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It seems a little odd for Wheelsandmore to release a tuning program strangely named "Summerheat".

But that’s exactly what the German aftermarket company did, and it used an Aston Martin DBS Volante to showcase its new project. The DBS Volante is impressive enough in its own right, but Wheelsandmore managed to give it the right kind of performance and handling bump that gives the British sports car some spicy new credentials.

It’s hard to imagine a car like the DBS Volante getting even more premium upgrades, let alone one that gives it a nice uptick in the power department. But such is the touch of Wheelsandmore.

Every time we think this aftermarket company has pushed its tuning skills to the limit, it comes back and proves us wrong time and time again.

It’s work on the DBS Volante is only the latest in a long line of examples that we hope doesn’t end now or any time soon.

Click past the jump to read about what Wheelsandmore did to the since christened "Summerheat" Aston Martin DBS Volante

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"The Gutenberg Bible" - this name may not say much to you, but it was the first major book printed back in 1455 using a movable metal type by Johannes Gutenberg. Needless to say that things evolved greatly since then, so that in 1840 people were already trying to print the first color photography. What happened from that point up to today, we are pretty sure you all know, but we need to highlight 2012, which is when the first domestic 3D printer captured the attention of the world.

Up to this point, the most interesting 3D printing was a a working plastic gun that folks with a 3D printer could download and print. Next year something even cooler will happen, as NASA will use a 3D printer in space to print components, tools and equipment on demand.

But how about a 3D printed car? We are not talking about an ordinary car or some cruddy small-scale model, but a full-size replica of a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 . The idea belongs to New Zealand enthusiast Ivan Sentch who bought a $499 Solidoodle 3D printer and started to work on this project in December 2012.

Of course this is a time consuming process and it will be quite a while before his 3D DB4 will be ready, but we are really interested to see how the final car will look like. To date, he has about 72 percent of the pieces printed and a little over half of them put together, so we may be in for a long wait...

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB4.

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The last Aston Martin tuned by the British design firm, Kahn Design, was the DBS Casino Royale , which was pretty sweet. Today, Kahn took another break from its usual Land Rover models and decided to update another Aston Martin model,;this time around it is a DB9 .

This custom Aston is not based on the 2013 DB9 , which delivers a total of 510 horsepower. Instead, the designer extraordinaire opted to update a the initial DB9 model (2005 through 2008), which delivered a total of 450 horsepower from the factory.

No changes were made under the hood, which is pretty typical for Kahn, but the designer opted to update the exterior and the interior look of the DB9. Kahn opted to paint the DB9 in the same paint used for the DBS Casino Royale: meteorite silver. Customers can opt for any possible color, for both the exterior and the interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB9 Signature edition by Kahn Design.

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Two of the most prestigious sports cars offered from the British market are the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish and the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed . The folks over at Motor Trend decided to see which one was better by putting the two head to head.

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago took the two luxury sports cars and wanted to see how they stacked up to one another. He took them to the Motor Trend’s dynamic testing course and pushed them to their limits, then moved to the canyon roads where he seemed to have all the fun in the world throwing these two powerful machines through twists and accelerating on straightaways.

The Aston Martin and Bentley models deliver similar levels of luxury, each is powered by a V-12 engine with more than 500 horsepower and both are priced in the $300k area. So, are they as equal in person as they are on paper? Check out video to find out!

Aston Martin CC100

If there is a limited-edition vehicle that people with deep pockets should taken notice of, Aston Martin’s DBR1 -inspired CC100 Speedster is likely it.

Unfortunately, if you were late to the party, you won’t be able to get your hands on one. The concept, which Aston built to celebrate the British automaker’s 100th anniversary, has now been scooped up by what we can only imagine to be a financially well off collector. After all, he paid around $770,000 for the chance to own the car so he clearly has enough money left on his bank account to absorb that kind of monetary hit.

According to Autocar, there will be a second CC1000 to be built, but like the first model, that one’s already accounted for after Aston Martin was commissioned to build it. Aston Martin’s already building that car and the lucky fella who paid an equal premium for it is expected to take delivery of a literal two-of-a-kind vehicle later this year.

We don’t know about you, but if we had the finances to make that kind of splurge, we wouldn’t hesitate in following the footsteps of these two men.

Rarely do you chance upon a concept as cool and as riveting as the CC100 and the chance of owning one is something our bank accounts would have taken a hit for without even blinking.

That is if our accounts were fat enough to do so.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster

Source: Autocar UK

When it comes to special one-off Aston Martins , the British automaker usually taps the service of one design house: Zagato.

We’ve seen over the years what a collaboration between the two companies can produce. Now that Aston Martin is in the middle of celebrating its 100th anniversary, it’s not surprising that Zagato has come back to build a pair of special one-off models to commemorate the occasion.

One of these models is called the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, a special model based on the 2013 DB9 Volante convertible . Looking completely different from what we’ve come to know about the modern DB9 Volante, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial does carry plenty of design inspiration, most notably from the 1994-2003 DB7 Zagato .

Equally fascinating is the way Aston Martin and Zagato went to giving the one-off model unique tastes of both companies. From Zagato’s double-bubble roof to Aston Martin’s unmistakable, albeit larger, grille and fender vents, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial really does represent the best of both worlds.

One thing that did throw us for a little loop is the design of the round headlights, which does harken us back to the V8 Zagato of the 80’s but comes as a little out of place when built into the sharper and more streamlined look of the current DB9 Volante.

In any case, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial is still a treat to look at and noted American collector and Aston Martin enthusiast Peter Read is a pretty lucky man to being the recipient of this one-off ride.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin DB9 Volante

Any time an automaker celebrates its 100th birthday, you can expect pretty much a year’s worth of festivities, including, but not limited to, the production of some pretty special one-off models.

Aston Martin is taking that route and true to form, noted Italian design house Zagato, has joined in on the party.

The two companies have collaborated to build a pair of one-offs, including one based on the new DBS Coupe . It’s called the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial and it’s rather astounding.

Norihiko Harada, Zagato’s chief designer, admitted to redesigning the DBS as a difficult job especially when it came with the pressure of a one-off model that’s being developed to celebrate the British automaker’s 100th anniversary.

To the credit of everyone involved in the project, the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial lives up to its exclusive designation. The coupe/fastback design of the car is a clear indication of its Aston Martin heritage while the double-bubble roof design and the flair by which its presented is true to form on what you’d expect with Zagato, especially the classic models that the one-off is reminiscent of.

In the end, designing the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial brings the sporty styling together of Zagato with the classic luxury of Aston Martin. A job well done, if we do say so ourselves; something it’s Japanese owner will more than likely approve of.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin DBS

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Every time Aston Martin unveils a new model, the Volante version is sure to be waiting right around the corner and the new Vanquish is no exception. The model was unveiled today at Aston Martin’s global HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England as a celebration of the company’s centenary.

The upcoming Volante will borrow every detail from its coupe version, except, of course, for its lightweight fabric top that takes just 14 seconds to fold. It will feature the completely different lower front lip and small rectangular mouth than the new-generation Vanquish, as well as larger air ducts, revised headlight assemblies and nostril-style heat extractors on the hood. The rear of the vehicle features the new generation’s significantly larger and more aggressive spoiler, but the overall shape and design of the taillights is the same as on the 2012 model.

Updated 06/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 06/25/2013: Aston Martin has placed an online configurator for its brand new Vanquish Volante. You can now go and play with the colors and design your dream sports roadster. Enjoy!

Read more about the Vanquish Volante after the jump

Tragedy struck the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the weekend after Aston Martin Racing driver, Allan Simonsen, lost his life following a devastating crash while driving the No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE .

The 34-year-old racer was making a pass at the Tertre Rouge when he lost control of the racecar, crashing into the barricades that ultimately cost him his life. Simonsen was pronounced dead due to sustained injuries at the Circuit Medical Centre.

“On behalf of all of us at Aston Martin Racing, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the individuals, and families whose friends or loved ones were involved in today’s terrible tragedy,” Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw said in a statement.

On behalf of everyone here at TopSpeed, we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Allan Simonsen. Our words may ring hollow, given the shock of losing Allan, but rest assured, our thoughts are with the family as they try to recover from this devastating news.

Click past the jump to read about Allan Simonsen’s racing career and Aston Mastin’s press release of the driver’s tragic passing

A few months ago, Aston Martin and Gulf decided to hold a competition, encouraging aspiring auto designers to design one of the cars that the British automaker will be enter in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.

It took some time for a winner to be announced, but now the British marque has one after naming Jonathan Wesley from Kettering, UK, as the ultimate winner.

The Gulf livery designed by Wesley on the #97 Vantage GTE will be used to compete at Le Mans this weekend. As part of design triumph, Wesley will be invited by Aston Martin to be a VIP guest during the famed race.

If it isn’t enough for Wesley to have front row seats to watch Le Mans, he gets to do so while watching the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, whose livery he himself designed, compete in race’s 90th installment.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Vantage GTE


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