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The Aston Martin DBS has had a pretty long lifespan after first being introduced in 1967. The current generation, though, didn’t hit the market until 2008, which in itself is already long for the industry.

But despite its age, the DBS remains one of Aston Martin’s meal tickets, a car that has come to define the British automaker’s quest to build the ultimate expression of its engineering and technical know-how.

It’s not a coincidence that the DBS has lasted this long and even though, it’s ripe for a facelift, it’s still got the combination of style and power that even newer models like the Audi R8 V10 and the Bentley Continental GT have to take serious note of.

The 2012 Aston Martin DBS is personifies everything that’s right with Aston Martin, carrying with it the history and technology that has come to define this model in all the years that it’s been around.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin DBS

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Back in May, Aston Martin announced the Hybrid Hydrogen-powered Rapide S as a special entry in the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Now the company has teamed up with Bosch Engineering to develop a plug-in-hybrid variant of the DB9 sports car . Could this be a clear sign that Aston Martin is considering hybridization for its future models?

The car received no exterior updates, except, of course, for the expected Bosch swag so we don’t forget who helped electrify the DB9.

All of the major work was made under the hood, where the two companies combined a V-12 engine powering the front wheels with an electric motor for the rear wheels. As a result, this hybrid DB9 will deliver a total of 740 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

On top of the amazing output – 230 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque more than the base DB9 – Aston Martin also announced a full-electric range of 16 miles. Rumors are also circulating that the hybrid DB9 will be about 10-percent quicker than the standard car.

Bosch equipped the car with the latest ESP system with four different driving modes: safe, sport, drift, and custom. For the interior, Bosch developed TFT dials and an in-car touchscreen system, which obviously will double as a hybrid system monitor.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB9.

Source: Auto Guide
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Everyone is expecting now that we have seen the V12 Vantage S that a Volante version will be launched in the next couple of months. While no official details are offered on this new model just yet, piecing together how it will look isn’t very difficult. All you have to do is take a V12 Vantage S , remove the fixed roof and add a soft top.

Everything else will be carried over from the coupe version, except, of course, that the Volante version will be a little bit heavier because of the changes required by the soft top.

Under the hood, the car will keep the same AM28 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The Volante version will go from 0 to 60 mph in a little over 4 seconds, while top speed will drop a little bit from the coupe’s 205 mph.

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

Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake "Jet 2+2" Concept by Bertone

More and more coach-built cars are getting green lights for production, leading us to believe that the market is becoming more open for cars of such unique quality.

According to Autocar, it appears that the Bertone Jet 2+2 , which we first saw a few months ago at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , is set to be offered as a production model by Aston Martin , albeit in limited quantities.

By ’limited’, word has it that the car will only be offered as a 10-unit lot, meaning that it’s going to be extremely exclusive and as such, far from our reaches.

There are still a lot of hurdles that need to be cleared, not the least of which is the use of the name "Jet", something Bertone has previously used in its concepts. As far as Aston Martin is concerned, should it give the go-ahead to have the car built, it’s leaning towards badging it as the Rapide Shooting Brake.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that the Jet 2+2 Concept is essentially an estate take on the Rapide .

Click past the jump to read about the Bertone Jet 2+2 Concept

Source: Autocar UK

Don’t be mistaken by GRID 2’s standing in the hierarchy of car racing video games. It doesn’t hold the cache of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsports. Nor does it have the history of Need for Speed.

What it does have is a pretty good video game, one that’s now made even better with the presence of Aston Martin . Specifically, three of the finest Astons to have ever been built: the One-77 , the V12 Zagato and the new Vanquish .

If for nothing else, Aston Martin’s presence in Grid 2 is a perfect marketing collaboration for the two companies. But even that pales to what the possibilities could be once you get to play the three exotics in the game.

GRID 2 isn’t scheduled to hit shelves until later this year, but we’re already excited to see how these three Astons fare in the world of GRID 2.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin supercars included in GRID 2

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The Aston Martin DB5 is a global phenomenon often referred to as ‘the most famous car in the world’ thanks to its longtime heritage over 50 years of James Bond films. The car itself retook center stage a few times in the films since originally starring in Goldfinger and From Russia With Love, most recently with Skyfall’s Daniel Craig wheeling it out of secret storage before a midnight dash to his childhood orphanage in Scotland.

RM Auctions 2012 sale of this Sierra Blue example also includes a big name attached: Sir Paul McCartney, who rewarded himself with his first Aston Martin just a few weeks after The Beatles breakout appearance on U.S. television via The Ed Sullivan Show.

As special as the DB5’s numerous celeb owners and movie credits are, the coverage can be exhausting sometimes because the same tired facts are reshuffled. In this full review of the DB5, the focus is the merits of the car itself versus its contemporaries like the E-type Jaguar , Lamborghini 350 GT and Ferrari 250 GTO.

The DB5 was also created in a fashionable convertible body-style and as a one-off shooting brake for company lead David Brown, but the two-door hardtops are the most recognizable and affordable examples of 1963’s most advanced car.

Click past the jump for the full review of this cherished dream car.

If it wasn’t made evidently clear by a previous video teaser, Aston Martin has a mysterious car that it’s been teasing.

What isn’t clear is what car it actually is, although if you look at the second teaser, you get some glimpses of that seem to suggest that what the British automaker is keeping under the covers looks like a variant of the V12 Vantage . The air scoops you see ever so fleetingly in the trailer is a pretty indicative tell.

The teaser vid also makes good use of carbon fiber elements, which could suggest that this isn’t some kind of a road car but a possible race car with some serious attitude attached to it. It also helps strengthening that hypothesis that the driver is wearing a full racing suit.

We’re extremely intrigued to see what Aston Martin has in store for us with this new model. But even with the lack of details, we’ll venture a guess that this new car won’t be as insane as the CC100 Speedster Concept we saw Aston Martin unveil a few weeks ago.

Click past the jump to watch the first teaser video of this mysterious Aston Martin model

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Aston Martin’s CC100 Speedster Concept made its world debut at the Germany’s ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race and, after just a few days it was brought to the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Luckily for us, Youtube user Marchettino was there and he managed to shoot a very cool video of the new CC100.

The driver was kind enough to do a series of insane start ups and revs so we can all hear what an amazing sound the V-12 engine is delivering.

While you enjoy the great sound, we also want to remind you: the CC100 is powered by a V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower. With this amount of power the two-seater speedster can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds, while the top speed is limited to 180 mph.

The video is also shows the CC100 from many points so you will have the chance to take a closer look at its amazing design language.

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Aston Martin just unveiled the CC100 Speedster and it is already dropping a teaser video for a new model it is preparing. The problem is that the video doesn’t reveal much, so we have no clue what it could be. In fact, we don’t even know when it will hit the market because all the video says is that the new model is “Coming soon.”

There is some pretty interesting speculation happening on Aston Martin’s YouTube channel. One user claims it is a final edition of the V12 Vantage – a pretty good guess – and another says it is a special V12 Vantage Centennial Edition, which is yet another good bet. Our favorite guess, however, is a “Toyota Prius, with [an] Aston Martin [badge] on.”

Taking a look into the future, the only model Aston Martin is currently preparing is the 2014 Vanquish Volante , but if you will take a second look to the video you will see the car shown has really doesn’t look the like a Vanquish.

On the other hand, a while ago we reported that the V12 Vantage will be dropped, so we agree with the YouTube user that opined that this is likely the final edition V12 Vantage.

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The recent record-breaking sale of this one-off 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Jet by Bertone shows the remarkable passion surrounding the brand’s classic cars, especially those with a unique or special racing history.

What’s so special about this car, aside from its rare provenance and Aston Martin Works Service restoration? Quite a few things about the DB4 GT were celebrated at the time, notably its potent top-end performance, great handling and the aircraft-style leather interior. The DB4 GT’s platform chassis replaced the DB4’s spaceframe, meaning new bodywork was required because the original Touring-designed panels weren’t compatible with the newly-developed floorplan and a chopped wheelbase.

Let’s get the money question out of the way. Yes, the Bertone Jet is more than ten times what a base DB4 is worth, but the final price was near the top end of the pre-sale estimate – so this was no surprise in the Aston community. All signs were good ahead of the sale: custom Bertone – pronounced “Bear Tony” - exterior and interior; the car’s unique nature; and the fact that it changed hands at the original chassis factory with full manufacturer blessing.

So is it a collector’s item? Without a doubt.

The current craze for the similar Ferrari 250 GT and Jaguar E-type heaves most of the dollars on convertibles – making them among the most valuable cars of all time. The 250 GT ’s auction magic is greatly enhanced by the fact that the car is a total joy to drive. Is the Bertone Jet a stunning drive as well?

Click past the jump for the full review of the DB4 GT Jet.


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