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2018 Aston Martin Vantage Goes Sideways In New Teaser 16
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin Videos, new cars, video on 11 16th, 2017


Aston Martin’s sexy 2018 Vantage is being celebrated on video once more, ahead of its scheduled debut on November 21.

The latest teaser video has a rather artistic flair, as it depicts the upcoming sports car going sideways on a track for a few brief seconds in slow motion.

With some styling influences coming from the James Bond DB10, as well as the Vulcan and new DB11, the baby Aston Martin will be a beautiful challenger to the likes of the Porsche 911 and Mercedes-AMG GT.

Moreover, it will also have the muscle to do so, as it’s expected to make use of the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the entry-level DB11.

Aston Martin are also believed to use a detuned version of the 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 lump that debuted in the DB11 last year for the new V12 Vantage, but this version will debut at a later date.

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Aston Martin Teases Track-Focused Valkyrie AMR Pro 16
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Valkyrie, featured, new cars on 11 16th, 2017


The all-new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is the British marque’s track hypercar that will make you forget about Ferrari’s FXX K and McLaren’s P1 GTR.

Developed in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and AF Racing, only 25 units of this track beast will be made, and all of them have been spoken for already, with deliveries to commence in 2020.

The most striking differences over the street-legal version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie are found on the outside, where “all the aerodynamic surfaces have been revised in the pursuit of significantly increased downforce”, in Aston’s own words.

Larger front and rear wing elements have been added, and the Valkyrie AMR Pro now sits on 18-inch front and rear wheels, smaller than the road car, which are shod in Michelin racing tires made to the same specification as those used by LMP1 cars in the WEC.

A significant amount of weight has been saved by removing the heater/de-mister blower and infotainment screens, and adding a polycarbonate windscreen and side windows, while using a lighter construction of the carbon fiber bodywork. Additionally, the exhaust system is also lighter, as are some suspension components, and the brakes are race-spec carbon-carbon.

The result is a very capable track hypercar that can sustain cornering forces in excess of 3.3G, and braking deceleration of more than 3.5G.

Aston Martin has also fiddled with the Valkyrie AMR Pro’s naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter Cosworth-made V12 engine, but they have yet to release the official specs. They do say, however, that it develops more power and torque than the street-legal version.

Thanks to these upgrades, Aston states that the Valkyrie AMR Pro can achieve lap times to rival those of a modern F1 or LMP1 car. Now, since driving it won’t exactly be easy, the automaker will provide owners with access to the same facilities as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s F1 drivers, including time in the simulator, professional on-track tuition, and programs to improve their physical fitness.

ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE AMR PRO

ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE



Baby You Can Drive Paul’s Aston And Ringo’s Mini 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, celebrities, Classics, MINI on 11 15th, 2017


If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr’s.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.

The Aston has passed through several hands since McCartney parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,

It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).

Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo Starr and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Richard Starkey (as Ringo was christened) had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.

Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2, but you can check out photos now (courtesy of Bonhams) in the galleries below.

Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Ringo Starr’s 1966 Mini Cooper



Baby You Can Drive Paul’s Aston And Ringo’s Mini 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, celebrities, Classics, MINI on 11 15th, 2017


If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr’s.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.

The Aston has passed through several hands since McCartney parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,

It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).

Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo Starr and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Richard Starkey (as Ringo was christened) had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.

Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2, but you can check out photos now (courtesy of Bonhams) in the galleries below.

Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Ringo Starr’s 1966 Mini Cooper



Aston Martin Says It Needs A Brexit Deal To Continue Production 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Reports, VCA on 11 15th, 2017


Aston Martin says it may be forced to halt production if the UK cannot secure a Brexit deal with the EU.

Speaking at the Business Select Committee over the issue, the British automaker’s chief financial officer, Mark Wilson, claimed the results could be “semi-catastrophic” if a deal isn’t secured.

“We’re a British company. We produce our cars exclusively in Britain and will continue to do so.

“Recertifying to a new type of approval, be that federal US, Chinese or even retrospectively applying to use the EU approval, would mean us stopping our production,” he said.

Currently, all new vehicles in the UK are required to have Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) approval, also valid in the EU. However, if a deal between the UK and EU cannot be reached, the validity of these cars will cease from March 2019, BBC reports.

“Recertifying to a new type of approval, be that federal US, Chinese or even retrospectively applying to use the EU approval, would mean us stopping our production,” Wilson added.

Uncertainty about the financial longevity of the UK after Brexit comes during an important time at Aston Martin. The car manufacturer took control of a former military base earlier this year and will convert it into a production facility to build the upcoming DBX crossover.

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All-New Aston Martin Vantage Debuting On November 21 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, new cars, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


The new generation Aston Martin Vantage is moving closer to its global premiere, which will take place on November 21.

Portrayed as a “beautiful” and “untamable” beast by the British marque, the baby Aston Martin is inspired by the DB10, giving it a James Bond-esque flair, with new LED headlights and a unique rear lighting signature.

The all-new Aston Martin Vantage is believed to use the same V8 powertrain as the new DB11. Developed by Mercedes-AMG and tuned in-house by Aston, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo unit produces 510PS (503hp) and 675Nm (498lb-ft) of torque in the DB11, allowing for a 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.0sec and a top speed of 301km/h (187mph).

However, in the case of the new Vantage, we expect the German-made lump to be slightly detuned, with the exact power figure to be revealed later. Still, the twin-turbo V8 will allow the new Vantage to be faster than the outgoing model, which needs 4.9sec to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill.

Later on, Aston will likely expand the new Vantage family with a second member that could be powered by the 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine found on the range-topping DB11.

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Guess Which Automotive CEO Is Going Racing In His Own Product 8
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Motorsport, racing on 11 8th, 2017


While it may not exactly be commonplace, it’s not all that unusual to see someone with experience in motorsport taking charge at some automakers. It’s quite another to see one leave the chair at the front of the boardroom to climb into a racing seat, though.

That’s what makes this latest announcement so intriguing. At the forthcoming 24 Hours of COTA in Texas next week, Aston Martin president and CEO Dr. Andy Palmer will be joining the grid in the SP3 class behind the wheel of a Vantage GT8.

Described as “a keen amateur racer,” Palmer has been brushing up at Aston Martin Owners Club races this year in the UK at tracks like Snetterton, Brands Hatch, Rockingham, and Silverstone – helped along by Aston’s own Le Mans class-winning factory drivers Darren Turner and Jonny Adam.

Driving duties will be shared with Paul Hollywood and Peter Cate – both of which have raced Astons before – along with Le Mans announcer John Hindhaugh.

“It is a real treat for me to take part in the race at COTA,” said Palmer. “It’s a fantastic circuit with some fast sections and some tight, technical corners and I know our WEC drivers enjoy racing there. I have no delusions of being the next Turner or Adam, but I’m grateful for all the advice I can get from the professionals.”

Unusual as it may be in the broader industry, Palmer isn’t the first Aston chief to go racing. His predecessor Dr. Ulrich Bez was also known to climb in behind the wheel on track from time to time, even competing in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. And former chairman David Richards started out as a rally co-driver, winning the World Rally Championship with Ari Vatanen in 1981 before founding the racing consultancy Prodrive.

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Aston Martin ‘Furia’ Burns Hotter Than Any Other Hatchback 5
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Concepts, Renderings on 11 5th, 2017


If you like hot hatchbacks but you only want the very best, what you can do in the real world is purchase something like an Audi RS3 or a Mercedes-AMG A45.

Both of them will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in a little over 4.0 seconds, and for something that’s not classified as a supercar, it’s a pretty “super” achievement.

But what if we could do better? To answer that question, we need to move over to the virtual world, where this V8-powered Aston Martin Furia by Bekim Ajvazi reigns supreme.

According to its designer, it’s powered by an AMG-sourced 4.0-liter V8 engine, which is what you’ll find under the hood of the entry-level DB11 in real life, where it sends 510 PS (503 HP) and 695 Nm (513 lb-ft) of torque to the wheels.

As you can see, the design of the Furia makes this more of a sketch rather than something that you could see in concept form. For a hatchback, it’s definitely very sleek and sporty, while the rear end looks properly menacing with those chunky quad-pipes and the large diffuser.

We’re most impressed with the interior though, which looks stylish and is covered in leather and carbon fiber. Oh and if you look close, you’ll see that it’s got a manual gearbox, so, how cool is that?

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Aston Martin Creates Limited-Edition Bicycle 3
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Bicycles on 11 3rd, 2017


Aston Martin may be busy developing a plethora of all-new vehicles, yet it has found the time to collaborate with renowned bicycle manufacturer Storck to create this, the Storck Fascernario.3 Aston Martin Edition.

Limited to just 107 units worldwide, the bicycle incorporates a carbon fiber frame that weighs just 770 g. When combined with a selection of other lightweight components, the entire thing tips the scales at mere 5.9 kg, and is remarkably strong.

Q by Aston Martin is responsible for the distinctive Argentum Nero paint which depending on the light, appears either grey, green or silver. Aston Martin says that it will soon launch a car with the same paint finish.

Speaking about the car, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman said the bicycle is a culmination of the best Storck and Aston Martin have to offer.

“It was clear from the outset how the design, engineering and passion of the two brands could combine and what we’ve ended up with is a beautiful bicycle that reflects not only many of the key technical aspects of an Aston Martin, but also our ethos of excellence.”

Earlier this year, both McLaren and Bugatti launched limited edition bicycles.

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Aston Martin’s Next Vanquish To Rival Ferrari 812 3
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vanquish, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Reports on 11 3rd, 2017


Aston Martin’s next-generation Vanquish will hit the market next year and according to company boss Andy Palmer, directly rival the Ferrari 812 Superfast.

Development of the new Vanquish has been ongoing for a number of months and is in its final stages. Discussing the car with Autocar, Palmer described it as “bloody good.” To rival the Ferrari 812, it better be incredibly good.

Sitting at the heart of the Vanquish will be the brand’s familiar 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine. However, power will have to increase substantially over the 600 hp offered by the DB11. In fact, if Aston wants the Vanquish to rival the Ferrari in terms of performance, the V12 will almost certainly have to deliver over 700 hp.

“The majority of product investment [for Vanquish] is finished. What’s left is preparation of manufacturing the car rather than preparation of the car itself. We are making more prototypes to make sure we’ve got production ready to go,” Palmer revealed.

Although the new Vanquish will be underpinned by the same platform as the DB11, Aston Martin will make it significantly faster through turns thanks to added downforce and overhauled suspension.

Until deliveries of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar commence, the Vanquish will be the marque’s range-topping vehicle.

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Aston Martin Encouraged By Proposed 2021 F1 Regulations 2
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, F1, Hybrids, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 11 2nd, 2017


Aston Martin says it is encouraged by proposed 2021 regulation changes to F1 engines.
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New Teaser Previews The Face Of Aston Martin’s 2018 Vantage 2
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Reports on 11 2nd, 2017


A new teaser image of the next-generation Aston Martin Vantage has surfaced online, previewing the vehicle’s updated front end and the rear of the new Vantage GTE race car.
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Aston Martin’s Latest Dealership Will Be Its Largest 1
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, japan on 11 1st, 2017


If you had to guess where in the world you'd find the dealership that sells the most Aston Martins, where would it be? London? Los Angeles? Dubai?
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Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate Is A Final Farewell 1
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vanquish, new cars on 11 1st, 2017


As the Aston Martin Vanquish enters the final phase of its production life, the British marque has unveiled a limited-edition model, dubbed the Vanquish S Ultimate.
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Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate Is A Final Farewell 1
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vanquish, new cars on 11 1st, 2017


As the Aston Martin Vanquish enters the final phase of its production life, the British marque has unveiled a limited-edition model, dubbed the Vanquish S Ultimate.
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