Aston Martin has just released details of the convertible version of the Aston Martin Vanquish, or as Aston like to call their convertibles, the Vanquish Volante. Which must be slightly confusing for Italian and Spanish buyers of the car as ‘volante’ means ‘steering wheel’ in both languages. But anyway, it’s here, revealed almost exactly a year after the coupe made its debut.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante differs from the fixed-roof Vanquish in only one aspect. The roof. Obviously. Everything else about the cars is identical. Including the performance, which is rare. Usually a little bit of speed and accelaration are sacrificed during the conversion to a convertible due to added weight and less aerodynamic profile. But not so here. The 0-62 mph time remains unchanged at 4.1 seconds, as does the 183 mph top speed.
Powering the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is a AM11 6.0 litre V12 which produces 565 horsepower @ 6,750 rpm and 457 lb ft of torque @ 5,500 rpm. The transmission is a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic unit.
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Say goodbye to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, and hello to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. Yes that’s right, the V12 Vantage S isn’t an even sportier version of the V12 Vantage. It’s the new V12 Vantage, and will replace the old car in markets around the world. Bringing with it another consonant, more power, and updated styling.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is fitted with the new AM28 6.0 litre V12 engine which produces 573 horsepower @ 6,750 rpm. The top speed of the new V12 Vantage S is a blistering 205 mph. Making it the second fastest Aston Martin after the One-77 supercar. Much of the technology found in the V12 Vantage S is motorsport derived. For example, the CNC machined combustion chamber, hollow cam shafts, Sportshift III AMT (automated manual transmission) and Sportshift III transaxle.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is also the first Vantage model to feature the company’s three-stage adaptive damping system. This allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character, allowing the choice of ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’.
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Aston Martin today revealed a stunning new concept car which the company says hints at a potential future design direction for their vehicles. Unveiled at the Nurburgring, the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster is a radical, Spartan roadster which is clearly designed to spend more time on the track than on public roads. As well as providing a glimpse of what future Astons might look like, the CC100 Speedster was also created as part of the company’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
Inspired by the classic DBR1, the CC100 Speedster does away with basic luxuries – like doors and windows – and leaves the occupants exposed to the elements. But that’s fine, because that means the snarl of the 6.0 litre V12 engine shoehorned in up front should be easier to hear.
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Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.
This is truly a Titan’s endeavor, as we are today pitting against each other two very rare and remarkably beautiful cars, that are well prepared to go under the auctioneer’s hammer and grab astonishing amounts of cash – if you ask us, somewhere north of the $2 million mark. So, this is not the usual vote about which one would best suit your garage, as the cars featured today are at the pinnacle of automotive style and of course, cost.
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Bertone will be making an appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next month, and they’ll be bringing along a one-off shooting brake version of the Aston Martin Rapide as part of the celebrations surrounding the British manufacturer’s 100 year anniversay. The car was commissioned by a private collector, who no doubt had to fork over an eye-watering sum of money for Bertone’s bespoke services.
Bertone has some history when it comes to shooting brake Aston Martins. In fact they’ve been at it since the ’60s and the DB4 GT Bertone Jet. However the Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 is more akin to a 2004 Bertone creation, the Aston Martin Jet 2 concept – which was based on a V12 Vanquish.
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German tuning firm Wheelsandmore have just announced their range of performance products for the Aston Martin Vanquish.
Their available upgrades include, unsurprisingly, a range of 20″ and 21″ wheels in a selection of different colors and materials. Including three-piece forged alloy wheels and lightweight carbon fiber rims. A sports suspension kit helps the car sit snugly over its new wheels.
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Since its launch in 2009, the Aston Martin Rapide has always been considered one of the world’s most stylish luxury cars. Sure the BMW 7 series, Mercedes S Class and Porsche Panamera offer equally ludicrous levels of luxury, but none of them can match the Rapide on looks. In fact ram a Rapide into a wall a few dozen times and it’d still be the looker compared to the Panamera.
But four years has passed since the Rapide hit the showrooms, and it’s now time to ratchet the car up a bit to make sure it’s still as fresh and appealing as it was when it was launched. So that means several things. First off a name change. From now on the car will be called the Aston Martin Rapide S. And that little letter means a lot.
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Little known fact. Aston Martin had some shoes specially made for their One-77 supercar clients. Each buyer of Aston Martin’s super-rare hypercar was presented with the footwear as part of the One-77 package. The shoes were designed by Cole Haan in collaboration with Aston Martin, and just like the supercar they feature some carbon fiber.
Somehow a pair of these shoes has ended up on eBay.co.uk. The seller states that they’re US size 11 (10 1/2 UK) and have never been worn. He somehow got his hands on the shoes without having to buy the car. The starting price is £150 ($236), and with only a day and a half left its attracted exactly zero bids. In a world where automotive-themed watches can fetch more money than a decent house, the price doesn’t seem too bad for a rare bit of automobilia.
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At the Historics at Brooklands auction on Saturday September 1st a one-off Aston Martin DB7 will cross the auction block. The maroon colored coupe was commissioned by a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family back in 1998. Over the last 14 years it’s only accumulated 3,220 miles. And as you’d expect both interior and exterior are immaculate.
But its low mileage and good condition are just an added bonus, as this DB7′s real selling point is the drivetrain. Hiding under the bulging hood (which was specially designed for the car) is a 6.3 litre V8 engine which was derived from the AMR1 racing car. The engine produces 452 horsepower. Considerably more than the standard DB7′s 335 horsepower inline six-cylinder, more than the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage’s 420 hp V12, and it’s even more powerful than the DB7 GT‘s 435 horsepower 6.0 litre V12.
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Clearly the man in charge of good taste at Aston Martin was on holiday this week. Otherwise he’d have never allowed this car out the doors. No I’m not talking about the superb bit of engineering involved in shoehorning a massive 6.0 litre V12 into the gorgeous body of the Vantage Roadster. I’m talking about all the superfluous bits of tacky design which have been added needlessly. Colored carbon fiber? Come on this isn’t a contender in a mid-nineties modified Japanese car show. The wheels look like they were chosen primarily; “because they were going cheap”. They were then attacked with a can of red spray paint. Oh yeah and the taillights look like they’ve got condensation inside.
How could Aston Martin’s designers so spectacularly misjudge the V12 Vantage Roadster’s character. I bet there’s some P!$$*d off automotive engineers down at AM headquarters today. They spend months getting the drivetrain to fit, recalibrating the suspension, aerodynamically testing the new rear spoiler and diffuser (with integrated oil cooler I might add). And then the fly-boy designers screw it all up in five minutes with some red marker pens.
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