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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster

A two seat Vanquish? Shut up and take my money!

Introduced in 2012, the second-generation Vanquish isn’t yet as old as the model it replaced, but it won’t be long until Aston Martin unleashes the third-generation car. And it seems that the grand tourer is getting a proper send off with several special-edition models up for grabs. Arguably the most spectacular of them all is the Zagato, which was built in both coupe and Volante body styles. Limited to only 99 units each, the Zagatos are long gone as of 2017, but if you’re still looking to get one, Aston Martin just unveiled two new version wearing the Zagato badge. One of them is the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, a two-seat drop-top that steps away from the usual convertible configuration.

The Speedster’s arrival is far from surprising, because we’ve already seen a camo-free example being driver near the Nurburgring track earlier this summer. However, it is a bit surprising that it was designed as a two-seater, as is the fact that Aston Martin expanded the current Vanquish Zagato range to no fewer than four models, including a shooting brake. Find out more about the Zagato Speedster and what makes it stands out compared to other models in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster.

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2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

Every time Aston Martin unveils a new model, the Volante version is sure to be waiting right around the corner and the new Vanquish is no exception. The model was unveiled today at Aston Martin’s global HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England as a celebration of the company’s centenary.

The upcoming Volante will borrow every detail from its coupe version, except, of course, for its lightweight fabric top that takes just 14 seconds to fold. It will feature the completely different lower front lip and small rectangular mouth than the new-generation Vanquish, as well as larger air ducts, revised headlight assemblies and nostril-style heat extractors on the hood. The rear of the vehicle features the new generation’s significantly larger and more aggressive spoiler, but the overall shape and design of the taillights is the same as on the 2012 model.

Updated 06/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 06/25/2013: Aston Martin has placed an online configurator for its brand new Vanquish Volante. You can now go and play with the colors and design your dream sports roadster. Enjoy!

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Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Caught Testing at Nurburgring

Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Caught Testing at Nurburgring

It looks like Aston Martin is done testing the upcoming Vanquish Volante in cold-weather conditions and has decided to take it to the Nürburgring to see how it handles on the famed raceway. Our spy photographers were there again and managed to take some pretty cool shots of the upcoming roadster.

As you can see, unlike the previous prototypes, which were almost completely naked, this time Aston Martin fully dressed the Vanquish Volante, but even so it is pretty easy to spot the integrated spoiler at the back and a general look that is similar to the coupe version, except of course the fabric roof.

Both models — coupe and volante — will share the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. The power is delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission.

The new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is expected to be unveiled sometime later in the year.

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Daniel Craig Bought Himself an Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster Birthday Present

Daniel Craig Bought Himself an Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster Birthday Present

Daniel Craig, aka Agent 007, celebrated his 45th birthday with a car worthy of his name: an Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster. Daniel Craig paid an impressive sum of £150,000 (around $226,000 at the current exchange rates) for his sports car, but unfortunately it does not come with an ejector seat or hidden weapons.

The famous actor went to London to take delivery of his car and he dressed inconspicuously in an attempt to zip around London without anyone recognizing him. We are not very sure if he was successful in his attempt, but for sure he was very pleased with his new toy.

And why wouldn’t he? The V12 Vantage Roadster is powered by a 6-liter V-12 engine that delivers an amazing 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, sprinting the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.

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2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

After being rumored for about three years now, the new V12 Vantage Roadster is finally here! Aston Martin hasn’t released any details on it just yet, but the first official images and specs have already surfaced the web. Before you get too excited, we have to tell you that this news comes with a dark side: the new V12 Vantage Roadster will be limited to only 101 units making it almost as exclusive as the One-77 and the V12 Zagato supercars.

Just like the coupe version, the V12 Vantage Roadster will be powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine that delivers an amazing 510 HP and 420 lbs-ft of torque. Unlike the coupe, however, the new roadster has received a few updates: a revised rear deck lid with a re-designed spoiler, a redesigned front air gurney, and modified front and rear suspensions. These changes were made in order to ensure that the open-top version would have the same aerodynamic results as the coupe.

UPDATE 07/11/2012: Aston Martin has unveiled a new set of images for the V12 Vantage Roadster and have also confirmed that the model will only be available in select markets as a limited edition. For the massive group of us that will more than likely never be able to own one, revel in the new images of the V12 Vantage Roadster in the gallery provided.

Hit the jump for the full review on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster.

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Video: Aston Martin DBS Volante pitted against Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Video: Aston Martin DBS Volante pitted against Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

With all the recent hype surrounding the brand new Aston Martin Vanquish, one could be excused for completely forgetting about its predecessor, the DBS, which is still going strong. This fact is exemplified in the latest EVO magazine track test conducted by television presenter, Tiff Needell.

Despite the fact that the DBS Volante will be superseded by a convertible version of the new Vanquish in a couple of years, pitting the present day DBS Volante against the much-newer Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster is still a prevalent test.

Not only do both of these cars slot into similar price brackets and appeal to similar buyers, but both produce similar outputs with the DBS Volante cranking out 510HP and 420 lb-ft of torque from its impressive, yet rather-out-dated, 5.9-liter V12 engine.

Featuring a vastly different 6.2-liter V8 engine, the SLS AMG Roadster produces a little more than the DBS, with peak horsepower reaching 563HP while an impressive torque figure of 479 lb-ft is also achieved.

With both cars’ tackling the Bedford Autodrome in similarly horrible conditions, it certainly makes for an enjoyable video, so check it out!

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Aston Martin to Honor Carroll Shelby and Others at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Aston Martin to Honor Carroll Shelby and Others at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Carroll Shelby touched the lives of many people in the automotive world. During his racing career, he greatly changed the fortunes of Aston Martin by helping the British automaker take home a 1st place overall finish in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Shelby was not alone in this victory, as his co-driver, Roy Salvatori, and the car’s chief engineer, Ted Cutting both had heavy influence on this notorious victory.

Sadly, the automotive world has lost all three of these men this year, all within a handful of weeks of each other. First came Cutting’s death on March 22nd, then Shelby’s passing on May 10th, and finally capping off with Salvatori’s passing on June 3rd. Aston Martin feels that all three men deserve the proper send off and what’s better than bringing the car that all three of these men had a hand in to the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Unfortunately, it appears as if this 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 will not be making a tribute run around the course, but it will be present for the pre-race festivities. While this is not quite on the scale of the thousands of cars that gave Mr. Shelby a moment of noise in tribute, it is still a gesture that proves Aston Martin truly feels that Carroll Shelby, Ted Cutting, and Roy Salvatori are extremely important to its storied racing history.

Our hats have to go off to Aston Martin for rolling out the old DBR1, we are very curious to see what kind of condition it is in. We are willing to bet it is exactly as it was the day it pull out of Le Mans boasting the checkered flag on June 21, 1959.

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2013 Aston Martin DBS Ultimate Edition

2013 Aston Martin DBS Ultimate Edition

For the 2013 model year, Aston Martin is producing an all new DBS, which means the current lineup is, of course, on its way out the door. Recently, an insider sat down with Car and Driver, and discussed what the British automaker’s plans are with the current DBS.

According to the source, the final 100 models of the DBS will be dubbed the DBS Ultimate Edition and will feature a nice array of extra goodies. The source didn’t offer too much about what the Ultimate Edition will include, but said to look to the differences between the 2010 DBS and the 2010 DBS Carbon Black for a good idea of what’s to come with this model.

This would first off mean that there are likely not going to be any mechanical modifications. Then again, 12-cylinder monster pumping out 510 ponies, there is really no need for any mechanical changes. For the most part, the changes will be extra features and a few mild visual changes.

The vast majority of the additions to the 2010 DBS Carbon Black Special Edition was making everything black on the inside and outside, except for a few splashes of silver on the inside. The rims were a polished alloy with its inserts painted, you guessed it, black! You also had the option of alloy or carbon black doorsill plates – woo hoo a choice other than black. The 2010 Carbon Black Special edition also added in an upgraded 1,000-watt stereo system.

To wrap this all up, we can anticipate a new paint job for the Ultimate Edition, something not already a part of the DBS line. A set of upgraded rims to mimic the paintjob should be expected. Plus, we should anticipate an upgraded stereo system from the already impressive 1,000 watt system on the existing DBS.

This is all we know at this point, we will keep you up to date as more info comes out.

UPDATE 05/08/12: Itching to see what the Aston Martin DBS Ultimate Edition looks like? Fret no longer because the British automaker recently dropped the covers off of their final DBS models with some catalog photos online! Check it out in all its sleek and spankin’ sexiness.

UPDATE 05/14/12:Aston Martin has announced prices for the new special edition DBS Ultimate: $287,576 for the coupe and $302,576 for the roadster version.

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1966 Aston Martin 'Short-Chassis' Volante

1966 Aston Martin ’Short-Chassis’ Volante

In 1965, the Aston Martin DB5 was on its way out of showrooms and the new DB6 was being shown off at the London Motor Show. Between these two events lies the shortest-lasting production model convertible ever produced by Aston: the 1966 Aston Martin Volante.

The Volante was based off of the 37 remaining unused 1965 DB5s, but donned the more luxurious amenities of the DB6. When this model debuted, it was nicknamed the “Short Chassis” in an effort to help distinguish it from the longer DB6. As a result of the name, many people mistook that as meaning it was actually a shortened version of the DB5, which it is not.

Despite its awesome performance for the era, sharp looks, and popularity, the Volante was only an interim car. It was used just to bridge the gap between the time that the DB5 left and the DB6 hit showrooms. This means that production ceased as soon as the 37 unused DB5 chassis were converted.

Coming across a rare Aston Martin like this happens just about as often as you have a chance of seeing a Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster. Okay, maybe it’s a little more likely than seeing those, but you get our point. Well, get your wallet and passport ready, as RM Auctions is just about to auction off one of the 37 1966 Aston Martin ’Short Chassis’ Volante units on May 12th, 2012 in Monaco.

So how does this classic Brit motorcar look, feel, and drive?

Click past the jump to read our review and find out.

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2011 Aston Martin Vantage V8 by Wheelsandmore

2011 Aston Martin Vantage V8 by Wheelsandmore

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.

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2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

As expected, Aston Martin brought its latest iteration of the Vantage to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Aston has been designing rolling works of art for a very long time and has recently retaken a stance as a racing power as well. The company’s GT4 racecar won its class in two of the most important races of the year, Nurburgring 24 and Spa 24 hours, and have begun fusing racecar technology into the road cars with more fervor than ever before. The top-of-the-line V12 Vantage has the motor from the larger DB9 shoehorned into its engine compartment, making it a true hot rod. That formula may work for some, but others were seeing a lapse between the V12 model and the base V8.

At the beginning of Summer 2011, Aston Martin will introduce the V8 Vantage S, hoping to squeeze some more profit out of its best selling model line and please enthusiasts at the same time. Increases in engine performance, transmission, chassis, and aerodynamics will all further the appeal of an iconic sports car.

According to Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, “The Vantage S epitomizes every attribute of the V-8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before.”

UPDATE 03/11/2011: Aston Martin has revealed an amazing video of the V8 Vantage S showing the car in action. Just listen to the music of that engine! Video after the jump.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Aston Martin Vantage S.

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2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Blanc de Blancs by Graf Weckerle

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Blanc de Blancs by Graf Weckerle

Drinking a glass of fine wine with dinner is something a lot of people do when they want to unwind from a long, hard day, but when these same people want to celebrate something momentous, they bring out the Blanc de Blancs champagne. The same can be said of a great automobile. Sure you can drive around in a Mercedes on a daily basis, but for those special evenings, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage is the way to go. Bringing together these two ideas is Graf Weckerle who has designed a package for the V8 Vantage that gets its one-of-a-kind design from the most refreshing champagne produced.

The car’s interior and exterior are styled based on the white, green, and gold details on the Blanc de Blancs champagne bottle and look sensational on the sports car. The 21" wheels, however, leave much to be desired. Made of 180 titanium and aluminum parts, these "unique" wheels take up to 20 days to build. If it were up to us, we’d let them stay a little longer. No offense to the Graf Weckerle logo, which is what the wheels are styled after, but we can think of hundreds of other options that would have looked much better on this beautiful vehicle. But hey, at least the interior sparkles with 24 karat components.

In addition to the beautiful - and not so beautiful - stylings of the Aston Martin, Graf Weckerle have also tuned the standard 426hp 4.7 Liter V8 engine to deliver an improved 470hp.

Not a fan of the V8 Vantage? Graf Weckerle can also mount this package on an Aston Martin DBS and a Ferrari 599 GTB. Plans for adding it to the Ferrari 458 Italia are also in the works.

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2011 Aston Martin DB9 Morning Frost

2011 Aston Martin DB9 Morning Frost

The next special edition Aston Martin DB9 to come out of Warwickshire is about a 180 degree turn from the dark and mysterious ride revealed earlier. It’s called Morning Frost and, unlike the Carbon Black edition, combines a pearlescent white exterior with a befitting metallic bronze leather interior.

The color may be different, but the DB9 Morning Frost will get the same Piano Black center console and door grabs, Touchtronic II transmission, and 19” 10 spoke silver diamond-turned wheels as did the Black Carbon. However, this DB9 will also get silver brake calipers, magnum silver grilles, and metallic bronze leather headlining with perforated seat inners. The final touch for this special edition will be the unique laser etched sill plaque depicting the famous wings insignia along with the "Morning Frost" logo.

The new DB9 Morning Frost edition is available for order from Aston Martin’s global dealership network.

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Aston Martin DBS Volante by Al & Eds Autosound

Aston Martin DBS Volante by Al & Eds Autosound

Lets face it: a customized Aston Martin is not something you’ll see every day. And we can not understand why as a sexy car like Aston Martin DBS Volante has lots of potential. This is what Al & Eds Autosound in West Hollywood CA saw in the sports roadster and came up with an impressive update package.

The tuner installed 3M clear bra material on the full hood, fenders, bumper and on the carbon fiber exterior areas and added custom made skid plates and a new set of Giovanna GFG Series 3-piece forged California wheels. The car is painted in Fire Storm Black - black paint combined with the most beautiful red metallic flake.

For the interior the tuner is offering red Alcantara suede for the the seat and door panel, black perforated supple leather and red Alcantara for the steering wheel and carbon fiber inserts. And of course there is a new Escort 9500Ci top of the line “Ticket Avoidance System”.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Roadster

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Roadster

After the V8 Vantage N420 coupe, Aston Martin has unveiled today a roadster version for this special edition. The roadster version will go on sale at a price of $145,000.

Like the coupe version, the roadster is powered by a 4.7-liter engine that delivers 420bhp and it mated to a a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission. Also the car is 27 kilos lighter than a standard V8 Vantage.

The N420 edition is distinguished by a carbon fibre splitter, side strakes and diffuser, while bold 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels complete with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and ’Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers complete the coordinated look. The interior gets graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara® steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques and lightweight carbon fiber seats, complete with ’Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and Park Distance Control are also standard. It will be offered in ’Rose’ yellow, ’Kermit’ green and ’Elwood’ blue exterior color.

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1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII Drophead fetches over £200,000 at Baron's auction

1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII Drophead fetches over £200,000 at Baron’s auction

Ordinarily, vintage cars being sold at auctions usually attract stratospheric bids for as long as the said classic is in mint condition. Dinky old cars like this 1958 Aston Martin DB2/MkIII Drophead shouldn’t attract a winning bid of over £200,000. But so they say, the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

You see, this car is all tattered up; that much is certain. But on other hand, it also did sell for the aforementioned price. So, what gives?

For starters, despite its pretty dilapidated condition – if you can believe it, this car spent the better part of 30 years covered under a tarpaulin - this particular Aston Martin is not your ordinary rusty old coupe. It actually once belonged to one David Brown, the former head honcho of Aston Martin. As a matter of fact, Brown’s initials are still found in a number of Aston Martin GTs today. If you didn’t know what the ‘DB’ stood for in models like the Aston Martin DBS, well, now you know.

So how does one shell out $319,000 to purchase a rusty old Aston Martin? Well, consider it an “investment of sorts”. We’re guessing that whoever bought this car did it for restoration purposes and as such, would probably spend whatever money he has left piecing this classic beauty back together.

We don’t know how much that’s going to cost, but given the current condition of the car, six digits wouldn’t be out of the question.

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2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage will appear in dealer’s showrooms starting in January of 2010 and the English super car maker has just released a few official images of the 2010 car in both coupe and convertible forms. The new Vantage will come complete with a few modifications inspired by the Nurburgring special N400 Vantage.

The 2010 model will get new optional 10 spoke forged 19 inch alloy wheels with a diamond turned and silver finish. The rear of the new Aston receives a set of cleared out tail lamps while up front the 2010 Vantage benefits from a Magnum silver bonnet. On the inside the hand built super car maker is offering a pair of lightweight carbon kevlar racing buckets that shed over 35 pounds from the sports car as well as the optional 1000 Watt Bang & Olufsen in car entertainment system.

Aston Martin will retain the same 420 HP 4.7 Liter V8 engine, with a few mechanical changes being confirmed for the electronically controlled transmission that will lower the hand built sports car’s CO2 emissions from 328 to 315 g/km, and all the way down to 300 g/km for the Speedshift version allowing Aston’s super car owners to sleep a little easier at night knowing that their new cars are a bit greener than before. Stay tuned to Top Speed for more information about the 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Updated 07/01/2010: Aston Martin unveiled new images with the V8 Vantage sports car. Check the image gallery to see them.

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Aston Martin One-77 Volante rendering

Aston Martin One-77 Volante rendering

Even if not officially confirmed, there’s a very big chance for the Aston Martin One-77 supercar to also get a Volante version (like most of the Aston Martin models). This rendering, created by a self-proclaimed auto-manipulator, gives us a taste of what a convertible one-77 could look like. And like its coupe, it will be a limited edition priced at more than $1.5 million.

The One-77 coupe is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine (same as the DBS, DB9 and new V12 Vantage) that delivers 700 hp. With a projected weight of 1,500kg, the One-77 should be very quick (Aston predicts a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds). Aston also says the engine will be able to pull the car to a top speed beyond 200 mph.

Let’s just hope we will get a chance to soar in a one-77 Volante soon. After all, volante does mean flying and we can’t wait to test this claim.

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Aston Martin DBS Volante coming to Geneva

Aston Martin DBS Volante coming to Geneva

We knew that Aston Martin was working on a topless version of the DBS (it even asked for suggestions for a name). Now rumors are going around that the cars is almost complete, and we’ll see it for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Aside from the fabric roof, the Aston Martin DBS Volante will be identical to its coupe brother. It will be powered by the same 6.0-liter V12 engine that delivers 510bhp at 6500rpm and a peak torque of 420 lb.ft at 5750rpm. The coupe version accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds and can hit a top speed of 191 mph, so we expect similar figures from the topless version.

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Aston Martin DBS Volante spy shots

Aston Martin DBS Volante spy shots

Inside Line caught a prototype version of the Aston Martin DBS Volante outside the automaker’s Nürburgring workshop. Aston Martin Vice President and General Manager for North America John Walton announced the "possibility" of the DBS Volante at a recent Aston Martin press event in Dallas.

"We design everything we make with the ability to build a coupe and a roadster," said Walton. "We never do anything as an afterthought." Walton said it would be at least 18 months away for the DBS Volante, "if we went there."

The DBS Volanted will be powered by the same 5.9-liter V12 engine found in the DBS Coupe version. Production version will be released by late 2009.

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2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N400 Roadster

2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N400 Roadster

Aston Martin revealed the Roadster version of the V8 Vantage N400 Coupe launched in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The V8 Vantage N400 Roadster will be limited to only 24o units.

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2007 Aston-Martin V8 Vantage

2007 Aston-Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin will unveil one of the most eagerly anticipated convertibles of the year when the V8 Vantage Roadster is revealed at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday 29th November. Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The V8 Vantage Roadster is a pure sports car, a car that heightens the senses and provides a dynamically thrilling driving experience.

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Aston-Martin Roadster on sale starting spring 2007

Aston-Martin Roadster on sale starting spring 2007

At the end of november, Aston Martin will unveil a two-seater version for the V8 Vantage at Los Angeles auto show. The two-seater will be called Roadster and not Volante as the typical soft-top Astons. Priced at arround $170.000 the new Roadster is expected to go on sale in spring 2007.
The two-seater will be powered by a 4.2-litre V8 engine (the same as the coupe version) with a maximum output of 380 hp. The rear-end of the Roadster it’s a handsome rump, flowing into a lip spoiler just (...)

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