There Are a Few Aston Martins in the new James Bond No time to Die Trailer
The brief teaser for No Time to Die hasn’t even gone cold yet, and here we are looking at the first official trailer. As is the usual case, there is plenty of automotive action going on, including a completely fresh take on Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 – one of the most famous action-movie cars in history. That DB5 even has a fresh upgrade (and probably more that we haven’t seen.)
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera By Wheelsandmore
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is the beneficiary of a significant aftermarket program from noted tuner Wheelsandmore. The tuner’s latest enterprise comprises two separate software updates to the DBS Superleggera’s 5.2-liter V-12 engine. The more significant of these two updates elevates the V-12’s output to levels you didn’t expect from the already potent DBS Superleggera. Aston’s resident thrill seeker is already a handful on its own, but with Wheelsandmore’s new software upgrades, there’s a case to be made that you should hold on for dear life when you’re riding shotgun in this supercar.
2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante
The Aston Martin Vantage just moved in its second generation for the 2018 model year and there are solid signs that the new coupe is a big hit with sports car enthusiasts. Following rave reviews about its looks and performance, customers rushed into dealerships and purchased the entire production run for 2018 in just a few days. The Vantage hasn’t been this popular since it was first introduced in 2005! With both the road-going coupe and the race-spec GTE model out in the open, it’s time to look at another version that Aston Martin may launch soon. The Volante is at the top of our list, with an introduction likely to take place in late 2018 or early 2019.
The convertible model has been part of the Vantage heritage since 2006. It was actually launched as the Roadster, but the Volante name (Aston Martin talk for cabriolet) could be used on the new model. Just like its predecessor, the new convertible will have the same features inside, out, and under the hood, but will provide customers with infinite headroom for those hot summer days. The Volante will enable the Vantage to better compete in its niche, offering a proposition to the highly popular Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and the gorgeous looking Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster.
Updated 10/23/2019: After Aston Martin released the first official "spy shots" of the Vantage Volante, the sports car was also spotted testing around the Nürburgring.
A Deep Look Into Aston Martin’s Mid-Engined History
Aston Martin is known as a maker of exquisite and refined grand tourers, long-legged cars that offer enough panache to satisfy Ian Fleming’s James Bond on many an occasion. You could say Aston Martin knows every trick there is to know when it comes to building a front-engined GT car and that’s why they’re now looking to build more and more cars with the engine behind the seats. But the Valkyrie, the new Vanquish, and the AM-RB 003 aren’t the first of their kind in Aston Martin’s history.
When you think of any DB model from Aston Martin, you imagine an elegant two-door tourer ready for long journeys with a sumptuous and well-appointed interior and a feisty engine in front of the windshield. The company’s one and only Le Mans winner, the DBR1, was also front-engined as was the futuristic brick-like Lagonda luxury sedan from the ’70s. But, then, in the ’80s, when Aston Martin returned to sports car racing, it did so with a mid-engined car. This effectively heralded a new breed of Aston Martins, one that has stayed away from the public highways up until now but one that’s interesting to look into nonetheless.
2019 Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum
Eighteen years ago, Aston Martin launched the first-generation V12 Vanquish. It was a huge moment for the British automaker, which, at that time, was part of the Ford Motor Company stable. The first-generation Vanquish remained in production until 2007, and in that time, the Ian Callum-designed grand tourer established a fanbase that remains healthy and vibrant to this day. Imagine the excitement of those people now after Callum, who has since started Ian Callum Design, introduced the Aston Martin Vanquish 25, a throwback creation of the original Vanquish that the designer played a huge part in creating. The Aston Martin Vanquish 25 is here as part of Ian Callum Design’s goal to redo some of the cars from yesteryear that he had a hand in designing. We’re going to go through a long list of models to identify all the cars Callum helped bring to life so instead of doing that, we’re putting the spotlight squarely on one of his most famous creations. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Aston Martin Vanquish 25, and it looks like it hasn’t aged a day since the last time we saw it 12 years ago.
Auction Watch: $1.5 Million Aston DB5 Shooting Brake Built To Allow David Brown To Carry His Dog
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most famous cars in the world thanks to its role as James Bond’s means of transportation in the first two James Bond movie adaptations of Ian Fleming’s novels. The Silver Birch beauty with coachwork by Touring became a star thanks to its myriad of hidden weapons and clever equipment added by the Q branch. While the cars actually used during filming or during the promotion of the two films starring Sean Connery are the rarest, the ones that are the most practical are also insanely rare. These are the long-roofed ’Shooting Brake’ DB5s built in period by coachbuilder Harold Radford after then-company-owner David Brown complained that the DB5 isn’t practical enough and he can’t take his dog with him when hunting. Only 12 were ever built and this is one of just four with the steering wheel on the left-hand side.
2020 Ford Mustang Shleby GT500 vs 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
The Shelby GT500 returned in 2019 after a five-year hiatus as the most powerful street-legal Ford, even when compared to the GT supercar. Now more track-ready than ever, the GT500 also borrows technology from the Mustang GT4 race car in order to compete with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (or even the Demon?) and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. But is this 760-horsepower muscle car good enough to compete with higher-performance vehicles, like the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera? Let’s find out in the comparison below.
Aston Martin Celebrates its Roots with The Vantage Heritage Racing Edition
Aston Martin is rolling out the goods at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a new special edition model called the Vantage Heritage Racing Edition. Limited to just 60 units, the Vantage Heritage Racing Edition is a creation of the automaker’s bespoke Q division, honoring Aston Martin’s rich and storied motorsports history. The Vantage Heritage Racing Edition is available with six different liveries that celebrate six of Aston Martin’s most iconic and important race cars, including the mighty DBR9 that conquered the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007 and 2008 while sporting the iconic “Gulf” livery. Aston Martin hasn’t released details on pricing and availability, though, to be honest, it’s hard to imagine any of the 60 Vantage Heritage Racing Edition models to go unsold once they become available.
The Next-Gen "AM9" Aston Martin Vanquish Will Offer Something Most Supercars Don’t Have These Days
Aston Martin’s goal to reinvent itself as a bonafide purveyor of high-end performance cars isn’t slowing down anytime soon. As if the inevitable arrivals of the Valkyrie and Vulcan hypercars aren’t enough, the British automaker is also scheduled to launch the mid-engined Vanquish supercar, complete with…a manual transmission. Oh, yes. People who love to be in control of their supercars on the road can test their driving skills anew once the next-generation Vanquish arrives, presumably around 2022. There’s no word yet on what kind of manual gearbox Aston Martin plans to use on the mid-engined Vanquish, but it’s a manual gearbox nevertheless. That alone is reason enough to get excited about the possibilities, especially when every performance car maker worth its salt has all-but-abandoned the manual transmission in any of their exotics.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Aston Martin’s new flagship tourer is finally here, and it brings with it two iconic names blended together and plenty of power to make models like the Ferrari 812 Superfast tremble with fear. To make the new Superleggera what it is, Aston Martin did some serious work to the underpinnings that were borrowed from the DB11. In essence, the automaker managed to shed a total of 160 pounds and threw in a more aggressive design that makes it worthy of flagship status. Powering the beast is Aston’s familiar 5.2-liter V-12, but it’s tuned to deliver a gut-wrenching 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque – enough to push this beaut up to 50 mph in 3.4 seconds and all the way to a top speed of 211 mph.
All of this in mind, we saw it only fitting to make the new DBS Superleggera our wallpaper of the day here at TopSpeed and decided to share our favorite wallpaper selections with you. Our favorite is showcased below, but there’s plenty more in the gallery just a little lower. Go ahead – spruce up your desktop a little bit. You deserve it.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition
Just as the roots run deep in the James Bond-Aston Martin relationship, so too is the crossover marketing potential between the two. For as long as 007 is mentioned, Aston Martin is never too far behind. We’ve seen the fruits that have sprouted from this relationship over the years. Now, we can add one more to the basket in the form of a new special edition Aston Martin, called the DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition. Excuse the obscenely long name of the SE since it pays tribute to the sixth James Bond movie of the same name. It just so happens that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service — the first Bond movie that didn’t star Sean Connery — is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and what better way to commemorate that milestone than by rolling out a 50-piece unit that’s inspired by the Aston that starred in the movie, the 1969 Aston Martin DBS. Unfortunately, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition is only available in the U.K. Each model carries a starting price of £300,007.00, with first deliveries to starting the fourth quarter of this year. In case you’re wondering, Aston did add the £7 for gimmick’s sake. The total price converts to almost $380,000 based on current exchange rates.
2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante
The 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante is the cabriolet version of the company’s latest range-topping grand tourer. Introduced to replace the already iconic but old Vanquish S Volante, the DBS Superleggera name returns after a six-year absence with a brand-new design, underpinnings from the 2018 Aston Martin DB11, and a turbocharged V-12 engine that generates in excess of 700 horsepower.
Designed to replace the aging Vanquish Volante, the 2020 DBS Superleggera Volante benefits from Aston Martin’s new design language that’s sleeker and more aggressive. The cabriolet is identical to the coupe below the waist, but it features a canvas top instead of the usual metal roof. A more luxurious interior, new technology, and a beefed-up drivetrain round out the grand tourer that challenges the 2020 Bentley Continental GTC.
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.