Aston Martin – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:01:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Aston Martin Valkyrie Interior Revealed! http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-valkyrie-interior-revealed/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-valkyrie-interior-revealed/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:06:41 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1175175 The latest information drop for the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has arrived. After nearly a year of teasing that started with the announcement of a code name, we finally get a look inside Gaydon’s radical creation, as well as an updated look at its exterior. Compared to the renderings released last year when Aston...

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The latest information drop for the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has arrived. After nearly a year of teasing that started with the announcement of a code name, we finally get a look inside Gaydon’s radical creation, as well as an updated look at its exterior.

Compared to the renderings released last year when Aston Martin announced the project, which is a joint effort with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, an engineering venture born from the company’s Formula 1 efforts, the new images of the Valkyrie reveal not just updated aero that includes solid wheels instead of spoked ones, but also its roof-hinged doors. And, according to the automaker, there may be further changes still.

“I would say we’re around 95 per cent of the way there with the exterior design,” said Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin Creative Director of Exterior Design. “Much of what you see is actually the structure of the car, so this had to be signed-off relatively early in the project. The remaining areas of non-structural bodywork are still subject to evolution and change as Adrian [Newey] continues to explore way of finding more downforce. The new outlets in the body are a case in point.”

If the exterior looks minimalistic aside from the aero, the interior is decidedly bare bones. Ingress and egress is through what appears to be a narrow opening in the carbon fiber tub and is unlikely to make any would-be occupant look dignified in the process. Fortunately, the Valkyrie’s steering wheel is removable, making entry and exit at least somewhat easier for the driver.

Once inside, occupants get strapped into a reclined position in the tub-mounted seat with a four- or six-point harness. The steering wheel holds all relevant controls and contains the OLED display that takes the place of the gauge cluster, while two displays on either side of the car driven by rear-facing cameras take the place of rear-view mirrors (removing the mirrors also helped aerodynamics). There’s a fourth screen in the center, but Aston did not specify its exact function.

Aston Martin claims that there’s enough space in the Valkyrie’s cockpit for normal-size humans. “It’s been fantastic seeing customers try the interior buck for size,” said Matt Hill, Aston Martin Creative Director of Interiors. “They love the ritual of getting in and how it feels to be sat behind the wheel. They’re also genuinely surprised at how the car just seems to swallow them. You really do have to sit in it to believe there is genuine space for two large adults.”

We’ll have to wait until we get our chance to get into the Valkyrie for ourselves. That should happen sometime next year, as the production announcement can’t be far off and deliveries are expected to begin sometime in 2019. Power is expected to come from a 6.5-liter Cosworth V-12 mated to a yet-unspecified hybrid system and weight is expected to be somewhere between 2,200 and 2,400 pounds. As for the price, file it safely under “if you have to ask…,” though rumors suggest a sticker north of $3,000,000.

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First Drive: Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro is Even More Radical http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-racing-vulcan-pro/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-racing-vulcan-pro/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:00:51 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1172805 It’s 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, and in precisely 43 hours, Aston Martin will release the new “AMR Pro” package for its wild, track-only Vulcan hypercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. And yet the team is all smiles as I fold myself into the one and only Vulcan AMR Pro, tighten the harnesses...

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It’s 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, and in precisely 43 hours, Aston Martin will release the new “AMR Pro” package for its wild, track-only Vulcan hypercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. And yet the team is all smiles as I fold myself into the one and only Vulcan AMR Pro, tighten the harnesses and then press the big red “Start” button on the extraordinary steering wheel. “Enjoy,” they mouth with thumbs raised. I think it’s safe to say that won’t be a problem.

You remember the Vulcan, Aston Martin’s $2.3-million track-only hypercar fitted with an 820-horsepower, 7.0-liter V-12 and the most dramatic, sinister and yet beautiful carbon-fiber bodywork? Just 24 were built (three made it to the U.S.) and now the lucky owners will be offered the new AMR Pro package to take their track toy to the next level. The upgrade consists of a radically overhauled aerodynamic package and much shorter gearing to make the most of that incredible engine. Aston Martin is being coy on the pricing but there are whispers of around $200,000, plus taxes. The conversions will be carried out by Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations.

Today it’s a simple pre-Festival shakedown for the Vulcan AMR Pro at a quiet airfield in Northamptonshire, England. Race-car driver Peter Dumbreck has already ripped up and down the strip and performed some high-speed lane changes (not to mention a few spectacular launches) and all seems well. Now it’s my turn.

So what am I in for? Downforce, and lots of it. The AMR Pro kit is mostly aero-focussed. Up front there is a pair of prominent new dive planes per side, plus large louvers over the front wheels to extract air, reducing high pressure and hence lift. The front splitter is also revised and has turning vanes fitted to its underside, which should improve steering response. This was a key objective of the AMR Pro package as professional drivers like Dumbreck and three-time Le Mans champion Darren Turner have always felt the Vulcan needed “more front end.” So as well as increasing absolute down force, the car’s center of pressure has also shifted forward.

That seems hard to believe when you stand in the shadow of the vast new twin-plane rear wing, though. It is huge and makes the original single plane wing — itself pretty outrageous — look a bit undernourished. At the trailing edge of the upper plane is a 0.78-inch (20-millimeter) vertical Gurney flap, and the new slotted wing end-plates have a 0.59-inch (15-millimeter) Gurney to maximize down force. The combined result of these upgrades is considerable. Total down force at just 98 mph is up to 890 pounds from 701 in the standard Vulcan. For reference, the Vantage GTE racer that just won its class at Le Mans has 694 pounds of downforce at a similar speed.

Of course, judging how these numbers affect the driving experience is next to impossible on an airfield. However, the much shorter gearing should be more immediately obvious. Adam Barnie, engineer for the Vulcan, explains that even at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium the standard Vulcan doesn’t quite get into sixth gear, and it is setup to sail past 200 mph. The AMR Pro is probably only good for 185 mph, but that’s fast enough for most circuits and it’ll get there much, much quicker now.

The Vulcan is an extraordinary car to sit in. The tiny three-sided steering wheel is part race-car, part sculpture, part meticulously crafted jewellery. It feels fabulous to hold. The seat has huge protective wings that seem to hem you in but they’re superbly supportive and are mercifully adjustable so I can get nice and close to the pedals. The six-speed Xtrac gearbox is paddle-operated but requires the clutch pedal to pull away, making for a slightly cramped foot-well and very slim clutch and brake pedals. It’s a little added piece of intimidation that I could do without. The sheer scale of the car, the fact you feel like you’re sitting over the rear axle and about a quarter mile from the front wheels, and the invasive, fast-paced beat of the V-12 already has me feeling a little, er, self-conscious. I’ve driven the Vulcan a couple of times before and I know it’s incredibly stable and quickly allows you to feel comfortable, but I think you could drive it every day for 10 years and still have to swallow your nerves when the engine is pulsating and your left leg is trembling on the heavy clutch.

The landing strip is bumpy and the Vulcan feels pretty wild as it rips across the surface, that incredible V-12 shrieking, the shift lights on the dash blazing from left to right and then all flashing as one when another ratio is required. It seems to happen every second. I’m fortunate enough to have driven the Vulcan just a month or so ago, and the AMR Pro gearing makes it feel so much angrier. Now the 7.0-liter engine is always right in it sweetest, most violent spot, and the intensity of the whole experience is elevated to new heights.

It’s cold and there’s moisture in the air, so the Vulcan is running on some old Michelin Cup 2 tires, but weaving at high speed reveals incredible steering response and huge amounts of grip. The amazing thing about the Vulcan is that it feels so big initially but pretty soon you feel happy just throwing steering inputs at it, knowing the car will react quickly and consistently from front to rear. The way it changes direction is completely addictive and has the feel of a scaled-up GT3 competition car. The weighty steering, the sheer force you need to put into the brakes, and the howling noise adds up to an almost overwhelming experience. No wonder the 24 Vulcan owners have been asking Aston Martin for even more of what this car offers.

Can I detect the extra downforce compared to the “normal” Vulcan? Not here. Not today. But the gearing alone is a worthwhile upgrade, and I don’t doubt that on a circuit the AMR Pro package will up the ante in spectacular fashion. These are still early days in this package’s development. After Goodwood, the team will head to the Nardo proving ground in Italy to work on setup. It plans to lower the car up to another three-quarters of an inch or so, and to look at spring rates, dampers, and geometry. Effectively Aston wants to maximize the Vulcan’s potential.

Judging by the enthusiasm of the team on hand, though this project is officially “customer driven,” it is obviously fueled by the passion of the people who have been involved with the Vulcan since day one. That passion is contagious, too. So much so that I leave the airfield almost believing that some new aero bits and pieces, shorter gearing, and suspension changes sound like a good return for more than $200,000 …

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Aston Martin DB11 Gets New Twin-Turbo V-8 Engine Option http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db11-gets-new-twin-turbo-v-8-engine-option/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db11-gets-new-twin-turbo-v-8-engine-option/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:01:25 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1172208 Aston Martin has announced that the DB11 will gain a second engine choice for the 2018 model year, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG that packs 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The new engine will slot below the more powerful 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 that’s rated at 600 hp and 516 lb-ft. The...

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Aston Martin has announced that the DB11 will gain a second engine choice for the 2018 model year, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG that packs 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The new engine will slot below the more powerful 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 that’s rated at 600 hp and 516 lb-ft. The only transmission choice available is an eight-speed automatic sourced from ZF. Aston says the V-8-powered DB11 will have a top speed of 187 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 4.0 seconds.

The engine has been tailored to fit with the DB11’s bespoke wet sump lubrication system, air intake, and exhaust system by Aston Martin’s engineering team. ECU software and programming, and throttle calibration were also changed by Aston Martin. Compared to the V-12-powered DB11, the V-8-powered DB11 is 253 pounds lighter and features new engine mounts that allow the engine to be placed as low as possible to optimize the car’s center of gravity.

Pricing for the V-8-powered DB11 starts at $201,820 including destination, making it the least expensive DB11 currently available. Standard features include LED headlights, a deployable rear spoiler, an engine stop/start system, limited-slip differential, 20-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, a 2+2 seating layout, navigation with an 8.0-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and keyless entry/start. Options include a Bang & Olufsen audio system, leather upholstery with Brogue detailing, touch pad controls, and a glass key.

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Aston Martin Vantage AMR Limited to 300 Units http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-vantage-amr-limited-300-units/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-vantage-amr-limited-300-units/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:29 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1168517 Aston Martin is getting ready to introduce its first vehicle under the new AMR sub-brand. The race-inspired Aston Martin Vantage AMR will reach 300 customers around the globe by the end of the year. The model is available in four color schemes: Stratus White with orange graphic, Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic, Zaffre Blue with...

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Aston Martin is getting ready to introduce its first vehicle under the new AMR sub-brand. The race-inspired Aston Martin Vantage AMR will reach 300 customers around the globe by the end of the year.

The model is available in four color schemes: Stratus White with orange graphic, Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic, Zaffre Blue with Red graphic, and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic. A special “Halo Pack” pays homage to the WEC-winning #95 Vantage GTE with a Stirling Green paint job and Lime Green accents. Just like on last year’s GTE, this model is available with a special Union Jack-enameled wings badge.

Both coupe and roadster versions will be available. Inside the cabin, coupes feature a combination of leather and Alcantara while roadsters stick with an all-leather interior. The interior color scheme is matched to the exterior colors selected by the customer. In this tradition, the Halo Pack features lime green accents.

Buyers can also choose between different wheel finishes, and lightweight carbon fiber seats are also offered. Carbon fiber can also be found on the front grille, side strakes, mirror caps, door handles, instrument surrounds, and other areas. An optional AMR Aero Kit for coupes, produced with the help of Aston Martin Racing and constructed from carbon fiber, offers a unique front splitter and dive planes, side sills, and a fixed rear spoiler. A feature borrowed from the Vantage AMR Pro Concept shown at this year’s Geneva auto show is the design of the forged aluminum wheels.

Now to the important part: the engine. A total of 200 copies will come with a V-8 engine, while the rest will come with the V-12. The V-8 models make the same 430 hp as the non-AMR models, but V-12 models get an additional 30 hp for a grand total of 595 hp.

Earlier this year, Aston Martin announced it would create the new AMR sub-brand to accommodate high-performance variants of standard vehicles. At the time, Aston Martin said the new sub-brand was the next logical step after seeing the success of other limited-edition, high-performance models like the Vantage GT8 and Vantage GT12. Aston Martin said it would bring out an AMR version of the Rapide.

Prices start at 97,995 pounds in the U.K. and 126,995 euros (about $142,178 U.S.) in Germany. Deliveries will begin in the last quarter of the year. Unfortunately, Aston Martin has confirmed no copies will be available in the U.S.

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Aston Martin: Back From the Dead, Again http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-back-from-dead-again-nvh-july-2017/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-back-from-dead-again-nvh-july-2017/#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:01:59 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1159667 Over the course of the automobile industry’s six score and 10 years, thousands of car brands have launched. Yet few have flourished, and today almost all have come and gone, save a handful. The car business is murder. Faced with this fact of perpetual marque death, the coldhearted realist brigade has been content through the...

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Over the course of the automobile industry’s six score and 10 years, thousands of car brands have launched. Yet few have flourished, and today almost all have come and gone, save a handful. The car business is murder.

Faced with this fact of perpetual marque death, the coldhearted realist brigade has been content through the years to tsk, tsk, tsk. But car lovers mourn each loss. For there can never be too many car brands. With so few automakers left and barriers to entry for startups as plentiful as they’ve ever been, the sacrosanct, irreplaceable nature of the brand only becomes more so.

This is one reason we’re here to celebrate the new Aston Martin DB11 I just drove up and down the mountains outside of San Diego. I knew it in an instant: It’s excellent — a genuine across-the-board improvement over what came before it. And to the extent that the company’s survival rides on its products, it’s welcome news for fans of automotive diversity.

Aston Martin DB11 2017 All Stars Competitor Left Side 01

Once again with the launch of its new car, the fate of Aston Martin hung in the balance. And once again, the noble firm that’s been at death’s door more times in its long history than most—having been declared bankrupt seven times in the 20th century — has sprung back. Maybe we should wait for more data points. But as far as I’m concerned, the car is the most important data point. This one makes me think Aston is saved.

The danger on the eve of the DB11’s launch was all too real for a company imperiled following the nose-punch world financial collapse of 2008. Aston’s sales were steamrolled in its wake, leading to a lack of development funds for new models. Continued viability was uncertain yet again.

But help came in the nick of time, just as it did when David Brown arrived to rescue Aston in 1947 or when Victor Gauntlett turned up in the 1980s to save it. Or when Ford came to save the Newport Pagnell firm with teams first led by Walter Hayes then Ulrich Bez, the former BMW and Porsche engineering wizard. The beautiful, Jaguar XJS-based DB7 held Ford’s place. But the ambitious DB9 that followed featured a future-forward configurable aluminum spaceframe chassis. And it had its day, spawning many other models. But Aston sales halved between 2007 and 2013. The DB11, developed under the stewardship of Bez and his replacement, ex-Nissan executive Andy Palmer (hired after yet another cash-infusion/ownership shake-up), arrives not a moment too soon.

I remember driving a DB9 from Edinburgh to London with a high-speed detour to the Scottish Highlands with my sister AJ in 2005. Mighty impressive it was, representing the best of what Bez had brought to the company. But the DB9 was not without rough edges. Its chassis, while impressive in conception, wasn’t space efficient. The ride was harsh, especially over highway expansion cracks, and more unrelaxing road and tire noise was transmitted than seemed appropriate for the leather-lined cabin of a gentleman’s express. Steering felt less informative than a sporting brief demanded, and interior fittings — several pegs up from the DB7 to be sure but still making liberal use of Ford’s parts bin (such as Miata door pulls) — lacked the surprise and delight you’d want in something meant to be more special than mere Porsches and VW-era Bentleys.

Aston Martin DB11 2017 All Stars Competitor Front 02

Happily, the DB11 remedies most every shortcoming. With an entirely new aluminum structure, it feels more solid than the DB9 yet is barely heavier. It’s quieter and more composed over the rough stuff yet is capable of massive adrenaline injections, thanks to its Aston- (not AMG) designed 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12. The engine is a model of velvety tractability, yet when all 600 horsepower are extended, it sounds as determined as the hounds of hell. Steering is sharper and livelier than in any front-engine GT we can think of, ride quality is superior, and roadholding is excellent. It’s satisfyingly nimble for a car so large. DB11 interior fittings are several pegs above those of its predecessor, and its fuel economy is dramatically improved. Oh, and it looks great.

All of which gives us hope for yet another platinum age of Astons. Before it all goes pear-shaped — again. Because it certainly could, given the crazy brand-killing world we live in. Until then, the good news is it didn’t take a jacked-up, cross-eyed, crossover parody of an Aston to give the brand hope for the future. That comes next.

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Aston Martin Reportedly to Introduce a Ferrari 488 Rival in 2020 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-will-debut-a-ferrari-488-rival-in-2020-report/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-will-debut-a-ferrari-488-rival-in-2020-report/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:11:50 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1166428 Aston Martin has revealed that  it will build a rival to the Ferrari 488. Speaking with Auto Express, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said that part of the brand’s revival will include a rival to the latest mid-engined supercar from Maranello, in addition to the DBX crossover, new generations of the Vanquish and Vantage, and two Lagonda...

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Aston Martin has revealed that  it will build a rival to the Ferrari 488. Speaking with Auto ExpressAston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said that part of the brand’s revival will include a rival to the latest mid-engined supercar from Maranello, in addition to the DBX crossover, new generations of the Vanquish and Vantage, and two Lagonda sedans.

“In 2019 we’ll have DBX, then we’ll have, for the sake of argument, let’s call it a [Ferrari] 488 competitor. Then we have Lagonda, which is Lagonda One and Lagonda Two. Each car has a seven-year life, so in 2023 you have DB12,” Palmer told Auto Express.

Aston Martin’s rival to the Ferrari 488 will be the second mid-engine vehicle in its lineup after the Valkyrie, and it will follow the next-generation Vantage and Vanquish, which are both due sometime in late 2017 to 2018, and the DBX crossover that’s been earmarked for a 2019 debut. The new mid-engine supercar will slot between the brand’s GT cars, which include the DB11, Vanquish, and Vantage, and the ultra-exclusive Valkyrie hypercar.

We have an obvious blind spot where the likes of the 488 sit,” Palmer said, referring to the future car’s price point. 

The 2017 Ferrari 488 starts right around $250,000 for the coupe.

Although Palmer indicated that the car doesn’t need to have a mid-engine layout, he indicated that it’s easier to get 50/50 weight distribution with that configuration and that most of the cars in that price range place the engine behind the driver. Palmer also highlighted a new engineering process he calls “Carry Over Carry Across,” which he revealed will allow the development work on the new mid-engine supercar to carry over to other models such as the DB11’s successor, the DB12.

In this case, the engineering and technology work from the Valkyrie will carry over to Aston Martin’s mid-engine Ferrari 488 rival. In addition to the seven core models, there will be variants such as the DB11 Volante convertible and an all-electric Rapide S, which is expected to use technology borrowed from Faraday Future. However, Palmer will likely tap into Aston Martin’s partner, Williams, for its electric vehicle with rumors of Faraday Future’s long-term viability in doubt. Additionally, two Lagonda sedans were hinted by Palmer as being potential candidates for full EVs with development work from the all-electric Rapide carrying over to those models plus the DBX.

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1964 DB5 Sold for $727,995 Highlights Bonhams 2017 Aston Martin Sale http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1964-db5-sold-727995-highlights-bonhams-2017-aston-martin-sale/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1964-db5-sold-727995-highlights-bonhams-2017-aston-martin-sale/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 22:15:27 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1165147 Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell Works facility — one of the oldest automobile manufacturing sites in the world, according to Aston Martin — played host earlier this month to the 18th annual Bonhams Aston Martin Sale, which features Aston cars and automobilia exclusively. Although the last car built here rolled off the line in 2007, production...

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Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell Works facility — one of the oldest automobile manufacturing sites in the world, according to Aston Martin — played host earlier this month to the 18th annual Bonhams Aston Martin Sale, which features Aston cars and automobilia exclusively.

Although the last car built here rolled off the line in 2007, production will soon commence again with the neo-classic DB4 GT continuation series of cars. Until then, there were plenty of classic Astons available at the Bonhams event.

One of our favorites of the day was Lot 240, a 2004 V-12 Vanquish that was among the last cars to be built at the Newport Pagnell factory. This particular car shows only around 6,000 miles of use and has been given a few of the Vanquish S model’s cosmetic upgrades, including the revised dashboard and some badges, though it does not have the S model’s extra 70 horsepower. The Vanquish sold for $118,112, and we hope the owner might have some room left in the budget to replace the paddle-shift manual transmission with a full manual conversion, a service Aston Martin Works is happy to offer — for a price.

The auction’s top-seller was Lot 209, a 1964 DB5, the only DB5 at the event. Delivered new to Glasgow, Scotland, in 1964, the seller bought the car in 1972 when he was just 21 years old and drove it regularly until the late ’90s. It shows signs of that usage, with a somewhat scruffy looking engine compartment and both wear and light staining to the light-colored interior. Many DB5s are resprayed silver to match the famous example in the James Bond movie series, so it is refreshing to see this one carry fresh medium-blue paintwork commissioned just last year. The best DB5s in the world are now million-dollar-plus cars, but this one in “driver condition” with some mechanical and cosmetic needs sold well at $727,995.

A 1996 V8 Sportsman Estate was one of the more unconventional cars at the sale. Based on a period V8 Coupe, this shooting-brake version is one of only three built and one of two special ordered by a pair of Swiss brothers. This car has an interesting history, with the engine rebuilt by the factory after just 6,000 miles before being sold to its next owner. Today, the Sportsman presents very well and would make a unique addition to a serious Aston Martin collection. It seemed a fair deal at $437,575 considering both its rarity and that it sold in the U.K. with a strong market for estate cars.

If you’re current on your tetanus shot and were looking for a project car, Lot 202, a 1957 DB2/4 Mk II, sold for $70,822, a little more than its low estimate. This once-handsome Aston was parked for engine repairs in the 1970s after passing through a handful of owners. It now appears to need a full restoration, including plenty of rust repair. Ten years ago, this probably would have been a parts car, broken up by a specialist. With the value for a strong DB2/4 in the mid-$200,000 range, it’s unlikely the buyer will be able to restore this example for any amount close to what a ready-to-drive car would bring. The seller won this round.

Last but not least, the car we would most like to get some seat time in was Lot 236, a 2000 Vantage Le Mans. Number 29 of just 40 examples built, the Vantage Le Mans was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Aston’s 1959 win at Le Mans with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori behind the wheel of a DBR1/2. Styling accents, including the ducts in the hood and the vented front fenders, recalled the race-winning car, and the 5.3-liter supercharged V-8 was uprated to 604 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque and was paired to a honest-to-goodness six-speed manual gearbox. The Vantage Le Mans brought a healthy $401,272.

TOP SELLERS
1964 Aston Martin DB5: $727,995
1961 Aston Martin DB4 “Series III” 4.2-liter: $517,440
1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante “X-Pack” 7.0-liter: $502,919

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Aston Martin 3D Scans Owner’s Body for Upcoming Valkyrie Hypercar http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-3-d-scans-owners-body-valkyrie-hypercar/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-3-d-scans-owners-body-valkyrie-hypercar/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 17:38:58 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1164637 The upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie is said to generate 1,000 horsepower from a Rimac Automobili-sourced battery pack and Aston Martin’s own 6.5-liter V-12 engine. It could be the gnarliest road car we ever get behind the wheel of. And while we’re still months away from seeing anything near production, the Gaydon-based supercar manufacturer will ask...

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The upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie is said to generate 1,000 horsepower from a Rimac Automobili-sourced battery pack and Aston Martin’s own 6.5-liter V-12 engine.

It could be the gnarliest road car we ever get behind the wheel of. And while we’re still months away from seeing anything near production, the Gaydon-based supercar manufacturer will ask each owner to travel to the factory so that Aston Martin’s engineers can perform a 3D scan of his or her entire body for the Valkyrie’s seat.

While Ferrari has done custom seats for some of the company’s most sought-after supercars, Aston Martin’s Valkyrie seats will be highly specialized thanks to how the driver will sit in the car. Like modern LMP and Formula 1 cars, the driver almost lays in the car with their feet up in the pedal compartment.

For this to work, Aston Martin needs to build a custom seat that won’t tire owners but will keep them securely fastened in the seat while cornering the Valkyrie. It’s a customization very much needed as Patrik Nilsson, president of Aston Martin Asia, told CNBC that the new Valkyrie will put more emphasis on cornering. “Much like in Formula 1, the winning car is the one that brakes the quickest, goes around the corner the quickest, and accelerates the quickest” said Nilsson, “not necessarily the one with top speed.”

“It’s a road car, but we’re talking about an extreme performance car,” Nilsson added. Valkyrie is being developed in conjunction with Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey, who penned the Valkyrie’s shape, Multimatic Engineering, the company that’s also building the new Ford GT, Cosworth, which will be tuning Aston Martin’s 6.5-liter V-12 engine, the aforementioned Rimac Automobili and a host of other companies.

Aston Martin has stated that only 150 Valkyries will be built for the road, which also includes the company’s prototypes and test mules. Aston will also build 25 special edition track-only variants. All of which are supposedly already spoken for, even without Aston Martin releasing the car’s price tag. First deliveries could begin as early as 2019.

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Aston Martin Teams Up with Tom Brady for New Video Series, Bespoke Vanquish S http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-teams-tom-brady-new-video-series-bespoke-vanquish-s/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-teams-tom-brady-new-video-series-bespoke-vanquish-s/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1162274 It looks like Aston Martin is getting a new celebrity spokesman. The British automaker announced a new partnership with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, working with the famous athlete to promote a new collaborative video series called “Category of One.” According to Aston, Brady is working primarily with the automaker’s VIP and Chief Creative...

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It looks like Aston Martin is getting a new celebrity spokesman. The British automaker announced a new partnership with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, working with the famous athlete to promote a new collaborative video series called “Category of One.”

According to Aston, Brady is working primarily with the automaker’s VIP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman to create the new video series. It focuses on what Brady finds beautiful in his “sporting moments,” his life, and what keeps him going after so much success on and off the field.

As part of the team-up, Brady is trying his hand at designing a special 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S. He’s going to build special one-off features into the car, most likely including colors, wheels, interior touches, and bespoke design flourishes. The car will be revealed later this summer.

At the moment, Brady drives a new 2017 DB11, a car that plays a large role in the forthcoming “Category of One” episodes. ““Aston Martin exemplifies dedication to the craft of car making through a meticulous attention to detail.” Brady said. “While 104 years of heritage are reflected in each hand-built car, with product from the DB11 to the Aston Martin Valkyrie, this brand is primed to excel for the next 100 years as well.

Look for more info on the partnership and Tom Brady’s bespoke Vanquish S later this summer.

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Aston Martin DB11 Volante Caught Testing on the Nurburgring http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db11-volante-caught-testing-nurburgring/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db11-volante-caught-testing-nurburgring/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 21:04:46 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1161636 First shown last September, Aston Martin has slowly teased the world’s press with the upcoming DB11 Volante, the first drop top in the brand’s all-new lineup. Now, after months of hearing nothing about the forthcoming super convertible, our spy photographers caught the car testing at every manufacturer’s favorite test facility, the Nürburgring. Powered by the...

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First shown last September, Aston Martin has slowly teased the world’s press with the upcoming DB11 Volante, the first drop top in the brand’s all-new lineup. Now, after months of hearing nothing about the forthcoming super convertible, our spy photographers caught the car testing at every manufacturer’s favorite test facility, the Nürburgring.

Powered by the same all-new 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 from the standard DB11, the DB11 Volante’s power isn’t likely to increase from the standard car’s 600 horsepower rating. Neither is the superb 8-speed ZF sourced gearbox. What is expected to change is the car’s weight, as a power retractable soft top will likely add weight to the already hefty automobile.

However, that additional weight likely won’t see anyone shirking away from the drop top as by chopping off the roof gets the driver and passengers closer to the Aston Martin’s V-12 concerto. Definitely a plus as the addition of turbochargers has slightly muffled the glorious noise previous Aston Martins have been known for.

After the debut of the DB11 Volante, Aston Martin will debut twin-turbocharged V-8 entry level DB11s, both coupe and convertible, that will finish up the DB11 lineup. These new twin-turbocharged V-8 engines will be sourced from Mercedes-AMG, which signed a technical partnership with the maker.

While we still don’t know what exactly Mercedes-AMG will be supplying Aston Martin with, the prevailing theory is that it will likely be some version of the brand’s now ubiquitous twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 found in the E63, C63, AMG GT-S, and other AMG vehicles.

When first teased, Aston Martin stated that we wouldn’t see the production version of the DB11 Volante until the spring of 2018. In these latest spy pictures, although it seems that the development of the car is progressing at a rapid pace, the side of the DB11 Volante mule still bears the same “Opening Spring 2018” decal.

Until that time, the wait still continues.

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