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When it comes to aviation-inspired sports cars, not other country gives us as many as the United Kingdom. In recent years, we’ve seen Royal Air Force-inspired vehicles come from both Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin, with the latter already famous for the Vantage S models that paid tribute to the Spitfire plane and the Blades Aerobatic Display Team. Come 2017 and it’s time for the Vanquish to join the aviation-inspired theme, this time around as a tribute for the RAF’s Red Arrows acrobatic unit.
Commissioned by Aston Martin’s dealer in Cambridge, the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition is limited to only 10 units, nine for each pilot of the Red Arrows unit and a tenth car to be given to the RAF Benevolent Fund charity.
Crafted by the Q division, the Red Arrows Edition is by no means a regular limited-edition Aston Martin with a custom paint job. On top of the Eclar Red paint that mirrors the familiar livery of the Hawks and references the Red Arrows’ motto, the coupe sports all sorts of details that make it unique in the lineup.
Custom features include white detailing in the front bumper and grille, blue highlights on the side skirts, white “smoke trails” on the side strakes, “Union Jack” enamel wing badges, and “Union Jack” side winglets on the bumper. The carbon-fiber roof has white graphics that mimic the canopy design of a jet fighter, while the standard exhaust pipes have been replaced by titanium pieces.
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Remember the bespoke Aston Martin Vanquish Volante inspired by the AM37 powerboat that the British firm unveiled in late 2016? I certainly do and I remember wondering about how much such a car would cost. Well, Aston Martin just unveiled pricing information and said the car is actually available for purchase. Although it was initially believed that it was commissioned by a customer, the one-off convertible is actually for sale at Aston Martin Reading, which is part of the H.R. Owen Group and costs a whopping £236,950.
That’s a £29,000 premium over the stock Vanquish Volante and makes the AM37 as expensive as an actual yacht. For instance, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey boat from 2015 will set you back £225,000 and comes with three cabins, two showers, and all the room you need for a party away from the shore. Not to mention that you save some £10,000 for supplies Granted, the boat has only 75 horsepower and won’t get you anywhere in a hurry, but the Vanquish Volante barely has room for four.
Anyway, making this unique grand tourer special is the bespoke Concours Blue paint on the outside and the Q-exclusive semi-aniline leather upholstery in Chestnut Tan and White Essence on the inside. Built to celebrate Aston Martin’s partnership with Quintessence Yachts, the AM37 Vanquish Volante also features Q Conker Saddle carpets with Q-exclusive Conker Saddle overmats, Q Rosewood High Gloss Fascia, Q Fender and Buckle Badges with white enamel infill, a full Q matching tailored luggage set, and a special plaque in honor of its status as a one-of-one model, reading: “specially commissioned by Q to commemorate the AM37 yacht launch – 1 of 1.”
Pretty fancy, huh?
Under the hood, this Vanquish Volante is standard business, featuring the familiar 5.9-liter V-12 engine rated at 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 4.1 seconds, while top speed is rated at 183 mph.
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Not sure why Aston chose the very depth of this icy winter to announce the launch of a new drop-top model, but anyway, the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante is now available for those who are not satisfied with the ordinary version of the car. As the open-top version of the Vanquish S, revealed late last year, the Volante comes with all the options and bespoke packages the Q department has to offer for this car.
But before we get to those let’s first see what makes the ‘S’ different than normal VanQs. First and foremost, the car gets an uprated 6.0 V12 engine producing 603 PS, probably the last application of Aston’s super old engine, which gives the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante a top speed of 201mph and a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) time of 3.5 seconds, there and thereabout. The car also gets 8-speed Touchtronic III Transmission, quad-exhaust tailpipes, and revised inlet manifolds for increased engine airflow, as well as retuned Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with normal, sport and track modes.
But you by an Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante not so much for the performance than the way it looks and how you can customize the hell out of it. Among the main personalization options for this model there is the Ming Blue, Onyx Black, China Grey, Arizona Bronze, Cumberland Grey, and Kopi Bronze paint jobs which can be paired with 7 sporting accent colours for front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser including Clubsport White, Flugplatz Blue, Red, Cinnabar Orange, Silver Argento, and Appletree Green, custom carbon fibre 2×2 twill rear diffuser and front splitter as well quad exit exhaust tailpipes, carbon bonnet blades, Ivory leather, Moon shadow Alcantara, Satin Chop carbon, Iridium hardware pack, and…
The second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish was unveiled in 2012, when it replaced the DBS V12 and revived a nameplate Aston Martin had previously used between 2001 to 2007. Although its exterior design is an evolution of the DBS, the One-77-inspired styling cues give it a unique appearance in the Aston Martin lineup. The grand tourer has already received two mild updates by 2016, the most important being a tweaked engine and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. A more extensive facelift was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Show for the 2017 model year.
Having already launched a gorgeous version penned by famous coachbuilder Zagato, Aston Martin upgraded the standard version with notable updates on the outside and a more powerful engine under the hood. Much like the first-gen model, the current Vanquish received an “S” badge with the facelift. Usually used for higher-performance models by many brands, Aston Martin’s “S” specification usually stands for mid-cycle upgrades and extra power.
“In its second generation the Vanquish maintained that momentum with huge engineering advances such as its all-carbon fibre bodywork and compelling, contemporary styling,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and CEO. Now, the Vanquish S takes things a step further, confidently asserting itself within the Aston Martin range and distinguishing itself from the new DB11. A spectacular machine in every sense, the Vanquish S is a magnificent addition to our range”
The upgraded Vanquish S will be sold for about two or three years before it will be replaced by a new grand tourer based on the DB11. This version is expected to be in late 2018 or early 2019. Until that happens, let’s have a look at what the refreshed Vanquish will bring to the table.
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The second-generation V12 Vanquish was introduced in 2012, 11 years after Aston Martin used the nameplate to replace the aging Virage. Although it borrows the same styling cues made popular by the DB9, the Vanquish stands out thanks to its design features inspired by the One-77 supercar, sporty yet stylish interior, and a powerful 5.9-liter V-12 engine. Set to be replaced before 2018, the Vanquish is still being used as a base for numerous limited-edition grand tourers.
In 2016, Aston Martin unveiled the Vanquish Zagato, the fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades. Previewed by a concept car that Aston Martin showcased at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este earlier in 2016, the production coupe has been joined by a convertible at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Set to be produced in only 99 units, just like the coupe, the Vanquish Zagato Volante follows in the footsteps of the 1987 V8 Vantage Volante and the 2003 DB AR1 as an exclusive Zagato-built sports car with a bespoke body. And, if its predecessors are any indication, the Vanquish Zagato Volante will become one of the rarest Aston Martins ever created.
“The Vanquish Zagato Volante illustrates the ways in which Aston Martin design can evolve in collaboration with such a trusted and long-standing partner,’ said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s EVP and chief creative officer. “Vanquish Zagato Volante continues Aston Martin’s new century of innovation and creativity, strengthening the association between these great automotive marques in the process”.
Deliveries of the Vanquish Zagato Volante are set to begin in 2017.
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Introduced in 2001 as a successor to the aging Virage, the V12 Vanquish received an extensive redesign in 2012. Previewed by the Project AM310 Concept, the second-gen Vanquish’s exterior design is an evolution of the DBS with many styling cues inspired by the limited-edition One-77. The grand tourer also gained a new interior based on the one found in the supercar with hand-stitched leather and an updated infotainment system as standard equipment. Under the hood, the 5.9-liter V-12 was uprated from the first-generation’s 520 to 565 horsepower and later to 568 horses. In 2016, the second-gen Vanquish is celebrating four years on the market and Aston Martin is introducing the Vanquish Zagato Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
The fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that goes back to the early 1960s, the Vanquish Zagato Concept brings together classic Aston Martin styling cues and design features seen on previous limited-edition and concept models such as the One-77 and CC100 Speedster. The grand tourer also borrows some elements from the brand-new DB11, which suggests that it might preview the third-generation Vanquish that’s set to arrive by the end of the decade.
“Over the years, we have developed and refined our own design language and we have always gone that little bit further with our special series cars like CC100, One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan. The Vanquish Zagato Concept shows how our two companies can come together and push the definition of Aston Martin design,” said Marek Reichman, executive vice president and chief creative officer of the British brand.
“We pride ourselves on our strong partnership and the creation of the Vanquish Zagato Concept was a true shared experience,” added Zagato CEO Andrea Zagato, “it represents the essence of an important design relationship that dates back over fifty years.”
Updated 05/24/2016: We added a series of new video taken during the Vanquish Zagato Concept’s official debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza. Hit “play” to see how stunning this Vanquish looks in reality. Enjoy!
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Aston Martin isn’t keen on calling it a lineup overhaul, but it might as well admit to it after announcing plans to build a seven-model lineup that effectively signals the start of a new era for the British luxury brand.
Speaking with Car & Driver, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer laid out the plans for the new model range, beginning with the replacement of the existing V8 Vantage. That model will retain the same name and is expected to launch in 2017. More importantly, it’s going to use the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, the first Aston Martin to use this specific powertrain. Accompanying the new engine will be a choice of either manual and automatic gearboxes. As for the V-12 version of the Vantage is concerned, Aston Martin hasn’t made plans known for that car, that is if it has plans to begin with. In any event, the release of the replacement Vantage will be followed by another replacement model.
Once the new Vantage hits the market, Aston Martin will turn its focus on new Vanquish. That car won’t be launched until 2018, and at this point, not much is known about the technical side of the supercar. It is important to note that Palmer himself singled out the next-generation Vanquish as the likeliest model to receive some of the technologies that come out of the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing partnership. Two F1-sourced techs that are reportedly being considered for the new Vanquish include structural carbon fiber and KERS technology.
Beyond these two models, Aston Martin is also busy preparing the DB11, which we first saw at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited replacement for the DB9 will be powered by a newly developed 5.2-liter turbocharged V-12 engine and is scheduled to arrive around the same time as the next-generation Vantage. A V-8 version is also reportedly in the cards, but a timetable for that model is still up in the air.
Rounding out the seven-model range are two models that we already know about: the Lagonda SUV and the DBX electric crossover. The remaining models are still shrouded in secrecy, but there is some indication that they could be the V-12 version of the Vantage and the V-8 version of the DB11. Another possibility is a production version of the RapidE Concept. Whether any of these possibilities come to bear is still a matter of debate, but we do know that theAM-RB 001, the 99-piece hypercar Aston Martin is developing with Red Bull, is unlikely to be part of the seven models due to its limited run.
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The newly struck partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing will extend way past the two company’s plans to build the AM-RB 001. Speaking with Drive, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer hinted that certain technologies that Aston Martin and Red Bull are currently developing for the much-anticipated hypercar could find their way in the British automaker’s production models.
Palmer singled out the next-generation Vanquish, due out in 2018, as the likeliest model to receive the high-tech hardware that’s currently being developed for the AM-RB 001. The technologies being looked at include structural carbon fiber and KERS technology, two important ingredients of any modern Formula One car. It’s still unclear how Aston Martin will adopt these technologies on the Vanquish, but there’s strong belief among management, led by Palmer no less, that the Vanquish’s price tag will be sufficient enough to accommodate the introduction of these technologies into the fold without the company having to cut corners on other aspects of the next-generation sports car.
Speaking of the AM-RB 001, Palmer also shed some new details about the enigmatic hypercar. The most interesting of these juicy bits is the announcement that the hypercar will be limited to just 99 units, making it more exclusive than any of the three hypercars that are already in the market today. Aston Martin and Red Bull are banking on the AM-RB 001’s limited availability to generate huge interest for the car and, while that seems like an attainable plan given the absurdly high expectations for the AM-RB 001, it’s reported price tag of up to $5 million could just as easily move the car into the collector’s corner. Either way, a prototype of the model is being targeted to make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 2016.
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Note: 2014-2015 Aston Martin Vanquish shown above.
Okay, this is it. This is what Aston Martin should be building next as their new range-topping GT model. What you see here is called Aston Martin Lagonquish and it is the result of mating a Lagonda with a Vanquish!
This is, of course, a rendering and it’s just for fun. But it is one of those flights of fancy that actually look rather good and we would’t mind seeing it in production. What the designer, Jack Darton, has done here is take the front of the Lagonda and put it on the body of a Vanquish, thus arriving at something he calls Aston Martin Lagonquish.
We are not huge fans of the Lagonda sedan, but there is something about the car’s unique grille and headlights that just work really well when attached to a sleek coupe body. We are not saying Aston must come up with something like this, but when they are working on the replacement for the Vanquish they could draw some inspiration from it.
The designer has been pretty meticulous with this work and has even gone to the trouble of choosing the right wheels, a set of HRE RS105, for it.
Rendering by Jack Darton
It’s been a long while since we last heard from German tuner Wheelsandmore, but now they are back offering new stuff for a car they have already worked on a few times. The new Wheelsandmore Aston Martin Vanquish gets a fresh set of wheels and a CRP tuning kit for the engine.
The new wheels are all the visual upgrade the new Wheelsandmore Aston Martin Vanquish gets, but they are a good one. The forged F.I.W.E rims with their filigree-looking 3-piece measure 21-inch in diameter. They are 9.5 inch wide on the front axle and 12 inches on the rear, shod with 265/30/21 and 325/25/21 tires respectively. The finish is a very cool matt black “without additional optical abnormalities.”
As for the performance upgrade kit, it includes a custom valve controlled exhaust system with catalyst replacement pipes and new mufflers, plus high performance F1 air filters and software. These changes give Wheelsandmore Aston Martin Vanquish an additional 40 hp and 90 Nm of torque, for a total of around 610 horsepower. These are all the mods you need to make the Vanquish perfectly hot and more awesome. No silly body kits or anything.
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You know you have “screw-you” money when you can afford to have Q by Aston Martin create seven bespoke Vanquish Coupes for yourself and six buddies. That is exactly what the founder of Storck Bikes did, and the first of these special Vanquish models was delivered today.
The bespoke Aston Martins go beyond the typical scope of Q by Aston Martin, which forced the bespoke arm to install a new addition to its manufacturing process. The item that required this special addition was the multi-layer carbon-fiber finish, which uses several layers of carbon fiber that results in a smooth finish.
With the carbon fiber in place, Aston took to painting a large portion of the car in jet black, but it left some sections of the lightweight material naked. This matte paintjob and the exposed carbon fiber play off each other nicely. Q also added in machined carbon-fiber Aston Martin wing emblems.
Inside the cabin, Aston continued with gloss-black accents, custom diamond quilting on the seats, and “One of Seven” logos on the headrests.
Under the hood, it looks as if things remained stock. This means that this bespoke sports car has the standard AM29 V-12 engine that produces 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The power heads through a rear-mounted Touchtronic III eight-speed auto transmission as it heads to the rear wheels. This nets the standard Vanquish a 0-to-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph.
There is no mention of how much Mr. Storck paid to have these cars commissioned, but I can assure you it was a hefty sum above the base price of the Vanquishes.
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The personalization and customization arm of Aston Martin, known as Q by Aston Martin, announced the launch of a new collection bespoke Vanquish models. Called ‘One of Seven’ collection, these models are ordered by German businessman Markus Storck.
The owner of Storck Bicycles ordered the first bespoke Vanquish for himself and the other six for six fellow sports car aficionados. Now here’s is a guy we would like to be friends with. The cars he’s ordered come with a number of exclusive exterior and interior features and each serves as a testament to the capabilities of Q by Aston Martin.
On the outside, the One of Seven Bespoke Vanquish comes with an exclusive exterior finish that sees multiple layers of carbon fibre cleverly interwoven to a perfectly smooth finish for an absolutely unique look. There’s also a fair few ‘one of seven’ badges to remind the onlookers this is a special edition. Inside, the car features diamond quilting on the seats, machined carbon Aston Martin wings badges, ‘One of Seven’ logos perforated into the head restraints and a variety of gloss black styling additions.
Markus Storck said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to see my vision for a series of bespoke Aston Martin Vanquish come to life like this. The attention to detail, service and dedication I have seen from the Q team has been exceptional – and the result is outstanding.”
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If you’ve been looking for a V-12-powered British GT car you can take on hunting trips, then your long arduous search has finally come to an end. Created in conjunction with Italian fashion designer Valentino, this Aston Martin Vanquish Volante wears a unique deep-woods camouflage livery that ensures the 14-point buck in your sights will never see you coming. Though, with that engine note, we can’t promise he won’t hear you.
Ok, so it wasn’t actually built for hunting (though you shouldn’t let that stop you). Customized by Aston’s Q bespoke service, this special Vanquish was recently auctioned off at the Cash & Rocket opening Gala Dinner in London, where proceeds went to women and children’s charities in Africa, including Shine On Sierra Leone, OrphanAid Africa and Sumbandila.
The Aston Marton Vanquish Volante is a drop-top super-tourer with a 568-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 that’s capable of 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. This example’s hammer price wasn’t made available at the time of writing, but we suspect it went for well above the Vanquish Volante’s base price just under $300,000.
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In a peculiar turn of events, Aston Martin has filed suit against Henrik Fisker, alleging that Fisker copied a number of a design elements on the Vanquish-based Thunderbolt sports car. The suit also states that Fisker is misleading potential Thunderbolt buyers when he says that the model is based on the latest Aston Martin Vanquish, when in fact the car has the underpinnings of an older DB9 or DBS. Truthfully, the single photo of the interior of Fisker’s Thunderbolt does show a more old-school center console.
The news is even more surprising considering that Fisker used to be head of design at Aston Martin and was responsible for the V8 Vantage and the DB9’s looks. On top of that, Aston Martin says that the designer contacted his former employer in the early stages of development for the Thunderbolt, and Aston Martin believed that the final design would look different. After the Thunderbolt was shown at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Aston Martin promptly filed a suit in a California court. “Fisker’s bad-faith intent to free-ride off the tremendous goodwill associated with the famous Aston Martin mark, wings logo, side vent mark, and Vanquish mark could not be more transparent,” the carmaker said in the legal filing.
The complaint mentions harsh words like “trademark infringement, false designation of origin, dilution, false advertising, intentional interference with contractual relationship and interference with prospective economic advantage.” In other words, the relationship between Henrik Fisker and Aston Martin couldn’t have turned more sour.
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The Norselands have long been known for boxes. Volvo has practically defined the rectangle as a design paradigm, second only to your average Lego in sheer perfection of corners. IKEA’s furniture is most famous for resembling the boxes it came out of, but at least it fits in well with the post-modern asceticism of North Atlantic architecture. Denmark, though — Denmark has long bucked the interlocking molds of its neighbors’ boxy practicality. Trust a Dutchman then to break those molds, reshaping everything we know about design by thinking outside the box.
Henrik Fisker first rose to prominence at BMW as the designer of the Z07 Concept, which ultimately became the Z8 coupe. It was in the Z8’s classic long-hood-short-deck proportions, and stretched-over-a-frame body panels that we caught the first hint of things to come. In 2001, Fisker joined Ford Motor Company, and immediately went to work re-designing the face of Aston Martin. That redesign, the DB9, was arguably the only good thing to come out of the entire Ford-Aston affair.
Fisker’s work (along with the Cadillac Sixteen Concept and Chrysler PT Cruiser) signaled the end of 90s styling, and wrote the book for a whole new generation of automobile bodies. Not content to rest on his well-deserved laurels, Fisker launched his own car company from sunny California, where he’s still making history by influencing fellow revolutionaries like Tesla.
History beckons, though, and now the Dutchman has a new take on the Aston design language he created. Enter, the Aston Martin Vanquish Thunderbolt.
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