Aston Martin Will Leverage An AMG Powertrain to Breathe Life into the Valhalla
Despite having been delayed from its original 2022 launch, the Aston Martin Valhalla is still coming. There is, however, a good chance that the Valhalla will arrive in a different form from what Aston Martin originally intended. At the heart of the possible changes is Aston’s brand new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, which may not end up in the Valhalla as intended. Instead, the mid-engined supercar will likely be equipped with a Mercedes-AMG powertrain that Aston Martin now has access to as part of a new technical partnership between the two brands. The revised Aston Martin Valhalla is now scheduled to arrive in 2023.
A Deep Look Into Aston Martin’s Mid-Engined History
Aston Martin is known as a maker of exquisite and refined grand tourers, long-legged cars that offer enough panache to satisfy Ian Fleming’s James Bond on many an occasion. You could say Aston Martin knows every trick there is to know when it comes to building a front-engined GT car and that’s why they’re now looking to build more and more cars with the engine behind the seats. But the Valkyrie, the new Vanquish, and the AM-RB 003 aren’t the first of their kind in Aston Martin’s history.
When you think of any DB model from Aston Martin, you imagine an elegant two-door tourer ready for long journeys with a sumptuous and well-appointed interior and a feisty engine in front of the windshield. The company’s one and only Le Mans winner, the DBR1, was also front-engined as was the futuristic brick-like Lagonda luxury sedan from the ’70s. But, then, in the ’80s, when Aston Martin returned to sports car racing, it did so with a mid-engined car. This effectively heralded a new breed of Aston Martins, one that has stayed away from the public highways up until now but one that’s interesting to look into nonetheless.
This Video Of The STIG Drift James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 Is The Best Thing You’ll See This Year
Drifting originated in Japan in the 1970s and rose to popularity in the U.S. in the 1990s. Nowadays we have racing series dedicated to this driving technique, contested by cars specially prepped to be driven sideways. Although some drivers prefer older cars, professional drifting usually involves modern sports car. In short, you’ll never see a classic grand tourer or luxury car being thrown around the bends. Unless The Stig takes James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 for a spin.
Aston Martin Isn’t Done With AMG Engines - Not Now, Not Ever
Back in March 2020, we heard rumors that Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz could part ways as the German firm will phase out the AMG-built 4.0-liter V-8. But the two brands renewed their partnership in October. The new agreement transfers 20 percent of Aston Martin shares to Mercedes, while the Brits get hybrid and EV technology in exchange. But this doesn’t mean that Aston Martin is giving up on internal combustion power. Speaking at the Financial Times Future of the Car Summit, Aston Martin chairman Lawrence Stroll said that the British company will continue to offer gasoline-only sports cars alongside hybrids and EVs.
Amazing Car for Sale: 1964 Aston Martin DB5
If you are a James Bond fan, you would’ve seen this car many times in the movies. In fact, it even made an appearance in Skyfall. The one that was driven by Sean Connery in the movies was in fact sold for $4.6 million in 2010. That’s the kind of fanfare this car has ever since. But, that doesn’t mean the car had no role to play.
The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was powered by a six-cylinder engine and was in production for just two years. Off the 900 examples built in that period, one of them has arrived at Bring-a-Trailer’s auction and has bids near the half-a-million mark. Care to take part?
Bizzarrini Could Return After 50 Years With Former Aston Martin Executives at the Helm
Bizzarrini, an Italian manufacturer that built a few notable sports and racing cars in the 1960s, could return after 50 years of absence. The company formerly led by engineer and designer Giotto Bizzarrini is reportedly being revived by London-based luxury car dealer group Pegasus Brands and a team led by former Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez.
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Aston Martin To Inherit Mercedes Tech, But The Cost Could Be Too High
Back in 2013, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz entered a cooperation through which the British company gained access to the 4.0-liter V-8 AMG engine and various components for its production models. In exchange, Mercedes-Benz received an equity participation of five-percent in Aston Martin, which eventually transformed into a 2.6-percent stake. Earlier in 2020 we heard rumors that Aston Martin needs to develop its own engine as Mercedes is slowly phasing out the AMG V-8, but it seems that the companies are actually taking their partnership further. Aston Martin is set to gain access to new Mercedes technologies, which in turn will receive new shares in the British firm.
Aston Martin’s V12 Speedster Is the Roofless and Windowless Embodiment of Excess
Speedsters have become the rage these days among premium automakers. We’ve seen McLaren unveil the Elva and Bentley launch the Bacalar in recent years. Heck, Ferrari even went double-double on us with the SP1 and SP2 Monza. As fanciful as these speedsters are, Aston Martin was the one who reintroduced the “speedster” into our lexicon with the unveiling of the CC100 Speedster back in 2013. It took seven years, but Aston’s speedster project is now in full swing with the unveiling of the machine’s prototype version. Feast your eyes on the Aston Martin V12 Speedster “Prototype Vehicle.” It’s not the sexiest name in the world but everything else about the V12 Speedster Prototype Vehicle is properly intoxicating. Aston Martin plans to build only 88 units of the V12 Speedster and each one is priced at a mind-bending $950,000. This is Aston Martin exclusivity at its finest, folks.
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?
The Aston Martin Victor is a One-Off Supercar with Vulcan and One-77 Gear
Aston Martin has recently expanded beyond its usual three-vehicle lineup. It also offers an SUV now, a track-only supercar called the Vulcan, and two more performance cars, including the Valkyrie, are set to follow. Now, Aston Martin is flexing its Q division muscle with a unique supercar called the Victor. It’s inspired by the V8 Vantage model of the 1970s and 1980s and the DBS V8 from the late 1970s, also known at the RHAM/1, developed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It combines technology from the Valkyrie, Vulcan, and One-77, and it looks really cool on the outside.
We’d Love to Play Forza Horizon In The Aston Martin AMR-C01 Racing Simulator
Aston Martin has launched its latest special edition model. Only 150 units are going to be made of this beauty, and each one costs around $74,000, or roughly the price of a base Porsche 718 Boxster S. There is, however, a catch to this special edition model. It doesn’t have any wheels, and it doesn’t actually move. No, it’s not a new Aston performance car; it’s Aston Martin’s ridiculously awesome racing simulator. It’s called the AMR-C01, and it’s described as the “ultimate luxury home simulator,” complete with a full carbon fiber monocoque, among other insane details and features. Best be quick if you want to score a piece of the AMR-C01 simulator. Aston Martin is already taking orders, and seeing as most of us we’ll probably still be stuck at home for the foreseeable future, there’s no better way to satisfy our urge for racing than to get wild and crazy in the AMR-C01 simulator.
2020 Aston Martin Victor
The 2020 Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke, one-off supercar developed by the company’s Q division. Built around a carbon-fiber monocoque from the One-77, a car that Aston Martin offered from 2009 to 2012, the Victor draws styling cues from the V8 Vantage of 1970s, as well as the race-spec DBS V8 (also known as the RHAM/1) that Aston Martin built in the late 1970s for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 2020 Victor is powered by a naturally aspirated V-12 also sourced from the One-77, but some drivetrain components come from the much newer Valkyrie supercar. Q by Aston Martin built just one, so it’s one of those supercars that you can only hope to see in the metal at a fancy auto show.
Car for Sale: One-Off 2014 Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2
Don’t get us wrong. The Aston Martin Rapide is a special car itself. It was the first four-door Aston Martin to make it into production and a declaration of beauty as far as its design went. One particular customer, however, wanted all that and more luggage room – after all, the Rapide only offered 317 liters of trunk volume, which is hatchback territory – and that’s how the one-off Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 was born.
An Aston Martin DB5 With Real James Bond Gadgets Does Exist
Aston Martin’s plan of reproducing the DB5 from the classic 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger isn’t Hollywood make-believe; it’s all real. Twenty-eight units of the DB5 are planned, and each one comes with all the gadgets and weapons that the movie car had.
Now, we get to see one of the 25 units get a thorough walk-around courtesy of this video provided by YouTube personality Mr. JWW.
The Story Of ’The Muncher’, Aston Martin Victor’s Grandad
The Porsche 935 is the poster child of the late ’70s and early ’80s in GT racing. Developed by Stuttgart’s wizards and then modified by countless others the world over, Porsche’s Group 5 weapon crushed its opposition with such force that you needed one if you wanted to win on either side of the Atlantic. Robin Hamilton tried to buck the trend by bringing to the table a car of his own from the brand he grew to love, Aston Martin.
Named ’The Muncher’, this 1970 DBS V8 became a twin-turbocharged pseudo-grand-tourer able to go almost 200 mph down Mulsanne and battle prototypes along the way. A success story? Maybe not in the broader sense but it was the foundation stone to Aston Martin’s much-awaited return to sports car endurance racing.
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.