Lumma Design Just Made the DBX Better Than Aston Martin Ever Dreamed
If the reason behind the Aston Martin DBX’s slow sales has anything to do with the way it looks, then Lumma Design may have just solved the problem that Aston Martin didn’t know it had. Behold Lumma Design’s take on the DBX – a limited aftermarket kit that blends together loads of carbon fiber with race-inspired looks, and a little bit of extra width too. Aston Martin did just announce that it’s Q division would offer an exclusive appearance package for the DBX, but we’re willing to bet it won’t be this damn good.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera By Wheelsandmore
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is the beneficiary of a significant aftermarket program from noted tuner Wheelsandmore. The tuner’s latest enterprise comprises two separate software updates to the DBS Superleggera’s 5.2-liter V-12 engine. The more significant of these two updates elevates the V-12’s output to levels you didn’t expect from the already potent DBS Superleggera. Aston’s resident thrill seeker is already a handful on its own, but with Wheelsandmore’s new software upgrades, there’s a case to be made that you should hold on for dear life when you’re riding shotgun in this supercar.
You Can Now Pay to Have an EV Powertrain Bolted into Your Classic Aston Martin
Although a noble thought by Aston Martin, this basically kills the whole point. Wondering what we are talking about? Aston Martin Works plans to protect the classic cars in the future by allowing them to live as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). It has produced the first model under its plan called the Heritage EV Programme.
This is One Aston Martin That James Bond Would Love To Drive
An Aston Martin DB11 that would make James Bond proud is currently for sale at JamesEdition. The unique DB11 doesn’t have revolving license plates or machine guns hidden in its fenders. Instead, it has level four armor protection courtesy of Trasco Bremen. No other details were given about the car other than that its a 2018 model. It’s for sale, though, at a price that’s available upon request.
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.
Afzal Kahn’s Ultimate Car Is The DB9 Vengeance: Video
What did you want to be when you were a kid? If you were like Afzal Kahn, you wanted to go about creating something beautiful, sitting in your folks’ car and just imagining what was possible on four wheels. Kahn pursued that dream by studying architecture, but soon realized he felt unfulfilled designing buildings. From there, he pivoted to cars, turning his “boy racer” hobby into a career by creating custom body pieces and wheels. Still, it wasn’t enough. He wanted to create something more in-depth, and set about designing an entirely new body for one of his all-time favorites – the Aston Martin DB9. “What would this car look like if it evolved? And what would it look like if I designed it?” With that, the Vengeance was born.
Responsible for putting together this six-minute profile are our friends over at /DRIVE, who do a fantastic job conveying Kahn’s passion for design. Using a DB9 chassis for the bones, Kahn tuned and tweaked his ultimate car constantly, finally settling on the look we see today after years of refinement. The video is replete with lovely shots of the car, all set to a dramatic soundtrack in the background, plus a nice bit of the powerplant’s V-12 wail to boot. “I wanted to create something a bit more beastly looking,” Kahn says. What do you think? Does the Vengeance up the Aston’s appeal even further?
Aston Martin Confirms Road-Going Conversion Of Vulcan Track Car
The Aston Martin Vulcan is awesome for a lot of reasons, but if there’s one gripe about this $2.6 million track-focused supercar, it’s that the exclusivity extends all the way to its use. Suffice to say, the 24 owners of the 24 Vulcans made can only use it on a race track. At least that was the plan initially, although now it appears that owners of the Vulcan can now have their exotic masterpieces reconfigured for road use.
Speaking exclusively to Autocar, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has announced that owners of the Vulcan can now have their cake and eat it too. A road conversion package for the supercar is being prepared by engineering firm RML, one that will effectively make the Vulcan usable on the road. That’s essentially the gist of it, although the specifics behind the conversion are far more complicated than a few twists of some bolts.
According to Palmer, the conversion will focus on three key areas of the Vulcan, namely safety-critical aspects, technical alterations like ride height and gear ratios, and bespoke modifications as per specific requests of the customer. Engine emissions will also be involved in the conversion to appease emissions regulations of the country where a specific Vulcan is from. Likewise, adding road-legal lights and performing crash test simulations will also be carried out.
The whole process is expected to take up to three months and while the cost for the conversions have yet to be revealed, I don’t imagine it being a problem to the people who paid $2.6 million for the car to begin with. For its part, RML revealed that a timetable to have the first Vulcan conversion completed by the end of 2016.
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2016 Aston Martin WB12 Vengeance By Kahn Design
Ever since Kahn Design teased the
based WB12 Vengeance in May 2015, updates on the car have been few and far in between. Actually, there hasn’t been so much as a peep about the project, at least until recently when the British tuner announced that the car would make its long-awaited debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The announcement is the latest indication that Kahn Design is serious about its attempt to become a full-fledged coach builder after establishing a reputation as one of the best Land Rover tuners in the world. It’s worth noting that it was just last year at the same event that Kahn unveiled the
based 105 Longnose and the 110 WB 6x6 Flying Huntsman SUV. For an encore, the company is setting the stage for the WB12 Vengeance’s debut, and while the full swath of details have yet to be revealed, Kahn has provided a few specifics about the car, including the meaning behind its name. For instance, the WB stands for wide body while the 12 understandably points to the car’s 6.0-liter V-12 engine.
Kahn also indicated that the inspiration behind the WB12 Vengeance is the first-generation Vanquish, the Ian Callum-penned model that launched Aston Martin into the new millennium. Apparently, at least according to Kahn, Aston Martin hasn’t come close to replicating the kind of design impact the original Vanquish had when it burst into the scene back in 2001.
So, he’s taking matters into his own hands with the WB12 Vengeance. The question now is this: will the WB12 Vengeance live up to expectations? The answer to that will be determined at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
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It has been a decade since the Aston Martin DB9 arrived to replace the DB7. Many tuners including the popular names have spent time with the British icon to squeeze more out of it and make it even more sophisticated and lucrative. The latest tuner to get its hands on the DB9 is Carlex and it made the car look astonishing on the inside — as if the base DB9’s cabin wasn’t astonishing enough. It has dubbed this project the Aston Martin DB9 Vesper.
The ethereal looking Aston Martin DB9 has been designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker with the distinctiveness coming from the trademark front grille and super-sleek aluminum body. The long hood with distinctive creases makes the car lustrous and elegant. The DB9 is powered by AM11 engine, which is a 5.9-liter V-12 with 510 horsepower and 457 foot-pounds of torque. With this engine in tow and mated to a six-speed automatic, the DB9 crests the 60-mph mark in just 4.6 seconds.
Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB9 Vesper By Carlex Design.
It seems a little odd for Wheelsandmore to release a tuning program strangely named "Summerheat".
But that’s exactly what the German aftermarket company did, and it used an Aston Martin DBS Volante to showcase its new project. The DBS Volante is impressive enough in its own right, but Wheelsandmore managed to give it the right kind of performance and handling bump that gives the British sports car some spicy new credentials.
It’s hard to imagine a car like the DBS Volante getting even more premium upgrades, let alone one that gives it a nice uptick in the power department. But such is the touch of Wheelsandmore.
Every time we think this aftermarket company has pushed its tuning skills to the limit, it comes back and proves us wrong time and time again.
It’s work on the DBS Volante is only the latest in a long line of examples that we hope doesn’t end now or any time soon.
Click past the jump to read about what Wheelsandmore did to the since christened "Summerheat" Aston Martin DBS Volante
The last Aston Martin tuned by the British design firm, Kahn Design, was the DBS Casino Royale, which was pretty sweet. Today, Kahn took another break from its usual Land Rover models and decided to update another Aston Martin model,;this time around it is a DB9.
This custom Aston is not based on the 2013 DB9, which delivers a total of 510 horsepower. Instead, the designer extraordinaire opted to update a the initial DB9 model (2005 through 2008), which delivered a total of 450 horsepower from the factory.
No changes were made under the hood, which is pretty typical for Kahn, but the designer opted to update the exterior and the interior look of the DB9. Kahn opted to paint the DB9 in the same paint used for the DBS Casino Royale: meteorite silver. Customers can opt for any possible color, for both the exterior and the interior.
Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB9 Signature edition by Kahn Design.
Things went pretty great for Aston Martin during this weekend: next to unveiling the CC100 Speedster, the company also obtained a record auction price for a unique DB4GT. The car was part of the Aston Martin Centenary Sale at Aston Martin Works on 18 May 2013, which totaled a record total of over £10 million (more than $15 million), with every lot sold.
The DB4GT was auctioned for an impressive amount of £3,249,500 (a little over $4.9 million) - the highest ever price paid for an Aston Martin at auction.
However, this is not a regular DB4GT: it is nicknamed "The Jet" and was the last DB4GT to be built. The model is a one-off edition and has been designed by the Italian design house Bertone. The model was unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show.
This unique DB4GT won a total of 12 awards, including first in class at Pebble Beach and the Hurlingham Club, and best in show at Villa d’Este.
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Time and time again, German aftermarket company, Wheelsandmore, has proven that when it comes to fixing up supercars, it knows what it’s doing.
It’s latest offering for the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 is yet another shining example why we have nothing but fondness for Wheelsandmore and, true to its reputation, the German tuner gave the British supercar a host of new upgrades, highlighted by engine, exhaust and wheel modifications that brings the Vanquish V12’s overall appeal up a few notches.
Outside of the fancy lime-chrome finish with the trademark Wheelsandmore black stripes running the length of the car, the Vanquish V12’s most notable upgrades are found in the engine compartment. Thanks to a remapped ECU and a new valve-controlled exhaust system, the German tuner managed to increase the output of the Vanquish V12 to 613 horsepower and 524 pounds-feet of torque. Do the math and that’s an improvement of 48 horsepower and 67 pounds-feet of torque from the standard model’s output of 565 horsepower and 457 pounds-feet of torque.
No official performance times were given but considering the standard Vanquish V12 can hit 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph, we wouldn’t be shocked if the Wheelsandmore program can cut that number down to below four seconds for the 0-60 mph time and about 190 mph for the top speed.
Finishing up the program are a new set of 21-inch weight-optimized forged performance matte-black 6Sporz²wheels with outliners and wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires.
The return of SR Auto Group’s Project Kro for the Aston Martin Vantage was long overdue. But now that it’s back, it’s back with a vengeance. The combination of the British supercar’s sporty elegance and the expert tuning exploits of the Canadian aftermarket company has turned this Aston Martin Vantage into a piece of black-and-green awesomeness.
We know SR Auto Group has made programs like this a thing of habit, but there’s something about Project Kro that really draws a lot of attention to it. Maybe it’s the polished black body, or maybe it’s the subtle lime green linings on the hood and the brake calipers. Maybe it’s even the set of 21-inch Modern Black PUR 8IGHT wheels that SR Auto Group was able to acquire from PUR Wheels’ 2012 collection.
Whatever the case may be, SR Auto Group’s Project Kro program for the Vantage is really one for our books, despite its lack of performance updates.
German tuning firm Wheelsandmore is back with another program only a week removed from presenting its newest project for the Lamborghini Aventador.
This time around, Wheelsandmore is going for a decidedly British flavor: the Aston Martin DBS. Mind you, it’s not your typical DBS, although "typical" and "DBS" should never be used in the same sentence anyway. The project at hand is for the DBS Carbon Edition.
Wheelsandmore built up a program for this exclusive supercar and managed to smack another one out of the park. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much attention paid to dressing up the DBS Carbon Edition, sans the addition of 21-inch 6Sporz² wheels in one of two different finishes — carbon-fiber effect or carbon-fiber effect with a red a trim — wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires.
Wheelsandmore added in a new suspension module that dropped the DBS Carbon Edition by 25 mm (0.98 inches), which further enhanced the handling and appearance of the supercar. Finally, and most importantly, Wheelsandmore pumped up the DBS Carbon Edition’s output with the addition of its new CRP kit. This kit added an extra 40 horsepower to the British exotic’s 517-horsepower output, netting a total of 557 horsepower.