Aston Martin has today confirmed what most automotive industry analysts and news outlets already knew, that the Lagonda name is coming back, and that it’ll be mounted on the back of an all-new ultra luxurious super saloon.
The Aston Martin Lagonda saloon will be based on the company’s versatile VH architecture which underpins their current lineup of vehicles – excluding the One-77. The car will be produced in a limited series, and rather frustratingly, it will be exclusively offered in only the Middle East market – or more specifically the United Arab Emirates. Whether Aston Martin decide the other markets are worthy of receiving the car in the future is yet to be decided.
The car will be offered for sale by invitation only, ensuring that only the wealthiest and discerning of
plutocrats car collectors can take ownership of the new Lagonda.
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What you’re looking at here is the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, the fastest series production convertible to leave the Aston Martin factory. Mechanically identical to the V12 Vantage S Coupe, the Roadster uses the same AM28 6.0 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, a powerplant which produces 565 horsepower and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque. It allows the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.1 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 201 mph.
Like its hard top sibling, the V12 Vantage S Roadster also uses the same three-mode adaptive damping suspension system which offers Normal, Sport and Track settings. It also employs carbon ceramic brake discs and uses the same ZF Servotronic power assist steering.
The transmission is a seven-speed Sportshift III hydraulically actuated automated manual unit which provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes. It replaces the six-speed manual unit used in the V12 Vantage Roadster, and also weighs 20 kgs (44 lbs) less.
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The DP-100 is the concept car Aston Martin has created specifically for the Gran Turismo racing game franchise. It will compete in the digital world against other Gran Turismo Vision concept cars from the likes of Mercedes, Nissan, BMW, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and also a futuristic Formula 1 car from Red Bull.
The Aston Martin DP-100 concept was developed over the space of around six months by the Aston Martin design team led by Marek Reichman. The concept is a futuristic GT racer, and while there are absolutely no plans to put the vehicle into production, Reichman says that some minor elements of the design, for example the tail lights, might find their way into future Aston Martin models.
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The names Aston Martin and Lagonda have been intertwined since 1947, when Aston Martin purchased the rival British company. For the next few decades Aston Martin continued to produce a limited number of Lagonda-badged models, culminating in the imposing and very boxy Aston Martin Lagonda sedan which debuted in 1976 and carried on being produced right up until 1989. However it’s been over 20 years since the Lagonda name has been used by the company. Well that’s all changing now.
It’s been known for a while now that Aston Martin is reviving the Lagonda name. In fact the company made an official announcement regarding the return of the Lagonda name in 2011. The Lagonda brand will primarily be used to help facilitate the company moving into new markets, like China and Russia, and also new vehicle classes like large luxury sedans and SUVs.
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David Brown Automotive have just unveiled their first model. Called the David Brown Automotive Speedback, the car’s styling is a mix of classic British sports cars. There’s plenty of Aston Martin in there. Err, well actually that’s about all there is. It’s almost completely Aston Martin. It should be said that the David Brown of David Brown Automotive has no connection with either Aston Martin, its founder, Sir David Brown, or with the David Brown Group.
So got that? This is an entirely different David Brown from the Aston Martin David Brown, who just happens to be building cars that look like classic Aston Martins but they aren’t.
What you get for your money (prices are still to be announced) is a classically styled GT car with modern underpinnings. Those underpinnings come from Jaguar – the Speedback is based on an XKR – and as such it is powered by a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 which produces 510 horsepower. Although the company say they can tune the engine to any level requested.
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At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin will be bringing along a few special edition models of both the Vantage and the DB9. The race-bred, road-legal V8 Vantage N430 is the real showstopper though.
Available in Coupe or Roadster form, the V8 Vantage N430 boasts a power hike to 430 hp at 7,300 rpm, and numerous weight-saving components.
Ian Minards, Director of Product Development at Aston Martin, said of the new car: “N430 is all about bringing track-honed excitement to the road in an accessible, emotionally engaging, and authentically ‘analogue’ way. The dynamic exhilaration of Vantage is the perfect complement to the eye-catching looks of the N430.”
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A builder from Somerset, England was horrified to discover that his four-year-old collie spaniel cross Luce had decided to have a go at modifying his Aston Martin DB9 Volante.
Royston Grimstead, 42, came home from work to find Luce covered in “white stuff”, which he initially thought were bird feathers. Soon after he discovered it was actually the fiberglass strands from the Aston’s wheel arch.
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Nicholas Mee & Co, an Aston Martin Heritage Dealer in West London, have just finished putting the final touches to a fully functional kid-sized car inspired by the legendary Aston Martin DB models of the 1960s. But this is no rickety pedal car. It has a steel chassis, composite bodywork, leather seats, a wood rimmed steering wheel and Brembo disc brakes.
Power for the DB Convertible Junior comes from a 110cc four-stroke engine with key-operated electric start. The transmission is a semi-automatic three speed unit. Top speed for this “kids” car is a remarkable 46 mph! Although this can be restricted downwards.
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The Aston Martin DBC concept is the work of Samir Sadikhov, an Azerbaijani designer who studied at the Istituto Europeo Di Design in Italy, has completed work experience at Lamborghini, and came second in the international Ferrari World Design Contest. So a guy well placed to have a go at reinventing an all-new halo car for Aston Martin. Especially now the One-77 is out of production.
The Aston Martin DBC concept is a stunning machine whatever way you look at it. It’s lower, sleeker and more purposeful-looking than any production Aston Martin. It looks more suited to doing serious battle with the new McLaren P1, than slowly cruising up and down Monaco’s high street.
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Zagato have just announced a couple of special edition, one-of-a-kind supercars based on a pair of Aston Martin’s latest models. The headline act, merely because it is based on the higher-performance DBS, is the Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial. The car was built to mark Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary, it was comissioned by an unnamed Japanese entrepreneur.
According to Zagato, the Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial is an exotic blend of Aston Martin DNA mixed with Italian flair. The car features one of Zagato’s most identifiable design highlights, a double bubble roof. Norihiko Harada, Zagato’s Chief Designer describes the project; “Redesigning the DBS was a difficult job. The DBS is already one of the most beautiful modern sports cars around. Our challenge was to bring sporty styling together with a more Mediterranean luxury GT feel, all with typical Zagato quality.”
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