Aston Martin – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Aston Martin Considering Engine Supplier Role in Formula 1 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-may-become-engine-supplier-formula-1/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-may-become-engine-supplier-formula-1/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:35:34 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1191326 After a successful run at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, Aston Martin is looking to further its involvement in motorsport. Aston Martin could try its luck in Formula 1, according to a report from Auto Express. The automaker is now considering an engine supplier role, one that could pair it with Red Bull...

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After a successful run at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, Aston Martin is looking to further its involvement in motorsport. Aston Martin could try its luck in Formula 1, according to a report from Auto Express.

The automaker is now considering an engine supplier role, one that could pair it with Red Bull Racing. Although Aston hasn’t announced any potential partners, it already has a technical collaboration with Red Bull, so it stands to reason the partners could join forces in this new way. Both companies created the Valkyrie road-going hypercar together.

“We are studying 2021 engine regulation changes and that might provoke us to supply an independent F1 engine if the conditions are appropriate,” Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to Auto Express.

Red Bull has partnered with Renault on F1 engines, but the relationship has been strained because its hybrid unit hasn’t lived up to offerings from Ferrari and Mercedes. Recently, McLaren announced it would use Renault engines in the 2018 Formula 1 season, ditching Honda as its engine supplier.

Aston’s engines won’t be rebadged Mercedes units, Palmer says. It’s likely the automaker will pair with a racing engine specialist like Ilmor or Cosworth, reports Auto Express.

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Hybrid Race Cars are the Future, But Should They Be? http://www.automobilemag.com/news/hybrid-race-cars-are-the-future-but-should-they-be/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/hybrid-race-cars-are-the-future-but-should-they-be/#respond Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:00:32 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1188525 The latest road-going Acura NSX uses a combination of electric motors and a twin-turbo V-6 for propulsion. Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development (HPD), wanted that same technology to make its way to the track. “We originally tried to do a hybrid (race car) with the NSX but there was no sanctioning body...

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The latest road-going Acura NSX uses a combination of electric motors and a twin-turbo V-6 for propulsion. Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development (HPD), wanted that same technology to make its way to the track.

“We originally tried to do a hybrid (race car) with the NSX but there was no sanctioning body on the planet that was going to let us do that! We tried for 2 years—we lobbied everyone,” said Cyr. “There was a concern (by the sanctioning bodies) about the increased costs and (other teams) adding things (hybrid technology) onto cars they already had. The NSX is a natural hybrid. Most cars are not.”

So, HPD ended up developing the race car for the GT3 category, a highly competitive field on a global scale, but not a class that pushes new technology boundaries. After my NSX GT3 drive and chat with Cyr, I couldn’t stop thinking about how fantastic it would have been for Acura to showcase the NSX’s hybrid technology on the track. But then the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans came and went. After the dramatic turn of events in the top-spec LMP1 category at the twice-around-the-clock event in France, I’m torn.

A total of five high-tech hybrid factory prototypes started the long race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 13, 2017—three from Toyota and two from Porsche. (Yes, there was a sixth LMP1 entry but the privately entered, Nissan-powered ENSO CLM P1/01 wasn’t even close to being on the same level as the works hybrid cars.) Kamui Kobayashi set a blistering 3:14.791 lap in qualifying to put the Toyota TS050 Hybrid on the pole. That’s an average lap speed of over 156 mph. Staggering. I was eager to watch the Japan-versus-Germany battle of technology and crazy pace, but my LMP1 viewing enjoyment didn’t last long as the near-1,000 hp cars started dropping like flies.

Toward the end of the race on June 14, all five LMP1 factory cars had spent significant time in the pits, and a lower-level, slower LMP2 car was leading the race overall. If not for the sheer pace of the #2 LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid near the end of the race, battling back after being down and out, we would have seen a proper David-topples-Goliath moment in France. Part of me would have loved to have seen that.

During all of this hybrid prototype action (failure?), there was a magnificent battle happening in the decidedly non-hybrid GTE Pro category. Corvette Racing and Aston Martin Racing battled back and forth until the very end, when the #97 V8 Vantage GTE took the lead just before starting the last lap. The Prodrive-ran team held the top position to the end. Three GTE Pro cars finished on the same lap, with a further three cars only one lap down. Remember, that’s after nearly 3,000 miles of racing. Brilliant stuff.

The GTE class is similar to the GT3 category, only faster. The speed of the cars in both GTE and GT3 is adjusted via balance of performance (BoP), in an attempt to keep any one team from running away with a race. If they’re too quick at one event, they likely won’t be as fast the next time out because the stewards will adjust the BoP. It’s why the wonderful but aging Aston Martin still competes with the newest-of-new Ford GT. That’s not the case with LMP1. Cars are built to the rule book and then let loose on the track.

Looking at the endurance racing world in an idealistic bubble, I’m not a fan of BoP. I prefer the LMP1 route—write the rules and then the team that builds the fastest and most reliable car (and follows through with great race craft) wins races and the championship. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. History has shown that the rulebook method pushes costs out of control, causing entries to dwindle. Don’t forget that there used to be more car companies than just Toyota and Porsche in LMP1. It’s just such a wicked-expensive category to compete in. Acura NSX GT3 chief engineer Lee Niffenegger told me, “If there wasn’t BoP then it would turn into an arms race—nobody could afford to go racing.”

Which brings me to the future of Le Mans and European endurance racing. It’s clear to me that BoP is the right way to go with GT cars. The racing is fantastic and it helps stop the newest and greatest race car from automatically dominating the field. As far as sorting out the LMP1 category, that’s not so easy. IMSA in the USA has gone the route of running slightly modified LPM2 cars as their top-spec DPi (Daytona Prototype International) class in the WeatherTech SportsCar series. It’s an interesting approach. It’s far lower-tech than the crazy-expensive LMP1 category in Europe. It was likely the best route for the U.S. sanctioning body, but so far in 2017 it’s been pretty much dominated by one team. That may change in 2018 with HPD teaming up with Penske for an Acura DPi car, but I still find the GT categories within IMSA offer better racing with more diverse entries that correlate better with the cars found on dealership showrooms.

The key balance for the FIA as well as the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest)—the organizer of Le Mans—is keeping the LMP1 category exotic and fast while making sure the cars are reliable. Most importantly, the ACO must keep manufacturers interested in building cars for their top-spec class as the OEM’s deep pockets are key to running and developing the expensive cars. Audi left after 2016, and Porsche announced this July it will be discontinuing its LMP1 program after 2017. Toyota still hasn’t won Le Mans, and I wonder how long they’re going to keep trying before the bean counters say enough is enough. As far as the next-generation LMP1 car, the inevitable electrified future of the automotive world seems to support the hybrid route as the natural route. Battery packs will surely be fitted to the next-generation LMP1s on some level or another. It only makes sense.

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Aston Martin DBX Will Get Rear Doors Says CEO http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-ceo-production-dbx-will-grow-rear-doors/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-ceo-production-dbx-will-grow-rear-doors/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:59:58 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1186774 When the Aston Martin DBX concept first appeared at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, it was certainly different. Not only did it have an electric drivetrain, it was lifted, like Aston Martin’s version of a Rally Fighter. It didn’t take long for the British automaker to confirm the DBX would go to production, but it was never...

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When the Aston Martin DBX concept first appeared at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, it was certainly different. Not only did it have an electric drivetrain, it was lifted, like Aston Martin’s version of a Rally Fighter. It didn’t take long for the British automaker to confirm the DBX would go to production, but it was never clear how similar the production version would be to the concept. But now we know Aston changed at least one major thing—the number of doors.

Speaking with Autocar, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said, “There are aspects of the car that have changed dramatically, perhaps none more so than the fact that it is now a four-door.” And based on the teaser image that Aston released back in April, it looks like the roofline is boxier, as well. So if you were hoping Aston Martin’s version of an SUV would be some sort of luxury rally coupe, you’re in for a disappointment.

But despite the changes to the number of doors and the roofline, Palmer still thinks the production DBX will be recognizable as an Aston Martin. “On a comparison basis, you will be able to pick out many details that have been modified,” he said. “But in terms of the pure lines and the fundamental core principles of the car, you’ll recognize them.”

When it comes to balancing beauty and practicality, Palmer promises the DBX won’t require a compromise. It’ll be both beautiful and functional. “We have one rule that never changes, which is that we don’t trade off beauty,” said Palmer. “But if you want the design to reflect its 4×4-ness and to deliver the sort of utility that customers expect from these cars, then you have to find ways to achieve that. A 4×4 needs to be big, it needs to convey safety and security, and yet it also needs to be easy to get in and out of.”

You can also expect the DBX to share the DB11’s V-12 and V-8 engine options, but Palmer told Autocar there won’t be a diesel version. He also said there will be a hybrid version, although it won’t be a plug-in. Aston’s customers reportedly don’t think plug-in hybrids offer enough of a premium experience.

Look for the production version to go on sale sometime in late 2019.

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Every Aston Martin Will be Available as a Hybrid by Middle of Next Decade http://www.automobilemag.com/news/every-aston-martin-offered-hybrid-middle-next-decade/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/every-aston-martin-offered-hybrid-middle-next-decade/#respond Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:00:34 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1186623 Aston Martin plans to offer hybrid technology on all of its models within the next decade, CEO Andy Palmer has revealed. “We will be 100 percent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s,” Palmer told the Financial Times. The automaker will offer battery vehicles as well as mild-hybrid cars that pair an electric battery to...

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Aston Martin plans to offer hybrid technology on all of its models within the next decade, CEO Andy Palmer has revealed.

“We will be 100 percent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s,” Palmer told the Financial Times. The automaker will offer battery vehicles as well as mild-hybrid cars that pair an electric battery to a traditional combustion engine.

Aston Martin’s commitment may sound similar to the one Volvo made earlier this summer, but there is a key difference. Volvo says every single one of its vehicles will include electrification, but Aston Martin will simply offer an electrified option on every model throughout its range. So while Volvo will stop selling all vehicles that run purely on gas or diesel, Aston Martin will continue churning out non-hybrid vehicles, reports FT.

Palmer estimates that around a quarter of Aston Martin cars will be all-electric by the end of the next decade. In the meantime, Aston Martin is gearing up to produce its first all-electric car, the Rapid-e, in 2019. It’s possible the upcoming DBX crossover will offer a hybrid version after it enters production in 2019, according to Palmer.

The CEO also said Aston Martin wants to develop the electric driving systems in-house.

“You need to keep core technology inside the company,” said Palmer. “That’s why we make our own V-12 engine. We believe that EVs are a core technology, and therefore we want to do them ourselves.”

Aston Martin has its hands full. A year ago, we learned Aston Martin was busy at work launching seven new models within 7 years, starting with the new DB11. Another model is a mid-engine sports car that will rival the Ferrari 488 and McLaren 720S.

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1956 Aston Martin DBR1/1 Sold for Record $22.55 Million Caps RM Sotheby’s 2017 Monterey Sale http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1956-aston-martin-dbr11-sold-record-22-55-million-caps-rm-sothebys-2017-monterey-sale/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1956-aston-martin-dbr11-sold-record-22-55-million-caps-rm-sothebys-2017-monterey-sale/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1185294 What’s the most valuable British car to ever sell at auction? As of this past weekend, there’s a new answer to that question: the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1/1 sold by RM Sotheby’s for $22,550,000 at its 2017 Monterey sale. The famed Aston sold to a telephone bidder last Friday evening, who was undoubtedly enamored with...

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What’s the most valuable British car to ever sell at auction? As of this past weekend, there’s a new answer to that question: the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1/1 sold by RM Sotheby’s for $22,550,000 at its 2017 Monterey sale.

The famed Aston sold to a telephone bidder last Friday evening, who was undoubtedly enamored with the car’s provenance, which includes an overall win at the 1959 Nurburgring 1000KM and such drivers as Carroll Shelby, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Roy Salvadori. In addition to breaking sales records, the car was also the top seller for the entire week’s worth of Monterey auctions and fell in line with RM Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate of “in excess of $20,000,000.”

Several other Aston Martins sold for strong amounts during the two-night sale, including a 1959 DB4GT Prototype that brought $6,765,000 against an estimate of $6 million to $8 million, and a 2006 DBR9 that more than doubled its low estimate with a sale price of $616,000.

A 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta that was Classiche-certified was runner-up to the top-seller, despite its result of $8,305,000 falling just shy of an $8,500,000 low estimate. Other Ferraris stood out as well, including a 1967 275 GTB/4–a desirable “four-cam” model that sold at $3,025,000, right in the middle of its estimate range—and a 1965 275 GTB/6C Alloy that sailed past its high estimate to a final price of $3,575,000.

Disappointments? There were a few, including a 1997 Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 RSR that sold at $357,000–more than $140,000 below its low estimate. Why the poor result? This was a race car without an impressive race history, campaigned in club-level racing events by its first owner, rather than in professional series with top-flight teams and drivers. A 2000 Lamborghini Diablo GTR was one of just two cars to not find a new home on the second night of the sale, falling short of a $580,000 to $780,000 estimate.

In the end, RM Sotheby’s sold $132,993,810 worth of cars, watches and jewelry–exceeding its 2016 total of $117,900,000. Its sell-through rate (the percentage of cars that were actually sold) was also up from 82% in 2016 to 88% this year. A total of 32 cars broke the million-dollar barrier, up from 21 cars in 2016.

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Aston Martin Debuts Vanquish Zagato Speedster, Teases Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-marzagato-debuts-vanquish-zagato-speedster-teases-vanquish-zagato-shooting-brake/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-marzagato-debuts-vanquish-zagato-speedster-teases-vanquish-zagato-shooting-brake/#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:01:02 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1183179 Following a series of spy photos of the Zagato Speedster caught running the Nurburgring and many of the B-roads in Germany, Zagato and Aston Martin have finally revealed the group’s latest stunning creation. The Vanquish Zagato Speedster is based on the Aston Martin Vanquish and marks the third in Zagato’s Vanquish series of one-off production...

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Following a series of spy photos of the Zagato Speedster caught running the Nurburgring and many of the B-roads in Germany, Zagato and Aston Martin have finally revealed the group’s latest stunning creation.

The Vanquish Zagato Speedster is based on the Aston Martin Vanquish and marks the third in Zagato’s Vanquish series of one-off production cars. The Speedster uses the same 580 horsepower naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 engine as the standard Vanquish (and the other Zagatos), and is mated to Aston Martin’s slick Touchtronic III transmission. This meansit can hit 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and likely a top speed of 197, although Zagato hasn’t disclosed exactly what the open-top speedster can muster.

The main piece of the Vanquish Zagato Speedster is undeniably its look. Choosing style over function, the speedster uses an “uncompromising roofless design that expresses the raw excitement of an open-top ultra-high performance sports car,” anchored by the car’s rear speed humps which rise “to form streamlined cowls that flow back from the seats, representing Zagato’s signature double-bubble roof.”

Differentiating itself from the standard Vanquish, the Vanquish Zagato Speedster receives a new front fascia with integrated twin fog lights, new rockers, and fenders, as well as a slightly modified hood with a larger bulge and twin air extractors. But it’s at the back, past the speed humps where the Vanquish Zagato Volante truly sheds its Aston Martin roots.

To set the rear of the car off, it uses Aston Martin Vulcan-inspired “Blade” tail lights that look as if they’re “Star Trek” warp reactors ready to blast into the 31st century, or as we’ve stated previously, like Tony Stark’s arc reactor from “The Avengers.” The rear tailpipes have also been repositioned with a new undertray that helps produce downforce.

Speaking ahead of the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the Vanquish Zagato Speedster will strike a pose, Andrea Zagato, CEO of Zagato said “Zagato’s relationship with Aston Martin began with my grandfather and the DB4 GT Zagato, almost sixty years ago. To have a creative ‘marriage’ thrive for three generations is something as unique as the cars themselves.” Furthering that relationship, Zagato has also released the first teaser for its final Vanquish-based model, the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.

According to the company, the Shooting Brake is still a strict two-seater, “But one conceived as an individual and exceptionally practical GT. The extended roof of the concept sketch bears the iconic Zagato double-bubble surfacing complete with glass inlays to let light flood into the cockpit. The sculptural roof culminates in a powered tailgate that opens onto a luxuriously trimmed rear cabin area…and is a fitting complement to the Coupe, Volante, and Speedster.”

Zagato will build just 325 Vanquish-based cars total; 99 Coupes, 99 Volantes, 28 Speedsters and 99 Shooting Brakes. No word on what the cars will cost, but rumor has the price tag pegged at over $1,300,000 per car, all of which have supposedly already been sold.

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V-8-Powered Aston Martin DB11 Will Be the Better Driver’s Car, Says Automaker http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-says-v-8-powered-db11-will-better-drivers-car/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-says-v-8-powered-db11-will-better-drivers-car/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:51:38 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1180476 In V-12 form, the Aston Martin DB11 is a fantastic grand tourer. It’s gorgeous, luxurious, and has all the power you could want in a road car. But according to Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO, the 600-hp V-12 won’t actually be the volume seller. Instead, he expects that honor to go to the upcoming V-8...

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In V-12 form, the Aston Martin DB11 is a fantastic grand tourer. It’s gorgeous, luxurious, and has all the power you could want in a road car. But according to Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO, the 600-hp V-12 won’t actually be the volume seller. Instead, he expects that honor to go to the upcoming V-8 version. And while it won’t be quite as powerful, it sounds like the V-8 will actually be better to drive.

In the video below, Palmer explains that the 503-hp, AMG-sourced V-8 won’t simply be the more-affordable, less-powerful option. It’ll also be more nimble thanks to better weight distribution and a lighter engine. Sharper turn-in, a lighter overall car, and a lower price sound like a pretty good deal to us. And while the engine may have come from AMG, he promises the exhaust has also been tuned to give it the signature Aston Martin sound.

Summing the two cars up, Palmer says the V-12 is “a little bit of a brute in a suit,” while the V-8 “is more the athlete in the suit.” Assuming that’s true, we’re definitely looking forward to taking our first test drive.

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Aston Martin Poaches Maserati Powertrain Chief Joerg Ross http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-recruits-ex-maserati-powertrain-chief/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/aston-martin-recruits-ex-maserati-powertrain-chief/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 22:30:47 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1180289 Aston Martin has appointed Joerg Ross its new powertrain chief engineer, the automaker reported today. He will be responsible for the development of Aston Martin’s engines and transmissions and will assist in the development of the automaker’s first electric car. Previously, Ross served as Head of Advanced Powertrain for Maserati, a position he took in 2014. Prior...

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Aston Martin has appointed Joerg Ross its new powertrain chief engineer, the automaker reported today. He will be responsible for the development of Aston Martin’s engines and transmissions and will assist in the development of the automaker’s first electric car.

Previously, Ross served as Head of Advanced Powertrain for Maserati, a position he took in 2014. Prior to that, he held a senior position at automotive engineering company IAV GmbH. In the 2000s, he was in charge of engines at Ferrari, and even farther back, he worked at Ford.

Ross will report to Chief Technical Officer Max Szwaj, who was just appointed to the position late last year. Incidentally, he also hails from Maserati and Ferrari as well as BMW and Porsche.

“We are delighted to welcome Joerg to the Aston Martin team,” said Szwaj in a statement. “His considerable experience and knowledge will prove invaluable for the Engineering team as we prepare the business for the next generation of Aston Martin products.”

Aston Martin is gearing up to launch the RapidE electric sedan despite some recent challenges. The automaker originally planned to develop the EV in partnership with Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco, but the deal apparently fell through. In June, Aston Martin announced it was shifting course on the RapidE, offering fewer copies than originally planned. The release date was also pushed back to 2019.

“We’ve decided to make this car rare, which will obviously tend to push the price higher,” Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer told Reuters at the time. “Aston Martin now plans to proceed independently, funding further development of RapidE by ourselves.”

Beyond the RapidE, Aston Martin is also gearing up to launch the DBX crossover. A concept that debuted back in 2015 featured an electric drivetrain with a lithium-sulfur battery pack and inboard electric motors at each wheel.

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Zagato Drops the Vanquish’s Top and Goes Volante http://www.automobilemag.com/news/zagato-drops-vanquishs-top-goes-volante/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/zagato-drops-vanquishs-top-goes-volante/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:07:34 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178929 As Aston Martin gets ready to revitalize its entire lineup, one last vestige of its dying breed has broken through with new vigor thanks to Zagato: the Vanquish Volante. Seen here for the first time, the Vanquish Zagato Volante loses the Vanquish’s hardtop and rear seats for the open air and space to store the...

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As Aston Martin gets ready to revitalize its entire lineup, one last vestige of its dying breed has broken through with new vigor thanks to Zagato: the Vanquish Volante. Seen here for the first time, the Vanquish Zagato Volante loses the Vanquish’s hardtop and rear seats for the open air and space to store the new top.

Power is derived from the same 5.9-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine from the standard Vanquish Zagato and Aston of past, the new cars are powered by either a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 developed in-house by Aston Martin, or a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 developed by Mercedes-AMG.

In addition to the convertible roof, the Vanquish Zagato Volante also receives a new front fascia, which sees the Vanquish’s normally wide mouth grow even wider with Zagato’s massive grille. Twin fog lights finish the fascia’s design.

At the side, the rockers and fenders receive a new set of side skirts that give the profile of the car a more drastic look, very sharp and angular. The hood has also been modified with a slight bulge in the hood and twin air extractors.

However, it’s at the rear that sees the most radical styling with twin speed humps and a proto-wing connecting them together. Moving further back, the rear taillights have been swapped for recessed lights that resemble Tony Stark’s arc reactor from “The Avengers.” The rear diffusor also receives touches from Zagato with a carbon-fiber shroud.

The new Vanquish Zagato Volante is said to likely cost near $1,300,000 and only 28 of these striking cars will ever be built. All of which, have supposedly already been sold, so even if you had the money in the bank, you probably couldn’t buy one.

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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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