Evo. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Inside the EVO

The most significant change from the Huracán Perfomante to the Huracán EVO interior is undoubtedly the large 8.4-inch touchscreen “Human Machine Interface” sitting smack bang in the center console. More easily remembered as the HMI, the new giant touchscreen does away with the previous panel of tactile buttons and knobs and the former small monochrome display of the Performante. This offers both the driver and passenger the ability to see navigational maps easily, make music choices, connect to Apple Play, use telemetry, and view the car’s LDVI outputs in real-time.

The HMI graphics are on point and fit perfectly in with the dashboard and hexagonal theme throughout the car. Once you have spent a few minutes playing with the HMI, you’ll find getting around the menus is a breeze. I also liked the look and functionality of EVO’s navigation maps, and in my opinion, Lamborghini has succeeded where many other automakers fail.

There's so much to like about the Huracan interior. Credit: Billionaire Toys
There’s so much to like about the Huracan interior. Credit: Billionaire Toys

In terms of styling, the cabin featured extensive use of leather and Alcantara, with this particular EVO model spec’d in the “EVO Trim – Sportivo Alcantara” package with the seating in Nero black Alcantara material and contrasting seat/interior panels, seat belts, headrest embroidery and stitching throughout the cabin in a bright orange called Arancio Leonis. For the first time, Lamborghini now also provides a new interior trim option for customers called Carbon Skin®, which is exclusive to Lamborghini.

The embroidered Lamborghini Headrest shields are an option. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The embroidered Lamborghini Headrest shields are an option. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The optional fully-electric and heated seats are delicious. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The optional fully-electric and heated seats are delicious. Credit: Billionaire Toys

While previous Lamborghini’s I’ve driven have had firmer sport or racing seats, this Huracán EVO had fully electric-adjustable and heated seats and certainly increased the creature comforts of this particular bull.

Softer and more comfortable for every day driving than the racing seat, the fully electric seat is adjustable in both horizontal and vertical directions and offers both 2-way lumbar support and seat heating.

Granted, this isn’t WHY you buy a Lamborghini, but if you plan on doing any more driving than a quick milk run down to the corner store or a few race laps, it makes a massive difference to the overall everyday functionality.

The Huracan Evo has the same powerplant as the Performante (although not gold-colored). Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Huracan Evo has the same powerplant as the Performante (although not gold-colored). Credit: Billionaire Toys

EVO’s Power

Learning from Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo racing division, Lamborghini had already worked and evolved it’s V10 for the previous record-setting Huracán Performante, generating 471 kW / 631 hp / 640 CV at 8,000 rpm and 601 Nm / 443 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. It was only natural that Lamborghini would pass this on to the Huracán EVO generation as well.

With the incredible bark of the V10 behind you, the sunset before you, and spearing down a 2 km straight road, it’s hard to truly describe the effortlessness with which the Lamborghini’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission switches between gears, but faster than lightning is a good start.

The Huracán is the most successful V10 in Lamborghini's history. Credit: Billionaire Toys
The Huracán is the most successful V10 in Lamborghini’s history. Credit: Billionaire Toys

Capable of accelerating 0-100kmh (0-62 mph) in 2.9 sec with a top speed of 325 km/h (201 mph), and sharing the same engine as its predecessor, it’s no surprise the straight-line performance stats of the Lamborghini Huracán EVO mirror those of the Huracán Performante. But it’s in the corners, where the all-wheel steering, 5x downforce, and LDVI brain are working harmoniously to see the EVO rise above the Performante. Already this has been recognized with the EVO performing faster around some sections of the Nardo test track.

Lamborghini Huracán EVO Fast Facts

  • Vehicle type: Two-door/ two-passenger super sports car
  • Base price: $US274,390 (in Australia $483,866 + $97,760 for optional extras featured on this particular car + $50,954 on-road costs = AU$626,014)
  • Available in AWD Coupe, RWD Coupe, AWD Spyder & RWD Spyder
  • Max speed: 325 kmh / 201 mph
  • Acceleration: 0-100kmh / 0-62 mph in 2.9 sec
  • Acceleration: 0-200kmh / 0-124 mph in 9.0 sec
  • Engine: V10, 5.2 litre naturally aspirated engine
  • Transmission: 7 speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Power: 640CV / 470kW / 631Hp
  • Torque: 443 pound-feet at 6500 rpm

Highs

Everything. In summary, this EVO knocked it out of the park on all five criteria: speed, sound, style, handling and comfort.

Lows

I dream of a future where the Huracán has factory-made vertical doors.

Driving the Lamborghini Hurcan Evo Review
Nice work with the evolution Lamborghini. Credit: Billionaire Toys

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Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Made For Those Who Love Puzzles

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The limited-edition Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos comes with a secret code to crack and only two people in the world know the answer.
Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Front Side View
The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos in “Kryptos Green”. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The Rolls-Royce Bespoke team is responsible for some of the most creative and imaginative editions designed. Now it looks like they’re adding a puzzling edition to keep car owners on their toes – the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection.

Limited to 50 vehicles in total, the special Wraith Kryptos, which comes in a unique “Kryptos Green”, incorporates a series of complex ciphers throughout the design for owners looking for a one-of-a-kind challenge.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Starlight Headliner
Matrix-like Starlight Headliner. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“The name Kryptos is derived from Ancient Greek, referring to something unseen, hidden and coded, mythical even” shared Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, Katrin Lehmann. “Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world’s most brilliant minds.

“As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art.”

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Spirit of Ecstasy
The puzzle starts with the Spirit of Ecstasy. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

For the uninitiated, the encrypted cipher codes look like an intricate embellishment woven throughout the car design. However, for the code-breakers, the mysterious journey begins with dot-dash engraving found at the base of the Spirit of Ecstasy and carries on throughout the rest of the car and can be found in the external coach striping, embroidered headrests and “Matrix” look starlight headliner.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Cryptic Details
…and continues through to the interior of the Wraith Kryptos. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Owners who think they have cracked the code can submit their answers to the invite-only Rolls-Royce Whispers app. However, only two people at the Rolls-Royce headquarters are privy to the answer, kept in a sealed envelope in the safe of the Chief Executive Officer at Goodwood, West Sussex.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Interior
Kryptos Green detailing throughout the interior. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Sharing on the concept of the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Torsten Müller-Ötvös, current CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “The brilliant and creative minds of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective have excelled once again, creating an extraordinarily contemporary and compelling iteration of Wraith. The Wraith Kryptos Collection, on first glance, is a statement of dynamism. On closer examination, a series of messages are hidden behind a unique Rolls-Royce cipher. I look forward to seeing whether any of our clients will crack the code!”

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Aerial View

No word has been given yet on pricing for the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection, but it’s most likely the Sherlock Holmes experience will come at a premium to the standard Wraith.

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New Lamborghini Sián Roadster Hybrid: Only 19 Will Be Made

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The already sold-out Lamborghini Sián Roadster is the company’s first hybrid roadster and is powered by a supercapacitor instead of lithium-ion cells.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster hybrid super sports car.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster hybrid super sports car. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini has officially revealed the new Lamborghini Sián Roadster – inspired by the Sián FKP 37 hybrid concept car first unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

After a week of Lamborghini teasing their new release with ambiguous images across social media, the Italian supercar maker has come forth with the latest hybrid creation.

Limited to only 19 vehicles (which are already sold-out), the Sián Roadster is the company’s first hybrid roadster and powered by Lamborghini’s 6.5-liter V12 engine with unique hybrid technologies that can produce up to 819 horsepower (602kW) of thermal and electric power.

Lamborghini Sian Roadster Hybrid Rear Side View
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster will produce up to 819 horsepower. Credit: Lamborghini

“The Sián Roadster encapsulates the spirit of Lamborghini,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It is the expression of breathtaking design and extraordinary performance, but most importantly embodies important future technologies. The Sián’s innovative hybrid powertrain heralds the direction for Lamborghini super sports cars, and the open-top Sián Roadster affirms a desire for the ultimate lifestyle Lamborghini as we move towards a tomorrow demanding new solutions.”

Only 19 Lamborghini Sián Roadster's will be built.
Only 19 Lamborghini Sián Roadster’s will be built. Credit: Lamborghini

Unlike many other electric vehicle manufacturers, the Sián Roadster uses a supercapacitor developed in collaboration with MIT in Boston, which can store ten more times power than lithium-ion batteries and delivers optimum performance.

Located in the bulkhead between the cockpit and engine, the supercapacitor and e-motor system weighs only 34kg and works in conjunction with the V12 engine and a new powertrain.

Sian Roadster Hybrid Interior Cockpit
The Sián Roadster’s new interior cockpit design. Credit: Lamborghini

The 48-volt e-motor itself delivers an additional 34hp for a total of 819hp (602kW), allowing the Sián Roadster to reach a top speed of over 218mph/350kmh and accelerate from 0 – 60mph 100kmh in less than 2.8 seconds.

The e-motor system also provides immediate response and supports low-speed manoeuvres (like reversing and parking) with electric power.

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Endless customisation opportunities available to owners. Credit: Lamborghini

Another feature of the Sián Roadster is the regenerative braking system specially developed by Lamborghini. Unlike regular lithium-ion batteries, the supercapacitor’s symmetric behavior means that they can be charged and discharged with the same power, meaning the Sián’s energy storage system charges every time the vehicle brakes.

Each time the driver brakes, energy is stored in an instantly-available power boost which the driver can draw on immediately when accelerating away (making it 10% faster than a vehicle without this system).

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Lamborghini Sián Roadster debuts in “Blu Uranas”. Credit: Lamborghini

Design-wise, the launch model of the Sián Roadster debuted in a color known as “Blu Uranas” with “Oro Electrum” wheels and “Blu Glauco” detailing, specially selected by Lamborghini’s Centro Stile and Ad Personam departments.

Carrying the unmistakable Lamborghini hexagonal DNA throughout the entire design, the Sián Roadster shares many of the same design elements of the coupe version, although it adds new details like the engine bonnet, the roll bar integrated into the front windscreen and aerodynamic wind vanes.

Sian Roadster Hybrid Rear View
Lamborghini’s hexagonal DNA continues through with the Sián Roadster. Credit: Lamborghini

No prices have been announced yet, but with all 19 limited editions already sold, you’ll most likely have to sell a kidney to get one anyway.

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The New James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation

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Fancy yourself the next James Bond? The new Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation, complete with all its gadgets might just be your cup of tea.
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin

After more than 50 years, Aston Martin has decided it is high time the gadget cars of the early James Bond make a comeback, with the first “Job 1” DB5 Goldfinger Continuation rolling off the production line (after a few extra modifications from the “Q’s” at Aston Martin).

Limited to 25 editions and built in collaboration with EON Productions, the new Goldfinger DB5 continuation model is the first new DB5 to be built in more than 50 years.

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation's rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation’s rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin

Originally built between 1963 and 1965, only 900 saloon examples of the classic Aston Martin DB5 were originally constructed, but thanks to its iconic appearance in the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger,” it has since been dubbed by some as “the most famous car in the world.”

Exterior paint color "Silver Birch" just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin
Exterior paint color “Silver Birch” just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin

Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond. To see, the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment.

“It is a genuine privilege, and significant responsibility, to have been involved in the shaping of this new DB5 and to be helping to lead the creation of new versions of this automotive icon. I’m absolutely certain that the 25 lucky owners who are beginning to take delivery of these cars will be thrilled with them.”

These days the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuation takes around 4,500 hours of construction to create a working car complete with many of the operable gadgets from the movie, created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE.

Sharing the original DB5 styled aluminum exterior body panels and an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure, the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuations are powered by a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine and are only available in one exterior color – “Silver Birch,” just like the original James Bond car.

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin

It’s important to note the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is not “road-legal,” (which is slightly disappointing if we’re honest and rules out about 98% of the locations you’d want to test out the gadgets). However, if its any consolation, you could still take it to a track to test out the following list of Bond-inspired gadgets.

Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Exterior Gadgets:
  • Rear smoke screen delivery system
  • Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
  • Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
  • Simulated twin front machine guns
  • Bullet resistant rear shield
  • Battering rams front and rear
  • Simulated tyre slasher
  • Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Interior Gadgets:
  • Simulated radar screen tracker map
  • Telephone in driver’s door
  • Gear knob actuator button
  • Armrest and center console-mounted switchgear
  • Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
  • Remote control for gadget activation
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin

First deliveries of the 25 special DB5 Goldfinger Continuation vehicles to their owners have already commenced and will continue through the second half of 2020.

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