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Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster [Spied at Nurburgring]

Published by on May 26th, 2009, No Comments

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Nurburgring is an amazing place to spy on, because there’s always something that gets the eye. Same goes for the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster, which is a topless version of the new V12 Vantage that has easily become one of the most charming cars these days. Running on the same 6.0 liter engine as the coupe and sporting 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS) with 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque, the convertible is going to be a BIT slower than its bigger brother because of the extra weight required to stiffen up the chassis. Only limited to 1,000 units (and some saying 500 units) the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is a gem we’d like to own if we’d have the money. [via WCF]

Aston Martin One-77 Makes World Debut in Italy

Published by on Apr 24th, 2009, 1 Comment

One of the most sought after supercars in the world, Aston Martin One-77 is going to be unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. The fully-built concept car will see daylight between April 24 – 27, and visitors will get to see everything from the behemothic 7.3-litre V12 engine to its handmade interior that makes the One-77 stand out from the crowd.

“This is a major step in One-77’s engineering programme, showing the first complete car, and will demonstrate new benchmarks in many different fields of automotive design” said Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO of the company.

With technical intricacies and engineering excellence, the most stunning Aston Martins ever lifts automotive engineering into the realm of art. Just stay tuned, and we’ll update you with more images coming from Italy (as soon as we get them). [via WCF]

Aston Martin Lagonda, Definition for Ugly or Revival of a Luxury Brand?

Published by on Mar 4th, 2009, 1 Comment

Writing about what’s cool, fast or expensive has been the usual here on carblog, but when seeing the latest Aston Martin Lagon, our eyes got hurt and we decided it’s time to blog about it. Considered the “luxury car of the future”, Lagonda is one of the oldest and most iconic names in luxury car manufacturing that is will be revived after a nearly 18 year absence to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary. And they did it in Geneva. A mix between a sedan and a crossover, there’s a dominating front with a wide grille that has horizontal bars, large air intakes, swept-back headlights, and blackened A-pillars. Call us conservative, but for some reason we won’t vouch for it, even if Aston Martin Lagonda is expected to “create a new kind of customer relationship, instilling the spirit of travel, adventure and style into a single, formidable package.”

What do you think? – via

Aston Martin One-77, Seriously Fast

Published by on Mar 4th, 2009, No Comments

Looking at the new models that make it to Geneva this year, we’re really thinking if this year’s auto show is only for the rich and famous. Check out the new Aston Martin One-77, the most expensive and highest performing production car the company ever built. “Detailing the quintessence of Aston Martin engineering and design expertise”, the car has a hand-crafted aluminum body with sexy curves that trigger serious head turns. But the amazing isnot only the stunning exterior, but the power under the hood. Running on a 6.0-litre V12 engine that outputs just a bit over 700 hp, tops well over 200mph and sprints to 60mph in 3.5 seconds. Now you see why Batman is fighint with James Bond, to decide who’ll spin it first? – via

Aston Martin DBS Volante, Meet You in Geneva

Published by on Feb 24th, 2009, No Comments

This year’s Geneva Auto Show definitely wants to ignore the bad economy that keeps going down like there’s no bottom. And like many others, Aston Martin won’t relax this year. Lately they’ve been busy with announcing their 16th convertible in the brand’s 95 years history – the new Aston Martin DBS Volante. An amazing combination of luxury and muscles, the car features a retractable fabric roof and delights its passagers with a Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 13-speaker sound system, an integrated iPod connector, an USB connector and a Hard Disk Drive satellite navigation system. As for what makes the new Aston Martin DBS Volante that powerful, there’s a 6.0-litre V12 engine under the hood that promises 510 hp and 570Nm, sends it naught to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and tops at 307 km/h. If anyone needs to put our names on a test drive list, we’re in. Looks like an amazing ride …

Paris Motor Show : Aston Martin one-77 Supercar

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2008, 2 Comments

For those that can afford a £1million, I honestly think that Aston Martin’s new one-77 supercar is really going to be worth spending that much. The company just gave the press and us all, a sneak peak of what it will look like. Apparently just a concept at the moment, the veil covered prototype got everyones attention with its sleek look. Too bad there isn’t a production ready Aston Martin Rapide to accompany the new one-77. However, great marketing … they got my attention.

Hamann Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Published by on Sep 24th, 2008, 2 Comments

By now I knew that the (crazy) Germans from Hamann Motorsport, only like to spend time with BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Land Rover when they come up with something wicked. But seems like I was wrong.

They got their hands on Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster and worked a bit on aerodynamics and handling. Other than the stainless sport exhaust system good for an extra 20 hp, three-piece Hamann EDITION RACE 21-inch wheels and special chassis springs that gets it lowered by up to 30mm, there is something funky under the hood; an ECU upgrade for the 4.3-liter and 4.7-liter V8 engine that sports 358hp (283 kW) and 426 hp (313 kW), that top at 290 km/h and 295 km/h.

On the outside the V8 Vantage got a lower front bumper fascia with 2-piece side spoilers, side skirts, rear deck lid spoiler and a three-piece diffuser with rear center spoiler which attaches to the existing rear bumper fascia, all in fiber glass or in matte carbon.

I think it’s as wicked as possible … What do you think?

Aston Martin Rapide, stress testing ?

Published by on Apr 7th, 2008, 3 Comments

Aston Martin Rapide

For some time now I’ve been reviewing SA startups and I get to see all kinds of marketing strategies. Here’s another one.

Do you remember January when we’ve seen the first Aston Martin Rapide spy shots? The company never commented on the matter but they did something better. They tested one on the race track and some MotorTrend photographers got their hands on some beautiful pictures of it. This is cheap marketing, highly targeted and obviously highly effective.

The car that was supposed to be released in 2010 looks like a production ready vehicle and if the rumors are true it could hit the floor in October in Paris, this year. How cool is this to have a V-12 engine with 480 hp that looks like that.

The new Aston Martin Rapide will fight for supremacy with the new Porsche Panamera, but will probably be more expensive. They plan to sell 3,000 to 3,500 units a year while Porsche will go up to 20,000. Who will win?

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