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.
Could the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Signal Jaguar’s Return To The Supercar Arena?
It’s been 25 years since Jaguar discontinued its last supercar, the great XJ220 amid poor sales at a time when people really weren’t eager to buy $1 million mid-engined monsters. Nowadays, there are more millionaires than ever in the world and Jaguar, while focusing on expanding its EV lineup, could be planning a shock return to the world of high-performance supercars with something inspired by the jaw-dropping and all-electric Vision Gran Turismo presented late last month. This may well become the halo car for a new era of the Leaping Cat.
The Benefits and Downfalls of Aston Martin’s Decision to Build the DBX from Scratch
When Aston Martin set out to build the DBX, it had two choices: borrow a platform from Daimler or develop its own bespoke platform. Aston Martin decided to take the road less traveled and started designing its very first SUV from a clean sheet. There’s a lot of good that comes out of AM’s decision to build its own platform, but there’s some bad involved in it as well.
2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante
The Aston Martin Vantage just moved in its second generation for the 2018 model year and there are solid signs that the new coupe is a big hit with sports car enthusiasts. Following rave reviews about its looks and performance, customers rushed into dealerships and purchased the entire production run for 2018 in just a few days. The Vantage hasn’t been this popular since it was first introduced in 2005! With both the road-going coupe and the race-spec GTE model out in the open, it’s time to look at another version that Aston Martin may launch soon. The Volante is at the top of our list, with an introduction likely to take place in late 2018 or early 2019.
The convertible model has been part of the Vantage heritage since 2006. It was actually launched as the Roadster, but the Volante name (Aston Martin talk for cabriolet) could be used on the new model. Just like its predecessor, the new convertible will have the same features inside, out, and under the hood, but will provide customers with infinite headroom for those hot summer days. The Volante will enable the Vantage to better compete in its niche, offering a proposition to the highly popular Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and the gorgeous looking Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster.
Updated 10/23/2019: After Aston Martin released the first official "spy shots" of the Vantage Volante, the sports car was also spotted testing around the Nürburgring.
Aston Martin DBX Lifestyle Accessories
The Aston Martin DBX doesn’t come out until December, but this early, Aston Martin is already curating the image of its new crossover as a lifestyle-oriented SUV that also happens to have a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The British automaker is doubling down on that plan with the release of a full range of lifestyle accessories, each of which is based on specific lifestyle needs. All told, Aston Martin created 11 different packages with each package offering something unique to the table. There’s a package catered for off-road adventures. There’s a package catered for the snow. There’s even a package catered for your pets. These packages are as detail-specific as they come, and once the DBX hits the market, you can choose which one suits your personality and lifestyle the best.
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX Will Have AMG-Sourced Power, But It’s More than We Expected
Add Aston Martin to the growing list of premium automakers that are set to embark on a journey to the land of crossovers and SUVs. The British automaker’s DBX crossover is scheduled to arrive in December, and now we know that it will carry a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces an impressive 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Interestingly, this twin-turbo V-8 unit is the same AMG-sourced powertrain that you’ll see in the DB11 and Vantage. It is, however, been tuned to produce more power, a by-product of Aston Martin wanting to squeeze more power out of the engine for the DBX. This bit of information reveals a great deal about the DBX, specifically in how it stacks up against its rivals in the segment. With that much power at its disposal, it’s safe to say that the Aston Martin DBX won’t have a problem making a name for itself against models like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Maserati Levante, Lamborghini Urus, and Bentley Bentayga.
The Aston Martin DBX Will Fight the Porsche Cayenne With an Unexpected Segment-Unique Feature
The upcoming Aston Martin DBX, the company’s first ever SUV, could be the world’s first hauler with drifting capability. That’s the word from the company’s senior manager of vehicle dynamics, Ian Hartley, who said that a drift mode for the DBX is totally doable.
The Next-Gen "AM9" Aston Martin Vanquish Will Offer Something Most Supercars Don’t Have These Days
Aston Martin’s goal to reinvent itself as a bonafide purveyor of high-end performance cars isn’t slowing down anytime soon. As if the inevitable arrivals of the Valkyrie and Vulcan hypercars aren’t enough, the British automaker is also scheduled to launch the mid-engined Vanquish supercar, complete with…a manual transmission. Oh, yes. People who love to be in control of their supercars on the road can test their driving skills anew once the next-generation Vanquish arrives, presumably around 2022. There’s no word yet on what kind of manual gearbox Aston Martin plans to use on the mid-engined Vanquish, but it’s a manual gearbox nevertheless. That alone is reason enough to get excited about the possibilities, especially when every performance car maker worth its salt has all-but-abandoned the manual transmission in any of their exotics.
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.
2020 Aston Martin Rapide E
The Aston Martin Rapide E is an all-electric version of the British company’s four-door sedan. Previewed by a concept called the Rapide E in 2016, the production model made its debut three years later at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The Rapide E ditches the familiar 6.0-liter V-12 engine in favor of a battery pack and a pair of electric motors, but it generates notably more power than its gasoline sibling. The Rapide E is also the company’s first electric vehicle.
Finally ready for production after several years of development, the Rapide E brings together the craftsmanship and exclusivity of the Rapide nameplate with zero-emission performance thanks to Aston Martin’s collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. The latter provides battery systems for Formula E cars, so it has extensive know-how of high-performance electric drivetrains. Although production of the Rapide E is limited to less than 200 vehicles, it introduces the brand to the all-electric market before Lagonda will take over as a zero-emission luxury brand.
Zagato’s Centenary Aston Martin Looks Stunning In First Renders
We’re getting closer to the unveiling of what will be one of the prettiest cars of 2019: the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato. What’s even better is that the front-engined grand tourer won’t come alone as, with it, the 19 buyers will get a painstakingly accurate recreation of the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. Now, we’re getting a peek of how the two will look together.
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, one of the most beautiful Aston Martins ever made and, also, one of the most expensive, is still an object of lust almost 60 years after it was produced. One of them, the example known as ’2VEV’ due to its number plate, sold a few years ago for $13.1 million at auction. The recreation you’re getting along with the DBS GT Zagato, though, won’t cost you $13 million. It won’t even cost you $10 million. In fact, the two can be had - they won’t be sold separately - for the not-so-steep sum of $7.9 million. If you think that’s still too much, then take a look at these renders...
The 2020 Aston Martin Valkyrie Has a Confirmed Output of 1,160 Horsepower!
The highly anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie is not yet ready to go into production, but the British firm just unveiled a few juicy bits about its drivetrain. The biggest news is the Valkyries official power rating, set at 1,160 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.
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.
The AMR Track Performance Pack for the Aston Martin Valkyrie Rides the Line Between Crazy and Insane
Such news always messes up my thought process for a while. How can an insanely powerful hypercar get add-ons that will make it all the more powerful? Somehow Aston Martin has managed to accomplish it. The AMR Track Performance PAck for the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie is not just about the performance; it includes a vast array of add-ons that can make it stand out even more than it already does....if you can believe that.
Aston Martin Prepares to Wave Bye-Bye to the Mercedes-Sourced V-8 To Make Way For This New, More Evolved Engine
Aston-Martin has been using Mercedes-AMG V-8 engines for five years now but the days of the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged unit seem to be numbered as the British company is developing a new straight-six of its own for use in future models.
Aston-Martin models currently come with one of two engines: the DB11 and the new Vantage are fitted with the 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 of Mercedes-AMG origin while the DBS Superleggera is equipped with an old-school 5.2-liter V-12. The new straight-six engine could be derived from the beefy V-12 according to Autocar magazine although key Aston-Martin figures pointed out that the partnership with Mercedes could continue in one way or another as Aston-Martin gears up on its hybridization dreams.
What do we know about the Aston Martin DBX Crossover?
Joining the onslaught of super powerful and super luxurious SUVs of today, Aston Martin revealed the first photos of the new DBX. Although still under heavy camouflage, we can clearly see the contours of the first Aston Martin SUV. Furthermore, with a bit of research, I did find out quite a bit about the newest competitor among super SUVs.
Nevertheless, it is still quite uncertain what segment the SUV will enter. Will it be like a hyped-up version of SUVs the size of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, or will it match the audaciousness, and the size of the X5M, or the AMG GLE 63S? These are the unknowns we are still investigating.
Despite its size, the Aston Martin DBX is going to join the exclusive club of unanticipated super SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga, the Porsche Cayenne, and even the Rolls Royce Cullinan. Granted, all of these SUVs tread a slightly different path but have some commonalities like being powerful, fast, and full of technology.
New Images of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s Interior Just Cast Shade All over the 2019 McLaren Speedtail
The Valkyrie is closer and closer to finally being released into the wild. But, until it’s ready to roam freely, Aston Martin decided to make the waiting that much harder by releasing a new batch of images, one of which shows the production version interior.
Did you ever think you’ll see a two-tone Valkyrie rolling on gorgeous gunmetal-gray multi-spoke wheels? Well, apparently, a white-to-blue color scheme was requested by someone, and Aston Martin was kind enough to release three images of the car in this specification. One of them showcases the Valkyrie’s profile; another is a pigeon-eye view, while the third shot is of the cockpit.
Aston Martin Patents "Valhalla" Name, Could Be a Tip of The Hat To New Supercar
Aston Martin’s new Project 003 supercar is in line to carry the “Valhalla” name after the British automaker filed trademark applications for the name with the U.K.’s Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Auto guide was the first to dig up the applications, which cover “passenger cars and racing cars and parts and fittings therefor.” Aston Martin’s plan to use the “Valhalla” name isn’t a shocking revelation. Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, hinted at the name to Drive more than a year ago at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, indicating that it could be used on a future Aston Martin model.
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.
A New V-6 And Lots More is Coming from Aston Martin In The Next Four Years
Aston-Martin’s new V-6 hybrid engine is in the works. The British company, which has seen a rapid increase in profit in the past few years, is on the verge of a launching spree, planning to launch as many as four cars in the next five years. Among these will be the new Project 003, a mid-engine supercar with a V-6 heart that will act as the stepping stone for the company’s 488-beating model that will follow later.
With the Valkyrie and the DBX just around the corner, Aston-Martin is already working on their next car known as Project 003. Just by numerology, you’d have to think it will have some links with the Valkyrie – codenamed Project 001 – and the Valkyrie AMR Pro – known internally as Project 002. Indeed, the new hypercar will share the mid-engine layout, but the powertrain will be very different.
The 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E is Getting Exclusive Tires From Pirelli
Pirelli’s been busy outfitting electric cars with its P Zero tires, but one specific EV model is getting the special treatment from the Italian tire maker. That EV is the long-awaited Aston Martin Rapide E. Not only is the Rapide E the first electric car to come out of Aston Martin, it’s also wearing a set of special P Zero tires that Pirelli created specifically for the Rapide E. The exclusive tires should help Aston Martin’s EV achieve its promised performance numbers when it goes on sale sometime in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Aston Martin Confirms Hypercar Project 003 with a Mystical Teaser
By releasing a single teaser picture, Aston Martin has officially confirmed the development of its third hypercar - a mid-engined coupe that’s codenamed Project 003. The new flagship of the brand follows the footsteps of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and is expected to reach the spotlight of car shows in its production form sometime in 2021.
Aston Martin’s All-Electric Rapide is Arriving Next Year!
Aston Martin has officially confirmed the arrival of the all-electric Rapide E sports sedan. The British automaker’s first-ever all-electric model will be launched in the final quarter of 2019. Only 155 units of the Rapide E will be built, each selling at a still undisclosed price tag. In addition to announcing the four-door EV’s launch timetable, Aston Martin also dropped a handful of information about the electric car, including its power and performance capabilities.