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.
2019 Aston Martin Rapide AMR
Introduced in 2010, the Aston Martin Rapide isn’t exactly fresh, and it’s been five years since its most recent upgrade. While the DB9 was replaced with the DB11 and the Vantage was redesigned from the ground up, the Rapide remains alongside the Vanquish one of the last old-generation Aston Martins in need of an update. While we’ve seen prototypes of the new-generation Vanquish, the upcoming Rapide has yet to make a public appearance. Whether Aston Martin is working on a new sedan remains a mystery, but we just got confirmation that the British firm is preparing an AMR version of the current Rapide.
This isn’t exactly surprising though. The AMR division, which is derived from the Aston Martin Racing arm, was launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, where the company showcased two near production-ready concepts. One of them was the Rapide AMR and had various new features inside and out, as well as a more powerful engine. The second car on display was the Vantage AMR Pro, a more hardcore model tuned for track use. Whether the Rapide will also get the AMR Pro treatment remains unknown, but we’re definitely getting a production variant of the Rapide AMR later in 2018. Let’s find out more about that in the speculative review below.
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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.