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2025 Aston Martin Vanquish Works 60th Anniversary Edition (archived: 12 Dec 2014)
ASTON MARTIN WORKS 60TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION VANQUISH Six bespoke models celebrate Aston Martin Works' 60th anniversary Cars incorporate aluminium from Aston Martin pistons of relevant eras Unique colour and trim treatments ensure ultimate exclusivity 12 December 2014, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire: Aston Martin Works - which marks its diamond jubilee in 2015 - is celebrating 60 glorious years at Newport Pagnell with the commissioning of six limited edition sports cars. The first of the cars is being revealed today, Friday December 12, at the Buckinghamshire-based firm's customer Christmas celebration, which also forms the start of 12 months of exciting anniversary activity at Aston Martin Works. The six bespoke cars, all versions of the current Vanquish super GT in either Coupe or Volante form, are being created in association with the luxury British brand's Gaydon-based design team, and its ultimate personalisation service: Q by Aston Martin. Each of the six cars is subtly different, and each is tailored to reflect one of the six decades being celebrated. The result is a collection of rare and ultra-desirable sports cars that will be instantly recognisable as ‘Works 60th Anniversary' models. A number of elements distinguish the Anniversary cars including trim and paint colour treatments. But, perhaps, the most emotive part of each car comes in the form of a fine detail: bespoke rotaries around the major controls in the centre console of each Vanquish. Each rotary has been cast from metal that, previously, had formed a piston in an Aston Martin engine of the relevant period. These rotaries are then carefully laser etched with Works' Anniversary wording. The six pistons have been drawn from engines in the following Newport Pagnell-built sports cars: 1955-1965: DB 2/4 Mk II saloon 1965-1975: DB5 1975-1985: V8 Coupe 1985-1995: V8 Vantage X-pack 1995-2005: V8 Vantage supercharged 2005-2015: Original Vanquish In each case, the relevant piston has been sourced from an engine that has been rebuilt or reworked at some point in its life. Design direction for the Works Anniversary cars came from the Aston Martin Design team, led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, while the bespoke elements of each car's construction have been delivered by the Q by Aston Martin personalisation team at the brand's Gaydon factory. Aston Martin Works Commercial Director, Paul Spires, explained: “This project has been a harmonious co-operation across the whole business, developed uniquely to celebrate 60 years of Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell. “I'm thrilled to be unveiling the first of these cars at our Christmas celebration, and look forward to seeing the remaining models being built and delivered to customers throughout the course of our anniversary year in 2015.” Collectors' items The process of creating the bespoke Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanquish models began way back in July of this year, as the Works team met with designers from Aston Martin's Gaydon HQ to scope out their plans. Working closely with Marek Reichman and his team, and the brand's bespoke personalisation branch - Q by Aston Martin - the Works staff carefully developed and refined their ideas for the ultimate 60th anniversary collectors' item cars. Dr Matthew Bennett, General Manager of VIP and Q by Aston Martin Sales at Gaydon, said: “The colours of these six unique cars have been very carefully chosen to reflect and celebrate the progress of Aston Martin Works over those six decades. “Celebrating the past, but pointing very much toward a bright and exciting future, too, these Vanquish models will, I'm sure, very quickly become a notable feature of the brand's history at Newport Pagnell.” Instantly identifiable as Works Anniversary cars by features such as their Anniversary Yellow side strakes and alloy wheels, the six Vanquish also feature the new Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary logo which, like the cars' colour schemes, has been designed by the team at Gaydon. The vibrant and distinctive logos are etched into each car's sill plates. Paul Spires added: “We certainly gave ourselves some challenges with this project. Coloured side strakes such as these have never been attempted by Aston Martin before, and sourcing pistons from the correct engines in the correct decades was, of course, no small feat either. “However, we're all very happy with the end result and we've already taken a number of orders from collectors keen to own a piece of the brand's history.” Unique features in the Anniversary cars include: rotaries made from worked metal of a heritage model piston from the relevant era; distinctive Anniversary Yellow accents on the side strakes and alloy wheels; White/black Duotone seat centre panels; unique sill plaques depicting the era the car relates to and featuring the Works Anniversary logo; distinctive colour and trim treatments that include features such as contrast yellow stitching in the leather, and new heavy weave carbon fibre. The cars of course retain the standard technical features of the Vanquish super GT such as its 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine mated in a pioneering transaxle layout to the latest generation Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox. This provides the Vanquish with genuinely spirited performance: the 0-60mph time is a mere 3.6 seconds and the maximum speed tops 200mph. Prices for the six cars are available on application at Aston Martin Works.
2016 Aston Martin Vulcan (archived: 02 Oct 2015)
ASTON MARTIN VULCAN IN TRIBUTE TO ITS V BOMBER NAMESAKE 02 October 2015, Gaydon: As the last remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan prepares for its final flight later this month, the iconic 1950s British V bomber has been united with its modern namesake: the Aston Martin Vulcan. Vulcan XH558 - currently being operated by the charitable trust Vulcan To The Sky - is due to retire from ‘active service' in October, going on to form the centrepiece of the educational Vulcan Aviation Academy and Heritage Centre at her home base, Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster. Ahead of that final flight, the famous Cold War-era long range bomber was paired with the Aston Martin Vulcan - the new track-only supercar - via a special fly-past at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire. The British luxury car maker's most intense and exhilarating creation to date the Aston Martin Vulcan is born out of extensive motorsport experience. Using the brand's acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity, the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan delivers truly extreme performance. Uniquely for Aston Martin the new supercar - limited to just 24 examples worldwide - allows owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments. CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “Clearly the Avro Vulcan provided the inspiration for the naming of our most extreme sports car, and I'm delighted that we have been able to unite the ‘two Vulcans' and deliver our own tribute to this world-renowned aeronautical phenomenon.” Vulcan XH558 is flown by Martin Withers DFC, Chief Pilot and Operations Director. He said: “Being at the controls for this unique fly-past was a memorable occasion. “Personally, it is great to know that the Vulcan name will live on not only in the history books, and at the new educational centre in Yorkshire, but via Aston Martin's incredible new sports car.” More details of Vulcan XH558 and its final month of operation are available via the Trust's website at http://www.vulcantothesky.org/ First deliveries of the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan to customers worldwide will take place before the end of 2015.
2016 Aston Martin Rapide S Dom Parignon One-off (archived: 16 Jul 2015)
2016 Aston Martin Lagonda (archived: 17 Aug 2015)
2016 Aston Martin Vulcan (archived: 27 Jun 2015)
2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT (archived: 24 Jun 2015)
New GT model showcases the very best of DB9
Most powerful DB9 to date with 547 PS from 6.0-litre V12 engine
Colour, trim and equipment additions for Vantage and Rapide S models
24 June, 2015, Gaydon: Aston Martin is today revealing the DB9 GT - the luxury British sports car maker's most compelling production ‘DB' to date. Designed to offer the best of what DB9 can be, the new car delivers world-class grand touring and hand-built excellence.Claiming the title of the most potent DB9 yet devised, by virtue of its uprated 6.0-litre V12 engine which now boasts 547 PS - the DB9 GT makes its public debut as part of Aston Martin's impressive presence at this week's Goodwood Festival of Speed.The new sports car appears as Aston Martin also unveils a raft of colour, trim and equipment enhancements across its sporty Vantage and luxurious Rapide S model lines.Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “The arrival of 16 Model Year (16MY) cars, as well as the addition of the sophisticated DB9 GT, gives us our most compelling sports car line-up to date as we continue to build our strongest ever global offering.”DB9 GT - timeless style redefinedSince their debut in the early 1950s, the ‘DB' models offered by Aston Martin have been synonymous with sophisticated grand touring and thrilling sports car performance.In the tyre tracks of DB4, DB5, DB6 and DB7, today's DB9 GT continues that distinguished tradition of luxury, excitement and style with a raft of engineering, equipment and styling developments calculated to make this the very best of what DB9 can be.Fundamental to the new model's unique appeal is its uprated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine, which is capable of generating 547 PS at 6750 rpm, and 620 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm.The all-alloy, quad overhead cam, 48-valve 5,935 cc front mid-mounted V12 is mated to the proven rear mid-mounted Touchtronic II six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system. It carries the British luxury sports car maker's core GT offering from rest to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 183 mph.The independent double wishbone suspension all round continues to deliver secure handling while the three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) offers distinct Normal, Sport and Track modes for the broadest possible breadth of dynamic characteristics.However power is only part of the story, as the new Aston Martin also includes important and far-reaching equipment changes which underline its position as the best DB9 to date.Most notable among the interior equipment updates is the arrival of the AMi II touch-sensitive Aston Martin infotainment system. While AMi debuted on the range-topping Vanquish at its launch, AMi II offers a revised menu structure which makes using the system even more user-friendly.Building on the system launched in the Vanquish, the DB9 GT's AMi II infotainment package sees key improvements made in a number of areas including text message integration, vehicle status information and extended background themes for greater personalisation.Offering AM, FM, DAB and SDAR reception (US only), USB ports, Bluetooth audio streaming the system delivers superb connectivity and entertainment simply and easily.Ian Minards, Product Development Director at Aston Martin, explained: “Refining the DB9's already impressive attributes into what we have today in the DB9 GT has been a careful and delicate process.“Maintaining the effortlessly refined nature of our core GT sports car, while boosting power and introducing state-of-the-art infotainment systems, has required fine judgements and painstaking engineering.“I'm confident the result, in the shape of the DB9 GT, represents the very best of what DB9 can be, and sets the standard for luxury grand tourers in this class.”Bespoke luxury as standardInstantly recognised the world over as a timelessly stylish Aston Martin, the core visual characteristics of the DB9 are of course retained in the DB9 GT. Refined styling enhancements inside and out, however, signal that this new car once again leads its class.Aside from the subtle GT badges, this new DB9 is identified by black painted splitter and diffuser, revised headlight and tail light treatments and new ten-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. Black anodised brake calipers and a GT engraving on the aluminium fuel filler cap further distinguish the new model.Options, for those who wish to further personalise their car, include carbon fibre tail lamp inserts, side strakes, front splitter and rear diffuser; graphite, diamond-turned ten-spoke alloy wheels and alternative brake caliper colours.Inside, the 2+2 seating configuration remains, however the seats now boast ‘GT' embroidery on the unique fluted leather. An iridium trim pack and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel (Coupe only) further distinguish the new car.A broad array of options inside the DB9 GT include various centre console finishes such as Ice Mocha and Copper Cuprum, while other interior options include Duotone leather seats, door inserts and head linings; and a One-77-inspired steering wheel design.Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said: “The purity of form and proportion, together with a lithe powerful, stance, remain at the core of what the DB9 is to look at. With these changes, we have made the DB9 GT yet more stylish, while retaining its unmistakable and globally renowned identity.”The DB9 GT is now available to order in markets around the world, priced from £140,000 RRP (UK), €187,000 RRP (Germany), $199,950 RRP (USA).
2016 Aston Martin Vulcan (archived: 24 Feb 2015)
ON TRACK FOR GLORY: ASTON MARTIN VULCAN PREPARES FOR TAKE-OFF Geneva global reveal for limited edition, track-only, 7.0-litre V12 supercar Motorsport-developed technology for extreme on-track performance Expert tuition, technical support and experience programme for owners 25 February 2015, Gaydon: Introducing the Aston Martin Vulcan - a track-only supercar and the British luxury brand's most intense and exhilarating creation to date. Born out of extensive motorsport experience - and using the brand's acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity - the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan promises truly extreme performance. Uniquely for Aston Martin, the new supercar - limited to just 24 examples worldwide - will allow owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments. CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar. Designed and engineered to deliver a genuinely bespoke driving experience that draws on our rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track. “A sports car for true sports car lovers, I believe the Aston Martin Vulcan - and the unique ownership programme that sits behind it - sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.” Motorsport-inspired Styled entirely in-house by the Aston Martin design team led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, and with a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars, this supercar is powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company's naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine. With its 800-plus bhp powerplant developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing, this front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand's rich GT motorsport experience. Utilising the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, the supercar sees its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA's annual World Endurance Championship. Comprising cutting edge engineering including that sourced from the brand's successful GT racing campaign, the car features a carbon fibre monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin's long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic, integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear. Drive is channelled to the 345/30 x19 rear wheels and Michelin race specification tyres through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox. Track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry is complemented by Multimatic's Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control. The new track car will comply with all relevant FIA race safety requirements. Aston Martin's Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King, said: “Taking the extensive learning from our various successful racing programmes and applying it to this exceptional track car for customers has been an exciting and sometimes challenging task for the team here at Gaydon. “Our deep and broad motorsport experience, allied to our renowned road car expertise, has allowed us to make the Aston Martin Vulcan the absolutely compelling proposition it is today.” Fast-track training Prior to taking delivery of their cars, owners will be offered the opportunity to take part in an extensive and detailed programme of intensive track driver training. Experienced racers including Aston Martin Racing's Le Mans-winning Darren Turner will support owners on their learning journey, offering them the chance to refine their track driving technique and increase their ability through a carefully-constructed series of practical and theoretical driver training events. Using a number of exciting high performance Aston Martins including the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars and the Vantage GT4 race car, customers will gradually build experience and develop their track technique, before beginning their thrilling personal journeys into the immense performance potential of their Aston Martin Vulcan. David King said: “We will be running a series of exclusive track day events commencing in 2016 that will offer the opportunity for these customers to explore their driving capabilities, and the car's performance potential, on some of the world's most famous and glamorous race circuits.” There will also be the option of time in the virtual race car world of Darren Turner's Base Performance Simulators, where buyers will have ample opportunity to further refine their driving style in the safety of the digital race track. No longer the exclusive preserve of Formula 1, it is widely acknowledged that using a simulator can help prepare a driver for any race; improving technique and consistency as well as, ultimately, lap times. Almost infinitely flexible in terms of colour and trim options, the exclusive new sports car will be offered to buyers through Aston Martin's VIP sales programme, using the expertise and luxury customer service that is now a hallmark of the brand's ‘Q by Aston Martin' bespoke personalisation service. Dr Palmer added: “We have already received strong interest from the customers we have spoken to about Aston Martin Vulcan. “The cars will blend our traditional Aston Martin values of Power, Beauty and Soul with an unrivalled ownership experience; a unique combination that will guarantee their place in the brand's rich and charismatic history.” Performance data, together with further technical details about the ultra-exclusive track-only supercar, will be released closer to its track debut later this year. The Aston Martin Vulcan will make its world debut on the brand's new stand at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5 Stand 5253) at 10.15am on Tuesday March 3.
2016 Aston Martin DB10 Bond Car (archived: 04 Dec 2014)
4 December 2014, Gaydon: Aston Martin together with EON Productions, the producers of the James Bond film franchise, unveiled Bond's stunning new car, the Aston Martin DB10, on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios. The luxury British sports car brand is delighted to confirm that James Bond will once again drive an Aston Martin in Spectre. On this occasion, it will be a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house by the brand's design and engineering teams. Led by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, the design team worked closely with the film's director, Sam Mendes, to create the ultimate car for the world's most famous spy. Celebrating the great British brand's half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins. Dr Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, said: “In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond. “To be partnering once again with EON Productions is great news for this company and for everyone around the world that loves to see Bond at the wheel of an Aston Martin. “I'm incredibly proud of everyone in the team at Gaydon who have brought this special project from concept to reality.” Production will be strictly limited to 10 of the bespoke sports cars, developed and built by the designers, engineers and highly skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters. Spectre is due for general release on 6 November 2015.
2016 Aston Martin Lagonda (archived: 01 Oct 2014)
2015 Aston Martin Vantage GTE Rehberger Le Mans Art Car (archived: 08 Jun 2015)
Aston Martin Racing unveils 24 Hours of Le Mans art carDesign revealed to racing fans in Le Mans town centreUnique effects on Vantage GTE created by artist Tobias Rehberger8 June, Le Mans: Aston Martin Racing is today unveiling a 24 Hours of Le Mans art car designed by artist Tobias Rehberger. The unique creation gives the Gulf #97 Vantage GTE the illusion of movement and speed, even when static.Rehberger is renowned for his abstract art and optical effects that distort perception and has received numerous international prizes and awards, including the Golden Lion for best artist at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Aston Martin Racing invited him to design a livery that would work with the Gulf Vantage GTE's lines and colours in a way never attempted before.Thirty years since the first art car ran in the 24-hour race, Rehberger set out to create a design that uses geometric shapes and patterns to give the car, when static, the impression of movement and speed.The German artist, who will attend Saturday's race as a guest of Aston Martin Racing, explained: “My design for the Aston Martin art car is rooted in my interest in distorted perception and related phenomena like auto moving patterns, optical effects, camouflage and visual confusion, which I have addressed in many works before.“In this case, the design is based on a geometric optical effect pattern. Comparable to a fast object, a steady fixation on a point of the pattern is impossible.”The artwork was commissioned by the owner of car #97 who has long-admired the work of Rehberger and was interested to see how he could manipulate the appearance of the race car that is based on Aston Martin's Vantage road car.Driver of the car, Darren Turner was impressed with the results: “Personally, I think art cars are fantastic,” commented Turner. “This design really pushes the boundaries of what's been done before and challenges how we can use patterns and colours in racecar liveries - I love it!”The design, which will be seen on the side of the #97 Vantage GTE in this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans, was unveiled at the official race scrutineering in the town centre today (8 June).The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts on Saturday 13 June at 1500hrs.
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish One of Seven Collection (archived: 01 Jun 2015)
Q BY ASTON MARTIN CREATES A UNIQUE VANQUISH COLLECTION
Seven bespoke sports cars commissioned by collector
Carbon fibre-themed personalisation pushes manufacturing boundaries
Painstaking process to design, engineer and build the luxury models
1 June, 2015, Gaydon: The Q by Aston Martin bespoke personalisation service is celebrating the fulfilment of a longstanding ambition for sports car enthusiast and businessman Markus Storck. Dr Matthew Bennett, General Manager of VIP sales and Q by Aston Martin personalisation service, delivered the first of seven uniquely built Vanquish Coupes to the German collector at an event held at the luxury marque's headquarters in Gaydon. Mr Storck, founder and head of German hi-tech bicycle manufacturer Storck Bikes, commissioned the Q by Aston Martin team to develop the special ‘One of Seven' Vanquish sports cars for himself, and six fellow sports car aficionados. Boasting a broad array of bespoke features including an exclusive exterior finish that sees multiple layers of carbon fibre cleverly interwoven to a perfectly smooth finish - a result that required Aston Martin to develop an entirely new addition to its manufacturing process - the seven Vanquish are sure to become collectors' items in years to come. Matthew Bennett said: “The process of creating these sports cars has been typical of what Q by Aston Martin can deliver. “From a blank canvas we have made the client's vision for the cars a reality and, today, we saw the first of these special new Vanquish models handed over.” Aside from the multi-layered carbon fibre body, with its elements of exposed carbon and satin Jet Black paint finish, the bespoke Vanquish sports cars also include an array of luxurious and custom-made additions such as diamond quilting on the seats, machined carbon Aston Martin wings badges, ‘One of Seven' logos perforated into the head restraints and a variety of gloss black styling additions. Markus Storck said: “I'm absolutely thrilled to see my vision for a series of bespoke Aston Martin Vanquish come to life like this. “The attention to detail, service and dedication I have seen from the Q team has been exceptional - and the result is outstanding.” Matthew Bennett concluded: “Developing the capacity of our Q by Aston Martin service to deliver these truly bespoke luxury sports cars has been a great achievement. “Our Design, Manufacturing and Commercial teams have worked seamlessly together to produce these cars, and we are all very much looking forward to taking on more complex and challenging projects in the future.”
2015 Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial (archived: 15 May 2015)
RM SOTHEBY'S TO SHINE SPOTLIGHT ON STRIKING PAIR OF ITALIAN PROTOTYPES IN MONTEREY
RM Sotheby's prepares for triumphant return to Monterey, California, August 14-15 The pinnacle of collector car auctions, multi-day sale to lift gavel on approximately 150 blue-chip collector cars Early highlights include a pair of Italian-built prototypes: the first Maserati Ghibli Spyder, and the original U.S.-specification Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Prototype Additional early attractions include a 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 'Periscopio'; a rare 1973 Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R 'Kenmeri'; and a one-off 2013 Aston Martin DB9 Centennial Spyder Concept Frequently updated list of entries available at www.rmauctions.com BLENHEIM, Ontario (May 12, 2015) - A striking pair of Italian-designed and built prototypes will take center stage in Monterey this summer as RM Sotheby's returns to California for its flagship sale during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance weekend. For Maserati aficionados, this pairing includes arguably the most significant Ghibli in existence, while Ferraristi will be presented with an exclusive opportunity to acquire the original U.S.-specification Daytona Prototype. The two prototypes are among 150 blue-chip collector cars slated for the RM Sotheby's sale, August 14-15. The 1968 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder Prototype, chassis AM115/S 1001, is well-documented as the first Ghibli Spyder ever produced, and the first example ever shown to the public, as confirmed by Maserati Classiche. Striking in bright Giallo with a Testa di moro interior - the same color combination it wears today - and featuring sublime styling by Ghia, 1001 was shown at the 1968 Turin and 1969 Geneva Auto Shows to rave reviews. As the prototype design, it displays several unique differences from the production Spyder that followed; among the most noticeable, a slightly longer boot lid, and slight recesses in the door panels where the handles are mounted. Following the conclusion of Maserati's testing and development, 1001 was sold to its first private owner in 1969, who allegedly drove the car frequently around Italy before the Spyder exchanged hands in 1975 and was imported into the United States. In 1986, with 41,100 miles on the clock, 1001 went into storage, where it remained for nearly thirty years before being purchased by its current custodian. Upon acquiring the car, the vendor commissioned a full service by a marque specialist, who discovered the car had been properly stored, and as a result, it required very little effort to return the Spyder to life. Chassis no. 1001's first public outing in nearly three decades was at the 2014 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's in Michigan, where it received the Debut Award for most important concours debut. Later that year, the Ghibli Spyder attended the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance where it received a Palmetto Award in the highly competitive Maserati class, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the marque. Offered fresh to the market, 1001 is expected to fetch $1,200,000 - $1,800,000 when it crosses the RM Monterey podium in August. 'A piece of Maserati History, 1001 is undoubtedly the most significant Ghibli in existence,' says Ian Kelleher, Managing Director, RM Sotheby's West Coast Division. 'Not only does it boast incredible historical value as the prototype used by the factory to develop the production Ghibli Spyder, but it also offers incredible looks, fantastic performance - thanks to its potent 4.7-liter V-8 - and wonderful driving dynamics. We're thrilled to have been entrusted with the car's sale by its gentleman owner. For the astute Maserati collector, its offering represents a singular opportunity to acquire a very significant automobile - the first Ghibli Spyder.' RM Sotheby's Monterey sale will also lift the gavel on the original U.S.-specification Daytona Prototype, chassis 13361. Like the Maserati, this 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta also holds a special place in automotive history; it is the first example of the American-specification Daytona, which, most notably, featured the Perspex-covered headlamps as used in Europe. Completed at the Maranello factory in April 1970, 13361 was ordered new by William Harrah's Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, then a principal importer of Ferraris in the western United States. In addition to being the prototype of the U.S.-version Daytona, this 365 GTB/4 also possesses a unique ownership provenance, as it is believed to have been retained by Mr. Harrah as a personal car, associating it with one of the most heralded names in the collector car niche. It's provenance is further bolstered by the fact that it was utilized in Road and Track's initial test-drive review of the Daytona model, which ran in the magazine's October 1970 issue. With a well-documented chain of ownership, 13361 is offered for auction following a recent, concours-quality restoration that saw the car return to its original Plexiglas headlight specification (Est. $900,000 - $1,200,000). 'From an aesthetic perspective, the Ferrari Daytona was an instant styling icon, combining the sharp edges of 1970s along with the curves of the 1960s. Under its hood, its massive V-12 engine rendered it the most powerful road going Ferrari of its time; as an exhilarating high-speed, high-performance car, it embodied everything about Ferrari that a driving enthusiast cherishes,' says Shelby Myers, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby's. 'Chassis 13361 is perhaps the most compelling of its breed. Not only is it the original U.S.-specification Daytona prototype, but it is freshly restored, matching numbers, and boasts a truly outstanding provenance that includes ownership by William Harrah, along with the prestige of being a Road and Track cover car.' Among additional exciting early entries for RM Sotheby's Monterey sale are: - a beautifully restored 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 'Periscopio', chassis no. 1120172, striking in Blu Tahiti over a Tobacco colored interior and just two Canadian owners from new (Est. $1,500,000 - $2,000,000); - a one-off 2013 Aston Martin DB9 Centennial Spyder Concept, built by Zagato to celebrate Aston Martin's 100th anniversary (Est. $380,000 - $450,000); - a rare 1969 Lamborghini 400 GT Islero S, chassis 6531, the 54th of just 100 models built and fully restored by marque specialists (Est. $350,000 - $450,000); and, - one of the most sought after Japanese nostalgic cars, the 1973 Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R 'Kenmeri', chassis no. KPGC110-000127; powered by the race-derived S20, twin-cam, 24-value straight-six, this example is the rarest production Skyline GT-R with only 197 examples built and shows less than 23,000 original documented kilometers (Est. $125,000 - $175,000). An institution spanning more than 25 years, RM Sotheby's flagship Monterey auction returns to the Portola Hotel and Spa and Monterey Conference Center, August 14-15. The pinnacle of collector car sales, in 2014 the RM event set a new benchmark for a collector car auction, generating a remarkable $143.4 million to become the highest grossing collector car auction of all time. This year's event is set to continue the company's strong track record in California, lifting the gavel on a magnificent roster of 150 blue-chip automobiles. For further information or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit www.rmauctions.com or call +1 519 352 4575. For more News from RM Sotheby's Visit: www.rmauctions.com Follow: www.twitter.com/rmsothebys Join: www.facebook.com/rmauctions Watch: www.youtube.com/rmauctionsinc
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante by Valentino (archived: 15 May 2015)
VALENTINO SPA FOR “CASH and ROCKET ON TOUR 2015” Valentino is pleased to announce that for the third year in a row the Maison Valentino will be supporting the fundraising event “Cash and Rocket Tour” as one of the main sponsors. Valentino Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli will actively participate in the fourth edition that will start on 14 May in London and end in Cannes on 19 May 2015. Cash and Rocket is a fundraising event that supports the activities of three humanitarian organizations, Shine on Sierra Leone, OAfrica and Sumbandila, which help African children and their families with healthcare and education in Sierra Leone, Ghana and South Africa. Seventy-eight women, coming from the worlds of fashion, music, cinema and business will begin the approximately 2.000 km car tour from London passing by Paris, Lyon, Milan and ending in Cannes, which will be hosting the renowned Film Festival. To further support the initiative, Valentino will donate 20% of proceeds from the sale of a special capsule collection especially designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. The collection will include unique pieces, iconic ready to wear and accessories - T-shirts, jumpsuits, sneakers, driving leather gloves and bags, in iconic Camouflage pattern and black color personalized with a studded heart that symbolizes love for Cash and Rocket. These special items will be available online at www.valentino.com and www.stylebop.com and in the Valentino boutiques: London, Paris, Cannes, Milan and Copenhagen starting from 14 May, day of the official kickoff of the Tour. In addition to the exclusive capsule collection Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have partnered with the leading authority in luxury sports car manufacturing, the British Aston Martin, to create a special edition of a completely customized Vanquish car model. The car features the Valentino Camouflage pattern and is further embellished by the Maison's iconic studs. The car will be auctioned during the opening Gala Dinner on 14 May in London and all proceeds will be entirely donated to the charities involved ”I am so proud to be supporting Cash and Rocket for the third year in a row, to help in collecting funds for children and women who need our help. As a woman and mother I strongly believe that it is fundamental to help all women and children to give each of them equal opportunities” says Maria Grazia Chiuri Co-Creative Director, and driver of one of the red sports cars of the initiative. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Valentino team can be followed along the different stages of the race through the donation website www.cashandrocket.com
2015 Aston Martin Kahn Vengeance Sketches (archived: 07 May 2015)
The practice of automotive coach-building stretches back to the early 1900s, when discerning customers would employ the services of expert craftsmen to create a custom vehicle body on a pre-manufactured chassis.Following in this tradition, renowned British designer Afzal Kahn has announced the launch of a new coachbuilt car codenamed the Vengeance. Built on a new Aston Martin DB9 chassis, the Vengeance is a wide body two door coupe, with a muscular, aggressive design evoking the silhouette of a sabretooth on the prowl.
A supercar owner and connoisseur since his late teens, Kahn has always sought to push the boundaries of car design, developing a distinctive, aggressive design language. Inspired by the Aston Martin designs of the 1980s and 90s, the Vengeance is the culmination of Kahn's lifelong pursuit to create the car he has always wanted to drive. In a radical departure from contemporary design conventions, the Vengeance favours volume and flowing curves over angular surfaces. The result is a spectacular fusion of modern engineering and classic streamlined design. Kahn's style and personality is evident in every curve of the Vengeance, the result of a painstaking design process, working and reworking each line and surface to the point of perfection.The most arresting features are the widened rear wings, emphasised by lines projected from the signature bonnet bulge, through the roof and along the length of the car. These visual aids work in unison to promote a more poised, meaningful stance, sweeping rearwards from the unmistakable grille centrepiece. The polished stainless steel roof halo and window trim reinforce this balance, curving to meet at the diminished rear windows, which enhance the coupe style of the Vengeance. The visual mass of the rear is augmented by the staggered wheels, with a 16 spoke 20' wheel at the front on 225 tyres and an 18 spoke 21' wheel on 335 tyres to the rear. The multi spoke design and inner rim takes inspiration from the classic roulette wheel, with a two tone finish juxtaposing the central section in body colour with the diamond cut outer section.
Production of a limited series of vehicles will begin in 2015, and the Vengeance will be manufactured in the Midlands, in a nod to the region's history as the heartland of the British automotive industry.Each vehicle will be hand built by Kahn's chosen team of craftsmen and automotive experts, and will carry an engraved plaque in the boot bearing the names of every member of the British team who worked on the car - a guarantee of the quality craftsmanship invested in each vehicle. The limited production run is aimed at discerning collectors and investors alike. Vengeance owners will be given unique previews of future coachbuilt projects, as well as advance invitations to purchase new vehicles.With the price of handbuilt sports cars rising, the Vengeance is likely to prove a sound investment. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but is expected to represent extremely good value for a limited edition coachbuilt car. Statement: Afzal Kahn'Launching the Vengeance is the realisation of a dream I've had since childhood, to design and produce my own car. I've worked in the industry my whole career, and I want to leave a legacy which I can be proud of. The design has gone through several iterations over the years and I've taken my time in selecting the right partners to prototype and manufacture the car, ensuring it represents the pinnacle of quality and perfection.''I've kept every aspect of the underlying car from the crash structures to airbags - mechanically it's unaltered - why change perfection? This is coachbuilding in its traditional sense - taking a tried and tested product and working solely on the aesthetic.''The Vengeance underlines Kahn Design's expertise in design and coach-building. With a team of over 25 designers in house we're involved in all aspects of product design from automotive to timepieces, interiors, retail space, clothing and accessories.''Aston Martin has always been an inspiration, in particular the early Vanquish and the V600 Vantage wide bodies, and I'm grateful for their agreement, and for wishing us success on this project. The Vengeance pays homage to those classic designs while using modern engineering to create something unique and original which reflects my own style.'
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Thunderbolt Design Concept by Henrik Fisker (archived: 16 Mar 2015)
HENRIK FISKER UNVEILS HIS LATEST DESIGN STUDY, A TIMELESS GT COUPE, AT 2015 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE
One-Off V12 Vanquish-Based Coupe Features Carbon Fiber Coach-Work and World's First Panasonic Curved Screen Infotainment SystemAmelia Island, Florida (March 14, 2015) - Henrik Fisker today took the wraps off of his latest design study, the 'Thunderbolt,' at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Designed by Henrik Fisker as a powerful GT coupe; this is his personal interpretation of how his Aston Martin V12 Vanquish coupe could look like.The Thunderbolt's powerful exterior profile is the result of hand-laid, coach-built carbon fiber bodywork that incorporates Henrik Fisker's characteristic design cues such as a clean body side with no creases and deeply sculpted air ducting.The hood on the design study is dominated by a large power dome with long triangular sculpted air intakes and also incorporates fitment of unique head lamps; thin protruding, blade-like, tail lamps; a wraparound rear window and panoramic dark tinted glass roof; as well as updated exterior detailing including aluminum grille and assorted bright work. Performance upgrades include lowering the standard ride height of the car by 15 millimeters and fitment of 21-inch alloy wheels with performance tires.'I wanted to create an elegant beautiful GT sports coupe, with pure emotional sculpture, that would stay timeless,' said Henrik Fisker.Inside, the changes are no less dramatic. While maintaining a traditional elegance, Thunderbolt's concept interior features class-leading connectivity and user interfaces. Among its range of new appointments, the Thunderbolt concept features the world's first application of Panasonic's 11.6-inch Curved Control Screen in a car, as a result of a research partnership between Panasonic and Henrik Fisker. Designed to reduce reflections and glare, the screen's extraordinary resolution is complimented by the fact that it is adjustable in height according to driver preference.?Another outcome of a longstanding partnership between renowned Swiss watch maker Maurice Lacroix and Henrik Fisker, is a Skeleton chronograph integrated into the dash, as well as specially trimmed leather surfaces from Italian furniture manufacturer, Natuzzi. Thunderbolt also includes a unique champagne/wine bottle holder - the first of its kind in a two-seat sports coupe - for securely transporting a bottle or two, to dinner parties as a gift.It should be noted the Thunderbolt is in no way affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by Aston Martin. Developed purely as a design study, the prototype unveiled at Amelia Island is a design study only, and Henrik Fisker's personal view. There will be no commercialization of the prototype shown at Amelia.Based on initial response however, an extremely limited number of additional cars could be made on a special order basis, available exclusively through Galpin Aston Martin, ensuring that the vehicle remains a true collectible and rare sight.These secondary coach-built Thunderbolts would feature a revised front end as shown on the red rendering, a new unique grill and a revised infotainment system without the curved Panasonic screen - as it is a prototype.All body modifications, would be performed through a program using renowned concept car builder GFMI Metalcrafters Inc., of Fountain Valley, Calif., to handle all the carbon fiber coach work. Additional performance and interior upgrades would be executed through Galpin Auto Sports.'Aston Martin already makes some of the most beautiful and powerful cars available today,' said Galpin Aston Martin President, Beau Boeckmann. 'Henrik's design builds upon this. It's simply beautiful and really must be seen in-person to understand what an amazing piece of sculptural art it is. The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is one of the premier car shows in the world, celebrating coach building and fine design, this was the perfect place for Thunderbolt's debut.'For more information on Thunderbolt, or to discuss commissioning a built-to-order version of the car, owners are encouraged to contact Steve McCord from Galpin Auto Sports at (818) 922-3800, or visit www.GalpinAstonMartin.com.About Henrik FiskerHenrik Fisker is an entrepreneur and one of the world's leading automotive designers. Previously, Henrik Fisker founded Fisker Automotive in 2007, where he launched the world's first premium plug-in hybrid, the Fisker Karma. Best known among his creations are Rocket, BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Amongst his latest creations is also the Lauge Jensen Viking motorcycle. Originally from Denmark, Fisker is now based in Los Angeles, and is the Founder of HF Design, a design and technology company with various automotive, technology and consumer product ventures underway.About Galpin MotorsGalpin Motors, home to the world's largest volume Ford dealership for the 25th consecutive year, was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. Galpin is comprised of a family of quality automobile brands that include Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Volkswagen, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus and Aston Martin. For additional information on Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports, contact Marketing Manager Jeff Skobin at email@example.com, visit the dealer at 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills, Calif. 91343, like on Facebook at Facebook.com/GalpinMotors or visit www.galpin.com.About the Amelia Island Concours d'EleganceNow in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, 'Amelia' draws over 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 13-15, 2015. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.
2015 Aston Martin DBX Concept (archived: 03 Mar 2015)
DBX Concept redefines the luxury GT segment for the 21st CenturyWorld debut for idea of first all-electric, all-wheel drive, Aston Martin Sophisticated design and innovative engineering to broaden appeal 3 March 2015, Gaydon: Aston Martin today challenges the nature of luxury GT travel in the 21st Century with the debut at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show of the innovative DBX Concept.Created to defy conventional thinking about the luxury GT segment, the DBX Concept widens the appeal of the iconic British luxury brand and reaches out to a more diverse global audience than ever before.Unveiling the concept, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “The DBX Concept is a challenge to the existing status quo in the high luxury GT segment. It envisages a world, perhaps a world not too far away, when luxury GT travel is not only stylish and luxurious but also more practical, more family-friendly and more environmentally responsible.“I asked my team at Aston Martin to expand their thinking beyond conventions, to explore what the future of luxury GT motoring would look like in years ahead, and the DBX Concept you see before you is the result.”Dr Palmer added: “This is, clearly, not a production-ready sports GT car, but it is a piece of fresh, bold thinking about what Aston Martin GT customers around the world could request of us in the future.“The DBX Concept is more than a thought starter for us and for our customers, though. We will, in due course, be entering a car into the new DBX space and I am very much looking forward to seeing how this concept is received not only here today, but also by our legion of existing loyal customers and by those potential customers around the world who have, to this point, yet to consider one of our cars.”Harmonious designImagined by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team at the brand's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, the all-electric DBX Concept showcases not only cutting edge engineering but also a major evolution of the British brand's world-renowned and highly-regarded design language.Clearly signalling an extension to the brand's existing model lines in the future, the all-wheel drive DBX Concept seamlessly combines traditional Aston Martin beauty with elegant new engineering that gracefully aligns form and function.Capable of accommodating four adults in comfort, the DBX Concept also majors on day-to-day practicality. It offers generous luggage capacity by virtue of the fact that its rear trunk and forward load bay can both accept passengers' belongings.Opulence and cutting edge style go hand-in-hand in the DBX Concept thanks to a unique fusion of high luxury and advanced technology. These characteristics, allied to the ingenious use of unconventional materials and finishes inside and out, are calculated to further broaden the appeal of Aston Martin.The concept's exterior bright work emphasises the brand's approach to the use of authentic materials, and is made up of machined billet aluminium with visible milling lines in a piece of exquisite craftsmanship intended to be seen as the car's jewellery. The DBX Concept's unique paint finish - Black Pearl Chromium - has been specially created to mimic the look of a genuine black pearl, and comprises a micro-fine layer of chrome to deliver a level of reflectivity that cannot be obtained through normal paint finishes.Inside, the deliberate use of non-automotive standard materials generates a uniquely soft, cocooning ambience. The extensive application of velvet-like Nubuck leather contrasts with the concept's hard, hi-tech equipment. The exposed leather reveals a sandwiched accent layer, more akin to high-end furniture, while the car's interior bright ware matches that of the exterior with the addition of a gold ‘pin striping' element on the edging.Marek Reichman explained: “The exceptional craftsmanship, with detailing more typically seen on luxury consumer goods or fine jewellery, gives the DBX Concept genuinely global appeal.”Experimental engineeringEmbracing the very latest engineering techniques and theories, the DBX Concept needs no engine compartment thanks to its use of electric, inboard-of-wheel, motors powered by lithium sulphur cells.Drive-by-wire electric steering, toughened glass with an auto-dimming ‘smart glass' inter-layer, and bespoke driver and passenger head-up displays are further examples of its cutting edge technology.Active LED exterior lights, carbon ceramic brakes with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) and rear view cameras in place of conventional mirrors also underline the mould-breaking nature of this luxury GT concept.Dr Palmer explained: “A concept car such as this should, in my view, challenge conventional thinking and explore the art of the possible. In the DBX Concept, I believe we have created a new type of luxury car that can not only broaden the appeal of Aston Martin to a whole new generation of customers, but sit with pride alongside the rest of our range.”
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2015 Aston Martin Rapide S (archived: 27 Feb 2015)
ASTON MARTIN BACKS GREAT BRITAIN CAMPAIGN IN JAPAN CEO Dr Andy Palmer joins HRH The Duke of Cambridge for launch Sports car maker supports Innovation is GREAT events in Tokyo Global debut of unique, GREAT-themed, Aston Martin Rapide S 27 February 2015, Gaydon: Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer today returned to his former home in Japan to support the launch of a major new strand in the British Government's ongoing GREAT Britain international marketing campaign. Dr Andy Palmer hosted a business-to-business seminar curated by the British Embassy in Tokyo, attended by His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and around 250 senior corporate figures which was staged to launch the latest element of the campaign, entitled Innovation is GREAT. Dr Palmer, a long-time resident of Japan before his move back to the UK to take up the post as Aston Martin CEO last year, hosted the seminar for business people, academics and media representatives at the iconic Roppongi Hills complex in central Tokyo, before he and guests including HRH The Duke of Cambridge transferred to the British Ambassador's residence for a gala reception. Dr Palmer said: “It is great to be back ‘home' in Japan for this event. Aston Martin is a globally renowned British luxury brand, and I'm very happy that we are able to play a role in the UK Government's GREAT Britain campaign here. “Today's event at Roppongi Hills has been a fantastic example of the breadth and depth of British innovation, and I believe it has succeeded in showcasing the best the UK has to offer in this regard.” Dr Palmer's visit is the latest example of Aston Martin's continuing work to build a stronger presence in the important Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and Japan in particular, following the recent launch of a new limited company - Aston Martin Japan Limited. The incorporated business began trading last month (January) and its creation puts Aston Martin's Japanese operation on a more stable, professional and committed footing, and is part of the brand's plans for a bright future in Japan. Dr Palmer added: “Our recent establishment of the limited company in Japan, along with our investment in people and facilities across the Asia Pacific region, signals very clearly our determination to make Aston Martin a key player in the high luxury sports car sector in these important and growing markets.” Aston Martin is supporting the GREAT campaign more broadly with a bespoke Rapide S four-seat, four-door sports car - debuted today - which features unique, GREAT-themed, additions created using the Q by Aston Martin personalisation service. The car will be displayed at GREAT events around the world throughout 2015. The British Ambassador in Japan said: “The Innovation is GREAT campaign is designed to showcase UK technology and manufacturing strengths, celebrate UK-Japan innovation partnerships and stimulate new ones. We are delighted to have Aston Martin supporting the campaign: their world-renowned engineering capabilities and cool styling are the epitome of British innovation.” Conrad Bird, Director of the GREAT Britain campaign concluded: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Aston Martin. From its outstanding heritage and skilled craftsmanship to iconic design and exceptional engineering, Aston Martin stands for so much of what is GREAT about Britain. We are extremely proud to showcase this bespoke car as an example of British automotive excellence.”
2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (archived: 18 Feb 2015)
INSPIRED BY RACING: THE ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE GT3 SPECIAL EDITION Lightweight and extreme Vantage special edition limited to 100 cars Motorsport-derived chassis, aerodynamics and handling Bridges the gap between road and race track driving 18 February 2015, Gaydon: Aston Martin is today revealing the first details of its most potent and uncompromising Vantage to date: the track-inspired Vantage GT3 special edition. With production strictly limited to just 100 examples, the new model combines all of Aston Martin's learning from its years of sports car competition around the globe to produce its most performance focused road-going Vantage. Equipped with a new iteration of the brand's 6.0-litre V12 engine which is capable of generating up to 600 PS1, the car weighs in at 100kg less than a standard V12 Vantage S. Comprehensively re-engineered, as well as significantly restyled, the GT3-inspired special edition is lower and wider than any of its siblings in the Vantage family. A broader track - front and rear - brings even more composed cornering thanks to a reduction in lateral load transfer, while the use of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres provides even more assured handling. Thoroughly equipped with cutting edge motorsport-inspired features, from the extensive use of carbon fibre inside and out to the track-focused aerodynamics pack - which includes a prominent rear wing and pronounced front splitter - the race-derived new Vantage brings more focused and uncompromising capability and styling to a road-going Aston Martin. The aerodynamics package in particular has a profound effect, producing significant downforce to provide even greater levels of grip and stability at higher speeds. Inspired by Aston Martin Racing's successful campaigns, this new GT3-derived Vantage has been designed and engineered exclusively at Aston Martin's Gaydon Headquarters in Warwickshire, England, to be the most overt expression of everything that defines Vantage: an inspirational sports model offering supreme driveability on the road, and uncompromising dynamic performance on track. New flared carbon fibre front wings, carbon fibre bonnet, a lithium ion race-derived battery, carbon-fibre door casings, optional carbon fibre roof, optional weight-saving polycarbonate rear window and rear quarter windows are just a few of the measures which illustrate the engineers' determination to eliminate mass wherever possible. That determination has paid off, too, as the new car weighs in at only 1,565 kg2. Under the skin lie a number of bespoke engineering upgrades, aside from the new 600 PS1 V12 engine. Magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with centre outlets are just a few of the features that underline the rigorous re-engineering of this exclusive new Vantage. The car's interior is comprehensively reworked, too, with a full carbon fibre centre stack and touch-sensitive control array; race-derived carbon fibre sports seats; Alcantara trim and the option of numerous bespoke features courtesy of the brand's popular personalisation service: Q by Aston Martin. Announcing the arrival of the Vantage GT3 special edition, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “Motorsport is in our blood at Aston Martin. The Vantage is the car we campaign in top level sports car racing around the world and so it seems only fitting that we offer an exclusive, limited edition Vantage that expertly fuses our motorsport know-how with our road car prowess.” He added: “The Vantage GT3 special edition is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise and I'm sure the 100 owners who secure one of these cars will savour every second behind the wheel; whether on the road or on the track.” The Vantage GT3 special edition will make its public debut on 3 March at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5, Stand 5253), with first customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2015.
2015 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf (archived: 11 Nov 2014)
10.11.14 - DUBAI On 10 November 2014 Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer unveiled the stunning new Lagonda super saloon - the latest in a proud line of saloons revered worldwide as ‘the finest of fast cars'. Addressing an audience of media and VIP guests at the launch event in Dubai, Dr Palmer revealed that the Lagonda, will be known as the Lagonda Taraf in that market. Based on the brand's almost infinitely flexible VH architecture, the new saloon draws inspiration from the highly sought-after William Towns-designed Lagonda of 1976 and features many of the same cutting edge engineering techniques seen in modern Aston Martin sports cars such as the use of carbon fibre body panels. It is hand-built by the finest craftsmen and women at Aston Martin's manufacturing facilities in Gaydon, Warwickshire, in a dedicated building previously given over to the creation of the One-77 hypercar.
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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster (archived: 17 Jul 2014)
ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE S ROADSTER - AN OPEN INVITATION TO EXCITEMENT
Debut of the luxury brand's most potent and exhilarating roadster yet
6.0-litre V12 engine: 565 bhp and 620 Nm delivers 201 mph top speed
Supreme agility and intense excitement characterise new model
Aston Martin is opening up a new world of exhilarating driving excitement with the announcement of the hotly anticipated V12 Vantage S Roadster.
When it arrives in markets around the world later this year the new sports car will become the luxury British marque's most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster to date and follows in the broad tyre tracks of the V12 Vantage S Coupe that was launched to worldwide acclaim in 2013.
Providing the most visceral yet engaging open-top experience in Aston Martin's current range, the new V12 Vantage S Roadster delivers characteristic sporting agility underpinned by an enviable sports ‘soundtrack' generated by its naturally aspirated V12 engine and expertly-tuned sports exhaust.
Equipped with the latest 565 bhp (573 PS) Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring state-of-the-art Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching 201 mph and sprinting from rest to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h 4.1 seconds).
Peak and low rev torque is delivered in abundance. With 620 Nm available at 5,750 rpm the V12 Vantage S Roadster is not to be found wanting in this vital department. Crucially, too, low rev torque - measured from just 1,000 rpm - starts at a colossal 510 Nm. Together, these statistics demonstrate the Aston Martin engineers' ability to create a ‘flatter', yet ‘fatter', torque curve which supports exceptional driveability and strong pick-up through the gears.
Aston Martin Director of Design, Marek Reichman, said: “The V12 Vantage S Roadster is the mechanical embodiment of our company's exceptional spirit.
“Beautiful, powerful and spirited it is as spectacular to listen to as it is to look at. The new roadster is truly a treat for the senses with, underlying all this, the capacity to deliver one of the most dynamic, exciting and stirring driving experiences in our current range.
“I'm sure the V12 Vantage S Roadster will appeal to luxury sports car enthusiasts worldwide who want to add a truly exceptional new model to their garage.”
Race car technology
As with its coupe sibling, race car technology runs right through the DNA of the V12 Vantage S Roadster with, for instance, CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow camshafts just two examples of track technology feeding through to the road.
Another clear example is the new car's Sportshift™III 7-speed transmission. Engineered to exploit the full sporting potential of the V12 engine, the latest generation Sportshift™III hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery. The unit, which replaces the six-speed manual gearbox found in the previous V12 Vantage Roadster, is also appreciably lighter - saving 20 kg versus its forebear.
This race-derived and motorsport-proven technology - used routinely in Aston Martin Racing's race-winning Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars - provides for great driver control with only milliseconds of torque interruption and delivers precise and swift gear changes.
The Sportshift™III transaxle, developed in conjunction with transmission experts Oerlikon Graziano, joins an extensive array of new sport and track-focused developments that ensure the V12 Vantage S Roadster is fully equipped to exploit the huge performance potential of its 6.0-litre naturally aspirated engine.
The use of three-stage adaptive damping, allied to three-stage DSC and two-stage ABS, allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car's dynamic character. ‘Normal', ‘Sport' and ‘Track' modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic performance that can be tuned to better suit the driver's requirements. The system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered.
Working alongside the extended chassis capabilities is a ‘Sport' mode, controlled via a button on the centre console, that alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car to the driver's requirements.
Optimum braking performance is delivered via the specially-created carbon ceramic discs all round, with near-identical brakes appearing on the brand's ultimate GT, the Vanquish. Meanwhile a whole new lightweight exhaust system - derived from that of Aston Martin's most expensive and exclusive production model, the One-77 hypercar - is wonderfully sonorous.
The ZF Servotronic power assisted steering offers a quick, slick, 15:1 ratio and, linked to the adaptive damping button, provides two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the ‘Sport' or ‘Normal' settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System.
Pure power, beautifully presented
As Aston Martin's most overtly sporting convertible, with an even more dynamic character than the luxurious Vanquish Volante ultimate GT or refined DB9 Volante, the V12 Vantage S Roadster has been styled to reflect is position as the flagship convertible in the Vantage family.
In keeping with the V12 Vantage S Coupe, the Roadster replaces the famous aluminium vanes in the Aston Martin grille - with a carbon fibre arrangement that also includes sporty black or titanium silver mesh. Created to maximise airflow to the V12 engine, the new grille is inspired by both the remarkable CC100 Speedster Concept and the Vantage race cars.
Other distinguishing features of the V12 Vantage S Roadster include the option of lightweight forged alloy ten-spoke wheels.
The new Roadster retains the same compact proportions of its predecessor while features such as the pronounced bonnet louvres, optional bold graphics (painted carbon front grille, front grille lipstick and tailgate panel) as well as the exterior carbon pack and flared wheel arches underscore its sporting abilities.
Inside, as out, the new car has been styled to reflect its powerful nature. New-style seat trim and door trims, with Sport and carbon fibre lightweight seat options - present V12 Vantage S Roadster buyers with an exciting array of choices.
The optional Interior Carbon Pack, which adds carbon fibre to the car's facia and door pulls, plus the availability for the first time in a V12 Vantage S Roadster of black pedals, further enhances personalisation options for those in search of a truly bespoke sports car.
Q by Aston Martin
Meanwhile, For V12 Vantage S Roadster, the company is introducing a Q by Aston Martin Collection which comprises bespoke features that are entirely in keeping with the character of the car.
For V12 Vantage S Roadster this includes a palette of bold exterior and interior colours; body coloured carbon bonnet louvres; a red tint or satin finish to the carbon fibre elements on the exterior and interior of the car; a full carbon fibre centre console, black anodised and machined rotary controls and a steering wheel with a leather on-centre stripe in the chosen interior accent colour.
Marek Reichman added: “The new V12 Vantage S Roadster not only looks the part, but has been engineered and built to showcase the ethos of Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul.
“We believe that it is a truly exceptional sports car, with the capacity to set pulses racing just by its sound alone. The authentic appeal of its style, performance, quality and craftsmanship ensure its stands head and shoulders above others in its sector and delivers that most precious of experiences - fun - in abundance!”