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2021 Aston Martin Vantage 007 Edition

2021 Aston Martin Vantage 007 Edition

A James Bond-inspired road car that we can actually own - well, us, but some rich folks

That Aston Martin is in a bit of a financial pickle these days is no secret. Still, the company found the time to give a new twist to its long-time collaboration with the James Bond franchise, which will celebrate its 25th 007 movie once No Time To Die airs.

The said twist includes a special edition Aston Martin Vantage and a DBS Superleggera, but it’s the former that we’ll examine closely in the lines below.

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2020 Aston Martin DBS ‘59' and Vantage ‘59'

2020 Aston Martin DBS ‘59’ and Vantage ‘59’

Ultra rare Astons celebrate automaker’s iconic 1959 Le Mans victory

Aston Martin is rolling out a pair of special edition models to celebrate the automaker’s historic one-two finish at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Appropriately dubbed the “59 Edition” models, 24 units of the DBS Superleggera and 59 units of the Vantage AMR have been given the special edition treatment.

Both models take their exclusive styling cues from the race-winning DBR1 racer, which roared to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1959, beating powerhouse teams from Ferrari and Porsche on its way to victory.

The super rare Astons were commissioned by the automaker’s dealership in Gloucestershire, England. The cost of owning the DBS Superleggera 59 comes up to £325,000 — that converts to around $420,000 — while the Vantage AMR 59 is priced at $209,995. Sadly, all 24 units of the DBS Superleggera 59 are already accounted for, though there might still be available units of the Vantage AMR 59.

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2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante

2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante

The Vantage goes topless thanks to the quickest folding roof on the market

The 2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante is the convertible version of the Vantage, the company’s most affordable sports car. Unveiled a couple of years after the coupe, the 2020 Vantage Volante features the quickest folding roof on the market, which takes only 13.5 seconds to pack and unpack. The 2020 Vantage Volante is heavily based on the Vantage coupe so it comes with the same underpinnings under the shell. Powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine borrowed from AMG, the 2020 Vantage Volante hits the road with 503 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of twist on tap. The British drop-top competes with high-performance convertibles like the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and the Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3

2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Replacing the legendary Vantage V12 GT3!

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage was introduced in 2018 as the company’s latest entry-level model. It replaced the Vantage model that the British firm offered from 2005 through 2017. With a brand-new model on public roads, Aston Martin is now also offering a couple of race-spec versions, one of which is the Vantage GT3.

Developed to replace the Vantage V12 GT3 that Aston Martin has been racing since 2012, the new Vantage GT3 is closely related to its GTE-spec sibling. The British company will use it as a factory race car, but it will also offer it as a customer racer for GT3-spec series around the world, including the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup and the Sprint Cup.

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2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600

2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600

Limited to only 14 units

Aston Martin just redesigned the Vantage for 2018, replacing the previous model after no fewer than 13 years on the market. But, in a surprising turn of events, the British firm revived the old model for a limited-edition run called the Vantage V600. Built by the company’s Q division, the V600 was designed on request and will be produced in only 14 units, split between seven coupes and seven convertibles. The Vantage V600 pays tribute to the original V8 Vantage V600 that Aston Martin introduced in 1998.

Based on the Virage model sold between 1989 and 2000, the previous V600 was the most extreme iteration of the Vantage model. Powered by a 600 horsepower supercharged engine (remember, that was in 1998!), the first V600 was one of the most powerful sports cars of its time. Come 2018, and Aston Martin is sending the VH-platform Vantage into the history books with a similar model. Although not as extreme as its predecessor, the new-old V600 marks the official retirement of the iconic VH platform in two-door Aston Martins.

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The Aston Martin Vantage of the Future Could be the Recipient of an AMG-Branded Inline-Six

The Aston Martin Vantage of the Future Could be the Recipient of an AMG-Branded Inline-Six

Partnership between the two brands could heat up even more

Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG have a technical partnership that dates back to 2013. That relationship laid the foundation for the Aston Martin DB11 to come to life, thanks in large part to its AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter, biturbo, V-8 engine. Recently, Aston Martin’s chief engineer, Matt Becker, hinted that the two brands could have another partnership in the works, one that would involve Aston Martin using another AMG-engineered engine on one of its future models.

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE

2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE

The company’s new contender for the FIA World Endurance Championship

After no fewer than 12 years on the market, the first-generation Vantage was finally replaced by a brand-new car. Revealed in November 2017, the second-gen Vantage joins the DB11 in Aston Martin’s new lineup of cars that use completely new underpinnings and a fresh design language. Alongside the road-going coupe, Aston Martin also unveiled the Vantage GTE race car, which will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Built by the same team that developed the outgoing V8 Vantage GTE, the new race car replaces the company’s most successful competition car of all-time, credited with 37 of the team’s 51 international race victories, including two Le Mans 24 Hour class wins. With extensive optimization of the powertrain, chassis, and aerodynamics, Aston Martin hopes that the new Vantage GTE will be at least as successful as its predecessor.

Although it was just revealed, the race car is under development for many months and has already completed more than 8,000 miles of testing, a 30-hour run at the Navarra track in Spain, as well as a rigorous durability program at Sebring in Florida. Aston Martin says it will keep most of the 2017 driver lineup for the new Vantage GTE. This includes Le Mans GTE Pro class winners Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, as well as the Danish duo and 2016 FIA WEC GTE Pro world champions, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. In addition, AMR has recruited ex-GP2 race winner and now Formula E racer Alex Lynn.

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage

2018 Aston Martin Vantage

The only thing missing is an ejector seat

The Vantage nameplate enjoys a long history under the Aston Martin banner, first seeing use in 1951 as a high-performance variant of the DB2. Eventually, the Vantage became a unique standalone model, and over time, secured its spot as the single most successful vehicle in the brand’s history. Framed as a more accessible GT two-door, this “entry-level” Aston offers daily driver comfort wrapped in a smaller, lighter, and more agile package. Now, there’s a new generation, coming proper with fresh styling, a new interior layout, more dynamism behind the wheel, and ever-higher levels of performance.

Right off the bat, this thing has us excited. We’ll admit it – we’re suckers for a sports car from Gaydon, and at first blush, this new Vantage has all the right boxes ticked. It looks great, oozing with 007 goodness. It’s got a luxurious, yet sporty interior space that’s sure to provide plenty of coddling on longer trips. And more importantly, it’s got tons of go thanks to front/mid-mounted V-8 stuffed by twin turbochargers. Excited? Read on for the details.

Updated 11/21/2017: Aston Martin has released full details on the 2018 Vantage!

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage AMR

2018 Aston Martin Vantage AMR

The first entry to Aston Martin’s newly-minted AMR performance sub-brand

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the Aston Martin Vantage AMR. You might have seen the concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show when it was referred to as the AMR Pro Concept. This one is different, though, because it’s the production version of the concept that Aston Martin prepared in recognition of its entry into the FIA World Endurance Championship. More importantly, it’s the first official model of the British automaker’s newly-minted AMG performance sub-brand.

If you’re not excited yet, consider the importance of the Vantage AMR in terms of paving the way for Aston Martin to plow the road with its own line of personalized, performance-focused cars that’s akin to what Mercedes is doing with AMG. The U.K.-based company did say that its plans for the AMR performance division are to help bring renewed focus on specialized models that are based on its current lineup of cars. Think of these AMR-badged units to serve as the bridge between the standard-spec Astons and the actual GT3- and GT4-spec racers that are being developed by Aston Martin Racing. The Vantage AMR is the first of these vehicles, but it most certainly won’t be the last.

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2017 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro Concept

2017 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro Concept

Track-only, bespoke Vantage limited to just seven units

Around since 2005, the current-generation Aston Martin Vantage might seem a bit long in the tooth, but it’s still one of the finest luxury grand tourers you can buy. Updated over the years and offered in numerous limited-edition models, the Vantage will definitely be missed when a new generation comes around. But, the current iteration isn’t going away anytime soon and Aston Martin decided to spice things up by including it in its brand-new AMR program, which was launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

If you’re familiar with the company’s intense racing program, you probably already know that AMR stands for Aston Martin Racing. The reason why the Brits are using the same letters for this project is because all non-racing AMR cars will be inspired by the successful

GT3

and

GT4

spec racers you’ve seen on the track in recent years. In short, Aston Martin just launched its very own high-performance department. And the good news is that it will make both road-legal and race-ready models.

Specifically, the AMR lineup will include two types of cars. There will be plain AMR versions closely related to their road-going counterparts and AMR Pro cars on the more extreme side of things. This Vantage falls in the latter category and the AMR Pro badge also means that its development was led by the Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations, the department that helped create vehicles such as the Vantage GT12, Vantage GT8, and the Vulcan.

Although just a concept here, the Vantage AMR Pro is set to become a full-fledged, fully customizable production model, joining the Rapide AMR concept that was also displayed at the Geneva Motor Show.

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2017 Aston Martin Vantage S Red Bull Racing Edition

2017 Aston Martin Vantage S Red Bull Racing Edition

Celebrating F1 return with special-edition models

In 2016, Aston Martin returned to Formula One for the first time since 1960 thanks to a partnership with Red Bull Racing. Although the British firm is just a logo on Red Bull’s race cars for now, the cooperation was actually signed for the AM-RB 001 supercar that just debuted at the Canadian Auto Show and will arrive in production form sometime in 2018. With the 2017 Formula One championship just around the corner, Aston Martin decided to mark its presence in this sport with the Red Bull Racing Editions for the V8 Vantage S and V12 Vantage S models.

Fitted with a range of distinguishing features for the most devoted Formula 1 enthusiast, these special editions were crafted with help from the marque’s in-house personalization program, Q by Aston Martin. Modifications aren’t exactly outstanding compared to the regular model, but Aston Martin added a few exclusive features inside and out and the cars can be ordered with signatures from Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

"Motorsport is and will always be a key part of Aston Martin’s DNA and both the V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions bring that ethos straight to our customers. With the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship set to begin soon, I hope that the purchase of these models will bring the racing season that little bit closer for those lucky few customers who can’t wait for it to begin," said Aston Martin president and CEO, Andy Palmer.

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2016 Q By Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Swedish Forest Edition

2016 Q By Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Swedish Forest Edition

Latest special edition Q by Aston Martin creation is meant for the Swedish outdoors

Q by Aston Martin is arguably one of the most adventurous personalization divisions in the industry today. That’s saying something considering that companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Porsche all have their own versions of personalization departments that are known for throwing design caution to the wind solely for the purpose of creating special edition cars that justify their label. The British automaker has been doing this since 2012 and its latest creation may be regarded as Q by Aston Martin’s flashiest work to date. It’s called the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Swedish Forest Edition and it’s a handful to the senses.

Limited to just four units, the V8 Vantage S Swedish Forest Edition pays homage to the picturesque landscape of the Swedish outdoors with design details that are more likely to be found inside a Pottery Barn catalog. It doesn’t seem like it from afar, as the grey body finish doesn’t do much to inspire the senses, but once the details are highlighted, the car immediately transforms into a real special edition that gives justice to its name, right down to the Swedish forest etched onto the suede headliner.

Not surprisingly, the personalized details are limited to the car’s exterior and interior. The engine remains the same so expect to see the model’s 4.7-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 190 mph.

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2016 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80

2016 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80

Built to celebrate the Spitfire’s first flight in 1936

Originally introduced in 2005 with a V-8 engine, the current Vantage gained a V-12 two years later in 2007. The V12 Vantage S model arrived in 2013 as an upgrade, receiving not only a more powerful engine and a quicker automatic transmission, but cosmetic updates as well. The 2017 model year brought more changes to the grand tourer, with highlights including a new visual package and, for the first time, a manual transmission. Although the platform it is based on is more than a decade old, the Vantage is still regarded as one of the best grand tourers in the premium segment.

As it is the case with most Aston Martin products, the Vantage has spawned numerous limited-edition models in the last couple of years. Highlights include the track-ready GT12 and GT8, but the Brits have also launched a handful of Q-developed versions with bespoke paint jobs and interiors. One such example is the Spitfire 80, which celebrates eight decades since the iconic Spitfire fighter aircraft made its first flight.

Widely regarded as one of Britain’s most important engineering achievements, the Spitfire played an important role in defending the United Kingdom during World War II. Introduced in 1938, two years after its first flight, the Spitfire was primarily used by the Royal Air Force (RAF), but the Royal Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force had some too. The fighter remained in service until 1961.

Having had a prodigious career serving many countries and playing a huge role in defeating Nazi Germany, the Spitfire is more than worthy of a special edition Aston Martin and the Spitfire 80 that the Q division just created will most definitely get WWII aircraft enthusiasts excited.

Update 08-02-2016: We, unfortunately, made an error in the source of this article. Source information has been updated. For those interested, Aston Martin Cambridge is exclusive dealer for the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80.

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2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster

The hardcore Vantage GT12 loses its top in one-off, Q-made custom

Around since 2005, the Aston Martin Vantage will be phased out in 2017, when a completely redesigned, second-generation model is expected to debut on the company’s new aluminum platform. But, even though it’s more than a decade old, the current Vantage is by no means dated, a fact that’s been validated by countless special-edition and high-performance versions launched over the last couple of years. The most recent of them is the Vantage GT12, essentially a road-going version of the GT3 race car.

With the first-gen Vantage nearing the end of its life cycle, Aston Martin chopped the roof off the Vantage GT12 in order to create yet another special-edition model. But unlike other bespoke versions of the Vantage, this one is a one-off, tailor-made with commission undertaken by Q, Aston Martin’s customizing division.

"Aston Martin has a growing reputation of building ambitious commissions for customers, perhaps the best example being the spectacular CC100 Speedster Concept. We have also become world leaders in ultra-low volume projects with cars such as the One-77, Lagonda Taraf and Aston Martin Vulcan. The GT12 Roadster is the first project to combine all of those skill sets in one magnificent car. In just nine-months we took a customer’s dream and realized it, with a fully-formed, exactingly engineered and fully road-legal one-off. That is the essence of the Q by Aston Martin service," said David King, Aston Martin vice president and chief special operations officer.

Is the GT12 Roadster as spectacular as the coupe? Keep reading to find out.

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2017 Aston Martin Vantage GTS

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GTS

Aston’s V-8 stable gets a little more streamlined

The Vantage that we know and love today was first put into production in 2005, originally dropping cover at the Geneva Motor Show as a lithe two-door aimed squarely at sports car icons like the Porsche 911. In the 11 years since its introduction, the Vantage has spawned numerous iterations and variants, from comfortable tourers, to glamorous show cars, to hardcore track machines. Now, it looks like Aston is cooking up a replacement, but before it goes, the V8 Vantage lineup is consolidating for the U.S. market. Rather than offering multiple models like the GT and S, Aston Martin is simplifying things to the singular Vantage GTS. Only 100 units will be produced, and each will include either a manual or automatic transmission, sporty or luxury flavorings, and a coupe or roadster body style.

The move makes sense, at least on Aston’s part. As we bid farewell to the Vantage and prepare for the new model’s arrival some time next year, this refresh should keep buyers trickling into dealerships. But why plunk down six figures now if the replacement is just over the horizon? Read on to find out.

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2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8

The lightest, quickest, and most powerful V8 Vantage ever built

Earlier, in April of 2016, we found out that Aston Martin was planning to launch a race-focused version of the V8 Vantage. It will be offered as the GT8 and will follow in the footsteps of the GT12, a limited-edition, track-ready version of the V12 Vantage. The rumor was immediately confirmed by a prototype that showed up on the Nurburgring. Only a few days have passed since then and Aston Martin unveiled the Vantage GT8.

Looking very similar to the V-12-powered GT12 model, the GT8 confirms that Aston Martin is set to launch significantly more track-ready vehicles in the future. Word has it that the GT8 will be one of two limited-edition cars to be unveiled in 2016, so there’s another exciting model to expect from the Brits by the end of the year.

Back to the sports car in question, it’s essentially a road-going version of the V8 Vantage GTE race car and joins the GT12, which is a road-legal variant of the GT3-spec model.

"We long held the desire to create a road car that truly reflects our racing activity at Le Mans. With the Vantage GT8, we’ve finally been able to achieve that. By focusing on weight savings and aerodynamics, we’ve taken the V8 Vantage to an entirely different level of agility and aggression. It’s a hugely exciting car honed to the keenest possible edge,” said David King, director of Special Projects and Motorsport.

Aimed at the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3, the Aston Martin GT8 will hit the market in limited numbers. Find out more about that in our full review below.

Updated 04/15/2016: Aston Martin dropped the official details for its new Vantage GT8 special edition.

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