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As a birthday gift to itself, Aston Martin has decided to announce a "Centenary" edition for its whole lineup to commemorate 100 years of pleasing our roads with their presence.

The flagship Aston Martin Vanquish will be the first car to receive the bespoke treatment.

Don’t expect any performance upgrades, so we assume it will carry the base 6.0-liter V-12 that pumps out 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. No too bad even without any upgrades.

Starting with the exterior, the Vanquish Centenary Edition features a unique palette of paint jobs that aren’t offered in the standard trim and solid-sterling-silver Aston Martin wing badges with custom enamel. So, you had better be careful where you park your bespoke Aston, as the badge alone is worth a fortune...

The interior also receives a bespoke treatment, starting with the Deep Soft black leather – a leather upholstery reserved for the One-77 hypercar – with contrasting silver stitching, a special silver thread embroidery of the Aston Martin wings in the head restraints and solid silver sill plaques with the Aston Martin logo.

As a thank-you-for-celebrating-with-us, people who have booked for Centenary Edition will receive a free gift package that includes two glass keys, two bespoke key pouches made from the same interior leather, solid silver cufflinks featuring the Aston Martin logo, solid silver Rollerball pen and high quality Bang & Olufsen headphones. Oh, you didn’t have to, Aston Martin...

Aston Martin hasn’t revealed the premium customers have to pay for the Centenary Edition. We just hope it’s not a steep price to pay for a custom paint-job that hardly matters and a box full of unnecessary goodies.

Aston Martin doesn’t have as many Facebook fans as Ferrari , accounting for only 2 million to the latter’s 10 million admirers. But that hasn’t stopped the British automaker from giving thanks to all its loyal followers with the release of a special feature film next year.

Yeah, the official debut of the short film is still a ways away, but Aston did release the first of what we can only imagine to be many more teasers of "The Race."

The British automaker is touting the film with promotional quips that include three cars — the Vantage , the DB9 , and the Vanquish — three drivers, the Aston Martin DB5 and one "special guest.” Your guess is as good as ours on who that special guest is going to be, but we won’t be surprised if that guest is familiar to the numbers “0-0” and “7”.

Check out the first teaser of Aston Martin’s "The Race” above.

When Aston Martin Racing engineers designed the Vantage GT2 a few years ago, it was built to be a strong competitor in the GT2 race series. Racing team Jota Racing has even been a loyal partner of Aston Martin since the two companies inked a deal back in 2010 that allowed Jota Racing to use the Aston Martin Vantage GT2 in its forays into the world of GT2 racing.

Recently, the two proved that their relationship was as strong as ever after Jota unveiled its official 2013 GT2 race car: the Vantage GT2.

The car itself is based on the V8 Vantage , which shouldn’t be confused with the V12 version that’s being used in the GT3 series. Building it to adhere to racing regulations, the GT2’s body is made from bonded aluminum structure, a material taken directly from the V8 Vantage, and integrating an aerospace-specification-steel roll cage. Every component of the body, excluding the roof, is made from lightweight carbon fiber.

Additionally, an advanced aerodynamic package is part of the car’s overall set-up, with the components including a carbon fiber splitter, flat floor and diffuser, and a carbon rear wing. With all these changes, the Vantage GT2 only weighs 1,175 kg (2,590 pounds), a shade over the 1,150 kg (2,535-pound) minimum weight that the FIA requires.

The V8 GT2 retains a host of the road car’s engine mechanics, including the cylinder block, heads and crankshaft, while also using competition-spec components on the cylinder heads, connecting rods, valves, camshafts and the racing exhaust system. The engine itself is a 4.475-liter V-8 engine that produces in excess of 450 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque. The engine mates to a mid-rear mounted, six-speed paddle-shift transmission with a ‘flat shift’ and competition clutch.

Finally, Jota Racing dressed up its GT2 Vantage in its own team colors: a white front body with a grey rear and orange trims throughout the race car and completed with the usual sponsorship badges. It’s a stylish package that doesn’t go overboard with the overall colors. This is definitely a car to look out for on the GT2 starting grid next year.

Source: Jota Group

The history of Aston Martin began back in 1913 when Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford joined forces to sell cars made by Singer. In 2013 the company will be celebrating its centenary and to commemorate the event the company has prepared a series of special events, plus a very cool logo.

The logo has 100 dots in it and has the shape of a nautilus, according to Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, and it represents Aston’s progress which is never ending and marks the beginning of a new century for the company. After 100 more years the logo will have 200 dots, at least this is the plan. Let’s hope Aston manages to succeed!

Aston Martin describes itself as a company "independent in spirit and ownership, we remain resolute and true to the ethos of creating cars that embrace advanced engineering, yet exude understated elegance."

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Unless you were living under a rock, you would know that nearly half of Aston Martin’s stake now belongs to former Ducati owner Investindustrial. Good to know that Aston Martin can still live to see the future.

But, like every acquisition, it does bring along changes, and Ducati’s past could influence one of them.

Ducati once collaborated with Mercedes AMG to create and market a special-edition Mercedes SLK55 AMG. It was said that Investindustrial saw more potential and a better future using AMG engines and transmission systems. Can we blame them? They’re in fact one of the best engine makers. If you don’t believe us, feel free to have a talk with the SLS AMG GT or the Pagani Huayra .

While the news may sadden some of the Aston Martin purists, remember that the engines powering current Astons aren’t really in-house developed. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine for example is basically a 4.2-liter V-8 from Jaguar that has been heavily re-tuned in Germany and slapped the Aston badge. The all mighty 6.0-liter V-12 under the Vanquish’s hood is actually a Ford Duratec engine. So, Aston Martin is no new customer when it comes to in-house development.

The changeover would make sense to us, as current Aston Martins continue to get more beautiful, its powertrain systems and electrical architecture seem to never really improve significantly.

Tell us which you would prefer: a Jaguar and Ford engines or a lineup of AMG engines? We bet the decision is an easy one to make.

Source: Drive

The return of SR Auto Group’s Project Kro for the Aston Martin Vantage was long overdue. But now that it’s back, it’s back with a vengeance. The combination of the British supercar’s sporty elegance and the expert tuning exploits of the Canadian aftermarket company has turned this Aston Martin Vantage into a piece of black-and-green awesomeness.

We know SR Auto Group has made programs like this a thing of habit, but there’s something about Project Kro that really draws a lot of attention to it. Maybe it’s the polished black body, or maybe it’s the subtle lime green linings on the hood and the brake calipers. Maybe it’s even the set of 21-inch Modern Black PUR 8IGHT wheels that SR Auto Group was able to acquire from PUR Wheels’ 2012 collection.

Whatever the case may be, SR Auto Group’s Project Kro program for the Vantage is really one for our books, despite its lack of performance updates.

Aston Martin and TRG (The Racers Group) have just signed a partnership that will bring the famous British sports car to a North American racing series starting next season. TRG will receive a total of 10 race cars that will be seen in competitions like the Twelve Hours of Sebring, Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, The Grand American Rolex Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series.

The first model we will see on the race track is the Vantage GTE. It will be unveiled at the Sebring winter test session on February 7th and then raced in the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March. The TRG-AMR Vantage GT3 will be raced in competitions like The Grand American Rolex Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series, while the V8 Vantage GT4 will be raced in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The GTE version and the GT4 are based on the production version Vantage V8 and are powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine producing 420 horsepower, while the GT3 is based on the V12 Vantage and will be offered with a 6.0-liter V-12 engine.

"We are delighted to form this innovative new partnership with TRG which presents great potential across a variety of racing competitions. In TRG we have a proven race partner who clearly knows how to be competitive and win races, helping us achieve new levels of success in North American motorsport for Aston Martin," said John Gaw, Managing Director of Aston Martin Racing.

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One of the key selling points to any car’s success is its design. Even if the brand of a car is unknown, with the help of a good design, it can grab positive attention from the most discerning of critics. This focus on beauty is the main reason so many brands invest millions of dollars in design studios.

One of the most important steps toward the success of any project is to get the design right. It should not be pretentious but also should not be too bland. Nowadays, automobile designing is one of the toughest jobs in the industry. People who can draw and have passion for automobiles simply cannot call themselves a designer. It takes a certain skillset and experience to make a mark. The toughest part in designing a vehicle is balancing key elements such as aerodynamics with modern design that pays homage to the brand’s original design language. Take for instance the Jaguar F-Type. It’s a car that, Chief designer Ian Callum says, ushers in a whole new design language for the Leaping Jag while still keeping certain elements of the legendary E-Type alive. Customers of today’s world not only want a head-turning design but also a design that is recognizable.

This year, we have witnessed quite a few cars that have amazed the public through soulful beauty without compromising on aerodynamics and brand image. Here is a list of five cars that we think are the most beautiful cars, launched this year.

German tuning firm Wheelsandmore is back with another program only a week removed from presenting its newest project for the Lamborghini Aventador .

This time around, Wheelsandmore is going for a decidedly British flavor: the Aston Martin DBS . Mind you, it’s not your typical DBS, although "typical" and "DBS" should never be used in the same sentence anyway. The project at hand is for the DBS Carbon Edition .

Wheelsandmore built up a program for this exclusive supercar and managed to smack another one out of the park. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much attention paid to dressing up the DBS Carbon Edition, sans the addition of 21-inch 6Sporz² wheels in one of two different finishes — carbon-fiber effect or carbon-fiber effect with a red a trim — wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires.

Wheelsandmore added in a new suspension module that dropped the DBS Carbon Edition by 25 mm (0.98 inches), which further enhanced the handling and appearance of the supercar. Finally, and most importantly, Wheelsandmore pumped up the DBS Carbon Edition’s output with the addition of its new CRP kit. This kit added an extra 40 horsepower to the British exotic’s 517-horsepower output, netting a total of 557 horsepower.

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin are celebrating eight years of partnership with the unveiling of the AMVOX7 - the first vertical-trigger chronograph equipped with a power reserve display. As usual, exclusivity comes with a quite a big price: $26,000.

The watch features design elements seen on the latest Aston Martin models. For example, its dial was inspired by the radiator grille of the Vanquish . As a first for Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, the AMVOX introduces an intuitive display method that is in perfect accord with the sensation of immediacy conferred by a sporting outlook and the power reserve display. You will have to release the lever to unlock the glass, and then press at 12 o’clock to start or stop the timing function. Pressing at 6 o’clock will reset the time.

The watch is equipped with a Jaeger-LeCoultre 756 automatic mechanical caliber with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 65-hour power reserve. The comparison between the AMVOX’s "motor" to that of the new Aston Martin Vanquish is inevitable.

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