Aston Martin – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Rumors of Aston Martin Rapide’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rumors-aston-martin-rapides-demise-greatly-exaggeratedin-fact-theyre-false/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rumors-aston-martin-rapides-demise-greatly-exaggeratedin-fact-theyre-false/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:46:18 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1138070 Early this week, a host of automotive outlets reported that Aston Martin would be killing its four-door sports car, the Rapide. Outlets latched onto what Aston Martin calls a “misrepresented” quote that alluded to the death of the V-12-powered Rapide in favor for an all-electric version and a new Lagonda coming in the near future....

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Early this week, a host of automotive outlets reported that Aston Martin would be killing its four-door sports car, the Rapide. Outlets latched onto what Aston Martin calls a “misrepresented” quote that alluded to the death of the V-12-powered Rapide in favor for an all-electric version and a new Lagonda coming in the near future. When reached for comment, Aston Martin quelled those reports, stating that the Rapide would continue not only in electric format, but also in conventionally powered S trim, as “it remains core to the line up.”

Adding to the highly suspect initial reporting was that Aston Martin launched the AMR sub-brand with a Rapide S at the Geneva Motor Show just two weeks ago. If the Rapide was dying, why launch a new sub-brand with something not long for the world?

What was true in the original reported was that the RapidE, the electric Rapide, will debut next year and go on sale along with the upcoming DBX crossover. Neither, however, will completely replace the V-12-powered super sedan.

It isn’t clear if the Rapide will be completely over-hauled as Aston Martin has promised in its Second Century Plan, which consists of seven completely new models, including a Ferrari-fighting mid-engine supercar (not the Valkyrie), the aforementioned DBX, the newly launched DB11, the upcoming Vantage, and several yet-to-be-announced models. It’s also unclear whether if Aston Martin will use the DB11’s 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 or the upcoming 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 the marque is sourcing from Mercedes-AMG.

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Aston Martin Looking Forward to Second Mid-Engine Supercar http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-looking-forward-second-mid-engine-supercar/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-looking-forward-second-mid-engine-supercar/#respond Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:59:23 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1131624 Aston Martin is looking towards the future. A future that adds seven new models, including the newly debuted DB11, the AMR in-house tuners, a fully electric crossover, the Valkyrie hypercar, and a brand new mid-engine production car all arriving before the end of the decade. That’s an impressive list of goals, but the one we’re most interested...

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Aston Martin is looking towards the future. A future that adds seven new models, including the newly debuted DB11, the AMR in-house tuners, a fully electric crossover, the Valkyrie hypercar, and a brand new mid-engine production car all arriving before the end of the decade. That’s an impressive list of goals, but the one we’re most interested in is the production mid-engine supercar.

Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, in delivering his address about the newly announced AMR division, said, “When I took the job as CEO of Aston Martin in late 2014, little did I realize that the pace of change would mean that between now and 2020 we will replace every single car in our range.” In that time frame was also adding to the British marque’s minuscule four car lineup, expanding the range to seven cars and “doubling [Aston Martin’s] current production capability to over 10,000 cars per year.” This includes the brand’s first ever mid-engine production car.

According to Palmer, “We will launch the first electric Aston Martin. We will launch the first production mid-engine Aston Martin. We will launch a new performance brand with AMR. We will announce our plans for the relaunch of the Lagonda marque.” Many, however, will state that the newly anointed Aston Martin Valkyrie is the brand’s first mid-engine supercar, yet according to Aston Martin, this isn’t considered a production car because of the limited run.

This means that Aston Martin is looking towards developing a second, mass production-bound mid-engine supercar. Little was given in terms of details on the upcoming mid-engine Aston Martin. When reached for comment, an Aston Martin spokesperson said that a concept of the project would be out before the end of the decade, that the new twin-turbocharged V-12 engine found in the DB11 may or may not find its way into the project. It’s still too early to tell, and that Palmer has told Valkyrie and former Formula 1 lead aerodynamics designer, Adrian Newey, that he could be involved.

While the upcoming mid-engine Aston Martin likely won’t be as flamboyant and aerodynamic-heavy as the Valkyrie, it will likely borrow some of the Valkyrie’s technology and information gleaned from that project. Palmer finished the press conference however, not talking about the mid-engine car, but stating that fans of the manual transmission won’t be disappointed any time soon.

“And finally, although we won’t launch a fully autonomous car by 2020, we will always have a three-pedal, manual transmission car in our range. Some habits die really, really hard,” ended Palmer.

We’re looking forward to Aston Martin’s rebirth and so should you.

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Aston Martin Launches AMR Sub-Brand in Geneva http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-launches-amr-sub-brand-geneva/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-launches-amr-sub-brand-geneva/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:58:05 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1125455 Aston Martin is not messing around lately. The British marque has been upping its performance at seemingly every turn, with its supposedly earth-shattering Valkyrie hypercar expected to make by far the biggest splash. But in light of Aston’s announcement in Geneva that it will be introducing a performance-enhancing AMR sub-brand, it’s clear the boys in...

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Aston Martin is not messing around lately. The British marque has been upping its performance at seemingly every turn, with its supposedly earth-shattering Valkyrie hypercar expected to make by far the biggest splash. But in light of Aston’s announcement in Geneva that it will be introducing a performance-enhancing AMR sub-brand, it’s clear the boys in Gaydon aren’t letting a stone go unturned.

CEO Andy Palmer promises that the AMR nameplate, representing Aston Martin Racing, will appear on every existing “core model” in the lineup as well as upcoming models. AMR road cars will have more power, sportier tuning, and distinctive visual cues. The Rapide AMR is the first to get the treatment, receiving a 40 hp bump to 592 hp from its 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V-12. It’ll get an absurd 210 mph top speed (making it the fastest four-seater and fastest four-door in production), a wild aero package, and flashy lime green stripes and interior details. Palmer called it an exciting proposition for those “with a taste for the extreme.”AMR will also birth track-only models like the Vantage AMR Pro which was revealed in Geneva, based on the V8 Vantage GTE race car.

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Palmer made big promises about Aston’s future as well. He committed to an electrified model on the horizon (probably the RapidE), a mid-engine model, a reborn Lagonda brand, and the continual presence of at least one manual-transmission-equipped model in the lineup. He calls it “a habit that will die very, very hard.”

We’ve reported in the past that Aston has a new generation of sports cars in the works, all based on an aluminum-intensive platform that will replace the aging VH platform engineered back in the Ford days. Expect AMR to be part of the plan for that next generation of vehicles, and an even bigger part of Aston’s ambitious expansion plans for well-heeled customers and gentleman racers alike.

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Aston Martin Anoints AM-RB 001 — the Valkyrie http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-anoints-am-rb-001-the-valkyrie/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-anoints-am-rb-001-the-valkyrie/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:50:55 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1124748 You’ve known Aston Martin’s upcoming hypercar as the company’s internally coded AM-RB 001, but now, it has a properly heroic name; Valkyrie. The name, as Aston Martin put it, “promises otherworldly performance befitting its name” and color us excited. Aston Martin’s Valkyrie is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 designed and built by the...

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You’ve known Aston Martin’s upcoming hypercar as the company’s internally coded AM-RB 001, but now, it has a properly heroic name; Valkyrie. The name, as Aston Martin put it, “promises otherworldly performance befitting its name” and color us excited.

Aston Martin’s Valkyrie is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 designed and built by the legendary engineering firm, Cosworth. The engine will be coupled to a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission developed by Ricardo Engineering and mated to the engine’s hybrid-battery system provided by Rimac Automobili. Horsepower is still unknown at this time.

Valkyrie will use a carbon-fiber MonoCell developed by Multimatic Engineering, which besides working on the Aston Martin One-77 and Vulcan, is also building Ford’s new GT supercar and racecar. The curb weight is estimated to be between 2,200 and 2,400 pounds. Alcon and Surface Transforms, with its ECU, traction control and electronic stability systems from Bosch, will supply brakes.

The exterior of the car was designed by Formula 1 ace designer, Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s former chief designer who led the team to four straight world constructor’s and driver’s championships with the help of Sebastian Vettel. Of the Valkyrie, Newey said, “Together we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art.”

Only 150 Valkyries will be built for the road, including prototypes. However, for those that want more performance, Aston Martin will also be building a total of 25 track-only variants. According to Aston Martin, first deliveries are expected in 2019.

Speaking about the Valkyrie’s name, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman stated, “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honor, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”

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2017 All-Stars Contender: Aston Martin DB11 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db11-2017-all-stars-contender/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db11-2017-all-stars-contender/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:45:43 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1120113 Half the citizenry will condemn the new 2017 Aston Martin DB11, and the other half will beg for a ride and forever boast of the experience. They will also say, “You wouldn’t believe how insanely small the backseat is in this $215,000 car.” $233,170, actually. The Morning Frost DB11 Aston sent us to represent its...

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Half the citizenry will condemn the new 2017 Aston Martin DB11, and the other half will beg for a ride and forever boast of the experience. They will also say, “You wouldn’t believe how insanely small the backseat is in this $215,000 car.”

$233,170, actually. The Morning Frost DB11 Aston sent us to represent its newest offering in our 2017 All-Stars competition was one of the limited-run Launch Editions. For that $18,000 or so, the Launch Edition adds a bit of exclusivity, gloss black aero elements (splitter, diffuser, and gills), special 20-inch wheels, bright anodized or black gloss pillars, brighter hood accents, piano black or carbon interior trim, an ear-popping 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, power in the center console, and a touchpad control interface.

As tends to happen with Astons, the exterior left an impression on several staffers.

“Seriously, what can I say about the exterior that hasn’t been said. It’s superb, and I really dig the black roof treatment,” said daily news editor Conner Golden, while online editor Ed Tahaney found himself “shaken, stirred, and smitten with the DB11’s refined yet ridiculous ride.”

Everyone’s senses were further tickled once they climbed inside.

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“Holy smokes! The gorgeous blue-and-white interior with fantastic wood from another planet! The leather — even in the headliner — is somewhat fanciful but still elegant and oh-so-uncommon,” noted contributor Ronald Ahrens. Fellow contributor Nelson Ireson went more esoteric, saying, “The blue-white-and-brogue interior of our example feels equal parts Russian mafioso and Peer of the Realm.”

Things got more interesting once the big V-12 came to life, but contributor Michael Jordan may have summed up the DB11 best: “If you want to own a street-legal concept car, the DB11 is it. Extravagant styling? Colorful cabin? Loud noises? Come on down, because this is your car.”

Do its driving dynamics back up that statement? And is the package good enough to make the Aston Martin DB11 an AUTOMOBILE All-Star? Come back on March 11 to find out.

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Specifications

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PRICE $214,820/$233,170 (base) (as tested)
ENGINE 5.2L twin-turbo DOHC 48-valve V-12/
600 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 516 lb-ft @ 1,500-5,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
LAYOUT 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe
EPA MILEAGE 15/21 (city/hwy)
L x W x H 186.6 x 76.4 x 50.4 in
WHEELBASE 110.4 in
WEIGHT 3,900 lb (est)
0-60 MPH 3.7 sec (est)
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2018 Aston Martin Vantage Prototype Caught on Video http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-aston-martin-vantage-prototype-caught-video/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-aston-martin-vantage-prototype-caught-video/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:53:37 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119590 Aston Martin is in the early stages of an aggressive revamp of its lineup that began last year with the arrival of the DB11. Next up should be the 2018 Vantage, a prototype of which was caught on video recently during winter testing. In the short clip, you can see the familial resemblance to the...

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Aston Martin is in the early stages of an aggressive revamp of its lineup that began last year with the arrival of the DB11. Next up should be the 2018 Vantage, a prototype of which was caught on video recently during winter testing.

In the short clip, you can see the familial resemblance to the DB11 despite the swirly camouflage. Our videographer says  the car, which is wearing the DB11’s wheels, looks wider than the current Vantage.

Even clearer is the growl of a V-8, which is expected to be Mercedes-Benz’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine. In AMG’s hands, the engine is capable of bonkers output figures like the E63 S’ 603-hp rating. The Vantage’s version will likely be decidedly milder and closer to the extant V8 Vantage’s 430 hp or the AMG GT’s 456 hp.

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A more-powerful Vantage S variant will likely follow, as will a V-12 version using the DB11’s 5.2-liter mill. A racing version should arrive at some point after the initial launch as well.

Although Aston has kept its cards close to its chest when it comes to the next-generation Vantage, we expect the 2018 Vantage to arrive later this year, with a debut possible either at Pebble Beach or the Frankfurt auto show. Entry into a 2016 V8 Vantage starts at slightly less than $110,000 and there’s not much reason to believe it will increase substantially as Aston will need plenty of space in the range for the aforementioned variants.

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Aston Martin DB11 Gets the Q Treatment for Geneva http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db11-gets-a-dose-of-q-for-geneva/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db11-gets-a-dose-of-q-for-geneva/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:04 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119056 Aston Martin is showing off its Q line of exclusive paint and trim options on a special DB11 at the Geneva Motor Show. The unapologetically blue coupe will debut alongside the Vanquish S and the AM-RB 001, which made its first auto show appearance in Toronto earlier this month. Go to Aston Martin’s configurator for...

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Aston Martin is showing off its Q line of exclusive paint and trim options on a special DB11 at the Geneva Motor Show. The unapologetically blue coupe will debut alongside the Vanquish S and the AM-RB 001, which made its first auto show appearance in Toronto earlier this month.

Go to Aston Martin’s configurator for the DB11 and you’ll see more than 30 available paint colors. But if none of these fit the bill, buyers can commission something like this customized DB11, which features a Zaffre Blue paint job as well as blue wheels and blue lights.

Other than the burst of color, the “DB11 Q by Aston Martin” on display receives carbon fiber details on the front splitter, side sills, door mirrors, and other parts of the exterior. The interior is slightly more subdued, boasting Obsidian black leather seats with blue detailing, Q badges on the headrest and door sill, and a complimentary four-piece luggage set.

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The purpose of the special-edition DB11 is to show off the expanded range of customization services offered by Q by Aston Martin. Aston Martin is offering a commission service in which buyers can collaborate directly with its design team in Gaydon, U.K. The result is an entirely unique car where “the only limit is your imagination.” Body-colored wheels with diamond turned spokes, leather quilt upholstery, and special wood elements are just some of the possibilities.

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Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Hybrid Hypercar Will Use 6.5L V-12 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-am-rb-001-hybrid-hypercar-will-use-6-5l-v-12/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-am-rb-001-hybrid-hypercar-will-use-6-5l-v-12/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:53:34 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1110549 Last summer, Aston Martin dropped its AM-RB 001 hypercar on the automotive world. The automaker promised Formula 1 levels of performance but provided very few details on powertrain. Now, Aston has opened the flood gates on the AM-RB 001’s engine, transmission, and other specs. The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 will be powered by a naturally...

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Last summer, Aston Martin dropped its AM-RB 001 hypercar on the automotive world. The automaker promised Formula 1 levels of performance but provided very few details on powertrain. Now, Aston has opened the flood gates on the AM-RB 001’s engine, transmission, and other specs.

The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 will be powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 designed and built by high-performance engineering firm Cosworth. That engine will be mated to a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission developed by Ricardo Engineering. Exact power output remains unknown, but Aston says the AM-RB 001 will have a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1. That’s one horsepower for every kilogram of weight. Curb weight for the carbon-fiber-intensive car is estimated to be between 2,200 and 2,400 pounds, so figure somewhere in the realm of 1,000 hp.

Aston Martin AM RB 001 Hypercar rear end

Aston describes the AM-RB 001’s Cosworth-designed V-12 as “high-revving,” but the combustion engine won’t motivate the hypercar alone. The automaker has revealed that the AM-RB 001 will use a lightweight hybrid battery system supplied by Rimac, the Croatian company behind the all-electric Concept One supercar. No other details were given about the car’s hybrid system, but this is the first confirmation that Aston’s hypercar will be electrified, following the lead of other hypercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and LaFerrari.

The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 will use a carbon fiber MonoCell developed by Multimatic Engineering, which also worked on the One-77 and Vulcan. The car’s high-performance brakes will be supplied by Alcon and Surface Transforms, while its ECU, traction control system, and electronic stability system will come from Bosch. Even the LED taillights have been left in a supplier’s hands, with U.K. light manufacturer Wipac heading development.

Aston Martin AM RB 001 Hypercar side

Red Bull Racing chief technical officer and mastermind behind the AM-RB 001 project Adrian Newey says getting the right people for the job will result in a better car than would be possible if it were developed 100 percent in-house.

“Much like Formula 1, designing, engineering, and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort,” Newey said in a release. “To achieve great things you need to surround yourself with the best people. Experience, creativity, energy, diligence, and perfectionism are absolute must-have qualities in every area of the project. Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Together we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art.”

Lastly, Aston revealed that AM-RB 001 production will be limited to just 150 units, including prototypes. In addition to that number, 25 track-only variants will be built. The first deliveries will be carried out in 2019. Despite this deluge of info, there’s still a lot we don’t know about Aston’s upcoming hypercar, so stay tuned.

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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Exposed http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-aston-martin-vanquish-s-volante-revealed/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-aston-martin-vanquish-s-volante-revealed/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:15:49 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1102144 Aston Martin announced the Vanquish S, the latest evolution in its line of luxurious and powerful grand tourers, in late 2016. Now, the automaker has revealed the drop-top version of that potent two-door cruiser, the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante. The Vanquish S Volante gets the same body enhancements that the coupe received, including...

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Aston Martin announced the Vanquish S, the latest evolution in its line of luxurious and powerful grand tourers, in late 2016. Now, the automaker has revealed the drop-top version of that potent two-door cruiser, the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante.

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Vanquish Volante top view

The Vanquish S Volante gets the same body enhancements that the coupe received, including a new carbon fiber front splitter, side sills, and rear valance that help differentiate it from its predecessor. The rear end also receives an integrated spoiler and quad exhaust tips. Powering the Vanquish S Volante is the same Aston 5.9-liter V-12 we’ve come to know and love, but it’s been tuned to 580 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. That engine spins the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Aston Martin has yet to confirm performance estimates for the topless Volante model, but the coupe is estimated to hit 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 201 mph.

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Vanquish Volante rear three quarter

Being Aston’s “Super GT,” the Vanquish S Volante gets an opulent interior complete with Strathmore enhanced-grain leather upholstery with matching stitching and embroidered headrests, satin chrome brightwork, and Rokona headliner for the convertible top. This all, of course, comes at a cost. The Vanquish S Volante starts at $312,950. So if you want one, you have until April to save up your pennies.

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Vanquish Volante side profile

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Aston Martin DB4 G.T. Continuation Cars in the Works http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db4-g-t-continuation-cars-revealed/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-db4-g-t-continuation-cars-revealed/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:10:12 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1033295 It’s been more than five decades since Aston Martin built the DB4 G.T., but that isn’t stopping the automaker from producing it again. Aston announced it will produce a new batch of DB4 G.T. cars, which will be limited to the track and a production run of just 25 units. The DB4 G.T. race car...

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It’s been more than five decades since Aston Martin built the DB4 G.T., but that isn’t stopping the automaker from producing it again. Aston announced it will produce a new batch of DB4 G.T. cars, which will be limited to the track and a production run of just 25 units.

The DB4 G.T. race car was based on the road-going DB4 coupe and featured a number of track-focus modifications including a shorter wheelbase and the removal of the rear seats. Aston Martin built 75 copies from 1959-1963, and eight of those were special lightweight editions. All 25 of the new continuation models will be based on that lightweight version.

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The continuation cars will also be built at Aston’s Newport Pagnell facility, home of the original DB4 G.T. According to Aston, the plant has been out of commission for almost 10 years and last produced the Vanquish S.

That said, the DB4 G.T. continuation cars will mix old and modern production techniques. They’ll retain the same tube frame design and aluminum body panels like the original cars, along with the the 3.7-liter straight-six (tuned to make 340 hp in the continuation cars), a four-speed manual gearbox, and a limited-slip differential. Additionally, the vehicle identification numbers will stay in sequence from the last DB4 G.T. produced.

Aston says the DB4 G.T. continuation car will roll off the line during the third quarter of next year. The automaker has also created a two-year international track driving program for customers.

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