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2018 Aston Martin Vantage

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Two-door body style 2+0 seating

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 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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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage

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. Now, enjoy it all for yourself by displaying it as your desktop wallpaper!

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Now Aston Martin Says it Won't go With an AMG In-Line Six Engine For the Vantage

Now Aston Martin Says it Won’t go With an AMG In-Line Six Engine For the Vantage

Senior exec admits to phrasing his comments wrong

Contrary to previous reports, Aston Martin has no plans of dropping an AMG-sourced inline six-cylinder engine into any of its new models. Those sentiments come straight from senior engineering executive Matt Becker, who admitted that his previous comments about the possibility of six-pots returning to Aston Martin models were phrased differently than he intended to. So if anyone out there is still excited about the prospects of a six-cylinder Aston Martin heading to market soon, here’s a bucket of ice-cold water to douse those expectations.

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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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Car for Sale: Elton John's 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550-Manual

Car for Sale: Elton John’s 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550-Manual

It’s rare to see a car like this hit the market, so you better make it count

If you’re in the market for a unique sports car that was once owned by one of the most iconic musicians in history, there’s a 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550 that’s waiting for you. You’re going to have to spend around $300,000 for it, but if you do decide to make the plunge, you can take comfort knowing that this specific Vantage V550 is owned by none other than Elton John.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage in Deep Thought

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage in Deep Thought

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Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

The tall-riding mash-up continues…

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe you’re just in denial?), demand for crossovers and SUVs continues to consume just about every automotive segment imaginable. Even the well-established performance marques are susceptible to the siren song of profitable jacked-up suspension plus tons of practical rear cargo room, with models like the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus upending decades of sports car traditions. But what if we took it a step further? What if we gave eight iconic sports cars the SUV treatment? Welp, Jennings Motor Group did exactly that with the following renderings.

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage Volante

2019 Aston Martin Vantage Volante

The new Vantage will lose its top in 2019

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.

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New Aston Martin Vantage Sold Out for 2018!

New Aston Martin Vantage Sold Out for 2018!

You’ll have to wait until 2019 if you want one

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage just made its public debut last week, and we’re still in awe of its fantastic design, incredible interior, and tremendous performance. But it seems we’re not the only ones impressed by it. Enthusiasts have taken Aston Martin’s recently opened preorder books by storm and purchased the entire production run for 2018. Yup, if you want one of these babies and haven’t placed an order yet, you won’t be able to take it home until 2019. Impressively enough, it’s been only a few days since it went on sale. And it’s not cheap either, retailing for around $150,000.

"Most of our production for next year is already sold out," Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said in an interview, according to Bloomberg. And even he declined to specify production figures, it’s safe to assume, at least based on previous production figures, that Aston Martin will build around 2,000 Vantages in 2018, if not more. The first deliveries are scheduled to arrive in the second quarter of 2018.

The announcement comes only a few days after the British company reported a pretax profit of £22 million (about $29.3 million) for the first nine months of 2017. Sales were up 84 percent to 567 million pounds compared to the same period of 2016, when Aston Martin posted a loss. The Vantage is expected to increase sales even farther and eventually help the company establish a record of profitability ahead of going public.

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Hear the new Aston Martin Vantage Rev its V-8 Engine

Hear the new Aston Martin Vantage Rev its V-8 Engine

It pops, it gurgles, and it’s plain awesome!

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.

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Thanksgiving Day Special – 7 Cars We're Thankful For

Thanksgiving Day Special – 7 Cars We’re Thankful For

Counting our blessings… and horsepower too

Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of daily life, and in the process, forget about all the good things you’ve got going for you. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those blessings, providing an opportunity to be grateful for what you have. For us car lovers, 2017 brought all kinds of new stuff to be thankful for, with a bevy of outrageous hypercars to drool over and bench race. As such, we’ve put together a list of cars we’re thankful for right here for your enjoyment.

While 2017 certainly brought the goods in terms of high-end performance, we had to toss in a few other models as well, ya know, just to remind us how truly fortunate we are. And, per usual, we wanna know what cars you’re thankful for. It doesn’t have to be some top-shelf, 250-mph insane-o machine. Perhaps you’re thankful for your trusty daily driver, which reliably ferries you to and fro without issue. Let us know in the comments. And oh yeah – Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage Comes to Strike Fear in Porsche and Mercedes Purists Everywhere

The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage Comes to Strike Fear in Porsche and Mercedes Purists Everywhere

It’s oh so sexy!!!

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage is here, and it takes the car’s design and aerodynamic prowess to a whole new dimension. It offers up an insane increase in power output (83 horsepower and more than 100 pound-feet of torque) over the outgoing V-8 model and can even hit a 60-mph sprint in less than 3.5 seconds. There’s even an all-new electronic differential, which is a first for any Aston Martin vehicle. With the last model running 2005 to 2017 – in various versions and trims, of course – it’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. So, let’s take a nice look at what the new Aston Martin Vantage has to offer in brief.

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Take a First Look at the Aston Martin Vantage

Take a First Look at the Aston Martin Vantage

It’s what the Vantage was always meant to be

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!

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New Aston Martin Vantage Hits the Track Before Next Week's Launch

New Aston Martin Vantage Hits the Track Before Next Week’s Launch

Opposite-lock goodness caught on camera

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.

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Aston Martin's Gravity-Powered Vantage GTE Soapbox Is A Winner In Our Books

Aston Martin’s Gravity-Powered Vantage GTE Soapbox Is A Winner In Our Books

It also placed second in the 24 Seconds Le Ally Pally over the weekend!

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE made a spectacular showing at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its LMGTE Pro class on its way to finishing 17th overall. The success has spurred Aston Martin Racing and the Vantage GTE to even greater heights as it once again took to the grid to compete in yet another racing competition. This time though, the scene of the Vantage GTE’s latest motor racing triumph isn’t Le Mans. It’s not even Bathurst or the Nürburgring. It’s Alexandra Palace in London, England, the site of Red Bull’s Soapbox Race where the Vantage GTE Soapbox finished second in the “24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally.”

Snicker all you want, but you can’t deny that the miniaturized, gravity-powered Vantage GTE looks just as awesome as its life-sized counterpart. It is a lot smaller than the actual Vantage GTE and it doesn’t have the car’s powerful V-8 engine, but where it lacks in producing an actual soundtrack, the soapbox Vantage GTE more than makes up for it in having a presence about itself. Even better, it actually had a successful go at the 24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally, finishing second overall, behind only the Brooklands Special team. That kind of success is what Aston Martin was going for when it decided to enter the soapbox in the fun-filled race, and you can be sure that the motorsports division of Aston Martin will try to build on this year’s impressive result and turn it into a better showing next year. Who knows, next year’s entry might even be the Valkyrie hypercar, or at least a soapbox version of it.

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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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This Gorgeous Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Will Be Sold in China Only

This Gorgeous Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Will Be Sold in China Only

Damn you, Aston Martin!

Virtually nonexistent outside Asia until 1990, the Chinese automotive industry has expanded dramatically in recent years and its the largest in the world since 2008. As a key market on a global scale, China benefits from many privileges, including exclusive models from several important automakers. For instance, BMW launched the 1 Series Sedan in China only and Buick designed most of its U.S. lineup with the Chinese market in mind. Now, Aston Martin is also looking to expand in the country and it built a bespoke V8 Vantage S as a marketing tool.

Called the Great Britain Edition (not exactly inspired, huh?), comes from the company’s already familiar Q division and is limited to only five units. Granted, it’s not the kind of car that will spend too much time in showrooms, but it should give Aston Martin a relevant answer to the question: will Q-made grand tourers sell in China? Based on what type of luxury cars are popular in China, the answer is yes, without the Great Britain Edition, but hey, Aston Martin needs a solid showroom at the Shanghai Auto Show.

So what exactly makes this car special aside from having its country of origin in its name?

For starters, it’s finished in Stratus White and has bright, metallic blue mirror caps and rear diffuser insert. It might sound plain, but it’s a gorgeous combination. Just look at the pictures. The exterior is rounded off by red, white, and blue fender badges, but more goodies can be found inside. From the deep Aurora Blue leather with bespoke Zagato wave quilting to the Anodised Blue rotary knobs and Union Jack embroidery, the cabin is as bespoke as it gets and it’s the perfect example of pure British craftsmanship.

Pricing for one of the five limited-edition model is set at CNY2,088,000, which converts to around $303,185 as of April 2017. Definitely not cheap, but we’re talking about a very exclusive car here.

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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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Aston Martin Launches Performance AMR Division in Geneva

Aston Martin Launches Performance AMR Division in Geneva

Showcases Vantage and Rapide concepts

British sports car maker Aston Martin has just taken another step toward expanding its lineup with the introduction of the performance-oriented AMR division. Derived from the Aston Martin Racing arm, AMR made its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, where two production-ready concepts previewed the first models to wear the new badge.

Based on the regular models but developed With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more aggressive styling, the AMR cars will pretty much slot between the standard road-going lineup and the race-only vehicles created for GT4- and GT3-spec racing. The AMR brand follows in the footsteps of iconic Aston Martin road cars from the past, such as those that received the Vantage designation before it became a stand-alone nameplate. Vantage-specification models were launched in 1951 and the project eventually steered the marque to an historic outright win at Le Mans in 1959.

AMR cars will also take inspiration from Aston Martin Racing. Established in 2004, the motorsport division has enjoyed great success in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), winning the GT Drivers’ Championship in 2016 and securing three class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. On top of that, the company’s GT3 and GT4 programs have brought home countless victories and championship titles over the last decade.

The AMR lineup will include two types of cars. There will be plain AMR models closely related to their road-going counterparts and AMR Pro cars on the more extreme side of things, including versions for track use only. The development of all AMR Pro models will be led by the Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations, the highly-skilled department that helped create outstanding vehicles such as the Vantage GT12, Vantage GT8 and Aston Martin Vulcan.

At the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin brought the Rapide AMR and the Vantage AMR Pro as the first products from the new performance division. Find out more about them below.

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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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Strange Looking Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster Caught Testing

Strange Looking Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster Caught Testing

Is Aston going to do a limited run of the GT12 Roadster?

Earlier this year, Aston Martin showed off a fully, road-legal one-off roadster version of the Vantage GT12 that was tailor made by Q – Aston Martin’s customization division. That car was shown off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has since been delivered to its rightful and very lucky owner. That being the case, it came as quite a shock to everyone here in the office when we received a round of spy shots of what appears to be a Vantage GT12 Roadster. The car is being put through the paces on the roads around the Nürburgring and was spotted with the top up and down throughout the session.

The fact that the car is being tested with the top up and down tells us that Aston is seriously testing the car, but the question is for what. The GT12 Roadster was a one-off, so it is a bit surprising to see another one of these wild roadsters being put through the paces. Preliminary investigations have yielded little information, but we suspect that Aston Martin has decided to do a limited run of the GT12 Roadster. It only makes sense, really. The one-off shown earlier this year saw a lot of positive attention and surely, the owner of that one isn’t the only person who has aspired to have a roadster version of the GT12.

At this point, we suspect that this mule is rocking the same 6.0-liter V-12 as the Vantage Coupe. It should deliver 600 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed transmission. That said, it should have a 60-mph sprint of around 3.6 seconds with a top speed in the 200-mph range. It is probably sporting an updated suspension system to help make up for the lack of body stability without a metal roof and could have other chassis refinements as well. Handling of the roadster is probably quite similar to that of the coupe it is based on, but it probably experiences a little extra body flex. Either way, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open and will bring you additional information about this model as it becomes available.

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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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Auto Express Takes The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 For A Spin: Video

Auto Express Takes The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 For A Spin: Video

The sold-out special edition Aston is living up to the hype...and then some

Some people dismiss the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 as a mere money-grab for Aston Martin. After all, it’s not that much more powerful than the “regular” Vantage V8 S, and yet, it costs significantly more than its standard counterpart. But to think of the Vantage GT8 in those terms is to not understand the incredible work Aston Martin put into making the car completely different from the V8 S. Auto Express shares that sentiment when it recently took the Vantage GT8 up for a review.

The perceived “shortcomings” are there, but a lot of cars have shortcomings of their own. What Aston Martin managed to do was to take the things that the Aston Martin GT8 supposedly lacked and worked around them through other methods to create a special edition car that definitely lives up to its billing. From the refined and more aggressive look to the re-trimmed cabin and all the way to the re-engineered chassis, the Aston Martin GT8 is arguably one of Aston Martin’s finest creations.

Think I’m alone in an island with that sentiment? Do check out Auto Express’ review of the limited edition sports car. I’m not going to spoil the details here, but as you can imagine, there’s a reason why I’m sharing this review. A lot of people may have given up on Aston Martin and just as it appears that the company is on the verge of disappointment, it comes out and pulls a model like the Vantage GT8 out of its hat.

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You Can Now Configure Your Own Aston Martin GT8 Online

You Can Now Configure Your Own Aston Martin GT8 Online

If nothing else, you can make yourself a nice computer wallpaper that sports the GT8

Just last April we learned that Aston Martin was planning a race-focused version of the V8 Vantage, and just a few days after that we saw the prototype tearing up the Nürburgring. Aston Martin wasted little time and debuted the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 – a car that follows in the footsteps of the GT12 – for the whole world to see just days later. Of course, the GT8 is a limited-edition model and will only be produced in 150 examples, but that doesn’t mean you can’t design your own right now.

Aston Martin has finally opened the floodgates to its Vantage GT8 online configurator. It allows you to customize the exterior finish, accenting, add or remove an aerodynamics package, choose from several halo paint jobs, and choose between a number of different wheels, among other things. With the way limited-edition models get snatched up these days, chances are all 150 models could already be spoken for, but at least you can still get a cool desktop background of a GT8 designed with your own personal touches, right?

Don’t forget that the GT8 isn’t all for the track. The car is built with all the track-related goodies one could ask for, but it also retains the car’s best comforts, including the air conditioning, Ami III infotainment system, and even the air conditioning. It’s not likely you’ll ever get to drive your own GT8, but in case you’re thinking about trying to get your hands on one, it comes with a 446-horsepower V-8 under the hood with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic strapped to the back of it.

With that said, I took the time to design my own GT8, so keep on reading to see what learn more about how I configured mine.

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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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Aston Martin Vantage V8 S Blades Edition Owners Get Aerial Delivery: Video

Aston Martin Vantage V8 S Blades Edition Owners Get Aerial Delivery: Video

This is one of those times when you know you just bought a special car

Taking ownership of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is cool enough in its own right. But you know what’s better than that? Being only one of five people to take delivery of the super limited Vantage V8 S Blades Edition. But you know what’s even better than that? Taking delivery of the Vantage V8 S Blades Edition and ending up on board a plane with a member of the Blades aerobatic team. Now that’s what I call a special delivery.

I can’t even begin to imagine the thrill of waking up knowing that you’re finally going to receive a car as special as the Vantage V8 S Blades Edition and then finding out that the dealership that’ll hand over the keys to your bespoke Aston had planned an elaborate surprise that included an aerobatic flight with the team in which the cars you bought are commemorating. These five owners had that experience and not only that, there were also treated to some precious track time with their new cars, complete with tutorials from no less than the Aston Martin professional driving team.

I guess buying a car as exclusive as the Vantage V8 S comes with perks unlike any other. Makes me wonder if the handshake and the pat on the back I got when I took delivery of my Honda Civic was enough to make me feel special.

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Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Sounds Awesome At The Nürburgring: Video

Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Sounds Awesome At The Nürburgring: Video

This is what a 595-horsepower, limited edition Aston Martin sounds like

The Aston Martin Vantage GT8 may be grabbing all the headlines these past few days and deservedly so. But just because everyone’s talking about the Vantage GT8, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about its big brother, the Vantage GT12. Let’s face it, as awesome as the GT8 is – and it’s pretty awesome! – the GT12 is still in a different league altogether.

Proof of that can be found in this video where the limited-edition, track-focused monster was spotted doing some raging runs around the Nürburgring. There aren’t really a lot of words that you can say to aptly describe that ear-piercing roar coming out of that 6.0-liter V-12 engine. That’s 595 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque worth of power and judging by that exhaust note, all that power is being put to good use.

I can’t say enough about the Vantage GT12 without feeling envious that I won’t be able to drive one anytime soon. After all, Aston Martin only produced 100 units of the car so it’s not like I’m going to spot one in my neighborhood anytime soon. Fortunately, there are videos like this one to keep me company as I continue to wistfully imagine being able to get behind the wheel of one. Check out the video and remember: volume up!

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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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Aston Martin Vantage GTE Racers Get Bespoke Badging

Aston Martin Vantage GTE Racers Get Bespoke Badging

Badges were designed by Q by Aston Martin to commemorate all nine stages of the season

Aston Martin has been a stalwart of endurance racing since the automaker’s racing team, Aston Martin Racing, made a return to competition in 2005. The team has been actively involve in various racing series around the world, including the World Endurance Championship, which made its debut in 2012. Now that the WEC is nearing the start of its fifth season, Aston Martin Racing is commemorating the occasion by unveiling a series of bespoke wing badges that will be worn by all Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE race cars for the entire season.

All these badges are unique in that each come with a personalized design from the British automaker’s resident personalization service, ‘Q by Aston Martin.’ Each design commemorates the flag of the country that will host each of the nine rounds of the series. Since the season opening race will be the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 17, 2016, the three V8 Vantage GTE racers that will be competing in the race will wear badges inspired by the Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain. That will be followed by the Belgian flag-inspired badges that will be used in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 7, 2016 and continuing until the season-ending 6 Hours of Bahrain on November 19, 2016.

The process by which these wing badges were created combines old-school jewellery making machinery with modern CAD technology. According to Aston Martin, the process starts with pressing and annealing to ensure that the badges are strong and durable. Once the badges are created, designing and coloring them takes center stage. This particular process involves applying the colors by hand and finished using fine grindstone to make them as smooth as possible. Once the colors are in place, the badges are then fired to glaze, polished to make them shiny, and plated on the cars.

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2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Aston Martin may have introduced a brand-new platform with the DB11, which replaced the DB9 for the 2017 model year, but the old vertical/horizontal (VH) architecture won’t be retired anytime soon. Currently used for the Vantage, Rapide, and Vanquish, the VH platform will live on until each of the three models receive their next-generation replacements. This should happen by the end of the decade, but the Brits are keen on keeping the existing models relatively fresh before sending them into retirement. The first to get a new update is the V12 Vantage S.

Having injected a bit of exclusivity into the Vantage range with the limited-edition, track-oriented GT12, Aston Martin is now giving the V12 Vantage S an option that sports car enthusiasts have been asking for ever since the S-badged model was launched back in 2013. If you haven’t figured it out yet, the range-topping grand tourer gained a manual transmission. The three-pedal version will hit dealerships for the 2017 model year and will be joined by a raft of exterior and interior changes brought by the new Sport-Plus package.

"Broadening the scope of the V12 Vantage S with a manual transmission option is an indication of our desire to offer the keenest drivers a more analogue and immersive machine to enjoy. I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the manual gearbox remains an integral part of our product plans and will do so for many years to come," said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

It would be interesting to find out why we had to wait more than three years for a manual V12 Vantage S to arrive, but I guess it’s better late than ever.

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Aston Martin Eyeing Race-Focused Version Of The Vantage

Aston Martin Eyeing Race-Focused Version Of The Vantage

Production to be limited to just 150 units

It’s not that often we see Aston Martin dominate the headlines as it has in the past few weeks, but with so many developments coming out of Gaydon, it’s only right that we kick off a new week with another new model that Aston Martin has in the works.

The new model, at least according to AutoCar, will be a race-focused version of the V8 Vantage and will carry the name GT8. It’s expected to follow the footsteps of its V-12 counterpart, the GT12, a similarly prepared version of the V12 Vantage that Aston Martin unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Much like the GT12, the GT8 will be developed with performance as one of its top priorities. It’s being tipped to be the lightest Vantage ever made, which Aston plans to achieve by using carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum in the car’s construction. Details on power and performance have yet to be announced, but given the goal to establish its feathery weight relative to other V8 Vantage models, the GT8 is being looked at as being faster than the V8 Vantage S to 60 mph by as much as three-tenths of a second. That should make it a worthy rival to a car like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

There’s also no word on when the GT8 will be made available, but Aston Martin has already capped production to just 150 units, 50 units more than the 100-piece G12. Pricing has reportedly been set at £170,000, which would be around $243,000 based on current exchange rates. It’s a bargain compared to the £250,000 ($357,000) price tag of the G12, but like its big brother, there are options available to increase the performance capabilities of the GT8. With those in place, the pricing for the newest Aston performance car could tip closer to £200,000, or about $285,000.

More details about the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 are expected to be announced when it makes its debut this week.

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Aston Martin Looking To Build Seven-Model Range

Aston Martin Looking To Build Seven-Model Range

A replacement model of the Vantage will be first in the cards

Aston Martin isn’t keen on calling it a lineup overhaul, but it might as well admit to it after announcing plans to build a seven-model lineup that effectively signals the start of a new era for the British luxury brand.

Speaking with Car & Driver, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer laid out the plans for the new model range, beginning with the replacement of the existing V8 Vantage. That model will retain the same name and is expected to launch in 2017. More importantly, it’s going to use the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, the first Aston Martin to use this specific powertrain. Accompanying the new engine will be a choice of either manual and automatic gearboxes. As for the V-12 version of the Vantage is concerned, Aston Martin hasn’t made plans known for that car, that is if it has plans to begin with. In any event, the release of the replacement Vantage will be followed by another replacement model.

Once the new Vantage hits the market, Aston Martin will turn its focus on new Vanquish. That car won’t be launched until 2018, and at this point, not much is known about the technical side of the supercar. It is important to note that Palmer himself singled out the next-generation Vanquish as the likeliest model to receive some of the technologies that come out of the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing partnership. Two F1-sourced techs that are reportedly being considered for the new Vanquish include structural carbon fiber and KERS technology.

Beyond these two models, Aston Martin is also busy preparing the DB11, which we first saw at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited replacement for the DB9 will be powered by a newly developed 5.2-liter turbocharged V-12 engine and is scheduled to arrive around the same time as the next-generation Vantage. A V-8 version is also reportedly in the cards, but a timetable for that model is still up in the air.

Rounding out the seven-model range are two models that we already know about: the Lagonda SUV and the DBX electric crossover. The remaining models are still shrouded in secrecy, but there is some indication that they could be the V-12 version of the Vantage and the V-8 version of the DB11. Another possibility is a production version of the RapidE Concept. Whether any of these possibilities come to bear is still a matter of debate, but we do know that theAM-RB 001, the 99-piece hypercar Aston Martin is developing with Red Bull, is unlikely to be part of the seven models due to its limited run.

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2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE

2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE

Aston Martin is bringing a new V8 Vantage GTE to the WEC Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans

In what seems like a repeat of history, Aston Martin Racing has announced a new Aston Martin GTE race car, as well as its intentions to win this year’s World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year, AMR is going for two GTE Pro entries and one GTE Am entry. The announcement of the new GTE race car also comes with news of a partnership with TOTAL and Dunlop, the latter of which will provide Sport Maxx GT racing tires for all GTE cars throughout the WEC.

This year, the #95 GTE race car will be driven by Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen and Darren Turner. The other Pro entry – the #97 GTE race car – will be driven by Richie Stanaway, Jonny Adam and Fernando Rees. The #98 car will return to race this year with Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, and Mathias Lauda. Needless to say, this is going to be a very exciting season for Aston Martin Racing.

Now that we’ve talked a little bit about the drivers and the new partnerships between AMR, TOTAL, and Dunlop, let’s take a look at this new GTE racer. Regulations changed this year, and teams now have greater freedom in the aerodynamics department, so we’re sure to see some new features.

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2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Blades Edition

2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Blades Edition

We’ve seen the Aston Martin Vantage in a number of forms over the past few years. It started back in 2005 with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, then in 2008, we saw the Aston Martin Vantage GT2. In 2009, we reviewed the Vantage GT4, then in 2010 we were pleased to write about the V12 Vantage. The list could go on with various one-off and tuned models like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage by D2Forged or the V8 GT2 by Jota Racing, but instead, I’m here to talk about another special version that will be limited to just five models: The Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Blades Edition.

Have you ever heard of the aerobatic display team from the United Kingdom known as The Blades? The team is a small group of pilots that are capable of incredible formation flying and is the only aerobatic display team in the world that operates as an airline, giving passengers the unique experience of flying in tight formation and experiencing air-bound stunts first hand. So why am I telling you about these unique pilots and what they can do with their Extra EA300 airplanes? Well, because they are the inspiration behind the Aston Martin’s newest Vantage.

The Blades Edition Vantage S is being developed to pay homage to those pilots and their planes, with several modifications not found on any other Aston Martin in the world. Each of the five units to be produced will even have its own personal identifier that links it directly to one of the airplanes used by The Blades. Join me on a short walk down the page as we see how Aston Martin has managed to link air travel to ground travel, and what makes the Vantage S Blades Edition so unique.

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Chris Harris Puts The Aston GT12 Vs. 991 GT3RS Vs. McLaren 650S: Video

Chris Harris Puts The Aston GT12 Vs. 991 GT3RS Vs. McLaren 650S: Video

When you’re a car presenter and you’re given three sports cars with features unique to their own, picking one over the two others is an incredibly difficult task. But Chris Harris isn’t your typical car presenter. He’s been around this block long enough to know how the game works. In this particular instance, Harris was given a chance to line up three of today’s most desirable sports cars - the Porsche 991 GT3 RS, Aston Martin GT12, and McLaren 650S - to determine which of these three gives prospective customers the most bang for their buck, which in this case would be above £200,000, or a little over $300,000 based on current exchange rates.

In true Harris fashion, the affable presenter neatly laid out the pros of each model, starting with the GT3 RS, a car he says is “natural and intuitive” in every thing it does. Once he was done gushing over the Porsche, Harris turned his attention to the GT12, which is actually sold out. Still, Harris was still able to have a few thoughts on the track-tuned Aston, calling it “outrageous fun” before lamenting on whether it was the best car he has driven in 2015. Then there’s the 650S, without question the fastest and most powerful of the three. Harris didn’t even hesitate calling the 650 “better” in a lot ways than its two rivals.

So, the question Harris eventually wanted to answer was if any of these three supercars are worth their price tags. Like the true gear head that he is, Harris eventually settled on an answer that’s not only predictable, but also shows how hard it is to pick one, even though, technically, the GT12’s sold out status disqualifies it from the choices.

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Chris Harris Drives The Aston Martin Vantage GT12: Video

Chris Harris Drives The Aston Martin Vantage GT12: Video

With the 2016 Vantage GT12 Special Edition, Aston Martin has pushed the Vantage platform to the outer limits of what’s acceptable in a road-going Aston. Its wider stance, lower front air damn, huge rear wing and howling V-12 make it about the closest thing you can to street-legal GT3 race car, and now everyone’s favorite YouTube tire slayer, Chris Harris, has finally gotten a go in one of only 100 examples that will ever be built.

Without giving away too much, he seems to like it. Really like it. It’s a simple formula, but rear-wheel-drive, V-12-powered, analog sports cars are becoming increasingly rare in the current age of turbocharged engines and all-wheel-drive. Obviously it’s devastatingly fast, but it’s also surprisingly compliant on the road in the softest of its three damper settings. It’s also an absolute weapon on the track, which is on full display in the second half of the video.

It’s actually not the first time Chris been behind the wheel of an Aston Martin Vantage GT12. He also drove a race-ready version in this year’s Nürburgring 24 hour race. Aside from a set of slick tires, safety equipment and an air restrictor to conform to class rules, it was almost identical to the road car. He made a video of that too, which is also well worth your time to watch.

When it’s not restricted, the GT12’s 6.0-liter V-12 produces 592 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, which is sent to the rear-wheels through a (somewhat obsolete) single-clutch, paddle-shift transmission. It does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and will go on to top speed of about 185 mph. Prices start at about $390,000, but that doesn’t really matter, because all 100 have been spoken for.

Harris suggests that he’ll soon pit the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 against the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. That should be a lot of fun, so stay tuned. In the meantime, crank up the hi-fi for an earful of V-12 heavy metal.

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 Chris Harris Drives Aston Martin GT12 At Nurburgring 24H: Video

Chris Harris Drives Aston Martin GT12 At Nurburgring 24H: Video

Forget the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Indy 500. The Nürburgring 24 is absolutely the greatest racing spectacle in the world. The Nordschleife and GP circuits combine to form a 15.5-mile course that was built to break cars. It attracts a field of nearly 200 teams that run everything from purposed-built GT3 cars to hatchbacks to a vintage Opel Manta with a raccoon tail dangling from its aerial.

Then there are the fans, who are as passionate about racing as they are about swilling the local brew, Bitburger. A friend of mine once described the N24 campgrounds as Jurassic Park. The partying is non-stop for the entire week leading up to the race, with techno and metal blaring against a backbeat of race engines. If going to this race isn’t on your bucket list, it really needs to be.

But, if you can’t make it, then this video might be the next best thing. Chris Harris was invited by Aston Martin to drive a new Vantage GT12 in the 2015 N24, and other than its slick tires, required safety equipment and 50-horsepower drop to meet class requirements, it was a street-legal road car with a racing livery. Chris proves it by taking it for a spin on the roads around the Nürburgring before the race. Check out the video to see how he and the GT12 fare during the race.

Without restrictors, the 2016 Aston Martin GT12’s 6.0-liter V-12 produces 592 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. In the sports car tradition of paying more for less, it features a stripped out interior that helps save 220 pounds. It does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, but outright top speed is sacrificed in the name of downforce-generating aero add-ons that make it look like a GT3 racer for the road.
This is a wonderful video.

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Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Testing At Nurburgring: Video

Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Testing At Nurburgring: Video

The 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 may have come to the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed to rev its massive V-12 powerplant and race up the hill, but it seems the limited-edition grand tourer isn’t yet ready to take on the streets. At least that’s what the video above, showing the GT12 being put through its paces on the Nurburgring lap, suggests.

That’s far from upsetting though, as seeing the ultimate Vantage carve Germany’s legendary race track is a treat. More so since the driver appears to actually race the car when not dealing with slow traffic. There’s plenty of engine roar, high-speed runs, and even a gorgeous, blue-and-orange livery.
_But what a sound! Turn up the volume for this one.

As a brief reminder, the Vantage GT12 is essentially a road-legal version of the 2012 Aston Martin GT3-spec race car. It uses a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 592 horsepower and is about 220 pounds lighter than the standard model. It will take only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph and Aston Martin says only 100 units will be built.

In case the GT12 name is a bit confusing, you should know that the Brits initially named it the Vantage GT3, just like the race car it is based on. However, Aston Martin had to remane it to GT12 after Porsche claimed its right on the GT3 moniker. Turns out names aren’t that important, as this Vantage is one quick machine. Hit play to see for yourself.

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Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Sold Out

Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Sold Out

If you were interested in getting your hands on the street-legal, track-prepped Aston Martin Vantage GT12, which the automaker initially renamed the GT3, you’re too late. The British automaker has just announced that the special edition sports car has just sold out.

This isn’t a rumor or a report that we’re going off here. Aston has officially released a press release letting the world know that they missed one of the most amazing Vantages to ever grace pavement.

There were several stages of awesomeness added to the GT12, and the first was getting its weight down to a svelte 1,535 kg (3,384 pounds) from its standard weight of 1,665 kg (3,670 pounds). Aston achieved this weight loss by adding in a carbon-fiber hood, front wings and door casings, and installing polycarbonate rear quarter-windows. Optionally, buyers may also toss in a carbon-fiber roof for even more weight savings.

Rounding out the awesome body of the GT12 is a large rear spoiler and a front splitter to increase downforce.

The cabin also helped in the weight-savings department by using lightweight carbon-fiber seats and center stack, an Alcantara- wrapped steering wheel. Adding a touch of class to the cabin are carbon-fiber “GT12” doorsill plaques.

Aston Martin also spent a little time massaging the 6.0-liter V-12 engine too. It tweaked the powerplant to 600 PS (592 horsepower), which is a 27 PS (roughly 27-horsepower) gain over the standard Aston Martin Vantage V12 S. The power boost was courtesy of revised magnesium intake manifolds and a titanium exhaust system.

Unfortunately, Aston Martin only built 100 examples of this track-ready sports car, so it’s no surprise that it sold out so quickly.

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Aston Martin Unveils Vantage GTE Art Car Created By Tobias Rehberger

Aston Martin Unveils Vantage GTE Art Car Created By Tobias Rehberger

When talking about art cars, the BMW Art Car Project is definetely the most iconic example that comes to mind. From the race cars painted by Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol in the 1970s to the most recent M3 GT2 of Jeff Koons, the BMW Art Car Project is proof that cars and art can mix together in a brilliant way. It’s been exactly 40 years since the first art car, Calder’s 3.0 CSL, raced at Le Mans, and the world’s greatest endurance event will see yet another one battle for glory. This time around though, an Aston Martin Vantage GTE is the proud bearer of the art and Tobias Rehberger, the artist that created it.

The car Aston Martin Racing unveiled at the official race instection in the town of Le Mans on June 8th is actually the No. 97 Vantage GTE racing enthusiasts might know for its Gulf livery. However, instead of the usual blue-and-orange suit, the coupe will wear a special livery based on a geometric optical effect pattern during the race. The new paint job was commissioned by the owner of the car, a long-time admirer of German sculptor Tobias Rehberger, who is renowned for his abstract art and optical effects. Much like the rest of Rehberger’s work, the Vantage GTE is about "distorted perception and related phenomena like auto moving patterns, optical effects, camouflage and visual confusion."

The car will be driven by Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Robert Bell in next weekend’s race at Circuit de la Sarthe in the LM GTE Pro class.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale Vs Porsche 918 Spyder Vs Aston Martin Vantage S: Video

Ferrari 458 Speciale Vs Porsche 918 Spyder Vs Aston Martin Vantage S: Video

What is the right car for driving in Dubai? With the city’s brand new and butter-smooth roads, there isn’t really any wrong answer to that question, as you’ll be comfortable in anything. But it is only new, exotic and very expensive cars which really fit in with the architecture of Dubai, and that is what the folks at /Drive chose to take with them on their trip. Though the Ferrari 458 Speciale, Porsche 918 Spyder and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S are all very impressive, the video isn’t really much of a review of them. In fact, you’ll get more facts figures about Dubai from this than you will about the cars.

The video is more about how much fun it is to drive a supercar in UAE, and it does look like a blast. Most significant is the winding mountain road that they take toward the end. It’s a fantastic bit of driving with an amazing view, up there with the best driving roads in the world — in stark contrast to the highway they take to Abu Dhabi earlier, nicknamed the Highway of Death. Matt Farah chooses not to drive an Aston Martin over a mountain on a dirt road. Probably wise.

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Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Officially Renamed To GT12

Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Officially Renamed To GT12

There’s no denying how fast Aston Martin cars are, but the last week has shown just how fast the British automaker’s legal team can be, too. In the span of less than a month, Aston Martin’s lawyers have had to deal with a trademark infringement against Henrik Fisker and his Thunderbolt Concept as well as a naming issue that came up with Porsche regarding the 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

Aston Martin had created the car as a limited-edition, street-legal version of its GT3 class endurance racecar, but Porsche took issue with the name since it has used the “GT3” moniker for its track-tuned version of the 911. Reports soon popped up that Aston Martin was planning to change the name of this production car and the racecar to the Vantage GT12, which was made official in a new video for the “most potent and uncompromising Vantage to date.”

While the name has changed, the car’s availability sure hasn’t. Aston Martin is still planning to sell 100 Vantage GT12 street cars, but none of them will be sold in the U.S. This track-ready Aston Martin was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, and aside from its unique styling, the Vantage GT12 has increased the 6.0-liter V-12’s output to 592 horsepower while dropping curb weight by 220 pounds. Even with the weight loss, this 3,450-pound Vantage GT12 still weighs about 300 pounds more than a 911 GT3, but it also has a 117-horsepower advantage.

Continue reading to learn more about why Aston Martin changed the name of its sports car.

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Porsche Forces Aston Martin To Change Vantage GT3 Name

Porsche Forces Aston Martin To Change Vantage GT3 Name

Earlier this month, Aston Martin unveiled the Vantage GT3 Special Edition at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Essentially a road-legal version of the endurance race car bearing the same name, the GT3 Special Edition left many enthusiasts in awe, mostly due to its 592-horsepower rating and numerous race-spec bits inside and out. Porsche, on the other hand, was less impressed with Gaydon’s new track-prepped GT. In fact, Stuttgart was somewhat annoyed by the fact that the Brits named its newest sports car the GT3 and had its lawyers call Aston Martin’s lawyers a short while later. The Germans argued that they have been using the GT3 name since 1999 and filed a trademarked for it in 2011.

Aston Martin, on the other hand, insisted that the FIA GT3 racing series enables car makers to use the GT3 moniker on road cars freely and that the name had also been used before Porsche added it to the 996-generation 911 back in 1999. The previous GT3 car the Brits are referring to is the Lotus Esprit GT3, which went into production in 1996. Interestingly enough, Bentley also made use of the name for the Continental GT3-R, a road car loosely based on its GT3 class racer, but used a slight variation as to avoid trademark infringement.

The issue has been resolved outside the court, according to Goodwood Road & Racing, which reports Aston Martin has opted to rename both the road car and the race car the Vantage GT12.

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2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Special Edition

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Special Edition

Vantage GT3 race car for the road

In 2005, Aston Martin took on the incredible task of looking the Porsche 911 dead in the eye and not backing down, with the introduction of its Vantage. While it may not have been quite the performer of the 911, the Vantage was a stunning piece of automotive architecture in comparison to the 911. In 2011, the V12 Vantage joined the V8 model in the market, and suddenly the entire 911 lineup had something to worry about.

In 2015, Aston Martin took things up a notch and released a new limited-run model that that draws inspiration from the British carmaker’s GT3 race car. At first called the Vantage GT3, the track-ready coupe was renamed the GT12 after Porsche sued Aston Martin, claiming ownership of the GT3 name for road cars.

With the GT12, Aston Martin takes a new step in its quest to compete with the big boys of the industry. Sure, with its limited funds and resources, it can only do so much, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. Does the GT12 Special Edition have what it takes to hang with the masters of the road and track?

Continue reading my full review to find out.

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Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Makes Some Noise: Video

Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Makes Some Noise: Video

While everyone is busy trying to guess what sort of track monster Aston Martin will unveil at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show under the Vulcan name, the Brits quietly introduced the Vantage GT3 Special Edition. Essentially a street-legal version of the carmaker’s GT3-spec race car, this new V-12-powered rig is aimed at the bonkers 911 GT3, with Aston Martin hoping to defeat the benchmark of all track-ready sports cars by means of 600 PS (592 horsepower). Naturally, you don’t stand a chance against the 911 GT3 unless you go to fat-camp first, but the folks over at Aston Martin took care of that by shaving no fewer than 220 pounds off the car’s weight compared to the standard Vantage.

Of course, the GT3’s interior features fewer bells and whistles than usual, but if you fancy race-ready bits, this Vantage has you covered. The big news obviously lies under the long hood, where the naturally aspirated, 5.9-liter V-12 engine roars to the tune of 600 PS, which represents a 27 PS gain over the standard Vantage. More importantly, the updated, race-spec mill sounds downright stunning, obliterating the 911 GT3’s as far as decibels go. To find out what I mean, all you need to do is watch XCar’s exclusive video of Aston Martin’s new race car for the road. Hit the play button above to hear that V-12 engine roar.

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Aston Martin Needs Money; But A Cheap Model Is Not The Solution

Aston Martin Needs Money; But A Cheap Model Is Not The Solution

Aston Martin will require a huge cash investment in order to give its vehicle lineup and architectures a much-needed overhaul. But even at the expense of some profits, the British sports-car marker appears to have no desire to chase volume. In an interview with AutoGuide recently, Julian Jenkins, president of Aston Martin’s American operations, said that while the automaker is looking to expand to new segments, it won’t do so at the expense of the brand’s image and exclusivity. In short, don’t expect any cars to slot in beneath the 2015 Vantage GT with its $99,000 price tag.

Jenkins said that rare sports cars will continue to be the main focus of Aston Martin, and the brand could be looking to go even further upmarket to accomplish this. Aston Martin has already unveiled the Lagonda Taraf sedan, which will be limited to exclusive customers in the Middle East, but the brand is also looking to grow in Mexico, South America and Asia.

One thing that wasn’t discussed, however, was the potential SUV that has been mentioned frequently in recent years, as Bentley, Lamborghini and other low-volume performance/luxury brands consider building one. Jenkins left the open the possibility of a new Aston Martin SUV, or perhaps some other type of vehicle, by saying: “if there is a segment, if there is an opportunity that we can sit comfortably within we will go after it.”

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster Makes Some Noise: Video

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster Makes Some Noise: Video

There’s a lot that I like about the Tesla Model S. I like how it elevates electric vehicles from hum-drum commuters to the realm of sports cars. I also like how the instant torque can rocket the thing toward performance figures that embarrass most petrol-powered vehicles. On top of all of that, it also looks fantastic. But there’s one thing that the Model S, and indeed all electric vehicles, will never possess: ear-quaking sound. Years of exposure to exploding dinosaur juice has created in every car nut out there a Pavlovian response that, when done right, results in a solid case of the fizzies.

A V-12 from Aston Martin makes one such sound. The Brits sure do know how to make an exhaust sound great, and the Vantage S Roadster is testament to that, with its guttural, snarly, vicious set of pipes. As the host of this video, Alex Kersten, puts it, the V12 Vantage simply sounds “glorious.”

For many folks, the sound of a drop-top sports car is as important as its 0-to-60 time and horsepower figures. The sensation of accelerating with maximum thrust, gripping through a corner, and pouring wind through the cabin is simply incomplete without that all-important exhaust note.

Perhaps, many years in the future, such a feature will seem archaic, wasteful even. “What’s the point?” they’ll ask. If such a day ever arrives, let’s hope there’s an Aston Martin with a V-12 and a few drops of gasoline around to teach them.

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Chris Harris Picks Car of the Year 2014: Video

Chris Harris Picks Car of the Year 2014: Video

There are worse ways to make a living than gallivanting around the world driving some of the greatest cars mankind has ever produced, so it’s fair to say that Chris Harris has a job we all want. He calls his latest video “Car of the Year 2014,” but contrary to what the name suggests it’s not so much a contest, but rather a 42-minute celebration of Harris’ favorite cars of the last two years or so.

The setting is the beautiful Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal and the players are the Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche GT3, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Renault Megane 275 Trophy-R, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, and BMW M3. There are no winners or losers, just Harris and a few of his friends who have helped him out along the way, torching Pirellis and leaving long black marks all over the Portuguese tarmac.

Side activities include an impromptu go-kart race, with Harris and his longtime cameraman Neil Carry switching roles and failing miserably, and an unlikely drag race between the Porsche 918, Ferrari F12 and Renault Megane Trophy-R. No prizes for correctly predicting the finishing order for that one.

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Aston Martin Could Shutter US Dealerships Over Failed Crash Tests

Aston Martin Could Shutter US Dealerships Over Failed Crash Tests

Things aren’t looking so good for Aston Martin’s future if the automaker fails to get an exemption from the U.S. government’s crash test standards regarding its DB9 and Vantage models. More specifically, both models fail to comply with the new side-impact crash standards coming into effect next month and therefore would not qualify for sale within the U.S. Bloomberg reports Aston Martin filed for an exemption for the two cars last year, but the word is still out on whether the automaker will be able to continue selling the two models without making significant structural changes to meet the higher standards.

The exemptions would allow the DB9 to be sold through August 2016 and the Vantage through August 2017. Without such leeway, the automaker could suffer tremendous financial losses to its dealer network, resulting in many lost jobs and closed franchises.

With the independently owned Aston Martin already in a tight financial bind, the automaker likely cannot afford to significantly alter the DB9 and Vantage to comply with the new legislation. Since Aston Martin isn’t a part of a larger organization of automakers, it cannot simply borrow technology or shift funds to fix the problem.

The new side-impact crash standards taking effect next month are designed to heighten a vehicle’s ability to protect occupants against impacts with solid objects such as utility poles and trees.

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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S By Q

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S By Q

You know when you’re a kid in a toy store and you’re presented with four toys to pick from, but the issue is that you really want all of them? That’s what Aston Martin’s new lineup of Q by Aston Martin models feels like. Is it possible to just pick all of them as my favorite? I admittedly chose the DB9 Volante version, but the V12 Vantage S is tugging at my conscience.

Q by Aston Martin’s work on the V12 Vantage S, which is set to debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance, deserves all the adulation it can get. It’s rich body color exemplifies Aston Martin’s luxurious image. The intricate detail of the interior is also a sight to behold, kind of like looking at a design masterpiece of the highest order.

Just looking at these models bound for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is tough enough on its own. I can only imagine how difficult it is for an Aston Martin customer to get their hands on a Q by Aston Martin-personalized model.

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