Aston Martin Valkyrie Could Come with the World’s Most Powerful Naturally-Aspirated Engine!
The Aston Martin Valkyrie has been a surprise element from a long time. This ambitious project from the British marque is essentially a road-legal version of a Le Mans prototype racer. The $3.3 million hypercar has been teased on multiple occasions and always left us so close to the real thing. Now, Cosworth has confirmed that the Valkyrie will have the world’s most powerful N/A engine ever equipped in a street-legal car. The engine supplier said that the Valkyrie will be offered with an all-atmosphere V-12 unit producing around 1,100 horsepower!
It feels sometimes as though Aston Martin can’t make up its mind. We’d heard rumors about Aston Martin building a road-going version of the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan race car not all that long ago. The rumors were later denied by Aston, but now the latest news that the company is indeed considering a street-legal hypercar. The reason that this isn’t complete madness is that the car presumably won’t be based on the Vulcan, and will be its own car entirely, on the grounds that it’s cheaper to do that than to convert a race car for the road. But no official decisions have been made yet, so this has time to get even more convoluted.
Since this is news is official, and was reported by Auto Express as coming from Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer himself, it came with an official denial of some other rumors. It was suspected that the new car would be designed for Aston by the living legend Adrian Newey, but we now know that that was just a rumor. It could still end up being true, but that would just be a coincidence, as there has been no official talk of a partnership. Palmer said that the hope is to have a decision on the car by the end of the year, but there is no rush and it may come later than that.
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The Lagonda name, previously used by Aston Martin for a hand-built, ultra-expensive sedan built between 1976 - 1990, returned under the spotlight about five years ago when the Brits introduced the Lagonda Concept.
Oddly enough, that concept had nothing to do with the four-door grand tourer, but rather a sporty SUV proclaimed to be a more luxurious alternative to the popular Porsche Cayenne. Rumors about a production version went back and forth with no relevant outcome, although the consensus was the vehicle might arrive in 2016.
But now we have to put the Lagonda SUV behind us, because it appears Aston Martin is actually planning to revive the iconic nameplate for a brand new sedan. Such a vehicle was spotted testing in the United Kingdom covered in camouflage. Our friends over at Autoblog think the Brits will slap a Lagonda badge on its trunk.
Details are scarce right now, but it’s safe to assume the four-door will be based on the Rapide S and ride on a stretched version of its wheelbase. Power is likely to come from the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers 558 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. More details should become available later this year, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the updates.
Updated 10/01/2014: Aston Martin unveiled a new set of images, including the first interior pictures for its future Lagonda super sedan. Check them out in the picture gallery.
Updated 11/13/2014: Aston Martin announced that the new Lagonda sedan will be known as the "Lagonda Taraf." The model will be initially offered on the Middle East market, with details on the worldwide availability to be announced at a later date.
Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf.
It appears things are stirring amid the design studios and development laboratories at Aston Martin these days. Reports have surfaced of Aston’s plans to completely reinvent itself, starting with a series of revamped products. An all-new DB9 is set to be the brand’s first product, destined to hit showrooms for the 2017 model year.
The news comes on the heels of the announcement of Aston Martin’s deal with Mercedes-AMG to source powertrains for upcoming models. What’s more, Mercedes may supply Aston with electronic equipment, such as in-dash infotainment systems, electronic safety aids, and of course, the engine management software.
Though AMG will supply the go-fast bits, Aston is relying on a revised version of the architectural platform the automaker developed while under ownership of Ford Motor Company from 1994 through 2007. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the platform was developed with help from Lotus Engineering, so it will likely be a competent performer.
The platform is said to be largely constructed of Aluminum and will have the ability to take on multiple widths and wheelbases, alleviating the one-look model lineup that Aston currently suffers from.
Click past the jump for the full rumor-rundown of Aston Martin’s future
Ever since Aston Martin re-introduced the Lagonda name in 2009, the super-lux SUV has been stuck in limbo with no production plans set in the near future.
Widespread revulsion at its styling froze the crossover in its tracks from day one.
But even with the Lagonda’s future not certain, Aston Martin boss Dr. Ulrich Bez isn’t closing the door on both the Lagonda brand and the Lagonda SUV. Or at least not yet.
Speaking to Drive, Dr. Bez intimated that he still believes that the Lagonda has a production future, although a specific timetable can’t be disclosed just yet.
So, in short, Aston Martin still has hopes for the Lagonda down the road. It’s just a matter of finding the right time to do it. Dr. Bez did say that when the Lagonda does get its production date, one of its biggest draws will be the way its built. Despite being billed as an SUV, the Lagonda will be less "utility" and more "luxury", a straight reference to the kind of image Aston Martin has come to be known for.
That’s good news for those waiting for the Lagonda to return, but not as good as the string Dr. Bez threw out in saying that the door isn’t closed on the SUV and the model for that matter.
Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV Concept from 2009
Unless you were living under a rock, you would know that nearly half of Aston Martin’s stake now belongs to former Ducati owner Investindustrial. Good to know that Aston Martin can still live to see the future.
But, like every acquisition, it does bring along changes, and Ducati’s past could influence one of them.
Ducati once collaborated with Mercedes AMG to create and market a special-edition Mercedes SLK55 AMG. It was said that Investindustrial saw more potential and a better future using AMG engines and transmission systems. Can we blame them? They’re in fact one of the best engine makers. If you don’t believe us, feel free to have a talk with the SLS AMG GT or the Pagani Huayra.
While the news may sadden some of the Aston Martin purists, remember that the engines powering current Astons aren’t really in-house developed. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine for example is basically a 4.2-liter V-8 from Jaguar that has been heavily re-tuned in Germany and slapped the Aston badge. The all mighty 6.0-liter V-12 under the Vanquish’s hood is actually a Ford Duratec engine. So, Aston Martin is no new customer when it comes to in-house development.
The changeover would make sense to us, as current Aston Martins continue to get more beautiful, its powertrain systems and electrical architecture seem to never really improve significantly.
Tell us which you would prefer: a Jaguar and Ford engines or a lineup of AMG engines? We bet the decision is an easy one to make.
It is well known among the automotive world that the Aston Martin Rapide has always been the black sheep of the luxury sports sedan market. Its 470-horsepower, 5.9-liter V-12 engine has always fallen short of the competition, like the 518-pony Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG and 500-horsepower Panamera Turbo. To make matters worse, it starts off at over $110,000 more than the Mercedes and over $70,000 more than the Porsche.
This all points to a big reason for Aston Martin refreshing the Rapide for 2013. Granted, the base price will not change, but its performance will. Initially, we all expected to see an available a higher-performance Rapide S in 2013. According to reports, however, a Rapide S is not in the works.
Car and Driver is reporting that Aston Martin is fitting the 5.9-liter V-12 plant from the 2013 Vanquish, which produces 565 horsepower, into the slightly redesigned Rapide. The exact horsepower figures are not compete for the Rapide, but we expect it to be slightly de-tuned to not compete with the Vanquish.
You can look for the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide to punch out somewhere in the 545-horsepower range to give it a bump over its cheaper competitors. Is this really enough to push the Aston in front of the competition? We say no, but it should help level out the market slightly.
With the additional horsepower in the base Rapide, there is no need for a Rapide S model, per Car and Driver, so don’t look for one this year. Apparently, all of the style changes we have seen from the spy shots and renderings are all included on the base model, if the reports are accurate.
It’s nice to see Aston Martin thinking about ways to make its extremely expensive sedan a little more worth the extra money, but would you still pay over $100K more for the Aston over the Mercedes?
Aston Martin used the Vanquish name for the first back in 2001 when it unveiled the grand tourer designed by Ian Callum. After a successful run on the market and a role in Die Another Day, the Vanquish went out of production in 2007, but now it seems as though the company is considering bringing it back. British magazine, CAR, has caught the new DBS successor fully uncovered with the rear sporting a "Vanquish" badge.
This is the first and only uncovered photo of the new DBS, so the only details available are for the rear of the car. In the image, there’s an elegant integrated rear spoiler, a very elegant rear deck and a pair of blunderbuss exhausts straddling a large diffuser panel designed for maximum aero efficiency and air-cleaving. As you can see, these elements were inspired by the One-77 supercar as was originally promised.
Previewed by the AM 310 concept car, the new DBS - aka Vanquish Mk2 - will be making its world debut later this summer at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Hit the jump to see our rendering of the future Vanquish.
There are whispers going around that Mercedes and Aston Martin are looking to forming a partnership sometime in the future. Lord knows what we’re going to make of this, but since the word came from Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche himself, we figure that there might more truth to this than what we originally thought.
Speaking to Autocar, Zetsche mentioned that he believes that a collaboration between the German automaker and the British marquee could happen down the road. “Smaller brands need help with new technology,” he said.
“It’s possible we could do things in the future."
The two car brands aren’t strangers to one another. Two years ago, Aston Martin and Mercedes launched a partnership that was called ’Project Alligator’. Now, it looks like the two brands are poised to renew their partnership which, in the event it happens, could see both Mercedes and Aston strike an agreement for a number of ventures, not the least of which could include a variety of things like research, development, and production of new engines as well as new models in the future.
Aston Martin announces James Bond, the legendary British secret agent, will drive one of their models in the next 007 film, “CASINO ROYALE” to be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for Eon Productions.
Daniel Craig, who will play James Bond in the film, which is due to be released in November 2006 by MGM/Sony, visited the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, on Friday to view the featured car. While there he met Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich (...)