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more hp – around 730 – and a top speed (allegedly, officer) of 211mph. With advanced chassis and active aero technology leaking from every pore of its aluminium skin, we’ll bet there’s not a performance enthusiast anywhere who isn’t gagging to find out by what sort of margin the F12 outclasses the already awesome Ferrari 599 it replaces. The flashy Italians didn’t grab all the supercar headlines at Geneva of course, as iconic British brand Aston Martin wowed punters with its V12 Zagato – a standard V12 Vantage apparently restyled by the eponymous Italian design-house. Fortunately for Anglophile enthusiasts the Aston Zagato was designed and is hand-built in the UK in spite of the Zagatobadging. It uses a bespoke mixture of aluminium and carbon fibre exterior panels, a fact which helps to explain why Aston’s latest limited edition costs a cool £330k. Oddly, the car unveiled at Geneva by Britain’s oldest surviving car company AC hails from a factory in South Africa. Even oddlier, it too bears Zagato badging but at a mere £90k with American 6.2 litre V8 power and fibreglass bodywork you’re going to be a lot less worried where you park the AC 378 GT Zagato. AC also announced the launch of a sub-£50k Ace, a sort of junior Cobra roadster from the same South African factory, but we haven’t had a glimpse of that one yet. Amongst such exalted company we’re almost embarrassed to mention the new Porsche Boxster, but as ‘entry-models’ go it’s always been a cracker. The latest version looks a good bit swoopier than the old half-used bar of soap design, but don’t despair if you need a double-take to differentiate it from the new 911 at speed – we think that’s the point! So skipping lightly over the Series II Rolls-Royce Phantom (if we linger too long we’ll fall asleep on the back seat but, just so you know, it gets an odd new headlamp treatment, new 8-speed auto gearbox and - finally - a decent satnav), what delights did Geneva hold for more practical, say, horsey types? PQ | 155

PQ international | Spring Issue 2012 #79  

The English Polo Magazine

PQ international | Spring Issue 2012 #79  

The English Polo Magazine

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