Aston Martin Sent An DBX SUV and An Electric Rapide To Climb the Goodwood Hillclimb

Last year we saw something amazing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb - a V-8-powered Aston Martin Cygnet (rebadged Toyota iQ). Aside from that astonishing piece of engineering, Aston Martin gave us a look at the Vulcan AMR Pro - basically the most hardcore racing Vulcan there is. So, Aston Martin answered the question of its legacy in the best way possible. This year, however, Aston Martin will do something completely different - show us its first SUV. Dubbed the DBX, the pre-production Aston SUV will roam up that Goodwood hill precisely 70 years after the company appeared at the Goodwood racetrack for the first time.

This is the list of cars Aston Martin will show at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. I think Aston will live up to its legacy despite the DBX SUV thing.

Aston Martin DBX pre-production prototype

What do we know about the Aston Martin DBX Crossover? Exterior Spyshots
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The first Aston Martin SUV DBX will appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It certainly isn’t the vehicle to live up to Aston Martin’s legacy, but it is the one to show us the future for the brand. Among the Cayenne, Urus, proposed Ferrari Purosangue SUV, and the numerous performance SUVs from premium manufacturers, the Aston Martin DBX has to be the most beautiful.

Interestingly enough, Aston Martin's Simon Sproule, global marketing boss, said that women are basically behind the SUVs boom because they like to feel protected, and safe.

That is what the SUV gives you. This statement received a bit of backlash as many suggested that Aston Martin made a generalization about genders, which isn’t exactly nice nowadays. Nevertheless, Sproule did say that Aston Martin did extensive research into the topic of SUVs that that’s what its study showed.

What do we know about the Aston Martin DBX Crossover? Exterior Spyshots
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However, demonstrating the abilities of the DBX on the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb clearly shows Aston Martin’s intentions with it. This will be a really fast SUV. One with a Mercedes-Benz-built V-8, and an Aston Martin-engineered V-12.

Read our full review on the 2020 Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

Will Aston Martin Live Up to Its Legacy at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed?
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The most hardcore convertible in the Aston Martin lineup will, too, make a debut at the Goodwood hill climb.

Created around the DB11 chassis, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante lost some weight, gained novel aerodynamic features, and an engine developing more than 700 horsepower.

It is a brute with looks to kill for. The company’s fastest soft-top can top out at 211 mph (or even more than 215 according to some Aston Martin officials), but it can achieve speed at a tremendous rate. That is really the most important fact on the short, and rather technical track at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Who knows what time will it achieve.

Read our full review on the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

2018 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Exterior High Resolution
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Revealed only months ago, the Aston Martin Vantage AMR introduced us to a whole new 7-speed manual transmission. It is a transmission setup much lighter compared to 8-speed automatic ZF found in standard Vantage.

The technology will land in exactly 200 proposed units of the Vantage AMR. Compared to other manual transmissions, this one benefits from the AMSHIFT rev-matching tech, and so-called flat-shift capability.

In short, the driver does not have to lift off when changing the gear.

While the manual transmission seems more than adequate for a car of this stature, this Vantage AMR actually takes a bit longer to reach 62 mph. It needs exactly 4 seconds for the job, compared with 3.7 seconds for a car with an 8-speed automatic. Nevertheless, it is a much lighter car (more than 200 pounds lighter), so I believe that you can acquire the lost time in the bends.

Read our full review on the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Aston Martin Rapide E

Will Aston Martin Live Up to Its Legacy at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed?
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Aston Martin Rapide E will make a dynamic debut in the U.K. at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As the first electric Aston Martin, the Rapide E utilizes an 800V electrical architecture battery encased in a carbon fibre and kevlar casing, with a 65kWh installed capacity.

Interestingly enough, the electric Rapid E is the most powerful Rapide in existence. Aston Martin engineers integrated two electric motors with a combined output of 600 horsepower just above the rear axles. The electric machine, along with the DBX, definitely showcases the future of the brand. The Rapide E can achieve 62 mph in less than 4 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. It can also cover more than 200 miles on one charge.

Read our full review on the 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E

Conclusion

Will Aston Martin Live Up to Its Legacy at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed?
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Aston Martin President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer, said: “We are a business that is currently experiencing a momentous period of growth. Attending the Festival of Speed allows us to showcase our latest developments in electric and SUV technology while celebrating the rich history of our past. Aston Martin is proud to have been involved in the Festival of Speed since it began in 1993. It’s a nerve-wracking experience every time I drive up the hill in front of the crowds, the margin for error is tiny, but there is such an extraordinary atmosphere that it is like no other motor show on earth. It’s this excitement that keeps both participants and visitors returning year after year.”

Apart from entering several cars on the Goodwood hillclimb competition, Aston Martin will reveal the Lava Collection which features each of the four Vanquish Zagatos. All in all, it is a good year for Aston Martin at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Pre-production DBX SUV, stops at Festival of Speed as part of global testing plan
Global dynamic debut of Vantage AMR and DBS Superleggera Volante
Festival of Speed will be UK dynamic debut of Rapide E
01 July 2019, Gaydon: 70 years since Aston Martin first raced at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, the luxury British manufacturer returns to Goodwood Festival of Speed as this year’s featured marque. There have been many significant moments in Aston Martin’s long-standing relationship with Goodwood and this year will be no different with Aston Martin showcasing its bold new future and highlights from its past.

Included in this year’s event will be the global dynamic debut of the DBS Superleggera Volante and the limited edition, Vantage AMR. Unveiled earlier this year, Aston Martin has introduced a 7-speed manual transmission to its true sports car, Vantage. Also featuring dynamic tweaks inspired by motorsport, Vantage AMR delivers a heightened driving experience while commemorating Aston Martin’s 1-2 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a limited edition ‘Vantage 59’ livery.

There will also be an opportunity to see the Rapide E dynamically for the first time in the UK with the high-performance battery electric sportscar driving up the hill from the First Glance paddock. The first electric Aston Martin, driven at Festival of Speed by Aston Martin Racing works driver Darren Turner, is powered by an 800V electrical architecture battery with a 65kWh installed capacity. The battery system powers two rear mounted electric motors that produce a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque.

Festival of Speed will also be the first time that Aston Martin’s first SUV, DBX, will be heard as it runs up the hill from the First Glance paddock. Due to be unveiled at the end of 2019, the camouflaged pre-production will be driven by Aston Martin’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker, who will put the SUV through its paces as it nears its global launch date.

Included in the Supercar Paddock will be the Lava Collection which features each of the four Vanquish Zagatos in the now iconic paint colour, Lava Red. Between the four V12 engines there is almost 2,400bhp with only 99 Volantes, Coupes and Shooting Brakes built – only 28 Speedsters were made. The project was announced in 2016 with the final car in the series, Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake delivered to customers this year. The four models will be joined by the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation which will be on display in Aston Martin hospitality, adding to the celebration of 100 years of Zagato. Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro will also be running, and the current World Endurance Racing Vantage GTE will also be driven up the hill by Aston Martin Racing works driver Jonny Adam who has just returned from competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Other nods to Aston Martin’s rich history will be made with attendance from great racing cars from pasts successes at Brooklands, Circuit de la Sarthe and Silverstone. Each car will feature in the Aston Martin moment which will occur each day of the Festival of Speed honoring 106-years of racing history.

Aston Martin President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer, said: “We are a business that is currently experiencing a momentous period of growth. Attending the Festival of Speed allows us to showcase our latest developments in electric and SUV technology while celebrating the rich history of our past.

“Aston Martin is proud to have been involved in the Festival of Speed since it began in 1993. It’s a nerve-wracking experience every time I drive up the hill in front of the crowds, the margin for error is tiny, but there is such an extraordinary atmosphere that it is like no other motor show on earth. It’s this excitement that keeps both participants and visitors returning year after year.”

For more information on the attractions at the Goodwood Festival of Speed please visit https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/festival-of-speed/.

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