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Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Caught Testing at Nurburgring

Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Caught Testing at Nurburgring

It looks like Aston Martin is done testing the upcoming Vanquish Volante in cold-weather conditions and has decided to take it to the Nürburgring to see how it handles on the famed raceway. Our spy photographers were there again and managed to take some pretty cool shots of the upcoming roadster.

As you can see, unlike the previous prototypes, which were almost completely naked, this time Aston Martin fully dressed the Vanquish Volante, but even so it is pretty easy to spot the integrated spoiler at the back and a general look that is similar to the coupe version, except of course the fabric roof.

Both models — coupe and volante — will share the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. The power is delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission.

The new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is expected to be unveiled sometime later in the year.

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2014 Vanquish Q by Aston Martin

2014 Vanquish Q by Aston Martin

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.

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2013 Bertone Jet 2

2013 Bertone Jet 2

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.

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2013 Aston Martin Vanquish by Wheelsandmore

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish by Wheelsandmore

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.

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2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

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.

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Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Close-Up

Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Close-Up

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.

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Video: Jay Leno Reviews the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

Video: Jay Leno Reviews the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

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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Spy shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Caught Playing in the Snow

Spy shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Caught Playing in the Snow

We know that Aston Martin is going to add a Vanquish Volante model to its lineup ever since the coupe version was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. However, up to this point the car has never been caught testing. Well, that is until today, as our spy photographers caught it playing on snow and ice in Northern Sweden.

As everyone is expects, both the coupe and convertible versions will be almost identical, so is no wonder why this prototype is almost camouflage-free, hiding just the shape of the rear spoiler with some plastic.

The main different between the two models will, of course, be the fabric roof offered in the Volante version. Under the hood, the car will keep the same 6.0-liter V-12 that delivers an impressive 656 horsepower. Power will be delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission.

Expect the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Video: Aston Martin Vanquish Gets a Helicopter Ride to the Top of Burj Al Arab

Video: Aston Martin Vanquish Gets a Helicopter Ride to the Top of Burj Al Arab

Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary celebration is in full-swing. Days after revealing their special-edition Vanquish, dubbed the Centenary Edition, the British automaker has released a video chronicling another one of their publicity stunts as part of their centenary celebration.

This one takes us to the Middle East, particularly in Dubai where Aston Martin decided to take one of their flagship Vanquish supercars to a location where no car has probably been to before — the helipad of the super luxurious Burj Al Arab.

Other than for display purposes, we are unsure exactly what the Vanquish is going to do once it nestled itself on the helipad of the luxury hotel. But then again, the journey is more important than the destination in this particular case because Aston Martin had the car airlifted by helicopter.

It’s a pretty sweet video and you’ll notice that in the middle of it, the Vanquish was tilting sideways and just about ready to dive into the water. Good thing it was clamped down…

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition

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.

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Cars Launched in 2012

Top 5 Most Beautiful Cars Launched in 2012

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.

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TopSpeed Exclusive: Aston Martin Vanquish Reveal

TopSpeed Exclusive: Aston Martin Vanquish Reveal

Okay folks, we’ve all been awaiting for this day since the moment we found out that the Aston Martin DBS was being discontinued and the Vanquish would swoop in to takes its place. Well, the wait is now over, as we were at its Miami Auto Show unveiling and got plenty of images to pass onto you.

When Aston Martin pulled the sheet back on the tangible version of the Vanquish, we were amazed by a stunning light blue color that wouldn’t quite look right on any other model. The computer generated images and the spy shots that we all saw just didn’t quite do this beauty the justice it deserves. Its silk roofline, highlighted by a black-tinted roof gives the air a rather scenic route on its way over the top of this sexy Aston.

One of the most stunning parts of this new model is by far the fender heat extractors. These are pretty much standard on every Aston Martin, but these ones are a little different. On the Vanquish, Aston stretched the chrome strikethrough on the center of the extractors back the forward most end of the door, then a raised bodyline almost creates an extension to the end of the chrome strikethrough. Truthfully, the images do it so much more justice than we could ever put into words.

Don’t let our obsession with the heat extractors take away from the rest of the Vanquish’s stunning body. Its hood features a pair of ridges that start near the center of the hood and shoot outward as you approach the shallow-raked windscreen. Underneath this sharp hood lies the beast that makes this car a true Aston Martin, and that is its 565-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 engine that is also good for 457 pound-feet of twist. Unfortunately, Aston Martin didn’t crank this beast up for us, but we’ll hear it in due time.

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