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Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish goes for another round of testing

While the new generation Vanquish won’t make its official debut until late August at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Aston Martin is hell-bent on testing it to the nines at the famous Nurburgring race track. In fact, this is the second time in the past few days we have shared images of James Bond’s new company car completely uncovered.

The new Vanquish comes as a successor to the very successful DBS sports car, but according to numerous rumors, it will be about 75% new in terms of its design. The supercar will combine design elements from the One-77 supercar and the Project AM 310 unveiled at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. It will also use plenty of carbon fiber to cover its goodies in lightweight style.

The future Aston Martin Vanquish is powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine with an increased output to about 573 HP. This revised engine is mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter controls on the steering wheel.

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Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish caught completely naked!

It was just discovered a few weeks ago that the successor for the Aston Martin DBS would revive the legendary Vanquish name when CAR caught the rear end of the car completely undisguised. Now, our spy photographers were also able to be in the right place at the right time when they were able to catch what looks to be the new Vanquish completely undisguised somewhere in Padua, Italy.

Even though the new Vanquish is the successor for the current DBS, it looks about 75% new. From these images, we see that the new sports car was clearly inspired by the Project AM 310 unveiled by Aston Martin at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, with some design elements also take from the One-77 supercar. According to numerous rumors, the new Vanquish will use plenty of carbon fiber to keep its weight down.

Under the hood, Aston Martin will place the same 6.0 liter V12 engine, but its output will be increased from 517 HP to 573 HP. The engine will be mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter controls on the steering wheel.

The official debut for the Aston Martin Vanquish will be made in August 2012, so stay tuned!

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Aston Martin DBS successor will be called Vanquish

Aston Martin DBS successor will be called Vanquish

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.

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Spy Shots: Next Aston Martin DBS warms up at Nurburgring

Aston Martin is intensely preparing their new DBS for its official launch and in the past few days, the future DBS was spotted running a very quick lap around the Nürburgring with its sticky Pirelli tires.

According to our spy photographers, the sports car was very fast! That speed comes from its previously used 6.0-liter V-12 engine delivering somewhere between 550-600 HP. Add that to the fact that it was built on a lighter chassis and extensive use of lightweight materials, and you have the recipe for a very successful - and fast - sports car!

As for the design of the DBS, Aston Martin clearly took inspiration from its One-77, visible on the front of the vehicle with its reshaped headlights. The rest of the design seems to be a direct evolution of the current DBS with sportier touches here and there. The rear of the vehicle was more refined with adjustments made to the rear bumper and exhaust.

Expect to see the new Aston Martin DBS launched at the 2012 Paris Auto Show this September.

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2014 Aston Martin Vantage

2014 Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin is preparing to offer a facelift version for every model in the line-up thanks to that high interest loan they just secured from global investors. There’s already been talk of what will happen to the future DB9 debuting sometime next year, as well as a new DBS in late 2012. Now spy photographers have caught the future Vantage model testing near the Aston Martin technical center in Germany. The vehicle is still in the early stages of development, but it already hosts a number of changes that will significantly change the vehicle’s overall look.

The Aston Martin Vantage will not be a completely new vehicle as previously thought, but a facelift version including new and wider skirts and major changes in the body panels. That being said, these additions could have just been added to hide any changes made to the chassis of the vehicle. No other details have been offered, but it is believed that the exterior design will take its inspiration from the One-77 supercar with its borrowed bonnet, sides, and cooling vents, in an attempt to make the car look more aggressive and sporty. These changes may also supply a decrease in weight, by about 350 lbs.

The 2014 Vantage will more than likely be powered by the same 4.7-liter V-8 and 6.0-liter V-12 engines currently found in the sports car, possibly tweaked to deliver more power, better fuel economy, and lower emissions.

Expect to see the new Aston Martin Vantage in late 2013.

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2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racer

2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racer

We haven’t even gotten around to digesting the full breadth of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato and we’re already getting a close look at the race-spec version of the new Aston supercar. Or at least something like it.

In preparation for the car’s racing debut at the Nurburgring later this week, Aston Martin gave the eager public a first-hand look at the race-spec version of the V12 Zagato. It might only be a rendering of the car, but at the very least, it gives us an idea on what to expect when the car officially makes its track debut on May 28, 2011 at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race.

Judging from the rendering, the race-spec V12 Zagato looks pretty much like the street-version with a couple of notable additions, including the prominent rear wing, the table-top front lip, and the black wheels.

That’s as much as Aston is willing to share for now. But at least the wait won’t be that long before we see the race-spec version in the flesh. Good timing too, considering that the 24 Hours of Nurburgring is scheduled for June 25 and 26, 2011 and Aston Martin will be fielding two V12 Zagatos in the annual endurance race.

UPDATE 07/14/2011: Aston Martin has unveiled a new official video in which they reveal the two V12 Zagato racers at the Nurburgring 24hr race. Check out the two cars as they take part in a grueling test of endurance, engineering, and driver skill. Enjoy!

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Aston Martin CR V8 Concept

Aston Martin CR V8 Concept

When you think of muscle cars, the UK isn’t exactly a place you would think would have them in abundance. Sure, there are some scattered in other parts of Europe, but when it comes to meat-grinding muscle, America is where it’s at.

Designer Claydon Reeves hopes to change that perception by designing a concept vehicle that will carry the name of one of the UK’s signature brands; Aston Martin.

Calling it the CR V8, Reeves designed the car with the intention of showing the world that even a luxury British marquee can be turned into a muscle full of metal mayhem.

The design of the CR V8 is old-school without the fancy digs attached to most concept these days. But what it lacks in aesthetic edge, it more than makes up for in a number of ways. Most of the features are new, including front air dam, side skirts, carbon fiber rear diffuser, headlights, and the front grille. The brakes are also updated to accommodate for bigger wheels and a sturdier damper and roll bars. In terms of performance, the CR V8 will also come with a 5.4-liter V8 engine with twin superchargers that’s capable of producing somewhere in the neighborhood of 550 horsepower.

And the best part is, the car is more than just an elaborate sketch and 3D design. The CR V8 is expected to be introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show next year.

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Lagonda sedan rendering

Lagonda sedan rendering

A while ago Aston Martin announced that it had dropped their plans of building a Lagonda SUV, and that it would focus instead on a sedan model. This model will supposedly be a more luxurious and more powerful version of theAston Martin Rapide and is schedule to debut sometime in 2014. However, thanks to the creative people in the world, we now have a little sneak peek at what the Lagonda sedan may look like.

The future model will be built on the Rapide’s ‘VH architecture’ aluminum bonded chassis and will get the vast chrome grille and narrow headlights have been carried over from the Geneva concept, a long bonnet, sharply cut lines and small side glass areas.

The future Lagonda sedan will be powered by a modified version of the Rapide’s 6.0 liter V12 engine with an output of more than 500 HP. This will help the luxury sedan to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and to hit a top speed of 190 mph.

Talking about the future model, an Aston Martin spokesman said: "Lagonda will have separate character. It will offer driver enjoyment – but the idea is to put all four occupants in a state of luxury. It will be very comfortable indeed."

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Aston Martin One-77 test mule spotted at Nurburgring

Aston Martin One-77 test mule spotted at Nurburgring

The beautifully sleek and outrageously fast Aston Martin One-77 is making headlines again, and this time it is strutting its stuff on the famous Nurburgring track under a very promiscuous sounding name. “Dirty Shirly” was seen undergoing about 14 mysterious activities while taking a few laps around the track and it still looks as beautiful as when it was seen at the Silverstone track and on the streets of London. We simply can’t get enough of this car, and at a price of about $1.3 million and a limited quantity of 77, this is as close as we are going to get to one of them.

The same can’t be said, however, for a certain gentleman in the Middle East who, rumors suggest, has already purchased 10 copies of the supercar from Aston for a “bargain” $18.5 million. If these rumors are true then this chap will have 10 copies of the amazing supercar powered by the 6.0L V12 based off the engines found in the V12 Vanquish and the V12 Vantage. What makes the One-77 even more spectacular is that the engine has been modified to deliver over 700 horsepower. Aston has stated that this supercar was created with DTM series race cars in mind and these numbers absolutely show proof of that.

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Aston Martin releases teaser sketch of Le Mans race car

Aston Martin releases teaser sketch of Le Mans race car

Aston Martin has had some relative success in the Le Mans series, having won two titles in 2007 and 2008 for the GT category. But in terms of the big one – the 24 Hours of Le Mans – Aston Martin’s title drought has lasted for over 40 years since its last win at Le Mans back in 1959.

Well, Aston Martin is thinking that the wait has been long enough and now they’re beginning the process of building the ultimate LMP1 racer to bring the Le Mans title back to the Land of Big Ben. In this teaser sketch, Aston has begun the groundwork of designing their new racer, dressing this sketch up with Gulf Oil livery, with the real work to build the car already in its infancy stages.

According to David Richards, Aston Martin’s big boss, winning GT titles isn’t enough to satiate the appetite of Aston Martin to reclaim theLe Mans title it won back in 1959. "Having won the GT category twice at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008 and the Le Mans Series outright in 2009, we still want to achieve our ultimate goal of winning the 24 Hour race overall to bring the title back to Britain,” he said.

From what we’ve heard, the racing prototype is currently being worked on, including the introduction of a new powertrain and chassis, at the company’s racing headquarters in Banbury, UK. The first models of these cars are expected to start testing early next year in preparation for the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Aston Martin DBS facelift spied testing

Aston Martin DBS facelift spied testing

First unveiled in 2008 and already one of the most successful models in Aston Martin’s line-up, the DBS sports car is about to receive a small facelift. The facelift will only be a minor surgical procedure because, well, why change something that is already great. The new DBS will receive new headlights sporting some LED lights and a much slimmer look. At the rear, these spy shots reveal a new diffuser and exhaust pipes that are placed a bit differently. However, this pretty much sums up the changes that will be made so far. We will have to wait for other spy shots to confirm if Aston Martin will be making any further changes to the sports car.

Under the hood there will be the same V12 engine producing a total of 517 HP at 6500 rpm (a small increase over the current 510 HP). The car’s performance will remain as impressive as ever: a top speed of 191mph (302km/h) and a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) time of 4.3 seconds.

The facelift DBS is expected to be unveiled in 2011.

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Facelift Aston Martin DB9 caught testing

Facelift Aston Martin DB9 caught testing

Yesterday we reported that Aston Martin would bring a new generation DB9 sometime in 2013-2014. However, until then, the British company is preparing a facelift version that will be revealed at the Paris Auto Show. And spy photographers caught it almost completely undisguised.

The facelift version includes a new front bumper with revised intakes, a new side sill design, new wheels, new wing mirrors, and redesigned taillights. The new DB9 will also get new exterior colors and a few new wheel options.

A facelift version for the Volante version will be revealed in a few months after the coupe version.

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