Monday, February 28, 2011

Aston Martin Virage Shiny Copper

Caught on display a day ahead of its official reveal at the Geneva Auto Show, you might need to take a second look to realize this is in fact an all-new Aston Martin. Called the Virage, it’s remarkable similar to the DB9 and DBS, which comes as little surprise as it sits between the two models.
In person, the styling remains just as familiar, but the proportions are different with (if you can believe it) a nose that seems to protrude even further than those found on its siblings.
Aston Martin

Likely target at Bentley Continental GT owners, the Virage makes a sound business case for the brand as it helps expand the lineup without adding much in the way of R&D costs. While there’s obvious savings in the design department, the car rides on the same VH architecture as the rest of the Aston lineup while power comes from (what else?) a familiar 6.0-liter V12. Output is rated at 490-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, hitting the ground through a 6-speed automatic gearbox, helping the Virage hit 60-mph in 4.5 seconds. Top speed is 186-mph.

Aston Martin DB4 James Bond’s car

James Bond drove a 1964-65 Aston Martin DB5 in the first Bond movies and acquainted most Americans with England’s Aston Martin. But the 1958-63 Aston DB4, which the DB5 strongly resembled, was the first all-new Aston since industrialist David Brown bought and saved the revered automaker in 1947.
Aston Martin DB4
Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, never owned an Aston Martin, but he sure knew about classy cars. He owned a mid-1950s Ford Thunderbird two-seater and a rakish, early 1960s Studebaker Avanti, which he shipped to various countries to drive whenever he left England. Fleming’s wife was so jealous of his affection for the Avanti that she reportedly put sugar in its gas tank to gum up its engine.
But the Bond movie producers knew James Bond would have to drive an Aston Martin in the movie because it was the sleekest, fastest, most prestigious British sports car.
Aston Martin DB4
Most Astons have had a “DB” prefix because those, of course were David Brown’s initials. He sold the automaker in 1972 just before the big American fuel crunch and before new government regulations nearly caused the crash of the exotic sports car market in this country.

The new Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin has provided us with another good reason to look forward to the Geneva Motor Show, opening its doors next Tuesday, by revealing the all-new Virage.

This stunning 21st-century variant of a model which ceased production 11 years ago will be powered by a 6.0-litre V12 powertrain that generates a not insubstantial 490 ponies and 570Nm of torque. We don’t know exactly how fast that will make the Virage, but perhaps Aston is holding that information back for its world debut at the Geneva-Palexpo Conference centre. At least, we hope that’s the plan.

Though the Virage’s design traits instantly give away the fact it’s an Aston grand tourer, it is clearly distinguished from its stablemates by a side strake which houses six LEDs, a lower and wider stance than other Aston models, and an all-new rear diffuser.

Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin has unveiled the ultimate lightweight sports car.
The two new sports cars, the Virage Coupe and the Virage Volante, appear under the DB9 and DBS lineup as part of the Aston Martin’s VH build. Both vehicles, which will officially premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, feature bonded aluminum chassis, double-wishbone suspension on all corners and Adaptive Damping System with Sport from Aston Martin.
Aston Martin Virage: The Ultimate Luxury Car
Aston Martin Virage: The Ultimate Luxury Car

The Virage has a front mid-mounted V12 engine, but with distributed weight the new Aston Martin runs like a race car. Like everything Aston Martin creates, the Virage is a luxury vehicle at its best – with beauty and prestige all in one.
The new Aston Martin car is a hand-built 6.0 litre V12 engine that produces 490 bhp (365 kW/497 PS) and 570 nM (420 lb. Ft) of torque. With its carbon fibre prop shaft, the Aston Martin is mated to a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

The Aston Martin Vantage range comes of age with the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage S characterised by a host of new driver-focussed features all designed to push the honed dynamics of the standard Vantage to a new benchmark level.
Own Aston Martin V8 developed 4.7-liter supply, by at maximum power of 430 hp (436 hp / 321 kW) at 7,300 rpm and maximum torque of 490 Nm (lb.ft 361) at 5,000 rpm was and is coupled to a field training of new transmission Sport Shift ™ II, designed specifically for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S with seven short gear ratios designed to offer more attractive driver involvement and intense.
2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Front Side 580x435 wallpaper
dynamic assessment is important for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, accelerated with a 15:01 ratio rack, compared to 17:01 in the standard car and a larger diameter front disc brakes with six-piston brake calipers New front brake. New springs and dampers and larger rear wheels also contribute to the version of the chassis. A new system of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) specifically for the Vantage O module with a new brake offer tailored features like hydraulic brakes (HBA) support to help with emergency braking and Hill Start Assist (HSA). The Bridgestone tires were developed to optimize the dynamic feeling better grip.
As with all Aston Martin Vantage S benefits from its own unique sound with a new exhaust and the bypass valve on a map to escape resulting in a very nice touch and very vocal.
2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Interior 580x435 wallpaper
Bridging the gap between road car and race car, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is heavily influenced by the 2011 Vantage GT4 race car. The GT4 takes advantage of the Vantage’s immensely rigid bonded aluminium chassis, providing the ideal platform for a race car. Minor racing safety modifications including an FIA approved roll cage and racing ‘bag’ petrol tank along with weight saving measures are made to the standard road car to convert it into a class winning race car. In 2010, it won its class at the Dubai 24 Hours following this up with further endurance race wins at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Silverstone 24 Hours and Spa 24 Hours. It also won its first major international championship victory in the European GT4 Cup.
2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Panel 580x435 wallpaper

Aston Martin Delivers the First One-77

Aston Martin One-77
The Aston Martin One-77 isn’t exactly breaking news, but now that the first in a run of just 77 has been delivered, it’s catapulted the already-regal brand to an entirely new level of exclusivity.
The black beauty pictured here is not only the first turned over to a private owner, but also the first non-prototype produced. Delivered to the famous Hotel de Paris in Monaco, it’s unclear who the lucky owner is; but whoever it may be currently has ultimate bragging rights in the automotive universe.
If you happened to just hit the Mega Millions, rumor is there’s still a few spots left on the extremely short list—though you’ll have to hand over an additional $240,000, for a grand total of $2.04 million. Take that, Bugatti.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

If you need any proof that a four-door supercar can actually work then look no further than the Aston Martin Rapide. Why? Well not only does its sleek silhouette pack the same amount of sex-appeal as the Vantage and DB9 but an extra two seats means that you can now pick up even more groupies when sat behind that leather steering wheel. A bona fide babe magnet, the Rapide is also the best Aston I’ve ever driven thanks to a level of intimacy you don’t seem to get in its siblings. Better than the mighty DBS? Yes.