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.
Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition.
"Q by Aston Martin" is a bespoke personalization program unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The first models customized with this program were the Virage and the Cygnet, and now Aston Martin turned its attention to the new Vanquish Volante.
Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, this customized Vanquish Volante Q features an unique Red Ember exterior paint combined with a Gulf Orange-painted front and rear splitters, and gloss-black waist rail finisher. The interior is wrapped in a bronze metallic leather, giving the cabin a sweet look.
Of course, while this is the model that hit the Frankfurt Show for the show, the new Q by Aston Martin personalization program allows customers to choose from nearly any imaginable colors or materials.
According to Aston Martin, with the new Vanquish Volante Q, it wanted to demonstrate how "flexible we can be as we strive to create bespoke treatments for new cars."
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.
Aston Martin is presenting two new special editions at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show that pick up where the DBS Carbon Black Edition left off back in 2009. These new special editions will get "Black" dropped from their titles and will receive two new exterior colors: Flame Orange and Ceramic Grey. The end result is the new DBS Carbon Edition, available in both coupe and cabrio models.
The new DBS Carbon edition will be distinguished by a new set of 10-spoke gloss black diamond turned wheels and standard black brake calipers, with yellow, orange, red, or grey calipers available as an option. Other features include a black grille, carbon fiber mirror heads, carbon rear lamp in-fills, and smoked rear lights.
The interior offers the "familiar swathes of obsidian black or maranello orange semi-aniline leather" which take about 70 man hours to hand stitch and finish. There are also magnesium alloy paddles tipped with carbon fiber and a unique carbon fiber special edition sill plaque with a laser etched metal inlay.
Prices start at $287,576 for the coupe and $302,576 for the Volante, with deliveries beginning in the first quarter of 2012.
Rumors about a partnership between Aston Martin and Maybach first appeared at the end of last year when we reported that the two companies would team up for a luxury sedan. Now, AutoCar reports that the two companies are set to bring a concept car developed together to the Frankfurt show in September 2011.
While neither Aston Martin nor Maybach would comment on this rumor, it is believed that the concept to be displayed in Frankfurt will be a luxury car with a high-quality interior finished to the hand-crafted standards of a British luxury saloon.
This news shouldn’t really surprise anyone considering Mercedes needs to decide by the end of June which partner they will choose to develop replacements for the 57 and 62 saloons. This type of partnership is mutually beneficial because Aston Martin can bring its interior design skills to the table, particularly the use of traditional materials in conjunction with hi-tech features, and Mercedes can share its new alloy body technology and engines for third-generation Vantage and DB9 models.
After more than 3 years of speculation, the English coach builder Aston Martin unveiled the Rapide - their first four door sedan in the super car maker’s lineup.
The Rapide’s engine is the venerable 6.0 Liter V12 lifted directly from the Aston Martin DB9, and makes the exact same 470 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque as the coupe. The fat four door goes from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 188 MPH.
The Rapide’s power plant is mated to a six speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission, which offers the ease of a traditional automatic via the push buttons mounted on the dash or a much sportier manual transmission mode with the wheel mounted paddle shifters.
According to the automaker: "There is a real sense of proportion with this car, akin to a tailored suit; the new double grill gives more presence on the road while the iconic signature side strake has been lengthened through to the rear doors to enhance its lateral proportions in a subtle, yet elegant way. The car’s purity makes it look right from every angle."
Updated 01/14/2011: Aston Martin will be launching a series of innovative new films designed to showcase the marque’s four-door Rapide. Part One is now ready for your viewing enjoyment!
Updated 01/20/2011: Aston Martin has released today the second part of their new promotional series of films featuring the Rapide sedan. The new video is called "True Power Should Be Shared" and its even more impressive than the first part, so enjoy!
Updated 01/27/2011: The third - and a little Bond-esque - episode of the new Rapide promotional film has been revealed by the company. Its message: "Time is precious. Share it wisely in the new four door Rapide." Yes, Aston, we believe everyone should get a turn in the Rapide. Why not send us one and we’ll give it a go? Check out the video to see what we mean.
Read more on the Aston Martin Rapide after the jump.
With the recent – and well-documented – struggles of the auto industry, car makers have been a little more reluctant attending car expos. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Frankfurt Motor Show.
One of the world’s biggest motor shows is expected to draw the best of the best car brands and their latest toys. A line-up of brand-new autos set to be unveiled at the Motor Show includes the Ferrari 458 Italia, the revamped Porsche 911 Turbo, the Mazda MX-5 Superlight, and now, Aston Martin is joining the fun with the highly-anticipated launch of the Rapide.
It seemed like ages ago – three years, in fact – when the Rapide became the talk of the town during the 2006 Detroit Motor Show and despite the long wait, Aston Martin’s new crown jewel is once again expected to be the one of the toasts of Frankfurt.
Aston Martin has also released the price of the Rapide, which is expected to be around £110,000 in the U.K. The car, which some scribes have called the Vantage’s little brother, is about £25,000 cheaper than the car James Bond made famous in Die Another Day. That’s tremendously good news for fans of the Rapide, a lot of who have waited three long years for the car’s official release.
Aston Martin is not only showing the DBS for the first time in Europe at the Frankfurt motor show next week but will also showcase two new special editions - the Aston Martin DB9 LM® and the V8 Vantage N400. Both special editions draw inspiration from the company’s recent achievements at Le Mans and the Nϋrburgring 24-hour races.