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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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Matt Farah has owned anAston Martin Vanquish for about nine years, so when it comes to knowing what to expect from the new-generation Vanquish, he should know best.

The 2014 Vanquish is powered by the same 6.0-liter V-12 setup that the 2012 model year uses, but with the output increased to 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. As a result, the car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph.

Along with the more powerful engine, the new Vanquish also features a new design language that we think is the best Aston Martin design hat we’ve seen in the past few years. There is also a highly modified interior, and a revised suspension and braking system.

Check out the video to see if the new-generation Vanquish met all his expectations.

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In the past few daysAston Martin teased a new model two times, but each time the video was revealing pretty much nothing on this car. Today, however, the company decided to surprise us with the unveiling of the new V12 Vantage S. Despite our expectations the new model will not be offered as a last edition for the current V12 Vantage , but it comes simply to replace it.

The new V12 Vantage S is using racing technologies from models like Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars. These technologies include a damping system developed by Bilstein, Brembo brakes and a two-stage Dynamic Stability Control by Continental can be completely turned off.

Aston Martin is also installing a new grille inspired by the new CC100 Speedster and a new Sportshift III AMT gearbox.

The new V12 Vantage S will be put on sale at the end of 2013.

Updated 06/20/2013: Aston Martin confirmed today that the new V12 Vantage S is the fastest-accelerating Aston Martin to date, except the One-77 supercar, of course. See how long it takes to go from 0 to 60 mph after the jump. We also have the price list for the new sports car.

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

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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