Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

  The Aston Martin Vantage comes with a V8 and with a V12 engine. It was reintroduced into the market in 2005. The Vantage is the smallest and cheapest sportscar in the Aston line up and the ‘Sports’ variant competes with the likes of the Porsche 911. The three variants of the Vantage that are sold in India are the V8, the V8 roadster and the V12.

Aston Martin is preparing to offer a facelift version for every model in the line-up thanks to that high interest loan they just secured from global investors. There’s already been talk of what will happen to the future DB9 debuting sometime next year, as well as a new DBS in late 2012. Now spy photographers have caught the future Vantage model testing near the Aston Martin technical center in Germany. The vehicle is still in the early stages of development, but it already hosts a number of changes that will significantly change the vehicle’s overall look.

The Aston Martin Vantage will not be a completely new vehicle as previously thought, but a facelift version including new and wider skirts and major changes in the body panels. That being said, these additions could have just been added to hide any changes made to the chassis of the vehicle. No other details have been offered, but it is believed that the exterior design will take its inspiration from the One-77 supercar with its borrowed bonnet, sides, and cooling vents, in an attempt to make the car look more aggressive and sporty. These changes may also supply a decrease in weight, by about 350 lbs.

The 2014 Vantage will more than likely be powered by the same 4.7-liter V-8 and 6.0-liter V-12 engines currently found in the sports car, possibly tweaked to deliver more power, better fuel economy, and lower emissions.

Expect to see the new Aston Martin Vantage in late 2013.

Source: WCF

We haven’t even gotten around to digesting the full breadth of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato and we’re already getting a close look at the race-spec version of the new Aston supercar. Or at least something like it.

In preparation for the car’s racing debut at the Nurburgring later this week, Aston Martin gave the eager public a first-hand look at the race-spec version of the V12 Zagato. It might only be a rendering of the car, but at the very least, it gives us an idea on what to expect when the car officially makes its track debut on May 28, 2011 at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race.

Judging from the rendering, the race-spec V12 Zagato looks pretty much like the street-version with a couple of notable additions, including the prominent rear wing, the table-top front lip, and the black wheels.

That’s as much as Aston is willing to share for now. But at least the wait won’t be that long before we see the race-spec version in the flesh. Good timing too, considering that the 24 Hours of Nurburgring is scheduled for June 25 and 26, 2011 and Aston Martin will be fielding two V12 Zagatos in the annual endurance race.

UPDATE 07/14/2011: Aston Martin has unveiled a new official video in which they reveal the two V12 Zagato racers at the Nurburgring 24hr race. Check out the two cars as they take part in a grueling test of endurance, engineering, and driver skill. Enjoy!

Aston Martin will be celebrating the iconic DB4GT Zagato’s 50th anniversary with a new concept car developed in collaboration with the Italian design house Zagato. The concept car made its first appearance at the Villa D’Este Concours on May 21st, 2011 and will make its racing debut at Nürburgring on May 28th.

Dr. Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive said: "The DNA of both Aston Martin and Zagato has combined successfully to make some of the world’s most desirable collector cars in the past and in this special anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato it is appropriate to explore a modern collaboration. Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time."

The original Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato made its first appearance in 1960 at the London Motor Show. It was essentially a much lighter DB4 GT that got worked on by the Italian Coachbuilder to include a 3670 cc straight-6 DOHC engine that produced 314 HP with a top speed of 154 mph.

UPDATE 07/01/2011: The V12 Zagato has finally been listed on the Aston Martin web page, giving us an official confirmation that it will soon go on sale. According to the web site, "only a strictly limited run of road going cars will be built" and we will get more details about in the next few weeks.

UPDATE 07/0711: Now this is what we’re talking about! Aston Martin has finally given the pricing for the V12 Zagato. But that’s where the good news ends, at least as far as those that will have a hard time affording it. Anybody who wants to score this limited edition piece of beauty will have to shell out £330,000, which is around $528,000 based on current exchange rates. Gulp.

UPDATE 08/12/11: Aston Martin announced today that the V12 Zagato concept next with the One-77 supercar will make their American debuts in Monterey from August 17th to 21st. The V12 Zagato will debut in the evening of Wednesday August 17th at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and Aston Martin has confirmed once again that a strictly limited production run of the V12 Zagato will commence in summer 2012.

"Guests will be given the rare opportunity to test drive our latest model range, including the new Virage and Vantage S, as well as the four-door Rapide" commented Julian Jenkins, Vice President Aston Martin the Americas. "We are very excited about the program this year including the debut of the V12 Zagato, and we look forward to welcoming current owners, new customers and automotive enthusiasts to share our celebrations at The Aston Martin Estate."

Hit the jump to read more about the new V12 Zagato endurance racer concept.

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As expected, Aston Martin brought its latest iteration of the Vantage to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Aston has been designing rolling works of art for a very long time and has recently retaken a stance as a racing power as well. The company’s GT4 racecar won its class in two of the most important races of the year, Nurburgring 24 and Spa 24 hours, and have begun fusing racecar technology into the road cars with more fervor than ever before. The top-of-the-line V12 Vantage has the motor from the larger DB9 shoehorned into its engine compartment, making it a true hot rod. That formula may work for some, but others were seeing a lapse between the V12 model and the base V8.

At the beginning of Summer 2011, Aston Martin will introduce the V8 Vantage S, hoping to squeeze some more profit out of its best selling model line and please enthusiasts at the same time. Increases in engine performance, transmission, chassis, and aerodynamics will all further the appeal of an iconic sports car.

According to Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, “The Vantage S epitomizes every attribute of the V-8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before.”

UPDATE 03/11/2011: Aston Martin has revealed an amazing video of the V8 Vantage S showing the car in action. Just listen to the music of that engine! Video after the jump.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Aston Martin Vantage S.

Source: Aston Martin

Aston Martin has unveiled today details on a new Vantage GT4 for 2011. The new model takes inspiration from the Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage road car and will compete in the future European GT4 Cup and all other series with a GT4 class.

The new Vantage GT4 features a new splitter that increases downforce at the front of the car, a V12’s larger boot ‘flip’ at the rear a new carbon fiber diffuser and rear underfloor and a new rear-mounted high capacity transmission oil cooler.

As with the current 4.7 liter Vantage GT4, which made its race debut in 2009, the 2011 car is closely based on theV8 Vantage road car with key attributes being carried over including the aluminum chassis, base engine and suspension design. In addition to the engine and aero upgrades, competitors can choose a race-developed Bosch ABS and traction control system.

Press release after the jump.

Today,Aston Martin unveiled the special edition V8 Vantage N420, a successor for the special edition V8 Vantage N400 of 2007. This model pays tribute to Aston Martin’s success at the Nurburgring 24 Hours . Deliveries will begin in August with prices starting from £96,995 (around $146,000 at the current exchange rates). It will be offered in both Coupe and Roadster versions.

The new V8 Vantage N420 is powered by a 4.7-liter engine that delivers 420bhp, but, compared to a standard Vantage, it is 27 kilos lighter. On the exterior the car is distinguished by wider sills, a carbon fiber splitter, side strakes and diffuser, 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels in gloss black finish, black mesh vents, and ‘Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers. On the interior it gets an Iridium interior package with graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques, and lightweight carbon fiber seats, complete with ‘Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and Park Distance Control are also standard.

Updated 07/14/2010: Aston Martin today announced US prices for the special edition V8 Vantage N420. The new model will make its official U.S. debut at next month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and will go on sale at a price of $132,000 for the coupe and $145,000 for the roadster version.

Updated 11/09/2010: Aston Martin has revealed a new promotional video for the V8 Vantage N420. Check it out!

Press release after the jump.

After the V8 Vantage N420 coupe , Aston Martin has unveiled today a roadster version for this special edition. The roadster version will go on sale at a price of $145,000.

Like the coupe version, the roadster is powered by a 4.7-liter engine that delivers 420bhp and it mated to a a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission. Also the car is 27 kilos lighter than a standard V8 Vantage .

The N420 edition is distinguished by a carbon fibre splitter, side strakes and diffuser, while bold 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels complete with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and ’Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers complete the coordinated look. The interior gets graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara® steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques and lightweight carbon fiber seats, complete with ’Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and Park Distance Control are also standard. It will be offered in ’Rose’ yellow, ’Kermit’ green and ’Elwood’ blue exterior color.

The 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage will appear in dealer’s showrooms starting in January of 2010 and the English super car maker has just released a few official images of the 2010 car in both coupe and convertible forms. The new Vantage will come complete with a few modifications inspired by the Nurburgring special N400 Vantage .

The 2010 model will get new optional 10 spoke forged 19 inch alloy wheels with a diamond turned and silver finish. The rear of the new Aston receives a set of cleared out tail lamps while up front the 2010 Vantage benefits from a Magnum silver bonnet. On the inside the hand built super car maker is offering a pair of lightweight carbon kevlar racing buckets that shed over 35 pounds from the sports car as well as the optional 1000 Watt Bang & Olufsen in car entertainment system.

Aston Martin will retain the same 420 HP 4.7 Liter V8 engine, with a few mechanical changes being confirmed for the electronically controlled transmission that will lower the hand built sports car’s CO2 emissions from 328 to 315 g/km, and all the way down to 300 g/km for the Speedshift version allowing Aston’s super car owners to sleep a little easier at night knowing that their new cars are a bit greener than before. Stay tuned to Top Speed for more information about the 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Updated 07/01/2010: Aston Martin unveiled new images with the V8 Vantage sports car. Check the image gallery to see them.

Next to the four-door sedan Rapide , Aston Martin will also race a V12 Vantage at this weekend’s Nürburgring 24-hour race. The car will be driven by Peter Cate (GB), Oliver Mathai (D), journalist Richard Meaden (GB), and Chris Porritt.

The V12 Vantage Nurburgring car adds new aerodynamic enhancements to the original car which saw off a field of largely specialist race cars in the SP8 class last year. The race spec version of the Rapide wouldn’t be too far off of the production version with the only noticeable differences between the two being the addition of race safety modifications and the elimination of all the interior trims and features found in the production version in an effort to reduce the car’s overall weight. The car is intended as a technical exercise to allow the Aston Martin engineering team to explore further performance potential in the V12 Vantage with the new aerodynamic aids providing greater downforce through the Nürburgring’s myriad of corners and undulating surfaces.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Nurburgring, as well as many others, will have a practice session this morning followed by a nighttime qualifying session tonight at 5:15 CET. The daytime qualifying session will be held on Friday at 12:45 CET with the 38th ADAC Nurburgring 24-HR race beginning at 3:00pm on May 15, 2010.

Press release after the jump.

Aston Martin is performing a magic trick. It is plucking the 6.0-liter 510 hp engine out of the DBS , and is stuffing it in the smaller, lighter Vantage . Poof: the V12 Vantage is born. But don’t get too excited just yet. Like most magic tricks, everything is not a whole as it seems. The addition of four cylinders to the Vantage has made the crash protection area too small to meet U.S. standards.
So we will be a little sad when we see the car in-person for its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. For everyone who is lucky to live in outlaw country, the V12 Vantage has a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 kp/h) time of 4.2 seconds. These figures are made possible not only from the bigger engine, but also a serious diet of lightweight material including a carbon fiber driveshaft.

Even for those who live in countries where the V12 Vantage is legal, it may still be hard to get. Only 1,000 examples total are scheduled to be built.

Updated 06/02/2010: Aston Martin announced US prices for the 2011 V12 Vantage that is now available for order. Prices for the standard version will start at $179,995, while the Carbon Black edition is priced at $194,995. Both prices include a $3,000 gas-guzzler tax and $1,350 destination charge. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.

UPDATE 06/04/2010: Aston Martin has released a new video for the Aston Martin V12 Vantage to celebrate the release of the supercar into the U.S. market. Check it out by clicking on the image above.

UPDATE 05/27/2011: We have added a new commercial to our review. It is called Aston Martin ’Reverie’ and it is all about energy and speed. Very suitable for an Aston Martin model. Enjoy.

Press release after the jump.

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