Could the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Signal Jaguar’s Return To The Supercar Arena?
It’s been 25 years since Jaguar discontinued its last supercar, the great XJ220 amid poor sales at a time when people really weren’t eager to buy $1 million mid-engined monsters. Nowadays, there are more millionaires than ever in the world and Jaguar, while focusing on expanding its EV lineup, could be planning a shock return to the world of high-performance supercars with something inspired by the jaw-dropping and all-electric Vision Gran Turismo presented late last month. This may well become the halo car for a new era of the Leaping Cat.
Aston Martin Predicts Its First SUV To Become Its Best-Seller
Aston Martin is probably the only automaker to survive without an SUV in its line-up for this long, other than Ferrari. However, the company confirmed an SUV earlier this year, and now it has boldly predicted that this new SUV, dubbed as the DBX, will be its best-selling vehicle after its launch next year. The DBX was showcased in 2015 as a concept car.
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!
The Aston Martin DBX Could Pump Out 400 Mercedes-Derived Horsepower
For a company that’s known for routinely using V-8 and V-12 engines in its models, Aston Martin is reportedly looking into using a six-cylinder engine on its upcoming DBX crossover. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Aston’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, hinted on the possibility, saying that a six-cylinder unit could make for a potentially good engine in the automaker’s first-ever crossover.
2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster
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.
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AM-RB 001 Hypercar Could Have Hybrid Drivetrain and Active Suspension
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the day that Red Bull and Aston Martin’s AM-RB 001 finally makes its debut. Sure, we’ve had the chance to see it pretty close up in its current state, but there’s still a lot about it that we just don’t know. What we do know is that the car will feature a bespoke V-12 that has the “potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.” It will also have a race-spec transmission that was conceived by Adrian Newey himself.
Something new has popped up, however. If you take a quick journey over to Red Bull Racing’s career website, you’ll see that they are looking to hire a number of people for a number of jobs including mechanical design engineers, controls engineers, and there’s even an opening for a project manager. When I first stumbled onto the page, I laughed a little and thought to myself: “What? Did they fire the whole team?” But, I started looking into some of the descriptions and noticed some interesting wording.
In specific relation to the AM-RB 001, RBR is looking for mechanical design engineers that have experience with “automotive drivetrain integration – including hybridization.” Furthermore, it is also looking for a controls engineer that has experience with the specification of automotive control systems, including “gearbox/powertrain/hybrid/semi-active suspension.”
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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.
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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.
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Aston Martin ended Vanquish’s production in 2007. But rumors about a successor for the supercar started to circulate even before the car ended its life. And today TopSpeed brings you a rendering of how the successor may look like.
With design clearly inspired by the2008 DBS, the future Vanquish will be even more aggressive and sportier than its predecessor.
Under the hood Aston Martin will place an even more powerful engine, probably the same used in the DBS, with output going up to 500 hp (currently model has an output of 460 hp) and maybe at 550 hp for the Vanquish S version (up from the current 520 hp).
The body will be made of carbon fiber to reduce weight and increase performances, so that the 0 to 60 mph sprint to be made in around 4 seconds and the top speed to go up to 190 mph for the standard version and at more than 200 mph for the S version.
After Prodrive got in charge over the Aston Martin company they have announced big plans for the future. One of them is to put into production the Rapide Concept that was unveiled in 2006 at the North American International Auto Show. The Rapide will go into production in 2009 and will compete with the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Maserati Quattroporte.
In March 2007, at Geneva motor show, the long-waited DBS will come to reality. Based on the DB9, with higher performance and handling capabilities, the street version of the concept that stars in Casino Royale will go on sale in fall 2007. The new DBS will replace the Vanquish in the Aston Martin line-up. The car will be limited to 300 units.