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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage in Deep Thought

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage in Deep Thought

2018 Aston Martin Vantage
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2018 Aston Martin Vantage

2018 Aston Martin Vantage

The only thing missing is an ejector seat

The Vantage nameplate enjoys a long history under the Aston Martin banner, first seeing use in 1951 as a high-performance variant of the DB2. Eventually, the Vantage became a unique standalone model, and over time, secured its spot as the single most successful vehicle in the brand’s history. Framed as a more accessible GT two-door, this “entry-level” Aston offers daily driver comfort wrapped in a smaller, lighter, and more agile package. Now, there’s a new generation, coming proper with fresh styling, a new interior layout, more dynamism behind the wheel, and ever-higher levels of performance.

Right off the bat, this thing has us excited. We’ll admit it – we’re suckers for a sports car from Gaydon, and at first blush, this new Vantage has all the right boxes ticked. It looks great, oozing with 007 goodness. It’s got a luxurious, yet sporty interior space that’s sure to provide plenty of coddling on longer trips. And more importantly, it’s got tons of go thanks to front/mid-mounted V-8 stuffed by twin turbochargers. Excited? Read on for the details.

Updated 11/21/2017: Aston Martin has released full details on the 2018 Vantage!

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The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage Comes to Strike Fear in Porsche and Mercedes Purists Everywhere

The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage Comes to Strike Fear in Porsche and Mercedes Purists Everywhere

It’s oh so sexy!!!

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage is here, and it takes the car’s design and aerodynamic prowess to a whole new dimension. It offers up an insane increase in power output (83 horsepower and more than 100 pound-feet of torque) over the outgoing V-8 model and can even hit a 60-mph sprint in less than 3.5 seconds. There’s even an all-new electronic differential, which is a first for any Aston Martin vehicle. With the last model running 2005 to 2017 – in various versions and trims, of course – it’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. So, let’s take a nice look at what the new Aston Martin Vantage has to offer in brief.

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

The drop-top DB11 is finally here!!!!!!!!!!!!

The DB11 Volante was officially announced by Aston Martin in October of 2017. While being on its way to dealers is a pretty big deal, what seems more important to mention here is that the new DB11 Volante maintained the same sporty look even with that canvass top up or down – now that’s a pretty sweet deal. Initial models appear to only be offered with the AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter, V-8, which means you’re in for about 503 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of sheer man-pleasing goodness. For what it’s worth that engine is enough to deliver a four-second sprint to 62 mph in the coupe, and the Volante won’t be far behind.

With that in mind, the only real difference between the Volante and the coupe is quite obvious – that fabric top. But, you’ll be wanting to pop the champagne bottles when you see just how well Aston Martin managed to convert the coupe design into a drop top. This thing is absolutely gorgeous, and even has exactly what you would expect from an AM Volante. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a really good look at the new DB11 Volante. You might find yourself begging the wife to allow you to get one ;)

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Chris Harris Reviews Aston Martin's DB11, Gets Sideways Like It's Nothing: Video

Chris Harris Reviews Aston Martin’s DB11, Gets Sideways Like It’s Nothing: Video

A Brit’s take on the U.K. hero

Aston Martin released the DB11 in 2016, offering a successor to the much-loved DB9 and promising to catapult the nameplate into a future filled with sporty good looks, modern technology, and no shortage of speed. Under the hood is a V-12 powerplant pushing a top speed of 200 mph. But while the specs are impressive, the DB11 still has some pretty big shoes to fill. With that in mind, the question is obvious – how does it get on in the real world? Top Gear’s Chris Harris decided to find out, and snagged the above-featured silver example of Gaydon’s latest and greatest for a quick spin in this seven-minute, 48-second video review.

The review starts on the street, where the DB11’s grand tourer chops are tested on a damp, rainy U.K. two-lane. Harris is immediately pleased to report that the DB11 fulfills its role with a supple, comfortable ride. Tackling public asphalt is a joy behind the wheel, with the cabin providing a lovely place to sit, despite the ageing Mercedes infotainment set-up. But no Chris Harris review would be complete without liberal application of counter steer, so after the road test, the car heads to the racetrack for a little tail out action. Make that a lot of tail out action. “It’s a really, really playful, fun car, with heaps of balance, and much easier to slide around than I ever expected!” Harris exclaims. “And it feels like it could do it for a long, long time. It feels robust!”

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie Is, In Some Ways, A Formula One Car Itself

The Aston Martin Valkyrie Is, In Some Ways, A Formula One Car Itself

The hype train surrounding Aston Martin’s hypercar keep gaining steam

Winter may have arrived in the land of Westeros, but here in the real world, the wait for the Aston Martin Valkyrie continues. The jointly-developed hypercar is shaping up to be one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the year, and for its part, Aston Martin has done next to nothing in dousing the hype surrounding its crown jewel creation. In fact, all Aston seems to be doing is generating even more hype for the hypercar with the latest revelation coming by way of the automaker’s vice president and chief special operations officer, David King. Speaking with Motor1, King indicated that the track-spec version of the Valkyrie will be able to post lap times approaching those achieved by Formula One race cars.

Now, this isn’t the first time that a statement like this has hit the wire, but it is important in this case because of the pedigree of the people working on the actual car, particularly Red Bull Racing, one of the most successful Formula One teams of the past decade. Everything we’ve come to know about the Valkyrie leads up to its performance prowess, and with Red Bull involved in the thick of its development, there’s no reason to believe that Aston Martin is just trying to draw up some hype for its hypercar. It would be very interesting to see how the Valkyrie can do around a track like the Nurburgring where the fastest Formula One cars are believed to be capable of posting lap times of six minutes or less, almost a minute faster than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante that owns the lap record for production cars around the massive circuit.

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2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie

2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie

The most innovative supercar yet?

One of Britain’s most iconic automakers, Aston Martin is mostly known for its exquisite grand tourer and fast race cars. While not the kind of automaker you’d go to in order to buy a supercar, Aston Martin made a small first step into this segment in 2009 with the bespoke One-77. In 2016, the Brits launched their second supercar, the Vulcan, but only as a track car. It was followed by a beefed-up AMR Pro version in 2017, but Aston Martin isn’t going to stop here. Following a partnership with Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin created the AM-RB 001, an innovative concept car that will go into production under the Valkyrie name.

Developed with input from Formula One genius Adrian Newey, the Valkyrie was designed with the most aggressive aerodynamics in mind and many of the techniques used in professional racing. Newey is also looking to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, something only Koenigsegg obtained with the limited-edition One:1 supercars. Set to use a naturally aspirated V-12 engine to move about, the Valkyrie will be produced in both road-legal and race-only versions. Production of both will be very limited, so it’s safe to assume that it will be highly expensive.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie Is Getting Ready For Its Close-up

Aston Martin Valkyrie Is Getting Ready For Its Close-up

Leaner, lighter, and fiercer-looking Valkyrie is about to unleash its wrath on the world

Years of handwork between Aston Martin and Red Bull has finally led to this. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is getting closer and closer to completion and we now have what Aston Martin designer Miles Nurnberger describes as 95 percent of the car’s exterior design. Yes, the near-production version of the hypercar is here, and we’re just about to fall in love with.

The British automaker describes the latest iteration of the Valkyrie as a “further developed version” of the car that we last saw earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. At first glance, the differences between this updated version are evident compared to the previous version. The front end, in particular, looks considerably lighter, a by-product of Adrian Newey’s decision to incorporate new openings in the body between the cockpit and the front wheel arches. Turns out, this new design helps create more front downforce for the hypercar, enabling it to function at its maximum peak. No surprises then that Aston Martin decided to incorporate these changes into the car’s design. There are plenty more changes to the design of the Valkyrie, almost all of which were made to ensure that the car is as light as can be when it’s finally ready to make its world debut. Seems fitting then that we’re getting a good look at what could very well be the final design of the car because the version we saw at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show ago looks like a brute compared to this one.

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Aston Martin Throws Down The Hammer On Flipping Valkyrie Reservation Slots

Aston Martin Throws Down The Hammer On Flipping Valkyrie Reservation Slots

Those who get caught will lose their reservations for the hypercar and get permanently shut out on future special editions

If any of you happen to have a reserved slot for the Aston Martin Valkyrie, don’t even think about flipping that slot just so you can make easy money out of it. Well, you could still do it technically, but if Aston Martin catches you - a good chance it will - you’ll not only lose your reservation slot, but you’ll also get the door shut on you on any future Aston Martin special edition models. Permanently.

That edict comes from no less than Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, who responded to a tweet showing a Dubai-based dealership selling a “build slot” for the Valkyrie. In his own words, Palmer said: "I doubt they have a slot, but if they do and we identify who flipped, they lose the car." As if that’s not enough, if Aston catches anybody with their hands inside the proverbial cookie jar, they also lose out on any future special edition models the British automaker may build. The lesson then here is quite simple: don’t flip those build slots if you want to remain in the company’s good graces. If you do decide to go for it and you end up getting caught, I can’t imagine a worse punishment in this circumstance than losing out on buying the Valkyrie.

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2018 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro

2018 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro

Extreme supercar taken to the extreme

After years of struggle and maintaining a lineup consisting mainly of old designs, Aston Martin unveiled the Vulcan in 2015. Although it wasn’t the first limited-edition model to have a unique styling, the Vulcan was the first supercar to wear the British badge. It was powerful, fast, radically different from any other Aston Martin, and built in limited numbers. It was also a track-only vehicle, which made it even more exotic. Two years later and the Vulcan returns, this time with an AMR Pro upgrade that makes it even more aerodynamic.

Launched in early 2017, AMR is the company’s new performance brand that basically brings the technology seen in Aston Martin Racing competition cars to customer vehicles. Essentially a body kit upgrade to the already potent Vulcan, the AMR Pro package makes the supercar more aerodynamic and quicker at the race track. At the same time, it moves Aston Martin closer to the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren, companies that have solid customer racing programs and highly customizable products thanks to bespoke high-performance divisions.

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You Better Keep Your Figure If You Want To Fit Inside The Aston Martin Valkyrie

You Better Keep Your Figure If You Want To Fit Inside The Aston Martin Valkyrie

Automaker plans to 3-D scan the bodies of those who will end up owning the hypercar

To say there are tons of details involved in the development of a hypercar is tantamount to a huge understatement. Some companies even resort to things that could be described as gimmicks to get their point across. Take Aston Martin for example. We already know that it’s developing the Valkyrie hypercar with Red Bull Racing and that the car is about the closest thing we have to a road-going Formula One car. But apparently, the level of personalization attached to the Valkyrie has reached a point wherein owners of the car are required to have their bodies 3D scanned so Aston Martin can develop a personalized driver’s seat. Owners might find it difficult to indulge on unnecessary midnight snacks if they want to continue to fit in the car.

Aston Martin didn’t give a reason behind this odd requirement, except that it’s probably doing it to maximize the driving potential of the Valkyrie. The company did say the Valkyrie is being developed to be the most dynamic hypercar in the land, even if it’s not the fastest. A big part of keeping that objective in mind is apparently to design a driver’s seat that’s personalized to the car owner’s body type. That basically means owners better keep their bodies in the shape that they’re in when Aston Martin has it 3D scanned. Go too far in either direction and you might not end up fitting in it as comfortably as you’d like. In the annals of the unusual, this definitely ranks right up there at the top.

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Seeing Seven Aston Martin Vulcans All Together Is Too Much For Our Sensibilities: Video

Seeing Seven Aston Martin Vulcans All Together Is Too Much For Our Sensibilities: Video

Don’t worry, we’re not complaining. Not the least bit.

There are only 24 Aston Martin Vulcans in existence, so the thought of seeing a group of them all together is as improbable as seeing a unicorn galloping in the sky. Well, shake off that pixie dust because the improbable just happened at the Circuit of the Americas. The Aston Martin Vulcan was in attendance at the race track recently and there wasn’t just one Vulcan there. There weren’t even two or three. There were seven of them, each dressed in different colors and looking the part of a bonafide $2 million supercar.

The carbon fiber-bodied track machine made the trip to Austin, Texas to participate in an event put together by Aston Martin. The specifics of the event is unclear, but the presence of these seven Vulcan track cars made all of it irrelevant. These cars are what the people at the Circuit of the Americas came to see and by the looks of it, nobody came home disappointed. It’s not often that an 820-horsepower supercar carrying a naturally aspirated V-12 engine is seen in the flesh and in its natural track habitat, dressed to impress and roaring like the beat that it is. But to see seven of them together showcasing their capabilities for people to go crazy over? That doesn’t happen very often, if ever. Aston Martin made it happen though, and we all win because of it.

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