Initially, we thought that Aston Martin was working on a Rapide S version of its luxury sedan, but now it looks like this is actually just a facelift version of the Rapide. These photos show the Rapide in all its glory, with only one strip of tape where the front number plate is fitted serving as the cammo.
When compared to the current Rapide, the one showed in these pictures features a different front bumper, a much bigger grille, and a different air intake at the lower part. At the back, the most significant change is the bigger rear spoiler.
Under the hood, it seems that Aston Martin is retaining its usual 6.0 liter V12 engine, but will more than likely provide a modest power increase from the current 470 HP.
Expect to see the new Aston Martin Rapide launched at the end of 2012 or in early 2013.
When the DB9 hit the market in the 2005 model year, we loved what Aston had done with it, as it took its 1950s and 60s predecessors and just modernized it — a brilliant concept. Well, the DB9 went through a few minor changes in the 200s, namely a boost from a 449-horsepower, 412 pound-feet V-12 to a 470-horsepower, 443 pound-feet V-12 engine. Other than that, the DB9 has been basically a carryover and is well overdue for a mild upgrade, which we have been speculating about for a while now.
Finally, Aston Martin has given into our prying selves and has released some information on the upcoming revisions to the DB9 for the 2013 model year. Keep in mind here, Aston Martin, like many sports car and supercar builders, are not keen on changing things around just for the sake of change. So we do not expect to see any massive styling changes, only small tweaks here and there to make it sleeker and more stylish, so it remains up to date.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ulrich Bez certainly feels good about the revised DB9, as he said: "I am very excited to be unveiling the new DB9 now. My team here at Gaydon has been working hard for many months to improve and update key aspects of this superb Sports GT – the mainstay of our sports car range – and I believe the results to be exceptional."
Well, with all due respect to Dr. Bez, and he deserves plenty, we will have to take a look at this revision and just see how “exceptional” it really is. We have certainly seen some redesign bombs in the last few years, so let’s hope that the DB9 is not one of them.
Click past the jump to read our full review on this all-new DB9 and see if it lives up to the level that Dr. Bez is telling us it does. Full story
If you are both a car fan and a James Bond fan, and saw the “Quantum of Solace” movie, you likely salivated over the Quantum Silver 2008 Aston Martin DBS that Bond drove. You are not alone in this drooling effect, we did it too. Well, now you can own a piece of history – well, a one-of-seven piece of history – by buying this famous 2008 DBS at auction.
Christies auction house is auctioning off one of the seven 2008 Aston Martin DBSs used in the “Quantum of Solace” film. This model is draped in deep silver paint and boasts black leather interior. From the looks of it in the auction catalog, the car looks to be in fantastic shape, but there is no information on what scenes this particular chassis was used in.
This beast is not only famous, but it’s fast too. With its 5.9-liter V-12 engine that pumps out 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, this beast sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 4.3 seconds. The 6-speed manual gearbox allows you to rip through the gears at will – no fancy-pants automatic transmission in this sports car.
This 2008 DBS is anticipated to fetch between $160,000 and $230,000, which is about $3,000 to $73,000 more than your everyday 2008 DS is valued at, per Kelly Blue Book. If you can get in it for close to the bottom, you’ve got yourself a great deal. Unfortunately, Christies does not list the actual mileage of the vehicle, but we anticipate that it is extremely low for the year.
The auction kicks off on Friday, October 5th at 8:30 p.m.
From the already exclusive number of One-77 units produced, Aston Martin decided to pull an even more exclusive run of seven units to be specially developed under the Q by Aston Martin program. One of these new, limited special edition models is available for sale by Al Ain Class Motors for a mind-boggling AED 11 Million - that’s about $2,995,000 at the current exchange rates. Exclusivity rears its ugly head here because that’s more than double the price of a standard One-77 at "only" $1.4 million.
This particular One-77 combines a cool grey exterior with a vibrantly red interior, but the Q by Aston Martin program was also able to spice up the super car with a ton of carbon fiber, a header-mounted track-day HD video camera, a luggage rack, and a forged, diamond turned wheel.
As far as power is concerned, customers will still be getting the naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V12 that delivers a total of 750 HP and a peak torque of 533 lbs-ft. Top speed is fantastically set at 221 mph.
Hit the jump for a video of this special Aston Martin One-77 Q-Series by Aston Martin. Full story
Aston Martin only recently revived the Virage name when they unveiled the Coupe and Volante versions at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but that revival was only short-lived. The Virage didn’t hit the high mark the company expected in their sales numbers, so they are now shelving the model in hopes that a new DB9 will give them the results they need.
During its short 18 months of production, only 1,000 Virage units were produced simply because customers considered the Virage a more expensive alternative to the current DB9 and didn’t feel like paying the extra money for what seemed like nothing. However, the move to replace the Virage with a new DB9 also comes with monetary adjustments. The future DB9 will get a boost in price when compared to the current generation, with clients expected to pay about £150,000 ($237,000 at the current exchange rates), up from the current £128,000 ($202,000 at the current rates). of course, it will still be cheaper than the Vanquish, which is priced at £190,000 (about $300,000 at the current rates).
When the next Aston Martin DB9 is unveiled in 2013, we will see similar, but more aggressive styling than the Virage. It will also be more powerful than the Virage, utilizing a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers 510 HP, but not as powerful as the Vanquish which produces 565 HP.
Launched in 1951, the DB3 was never the successful race car Aston Martin hoped it would be. It was powered by a Lagonda straight-6 engine with 133 HP, which only proved to be very unsuccessful, but that was partly rectified in 1952 when Aston Martin replaced the 2.6 liter engine with a larger one: a 2.9 liter with 153 HP. These changes didn’t drastically improve the DB3, but it improved by placing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at Silverstone in May 1952 and was then forced out of Le Mans.
After that, Aston Martin had to take some serious measures to save the failing race car. They asked designer A.G. Watson for some assistance and the following year - in 1953 - the company came up with a new prototype in Charterhill, UK. This new version was called the DB3S and featured a lighter chassis with a reduced wheelbase and a few other modifications that helped it be more successful on the race track.
The new DBS3 stayed in production until 1956 during which Aston Martin produced a total of 31 units: 11 work cars - that have never been raced - and 20 cars being sold for customer use.
Hit the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB3S. Full story
We are all anxiously awaiting the release of the all-new Aston Martin Vanquish and the U.S. market won’t have to wait much longer. This 6.0-liter, 565-horsepower-powered supercar has already made its rounds through Europe and it is now time for it to hit the States. It has one jam-packed U.S. tour set up too.
It will debut on August 15th during the McCall’s Motorworks Revival festivities in Monterey, CA. It then makes the 12-mile journey around Jacks Peak County Park to land at the Quail Lodge Golf Club, where it will be shown during the Quail Motorsport Gathering on August 17th. Following the gathering at Quail Lodge, the Vanquish makes the 8-mile hike westward to The Lodge at Pebble Beach to participate in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 19th.
That’s quite a full schedule, but Aston Martin is lucking out that all three of these high-dollar car shows are timed one right after another and within 25 miles of one another. This should give the new Vanquish plenty of west-coast exposure, but we have yet to hear of a landing on the east coast.
There are only two semi-major car shows remaining on the east coast this year – the South Florida International Auto Show and the Connecticut International Auto Show – so we are wondering when and if the Vanquish will make its way to the right coast or not. Either way, with the glory of the Internet, we can get a good look at it regardless of which coast it is on.
We’ll keep you updated on the tour U.S. tour schedule for the Vanquish.
Evanta Motor Company has made itself a nice niche in the automotive realm by manufacturing extremely accurate reproductions of some of the rarest Aston Martins in the world. The latest model it is selling is likely one of the most unique models to date.
Not only is this a model of the famed DRB1 that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori piloted, but it is a full-size model. On the surface that sounds normal, but when we say “model,” we mean that as in the type you bought in the toy store as a kid... Yup, this model is a disassembled “AirFix” type model.
If you don’t recall, these are the types of models where the pieces are molded into square frames and you have to twist the pieces from the frames to separate them. This model includes all of the basics you would see in the standard “AirFix” model, including: race-ready seats, fiberglass body panels draped in Aston Martin Californian Sage Green, grille, wheels and tires, steering wheel, dashboard, gear shifter, and even a replica of the 1959 Le Mans trophy.
No, you can’t whip out the superglue and throw this bad boy together. This 20- by 10-foot beast is intended to sit in a rather spacious collection and be viewed by awe-struck onlookers. Everything in this kit is 100 percent identical to the model that won the 1959 Le Mans and to make it even more desirable, Evanta is including an Aston Martin baseball cap signed by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, both of whom past away earlier this year.
You can catch a glimpse of this massive dedicatory piece at the Goodwood Revival Car Show, which kicks off on September 14th and lasts through the 16th. If you have some extra scratch laying around, you can also snag up this one-off piece, as Bonhams will be auctioning it off at the Revival Car Show. Unfortunately, no estimated pricing was given, but we are certain it’ll fetch in the $100,000 range.
Click past the jump to read Evantra’s official press release.
The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing now and medals are quickly adding up. We started wondering what about the varying cars of the world? There is no auto racing in the Olympics and a love of awesome cars is one thing that is shared throughout the entire world. So why not include them?
Here at Topspeed, we felt it was time to give our 4-wheeled friends a fair chance and display the top supercars from each of the countries participating in the 2012 Summer Games – those that produce supercars. So let’s have a look at what these countries have to offer. You may be surprised to find out what countries produce some awesome supercars and what ones don’t produce any at all.
We stand to learn a lot about the world of supercars while putting this piece together, so we are certain you will learn a ton right along with us.
Click past the jump to read our entire list and check out our full infographic. Full story
It is well known among the automotive world that the Aston Martin Rapide has always been the black sheep of the luxury sports sedan market. Its 470-horsepower, 5.9-liter V-12 engine has always fallen short of the competition, like the 518-pony Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG and 500-horsepower Panamera Turbo. To make matters worse, it starts off at over $110,000 more than the Mercedes and over $70,000 more than the Porsche.
This all points to a big reason for Aston Martin refreshing the Rapide for 2013. Granted, the base price will not change, but its performance will. Initially, we all expected to see an available a higher-performance Rapide S in 2013. According to reports, however, a Rapide S is not in the works.
Car and Driver is reporting that Aston Martin is fitting the 5.9-liter V-12 plant from the 2013 Vanquish, which produces 565 horsepower, into the slightly redesigned Rapide. The exact horsepower figures are not compete for the Rapide, but we expect it to be slightly de-tuned to not compete with the Vanquish.
You can look for the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide to punch out somewhere in the 545-horsepower range to give it a bump over its cheaper competitors. Is this really enough to push the Aston in front of the competition? We say no, but it should help level out the market slightly.
With the additional horsepower in the base Rapide, there is no need for a Rapide S model, per Car and Driver, so don’t look for one this year. Apparently, all of the style changes we have seen from the spy shots and renderings are all included on the base model, if the reports are accurate.
It’s nice to see Aston Martin thinking about ways to make its extremely expensive sedan a little more worth the extra money, but would you still pay over $100K more for the Aston over the Mercedes?