Aston Martin Secures Big Investment for the DBX, Returns to F1 as Works Team
Aston Martin has been an independent company for the majority of its time on the market. But surviving as an independent brand is tough, so it’s not surprising that the British company has gone bankrupt seven times in its history. Although it’s somewhat stable nowadays, Aston Martin only recently became profitable and went public in 2018.
With a new recession looming in, the company’s shareholders have approved a financial rescue package from Yew Tree, a Canadian consortium led by Lawrence Stroll. The £536 million ($659 million) investment from the Yew Tree consortium led by Stroll will help Aston Martin put the DBX into production.
Aston Martin’s Valhalla-bound Twin-Turbo V-6 Is Named After a Brilliant Polish Engineer
As incredible as it may seem, Aston Martin hasn’t had a production-ready engine built in-house since 1968. That’s about to change once the mid-engined Valhalla hits the streets in 2022.
We’ve known for a long time that the Valhalla will be gifted with an F1-inspired, turbocharged and electrified V-6, and we recently reported that Aston Martin was hard at work on this very engine. We had no idea, however, it will pay homage to one of the industry’s most creative engineering minds. Enter the TM01, named after the great Tadek Marek.
2021 Aston Martin V12 Speedster
The 2021 Aston Martin V12 Speedster is a limited-edition roadster developed by Aston Martin and its bespoke Q division. A tribute to the Le Mans-winning DBR1 of 1959, the 2021 V12 Speedster sports a traditional speedster body with no windscreen and roof and with a spine separating the driver and the passenger. Built on a custom architecture that combines elements from both the Vantage and the DBS Superleggera, the 2021 V12 Speedster is also a spiritual successor to the CC100 Speedster, a concept that Aston Martin launched in 2013 and built in just two examples. Built in only 88 units, the 2021 V12 Speedster costs almost $1 million. Find out what makes it special in the review below.
Aston Martin and Mercedes to Part Ways Over the Death of AMG’s V-8
For those of you living under a rock for the last decade, Aston Martin has long borrowed Mercedes-AMG’s V-8 for its sports cars. That very engine powers the Vantage, DB11, and even the new DBX, but that’s also a big problem because Mercedes-AMG is working on slowly phasing out its V-8 engine. That leaves Aston Martin to either suck it up and transition to four-cylinders – something that won’t happen for a long time to come, if ever – or come up with its own new powertrain. Well, as you probably already guessed, Aston is taking the better route and is now preparing to develop an electrified V-6 engine for use in most of its future cars.
3 Reasons Why the Aston MArtin V12 Speedster is Ridiculous
Aston Martin just unveiled a new, limited-edition, and very expensive supercar. It features a V-12 engine with almost 700 horsepower and boasts a speedster design with no windshield, but with two sexy flying buttresses behind the seats. It’s freaking awesome and it’s a cool tribute to the company’s early race cars, but it’s also ridiculous and pointless. Here’s why.
Forget About No Time To Die, Check Out These Rad James Bond Cars Instead
Although James Bond movies typically go together like winter and January, the upcoming No Time To Die installment has made a lot of gearheads happy. You could attribute that to the power of social media and car brands wanting as much exposure as possible, but it’s surely nice that so much car content has been generated by the latest 007 movie.
Daniel Craig’s last ride as James Bond will see some Land Rover Defenders bouncing off rough terrain, crashing, and then bouncing some more. It also motivated Top Gear to go out and drive some of the best Bond cars to feature on the big screen.
2020 Aston Martin DBX by Q
Other than Bentley’s Mulliner division, Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin bespoke division is arguably one of the best custom arms among all the luxury car brands in the business. Q by Aston has been responsible for some of the most provocative special edition Aston Martins in recent memory, and now that the brand’s first-ever SUV is on the market, Q by Aston is flexing its muscles yet again. The Aston Martin DBX by Qmarries all the qualities of what a special edition Aston Martin should look like. It’s dripping in the kind of bespoke goodness that Q by Aston stakes its name on. The Aston Martin DBX by Q by Aston Martin makes its world debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
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.
2020 Aston Martin DBS ‘59’ and Vantage ‘59’
Aston Martin is rolling out a pair of special edition models to celebrate the automaker’s historic one-two finish at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Appropriately dubbed the “59 Edition” models, 24 units of the DBS Superleggera and 59 units of the Vantage AMR have been given the special edition treatment.
Both models take their exclusive styling cues from the race-winning DBR1 racer, which roared to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1959, beating powerhouse teams from Ferrari and Porsche on its way to victory.
The super rare Astons were commissioned by the automaker’s dealership in Gloucestershire, England. The cost of owning the DBS Superleggera 59 comes up to £325,000 — that converts to around $420,000 — while the Vantage AMR 59 is priced at $209,995. Sadly, all 24 units of the DBS Superleggera 59 are already accounted for, though there might still be available units of the Vantage AMR 59.
2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante
The 2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante is the convertible version of the Vantage, the company’s most affordable sports car. Unveiled a couple of years after the coupe, the 2020 Vantage Volante features the quickest folding roof on the market, which takes only 13.5 seconds to pack and unpack. The 2020 Vantage Volante is heavily based on the Vantage coupe so it comes with the same underpinnings under the shell. Powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine borrowed from AMG, the 2020 Vantage Volante hits the road with 503 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of twist on tap. The British drop-top competes with high-performance convertibles like the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and the Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
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.
Here’s a Stunning Example of What the Aston Martin DB12 Could Look Like
There’s no shortage of independent designers. In fact, you could almost consider them modern-day backyard mechanics, just on a digital level. Basically, anyone with a stylus and Adobe subscription is considered an artist. There are a handful of really good artists out there, some that are more talented than most, and designer Tedoradze falls into this category. His latest piece of work is an impressive one too – it’s a rendering of a successor to the current Aston Martin DB11. Aptly called the DB12, this is what the future of Aston Martin could look like. Do you agree?
Aston Martin Limits Torque Output on the 2019 DBS Superleggera
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can be called a number of things, but one thing it will never be called is slow. This has never been more evident than in the latest video released by The Smoking Tire. However, we’ve learned something else, and that is that Aston Martin was forced to limit torque output until the car moves into fourth gear. Seems strange for a car that weighs a little over 4,000 pounds and pumps out 663 pound-feet of torque, right?
1963 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
Aston Martin’s DB5 is the epitome of British elegance and class and with multiple appearances in the James Bond franchise, has been heralded over the years as one of the world’s most famous cars. While maybe not all passersby will be able to tell you what it is when looking at the DB5, mostly everyone knows that shape. The fact that there was also an open-top version may not, however, be common knowledge but, with or without a roof, the DB5 is a show-stopper any day of the week.
Powered by 4.0-liter version of Tadek Marek’s DOHC inline-six, the DB5 was an evolutionary step than a revolutionary one when compared to the DB4 it replaced. In fact, the styling was nigh on identical to that of a Series 5 DB4 and it was the increase in the engine’s capacity that stood out as key differentiator between the two models. But a deal to supply Sean Connery’s Bond with a Silver Birch DB5 in the movie ’Goldfinger’ changed everything for David Brown’s company.
The model became a success with over 1,000 units sold in just two years and movie stars fawned over the gorgeous lines penned by Touring. Actors Peter Sellers and Beryl Reid were just some who owned DB5s in the ’60s and even Princess Margaret rolled in one for a while. Indeed, you probably needed the funds usually linked to an heir of the crown given that the DB5 Convertible cost as much as a house at the time but can you really put a price on driving a car Bond pedalled on-screen?
2019 Was a Bad Year For Aston Martin and At Least One Model is Paying the Price
Despite the introduction of the DBX, 2019 was a very tough year for Aston Martin, which posted a pre-tax loss of $118 million through September of 2019. Now, Aston Martin has warned that its annual profit for 2019 will be cut in half, while Reuters is reporting that December sales were so disappointing that wholesale volumes dropped by seven percent in 2019. All told, annual profits for 2019 (converted from GBP to USD) will sit between about $170 million and $182 million - a far cry from the company’s $325 million profit in 2018.
Financial figures being what they are, that means there are going to be some big financial changes for the company in 2020, including a cost-cutting program that puts at least one model on the guillotine.
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.
Take Your Love for British Luxury to the Sky with the Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition
Aston Martin is ringing in the new year with its first product launch, except it’s not really an official Aston Martin creation. It’s called the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, and it’s the first fruit in what is expected to be a long and lasting partnership between the British luxury car maker and Airbus Corporate Helicopters. Yes, the ACH130 is not a car, but, rather, a luxury private helicopter that’s been dressed from cockpit to tail rotor with all the luxury goodness that we’ve come to expect from Aston Martin.
All told, the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition comes with a range of four exterior and interior designs created specifically by Aston Martin. The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is already available on request and deliveries are expected to start in the first quarter of 2020. No word yet on how much one costs, but be advised that a “standard” Airbus ACH130 starts at $3.3 million.
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.
2020 Aston Martin DBX
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX is a midsize SUV that the British company unveiled in 2019. The first SUV to wear an Aston Martin badge, the DBX rides on an exclusive platform, but shares powertrain elements with the company’s sports cars. Powered by the same 4.0-liter V-8 found in the DB11 and the Vantage, the DBX boasts 542 horsepower, which turns it into a competitor for the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus. Likewise, the DBX sports a luxurious interior and is available with a wide range of options. Priced just below the $200,000 mark, the DBX is one of the most affordable Aston Martins available on the market. Let’s find out more about this SUV in the detailed review below.
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.
Learn Even More About the Aston Martin Valkyrie and See What It’s Like to Drive!
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is one of the most highly anticipated hypercars to ever hit the market. It’s not out yet — though deliveries are expected to start in late 2020 — but the development process is churning along smoothly to the point that we now have the first evidence that the Valkyrie is no longer a figure of mythology, but an actual rampaging monster.
2021 Aston Martin DBX Picture Gallery
After a long and illustrious 106 years on the market, Aston Martin has finally released its first SUV, dubbed the DBX. As a competitor for models like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga, research and development took longer than expected, but the result is phenomenal. The DBX rides on its own dedicated SUV platform – something that’s completely unheard of until now – and is composed of bonded to make it as light as possible and impressively stiff.
What makes it stand out visually is that Aston Martin borrowed some DNA from its existing sports cars, which is why the DBX sports the signature DB radiator grille and frameless doors, for example. Aston even went so far as integrating the DRLs into the aerodynamic ducts in the front fascia, further improving aerodynamics. A rear wing rounds out the rear and looks quite spicy sitting above that unique and extremely thin taillight strip that runs across the rear hatch.
While the exterior sports a lot of sports car DNA, the interior was designed with the goal of redefining luxury. Aston Martin claims that the DBX offers class-leading headroom and legroom, yet it features sports seats. Those, by the way, are wrapped in full-grain leather. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster resides ahead of the steering wheel while a 10.25-inch display handles infotainment duties. Of course, the DBX wouldn’t be suitable for the segment it competes in without decent cargo room, so you get 22.31 cubic-feet, but with 40:20:40 folding rear seats, the space increases drastically on demand.
Under the hood, the DBX is actually all DB11 as it features the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that’s good for 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With this kind of power, you’ll get up to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 181 mph. The DBX goes on sale in late-spring of 2020 with a Lamborghini Huracan-like price of $189,900.
What is the Least Expensive Aston Martin?
Aston Martin isn’t your run-of-the-mill manufacturer. It’s a high-end sports car manufacturer, so even the cheapest model is a little too expensive for the average joe. Currently, the cheapest model in Aston Martin’s showroom is the Vantage, which carries an MSRP of $149,995 before options, taxes, and any other fees.
What is the Sportiest Aston Martin?
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is commonly referred to as the sportiest Aston Martin. It’s the new kid on the black, and it has a timeless appearance that exudes class, sophistication, and power. All of that comes at a cost, though, and you shouldn’t expect to shell out less than $305,000 before any other taxes or fees. Start going crazy on the options list and you’ll shell out considerably more.
What is the Most Popular Aston Martin?
The most popular Aston Martin is actually a toss-up between the Vantage and the DB11. The DB has a long, illustrious history and the Vantage is, well, the Vantage. The DBS Superleggera is also encroaching on the territory of being most popular, but with the $305,000 price tag, it’ll probably never see the same popularity as its slightly lesser brethren.
What is the Most Expensive Aston Martin?
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is the most expensive Aston Martin and carries a price tag of $3.2 million. It’s a limited-production supercar, but you can expect it to carry the torch of being most expensive in the lineup for a long time to come. The most expensive road-going Aston Martin is the Rapide E at $330,000, and it’s followed by the DBS Superleggera at $305,000.
Are Aston Martin Cars Reliable
Aston Martin did suffer from reliability complaints at one time; however, once Ford took ownership of the brand, things started to look up. Now, the company is owned by a different consortium that has continued to improve sales and reliability over time. These days, the Aston Martin brand is fairly reliable, and it’s a good thing since it can’t depend on loyal customers to forgive its reliability problems anymore.