1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS SHOOTING BRAKE

The 1968 Aston Martin DBS driven by George Lazenby as James Bond in 1969′s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is one of the coolest cars ever, but we’ve just found a similar one that’s even better.

Bonhams’ Aston Martin sale at Newport Pagnell, UK, will feature this 1971 Aston Martin DBS Shooting Brake, the only one of its kind, built specially by FLM Panelcraft for the current owner in 1975. The ultimate marriage of secret agent swagger and gentlemanly sporting utility is expected to fetch up to about $110,000. We would gladly pay twice that to get behind the wheel of this blue beauty – and somebody probably will…

2013 PORSCHE CAYENNE GTS

The second coming is finally here, and it goes by the title of the 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS. Porsche has put 20 more horses under the hood to bring matters to 420 horsepower, and to get more out of them it has lowered the chassis a further 20 mm and installed a lower final-drive ratio. The one unkind note: whereas the first GTS was available with a six-speed manual, this one is fitted exclusively with Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptronic S paddleshift gearbox.

In the search for improved fuel economy, stop-start is standard, and when things get underway, the extra go-fast means a 5.4-second roar from zero to 60 mph. Along with unique side skirts and wheel arches, features only on the GTS include new Peridot Metallic (as shown) and Carmine Red paint, unique 20-inch wheels and eight-way GTS seats inside. There’s an available Sport Chrono package to keep tabs on your 162-mph SUV, but that won’t be included in the $82,050 base price (which includes $975 in delivery fees).

The GTS will be revealed at the Beijing Auto Show later this month.

THE RETURN OF THE DE TOMASO

De Tomaso, the Italian supercar marque founded by Argentine-born Alejandro de Tomaso in Modena in 1959, hit a high point with the Pantera in 1971, which became an icon of 1970s Italian automotive exoticism. Prior to that however the company produced the Mangusta, of which just 400 examples were built between 1966–1971. Since then company mostly concentrated on its ownership of Maserati and Moto Guzzi until it went belly up in 2004. Recently there’s been talk of reviving the brand under its new owner Gian Mario Rossignolo, and now designer Maxime de Keiser has come up with what a new Mangusta could look like.

At first glance it appears to be a modified Lamborghini, but then viewed from a different angle, the original Mangusta was contemporary with cars like the Urraco that began to define the Lamborghini style. While you’re waiting for de Keiser’s dream to become a reality, check out a mint 1970 Mangusta from Florida’s Motorcar Gallery that will run you just $99,500.

2013 DODGE SRT VIPER

If you had any doubt from the recent onslaught of pro-Detroit commercials from both Dodge and Chrysler that the once-beleaguered automaker was back, the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper ($TBA) should be all the further proof you need. Available in SRT and SRT GTS variants, this fifth-generation racer will sport a massive mid-engine 8.4L V10 pumping out an estimated 640hp, a six-speed manual transmission, a new driver-selectable two-mode suspension system powered by Bilstein DampTronic Select shock absorbers, Brembo brakes, all-new carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid and aluminum door panels, bi-xenon headlamps, and a host of high tech features that drag the venerable Viper name squarely into the 21st century.

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