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2019 Aston Martin Vanquish: More Performance, Less Luxury For British GT 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Scoops, Aston Martin Vanquish, Scoops on 01 15th, 2018


The next Aston Martin Vanquish will signal a significant departure from its predecessors as it’s expected to become the company’s not only fastest model but one of the most performance-oriented grand tourers in its segment.

Aston Martin has taken prototypes of the next-gen Vanquish to colder climates for the necessary development work.

The British sports car maker wants the new Vanquish to become a direct rival of models like the Ferrari 812 Superfast, meaning that the new GT will focus less on luxury and more on hard-hitting performance.

This aggressive strategy is portrayed on the test cars which feature bigger air intakes, a prominent aero agenda that provides more downforce and a larger front grille than the one found in the DB11. The new Vanquish is expected to be powered by the same twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 with the DB11 but Aston Martin will tune it to produce closer to 700hp, instead of the DB11’s 600hp.

The rear end is expected to follow the design cues of the smaller Vantage, including a continuous LED strip for the taillights and a retractable rear spoiler.

Aston Martin is expected to launch the new Vanquish as soon as this September, with the official reveal to take place probably during the summer.

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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 To Roll Out Ferrari 488 GTB Rival In 2021, CEO Says 6
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Reports on 01 6th, 2018


Give or take a year or two, Aston Martin plans to roll out a mid-engined supercar in 2021. The as-yet unnamed Aston is slated to go after the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 720S – or, in case anyone has been replaced, their successors.

The company’s CEO Andy Palmer revealed the news to Motorsport while discussing plans for an F1 engine program. It’s that initiative which Aston hopes will give it the credibility to extend beyond the front-engined GTs for which it’s known and enter into the realm of mid-engined supercars.

“With all of this stuff in F1, you have to factor in intangibles because you’re talking about a marketing return, not necessarily a physical return,” Palmer said. “Marketing return hopefully turns into sold cars, which is why we’re doing this.”

“This is to seed the soil for when we bring a mid-engined car to compete with the Ferrari 488, which is what the Valkyrie was about,” he added. “It’s about creating credibility ready for when we go mainstream face-to-face with Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren on the road. The timing of the 2021 regulations work really well, because it is about the time we’ll be bringing that car out.”

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Which F1 Teams Would Be Lining Up For Aston Martin Engines? 6
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, F1, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Reports on 01 6th, 2018


Aston Martin has made no secret of its desire to enter Formula One as an engine supplier, should the next set of rules suit its ambitions. If and when it does, it could have several customer teams lined up.

Red Bull Racing, with which Aston is already partnered on multiple fronts, would be the natural choice – especially given the team’s dissatisfaction with its current Renault engine package.

Autosport points out that Toro Rosso could easily follow suit, especially if its new Honda deal doesn’t work out any better than it did with McLaren. But that there are other independent teams that have expressed interest as well.

Ferrari, Mercedes, and Renault all manufacture their own engines, but McLaren, Force India, Haas, Sauber, and Williams (in addition to the two Red Bull teams) source theirs from suppliers. Given their close relationships with Ferrari, it would be hard to imagine Haas or Sauber jumping ship. And given their rivalry on road cars, McLaren might not be too eager to team up with Aston either.

Williams and Force India could be prime candidates for the new engine package, though getting them to jump ship from the successful Mercedes power under which they currently run could prove a challenge.

The bigger question, perhaps, is how Aston would develop the F1 engines. It would be highly ambitious for it to undertake the endeavor entirely in-house, and Mercedes-AMG might not prove as eager to help this time as it did with its road-car powerplants. It could, however, partner again with Cosworth, like it did on the Valkyrie’s engine, and make good use of the engine constructor’s extensive experience in F1.

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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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One Of 99 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volantes Spotted In London 5
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vanquish, Zagato on 01 5th, 2018


It’s not often you get to see such a rare and expensive car sitting so nonchalantly in an alley, of all places, yet there’s why this Vanquish Zagato Volante was spotted.

The images were taken in London by ErikG_NL, showing the convertible version of the gorgeous Vanquish Zagato wearing a red, carbon fiber-infused exterior and a dual tone red and black leather interior.

Aston Martin first launched the car at Pebble Beach in 2016, where they also announced that they would only be making 99 units of the soft-top, the same limited number as the hardtop.

If you think this car isn’t exclusive or expensive enough, we’ll just point out that, a couple of weeks ago, a Swiss dealer put a Vanquish Zagato Volante up for sale and the asking price was roughly $1.5 million.

Aside from its bespoke design, the Vanquish Zagato Volante features a 5.9-liter naturally-aspirated V12 with 592 horses, which enable it to sprint from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds.

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Aston Martin CEO Open To A Tesla Roadster Rival, Says PHEVs Don’t Make Sense 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 01 4th, 2018


Aston Martin has a lot on its plate but that hasn’t stopped CEO Andy Palmer from revealing he’s open to a high-performance electric vehicle that would compete with the upcoming Tesla Roadster.

When asked about the possibility of offering an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, Palmer told Auto Express “It’s possible.” When went on to say “There are various challenges involved in making an EV, and the one everyone focuses on is the battery – the management system and the chemistry involved.” However, he said companies such as Aston Martin are really good at other issues that affect electric vehicles including “weight, aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance.”

As Palmer explained, this experience “puts us at an advantage over other brands who are making some big claims – such as Tesla, with a lightweight roadster.”

Besides talking about a potential Tesla rival, Palmer said Aston Martin won’t offer plug-in hybrids because they add too much cost and complexity. Instead, he would rather “spend my engineering dollar on going to what, after all, will be the final goal: pure-electric vehicles.” Despite this, the company has plans for mild-hybrids which use 48V technology.

In related news, Aston Martin announced it sold 5,117 vehicles last year and this is the first time since 2008 they have surpassed the 5,000 unit mark. The company expects that success to continue as the Vantage will go into production this year and it will be joined by a replacement for the Vanquish.

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Aston Martin CEO Open To A Tesla Roadster Rival, Says PHEVs Don’t Make Sense 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 01 4th, 2018


Aston Martin has a lot on its plate but that hasn’t stopped CEO Andy Palmer from revealing he’s open to a high-performance electric vehicle that would compete with the upcoming Tesla Roadster.

When asked about the possibility of offering an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, Palmer told Auto Express “It’s possible.” When went on to say “There are various challenges involved in making an EV, and the one everyone focuses on is the battery – the management system and the chemistry involved.” However, he said companies such as Aston Martin are really good at other issues that affect electric vehicles including “weight, aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance.”

As Palmer explained, this experience “puts us at an advantage over other brands who are making some big claims – such as Tesla, with a lightweight roadster.”

Besides talking about a potential Tesla rival, Palmer said Aston Martin won’t offer plug-in hybrids because they add too much cost and complexity. Instead, he would rather “spend my engineering dollar on going to what, after all, will be the final goal: pure-electric vehicles.” Despite this, the company has plans for mild-hybrids which use 48V technology.

In related news, Aston Martin announced it sold 5,117 vehicles last year and this is the first time since 2008 they have surpassed the 5,000 unit mark. The company expects that success to continue as the Vantage will go into production this year and it will be joined by a replacement for the Vanquish.

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Meet The World’s First Street-Legal Aston Martin Vulcan 28
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Videos, Aston Martin Vulcan, Film, video on 12 28th, 2017


With only 24 Aston Martin Vulcans in existence, it was only a matter of time before someone would turn this track-only monster into a fully compliant road car.

Unlike the McLaren P1 GTR, which was already based on a road car and therefore was easier to be converted for use on the public road, the Aston Martin Vulcan was never meant to set foot on the tarmac outside of a race track, making the achievement of seeing this particular example even greater.

RML Group undertook the project of converting the Vulcan for road usage with Aston Martin’s approval; they didn’t just want to make the car compliant with regulations but they wanted to turn the Vulcan into a more usable car, without spoiling the raw character of it.

Things like adding proper headlights to the clamshell bonnet, turn signals on the giant rear wing or door mirrors are just some of the revisions that went into creating a road-legal Vulcan, with RML Group also retuning the suspension and the engine’s software, as well as creating a less aggressive front splitter for obvious reasons.

Courtesy of Lovecars, this is what went into making the world’s only street-legal Aston Martin Vulcan.

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Aston Martin’s Neon Green Might Look Better On Red Bull’s RB14 27
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, F1, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Renderings on 12 27th, 2017


Aston Martin certainly caught our attention, for better or worse, when it rolled out its new Vantage in such a loud shade of neon green (alongside a more somber grey).

The retina-searing day-glow color seemed an odd choice for such an elegant design. Maybe it would look better on a race car – like the GTE version of the same, or Red Bull’s next F1 car.

We evidently weren’t alone in that supposition, as livery designer Sean Bull cooked up this vision for what next year’s RB14 could look like with an Aston-centric theme (and a well-integrated cockpit halo).

Aston and Red Bull, you may have noticed, have been stepping up their cooperation of late – both in F1 and with road cars like the new Valkyrie. If they got any tighter, Aston’s presence could end up supplanting Red Bull’s as the main influence in the car’s livery… especially if the British automaker started supplying the team’s engines in the future.

Whether or not that’d be a good thing, aesthetically speaking, might be a matter of taste. But as with the new Vantage, it would certainly make fans stand up and take notice. Then again, maybe one of Sean’s (more conservative) rejected designs would be a better idea.

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Watch Out For Runaway Aston Martins! 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin DBS, aston martin rapide, Aston Martin Vanquish, Aston Martin Virage, NHTSA, Recalls on 12 25th, 2017


With so much power and performance capability on tap, you’d expect to see Aston Martins moving quickly. But you hope that when they do, they’re doing it on purpose.

That may not be the case, however, for a wide array of the British automaker’s twelve-cylinder models, which are being recalled for a rollaway risk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice for certain DB9, DBS, Virage, Vanquish, and Rapide models – specifically those equipped with the six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission, which may not engage the Park function properly. So if their drivers haven’t applied the parking brake, they could roll away unexpectedly.

That could prove not only costly (given how much these vehicles typically sell for) but also rather dangerous. Fortunately, exotic as they are, the scope of the recall is relatively limited to just 3,493 vehicles (in the United States at least), and all they’ll need is a Transmission Control Module software update.

In the meantime, if you are (otherwise) fortunate enough to own a twelve-cylinder Aston, better make sure you put on the parking brake before hopping out. And if you see one moving with no one behind the wheel, make sure to get out of the way.

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Want An Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante? Bring $1.5 Million 23
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vanquish, used cars, Zagato on 12 23rd, 2017


Aston Martin has a long history with Zagato, and the Vanquish Zagato Volante is one of the latest fruits of this relationship, having been unveiled last summer at Pebble Beach.

The Swiss dealer that has it listed on Mobile is willing to let it go for €1,309,000, tax included, which equals to $1,553,680 at the current exchange rates.

This makes it almost twice as expensive as a new one bought straight from the manufacturer, but the British marque and the Italian coachbuilder will only make 99 examples open-top, or Volante in Aston-speak, of the Vanquish.

Looking at some of the vehicles that they have for sale reveals the Aston Martin GT8 as well, alongside several Ferraris, such as the 488 Spider, 812 Superfast, and GTC4Lusso.

Strangely, they’re also selling a car that has yet to be unveiled, namely the hardcore version of the 488, which they call the GTO Speziale and, in its description, mention that it has 700 PS, or 30 more than the normal 488. Do they know something that we don’t, or does something smell fishy?

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McLaren’s Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin Joins Aston Martin 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, mclaren, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


British racing driver and McLaren’s Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin has left his role in Woking to join Aston Martin.

Goodwin helped develop McLaren’s entire modern car range, including the P1, 720S, and more recently the Senna, while he provided his feedback in future models like the BP23 three-seater.

His job description in Aston Martin reads “Expert High Performance Test Driver”, and he’ll help develop new models like the Valkyrie hypercar, the DBX which is the brand’s first SUV, as well as an unnamed-yet mid-engined supercar.

Aston Martin has also announced the hiring of Simone Rizzuto, previously responsible for vehicle performance testing at Maserati and Alfa Romeo, as Chief Engineer of Vehicle Dynamics.

“I’m thrilled to have people of Chris and Simone’s calibre join Aston Martin’s already stellar engineering and dynamics team,” said Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer. “Their decision is a great endorsement of our future plans, while the skills and experience they bring is second to none.”

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McLaren’s Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin Joins Aston Martin 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, mclaren, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


British racing driver and McLaren’s Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin has left his role in Woking to join Aston Martin.

Goodwin helped develop McLaren’s entire modern car range, including the P1, 720S, and more recently the Senna, while he provided his feedback in future models like the BP23 three-seater.

His job description in Aston Martin reads “Expert High Performance Test Driver”, and he’ll help develop new models like the Valkyrie hypercar, the DBX which is the brand’s first SUV, as well as an unnamed-yet mid-engined supercar.

Aston Martin has also announced the hiring of Simone Rizzuto, previously responsible for vehicle performance testing at Maserati and Alfa Romeo, as Chief Engineer of Vehicle Dynamics.

“I’m thrilled to have people of Chris and Simone’s calibre join Aston Martin’s already stellar engineering and dynamics team,” said Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer. “Their decision is a great endorsement of our future plans, while the skills and experience they bring is second to none.”

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