Ian Callum’s Vanquish 25 Is Definitely More Than Your Run-of-the-Mill Aston Martin Vanquish
One of the most iconic car designers of the modern world, Ian Callum, has worked with big automakers such as Ford, Aston Martin, and Jaguar. He penned quite a few legendary cars, including the Ford Escort Cosworth, Aston Martin DB7, DB9, and Vanquish, and the Jaguar XK, XJ, F-Type, and F-Pace. Callum redesigned from Jaguar in 2019 to create his own company, Callum Designs, and his most recent project is a redesign of the first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish. A car that he designed back in the early 2000s, the first-gen Vanquish was reimagined with "over 350 engineering, material and design changes that transform the much-loved car into a more practical and relevant GT."
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.
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.
The 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Is Your New 211-MPH Open-Top Cruise Missile
Aston Martin just unveiled the 2020 DBS Superleggera Volante! Framed as the convertible version of the brand’s hugely desirable DBS Superleggera coupe, the Volante pairs all the usual grand touring awesomeness with endless drop-top fun.
Mounted in that shapely frontend is the same engine as the hardtop DBS Superleggera, namely a turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 producing 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Routing the power to the rear axle is an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF.
Top speed clocks in at 211 mph, while the sprint to 62 mph takes 3.6 seconds. Keep your foot down, and the Volante will go from 0 to 100 mph in 6.7 seconds.
You’ll have eight body colors to choose from, as well as six headliner colors. Quad exhaust pipes are in the rear, while up front, the reworked aero blasts the brakes with cold air, while also reducing lift and enhancing stability. Interestingly, the new bodyworks produces up to 390 pounds of downforce at speed, just 6.6 pounds less than what you get with the coupe model.
The fabric roof takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close, but we’d recommend keeping it open to make it easier to hear that V-12 wail. Leather, carbon fiber, and metal accents make it nice inside the cabin.
Pricing for the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante starts at $329,100. Look for deliveries to kick off in the third quarter of the year.
Aston Martin SUV Confirmed for 2019 with DBX name
Aston Martin confirmed plans to jump on the SUV bandwagon back in 2015, when it created the DBX Concept, a sporty, coupe-style crossover with only two doors. Following several rumors and spy shots, the British firm confirmed the DBX nameplate and released the first official photos of the SUV.
The info comes as Aston Martin began testing the DBX on the demanding Welsh Rally course and also confirmed that the vehicle will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2019. The SUV is still wearing camouflage, but we can finally see how the production body and design look like.
Here’s the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera!
2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante
The second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish broke cover in 2012 when it replaced the DBS V12 and revived a nameplate Aston Martin had previously used between 2001 to 2007. Essentially an evolution of the DBS design-wise, the Vanquish also sports a few One-77-inspired cues that give it a unique appearance in the Aston Martin lineup. Five years old as of 2017, the Vanquish has already gained a mild update by now, but 2017 brought a more comprehensive mid-cycle facelift.
While not as fancy as the limited-edition Zagato model, the standard Vanquish Volante now sports notable updates inside and out and a more powerful engine under the hood. Much like the first-gen model, the current Vanquish received an "S" badge with the facelift. Usually used for higher-performance models by many brands, Aston Martin’s "S" specification now stands for mid-cycle upgrades and extra power. Expect the Vanquish S Volante to remain on the market for two to three years before it will be replaced by a redesigned grand tourer.
Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante.
Okay folks, we’ve all been awaiting for this day since the moment we found out that the Aston Martin DBS was being discontinued and the Vanquish would swoop in to takes its place. Well, the wait is now over, as we were at its Miami Auto Show unveiling and got plenty of images to pass onto you.
When Aston Martin pulled the sheet back on the tangible version of the Vanquish, we were amazed by a stunning light blue color that wouldn’t quite look right on any other model. The computer generated images and the spy shots that we all saw just didn’t quite do this beauty the justice it deserves. Its silk roofline, highlighted by a black-tinted roof gives the air a rather scenic route on its way over the top of this sexy Aston.
One of the most stunning parts of this new model is by far the fender heat extractors. These are pretty much standard on every Aston Martin, but these ones are a little different. On the Vanquish, Aston stretched the chrome strikethrough on the center of the extractors back the forward most end of the door, then a raised bodyline almost creates an extension to the end of the chrome strikethrough. Truthfully, the images do it so much more justice than we could ever put into words.
Don’t let our obsession with the heat extractors take away from the rest of the Vanquish’s stunning body. Its hood features a pair of ridges that start near the center of the hood and shoot outward as you approach the shallow-raked windscreen. Underneath this sharp hood lies the beast that makes this car a true Aston Martin, and that is its 565-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 engine that is also good for 457 pound-feet of twist. Unfortunately, Aston Martin didn’t crank this beast up for us, but we’ll hear it in due time.
Aston Martin celebrated an important milestone in the company’s history when the very first Rapide sports car was rolled out of the brand’s very own Rapide Plant in Graz, Austria.
According to Aston Martin, the new Rapide, which made its debut as a concept car back in 2006 at the Detroit Motor Show, will be available in a number of the company’s 125 showrooms covering over 34 countries all over the world. Prices for the four-door sports car are $199,950 in the US and around £139,950 in the UK.
Despite the three-and-something-year-wait for the road version of the Rapide to become more than just a pipe dream, fans of Aston Martin have already voiced their excitement with the release of the company’s latest toy. So, while the price tag may be steeper than most, expect the Rapide to post strong sales numbers in the months after the car hits dealerships all over the world. The wait sure has been worth it.
The English automaker Aston Martin showed off their familiar DBS Volante, a model that we have seen earlier on this year. Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Director of Design, was kind enough to tell us a little bit about the new car earlier on when they made the $300,000 V12 powered drop top’s exclusive debut and even elaborated on the Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece that completes the 007 experience. Also in attendance were a pair of V8 Vantage hard top and roadster models, showing the hand crafted super car maker’s game plan of offering two distinct automobiles as opposed to a compromised hard top convertible.
Top Speed had the opportunity to attend an exclusive preview of Aston Martin’s latest full sized drop top speed machine, with the coach builder’s Director of Design Mareck Reichman. The DBS Volante debuted in Geneva this past March, but made its U.S. debut right here in Miami, kicking everything off with one heck of 007 inspired party.
The Voltane is powered by the familiar 6.0 Liter V12 making 510 HP, the interior is made up of no less than seven cow hides and audio is superbly handled by the the Bang & Olufsen system. Mr. Reichman was also kind enough to tell us a little bit about the special timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Kicking off Aston Martin’s exclusive preview of the 2010 DBS Volante, they decided to throw a party dedicated to the new drop top, and Top Speed was invited. The evening started in Miami’s fashionable Design District as we were given the velvet rope treatment and offered a variety of 007 inspired cocktails. The ravioli covered in vodka sauce was just perfect with a spoonful of parmesan.
From the DB9s and Vantage out front to the pair of DBS models inside, we were surrounded by over a million dollars worth of Aston Martin. You can’t truly appreciate the difference between the base V8 and the new Volante until you look at all of the models in one place. What stuck out most about the new drop top was the meticulous use of carbon fiber, not necessarily as a lightweight replacement, but as pure eye candy. From the mirror supports to the rear diffuser, the design team from Gaydon did a fine job applying the wavy black stuff.
There were James Bond clips playing on the ceiling, and TV stars in the audience. The music was light and the mood was right for quite a few South Florida partygoers last night. Aston Martin was even showing of a highly decorated $40,000 wrist that matches the $300,000 car. It sure is nice to be privileged in South Beach.
Set to make its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show, the four-door Rapide lays the foundation for the rejuvenated British carmaker to take on upmarket sedans like the Maserati Quattroporte and the coming Porsche Panamera.
Rapide is closely related to the DB9 in looks and mechanical makeup, with its real value lying in its full-size rear doors, four-seat layout and generous trunk. These features give the car a versatility and practicality above any of Aston’s (...)