Aston Martin Is Already Working On The Valkyrie’s Successor With Plans To Terrorize Le Mans
Aston Martin has yet to send the Valkyrie hypercar to the welcoming arms of its owners, but that hasn’t stopped the British automaker from setting its sights on developing a successor that it plans to unleash on endurance races from 2020. The new hypercar only goes by the nickname “son of Valkyrie,” but it’s already being talked about in glowing terms by people within the company as the car that could help Aston Martin achieve outright victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype
Originally designed to compete at Le Mans and considered to be “the most significant one-off Works Aston Martin” in existence, the 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype is also one of the most valuable collectible cars in the world. Exuding an almost mythical presence, the history of DP215 is one of heartbreak and accomplishment that marks the end of an era for the British automaker. Lovingly restored over a 40-year period with extensive consultation from the car’s original designer, DP215 now heads to the block later this month at the RM Sotheby’s event in Monterey, where it may very well become the most valuable British car ever sold at public auction.
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Aston Martin Isn’t Done With the DBS Superleggera
If you’re not done drooling over the raunchy Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, you might need to have some paper napkins nearby because Aston Martin is reportedly looking into developing a more extreme version of the 715-horsepower DBS Superleggera. Nothing is set in stone yet, but the belief is that the AMR DBS Superleggera — that’s the name it’s tipped to go by — will be released sometime in late 2019 or early 2020 with a bump in price compared to its “tamer” DBS Superleggera counterpart.
The Aston Martin DBX Could Pump Out 400 Mercedes-Derived Horsepower
For a company that’s known for routinely using V-8 and V-12 engines in its models, Aston Martin is reportedly looking into using a six-cylinder engine on its upcoming DBX crossover. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Aston’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, hinted on the possibility, saying that a six-cylinder unit could make for a potentially good engine in the automaker’s first-ever crossover.
2020 Aston Martin Mid-Engined Supercar
Aston Martin has yet to bring the Valkyrie hypercar into showrooms, but the Brits are already pondering a second supercar for their lineup. According to company CEO, Andy Palmer, the mid-engined supercar is also co-developed with Red Bull Racing, and 130 engineers and designers are already working on the project. The new vehicle will be aimed at the Ferrari 488 GTB.
The unnamed supercar will ride on a bespoke platform developed specifically for this model. Instead of the Valkyrie’s race-spec chassis or the Vantage’s bonded-aluminum platform, it will get its very own underpinnings that will feature a new carbon-fiber monocoque with aluminum sub-frames. There’s no specific word as to when it might arrive, but rumor has it sales will commence around 2020.
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The Aston Martin Vanquish Isn’t Dead - It’ll be Re-imagined as a Mid-Engined Ferrari and McLaren Fighter
Aston Martin just discontinued the Vanquish in order to make way for a new DBS model, a switch it originally made back in 2007. But unlike then, the Vanquish won’t live in the shadows until second-gen DBS Superleggera goes out of production. Instead, Aston Martin wants to use the name for its upcoming mid-engined supercar.
Lego Releases James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Kit, Comes With All Your Favorite Spy Fantasy Gadgets
Do you dream of owning a genuine spy car, but can’t seem to find Q’s number laying around? Well, don’t worry, because Lego has you covered. Say hello to the classic Bond car, now in brick form - yep, it’s 007’s very own ’64 Aston Martin DB5, straight out of Goldfinger and complete with all the goodies you need to save the day, including an ejector seat, rotating license plates, wheel-mounted tire slashers, and of course, front-mounted machine guns.
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Aston Martin’s Flying Taxi Looks Like Some Sci Fi Air Racer
Between the impressive DBS Superleggera and the downright outrageous Cygnet V8, Aston has been making some pretty big blips on our radar as of late. Now, we’ve got something else to ogle - it’s called the Volante Vision Concept, and it’s meant to “explore luxury personal air mobility” to fly you and yours to any urban or inter-city destination with ease.
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2018 Aston Martin Cygnet V8
A big part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s charm is that you never know exactly what to expect when it comes to the cars that take a crack at the Hill climb event. In the first day of the event, we’ve already seen a rainbow-colored Porsche 911, a lawnmower (yes, a lawnmower!), and a tiny city car that somehow found enough room in its body for a V-8 engine. That last car is the Aston Martin Cygnet, the cute little urban transporter that was essentially a rebadged version of the Toyota iQ. Even better, this V-8-powered Cygnet isn’t a hack job built by some loony tuner in some corner of England. Aston Martin actually created it, or to be more specific, Q by Aston Martin created it for a customer, and now it’s turning heads at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
To the surprise of the whole car world, Aston Martin revealed a new version of its long-deceased Cygnet at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Billed as “The Ultimate City Car,” the new Aston Martin Cygnet V8 is actually a one-off piece for a customer who commissioned it through the ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service. With an engine taken from the Vantage S, 19-inch wheels, and a dramatically reimagined drivetrain, the new Cygnet V8 is the most unusual piece of machinery Aston has revealed in a while. This is a 123-inch long car, with a 4.7-liter, V-8 that develops 430 horsepower. It sounds like a joke, but it is not.
2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Henley Royal Regatta
One year after Aston Martin rolled out the DB11 Henley Royal Regatta, the British automaker is back at it, this time with the DB11 Volante Henley Royal Regatta. The new one-off DB11 Volante is the follow-up to last year’s one-off DB11, which was created to celebrate Aston Martin’s role as the official auto partner of the Henley Royal Regatta, considered as one of the world’s most prestigious and historic sporting events. Like the DB11 from last year, the DB11 Volante gets plenty of exclusive features, all of which come by way of Q by Aston Martin.
Aston Martin Teases James Bond’s DB5 Lego Kit
Lego’s fascination in the world of automobiles is manifesting itself once again in the form of James Bond’s very own Aston Martin DB5. One of the most iconic movie cars of all time is set to become the next car to get the full-on brick treatment, complete with a mini figure of no less than 007 himself. The kit is currently available for pre-order at the Lego store in Budapest, Hungary where it is expected to be released on August 1, a full week ahead of its global release on August 8.
Aston Martin plans to beat Porsche’s new Nurburgring record
Ah, Nurburgring records. Where would we be without them? Automakers would have one less benchmark to fight over, and we’d miss some fantastic footage with fast cars lapping the Nordschleife. 2018 is already an interesting year with Porsche having broken the all-time record set by Stefan Bellof way back in 1983, but it’s about to get even more fascinating. That’s because Aston Martin could improve on that record with the upcoming Valkyrie supercar.
Full Walkaround of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Video
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is, on paper, the British automaker’s flagship grand tourer. More important than that, though, is how the new model fits in Aston Martin’s hierarchy. The DBS Superleggera, ladies and gentlemen, is the long-awaited replacement for the Vanquish S. It also happens to be lighter and more powerful than the DB11, having shaved almost 160 pounds compared to the DB11, all while packing 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.
If you haven’t seen the DBS Superleggera, then you’re in for a treat. Noted auto blogger Shmee150 was able to see the newest Aston at its unveiling. Not only was he able to take a good look at the DBS Superleggera, he also spent a good amount of time going through all the stylistic nuances that make this model one of the finest creations Aston Martin has come up with in recent memory. The DBS Superleggera’s design almost touches supercar levels. Sure, there are still hints of Aston’s trademark styling, but the low-slung stance and low ground clearance of the DBS Superleggera give it a more performance-oriented aura, the likes of which we haven’t seen from Aston Martin in quite some time. Other design hints like the side louvers and the entire rear section also enhance its supercar aura.
The interior is similar to the DB11, but Aston Martin found ways to raise the stakes in the cabin of the DBS Superleggera. The dark chrome bezels on the center console are one example of the increased attention to luxury design. It’s the same thing with the chopped carbon fiber on the door trim. You rarely see that kind of treatment on luxury models like Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Seeing it on an Aston Martin is definitely a welcome and pleasant addition.
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is a design achievement for the British automaker. Calling it “stunning” doesn’t do justice to how it looks. But more than that, the new range-topping GT also packs a 5.2-liter V-12 engine that Aston Martin debuted in the DB11, albeit revised to accommodate a more powerful setup amounting to 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Do the math, and that’s an extra 115 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque more than what you can get out of the DB11.
Aston Martin isn’t messing around with the DBS Superleggera. It promised a worthy successor to the Vanquish S, and it more than delivered. Now, all that’s left is to see how the automaker’s new GT model stacks up against the competition. Something tells me that it’s going to more than hold its own.