Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Modified Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Modified Aston Martin

Modified Aston Martin V8 Vantage

About a week ago we bought you the news that Aston Martin is the coolest brand in the UK. Over the Atlantic Aston Martin’s are also very popular and that’s why many owners try to differentiate them from others. This V8 Vantage shown here has become a real piece of art.

The exterior has a special blue paintjob, D2 Forged VS1 wheels, a Vantage Collection V2 rear diffuser and a Vantage Collection V1 front lip. Inside you’ll find Vantage Collection custom floor mats together with Piano Black upper door panels. Besides that, the suspension has been tweaked by adding H&R Springs.

Next Aston Martin will be a luxury subcompact

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Aston Martin made official what many industry watchers had already assumed; that it will be begin producing the tiny-but-luxurious Cygnet in 2011.

The Cygnet is a rebadged Toyota iQ equipped with the same 97hp 1.3-liter engine but outfitted with a high-end, sartorial interior that's been enveloped with hand-stitched leather. News sources are pegging the Cygnet with a price tag somewhere between $45,000 to $75,000, according to InsideLine.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2010 Aston Martin Vantage Barracuda Tzunamee Detail

2010 Aston Martin Vantage Barracuda Tzunamee

Aston Martin – a brand as typically English as afternoon tea, or horse racing at Ascot. The small model of the classic English brand, the V8 powered Vantage, is entering into a stylistically dynamic liaison with the TZUNAMEE rim, produced by the innovative wheel manufacturer BARRACUDA WHEELS from Stein am Rhein. The front axle is adorned with 9.0 x 20 inch light alloy rims, while 10.0 x 20 inch rims are mounted on the rear drive axle.

With its striking drop centre and secondary spokes, which enable a lightweight design with high static strength, the TZUNAMEE wheel has an extremely aggressive look. It imparts breathtaking design and lightweight athleticism – precisely the attributes that characterise Aston Martin.

The matte black/polished, highly polished surface suits the V8 Vantage, painted in classic green, especially well. In addition, the wheel is available in sizes from 7.5 x 17 to 10 x 20 inches, and in the following colour schemes: Higloss black, real chrome, and white polished.

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2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 - Price, Detail, Photo, Specs

2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420

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2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420
Aston Martin has unveiled a new motorsport-inspired special edition; the V8 Vantage N420 which brings a new dimension of sporting prowess and dynamic ability to the V8 Vantage range.

Successor to the special edition V8 Vantage N400 of 2007, the Vantage N420 is based upon the standard 4.7-litre, 420bhp, 180mph V8 Vantage and is available as a Coupe or Roadster, and with a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission.

The Vantage N420 draws inspiration from the company’s experiences at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. In the 2006 running of the annual Nürburgring endurance classic amongst a field of mostly motorsport homologated cars, Aston Martin entered a near-standard, road-registered V8 Vantage. Driven by a team of employees, including Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, the V8 Vantage – named ‘Rose’ by the team – finished 4th in class and 24th overall from a field of more than 200 specialised racing cars.

Since then Aston Martin has returned every year to compete in this gruelling endurance race, scoring a string of class victories and podiums with road-registered V8 and V12 Vantages and most recently the new four-door Rapide. Not only has this racing success spawned a burgeoning V8 Vantage GT4 customer programme run by Aston Martin Racing, but lessons learned in racing at the Nürburgring has led to aerodynamic and other performance developments being fed back into Aston Martin’s road cars.

A generous standard specification and some unique options ensure the special edition Vantage N420 is both exclusive and distinctive, while also offering a 27kg weight saving – achieved through the application of carbon fibre – over the standard V8 Vantage.

On the outside, wider sills combine perfectly with a carbon fibre splitter, side strakes and diffuser, while bold 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels complete with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and ‘Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers complete the co-ordinated look.

Inside the Vantage N420 offers an Iridium interior package, with graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara® steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques and lightweight carbon fibre seats, complete with ‘Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Park Distance Control are also standard.

Cementing the Vantage N420’s credentials as a special edition V8 Vantage tailored for the most discerning and enthusiastic drivers, it is fitted with the normally optional Sports Pack. This package combines revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for even more responsive and dynamic handling, while retaining the V8 Vantage’s renowned poise, balance and long distance ability. Finally, a new sports exhaust system delivers a suitably rousing soundtrack.

A further distinctive feature is the availability of a new range of optional Aston Martin ‘Race Collection’ paint schemes. Pairing bold body colours with contrasting hues for the cant rails and radiator grille surround, they celebrate the marque’s racing heritage. All of the company’s successful N24 Vantage racers are celebrated, with ‘Rose’ yellow, ‘Kermit’ green and ‘Elwood’ blue all featuring in the collection along with traditional Aston Martin Racing green. The white and black car shown in the accompanying images wears the equally striking ‘Asia Cup’ livery.

Production of the V8 Vantage N420 begins this month, with deliveries commencing in August and prices starting from £96,995.

2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420

Aston Martin DB9 photo gallery

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Aston Martin DB9

2010 Edo Competition Aston Martin DB9

Edo Competition released the conversion package for Aston Martin DB9 to DBS.

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Power boost to 550 hp includes:
-Electronic voting of the control unit, sports air filter and new sports catalysts
-As a completely manufactured in stainless steel sport exhaust system with throttle control.
-All work will be monitored and adjusted on the Leistungspru?fstand.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Aston Martin Rapide review

Aston Martin RapideWhen we first heard Aston Martin was making a four-door supercar known as the Rapide, we weren't terribly happy. It looked as if the company was turning its precious DBS, one of the most beautiful automobiles ever, into a hideously deformed hatchback -- all in the name of practicality. To us, that's like sewing pockets on to Elmo's face -- you end up with something slightly more useful, but at what cost?

Having driven one in the real world, we're happy to report the Rapide is not, in fact, a pocket-faced monstrosity. On the contrary, it's actually one of the prettiest cars on the road today -- particularly from the front and rear. These pictures won't do it justice, but in the metal, the Rapide will cause children you've never met to hug your shins and call you Mummy or Daddy.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Aston Martin V12 Vantage sets the mark for its storied marque

Aston Martin V12 Vantage
The V12 Vantage is the best Aston Martin ever made, and Aston got it that way by following a simple formula that works every time.

“The V12 Vantage is the biggest engine in the smallest car,” said Aston's CEO Ulrich Bez. “It is the biggest fun.”

Bez should know; he races his company's cars in Germany on the N�rburgring's feared Nordschleife circuit. As we wrote this, Bez and his factory team of engineers--backed by a sizable squadron of privateer entries--were racing a fleet of Astons, including a V12 Vantage and a four-door Rapide, in the N�rburgring annual 24-hour race. Last year, the team took its second class win in as many years at the event.

But the engineers had plenty of practice. As a few other carmakers do, Aston has an engineering facility right at the track, the Aston Martin Test Centre. While the V12 Vantage was under development, engineers put 5,500 miles on it around the 12.9-mile, 73-turn Nordschleife. That's approximately 426 laps, all done at “95 percent of maximum speed.” So they got it pretty well sorted out by the time Aston introduced the European version of the car at Geneva last year.

2012 Aston Martin DBS/DB9 prototype spied

The first addition to Aston Martin’s new generation line-up has been spied during testing, although it is still unclear whether it is the flasghip Aston Martin DBS or the Aston Martin DB9.2012 Aston Martin DBS/DB9

Confirming recent reports that Aston Martin would launch a completely refreshed model line-up over the next six years, it seems the brand is starting with its famous Grand Touring model.

2012 Aston Martin DBS/DB9

The heavily camouflaged prototype appears to have come a long way since it was last spotted at the Nurburgring, with more bespoke sheet metal and Rapide-inspired head lamps.

2012 Aston Martin DBS/DB9

Friday, June 18, 2010

2011 Aston Martin DB9: First Drive

This the latest DB9, deliveries of which will commence next month. The engineering team has introduced subtle styling changes and these, together with a now standard, ‘Adaptive Damping System', prompt the British company to proclaim it the “world’s definitive grand tourer”.
2011MY buyers can choose alternative new-design wheels (fitted to this car), the brilliant Bang & Olufsen hi-fi, a ‘Bright finish’ grille, and a ‘Double Apex’ alloy finish on the centre console – an attractive touch you see here.

The new package is finished off by a new tyre-pressure monitoring system and a revised Bluetooth microphone. It’s evolution rather than revolution – the design, now seven years old, is one of the sexiest out there, so why change it?

Under the skin, the big news is the introduction, as standard, of ADS ('Adaptive Damping System') control, similar to that fitted to the DBS and Rapide. The settings are bespoke to the DB9 and mean that default mode is optimised for ride comfort, while ‘Sport’ tightens things up for more press-on motoring.

As a result, the previous ‘Sports Pack’ option is no longer offered. While most buyers will opt for the extra-cost, six-speed ZF Touchtronic 2 automatic, a six-speed manual is still available.

Behind the wheel, having cleared the immediate post-race Le Mans traffic and gunning the big V12 along French D-roads, the first thing you notice is the improved ride and much quieter cabin. The outgoing journey was done in a V12 Vantage – a fairly uncompromising speed machine, with prodigious engine performance and a sporting, no-holds-barred ride.

Now that Aston has this at one end of the 12-cylinder range (together with the similarly powered, 510bhp DBS) and the luxurious, grand touring Rapide at the other, it can afford to be less compromised with the DB9.

James Bond Aston Martin DB5 comes to UK

James Bond Aston Martin DB5
Before it goes to Auction in October, this Bond DB5 will be the star attraction at a summer concours event

One of the most famous movie cars of all time, James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, is set to make an appearance at this month's Stoke Park Midsummer Classic on June 24.

The car played starring roles alongside Sean Connery in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball.

Vintage 007 Aston Martin to return to the UK

Vintage 007 Aston Martin
A British classic car which was once described as the most famous in the world is set to appear at an event in Buckinghamshire this month.

The sole-remaining silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5 ''FMP 7B'' achieved iconic status for its appearances in the James Bond films ''Goldfinger'' and ''Thunderball''.

Having spent more than 40 years in the US with its original owner, the vehicle is now coming back to the UK to be sold at the annual ''Automobiles of London'' auction in October.

However, vintage car fans will be able to catch a glimpse of it in the very near future as it is scheduled to appear at the Stoke Park Midsummer Classic on June 26th.

"This DB5 is more than a car, it''s a film star and it''s an absolute privilege to be able to present it to the British public again, having been away in America for so many years," said Max Girardo, the managing director of RM Auctions Europe.

The DB5, which has been owned by US radio personality Jerry Lee since he paid Aston Martin $12,000 for it in 1969, is expected to fetch $5 million when it goes under the hammer.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Aston Martin V12 Vantage price


The V12-powered version of the Aston Martin Vantage arrives in U.S. dealer showrooms late this year, with a base sticker price of $181,345, which includes shipping charges and a $3,000 gas-guzzler tax.

Stepping up to the Carbon Black Special Edition adds $15,000 to the sticker price, for a total of $196,345.

Both models are powered by Aston's 6.0-liter V12 rated at 520 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Aston says the V12 Vantage has a top speed of 190 mph and will rocket from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

The Carbon Black package gets you black exterior paint and side strakes made from carbon fiber. Inside, there is black leather and gloss black trim, along with an upgraded audio system.

The base price of the V12 Vantage is a $59,245 step up from the base of the 2010 V8 Vantage.

James Bond's 'Goldfinger' Aston Martin up for auction

They've been shaken. They've been stirred. And somehow, James Bond movie cars keep seem to make headlines at auto auctions.

This time, it's the real deal -- the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond movie car featured in Goldfinger and Thunderball.

This one, one of two used in the movies, comes with all the goodies: fake machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory-installed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest.

It's expected to bring at least $5 million when it goes on sale at the "Automobiles of London" event in London on Oct. 27.

RM says the DB5 was originally loaned to Eon Productions for the filming of the two Bond movies and returned to the Aston Martin Lagonda factory after a promotional tour. After a few years it was bought by an American:

Jerry Lee, a radio broadcaster based in Philadelphia, convinced the factory to sell the car to him for $12,000 in 1969. It is still owned by Lee. "The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years," said Jerry Lee.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin will launch its V12 Vantage in the U.S., in a move contrary to its original plans. Aston is planning its first deliveries in the fourth quarter of this year, at an estimated price of $180,000-$200,000.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin V12 Vantage

The 510-horsepower version of Aston's smallest model was released in Europe last year to widespread acclaim. Inquiries from potential American customers have prompted it to offer the car in what is currently its biggest market.

The task was not as easy it seems, because the V12 Vantage's front-end crash structure needed modification, mainly to the impact load paths, to meet North American regulations.

The V12's 420 pound-feet of torque allows the Vantage a 0-60-mph time of less than 4.2 seconds and a 190-mph top speed, producing the fastest model to bear the name yet and indeed, the most potent production model in the marque's 96-year history.

Aston Martin auction nets $7.3-million

On Saturday, Aston Martin Works Service hosted its 11th and most successful Bonhams’ Auction of Aston Martin motor cars and related automobilia. This year’s sale generated a record £4.7-million ($7.3-million), with bids taken from around the world.
Aston Martin auction

Highlights from the auction included a 1950 DB2 Team Car raced by Sir Stirling Moss, selling for $795,222 and a 1968 DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon, garaged and untouched for 30 years, selling for $193,300.

Other highlights from the record sale include a rare 1965 DB5 Convertible selling for $556,500 and a 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Saloon, which recently underwent extensive updating at the Aston Martin Works Service, selling for $333,100.

Dating back to the 1920s, Works Service has served as a factory-owned restoration department to look after any post-war Aston Martin or Lagonda.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010




From the preparation of Rapide’s bonded aluminium body frame, to the painstaking six-stage painting process where nine coats of paint are applied making Aston Martin’s paint finish the best in class, to the trim shop where highly-skilled craftspeople shape and stitch 10 of the finest leather hides to create the Rapide’s magnificently upholstered interior, the AMRP is a centre of automotive excellence.

Unveiled in production form at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009 to worldwide acclaim, the Aston Martin Rapide encapsulates the values of Aston Martin in a four-door sports car with unrivalled performance, extremely high levels of craftsmanship and exceptionally elegant design. The Rapide is a car to savour and share, an expressive sports grand tourer that extends the Aston Martin experience to an entire family, a group of colleagues or other performance enthusiasts. Beauty, power and practicality have never been presented so seductively.

The elegant Rapide, functional yet luxurious, provides space for up to four adults combined with an engaging driving experience synonymous with all Aston Martins. A 301 litre luggage compartment affords generous space for belongings for all four passengers, creating an Aston Martin which can be enjoyed on any occasion, anytime, anywhere. At the heart of the Rapide lies an evocative engine providing effortless power and torque: a hand-built 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 470 bhp (477 PS / 350 kW) with peak power being delivered at 6000 rpm and 600 Nm (443 lb.ft) peak torque at 5000 rpm. A specifically tuned six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission features as standard, allowing the driver to change gear automatically or manually via the steering column-mounted magnesium paddles.

James Bond's Aston Martin Speeds to Auction

This 1964 Aston Martin DB4, which was used in the production of "Goldfinger," is

estimated at £40–60,000 ($59–89,000), at Bonhams' Aston Martin auction.

Courtesy Bonhams

1964 Aston Martin DB4
With their bulletproof bodies, hidden missile launchers, and self-destruction settings, the cars of fictional British secret agent James Bond have delighted moviegoers and tantalized car and espionage fans for nearly half a century. Now wealthy Bond devotees will have a chance to own one of their very own, as British auction house Bonhams gears up to auction a 1964 Aston Martin DB4, which was used in the production of the Sean Connery-helmed 1964 classic, Goldfinger.

The car, originally built for the publishing tycoon Max Aitken, the first Baron of Beaverbrook, is estimated to earn £40–60,000 ($59–89,000) when it heads to the auction block on May 22 as part of Bonhams' Aston Martin car sale, the only auction in the world devoted to models by — and memorabilia related to — the storied sportscar company. Unfortunately, the car never actually made it into a Bond film; rather, it was used as a model for designing the special additions (like machine guns and ejector seats) that were later added to a silver DB5 used in the movie.

While it’s not quite as impressive as some later Bond cars, the Aston Martin boasts some interesting features, including a special, extra-light clutch and a thermostatically activated overheating alarm. Despite it’s apparent historical value, the car had actually been sitting in a garage since 1974.

Friday, May 7, 2010

First pictures : One-77 meets 007

The most exclusive Aston Martin ever rolled into James Bond HQ - at Dalton Square in central London, left.

It was the first time the supercar has been seen on UK roads.

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It's all white now ... One-77 is a fitting Bond car

The One-77 - which will cost an eye-watering £1.2million - left punters shaken and stirred when it took part in a supercar run from London to Silverstone.

The run was designed to promote the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship.

The One-77, which is the first production-ready example made by Aston, will undoubtedly be Bond's car when Daniel Craig appears in the next flick.

The Aston One-77 is powered by a 7-litre V12 engine, which produces around 700bhp.

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Eye-watering ... new Aston will cost £1.

Aston Martin Cygnet

Aston Martin Cygnet

Aston Martin Cygnet
Based on the Toyota IQ minicar but without the mini price tag, the Aston Martin Cygnet city car likely will sell in the $35,000 to $40,000 range -- maybe even higher -- when it reaches select European buyers this year. Select, because the Cygnet will be offered -- at first -- only to current Aston Martin owners.
Aston Martin Cygnet
Although Aston has distributed a handful of Cygnet photos, this is the first time anyone has seen the real car in person. And we even caught it driving down a London street.