Prediction: Aston Martin Cars Will Get More Expensive Post Pandemic
At this point, even those living under the most obscure rock know that almost every automotive company – aside from Tesla it seems – took a major hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aston Martin was on the bad side of that too, with sales down some 64-percent in the first half of 2020 and a total revenue of just £146 million. The company’s plan to bounce back includes “rebalancing supply to demand” and reducing production of key sports car lines to focus more on the DBX SUV. Part of this profitability increase means cutting 500 jobs, but I also see a hidden message that says “give us more money.” Let me explain.
Here’s What It’s Like to Drive 007’s Aston Martin DB5 From No Time to Die!
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most iconic cars in the world thanks to its elegant and sporty design, as well as being one of the most powerful grand tourers of its time. But the DB5 also became famous because it was featured in various installments of the James Bond franchise. It debuted in Goldfinger in 1964, but it was also featured in Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), and Skyfall (2012). The DB5 is scheduled to return to the James Bond franchise in No Time to Die, the 25th installment that’s set to debut in November 2020. As a result, the folks over at Carfection took the car for a spin and had a chat with 007 stunt driver Mark Higgins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde
This is the Aston DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition. It’s limited to just 10 units and it pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the iconic Concorde’s first flight and the centenary of British Airways, one of the Concorde’s two operators. The DBS Superleggera Concorde isn’t your typical special edition Aston Martin, either. The automaker’s personalization division, Q by Aston Martin, was heavily involved in the development of the DBS Superleggera, right down to all the exclusive exterior and interior details that make the DBS Superleggera Concorde a special edition among special edition models. All 10 units of the DBS Superleggera Concorde will be sold through Aston Martin Bristol, which commissioned its creation. Pricing details have yet to be revealed, but if you’re looking to score one of the 10 available units, you’ll need to reach out to the dealership and express your interest. All 10 units will likely sell out as fast as it takes the Concorde to take flight.
The Aston Martin DBX Is Cool, but Wouldn’t You Rather Have a Lamborghini Huracan?
The 2021 Aston Martin DBX debuted as the company’s first-ever SUV at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. As expected, the 2021 DBX is a high-performance luxury crossover that shares underpinnings and a beefed-up V-8 engine borrowed from the DB11 and Vantage. It’s as cool as coupe-style luxury crossovers get, but it’s also highly expensive at $192,986 before options. And that’s almost as much as a Lamborghini Huracan.
The 2021 Aston Martin DBX Arrives as the Brand’s First SUV with a Huracan-Like Price
Aston Martin has debuted the DBX SUV on the eve of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The DBX looks absolutely stunning and it looks like the company wants this vehicle to sell in volumes but, with a starting price tag of $189,900, can it become the company’s best-seller?
Aston Martin DBX Lifestyle Accessories
The Aston Martin DBX doesn’t come out until December, but this early, Aston Martin is already curating the image of its new crossover as a lifestyle-oriented SUV that also happens to have a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The British automaker is doubling down on that plan with the release of a full range of lifestyle accessories, each of which is based on specific lifestyle needs. All told, Aston Martin created 11 different packages with each package offering something unique to the table. There’s a package catered for off-road adventures. There’s a package catered for the snow. There’s even a package catered for your pets. These packages are as detail-specific as they come, and once the DBX hits the market, you can choose which one suits your personality and lifestyle the best.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato
Aston Martin took the DBS Superleggera and morphed into a limited-edition grand tourer known as the DBS GT Zagato – an Italian coachbuilt beauty that isn’t sold on its own but paired with a DB4 GT continuation that is the spitting image of the iconic model with the same name from back in the 1060s. Under the hood of the DBS GT Zagato sites a 5.2-liter V-12 that pumps out a cold-hearted 760 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This baby can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on the way to an impressive top speed of 211 mph. To put that into perspective, the standard DBS Superleggera has just 664 horsepower and takes 3.4 seconds to get to 60 mph. It also has considerably less torque as well. With DBS GT Zagato making its timely debut not that long ago, we’ve decided that it deserves to spend a little time on the screen as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve displayed our favorite below but, by all means, feel free to pick your favorite from the sizable gallery at the bottom of the page.
Everything We Know About the Aston Martin DBX
We’ve all heard by now that Aston Martin will build an SUV. In fact, the upcoming DBX - that’s the name Gaydon chose for its first-ever high-riding vehicle - has revealed some of its intricacies, but even so, there’s still more of what we don’t know than what we actually know about it.
The DBX comes as a surprise move from Aston Martin and although you might not see it like that since every carmaker is churning out high-riding vehicles these days, the company’s CEO was very adamant that the company won’t build such a car because SUVs are boxes and boxes aren’t beautiful. The statement dates back to 2015 when Andy Palmer seemed to wage a war on SUVs, saying that “our [Aston Martin’s] DNA doesn’t allow us to go there” and “you cannot make a beautiful SUV, it’s impossible.” Oh, well, little did we know.
2020 Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato
The 2020 Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato is a limited-edition grand tourer based on the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. Part of the DBZ Centenary collection, the DBS GT Zagato is more than just a Superleggera modified by Italian coachbuilder Zagato. This grand tourer is sold as part of a package that includes the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, a revival of the iconic car produced in the early 1960s.
Essentially a modern twin of the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, the DBS GT Zagato boasts notable modifications inside and out, including carbon-fiber elements, bespoke features, and a beefed-up engine under the hood. The DBS GT Zagato celebrates a partnership spanning almost 60 years and follows in the footsteps of the Vanquish Zagato, based on the DBS’ predecessor. Let’s find out more about this limited-edition grand tourer in the review below.
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX Will Have AMG-Sourced Power, But It’s More than We Expected
Add Aston Martin to the growing list of premium automakers that are set to embark on a journey to the land of crossovers and SUVs. The British automaker’s DBX crossover is scheduled to arrive in December, and now we know that it will carry a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces an impressive 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Interestingly, this twin-turbo V-8 unit is the same AMG-sourced powertrain that you’ll see in the DB11 and Vantage. It is, however, been tuned to produce more power, a by-product of Aston Martin wanting to squeeze more power out of the engine for the DBX. This bit of information reveals a great deal about the DBX, specifically in how it stacks up against its rivals in the segment. With that much power at its disposal, it’s safe to say that the Aston Martin DBX won’t have a problem making a name for itself against models like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Maserati Levante, Lamborghini Urus, and Bentley Bentayga.
1953 Aston Martin DB3S Works
The Aston Martin DB3S is a special car although it may have been overshadowed as years came and went by a certain finned Jaguar and the DBR1/300 that won at La Sarthe for David Brown’s marque. However, its status as a bit of a giant killer and the fact that the boys in Feltham kept using it for four seasons in international competitions puts the DB3S in a unique spot in Jaguar’s racing history. This car, chassis #2, is one of only 11 works cars ever built and it won the Goodwood Nine Hours ahead of the D-Type and Ferrari’s 750 Monza. It is, then, no wonder that RM/Sotheby’s hoped it would sell for anywhere between $8.75 and $10 million when it crossed the block last Thursday during the Monterey Car Week. Well, it didn’t but you can’t deny this is one rare, gorgeous, and expensive product of the ’50s. Need further proof? A copy of the definitive book on this car sold 14 years ago for some $1,500.
When you talk ’50s sports cars, your mind slaloms between William Haynes’ C-Type and D-Type, together amassing five overall 24 Hours of Le Mans wins, the classic 250 Testa Rossa, the dominant but also infamous 300 SLR, and also the Lister Knobbly and Maserati’s 300S. Aston Martin isn’t among the names on the tip of your tongue despite it racking up quite an impressive number of wins between 1953 and 1959 with the DB3S and the DBR1 respectively. That’s because the Aston Martins were always seen as underdogs, always seen as members of the pack, those that’ll play second fiddle to the big fish when, in fact, it wasn’t like that at all. David Brown employed some of the best engineers and drivers at the time and his cars were some of the best. Yes, most often down on power, yes, most often with an Achilles’ heel (cough, the DBR1’s gearbox and ergonomics) but they were good cars. And now we’ll talk about the first one of those, the DB3S, offspring of the DB3 and a car that’s getting a bad rep for being actually friendly on the road.
The Aston Martin DBX Will Fight the Porsche Cayenne With an Unexpected Segment-Unique Feature
The upcoming Aston Martin DBX, the company’s first ever SUV, could be the world’s first hauler with drifting capability. That’s the word from the company’s senior manager of vehicle dynamics, Ian Hartley, who said that a drift mode for the DBX is totally doable.
Will Aston Martin Live Up to Its Legacy at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed?
Last year we saw something amazing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb - a V-8-powered Aston Martin Cygnet (rebadged Toyota iQ). Aside from that astonishing piece of engineering, Aston Martin gave us a look at the Vulcan AMR Pro - basically the most hardcore racing Vulcan there is. So, Aston Martin answered the question of its legacy in the best way possible. This year, however, Aston Martin will do something completely different - show us its first SUV. Dubbed the DBX, the pre-production Aston SUV will roam up that Goodwood hill precisely 70 years after the company appeared at the Goodwood racetrack for the first time.
This is the list of cars Aston Martin will show at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. I think Aston will live up to its legacy despite the DBX SUV thing.