2019 Aston Martin Rapide AMR
Introduced in 2010, the Aston Martin Rapide isn’t exactly fresh. Despite this, the British are in no hurry to replace the sedan, as no prototypes were spotted on public roads. However, Aston Martin just gave the Rapide the AMR treatment, thus creating its most extreme four-door sedan.
Previewed by a concept car displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Rapide AMR made it into production with very few changes. Aston Martin describes it as a vehicle that’s "capable of comfortably transporting a team of race drivers to a circuit on the other side of a continent and then tackling the track when they get there," and needless to say, the sedan looks pretty cool in the AMR suit. As usual, the sedan also gained extra horsepower and will be built in limited numbers. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
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The Strength of the Chinese Auto Market is The Reason Why Aston Martin is Launching the DBX Crossover
Aston Martin is developing the DBX SUV for no other reason than the booming SUV market in China. Company president and CEO Andy Palmer made that clear in a conversation with Wards Auto. According to Palmer, the DBX SUV may not even be on the table if not for the Chinese market.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie Will Be More Advanced Than F1 Cars
While motorsport is often considered the place for performance technology development, the rules and regulations of any given series are designed to make for an even playing field, and as such, they often place limits on what technology can actually accomplish in the real world. Luckily, that isn’t the case for extreme hypercars like the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
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2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR
Aston Martin debuted the DB11 in 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show, introducing it as a replacement for the critically acclaimed DB9. Offered with both a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 from Mercedes-AMG and a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12 made in-house, the DB11 quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the luxury grand tourer performance segment. Now, Aston is replacing the top-trim V-12 with an even-faster version from AMR, stuffing it with more power, sharper handling, and tons of aesthetic upgrades front to back, inside and out.
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2018 Lagonda Vision Concept
Under Aston Martin ownership since 1947, Lagonda stopped making production cars in 1990, with a handful of models unveiled after the Aston Martin Lagonda sedan was discontinued. Rumored to make a comeback in the late 2000s, Lagonda finally returned to the market in 2014, when the limited-edition Taraf sedan was introduced. Four years have passed, since and Lagonda has now unveiled the Vision Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
A futuristic vehicle with a sleek, shooting brake-like design, the Vision Concept sports a luxurious, four-seat interior that’s ready to give Rolls-Royce and Bentley products a run for their money. Like many modern concepts, it also has autonomous drive and uses a zero-emission drivetrain. More importantly, Lagonda says that the Vision Concept previews a production model that’s scheduled to hit the assembly line in 2021. The upcoming model will have an SUV body style and will borrow styling features from the Geneva show car. Until Lagonda gives us more info on the production model, let’s have a closer look at this intriguing concept vehicle.
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Aston Martin Cranks Up The Volume With The DB11 AMR
First introduced in 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show, the hotly anticipated DB11 hit the scene as a successor to the beloved DB9, bringing superlative British performance and styling to the high-end luxury GT segment. Now, there’s an even-faster version from Aston’s performance boffins at AMR.
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2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600
Aston Martin just redesigned the Vantage for 2018, replacing the previous model after no fewer than 13 years on the market. But, in a surprising turn of events, the British firm revived the old model for a limited-edition run called the Vantage V600. Built by the company’s Q division, the V600 was designed on request and will be produced in only 14 units, split between seven coupes and seven convertibles. The Vantage V600 pays tribute to the original V8 Vantage V600 that Aston Martin introduced in 1998.
Based on the Virage model sold between 1989 and 2000, the previous V600 was the most extreme iteration of the Vantage model. Powered by a 600 horsepower supercharged engine (remember, that was in 1998!), the first V600 was one of the most powerful sports cars of its time. Come 2018, and Aston Martin is sending the VH-platform Vantage into the history books with a similar model. Although not as extreme as its predecessor, the new-old V600 marks the official retirement of the iconic VH platform in two-door Aston Martins.
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The Langona SUV - Possibly Called The Varekai - Could Debut in 2021; Will be Based on the Lagonda Vision Concept
Revived in 2014 with the limited-edition Taraf sedan, Lagonda just announced plans to build its first-ever SUV. The luxury firm owned by Aston Martin will introduce the crossover, which will feature an emission-free drivetrain, in 2021. While the name has yet to be confirmed, it could be called the Varekai, based on a trademark that Aston Martin filed earlier in 2018. According to Lagonda, the SUV will be based on the design language of the radical Vision Concept showcased at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Project Neptune: Aston Martin and Triton Reveal Finalized Design For New Submarine
If I had the money, I think my first big toy (after the race car, of course) would be a submarine. The idea of flying under the waves, exploring the mysteries of the deep… it’s all just so cool. Of course, to do it up proper, you’d need the right machine, not some spartan tin can with a periscope attached to the roof. Now, it looks like Aston Martin and Triton have just the ticket with this multi-million-dollar luxury submersible dubbed Project Neptune, which was just revealed in its final production form this week.
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Aston Martin Drops Vanquish Name, Revives DBS Superleggera with Teaser
Aston Martin is in the middle of an important reorganization process that involves brand-new models and technology, as well as finding ways to bring more profits to the company. Having already launched the new-generation Vantage and the DB11 as a replacement for the iconic DB9, the British firm still has a crossover to launch, but more importantly, it needs to update the Rapide and Vanquish models. While the Rapide might not get a successor, Aston Martin will continue to offer a flagship grand tourer, but the next-generation model will drop the Vanquish nameplate in favor of the DBS Superleggera. More specifically, Aston Martin is reviving the DBS, which replaced the Vanquish between 2007 and 2012, and it’s also reviving its collaboration with Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera of Milan, Italy.
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. Now, enjoy it all for yourself by displaying it as your desktop wallpaper!
Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October
The Detroit Auto Show is on the cusp of a long-overdue decision that will effectively move the show out of the winter doldrums of January into a later month with a far more inviting climate. Nothing is official yet, but there’s growing momentum that America’s most esteemed auto show will be moved from January to October beginning in 2020. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association is scheduled to vote on uprooting the show from its winter roots and moving it to the fall.
Now Aston Martin Says it Won’t go With an AMG In-Line Six Engine For the Vantage
Contrary to previous reports, Aston Martin has no plans of dropping an AMG-sourced inline six-cylinder engine into any of its new models. Those sentiments come straight from senior engineering executive Matt Becker, who admitted that his previous comments about the possibility of six-pots returning to Aston Martin models were phrased differently than he intended to. So if anyone out there is still excited about the prospects of a six-cylinder Aston Martin heading to market soon, here’s a bucket of ice-cold water to douse those expectations.
New Trademark Filing Hints that Aston Martin’s First Lagonda Model Could be Called Varekai
Aston Martin has filed a trademark for the use of the Varekai name in the U.K. and Canada, opening the door for the brand to use it under its Lagonda luxury cars marque. The trademark was filed in both countries on March 6, 2018. Oddly enough, that was preceded by a similar filing back in September 2017 in, of all countries, Lebanon. The trademark was filed as a Class 12 trademark, which is specifically for “passenger cars, racing cars, and parts therefor.”
2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Earlier this year, Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie, an insane hybrid hypercar rocking four-digit output figures and the combined go-faster know-how of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, among several others. Designed to take on the best of the best in the world of superlative road-going performance, the Valkyrie hasn’t even hit production yet and Aston is already gearing up for a newer, faster version. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only variant of the Valkyrie that eliminates any remaining conciliations for street duty, pumping up the speed potential to ever-greater heights. Created as a collaborative effort between Aston and Red Bull, the Valkyrie AMR Pro once again takes direction from English Formula 1 mastermind Adrian Newey, offering more extreme aero, an all-business interior, more power, and less weight. The result is one serious speed machine, with Aston bragging it’ll have what it takes to challenge modern F1 and LMP1 racers in terms of lap times.
That’s a mighty impressive boast, especially for a platform that traces its roots to something you can drive on the road. Indeed, this is Aston’s idea of “ultimate,” the top of the mountain in the land of fast. This is what you get when you give Aston Martin and Red Bull an extreme performance car plus a blank check for track use. We know you wanna know more about it, so read on for the details.
Updated 03/14/2018: We updated our review with the official details and images released at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
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The Aston Martin Vantage of the Future Could be the Recipient of an AMG-Branded Inline-Six
Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG have a technical partnership that dates back to 2013. That relationship laid the foundation for the Aston Martin DB11 to come to life, thanks in large part to its AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter, biturbo, V-8 engine. Recently, Aston Martin’s chief engineer, Matt Becker, hinted that the two brands could have another partnership in the works, one that would involve Aston Martin using another AMG-engineered engine on one of its future models.
Aston Martin and Red Bull are Teaming up Again to Create a Mid-Engined McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari Fighter
Aston Martin’s march to become a full-fledged supercar brand is gaining more steam with the revelation that the British automaker is planning another mid-engine performance car. Internally called the "brother of the Valkyrie," the new performance car will be developed with the help of Red Bull Racing, a similar partnership to the one that gave birth to the Valkyrie. Once it hits the market, the new hypercar is expected to sit alongside the Valkyrie as Aston Martin’s two crown jewel models.
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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Aston Martin Just Put Bentley and Rolls-Royce of the Future in Check with the Lagonda Vision Concept
These days every automaker has their eyes set on the future, and Aston Martin just showcased their vision of the ultra-luxurious, autonomous future with the Lagonda Vision Concept. Basically, a car designed with Bentley and Rolls-Royce customers in mind, the Lagonda offers a unique look inside and out with a few materials inside that you wouldn’t usually expect. It’s, naturally, all-electric because that is the future, and it even has a steering wheel for the ultra-wealthy that still like to grip the wheel from time to time. This model will never make it to production, but Aston says that its design language is a preview of the future and at least some of the DNA could make its way into production as soon as 2021.
Unveiled in 2017, the Valkyrie is by far Aston Martin’s most spectacular and radical vehicle yet. It’s extreme compared to other supercars too, mostly because it blends the designs of Le Mans prototypes and Formula One cars in a very unique way. But Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing didn’t stop there and took the concept to new heights with a track-only version under the AMR Pro banner. The car was just unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and it eclipses just about anything at the Swiss event, including the new and brutal McLaren Senna GTR.
Aston Martin CEO Hints at a Special Surprise for the Geneva Motor Show
Aston Martin will be in attendance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and it’s not going there with the usual cadre of models that we’ve already seen. On the contrary, the British automaker is lining up an epic roster of showcase models, including what CEO Andy Palmer describes as “one or two surprises.” We don’t know what these two surprises are, but since it came from Palmer himself, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that we could be in for a quite a treat when we stop by Aston’s booth in Geneva.