2016 Aston Martin WB12 Vengeance By Kahn Design
Ever since Kahn Design teased the Aston Martin DB9-based WB12 Vengeance in May 2015, updates on the car have been few and far in between. Actually, there hasn’t been so much as a peep about the project, at least until recently when the British tuner announced that the car would make its long-awaited debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The announcement is the latest indication that Kahn Design is serious about its attempt to become a full-fledged coach builder after establishing a reputation as one of the best Land Rover tuners in the world. It’s worth noting that it was just last year at the same event that Kahn unveiled the Land Rover Defender-based 105 Longnose and the 110 WB 6x6 Flying Huntsman SUV. For an encore, the company is setting the stage for the WB12 Vengeance’s debut, and while the full swath of details have yet to be revealed, Kahn has provided a few specifics about the car, including the meaning behind its name. For instance, the WB stands for wide body while the 12 understandably points to the car’s 6.0-liter V-12 engine.
Kahn also indicated that the inspiration behind the WB12 Vengeance is the first-generation Vanquish, the Ian Callum-penned model that launched Aston Martin into the new millennium. Apparently, at least according to Kahn, Aston Martin hasn’t come close to replicating the kind of design impact the original Vanquish had when it burst into the scene back in 2001.
So, he’s taking matters into his own hands with the WB12 Vengeance. The question now is this: will the WB12 Vengeance live up to expectations? The answer to that will be determined at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
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When it comes to cars, the movie industry has given us plenty of cool vehicles to drool over. With creations such as Mad Max’s Ford Falcon-based Interceptor, Knight Rider’s customized Pontiac Trans Am, and The Green Hornet’s Chrysler Imperial around, picking a favorite is nearly impossible. When it comes to automakers, however, Aston Martin seems to be the indisputable leader, especially when it comes to the James Bond franchise. Having already introduced the 2015 Aston Martin DB10 for the upcoming "Spectre" movie, the Brits launched a new production car that celebrates the fictional yet famous Secret Service agent.
It’s called the DB9 GT Bond Edition, and unlike the DB10, it can be purchased for dealerships the world over.
The DB9 GT joins a comprehensive lineup of Aston Martins created either to star in the James Bond movie or as a tribute to Ian Fleming’s 007. Though it won’t get to feature in an actual installment of the movie, like models such as the 1963-1967 Aston Martin DB5, 2012 Aston Martin DBS or 2005 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish did over the last five decades, it’s quite an important model as the final incarnation of the DB9. As you might have already guessed, it is based on the new 2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT, but equipped with a range of exclusive features. Keep reading to find what makes the Bond Edition special.
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Aston Martin hasn’t made a GT version of every single one of its DB cars, and with the DB9 having been around for more than a decade already, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to assume it wasn’t happening this time. But Aston has indeed just announced that the DB9 GT will be making its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car is mildly more powerful than the standard car (although, to be fair, it is significantly more powerful than pre-2013 DB9s). And it has had little tweaks all over.
The difference between this and the standard car isn’t as dramatic as the difference between the DB4 and the legendary DB4 GT, but neither has it been with any of the other GT versions of GT cars, and the DB4 GT was the exception rather than the rule. But the DB9 GT looks fantastic, and is an excellent way for Aston to breathe new life into a car that’s starting to show its age more that a little. In fact, the GT comes with some modernizing touches which the DB9 frankly was in need of. Good to see it isn’t stagnating.
Updated 08/07/2015: Aston Martin’s latest DB9 GT will be making its global debut at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week starting August 13. The car has been described as both the most powerful, but also the most compelling production ‘DB’ to date, designed to offer world-class grand touring and hand-built excellence.
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Since its launch in 2012, Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin personalization program has created some of the most memorable personalized pieces we’ve ever seen. In 2014 alone, the Q by Aston Martin team has unveiled a pair of heavily individualized DB9 Volante models, one even carrying an equestrian theme to it. Recently, Q by Aston Martin received its third order for a personalized DB9 Volante, this time coming from the US.
The order was placed by the British automaker’s dealer in Dallas, Texas. The dealer requested Q by Aston Martin to dress up a DB9 Volante using only two colors — blue and white — on the entire car.
Blue and white? A dealership from Dallas, Texas? Something tells me that a customer commissioned this program and wanted the colors to resemble that of a certain football team that plays in the city and uses the same two colors. Okay, fine. There’s no indication that this customized DB9 Volante was a Dallas Cowboys-inspired creation, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if there was some kind of connection behind it.
To its credit, Q by Aston Martin worked with these limitations and created another personalized masterpiece using special iterations of both colors with high-grade leather and carbon fiber.
It’s not as comprehensively detailed as the equestrian-themed DB9 Volante from July 2014, but it does have a unique identity, namely the use of the two colors that are deeply entrenched in Dallas’ sports culture.
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Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin division has created some pretty delicious personalized models since it was launched in 2012. In a lot of ways, it’s become one of the best things Aston Martin has done in recent years. So when Aston Martin announced that four unique Q by Aston Martin models will be displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, the excitement behind it is completely legitimate. The Aston Martin DB9 Volante is one of the models that will be given the Q by Aston Martin treatment. I’ve looked at all four examples headed to Pebble Beach and there’s no question in my mind that the DB9 Volante is a stunner.
It’s just a beautiful, personalized Aston Martin that exudes all the best things the brand is known for. It’s also unique enough that you probably won’t see another Aston Martin dressed in the same colors anytime soon.
That’s the beauty of the Q by Aston Martin division. It creates examples that are so unique and personally detailed that you can’t help but wonder why Aston Martin doesn’t release more of these models to the public.
The Pebble Beach-bound Aston Martin DB9 Volante Q by Aston Martin is a perfect example of that.
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The Q by Aston Martin program has been around for only two years, but most of its creations are definitely bound to become valuable classics. The latest vehicle coming from the company’s personalization arm is no exception and, unlike other bespoke Aston Martins, is crossing "the Pond" to be auctioned for charity in Los Gatos, California. The sports car in question is an equestrian-themed DB9 Volante.
Just like the unique 2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition the Italians launched in China earlier in 2014, the DB9 Volante by Q pays tribute to the equestrian lifestyle. Not at all surprising considering its British roots and the fact that it will cross the block during the Menlo Charity Horse Show, one of the finest equestrian events in the United States.
Equipped with a unique interior that boasts more luxury than any other production DB9, this equestrian-inspired convertible will generate a $10,000 donation to benefit the Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. The sports car will be auctioned off by Los Gatos Aston Martin between August 5th and 10th, 2014.
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It has been a decade since the Aston Martin DB9 arrived to replace the DB7. Many tuners including the popular names have spent time with the British icon to squeeze more out of it and make it even more sophisticated and lucrative. The latest tuner to get its hands on the DB9 is Carlex and it made the car look astonishing on the inside — as if the base DB9’s cabin wasn’t astonishing enough. It has dubbed this project the Aston Martin DB9 Vesper.
The ethereal looking Aston Martin DB9 has been designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker with the distinctiveness coming from the trademark front grille and super-sleek aluminum body. The long hood with distinctive creases makes the car lustrous and elegant. The DB9 is powered by AM11 engine, which is a 5.9-liter V-12 with 510 horsepower and 457 foot-pounds of torque. With this engine in tow and mated to a six-speed automatic, the DB9 crests the 60-mph mark in just 4.6 seconds.
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The Geneva Motor Show will showcase some of the finest concepts and world debuts you’ll ever see this year.
But every so often, an automaker like Aston Martin makes a splash with unveilings like this one: a pair of special edition Aston Martin DB9s called the Carbon Black and the Carbon White.
The names actually give away what Aston has prepared for these hellacious beauties. Here’s a hint: there’s plenty of carbon fiber in both models.
More than that, it marks yet another auto show in which Aston Martin has quietly made an impression on, as if all those previous concepts it’s shown in past auto shows weren’t enough. The Carbon Black and Carbon White DB9s are different, though, in part because there’s reason to believe that we’ll see them well after the lights in Geneva are shut and its doors are closed.
Maybe in a dealership soon? Don’t bet against it, especially with Aston Martin.
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The last Aston Martin tuned by the British design firm, Kahn Design, was the DBS Casino Royale, which was pretty sweet. Today, Kahn took another break from its usual Land Rover models and decided to update another Aston Martin model,;this time around it is a DB9.
This custom Aston is not based on the 2013 DB9, which delivers a total of 510 horsepower. Instead, the designer extraordinaire opted to update a the initial DB9 model (2005 through 2008), which delivered a total of 450 horsepower from the factory.
No changes were made under the hood, which is pretty typical for Kahn, but the designer opted to update the exterior and the interior look of the DB9. Kahn opted to paint the DB9 in the same paint used for the DBS Casino Royale: meteorite silver. Customers can opt for any possible color, for both the exterior and the interior.
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When it comes to special one-off Aston Martins, the British automaker usually taps the service of one design house: Zagato.
We’ve seen over the years what a collaboration between the two companies can produce. Now that Aston Martin is in the middle of celebrating its 100th anniversary, it’s not surprising that Zagato has come back to build a pair of special one-off models to commemorate the occasion.
One of these models is called the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, a special model based on the 2013 DB9 Volante convertible. Looking completely different from what we’ve come to know about the modern DB9 Volante, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial does carry plenty of design inspiration, most notably from the 1994-2003 DB7 Zagato.
Equally fascinating is the way Aston Martin and Zagato went to giving the one-off model unique tastes of both companies. From Zagato’s double-bubble roof to Aston Martin’s unmistakable, albeit larger, grille and fender vents, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial really does represent the best of both worlds.
One thing that did throw us for a little loop is the design of the round headlights, which does harken us back to the V8 Zagato of the 80’s but comes as a little out of place when built into the sharper and more streamlined look of the current DB9 Volante.
In any case, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial is still a treat to look at and noted American collector and Aston Martin enthusiast Peter Read is a pretty lucky man to being the recipient of this one-off ride.
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Back in May, Aston Martin announced the Hybrid Hydrogen-powered Rapide S as a special entry in the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Now the company has teamed up with Bosch Engineering to develop a plug-in-hybrid variant of the DB9 sports car. Could this be a clear sign that Aston Martin is considering hybridization for its future models?
The car received no exterior updates, except, of course, for the expected Bosch swag so we don’t forget who helped electrify the DB9.
All of the major work was made under the hood, where the two companies combined a V-12 engine powering the front wheels with an electric motor for the rear wheels. As a result, this hybrid DB9 will deliver a total of 740 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
On top of the amazing output – 230 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque more than the base DB9 – Aston Martin also announced a full-electric range of 16 miles. Rumors are also circulating that the hybrid DB9 will be about 10-percent quicker than the standard car.
Bosch equipped the car with the latest ESP system with four different driving modes: safe, sport, drift, and custom. For the interior, Bosch developed TFT dials and an in-car touchscreen system, which obviously will double as a hybrid system monitor.
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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.
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Last November, Aston Martin launched a cool competition on Facebook in order to celebrate its One Million fans. People were asked to choose between four different designs - Aero, Dynamic, Heritage and Heritage Art - for a new model called the "DB9 1M." The winner has finally been selected as the Aero.
This special DB9 1M features 20-spoke, silver diamond-turned wheels, black brake calipers, and an Obsidian Black and Spicy Red interior with a Piano Black fascia.
This will most likely be the last version of the current DB9 built before Aston Martin brings the next generation to the market next year. Aston Martin has announced that the DB9 1M will make its official debut in the next few days, but the first image was published on their Facebook account. We don’t expect to see this model built in large numbers nor do we expect the winner to receive this as a gift.
We’ll keep you posted on any details that arrive on the Aston Martin DB9 1M when it is officially unveiled at Goodwood.
In 1965, the Aston Martin DB5 was on its way out of showrooms and the new DB6 was being shown off at the London Motor Show. Between these two events lies the shortest-lasting production model convertible ever produced by Aston: the 1966 Aston Martin Volante.
The Volante was based off of the 37 remaining unused 1965 DB5s, but donned the more luxurious amenities of the DB6. When this model debuted, it was nicknamed the “Short Chassis” in an effort to help distinguish it from the longer DB6. As a result of the name, many people mistook that as meaning it was actually a shortened version of the DB5, which it is not.
Despite its awesome performance for the era, sharp looks, and popularity, the Volante was only an interim car. It was used just to bridge the gap between the time that the DB5 left and the DB6 hit showrooms. This means that production ceased as soon as the 37 unused DB5 chassis were converted.
Coming across a rare Aston Martin like this happens just about as often as you have a chance of seeing a Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster. Okay, maybe it’s a little more likely than seeing those, but you get our point. Well, get your wallet and passport ready, as RM Auctions is just about to auction off one of the 37 1966 Aston Martin ’Short Chassis’ Volante units on May 12th, 2012 in Monaco.
So how does this classic Brit motorcar look, feel, and drive?
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