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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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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