Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Aston Martin owner gets govt debt protection

A model poses next to an Aston Martin sports car at the Beijing Auto
Kuwait's Special Circuit Court of Appeal accepted Investment Dar's filing for legal protection under the country's financial stability law amid protracted debt restructuring talks, the Kuwaiti bourse said Sunday.

The part-owner of British carmaker Aston Martin said Friday it said it applied for legal protection after a small minority of investors have continued to resist the company's debt restructuring plan.

All the legal procedures against Investment Dar, which is trying to hammer out terms with banks to repay about 1 billion Kuwaiti dinars ($3.5 billion), will be halted until the court approves the debt plan, the Kuwaiti bourse said in a statement posted on its Web site.

The statement did not make it clear how long the court will take before taking a decision on Dar's application.

Entry into the state-sponsored scheme will enable the firm to bind investors that don't approve the current terms.

Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Special Edition

Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Special Edition Picture

Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Special Edition Picture

Aston Martin's DBS Carbon Black Special Edition this week kicks off a tour of seven major U.S. cities that is co-sponsored by high-end audio company Bang & Olufsen. The first customer deliveries are slated to begin this summer.

Over the next month, a pair of DBS Carbon Black Special Edition cars will tour Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, San Francisco, Dallas and Miami.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Aston Martin One-77 Testing Video

aston martin one 77 Aston Martin One 77 Testing Video

There’s nothing like some quality testing footage of an up-in-coming supercar. In this clip, we see the aggressive but uber-sexy Aston Martin One-77 scorching around the track during dry testing. Hear the engine rumble. Watch the car make short work of the track. Feel the wind showering your face. Enjoy a special moment in Aston history.

The beautiful piece of Astonery that is the One-77 is powered by a 7.3-liter V12 engine worth 700 horses. The coupe captures 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and has clocked a top speed over 220 mph.

As you probably could have guessed, 77 models will be built and sold beginning later this year. You may not be one of those lucky 77, but you can enjoy the One-77 just the same by hitting ‘Continue’. [via Zercustoms]

Aston Martin Rapide NY Auto Show


The Aston Martin Rapide took a long time to finally come to market and it seems like it’s taken almost just as long to go on public display. First shown in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show way back in 2006, the Rapide had its world premiere at the Frankfurt Auto Show last Fall. Since then both the LA and Detroit shows have come and gone, with Aston a no-show. Finally, North Americans (or at least New Yorkers) will get their first look at the Rapide when it goes on public display at the NY Auto Show in April.

2010 EDO Competition Aston Martin DBS

2010 EDO Competition Aston Martin DBS
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Aston Martin DBS

Friday, March 12, 2010

Aston Martin Rapide wins coveted Design Award

Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide new four-door sports car, the Rapide has been awarded the Best Production Car Design of 2009 as voted for by design peers in the industry magazine, Car Design News. An international readership of Car Design News, comprising of the world’s most innovative car designers awarded the Rapide the... The award was presented at the Car Design Night event at La Sip nightclub in Geneva last week and was accepted by Director of Design, Marek Reichman on behalf of the Aston Martin design team. Marek who led the in-house design team which penned the Rapide said: “It is great for the Aston Martin design team to be recognised internationally for their work. We are all very passionate about the brand and we try to convey this in the cars we design.” 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, a characterful, 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 Rapide is now available globally through Aston Martin’s 125-strong dealership network, with the first deliveries commencing next month.

Aston Martin Cygnet is tiny and cute

Aston Martin Cygnet

Aston Martin Cygnet

Aston reckons it can make up to 4,000 Cygnets a year, selling them to existing owners and charging up to £30,000 a pop.

Aston Martin Cygnet Let's be quite clear here, this is a reworked Toyota iQ which non-Aston owners might choose to purchase at a mere £9,974 from their local Toyota dealer.

As my old nan used to say, "There's none so stupid as folks."

Review: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide

2010 Aston Martin Rapide
At $16,667 per cylinder, the new Aston Martin four-door sedan trades space for elegance—and trumps the Panamera in the process
2010 Aston Martin Rapide
2010 Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin would like you to forget a couple of things. First, please erase the 1970s vintage Lagonda from your mental hard drive. After all, it was a separate brand and not mechanically related to its sports cars. Guinness may have been involved. They'll take the mulligan.
Next, they'd like you to forget the association you might make with "sedan" and "pragmatism." For their first real sedan, Aston Martin has wisely left practicality to pretense and made the new $199,950 Rapide as stunning as any sportscar it has ever built. It's a four-door for sure—as long as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class—but because it's also lower to the ground than a Ford Mustang, it's not a particularly roomy one.

"Four-door coupe" is how we'd describe it, but even that doesn't convey how low-slung and distinctive the Rapide is. What it gives up in usability, it pays back in sex appeal. There's simply no other sedan as stunning in profile as the Rapide. Jaguar XJ? Far better this time around, 2010 Aston Martin Rapide but no. Maserati Quattroporte? More tailored, perhaps, but nowhere near as gorgeous. Porsche Panamera? Not even close.

2010 Aston Martin Rapide The Aston is pure, concept-car-like—it owes much to modesty. There's not much badging nor much jewelry to clutter its flanks. The glass sits flush with the body sides. The flip-out door handles—on loan from the closely related DB9 coupe—barely break the taut skin of the aluminum panels.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Aston Martin DBS

The Edo Competition Aston Martin DBS, of course!!! The German tuner Edo Competition has just given its expert touch-ups to the Aston Martin DBS giving the DBS a performance boost without playing with its already impressive design.

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Bringing no major changes to the exterior of the Aston Martin DBS, the Edo Competition package adds new 21-inch three-piece racing wheels with stainless steel outer rims offering Continental tires size 255/30 ZR 21 for front and 295/25 ZR 21 for the rear.

edo aston martin DBS 2 Aston Martin DBS Gets Tuned by Edo Competition

The main focus has been directed to the performance with the package employing a new high performance exhaust system, special catalytic converters and high flow air filters that raised the output figures from 517 hp and 570 Nm to an impressive 550 hp and 600 Nm (442 ft-lb). This mounted power now sprints the Aston Martin DBS from standstill to 100 km/h in merely 4.1 seconds with a top speed of around 320 km/h. Edo Competition also brings a new high performance brake system with 405 mm rotors with 6-piston monoblock calipers and performance brake pads for the front and 380 mm rotors with 6-piston monoblock calipers and performance brake pads for the rear.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Aston Martin reveal the Most Elegant 4 door Sports Car

Aston Martin Rapide
Rapide encapsulates core values of Aston Martin; Power, Beauty and Soul with four ‘swan wing’ doors providing access to cosseting sports seats both front and rear bestowing occupants with ample accommodation. The Rapide provides space for up to four adults combined with an engaging driving experience synonymous with all Aston Martins. ‘’Our choice of partners for this thrilling night was a complex one’’ says Sunshine Prestige Marketing Manager, Alicia Millist, ‘’needing to surround the Rapide with beautiful cars, decedent Belvedere cocktails, striking Calleija jewelry and original art works; we have been able to achieve this all within one of the most iconic shopping precincts in Australia; Marina Mirage.’’

Following the launch will be a unique three-day ‘Aston Meets Art’ Coffee lounge on 12, 13, 14 March 10am-3pm daily, set up surrounding a blend of 2010 Aston Martins on display for all to observe over the three days, we will channel a cool vibe through lounge music, delicious coffee and give an opportunity for the visitors to look at the Aston Martins in a different light, to look them as Art.

We envisage this ‘Aston Meets Art’ coffee lounge will be one of a kind combining with Astras Galleries, Marina Mirage and Sunshine Aston Martin.

This weekend will be like no other, like the Rapide. • The most elegant four-door sports car in the world
• Accommodates four adults in luxury and comfort
• Benchmark levels of driver engagement and refinement
• Spacious and functional creating a truly versatile Aston Martin sports car.