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Aston Martin Might Be Going Public On The Stock Market 14
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin DB11, Aston Martin Vantage, IPO, Reports, SUV on 01 14th, 2018


Aston Martin has plans to file for an initial public offering (IPO) later this year, targeting a valuation of approximately $6.8 billion (£5 billion), Bloomberg News reports, citing unnamed sources.

According to those sources, the British automaker reportedly held preliminary discussions with advisors about a valuation for the company, including its debt. Aston Martin’s future plans that include SUVs, starting with the DBX, has investors interested in looking into an IPO this year. The automaker has plans to enter the booming segment in 2019.

In terms of sales, Aston is coming off of a strong year, as it passed the 5,000-unit mark for the first time since 2008. Most of the sales came from the V12-powered DB11, but the recently launched all-new Vantage and the upcoming DBX crossover will surely give the brand a serious boost.

Things are still in the air, though, as the automaker could go in a different direction. When the news agency asked Aston Martin for a comment, the automaker was non-committal: “As a matter of policy, Aston Martin does not comment about speculation concerning future ownership or capital restructuring.”

Well, floating some of your shares has worked wonderfully for Ferrari and FCA, so we can’t see any reason why Aston wouldn’t go down the same route if they decide to raise some extra capital.

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Aston Martin Might Be Going Public On The Stock Market 14
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin DB11, Aston Martin Vantage, IPO, Reports, SUV on 01 14th, 2018


Aston Martin has plans to file for an initial public offering (IPO) later this year, targeting a valuation of approximately $6.8 billion (£5 billion), Bloomberg News reports, citing unnamed sources.

According to those sources, the British automaker reportedly held preliminary discussions with advisors about a valuation for the company, including its debt. Aston Martin’s future plans that include SUVs, starting with the DBX, has investors interested in looking into an IPO this year. The automaker has plans to enter the booming segment in 2019.

In terms of sales, Aston is coming off of a strong year, as it passed the 5,000-unit mark for the first time since 2008. Most of the sales came from the V12-powered DB11, but the recently launched all-new Vantage and the upcoming DBX crossover will surely give the brand a serious boost.

Things are still in the air, though, as the automaker could go in a different direction. When the news agency asked Aston Martin for a comment, the automaker was non-committal: “As a matter of policy, Aston Martin does not comment about speculation concerning future ownership or capital restructuring.”

Well, floating some of your shares has worked wonderfully for Ferrari and FCA, so we can’t see any reason why Aston wouldn’t go down the same route if they decide to raise some extra capital.

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Aston Martin’s Revival Spurred On By Successful 2017 5
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin DB11, Aston Martin Vanquish, Aston Martin Vantage, Reports on 01 5th, 2018


Under the helm of Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s revival continues with sales, deliveries, and revenues all rising throughout 2017.

Last year marked the carmaker’s highest selling 12 months in nine years, thanks largely to demand from North America, the UK, and China. A total of 5117 Aston Martins were sold in 2017, the first time a figure in excess of 5000 has been achieved since 2008.

The company has yet to provide a detailed breakdown of sales for all its models but reports “sell-out demand” for the DB11, limited-run Vanquish Zagato, and Vantage GT8.

Thanks to the 58 per cent year-on-year increase in detail sales, Aston’s wholesale supply rose by 38 per cent and the company expects at least £840 million ($1.13 billion) in revenues by the time it reports its full 2017 earnings in March.

“We continue to perform ahead of expectations, both in terms of financial performance and in meeting our targets for the DB11 and special vehicles,” Aston Martin president and chief executive Andy Palmer said.

“This strong sales performance shows that our Second Century transformation plan is building momentum. Phase Two of the programme will be largely completed in 2018 with the introduction of the Vanquish replacement and production of the new Vantage, contributing to continued sustainable profitability at Aston Martin.”

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This Is What You Get When You Mix Sports Cars With Crossovers 24
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo 4C, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW i8, Chevrolet Camaro, Ferrari 488, Ford Mustang, Honda / Acura NSX, McLaren 720S, Renderings on 12 24th, 2017


With automakers now busy producing more SUVs than ever before to satisfy increasing demand, we thought what a sports car-inspired crossover might look like.

Lamborghini has already done it, as the Urus isn’t just a large SUV with some Aventador-ish design elements, but rather something that genuinely looks like a supercar with higher ground clearance and four doors.

These renderings come courtesy of Jennings Motor Group and show us what some sports cars and supercars would look like if somebody suddenly decided to turn them into something more utilitarian.

2017 Ford Mustang

This one is actually not that far fetched. The proportions seem rather normal for a compact crossover, and since the Mustang’s front fascia isn’t too exotic, this design could actually work in the real world if the Blue Oval were to style the next Edge, for example, with a Mustang-inspired front end.

Alfa Romeo 4C

This design only works if you’re a fan of the Nissan Juke, as it’s almost as quirky as the latter. Of course, Alfa Romeo has already its first-ever SUV, the Stelvio, but if you’re going to build a smaller crossover, the 4C’s wacky front end could be a solution of sorts. But let’s not kid ourselves, it’s a bit weird, isn’t it?

McLaren 720S

The day will probably come when every single exotic car manufacturer will have their own SUV. Lamborghini opened the floodgates, and Porsche’s already been there for years. If the trend persists, it’s only a matter of time before the likes of McLaren or Ferrari partake in this trend, though the British supercar maker insists that it won’t get involved in that segment. We just hope that when that day comes, they’ll come up with something a bit sleeker than this.

BMW i8

If BMW were to actually build an SUV under its “green” sub-brand, it probably wouldn’t come as that big of a surprise, since their i Program will undoubtedly grow to accommodate more and more body styles in the future. But would it work if it was designed to look like the i8? Probably not, although the front end doesn’t look that bad and, compared to other renderings, it looks more cohesive.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Here’s another automaker that is preparing to enter the SUV segment in the near future, with the production version of the DBX concept. We already know they’re not afraid to experiment, hence the Rapide, and they’ve already shown us multiple off-road concepts, but this one, inspired by the V12 Vantage, just doesn’t work as it looks like a big-mouthed Vantage.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Unlike the Mustang, the Camaro ZL1 is perhaps too aggressive to turn into a crossover but, surprisingly, this rendering, where you’ve got the front fascia of the ZL1 connected to the body of an SUV, looks quite interesting and sporty.

Ferrari 488

Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne already confirmed that an SUV is probably happening, and while purists might yell “heresy”, we’re really looking forward to seeing what their idea of a utility vehicle is. We obviously hope it looks nothing like this 488-turned-Juke-rival, which really is an insult to the Prancing Horse.

Honda NSX

Honda and sister company Acura actually make plenty of crossovers, so they probably doesn’t need another one. Moreover, the styling of the NSX doesn’t really seem to work on anything other than a sleek supercar, but is this rendering that much weirder to look at than, say, the Toyota C-HR?

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Care For A $1 Million Aston Martin V12 Zagato? 22
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Galleries, used cars, Zagato on 12 22nd, 2017


In 2013, Aston Martin introduced the V12 Vantage Zagato as a way to celebrate its 50th anniversary with the famed design house.

Thanks to its bespoke bodywork, the Vantage Zagato is one of the most beautiful vehicles to ever leave Aston’s factory. Now, one has appeared for sale in Massachusetts with a $995,000 asking price.

Listed online by Aston Martin of New England Lotus Motorsports, this 2013 Zagato is painted in a breathtaking color dubbed Fiamma Red that apparently took 100 hours to produce.

When Aston commenced production of the model, it intended on building 150 examples. However, production reportedly stopped after just 61 production cars were produced, making the car rarer than the desirable One-77.

Alongside its Fiamma Red exterior, this example is bathed in Bitter Chocolate-colored leather and alcantara in the cabin, and has been driven just 253 miles from new. Additionally, it includes a number of special features from Q by Aston Martin, including Bitter Chocolate seat belts, alcantara steering wheel, and a fire extinguisher.

Given its limited availability, stunning design and potent performance, it seems inevitable that V12 Vantage Zagato prices will continue to rise, making this car a worthwhile investment for collectors.

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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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