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Aston Martin , and the damping and suspension specialist, Bilstein, have been partners for a long time and now, the British automaker is paying homage to its long-standing partners with the unveiling of a special Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3.

It’s safe to say that Bilstein’s iconic blue and yellow colors fit the V12 Vantage GT3 to a tee the same way its dampers do on all of Aston’s road cars. It’s a tie-up that seems natural too, considering the history between the two companies.

And let’s not forget; the V12 Vantage GT3 is a pretty fantastic race car, too, one that is a direct line to Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage road car , sharing the same chassis and a modified version of the 6-liter V-12 engine. This is capable to deliver more than 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, but due to race regulations the output has been restricted to to approximately 550 horsepower.

With the Bilstein and Aston Martin tie-up, we can only expect big things to come for this car in 2013.

The Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3 will first be seen in action at the ADAC Westfalenfahrt four-hour race (VLN1) on March 23rd before proceeding to the ADAC ACAS H&R Cup (VLN3) on April 27th in preparation for the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour race on May 19th and 20th.

UPDATE 05/15/13: The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 is ready to rumble out on the track after the British brand officially announced plans to compete in this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hour race. Best of luck, fellas!

Aston Martin is celebrating its centenary at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with the launch of a new personalization program called "Q by Aston Martin." This program allows customers to personalize their models according to personal wishes and desires and, according to Aston Martin, it offers "almost endless opportunity for expression."

The model Aston Martin has specially developed for the Geneva Show is a special Vanquish . It combines a striking Morning Frost metallic white exterior paint with a contrasting Spectral Blue interior and Pearl White welting.

For the exterior, the model also received satin finish carbon-fiber features, plus blue-tinted diamond-turned alloy wheels. For the interior the center console is made in blue-tinted glass fiber and numerous "Q" logos are a further reminder that this is indeed a special Vanquish.

If the new "Q by Aston Martin" program impresses you, then you should know it can be further extended to designing your house, your yacht or pretty much anything else you want to personalize.

Next to theAston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake "Jet 2+2" Concept set to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Bertone has also prepared an updated version of the original Vanquish-based Jet unveiled back in 2004. The new Jet 2 is still based on the previous-generation Vanquish, but its mechanics and design have been updated to fit the all-new Vanquish.

The new Jet 2 features the same shooting brake body style as the Rapide Jet 2+2 and so happens to be the personal car of Lilli Bertone, Bertone’s president.

The new Jet 2 features an updated design, new exterior colors and a more luxurious interior trim. The model also offers increased cabin space and a 2+2 seating configuration, thanks to the added 210 mm (8.26 inches) in length.

Full details on the new Bertone Jet 2 will be unveiled during the concept’s official debut in Geneva.

A few days after posting a teaser about a Geneva-bound model that Bertone was working on, we finally get to see the car beneath the shadows.

Turns out, it’s an Aston Martin. More specifically, an Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake called the Jet 2+2.

The Italian design and coachbuilder is apparently building this one-off concept, showcasing the mighty Aston Martin Rapide and turning it into a shooting brake.

Granted, the Rapide is Aston Martin’s first four-door sedan in their lineup and as such, an expansion to shooting brake territory could’ve been in order down the road.

But seeing as Aston Martin and Bertone have a history of working together in the past, including the creation of the Jet 2 concept back in 2004, it only seemed appropriate that the Italian coachbuilder would be tasked by Aston to create a strict one-off model.

Aston Martin and Bertone have yet to reveal official details surrounding the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2, but Autocar managed to find out some info about the one-off concept.

Find out what the initial word is surrounding the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 after the jump

Source: Autocar UK

Each winter, Aston Martin hosts a very cool snow and ice driving experience called “Aston Martin On Ice.” The event will be held in the luxury resort of St Moritz, in Switzerland and it’s one of the most popular events on the company’s calendar.

This year is no exception, of course. Select customers were invited to the event and the result is previewed by the above trailer video. As you can see, the event brought together some of the most impressive models in Aston Martin’s lineup, starting with the Rapide sedan and up to the latest Vanquish supercar .

Overall, it looks like everyone had a pretty good time taking these $200K cars in the show. Of course, how couldn’t you have fun, sans worrying about crashing your precious Aston…

The full video will follow shortly and it will surely unveil more details from this amazing party on the snow! Stay tuned!

Time and time again, German aftermarket company, Wheelsandmore, has proven that when it comes to fixing up supercars, it knows what it’s doing.

It’s latest offering for the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 is yet another shining example why we have nothing but fondness for Wheelsandmore and, true to its reputation, the German tuner gave the British supercar a host of new upgrades, highlighted by engine, exhaust and wheel modifications that brings the Vanquish V12’s overall appeal up a few notches.

Outside of the fancy lime-chrome finish with the trademark Wheelsandmore black stripes running the length of the car, the Vanquish V12’s most notable upgrades are found in the engine compartment. Thanks to a remapped ECU and a new valve-controlled exhaust system, the German tuner managed to increase the output of the Vanquish V12 to 613 horsepower and 524 pounds-feet of torque. Do the math and that’s an improvement of 48 horsepower and 67 pounds-feet of torque from the standard model’s output of 565 horsepower and 457 pounds-feet of torque.

No official performance times were given but considering the standard Vanquish V12 can hit 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph, we wouldn’t be shocked if the Wheelsandmore program can cut that number down to below four seconds for the 0-60 mph time and about 190 mph for the top speed.

Finishing up the program are a new set of 21-inch weight-optimized forged performance matte-black 6Sporz²wheels with outliners and wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires.

The Aston Martin Vanquish made its official entry to the grand tourer market as a replacement for the aging Virage in 2001. Designed by Ian Callum, the man who also penned the gorgeous Jaguar F-Type, the Vanquish was launched with a 5.9-liter V-12 rated at 450 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Production of the first-gen model ended in 2007, when the DBS rolled out as a replacement. Based on the DBR9 race car, the DBS featured the same engine, but output was increased to 510 horses and 420 pound-feet. The Vanquish name returned for the 2012 model year as an evolution of the DBS. Inspired by the exclusive One-77 inside and out, the new Vanquish kept the company’s proven 5.9-liter V-12, now squeezing no less than 565 ponies and 457 pound-feet. Going into 2015, the Vanquish remains basically unchanged inside and out, but receives an extensive drivetrain upgrade that includes a brand-new autobox and minor engine tweaks.

Although output gains are slight, the coupe’s performance has increased dramatically, as the 2015 Vanquish ascends into a league reserved for sports cars that can return three-second 0-to-60 sprints. How quick is the updated Vanquish and what’s new for the 2015 model year? Read on to find out.

UPDATE 02/15/2013: Aston Martin has unveiled yet another cool video for its latest Vanquish supercar, this time presenting the engineering behind this incredible super GT. Enjoy!

Updated 08/06/2014: Aston Martin unveiled details on the 2015 Vanquish which will be put on sale in the third quarter of 2014. The main addition for 2015 model year is a newly developed Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic transmission. Details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Aston Martin Vanquish and decide for yourself.

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

Just the other days we brought you thefirst spy shots of the Volante version for the new-generation Aston Martin Vanquish, and today our spy photographers managed to catch the car up close, apparently while the driver stopped for a snack.

As you can see from these spy shots, the Volante version brings no major updates over the coupe version, except for its fabric roof, of course. In fact, Aston Martin engineers didn’t even bother to camouflage the car mainly because we are looking at a drop-top version of the coupe version .

Under the hood, we will see the same 6.0-liter V12 that delivers an impressive 656 horsepower. Power will be delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission. Of course, the Volante version will be a little bit slower due to its added weight, so do not expect to see the same 4.1-second sprint to 60 mph.

As previously rumored, the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Back when we were all kids, a lot of us probably did that thing where we’d take a Bburago auto scale model and proceed to paint over the existing car’s body color in whatever livery we can think of.

It ruined far more models than we would’ve liked, but it was pretty fun.

Fast forward to today and the TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America team is asking us to submit our very own paint scheme creations for its Vantage GT3 racecar. The prize? They’re going to take that livery design of yours and use it to dress up their third race car.

All you need to do is do a preliminary design study using photos of the Vantage GT3 that you can download on TRG’s Facebook page. You can use any photo-editing program you want and you can enter as many times as you want with the deadline for submissions set on February 20. Once you’re done with your work, all you have to do is post the photo on their Facebook page!

It’s pretty easy to do if you’re proficient in any of the aforementioned photo editing software. What might be more difficult is impressing the panel of judges that include Kevin Buckler, CEO of TRG-AMR North America, John Gaw, Managing Director of Aston Martin Racing, and Aston Martin Racing Factory Driver Darren Turner.

But if you can catch the attention of these three individuals, you just might find your livery design on one of the three Vantage GT3s that will be racing in a 2013 Grand-Am event in North America.

Well, what’re you waiting for, guys! Start putting those creative juices to work!

To our knowledge, this is the first video review of the Aston Martin Vanquish , which has yet to make its way into U.S. showrooms. It’s true, Jay Leno didn’t get too deep into it, but still, he explain a few more details on this amazing supercar.

According to him, the Vanquish is "the classic example of what a grand touring car should be," and we certainly agree with him. It has style, it is aggressive, but elegant in the same time and it is pretty powerful. The Vanquish is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers an impressive 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and delivers a peak torque of 457 pound-feet. It can go up to a top speed of 186 mph.

We would have liked it even more if Jay would have taken the car to the race track and pushed it to its limits, but it is still a pretty good review!


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