Gordon Murray T.50 or Aston Martin Valkyrie? What Would You Pick?
An Aston Martin DB5 With Real James Bond Gadgets Does Exist
Aston Martin’s plan of reproducing the DB5 from the classic 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger isn’t Hollywood make-believe; it’s all real. Twenty-eight units of the DB5 are planned, and each one comes with all the gadgets and weapons that the movie car had.
Now, we get to see one of the 25 units get a thorough walk-around courtesy of this video provided by YouTube personality Mr. JWW.
The Sound Of This Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Will Make You Miss The V-12 Engine
Aston Martin is known for making some of the most sonorous V-12s in the world and, while the Britons are yet to desert the 12-cylinder engine, the current DB11 and DBS Superleggera models are both powered by a 5.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12.
With natural aspiration now completely out of the picture, the last Aston to feature an N/A V-12 was the V12 Vantage that bowed out two years ago. Luckily, racing versions of that car can still be seen on the race tracks of the world and, once in a while, the owners are even allowed to run their 600-horsepower beasts without mufflers. Enjoy the straight-piped goodness of a race-prepped N/A V-12!
SUV Drag Race: Aston Martin DBX vs Lamborghini Urus
Both Lamborghini and Aston Martin launched their first-ever SUVs in recent years. Because haulers sell like hotcakes, and high-performance SUVs are as hot as they get. And both are impressively quick, to the point where they can rival full-fledged sports cars. On paper, the Urus is the quickest and fastest SUV there is, but is it quicker than the Aston Martin DBX in real life?
Is The DBX SUV a True Aston Martin? Carfection Sets to Find Out
Aston Martin has a lot riding on the DBX SUV, and that might be the understatement of the year. The DBX marks the first time the British automaker is venturing into the land of SUVs. It’s no secret that, like most automakers, Aston wants to capitalize on the immensely popular crossover/SUV market that has already reeled in rivals like Lamborghini, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce. The DBX is the first salvo, and while it does look the part of a slick and sexy Aston Martin crossover, the big question is whether the DBX remains rooted in the DNA of Aston Martin. Carfection sought to answer that question, and what it discovered might surprise a lot of people.
Here’s How The Aston Martin Valkyrie’s V-12 Was Born From Just Three Cylinders
With the world on the verge of receiving two V-12 hypercars (the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Gordon Murray T.50), it’s kind of hard to forget that emissions regulations, especially in Europe, make having such things a major pain in the ass. How is it that automakers are still able to pump out V-12 powerplants when the world knows that big engines are inherently dirty? Well, Drivetribe’s Mike Fernie is here to explain to you exactly how the Valkyrie’s V-12 is even possible. Remember how thought that a V-8 was just two four-cylinder engines glued together when you were a child? Well, that’s essentially the case with the Valkyries V-12 – it’s basically four, inline-three engines connected into one unit. There’s a lot more to it and, believe it or not, the Valkyrie’s beast of an engine has an interesting and humble past. Check out the short video below to learn all about it!
Here’s What It’s Like to Drive 007’s Aston Martin DB5 From No Time to Die!
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most iconic cars in the world thanks to its elegant and sporty design, as well as being one of the most powerful grand tourers of its time. But the DB5 also became famous because it was featured in various installments of the James Bond franchise. It debuted in Goldfinger in 1964, but it was also featured in Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), and Skyfall (2012). The DB5 is scheduled to return to the James Bond franchise in No Time to Die, the 25th installment that’s set to debut in November 2020. As a result, the folks over at Carfection took the car for a spin and had a chat with 007 stunt driver Mark Higgins.
Forget About No Time To Die, Check Out These Rad James Bond Cars Instead
Although James Bond movies typically go together like winter and January, the upcoming No Time To Die installment has made a lot of gearheads happy. You could attribute that to the power of social media and car brands wanting as much exposure as possible, but it’s surely nice that so much car content has been generated by the latest 007 movie.
Daniel Craig’s last ride as James Bond will see some Land Rover Defenders bouncing off rough terrain, crashing, and then bouncing some more. It also motivated Top Gear to go out and drive some of the best Bond cars to feature on the big screen.
Here’s a Stunning Example of What the Aston Martin DB12 Could Look Like
There’s no shortage of independent designers. In fact, you could almost consider them modern-day backyard mechanics, just on a digital level. Basically, anyone with a stylus and Adobe subscription is considered an artist. There are a handful of really good artists out there, some that are more talented than most, and designer Tedoradze falls into this category. His latest piece of work is an impressive one too – it’s a rendering of a successor to the current Aston Martin DB11. Aptly called the DB12, this is what the future of Aston Martin could look like. Do you agree?
Learn Even More About the Aston Martin Valkyrie and See What It’s Like to Drive!
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is one of the most highly anticipated hypercars to ever hit the market. It’s not out yet — though deliveries are expected to start in late 2020 — but the development process is churning along smoothly to the point that we now have the first evidence that the Valkyrie is no longer a figure of mythology, but an actual rampaging monster.
Get Familiar With the 11,100-RPM Cosworth V-12 Out of the Aston Martin Valkyrie
Hypercars are getting crazier and crazier with every successive generation, and the new Aston Martin Valkyrie is a perfect example of just how wild the current crop of top-shelf performers truly are. A lot of the Aston’s insanity comes down to the beating mid-ship heart of the machine, and now we’re getting a fresh take on what makes it tick.
Max Verstappen Road Trips His F1 Ride from the Rockies to Miami: Video
No matter which flavor of automotive awesomeness you prefer, you absolutely must do a cross-country road trip at least once in your life. Seeing this great country unfold around the double-yellow line is an unforgettable experience, pretty much guaranteeing you’ll find some adventure along the way. Unsurprisingly, adventure is exactly what Max Verstappen finds in this five-minute video chronicling his trip from the Rocky Mountains to Miami.
The video begins on the winding switchbacks of the West, with the Torro Rosso slithering its way through paved (and unpaved) two-lanes as he heads East.
Up next, Verstappen shreds some sand on the beaches of Miami before heading down Ocean Drive for a little peacocking. Then it’s to the docks, where the F1 machine gets into a little race with a speedboat.
So yeah, the video can be a little cheesy at times, but seeing this finely tuned F1 car completely out of its element is reason enough to press play.
Full Walkaround of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Video
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is, on paper, the British automaker’s flagship grand tourer. More important than that, though, is how the new model fits in Aston Martin’s hierarchy. The DBS Superleggera, ladies and gentlemen, is the long-awaited replacement for the Vanquish S. It also happens to be lighter and more powerful than the DB11, having shaved almost 160 pounds compared to the DB11, all while packing 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.
If you haven’t seen the DBS Superleggera, then you’re in for a treat. Noted auto blogger Shmee150 was able to see the newest Aston at its unveiling. Not only was he able to take a good look at the DBS Superleggera, he also spent a good amount of time going through all the stylistic nuances that make this model one of the finest creations Aston Martin has come up with in recent memory. The DBS Superleggera’s design almost touches supercar levels. Sure, there are still hints of Aston’s trademark styling, but the low-slung stance and low ground clearance of the DBS Superleggera give it a more performance-oriented aura, the likes of which we haven’t seen from Aston Martin in quite some time. Other design hints like the side louvers and the entire rear section also enhance its supercar aura.
The interior is similar to the DB11, but Aston Martin found ways to raise the stakes in the cabin of the DBS Superleggera. The dark chrome bezels on the center console are one example of the increased attention to luxury design. It’s the same thing with the chopped carbon fiber on the door trim. You rarely see that kind of treatment on luxury models like Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Seeing it on an Aston Martin is definitely a welcome and pleasant addition.
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is a design achievement for the British automaker. Calling it “stunning” doesn’t do justice to how it looks. But more than that, the new range-topping GT also packs a 5.2-liter V-12 engine that Aston Martin debuted in the DB11, albeit revised to accommodate a more powerful setup amounting to 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Do the math, and that’s an extra 115 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque more than what you can get out of the DB11.
Aston Martin isn’t messing around with the DBS Superleggera. It promised a worthy successor to the Vanquish S, and it more than delivered. Now, all that’s left is to see how the automaker’s new GT model stacks up against the competition. Something tells me that it’s going to more than hold its own.
Hear the new Aston Martin Vantage Rev its V-8 Engine
It’s been just a few days since Aston Martin rolled out the new-generation Vantage and we’re still in awe of the new coupe. The design is absolutely stunning to look at, the interior brings together traditional British design and modern tech, while the chassis and drivetrain make it a road-legal beast. I’m impressed with this car from just about every angle, but there’s one thing I’ve been dying to hear: it’s new V-8 engine roar. Granted, this won’t happen any time soon with the car still a few months away from hitting the roads, but the folks over at Vehicle Virgins found out that the new Vantage was just delivered to Aston Martin’s Beverly Hills dealership and went there to see it. And taped everything, including the car’s exhaust note, and put it on YouTube.
God, I love technology!
The 15-minute video documents the road to the dealerships and it’s pretty much a presentation of the car inside and out, but skip to the 12-minute mark and you’ll get some engine note goodness. That twin-turbo V-8 pops and gurgles like nothing else, and even though it’s based on the 4.0-liter unit in the Mercedes-AMG GT, it sounds way better. Unfortunately, there’s no high-speed revving footage because the car is placed inside a building, but it pretty obvious that this thing will sound fantastic while changing gears under heavy throttle on the highway. Hopefully, we’ll get some proper footage soon.
Take a First Look at the Aston Martin Vantage
The new Aston Martin Vantage is here, taking the original design and morphing it into what it was always meant to be. It’s wider, lower, sexier, and proportioned just right. Highlights include a larger grille up front that sits lower and is integrate into the front spoiler, a wider presence out back, bubblier greenhouse, and a more aggressive design overall. Under the hood sits an all-aluminum, 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm.
That accounts for an increase of 83 horsepower and 144 pound-feet over the outgoing base model! That’s a huge increase. Shifting duties are handled by a ZF eight-speed auto while the rear wheels are controlled by an electronic differential – a first for Aston Martin. Now that you know about the goodies under the metal, check out this video from YouTuber Shmee150 as he goes over all the finer details in this first look!
New Aston Martin Vantage Hits the Track Before Next Week’s Launch
Set to be unveiled next week, the new-generation Aston Martin Vantage just made a new appearance in a short teaser movie. This time around, the British coupe is showcased going sideways under heavy throttle. All in slow motion with the rear wheels spinning wild and leaving marks on the tarmac. The footage is really short, and the car is still wrapped in camouflage, but it’s surprisingly satisfying to see the Vantage do what it knows best on a race track.
Many details are still under wraps, but we do know that the Vantage will get many design cues from the Aston Martin DB11. The DB10 one-off, which the company built for the James Bond "Spectre" movie should also leave a mark on the exterior styling. Inside, it should get new features and all the state-of-the-art tech seen in the DB11. Likewise, the latter’s twin-turbo V-8 and V-12 engines should provide motivation. Enjoy the teaser and stick around for updates on the new-generation Vantage next week.
Afzal Kahn’s Ultimate Car Is The DB9 Vengeance: Video
What did you want to be when you were a kid? If you were like Afzal Kahn, you wanted to go about creating something beautiful, sitting in your folks’ car and just imagining what was possible on four wheels. Kahn pursued that dream by studying architecture, but soon realized he felt unfulfilled designing buildings. From there, he pivoted to cars, turning his “boy racer” hobby into a career by creating custom body pieces and wheels. Still, it wasn’t enough. He wanted to create something more in-depth, and set about designing an entirely new body for one of his all-time favorites – the Aston Martin DB9. “What would this car look like if it evolved? And what would it look like if I designed it?” With that, the Vengeance was born.
Responsible for putting together this six-minute profile are our friends over at /DRIVE, who do a fantastic job conveying Kahn’s passion for design. Using a DB9 chassis for the bones, Kahn tuned and tweaked his ultimate car constantly, finally settling on the look we see today after years of refinement. The video is replete with lovely shots of the car, all set to a dramatic soundtrack in the background, plus a nice bit of the powerplant’s V-12 wail to boot. “I wanted to create something a bit more beastly looking,” Kahn says. What do you think? Does the Vengeance up the Aston’s appeal even further?