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Aston Martin Not Yet Committed To New V12 Vantage 15
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Reports on 12 15th, 2017


Aston Martin remains noncommittal about a V12-powered version of the all-new Vantage, saying that while it is possible, it may not suit the car’s character.

Speaking to Autocar at the recent launch of the new Vantage, Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer said no decision has been made.

“The V12 is a question we’ll consider, but there has been no decision yet. Technically, it is very possible. The engine bay has been designed to replicate that of the DB11, so the pick-up points and so on are all there. The V12 would fit without the need for extensive modifications.

“But we have to consider the character of the new Vantage. This is our rebel, a really sporty car that stands out for its handling. The V12 has many great attributes, but the extra weight would bring some differences in character that we’d need to consider,” Palmer said.

On paper, it would be easy to assume that a new V12 Vantage would automatically be better than the V8 offering. However, recent reviews of the V8-powered Aston Martin DB11 seem to suggest that it’s actually better than the V12 variant thanks largely to the improved responsiveness of the smaller engine and tweaks that make the car sportier.

Consequently, it’s not surprising Aston Martin doesn’t appear overly interested in potentially messing with the driving dynamics of the latest-generation Vantage. Rather than the V12 adding to its sporty prowess, it could detract for it, making the Vantage a front-heavy cruiser that doesn’t have the aural character of the V8.

In the meantime, the British marque is working on both a manual variant and a new Vantage Roadster.

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‘Wolf Of The Autostrada’ Sees The Return Of Ruf’s Iconic Yellowbird 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin Videos, Ferrari Testarossa, Ferrari-Videos, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Countach, Lamborghini Videos, RUF, video on 12 6th, 2017


The Ruf CTR, better known as the Yellowbird, is something of a mystical figure in the automotive world.

At the time of its release in 1987, the Yellowbird had 469 hp and 408 lb-ft on tap and could sprint all the way to 213 mph (342 km/h). The car then became the stuff of legend when Stefan Roser brought to the Nurburgring, sliding around the circuit’s incredibly dangerous corners.

Perhaps eager to remind us of the 1980s, Ruf has just dropped an interesting short movie dubbed ‘Wolf of the Autostrada’, starring a Ferrari Testarossa, Lamborghini Countach, Aston Martin Vantage, and the Yellowbird.

The film captures some mesmerizing driving of the four performance cars and even stars Valentino Balboni and none other than Stefan Roser himself.

If you have a spare 5 minutes, this is the way to spend it.

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Wolf of the Autostrada from Kidston.TV on Vimeo.



Is This Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Worth Almost $600,000? 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Galleries, used cars on 12 4th, 2017


Starting at £120,900 ($149,995) in the UK, the new Aston Martin Vantage seems like the bargain of the century. Compared to this Vantage GT12 currently for sale, the value for money proposition seems even more enticing.

Introduced last year, the Vantage GT12 was created as a send-off to the V12-powered Vantage and outfitted with a host of bespoke components to distinguish it from other variants. However, a used example doesn’t come cheap, with this example currently listed for £424,950 ($572,000) from Joe Macari.

Ever since the vehicle’s release, we’ve seen prices skyrocket, quickly soaring to almost twice the retail price. Is it worth it? Well, it’s a matter of opinion.

This particular example is painted in a stunning color dubbed Volcano Red and completed with a host of options, including a premium audio system, carbon fiber roof panel, and the steering wheel technology pack. More importantly, however, is the fact that just 100 examples of the Vantage GT12 were ever produced.

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for the car to sell out, so there’s clearly quite a lot of demand for it. Additionally, it looks set to be the final road-going Aston Martin (excluding the Valkyrie) powered by a naturally-aspirated V12 engine, a point collectors are sure to go mad for.

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Four-Door Vantage Would Make An Awesome Baby Rapide 3
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Aston Martin Vantage on 12 3rd, 2017


Four-door coupes like the Aston Martin Rapide can offer a pretty compelling best-of-both-worlds proposition, but sometimes they’re too big and too expensive for their own good.

We can’t help but wonder, then, if it isn’t time that Aston Martin make a smaller alternative, with the Rapide due to be replaced by a new EV. Something… just like this.

Rendered by X-Tomi Design is an elongated take on the new Vantage, stretched digitally to accommodate four doors (and an extra set of seats in the back)­ – and looking even more like a Fisker.

With the DB9-based Rapide hovering closer to the $250k mark, a slightly lower-end model would do a better job of taking on the Porsche Panamera, which starts out at $85k in base spec and maxes out at short of $200k in top-of-the-line Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive trim.

It’d be a suitable foil as well to the forthcoming four-door Mercedes-AMG GT – likely to be powered by the same engine – and to a possible 8 Series Gran Coupe, should BMW choose to build one. But we’re getting way ahead of ourselves here.

The counterpoint is that the Rapide’s interior accommodations are tight enough as it is, so on second thought, maybe a smaller version wouldn’t be such a hot idea. Especially not in that retina-searing shade of neon green, at any rate.

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What Aston’s New Vantage Could Look Like With A Liberty Walk Suit 2
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Liberty Walk, new cars, Renderings, tuning on 12 2nd, 2017


We have seen how the recently unveiled 2018 Aston Martin Vantage might look like as a Volante and a Shooting Brake, but can you imagine it being fitted with something designed Liberty Walk, who specializes in OTT bodykits?

The first who gave this idea a go is Aksyonov Nikita, who designed a virtual iteration of the baby Aston Martin with a new front bumper with an adjustable apron, bolt-on fenders, and finished the entire car in a carbon-like coat.

We wouldn’t be surprised if the Japanese tuner do their thing with the new Vantage, and when they do, we will see if their mods for the actual car bear any resemblance to this rendering.

Until then, though, all that we and future owners of the British sports car can do is play around with the online configurator, which could turn out to be quite addictive.

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New Aston Martin Vantage Dreamed Up In GT8 Guise 1
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Renderings on 12 1st, 2017


Shortly after sharing a number of renderings of the new Aston Martin Vantage in Shooting Brake and Roadster configurations, we’ve stumbled upon these images, depicting the sports car in hardcore GT8 guise.

Aston Martin introduced the GT8 about18 months ago as one of the final iterations of the outgoing Vantage. It was more aggressive and track-focused than any other V8-powered Vantage derivative before it and will almost certainly be followed up by a successor in the future, but probably not for a good few years.

Nevertheless, these renderings from artist Aksyonov Nikita depict the new Vantage with all the aerodynamic elements of the GT8, including the fixed rear wing, menacing rear diffuser and ankle-splitting carbon fiber front fascia.

As it stands, only the entry-level Vantage has been unveiled. It is powered by an AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivering 503 hp and 505 lb-ft of torque and mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The new Vantage also has an impressive 50:50 weight distribution and 1,530 kg (3,373 lbs) dry weight.

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At $150,000, Vantage Is Your Cheapest Way Into A New Aston Martin 1
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, LA Auto Show, new cars on 12 1st, 2017


The Aston Martin Vantage has landed in Los Angeles following its debut earlier this month.

Looking a production version of the DB10 and sitting under the larger and pricier DB11 and Vanquish, the Vantage features a bold design which has proven to be controversial with a number of fans. Regardless of where your opinion rests, Aston Martin says the design been carefully crafted to generate a “significant level of downforce.”

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find heavily bolstered sports seats, a free-standing infotainment system, and a push-button ignition.

An AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine resides under the hood and produces 503 hp (375 kW) and 505 lb-ft (685 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which allows the Aston to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds before topping out at 195 mph (313 km/h).

Speaking of performance, the Vantage is equipped with an electronic rear differential which uses inputs from the electronic stability control system to deliver a composed feel during cruising and cornering. The model also features active dampers and an aluminum architecture which is loosely based on the one that underpins the DB11.

The Aston Martin Vantage is currently available to order and pricing starts $149,995. However, it will be hard to get your hands on one as reports have suggested the first year’s production allotment is almost sold out.

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What Do F1 Drivers Think Of The New Aston Martin Vantage? 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin Videos, celebrities, F1, video on 11 28th, 2017


When you drive a Formula One racing car for a living, could anything else possibly live up to the rush of your day job?

Maybe, maybe not, but these two F1 drivers (one past, one present) seem to enjoy driving the new Aston Martin Vantage in this latest clip for Gaydon’s newest model.

Pictured are Martin Brundle and Daniel Ricciardo. Brundle is best known these days as a broadcaster, but has had his share of success in the racing cockpit as well. He rivaled Ayrton Senna in British Formula Three back in 1983, spent a dozen (mostly fruitless) years in Formula One, and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright with Jaguar in 1990.

Racing at the front of the pack as he does today, Ricciardo may require even less of an introduction. He won the British F3 title that eluded Brundle, graduating to F1 in 2011, and has won five grands prix for Red Bull in the past four seasons. The Aussie driver is one of the few, in short, who’s managed to pose a serious challenge to the domination of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes these past few years, despite having a slower, less reliable car at his disposal.

We’re sure that either could get their hands on just about any car they want these days, and have both been employed to drive some of the fastest cars ever devised. Given that the clip was released by the manufacturer (which happens to be one of Red Bull’s biggest sponsors), we wouldn’t take it as perfectly objective opinion, but it’s always fun to see what a winning racer thinks of a mere “mortal” road car.

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Aston Martin Vantage And Fisker EMotion Share An Uncanny Resemblance 26
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Fisker, Reports on 11 26th, 2017


The new new Aston Martin Vantage is certainly a departure from the brand’s usual design, though the front end seems to be at odds with the rest of the car. However, it is the rear of the Vantage that has us most interested.

A radical departure from the outgoing model, the new car features a single LED strip stretching the width of the rear and curving upwards as part of the car’s decklid lip spoiler. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a car with this design.

Earlier this year, Fisker unveiled photos of its upcoming Model S-rivalling electric sedan, the EMotion, and, surprisingly, the upper part of its rear end looks almost identical to that of the Vantage.

Aston Martin claims that the new Vantage was designed in 2014 and it’s almost certain that the EMotion’s exterior styling hasn’t been around for that long. Interestingly, Henrik Fisker was the man responsible for penning the original Vantage back in 2005.

What do you think’s going on here? Did Fisker somehow get his hands on the Vantage’s design before anyone else or is it just pure coincidence?

We’ve reached out to Fisker for an answer, so we’ll let you know when it comes in.

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Aston Martin Unveils 9-Minute Doc Celebrating The Vantage GTE 24
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin Videos, Le Mans, Motorsport, racing, video on 11 24th, 2017


If you were curious to know what it took for Aston Martin to build a road car and a race car at the same time, the British automaker has just put it on film for you.

This specially-commissioned video documents the birth of the Vantage GTE, Aston Martin’s track focused weapon aimed at the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“We decided to replace the current Vantage road car and – since it’s really necessary to take race technology from the track to the road and from the road to the track – it’s really important that we design both simultaneously,” said company boss, Dr Andy Palmer.

The video will take you through the 18 months it took in order to turn a concept into a racer able to challenge the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, Corvette and BMW at Le Mans next summer.

Thus far, the Aston Martin GTE has completed over 14,000 km (8,700 miles) of testing, in the UK, Spain (at Navarra) and at Sebring in the U.S.

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Hear The New Aston Martin Vantage Rev Its AMG Heart Out 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin Videos, video on 11 24th, 2017


Beyond its beautiful exterior design, the outgoing Aston Martin Vantage will be fondly remembered for its remarkable V8 engine and exhaust note.

Delivering 380 hp in its initial form, the 4.3-liter V8 was far from the most powerful engine on the market but it sounded absolutely incredible and Jeremy Clarkson actually named it as the best sounding car of the year in 2006. Can the new Vantage compete with its predecessor in this department?

Until we hear the new sports car in person, it’ll be difficult to know. In the meantime, the video below provides a taste of what to expect from the twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 sourced from AMG.

Even at low revs, it is clear that Aston has made the new Vantage sound quite distinct from AMG models that use the same powertrain. In fact, the exhaust cracks and pops at just the slightest throttle input and will surely sound fantastic when being unleashed on a mountain road.

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Hear The New Aston Martin Vantage Rev Its AMG Heart Out 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin Videos, video on 11 24th, 2017


Beyond its beautiful exterior design, the outgoing Aston Martin Vantage will be fondly remembered for its remarkable V8 engine and exhaust note.

Delivering 380 hp in its initial form, the 4.3-liter V8 was far from the most powerful engine on the market but it sounded absolutely incredible and Jeremy Clarkson actually named it as the best sounding car of the year in 2006. Can the new Vantage compete with its predecessor in this department?

Until we hear the new sports car in person, it’ll be difficult to know. In the meantime, the video below provides a taste of what to expect from the twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 sourced from AMG.

Even at low revs, it is clear that Aston has made the new Vantage sound quite distinct from AMG models that use the same powertrain. In fact, the exhaust cracks and pops at just the slightest throttle input and will surely sound fantastic when being unleashed on a mountain road.

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Aston Martin Vantage Shooting Brake Would Grab Ferrari GTC4Lusso By The Horns 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, new cars, Renderings on 11 23rd, 2017


Only a few days have passed since Aston Martin unveiled the all-new Vantage, but some are already dreaming about possible additions to the family.

One of them is Aksyonov Nikita, who believes that the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage would make for a sweet and practical Shooting Brake, and we cannot really argue with that logic, because, well, just look at it!

Of course, such a version of the baby Aston would become a more affordable alternative to the larger Ferrari GTC4Lusso, which has approximately 100hp more at its disposal in ‘T’ flavor, and 680hp in total in the range-topping form that uses a V12 engine.

This isn’t the first time that the new Aston Martin Vantage has been taken into the digital realm, because it has been already imagined as a Volante, which is the brand’s slang for convertible. And while a Shooting Brake is too much to ask for, a Vantage Volante is likely just around the corner.

We contacted the British car marque and asked them a few questions about the Vantage Volante, but we hit a wall, as they refused to “comment on future product”. Still, we know that a convertible is indeed coming, we just don’t know when.

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Hurry Up, New Aston Martin Vantage Is Almost Sold Out For Its First Year 23
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Reports on 11 23rd, 2017


Aston Martin is close to selling out the entire first year of its new Vantage, despite opening the order books just a few days ago.

The British car maker has been showing the new $150,000 Vantage to private customers over the past few days and according to the company’s CEO Andy Palmer, 80 percent of them have already placed an order.

“Most of our production for next year is already sold out,” Palmer said to Bloomberg, although he declined to specify production volumes.

The new Vantage is a key part in Aston Martin’s effort to expand its target audience and better compete with brands like Porsche and Ferrari. “What we’ve tried to do with Vantage is make it aspirationally younger, cooler, better,” Palmer said during the launch event.

The new Aston is also crucial in other ways, as the company wants to establish a record of profitability as it prepares for a potential initial public offering. So far Aston Martin has reported a pre-tax profit of $29 million for the first nine months of 2017. Sales have increased by 65 percent for the same time period, thanks to the DB11.

This is certainly good news for Aston Martin but “we don’t have 10 years of good results under our belt,” Palmer said. “So for us, we’ve got to hit every quarter hard.”

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Aston Martin’s New Vantage Will Look Hot As A Roadster Too 22
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Renderings on 11 22nd, 2017


Death and taxes aren’t the only certainties in life. So too is the fact that Aston Martin will inevitably offer a convertible version of its new Vantage. And it’ll probably look a lot like this.

Rendered by Nikita Aksyonov are these depictions of what the inevitable Aston Martin Vantage Roadster will probably look like.

Of course it looks pretty much like the coupe released just yesterday, which is a pretty good thing, if you ask us. But instead of a fixed roof, it has a hard rear deck with a coweled tonneau cover, not unlike that on the outgoing Vantage Roadster.

We don’t know at this point when the convertible might arrive, but for what it’s worth, it took Aston a good year and a half to follow up on the new DB11 coupe with the DB11 Volante convertible. Whenever it does arrive, though, and however it looks, you can bet it won’t be the only variant of the new Vantage to follow.

The outgoing Vantage spanned over a dozen years of production, yielding so many variants we could hardly count them all – with V8 and V12 engines in various states of tune, with fixed roofs or convertibles, and more lightweight track specials than you could shake a carbon-fiber stick at.

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