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Aston Martin has a new business plan, and it will culminate in the building of the V8 supercar by 2022. Company executives revealed that Aston’s “second century plan” includes releasing a new model every year until 2022, when the range will be completed and model replacements will begin.
What will generate the most interest among Aston Martin enthusiasts is the mid-engined supercar that is set to arrive in 2022, according to Autocar. This will be the final car in the company’s plan. But instead of being too out-of-this-world, Aston’s design boss Marek Reichman said that the mid-engined supercar will be “more mainstream” compared to the limited edition AM-RB 001 hypercar currently being developed by Aston Martin and Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer.
When it goes on sale, the Aston Martin V8 supercar will sit just above or at par with Ferrari 488 GTB. According to Reichman, all car designers “dream” of designing a mid-engined supercar, which should include a smaller fronter area, lower nose, shorter overhangs and smaller wheels.
Aston Martin last showed interest in building midengined cars in 2014 when it introduced the DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo at Goodwood. This 800bhp mid-engined GT racer was specifically created for the Gran Turismo 6 computer game and the theoretical twin-turbo V12 was also made available for download.
But the DP-100 project is far from being just available in the online world since Reichman revealed that the design cues used on the DP-100 could very well be applied on sports cars Aston Martin will launch in the real world.
Coupled with the developments in the AM-RB 001 project, the DP-100 concept could very well be used to engineer and design Aston’s mid-engined supercar. No doubt, the V8 supercar we are expecting in 2022 will have the same design aesthetics to the AM-RB 001 and the DP-100 concept.
If you’re one of the very few who were able to get their hands on the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato, then count yourself very lucky. At the same time that Aston Martin announced its plan to build a limited-edition car, the company also said that all units had been sold out.
The Vanquish Zagato concept was first shown at the Villa D’Este concours in Italy last month. Aston Martin said there will only be 99 units built, and that they already have buyers for every last one of them. This, of course, is despite the fact that the price for this car would probably be way up there.
The last Z-badged Aston Martin was the V12 Zagato, which cost more than $500,000 back in 2011. Add to that five years worth of inflation, a lower production run, and the Vanquish’s standard high price, then you’ve got yourself something not mere mortals can afford.
The Vanquish Zagato is based on the modified version of the mechanical package of the Vanquish. It, however, receives a unique carbon-fiber bodywork, as well as a “double bubble” roof. Supposedly, the “double bubble” will allow drivers to wear a helmet while driving the Vanquish Zagato.
Other features of this supercar are the front fenders with venturi-shaped air channels, bladed taillights at the back like the ones found on the Aston One-77 megacar, and a diffuser with quad exhaust pipes.
US buyers will have to content themselves with the V-12 engine similar to the one under the hood of the Vanquish. That means 576 horsepower that powers the Vanquish Zagato to go 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. The rest of the world would get the 600-horsepower version of the Zagato.
Deliveries of the Vanquish Zagato will begin in the first quarter of next year. Of course, we’re only speaking to those who actually ordered it.
When Aston Martin decided not to bring its hardcore Vantage GT12 to the United States last year, everyone was dumbfounded. How could the company take away something that breathtaking from Americans?
That one was closely aligned with the V12-powered Vantage GT3 race car. But like mentioned above, this was never experienced in the United States.
Apparently, a new and completely redesigned Vantage is coming next year. But before that, Aston will send out the current model with another hardcore, limited edition model.
This will be called the Vantage GT8, and it will be aligned with the V8-powered Vantage GTE race car. According to reports, this car will be packed with a series of weight-saving measures that include carbon fiber body panels and a stripped out cabin.
This means the race-inspired GT8 will be incredibly faster and lighter than its contemporaries. This would easily be the lightest Vantage ever.
Inside, you can expect a contemporary race-inspired interior, which makes any trip feel like you’re on the race track.
Its power will come from the 4.7-liter engine that is fitted in all V8 versions of the Vantage. The Vantage GT8 will be offered in both manual and automatic transmissions—particularly a seven-speed manual or Aston’s SSII automatic.
Production of the Vantage GT8, however, will be limited, so you have to get your hands on it fast. Aston Martin only built 100 examples of the Vantage GT12. The GT8, sources say, will have 150 units out in the market as soon as production is finished.
The GT8 has already been witnessed by potential customers that Aston Martin invited for an exclusive unveiling last week. The invitation purportedly included a sketch of the car that included a road-scraping front splitter, big rear wing, and large diffuser.
Remember, the GT8 will only be the first from Vantage this 2016, so expect more in the coming months and more importantly, next year.
Aston Martin may have already decided to stop using the glorious-sounding V-12 engine, but it is giving us something more to aspire for—the DB11 with a new 5.2-litre V-12 that shares bore centers with the old 5.9-litre engine.
But that is the only similarity between the old V-12 engine and the new power unit of the Aston Martin DB11. Everything else is new. It has an engine capable of 600 horsepower—60hp more than the DB9 GT—which would most likely help potential buyers to move on from the V-12.
The DB11 unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 can produce 516 lb-ft of torque, available from 1500 rpm to 5000 rpm. Compare this to the DB9’s max of only 457 lb-ft arrived at a lofty 5500 rpm, and you’ve got true power on your hands.
Aston Martin promises that the DB11’s engine can deliver lag-free response with one turbocharger and intercooler per bank. This can lead to cylinder deactivation as the engine shuts down a whole bank to become a 2.6-liter inline-six. It uses an eight-speed ZF automatic like on the Vanquish, with the power sent to the rear wheels through a torque-vectoring differential.
Dimensions of the DB11 are very similar to the Aston Martin DB9. The only difference is that the DB11 is 1.2 inches longer, 2.7 inches wider, and 0.3 inches higher. It also sits on a wheelbase that is 2.5 inches longer. The weight is also nearly identical at 3902 pounds, with the DB11 only being slightly 33 pounds lighter.
This is quite a conundrum since Aston Martin already said the new engine will be heavier, so the body’s shell mass is drastically reduced with the use of carbon fiber. In terms of interior, the DB11 has more space since it has almost usable rear seats compared to the DB9.
The Aston Martin DB11 will be priced at $214,820 in the United States. The first deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of this year.
Aston Martin has hand-built this $1-million Lagonda Taraf sedan that targets eccentric multi-billionaires who are willing to shell out that much money on a car that is less than the Mercedes-Maybach S600.
If you can remember the Aston Martin DB9 coupe and the Rapide sedan, then you will be familiar with the aluminum-intensive VH architecture where the 2016 Lagonda Taraf is built from. Basically, it’s the Rapide with a 7.9-inch wheelbase stretch and more formal roofline with carbon-fiber body panels.
The engine is a 540-hp version of the 6.0-liter V-12 that was used back in 1999 during the Ford-era of the Aston Martin. True to its roots, the V-12 is still built in the bespoke facility at Ford’s Niehl engine plant in Cologne, Germany. The engine is connected through a torque tube to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission mounted between the rear wheels.
As a result, the engine can peak at 6,650 rpm and has a peak torque of 465 lb/ft at 5,500 rpm. Since this is basically a DB9 and Rapide combined, the Taraf feels like an Aston Martin stretch limo. Drive wise, it doesn’t have that ultra-luxury feel that should come with a $1-million price tag.
Instead, the steering feels too lively while the engine’s too vocal. Also, the ride’s too firm and there’s too much road noise when driving. Coincidentally, the big Lagonda is an easier drive on the road than the Taraf. This is a surprise since the Lagonda tends to feel bulky and heavy.
The powertrain in the Taraf isn’t as impressive as when it was used in the DB9, but it still has that elastic, almost turbine-like surge of power reminiscent of the V-12. When handled, you can fill that the Taraf has a good grip with minimal roll and long wheelbase damps fore-aft pitching.
The interior, on the other hand, is typical Aston Martin. It has near-illegible instruments, console-mounted push-button transmission controls, and the Rube Goldberg infotainment interface. There’s also an HDD satnav system and 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system.
You may want to change your laptop and phone wallpapers now with the Aston Martin Vulcan as it lands to wow just about every living thing on the planet.
But, of course, if you’re one of the 24 lucky customers who managed to shell out £1.8 million for Aston’s 820 bhp, 7.0-liter V12-engined ode to the tracks, then you’ll get a firsthand experience on how to maneuver the Vulcan.
Hold still, though, the company just doesn’t hand you over the keys to this kind of powerful machine. It teaches you to fall into it by tutoring you how to handle the Aston martin V12 Vantage S and the Vantage GT4 racer first.
The first set of customers has undergone the same process, the company said, which took place at Abu Dhabi’s Formula One circuit. Each driver was given a passenger-side instruction to learn each lap. They were tested day and night to experience the car in different conditions.
The Aston Martin Vulcan is basically a high-end machine created for thrill-seeking billionaires. And although it is prudent to talk about the car’s oil system, it is also worth noting that the Vulcan has a plug-and-play lubrication system, making it possible to do a full oil change in 10 seconds.
Fraser Dunn, chief engineer of Aston’s Aston’s Q Advanced Operations Center in Wellingsbourne, England, said that Castrol’s Nexcel system was used in the Vulcan. The system is a box that includes both oil and filter elements to effective act as reservoir for a dry-sump lubrication system.
It allows the machine to offer a mess-free oil change by simply removing a Nexcel unit and putting in a new one. The system cuts maintenance times, especially since a car like this can be stored for extended periods between runs in the tracks.
Only 24 of these track-exclusive machines were released to adventure-lover billionaires, so seeing one on a track is a sure way to get your blood pumping.
Life is unfair, both off the roads and on the roads! Why else would some fortunate ones get to see the ultimate new creation by Aston Martin running the length of Oman. This one has left so many vehicle lovers fuming! Why should some people be so lucky, we can hear then exclaim! And it is quite understandable. Imagine the absolutely ravishing new Aston Martin Lagonda 2015 raging through the rich golden desert and the vast expanse dotted with mountains. Yeah, that sure must be quite a sight! Which has led us to know this beauty better. Yes, you are welcome to join us in this enchanting exploration!
So, this is what the glistening golden expanse of Oman witnessed – the drop dead temptress, the four-door Aston Martin Lagonda 2015 being steered away in fury! Who could even afford to miss a sight like that. Now add to the imagery the fact that it was the custom-order-only creation, something that is created to scream exclusivity. Experts have revealed that the company has chosen Oman for the production of this magic on wheels. It is all set for production in the year 2015, perhaps early quarters. This, actually, is no news for we had already heard about this one long time ago. We have long held our breath for this one to turn into reality. You can’t blame us, can you considering that we had the spy shots in front of us and those were tempting like how! There is nothing more torturous and appealing than setting your eyes on what appears to be charmer and yet months away from you, Aston Martin Lagonda 2015.
We did get some words out of the guy who designed the upcoming Aston Martin Lagonda 2015. What he said was what he has created. He called it the avant-garde creation, which has stature and exudes flamboyance! Now who will deny that. For, indeed, this one is as loud as they come, only with a streak of undeniable pride! However, there are many people who sort of disagree with the flamboyant bit. They feel that Aston Martin Lagonda 2015 that is dripping in the deepest shade of black can’t really qualify as flamboyant, in strict sense of the word. Well, even if black means it is not flamboyant it makes for a tough test, given the heat of Oman. From what we have heard, this one sure passed the hot-environment test with flying colours. So sturdy, so gorgeous, so irresistible, this one!
If the above-mentioned facts got your heart racing in true admiration, then there is more coming to hit you! The engineers of this genius are going to leave no stone unturned to ensure this one stands tough against all odds. So they are going to drive each machine for about 14,000 miles in a span of four weeks. Then they are going to stop, basking it in the harsh sunrays, making the temperature reach at least 125 degrees! How about that! The upcoming Aston Martin Lagonda 2015 just became one of our hot favourites!
Like all great news, this one might hit you as unbelievable and we totally understand. The motor world is anything but predictable. And then when some thing that appears too good to be true starts making rounds, the least we can do is lend it some ears and wait for it to really strike us. The same holds true for what we have been listening to, from Aston Martin World. The company hasn’t yet officially confirmed any production or plans but we do know some thing is cooking and all indications are that is sheer luxury! If what we have heard is to be believed, the upcoming Aston Martin SUV is an ultra plush affair. And it is going to bowl you over!
There have been a lot of predictions for this one. Of course, majorly because it comes from Aston Martin, that’s big news in its own right. Keeping that aside, there are rumors that this one is going to share the platform with the next gen Mercedes Benz GL! See, we caught you off guard, didn’t we? So even though the company maintains silence on its production, we do have a very big story lined up, already. This upcoming Aston Martin SUV, it is predicted, is going to give Mercedes Benz GL a run for its money, we hear. Well, we sure as hell hope it does!
Let’s take a look at the contender first. The GL is likely to get a facelift very soon and that is to happen well before its replacement is created in 2018. Which, we add, is not very far, considering how fast the motor world changes and evolves and surprises! Now why this news about the big contender is important is because it will really decide what course Aston Martin’s upcoming SUV will tread. Now there is a twist in the tale as well. How many of us have heard of the recent tie-up between Aston Martin and Mercedes Benz AMG? Well, it is every bit true and going by that, the two have agreed to share engines and electronics, too. So, don’t be surprised if the Aston Martin SUV gives a miss to the range-topping V12 engine in favour of a smaller AMG V8. Well, we don’t know the intricacies of the deal and what has conspired between the two parties but one thing is for sure. It is like having the best of the two worlds being served to us now, isn’t it?
Experts are of the view that Mercedes-Benz can conveniently adapt one of its twin-turbo V8 engines. It can then very easily deliver around 600 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque to suit the character and the requirement of the upcoming Aston SUV. Which would in turn mean, placing it on to the GL platform. No one knows for sure what is going to follow. What we do know is that this one is highly awaited. Aston Martin fans just can’t help but hope they get to see this magic vehicle sooner than the soonest!
After all the automobile giants like Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, etc. luxury car makers have also decided of making their way into the segment and bring for the SUV world some of the most luxurious (and expensive!) SUVs ever seen! After the news of Bentley, Rolls Royce and Lamborghini stepping into the category, we couldn’t think of any other but Aston Martin, who had signed a deal with Mercedes – AMG some time back.
Aston Martin first revealed its Lagonda SUV Concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, which was not liked very much by the SUV world as critics as well as SUV lovers did not really develop a liking for the vehicle. The company realized that there would have been a lot of changes to be made before they could expect good sales result after launching the SUV. A thing to be noticed is that this was before the company signed the deal with Mercedes – AMG. With access to the latter’s excellent engineering and electronic assets, Aston Martin has planned of making the Lagonda all different. One of the largest changes to be made is that the Lagonda will now feature Mercedes Benz GL Class platform. Earlier it sat on the Mercedes Benz M Class platform.
All that Aston Martin is going through for the Lagonda SUV Concept reminds us of Porsche’s story which happened during the launch of the Cayenne. The SUV was also highly criticized during its concept period. People accused the Cayenne of being ugly as per Porsche standards. However, after the release of the SUV, Porsche reported huge rises in sales, and the Cayenne turned out to be a huge success. A lot of people are saying that the Lagonda is extremely ugly, especially since Aston Martin has presented gorgeous vehicles like the DB9 and the One – 77 to the world. However, the performance and luxury quotients of the Lagonda are unquestionable! It’s an Aston Martin after all!
As far as the engine is concerned, we’re pretty sure that the company will put in a 6000cc V12 engine in the SUV. Lagonda will definitely be a four wheel drive vehicle, and will share motors with the legendary Aston MartinDB9. One admirable thing about the Lagonda is that the SUV will come with a wode number of available powertrains, and customers will be given a choice as per their will. One will be able to choose from a diesel variant, petrol as well as a hybrid option. This facility combined with the capabilities of the all-wheel drive system that comes with the Lagonda makes it a very potential vehicle for off road experiences!
We agree that the exteriors of the car are not as good as is expected from the company, but they have definitely set a new bar when it comes to luxurious and elegant interiors. However, Aston martin will definitely face extreme competition as it is entering a segment where giants like Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, etc. have already made deep impressions. Beating legendary SUVs like the Cayenne, Touareg, Q7, etc. would definitely be very tough. We would love to see how the improved Lagonda fares in the SUV market.