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.

Things aren’t looking so good for Aston Martin’s future if the automaker fails to get an exemption from the U.S. government’s crash test standards regarding its DB9 and Vantage models. More specifically, both models fail to comply with the new side-impact crash standards coming into effect next month and therefore would not qualify for sale within the U.S. Bloomberg reports Aston Martin filed for an exemption for the two cars last year, but the word is still out on whether the automaker will be able to continue selling the two models without making significant structural changes to meet the higher standards.

The exemptions would allow the DB9 to be sold through August 2016 and the Vantage through August 2017. Without such leeway, the automaker could suffer tremendous financial losses to its dealer network, resulting in many lost jobs and closed franchises.

With the independently owned Aston Martin already in a tight financial bind, the automaker likely cannot afford to significantly alter the DB9 and Vantage to comply with the new legislation. Since Aston Martin isn’t a part of a larger organization of automakers, it cannot simply borrow technology or shift funds to fix the problem.

The new side-impact crash standards taking effect next month are designed to heighten a vehicle’s ability to protect occupants against impacts with solid objects such as utility poles and trees.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Vantage and DB9

Source: Bloomberg

You know when you’re a kid in a toy store and you’re presented with four toys to pick from, but the issue is that you really want all of them? That’s what Aston Martin’s new lineup of Q by Aston Martin models feels like. Is it possible to just pick all of them as my favorite? I admittedly chose the DB9 Volante version, but the V12 Vantage S is tugging at my conscience.

Q by Aston Martin’s work on the V12 Vantage S, which is set to debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance, deserves all the adulation it can get. It’s rich body color exemplifies Aston Martin’s luxurious image. The intricate detail of the interior is also a sight to behold, kind of like looking at a design masterpiece of the highest order.

Just looking at these models bound for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is tough enough on its own. I can only imagine how difficult it is for an Aston Martin customer to get their hands on a Q by Aston Martin-personalized model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S By Q.

With the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance just around the corner, time has come to have a look at what this year’s edition of the world-renowned event has to offer. The charitable event has drawn huge interest ever since it was established in 1950, and the 2014 edition will be no exception. Automakers like McLaren , Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Aston Martin have already confirmed their presence with outstanding, brand-new vehicles, but each and every important manufacturer will hit California to showcase their latest products. Global debuts and North American debuts, this year’s Pebble Beach will have them all.

Besides the latest automobiles ranging from lightning-fast supercars to practical SUVs and bespoke rigs, the event will be packed with classic cars spread across different eras. Bentleys , Duesenbergs and Bugattis , one rarer than the other, will be displayed across the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. As with each year, the Pebble Beach Concours the d’Elegance will donate all proceedings to various local and national organizations. The event has given nearly $20 million to charities throughout the years, and this tradition will continue in 2014.

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is certain to be a blast. It’s set to take place on August 17th, 2014, but several events, such as the Pebble Beach Auctions and the Tour d’Elegance, are scheduled a few days earlier, on August 13th and 14th, respectively. Make sure you don’t miss our coverage and, in the meantime, check out our comprehensive preview below the brake.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Aston Martin Vantage is the smallest car in the current Aston range and it was created to be a more entertaining sports car with a cheaper price point when compared to the GT cars like the DB9 . The car was lauded for its looks and handling abilities, but many felt the standard V-8 lacked the proper grunt for a car like this. Aston Martin rose to the challenge and created the V12 Vantage by cramming the 12-cyliiunder engine from the DB9 into the engine bay of the smaller car. Just last year, Aston turned up the wick even farther with a faster, lighter, and more exciting V12 Vantage S model. The big issue with the V12 Vantage S is that is only available in hardtop form, not the seductive roadster. Until now, anyways.

That’s right, Aston has just announced a drop-top version of the V12 Vantage S, and it is as amazing as it sounds.

Functionally the new V12 Vantage S Roadster is identical to its hard-top sibling. That means powerful V-12 engine, reduced weight, increased torque, and a top speed of more than 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster.

Happy Thursday everyone! It is time once again for the TopSpeed Podcast . This week we are a man down as Mark is in North Carolina checking out the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis . We are very jealous of him, and poke lots of fun.

Once we get down to business, we cover Weekly Wheels in which Justin discusses a very expensive tiny Mazda, and I wax poetically about how freaking fast the Nissan GT-R is.

News this week is once again full of auto show happenings. We discuss our best and worst picks for New York , cover a few pieces of the NYC show we missed last week, and then we talk about some of the reveals that took place at Beijing. Some of the Beijing news included the new VW NMC concept and the Audi TT Offroad concept.

This week we did also do video! It should be uploaded later tonight and we will update the post tomorrow

The Questions and Answers segment was short this week as we only had one submission, so don’t forget to send us questions in the comments, on the Twitters (@TopSpeedPodcast) or in an email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

Since there is only two of us, we decided to put Own Drive Burn on hold until Mark returns. Don’t forget to send us suggestions for those as well.

We want to thank everyone for listening, and we hope everyone has a great weekend. If you liked this week’s Podcast, why don’t you give us a rating or a review over at iTunes. It makes us feel happy inside when you do that. Click play below or above to listen to the podcast.

Weekly Wheels: Mazda3 , Nissan GT-R
Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler

Hey there boys and girls. It’s Thursday, and you know what that means; the next episode of the TopSpeed Podcast is here! Bonus piece of news, the TopSpeed.com Podcast is now also available on iTunes. If you like the show, be sure to give us a rating or a review over there. It makes us look good, and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

New York has been a crazy-busy show this year, so we are changing things up for this week’s episode to get you guys as much news as we can.

For starters, we are skipping the Weekly Wheels segment this week and jumping straight into news. Don’t worry, it is coming back next week and we have some cool cars to discuss then, including the mighty Nissan GT-R .

Also, there is no video cast this week, but it will be back next week. I had some difficulties with the video recording equipment, and we lost about 65-percent of the video feed.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

While we didn’t get a chance to hit all of the big news, and lots of it was breaking as we were recording, we did do our best to hit some of our favorite announcements so far like the new Golf SportWagon Concept, the Corvette Z06 Convertible and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT . We also touch on the new Camry, a Land Rover concept and much more. We even find some time to talk about the Saleen-tuned Tesla Model S .

We still found time to answer all your great questions, and the Q & A can be found just after the news. Keep those great questions coming, guys. Click "play" below or above to hear this week’s Podcast.

We hope everyone enjoyed this weeks show, and we will be returning next week with a more traditional format show, and we will also cover more NY Auto Show news. If you have a favorite new car announcement that you want to hear us talk about, hit the comments, drop us a line on Twitter or hit up our email Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

We will see you next Thursday.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

Right before the 2014 Geneva Motor Show kicked off in March we introduced you to the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 , a special edition model that made the V8 Vantage more appealing with slightly more horsepower and a few extras here and there.

We were a bit disappointed that the British company was mum on details in regard to an U.S. version, but that’s no longer available, as Aston Martin has just announced plans to introduce the said model to its potential North American customers at the New York Auto Show .

The vehicle will be sold under the V8 Vantage GT moniker and, just like the Euro-spec N430, it will be offered in both coupe and roadster body styles. Making things even better, Aston Martin is offering the new special-edition model at a considerably lower price compared to the standard V8 Vantage.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT

Although many Aston Martin enthusiasts would rather have a DB9 or a Vanquish in their garage, sports car racing aficionados are more likely to go for the Vantage GT4.

Built to FIA GT regulations, which makes it eligible for the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge, the Vantage GT4 just got a racing series of its own in North America.

Open to just about anyone who can afford to purchase the sports car and pay the entry fees, the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America will run its inaugural season over seven weekends. The gentleman racers will get a chance to prove their driving skills on famous U.S. track such as Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca , Road America and Sebring, but will also travel to Canada to hoon the GT4 on Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

2014 entrants will include IndyCar and prototype sports car driver Eliseo Salazar, who had driven for TRG-Aston Martin Racing in the past, as well as drivers that have less or no racing experience at all, such as Montreal Aston Martin dealer Joel Segal.

The inaugural Aston Martin GT Challenge of North America will commence on May 16th through 18th at Watkins Glen and will end on November 21st through 23rd at Sebring International Raceway.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

Custom supercars have become quite the fad these days with a lot of companies taking the route of tailor-made personalization services to build bespoke creations.

Aston Martin has one of these bespoke divisions, and it’s built some pretty interesting vehicles since its inception. Remember the CC100 Speedster Concept from last year? Yeah, that was just one example.

This year, the British marque brought a pair of new custom vehicles courtesy of Q by Aston Martin, and one of them is this sparkling V12 Vantage S that looks especially saucy with that white body and orange garnishing.

With the increasing popularity of bespoke sports cars , companies like Aston Martin are using events like Geneva to give the people a taste of what it’s capable of. Judging by the works Q by Aston Martin has delivered since it was created a few years ago, there’s a good chance that more and more of these unique Astons will be show their faces in future auto shows.

Just like this Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.

Click past the jump to read more about the Q by Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.

Aston Martin has a long history of releasing special models, and its debuts for Geneva happen to include a pair of special-edition models set to knock our socks off. This is the V8 Vantage N430, which happens to be a V8 Vantage that draws inspiration from the popular CC100 model that we recently saw and the Aston Martin’s racing history.

Its striking green-and-yellow exterior paint combines well with a series of black elements and all the power coming from the V-8 under its hood. In short, this is one bad British sports car, but is it just for show or does this Jag fighter have something a little extra going on under its long hood?

For now, we only know a small portion of the details, but it is plenty of information to know what the upcoming Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 is all about.

Click past the jump to read more about the V8 Vantage N430.


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