A Deep Look Into Aston Martin’s Mid-Engined History
Aston Martin is known as a maker of exquisite and refined grand tourers, long-legged cars that offer enough panache to satisfy Ian Fleming’s James Bond on many an occasion. You could say Aston Martin knows every trick there is to know when it comes to building a front-engined GT car and that’s why they’re now looking to build more and more cars with the engine behind the seats. But the Valkyrie, the new Vanquish, and the AM-RB 003 aren’t the first of their kind in Aston Martin’s history.
When you think of any DB model from Aston Martin, you imagine an elegant two-door tourer ready for long journeys with a sumptuous and well-appointed interior and a feisty engine in front of the windshield. The company’s one and only Le Mans winner, the DBR1, was also front-engined as was the futuristic brick-like Lagonda luxury sedan from the ’70s. But, then, in the ’80s, when Aston Martin returned to sports car racing, it did so with a mid-engined car. This effectively heralded a new breed of Aston Martins, one that has stayed away from the public highways up until now but one that’s interesting to look into nonetheless.
2021 Aston Martin V12 Speedster
The 2021 Aston Martin V12 Speedster is a limited-edition roadster developed by Aston Martin and its bespoke Q division. A tribute to the Le Mans-winning DBR1 of 1959, the 2021 V12 Speedster sports a traditional speedster body with no windscreen and roof and with a spine separating the driver and the passenger. Built on a custom architecture that combines elements from both the Vantage and the DBS Superleggera, the 2021 V12 Speedster is also a spiritual successor to the CC100 Speedster, a concept that Aston Martin launched in 2013 and built in just two examples. Built in only 88 units, the 2021 V12 Speedster costs almost $1 million. Find out what makes it special in the review below.
3 Reasons Why the Aston MArtin V12 Speedster is Ridiculous
Aston Martin just unveiled a new, limited-edition, and very expensive supercar. It features a V-12 engine with almost 700 horsepower and boasts a speedster design with no windshield, but with two sexy flying buttresses behind the seats. It’s freaking awesome and it’s a cool tribute to the company’s early race cars, but it’s also ridiculous and pointless. Here’s why.
The Aston Martin DBX Is Cool, but Wouldn’t You Rather Have a Lamborghini Huracan?
The 2021 Aston Martin DBX debuted as the company’s first-ever SUV at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. As expected, the 2021 DBX is a high-performance luxury crossover that shares underpinnings and a beefed-up V-8 engine borrowed from the DB11 and Vantage. It’s as cool as coupe-style luxury crossovers get, but it’s also highly expensive at $192,986 before options. And that’s almost as much as a Lamborghini Huracan.
The 2021 Aston Martin DBX Arrives as the Brand’s First SUV with a Huracan-Like Price
Aston Martin has debuted the DBX SUV on the eve of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The DBX looks absolutely stunning and it looks like the company wants this vehicle to sell in volumes but, with a starting price tag of $189,900, can it become the company’s best-seller?
Aston Martin Celebrates its Roots with The Vantage Heritage Racing Edition
Aston Martin is rolling out the goods at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a new special edition model called the Vantage Heritage Racing Edition. Limited to just 60 units, the Vantage Heritage Racing Edition is a creation of the automaker’s bespoke Q division, honoring Aston Martin’s rich and storied motorsports history. The Vantage Heritage Racing Edition is available with six different liveries that celebrate six of Aston Martin’s most iconic and important race cars, including the mighty DBR9 that conquered the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007 and 2008 while sporting the iconic “Gulf” livery. Aston Martin hasn’t released details on pricing and availability, though, to be honest, it’s hard to imagine any of the 60 Vantage Heritage Racing Edition models to go unsold once they become available.
Will Aston Martin Live Up to Its Legacy at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed?
Last year we saw something amazing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb - a V-8-powered Aston Martin Cygnet (rebadged Toyota iQ). Aside from that astonishing piece of engineering, Aston Martin gave us a look at the Vulcan AMR Pro - basically the most hardcore racing Vulcan there is. So, Aston Martin answered the question of its legacy in the best way possible. This year, however, Aston Martin will do something completely different - show us its first SUV. Dubbed the DBX, the pre-production Aston SUV will roam up that Goodwood hill precisely 70 years after the company appeared at the Goodwood racetrack for the first time.
This is the list of cars Aston Martin will show at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. I think Aston will live up to its legacy despite the DBX SUV thing.
Aston Martin Marks 60 Years Since Only Le Mans Win with Special DBS 59 Edition
If you want the ultimate front-engined Aston Martin experience and your bank accounts are adequately full, you have to go with the DBS Superleggera - the 715 horsepower monster that weighs under 4,000 pounds and can reach 211 mph. If you’re crazy about the brand’s history, then the DBS 59 is the car for you as it looks back at Aston’s first big splash in motorsport.
We’ve talked about the DBS Superleggera 59 before when Aston Martin first released a few pictures of the new limited-edition model commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge for an occasion like no other in the brand’s history: the 60th anniversary of Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby’s sole overall win at Le Mans aboard the works-backed Aston Martin DBR1/300. We’re talking a lot here about a variety of manufacturers trying to find any sort of reason that could warrant the introduction of a special model, but this one right here is really special.
Why? Because it’s a way at looking back while keeping in mind that Aston Martin might mount an attack on Le Mans with its sights locked on the overall victory with a ’hypercar’ as per the new regulations that are set to be introduced in the World Endurance Championship in little over a year. These new rules, apparently, will allow Aston Martin Valkyrie-type cars to compete in what is currently the LMP1 category.
The 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E Has Finally Been Exposed to the World and You Can Order One Now!
Aston Martin has finally revealed the Rapide E at the 2019 Shanghai auto show after teasing it for months. It’s the all-electric version of the four-door Rapide that comes with fast charging, over 200 miles range on a single charge, and performance to match (and even surpass) what the V12-powered Rapide can muster.
2020 Aston Martin AM-RB 003
The Aston Martin AM-RB 003, previously known as Project 003, is a concept car that previews a production model scheduled to arrive in 2021. The company’s third supercar, the AM-RB 003 follows in the footsteps of theValkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, formerly known as Project 001 and Project 002, respectively.
Just like the Valkyrie, the AM-RB 003 is being developed with input from Red Bull Advanced Technologies in the design and engineering departments and will include features and technologies from the said hypercar. Aston Martin promises that this supercar will "meet and surpass the performance demands of existing top-end hypercar rivals," but until actual data comes out, it’s just PR talk. Let’s find out what we already know about this vehicle.
Lagonda All-Terrain Concept Is a Luxury SUV That Is Suitable To Become Your Home As Well As Your Workplace
Aston Martin has revived the Lagonda marque as a luxury all-electric brand and is going berserk with new launches in a short frame of time. The company has unveiled its second concept car, the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Unlike the last year’s audacious Lagonda Vision concept, Aston Martin says that this one will make it to production. From what we have seen, we really hope it does.
The 2020 Aston Martin AM-RB 003 Is a Valkyrie with a Hybrid V-6 and Luggage Room
Aston Martin’s long-awaited mid-engine hypercar is about to take the 2019 Geneva Motor Show by storm. It’s called the AM-RB 003 — we previously knew it as “Project 003” — and Aston Martin wants us to think of it as the Valkyrie’s offspring, or, as Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer calls it, “the bridge” that connects the world of mid-engine Astons with the high heavens where the Valkyrie currently resides. Truth be told, the AM-RB 003 shares more than a family tree with the Valkyrie. The former is, in many ways, heavily influenced by the latter, using much of the same technology and fundamental design cues that came to define the Valkyrie. That’s why the AM-RB 003 looks a lot like its “father,” albeit with a more refined and streamlined appearance that goes hand in hand with an electrified powertrain that features a turbocharged V-6 engine. Only 500 units of the AM-RB 003 will be released. There’s no specific price tag yet, but don’t expect it to sell for anything less than £1 million. If you’re keeping score, that’s $1.32 million based on current exchange rates.
Watch out Ferrari and McLaren, the mid-engined Aston Martin Vanquish is coming for you!
Aston Martin took the 2019 Geneva Motor Show by storm with no fewer than three concept vehicles, one of which is the Vanquish Vision Concept. Displayed alongside the AM-RB 003 and the Lagonda All-Terrain, the Vanquish Vision Concept previews an upcoming supercar.
Although the Vanquish nameplate is traditionally reserved for the company’s flagship grand tourer, the Brits are now using it for a supercar. That’s also because the GT was renamed the DBS Superleggera following its redesign. Details are slim as of this writing, but let’s see what we can expect from this high-performance coupe.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera TAG Heuer Edition
The first seed of Aston Martin’s newly minted partnership with TAG Heuer has born fruit in the form of a special edition DBS Superleggera. Appropriately called the TAG Heuer Edition, the special edition DBS Superleggera is the four-wheeled embodiment of refined excellence. Exclusive features abound throughout the coupe’s exterior and interior, and the result is a stealthy-looking supercar that speaks loudly to the shared ideals of both Aston Martin and TAG Heuer. If you’re looking for a special edition supercar that oozes craftsmanship, quality, precision, and attention to detail, look no further than the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera TAG Heuer Edition. Only 50 units of this special edition DBS Superleggera will be made. Each model costs £295,000, which converts to around $390,000 based on current exchange rates.
2019 Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain Concept
The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is a zero-emissions concept vehicle set to break cover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Built by Aston Martin as the brands first all-electric SUV, it follows the Lagonda Vision Concept from 2018 and will eventually inspire a production model.
We don’t know much about the All-Terrain concept at this point, but Aston Martin did release a teaser photo that shows some the Lagonda’s front fascia. Although it was originally rumored that Lagonda’s first SUV will go against the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, it seems the Brits are actually preparing a sportier crossover that’s smaller than Rolls-Royce’s massive hauler. Stay tuned for an update from the Geneva Motor Show.
Here’s Your First Look at the Aston Martin Project 003
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is only two weeks away, and automakers are already rolling out teasers of vehicles they will showcase in Switzerland. Among them, there’s the Aston Martin Project 003, a new hypercar that the British firm is looking to launch in 2021. We only have a teaser shot and little info right now, but Project 003 looks and sounds exciting, to say the least.
Aston Martin Teases Us With the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept That Will Debut at the Geneva Motor Show
Lagonda is a spinoff brand of Aston Martin that revives an old nameplate, one under which the British manufacturer wants to launch its first SUV model that could make its debut in 2020. But until the series model is shown to the public, they’ll be teasing it with this study called the All-Terrain Concept that will be fully revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show (where we’ll be present to bring you live photos and the latest information).
2018 Aston Martin Cygnet V8
A big part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s charm is that you never know exactly what to expect when it comes to the cars that take a crack at the Hill climb event. In the first day of the event, we’ve already seen a rainbow-colored Porsche 911, a lawnmower (yes, a lawnmower!), and a tiny city car that somehow found enough room in its body for a V-8 engine. That last car is the Aston Martin Cygnet, the cute little urban transporter that was essentially a rebadged version of the Toyota iQ. Even better, this V-8-powered Cygnet isn’t a hack job built by some loony tuner in some corner of England. Aston Martin actually created it, or to be more specific, Q by Aston Martin created it for a customer, and now it’s turning heads at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
To the surprise of the whole car world, Aston Martin revealed a new version of its long-deceased Cygnet at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Billed as “The Ultimate City Car,” the new Aston Martin Cygnet V8 is actually a one-off piece for a customer who commissioned it through the ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service. With an engine taken from the Vantage S, 19-inch wheels, and a dramatically reimagined drivetrain, the new Cygnet V8 is the most unusual piece of machinery Aston has revealed in a while. This is a 123-inch long car, with a 4.7-liter, V-8 that develops 430 horsepower. It sounds like a joke, but it is not.
2018 Lagonda Vision Concept
Under Aston Martin ownership since 1947, Lagonda stopped making production cars in 1990, with a handful of models unveiled after the Aston Martin Lagonda sedan was discontinued. Rumored to make a comeback in the late 2000s, Lagonda finally returned to the market in 2014, when the limited-edition Taraf sedan was introduced. Four years have passed, since and Lagonda has now unveiled the Vision Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
A futuristic vehicle with a sleek, shooting brake-like design, the Vision Concept sports a luxurious, four-seat interior that’s ready to give Rolls-Royce and Bentley products a run for their money. Like many modern concepts, it also has autonomous drive and uses a zero-emission drivetrain. More importantly, Lagonda says that the Vision Concept previews a production model that’s scheduled to hit the assembly line in 2021. The upcoming model will have an SUV body style and will borrow styling features from the Geneva show car. Until Lagonda gives us more info on the production model, let’s have a closer look at this intriguing concept vehicle.
Continue reading to learn more about the Lagonda Vision Concept.
Aston Martin Drops Vanquish Name, Revives DBS Superleggera with Teaser
Aston Martin is in the middle of an important reorganization process that involves brand-new models and technology, as well as finding ways to bring more profits to the company. Having already launched the new-generation Vantage and the DB11 as a replacement for the iconic DB9, the British firm still has a crossover to launch, but more importantly, it needs to update the Rapide and Vanquish models. While the Rapide might not get a successor, Aston Martin will continue to offer a flagship grand tourer, but the next-generation model will drop the Vanquish nameplate in favor of the DBS Superleggera. More specifically, Aston Martin is reviving the DBS, which replaced the Vanquish between 2007 and 2012, and it’s also reviving its collaboration with Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera of Milan, Italy.