The Aston Martin Rapide is regarded as the British automaker’s first venture into the four-door, luxury car segment. That being said, it’s not all that surprising that it’s become quite an attractive car for aftermarket companies, including British tuner Kahn Design.
Even if the Rapide is already considered one of the finest sports sedans in the world, the fact that you can fork over $200,000 for one means that you probably have enough loose change to get it fixed up even more. Kahn Design has you covered in that regard, thanks to a new program that gives the Rapide an edgier look all while retaining it’s classic and elegant profile. The British tuner added a slew of new components in the car, including mesh elements to the front bumper, aluminum billet bonnet vents, black brake calipers, a new sports exhaust system, a lowered suspension, and a new set of 21" RSX wheels that have been finished in a bright silver shade. Inside, Kahn Design has prepared a luxe of new digs, too, particularly a new Alcantara sports steering wheel, soft English leather, and bare-metal switches.
For a car that looks the way it does and boasts of a 6.0-liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 470 horsepower and 443 lb/ft of peak torque at 5000 rpm, there are a few things that the Aston Martin Rapide needs to be even more impressive than it is. But Kahn Design rolls in a different way. Knowing them the way we do, anything they work on has "improvements" written all over them.
While the world is preparing to say good bye to the Aston Martin DBS, more and more tuners have turned their attention to the car that became famous thanks to its part in the James Bond movie Casino Royale. The latest package comes from British tuner Kahn Design who has tried to offer the DBS an alluring combination of style, sophistication, majesty, convention, comfort, and practicality.
Kahn’s package doesn’t include any power upgrades, but it does include a smoky exterior finish befitting of a spy. It has matte black front splitters, privacy tinted glass, a matte black rear diffuser, and a matte grey twin exhaust system. Adding to the look is a lowered sports suspension, which displays the new set of diamond cut smoked black Kahn 21" RSX-F wheels (available in 9 x 20) highlighted by the red brake calipers. Not much was done to the interior except for exquisite black Alcantara sports seats and a steering wheel complete with white stitching, but with Kahn’s tuning packages, customers can always ask for any array material and color combinations.
Power remains with the hand-built V12 engine producing a total of 510 hp at 6500 rpm.
Icon has recently received a fair amount of press due to its legal issues with Mattel, but they are also still hot on the path of building awesome custom cars. On deck for Icon is a car that is a little bit out of their norm, which is building bad-ass off-road machines. It is a modernized version of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Volante.
The project appears to be still in its concept phase, so all of the details are a little scarce and we have reached out to Icon for additional information. For now, we do know that this model will boast a strikingly similar body as the 1960s Aston Martin legend, but in true Icon fashion there will be loads of customization. First on the list of customizations will be to hack off the DB4’s annoying fixed head, and the signature Zagatto dual humps, but leaving the humps on the rear of the car, which you can see in the above image.
The next Iconization will be replacing the 3.7-liter in-line six-cylinder engine that the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato originally featured and replacing it with a modern day V-12 engine from an Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Given Icon has a shoehorn large enough to cram this 6.0-liter V-12 power plant into the DB4’s engine compartment, it will give this classic ride somewhere in the range of 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to give any car nut that warm and fuzzy feeling.
To make sure that this reborn DB4 GT Zagato stays as true to original form as possible, Icon is working closely with Ercole Spada, who just so happened to be the original designer for the Zagato coupe. How’s that for dedication to your craft?
We are still awaiting confirmation of these reports and actual specs from Icon, and we’ll update you and this review as soon as we receive additional information.
German tuner DMC has a new project on their hands. No, it’s not a Lamborghini, but it’s something that looks about as stunning as anything they’ve ever built.
The Aston Martin DBX Concept is the kind of car you would fall head over heels for at the mere sight of it. Give credit to the Dusseldorf-based tuner because they did a heck of a job on the car.
The dramatic bodykit features a plethora of new components, including a new front bumper, side skirts, a new bonnet, a roof scoop, a rear spoiler, a rear bumper, and a rear diffuser. When taken all together and fitted into an Aston Martin DBS, the result is nothing short of breathtaking.
And by the way, there are also added splashes of flair, particularly the gold mesh inserts on the grille and the window edging, as well as what appears to be an optional dual central exhaust system.
About the only thing lacking is a performance mod, but since DMC is still testing the waters to see how the concept will be received - if there’s enough want, they could produce it as a limited edition - we’re still holding out hope that they work their magic under the hood of the DBX Concept.
While Aston Martin is preparing to say good bye to the current DBS with the recently announced DBS Ultimate Edition, German tuner Anderson Germany has created one more tuning package based on the sports car. The final product is called "Casino Royale," as a tribute to the James Bond movie where it was featured, and includes a pretty cool exterior package, as well as the addition of 55 HP.
The new Aston Martin DBS Casino Royale comes painted in a very cool Platinum Grey that is contrasted by shiny gray on the window borders, tailgates block, and radiator case. The car sits on a new set of 21" wheels painted in gray and combined with brake calipers painted in bronze.
The tuner has also installed a carbon exterior packet that includes a front spoiler lip, a rear diffuser, and a mirror besides full tinted glass. There is also a new exhaust system with catalyst, replacement pipes, manifold, and software optimization. As a result, the total output has gone from 517 HP to 572 HP, while total weight has been reduced by 46 lbs.
The interior gets new ventilation, cup holders, door handles, ashtrays, door sills, steering wheel, handbrake handles, and a new center console all done up in carbon fiber.
Ferrari is doing it now. So is McLaren.
Upscale automakers are turning to personalization programs as their new novelty offering to customers. Now it appears that Aston Martin wants a piece of the action.
The British automaker is jumping into the bandwagon with the introduction of the "Q by Aston Martin" personalization program at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. According to Aston, the program is being started as a way to offer premium service that "goes beyond the standard palette of paint, leather and trim finishes."
Mostly covering exterior and interior styling, the Q by Aston Martin program is offering a grocery list of modifications that allows customers the opportunity to design their Aston Martins according to their preferences.
To give the audience at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show a preview of their program, Aston Martin will use an Aston Martin Virage and an Aston Martin Cygnet to showcase the customizable potential of the Q by Aston Martin program.
The Virage, in particular, will be finished in a bespoke Mariana Blue satin paint finish to go with an interior that comes giddy with blue carbon fiber, saddle leather floor mats, yellow detailing, a header-mounted track-day HD video camera, a luggage rack, and a forged, diamond turned wheel.
Similarly, the Cygnet will come dressed with its own unique styling, highlighted by a Cherry Tree raspberry paint with a Kestrel Tan interior. The little hatch will also have a specially developed photographic leather headlining, a tailor-made color-matched three piece luggage set, brogue leather detailing on the seats, and, of course, the token color-matched Brompton bicycle.
For all the excitement surrounding the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, the lack of European exotics present is one of the things that we think should be changed. For their part, Galpin Auto Sports - yeah, those boys from Pimp My Ride - want to change that, or at least hope to, by bringing a tricked out version of one of Britain’s best supercars, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage AMWH, to Las Vegas.
As one of a total of 12 vehicles being brought by GAS, the V12 Vantage AMWH comes with a bevy of exterior modifications, to go with a subtle performance upgrade. To begin their project, GAS dressed the British supercar in a flat-matte paint finish with matching black-painted trim pieces on the grille and the window surrounds. The American tuner also gave the car plenty of carbon fiber material, including on, but not limited to, the mirrors, the rear diffuser, the interior door panels, climate-control vents, and strut braces. Rounding out the exterior modifications for the V12 Vantage are a new set of 20" matte black wheels.
In terms of the slight performance improvement, GAS added a Flowmaster exhaust system that added 10 horsepower to the V12 Vantage’s 517-horsepower 6.0-liter V12 engine. Do the math and that totals to 527 ponies for the stealthy British exotic beast.
UPDATE 12/10/11: A new batch of photos of the Aston Marting V12 Vantage AMWH have been released by Galpin Auto Sports. Check out the British supercar in its new digs in the gallery below!
Mighty, mighty,Aston Martins are always fun tuning subjects, especially if they come in the package of a DB9 Volante.
Already possessing a 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 470 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque with a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph, the DB9 Volante was treated with a new tuning program courtesy of Britain’s very own, Project Kahn.
Known for their expertise in British vehicles, Project Kahn has tuned an Aston Martin or two in the past. This particular program for the DB9 Volante carries a bevy of modifications, including a new matte Pearl Grey finish, a new set of 20" RSV Kahn lightweight wheels, a new suspension set-up, and new, red brake calipers on the outside. Inside, the DB9 Volante receives a new leather finish with matching cream stitching, Pearl Grey trimming, and an overall new design on the sports car’s dials.
The performance figures remain unchanged, but don’t expect that to be a turn off on the package. On its own, the DB9 Volante is a masterful machine by itself. Project Kahn’s dress-up only adds more flavor to an already delicious program.
German tuning specialists, Wheelsandmore, have taken an Aston Martin Vantage V8 as their next project, giving the British supercar a well-rounded set of upgrades that include a new set of wheels, a new suspension, and a slight increase in power.
As the name of their company suggests, Wheelsandmore is no stranger to having some of the best rims on the market. For the Vantage V8, they decided to dress it up with a new set of handcrafted 21" three-piece 6Sporz² forged rims wrapped in 55/30/21 tires at the front, and 295/25/21 tires at the back. To go with the new set of gorgeous rims, Wheelsandmore also gave the Vantage V8 a new suspension kit courtesy of KW that comes with a rebound and compression adjustable stainless steel coilover suspension variant 3. Lastly, Wheelsandmore gave the supercar a new 200 sport catalysts and flip-controlled exhaust system, giving the Vantage’s 4.7 Liter V8 engine an increased output of 460 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque, up from the standard model’s 420-horsepower output.
All told, it’s not the most extravagant tuning program done on the Aston Martin Vantage. But in terms of subtle improvements all the way around, this is about as beautiful as it gets without going overboard.
Okay, we thought the Audi R8 V10 Hyper-Black Edition created by Anderson Germany looked tough, but this next tuning project has blown the Audi out the water. The Aston Martin DBS Superior Black Edition is the type of car James Bond would drive if he was more badass and less proper. Just looking at the car makes us feel like we’ve grown bigger cojones, and the boost in power isn’t too shabby either.
Getting the hardcore exterior look only took a matte black paint job with bright red calipers for that shock of color and a new set of 21" wheels. The interior is spruced up with carbon fiber elements, black leather, and Alcantara mixed in with some red trim and cross stitching on the seats. The red is also outlining many of the black components found in the interior which adds to the overall look and feel of the car.
The power upgrade for the DBS Superior Black Edition isn’t astronomical, but it gets the job done. A standard DBS is good for 510 HP at 6500 rpm out of it hand-built V12 engine, but the addition of a new exhaust system gets that power up to 560 HP. Nothing was said on how that increase translated the DBS’ performance numbers, but when you look this cool, sometimes even that doesn’t matter.
Nicely done, Anderson Germany.
The Aston Martin DB9 has already received a major update for the 2011 model year, but one lucky tuner in Miami, Fl got the chance to make the supercar even better with a tuning package of their own. RSC Tuning have already started working on the exterior modifications for their super project, with engine mods to follow in the near future.
Changing it up a little for the Aston Martin DB9 is new RSC clear rear tail lights, a new RSC sports exhaust, RSC performance air filters, COR wheels, RSC lowering springs, RSC custom floor mats, and Vantage Collection rear diffuser. Future updates will make the kit much better as RSC Tuning is planning on performing an ECU update and using RSC 100 Cell secondary sports catalysts.
Since the engine updates have not been executed as of yet, the tuner could not volunteer any information on how it would affect the performance of the DB9. We know the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 is currently working with a 6.0L V12 engine that produces 470bhp and 442lb ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed ‘Touchtronic’ paddle-shift automatic or six-speed H-pattern manual transmission, the DB9 gets from 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 190mph. We fully expect to get much more power once the engine has been revised, and we can’t wait to hear about it!
We’ll say one thing for Graf Weckerle, boy do these guys know how to add some punch and pizazz to elegant and expensive vehicles. We started our trip through the German tuning firm with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Blanc de Blancs and then found ourselves entrenched in the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Comte Noir. Now the duo of Alexander C. Graf and Tim Weckerle have announced another tuning package, and this time, they’ve gone back to Britain to tune up an Aston Martin DBS.
The Aston Martin DBS Imperialwagen is most definitely eye-catching with its matte metallic beige paint job with a two-tone orange and white Graf Weckerle Coachline, as well as the Graf Weckerle logo situated nicely towards the side rear of the car. That same logo was also brought into the interior with the use of white Graf Weckerle high-tech Puroyale velvet with two-tone orange and brown Graf Weckerle Millefleurs-embroidery. We had to try very hard to turn our eyes away from those inserts to notice that they sit in the middle of brown leather seats with orange piping and orange Graf Weckerle-embossed leather ribbons. The two-tone Graf Weckerle Millefleurs-embroidery also extends to the inserts in the brown and orange door panels. This design is certainly not for the conservative and mild-mannered.
Hit the jump for more details on the Aston Martin DBS by Graf Weckerle.