Car for Sale: One-Off 2014 Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2
Don’t get us wrong. The Aston Martin Rapide is a special car itself. It was the first four-door Aston Martin to make it into production and a declaration of beauty as far as its design went. One particular customer, however, wanted all that and more luggage room – after all, the Rapide only offered 317 liters of trunk volume, which is hatchback territory – and that’s how the one-off Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 was born.
Can You Guess Where Aston Martin Is Getting Input From for the Valkyrie Hypercar?
Aston Martin will build eight Valkyrie pre-production prototypes that will help its engineers fine-tune the upcoming V-12 hypercar to perfection.
The first three prototypes, named VP1, VP2, and VP3, have already been given a run for their money at Silverstone, by none other than Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon.
2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Debuts World’s Quickest-Folding Soft Top
Largely based on the Vantage coupé, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster - that’s right, it’s not called the Volante anymore as you and I expected, but simply Roadster - receives the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 sourced from AMG but instead of a fixed roof, it packs the quickest fabric top ever made.
As every other Aston Martin out there, the Vantage Roadster doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to scoop up at least $161,000 if you live in the US of A, €157,000 in Germany, and about £127,000 in the U.K. That’s $11,000, €3,000, and £6,000, respectively, on top of the coupé model’s starting sticker.
Does Aston Martin’s V-12 Speedster Teaser Confirm the CC100 Speedster Concept Is Heading to Production?
Aston Martin wants to build a V-12-powered speedster. Does it sound odd to you? It shouldn’t, because AM’s rivals have got a head start and are either currently selling a speedster or found themselves very close to launching one on the market. There’s Ferrari’s Monza SP2, Porsche’s 911 Speedster, and McLaren’s Elva. Even Bentley has been rumored to be considering one.
So where does that leave Aston Martin? Well, obviously, it has got to come up with a speedster of its own. Which it will, because the blueprints are there and now there’s an official announcement that says Gaydon will play the speedster game. You’ll have to shake up your memory quite a bit for this one, but try to remember the CC100 concept Aston Martin showed back in 2013 for its 100th anniversary, because that’s going to be the carmaker’s starting point.
Everything We Know About the Aston Martin DBX
We’ve all heard by now that Aston Martin will build an SUV. In fact, the upcoming DBX - that’s the name Gaydon chose for its first-ever high-riding vehicle - has revealed some of its intricacies, but even so, there’s still more of what we don’t know than what we actually know about it.
The DBX comes as a surprise move from Aston Martin and although you might not see it like that since every carmaker is churning out high-riding vehicles these days, the company’s CEO was very adamant that the company won’t build such a car because SUVs are boxes and boxes aren’t beautiful. The statement dates back to 2015 when Andy Palmer seemed to wage a war on SUVs, saying that “our [Aston Martin’s] DNA doesn’t allow us to go there” and “you cannot make a beautiful SUV, it’s impossible.” Oh, well, little did we know.
Aston Martin DBX to be built at St Athan
Aston Martin may be late to the SUV party but the British automaker is doing everything it can to ensure that the DBX will be a success right out of the box. It’s even opening a brand-new facility that will, at first, focus only on making the DBX before also assembling all of the Lagonda models. The new factory located in Saint Athan, Wales, will eventually employ up to 750 people, most from around the Vale of Glamorgan area.
While production for the DBX will kick-off in earnest in the first half of 2020, Aston Martin used the unveiling of its new plant to also show to the press what has to be the production-ready version of its SUV, albeit covered in red-and-black camouflage. The version we’ve seen testing at the Nordschleife and the Arctic Circle among other places in the past year or so was a prototype but the body we can see on the new mule displayed at Saint Athan is the real deal that people will see in late 2019 when the official launch event will take place.
The Aston Martin DBX will soon become the newest member of a very popular niche, one that was, basically, made popular some 15 years ago when Porsche launched the Cayenne. The luxury and sports car establishment might’ve laughed at the news that Stuttgart’s sports car maker, famed for building the 911 for decades, lost its way and started building SUVs but, soon enough, the market demanded more super-fast and super-luxurious options and Bentley, Maserati, Land Rover, and even Lamborghini answered the call of the masses and came forth with their own SUVs. Ferrari is also expected to entertain its wealthy clientele with a high-riding Prancing Horse named the Purosangue, so Aston Martin’s decision to create the DBX feels normal once you take a step back and look at the whole picture. On top of that, sales of these models are what enable these manufacturers to continue to make sports cars and supercars.
The 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Is Your New 211-MPH Open-Top Cruise Missile
Aston Martin just unveiled the 2020 DBS Superleggera Volante! Framed as the convertible version of the brand’s hugely desirable DBS Superleggera coupe, the Volante pairs all the usual grand touring awesomeness with endless drop-top fun.
Mounted in that shapely frontend is the same engine as the hardtop DBS Superleggera, namely a turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 producing 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Routing the power to the rear axle is an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF.
Top speed clocks in at 211 mph, while the sprint to 62 mph takes 3.6 seconds. Keep your foot down, and the Volante will go from 0 to 100 mph in 6.7 seconds.
You’ll have eight body colors to choose from, as well as six headliner colors. Quad exhaust pipes are in the rear, while up front, the reworked aero blasts the brakes with cold air, while also reducing lift and enhancing stability. Interestingly, the new bodyworks produces up to 390 pounds of downforce at speed, just 6.6 pounds less than what you get with the coupe model.
The fabric roof takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close, but we’d recommend keeping it open to make it easier to hear that V-12 wail. Leather, carbon fiber, and metal accents make it nice inside the cabin.
Pricing for the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante starts at $329,100. Look for deliveries to kick off in the third quarter of the year.
Aston Martin Predicts Its First SUV To Become Its Best-Seller
Aston Martin is probably the only automaker to survive without an SUV in its line-up for this long, other than Ferrari. However, the company confirmed an SUV earlier this year, and now it has boldly predicted that this new SUV, dubbed as the DBX, will be its best-selling vehicle after its launch next year. The DBX was showcased in 2015 as a concept car.
The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff
If you ever need a reminder that yes, we are indeed living in a golden age of performance automobiles, just check out the list of debuts heading to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Specs and figures that would have been considered outlandish and silly just a few decades ago are now becoming the norm, as million-dollar, 1,000+ horsepower monster machines seem to litter the Palexpo convention center floor in 2018. Here are some of the highlights.
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You Better Keep Your Figure If You Want To Fit Inside The Aston Martin Valkyrie
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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