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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 S

Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the iconic DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 brought the British carmaker into a new era, one that finally sees the old VH platform retire. Now using lighter underpinnings engineered with help from Mercedes-AMG, the grand tourer is more than capable of competing against its more modern rivals. However, the DB11 is still a long way from becoming a proper vehicle lineup, with the V-8 and other iterations still under development. But this may end by the end of 2017, as Aston Martin is already testing a higher performance version of the coupe.

Spotted on public roads for the very first time, the beefed-up DB11 uses a new aerodynamic package that includes a reworked bumper, new side skirts, and a race-inspired diffuser at the back. Although Aston Martin has yet to confirm it is working on a new version and there aren’t many hints out there, I believe that this is a more powerful variant of the DB11. Several reports suggest that it could wear an “S” badge, just like the upgraded version of the Vanquish. Nothing’s official yet, but this test car is definitely not the upcoming V-8 model that will slow below the V-12.

Expect this new model to break cover by the end of the year, probably before the BD11 Volante will be unveiled in early 2018. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the DB11 S in the speculative review below.

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PostHeaderIcon AMG-Powered Aston Martin DB11 Could Debut in China

Aston Martin may have skipped out on creating a production version of the DB10 used in the most recent James Bond film, but that’s okay. We ended up getting the DB11, a vehicle built on a new, lighter architecture that included parts engineered by none other than Mercedes-AMG. The DB11 made its debut in mid-2016 and showcased the brand’s new 5.2-liter V-12 that had some 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of wholesome goodness. But, with that platform having plenty of AMG DNA at its core, that also means the DB11 is expected to get a version of the 4.0-liter, Biturbo, V-8 that was launched in the Mercedes-AMG GT. If Car News China is to be believed, the AMG-powered DB11 will make its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month.

Of course, there’s no official announcement as of yet, so specifics are still up in the air, but rumor has it that it will pump out around 530 horsepower – a figure that puts it about 70 horsepower shy of the V-12 powered DB11, which kicked out 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. According to the source, the DB11 V-8 will start out at 2.75 million yuan, or about $400,000 – about $70,000 cheaper in China than the V-12 model. And, since the V-8 is just below the 4.0-liter threshold, it will offer an attractive savings over the V-12 model thanks to it being in a lower tax bracket.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro Concept

Around since 2005, the current-generation Aston Martin Vantage might seem a bit long in the tooth, but it’s still one of the finest luxury grand tourers you can buy. Updated over the years and offered in numerous limited-edition models, the Vantage will definitely be missed when a new generation comes around. But, the current iteration isn’t going away anytime soon and Aston Martin decided to spice things up by including it in its brand-new AMR program, which was launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

If you’re familiar with the company’s intense racing program, you probably already know that AMR stands for Aston Martin Racing. The reason why the Brits are using the same letters for this project is because all non-racing AMR cars will be inspired by the successful GT3- and GT4-spec racers you’ve seen on the track in recent years. In short, Aston Martin just launched its very own high-performance department. And the good news is that it will make both road-legal and race-ready models.

Specifically, the AMR lineup will include two types of cars. There will be plain AMR versions closely related to their road-going counterparts and AMR Pro cars on the more extreme side of things. This Vantage falls in the latter category and the AMR Pro badge also means that its development was led by the Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations, the department that helped create vehicles such as the Vantage GT12, Vantage GT8, and the Vulcan.

Although just a concept here, the Vantage AMR Pro is set to become a full-fledged, fully customizable production model, joining the Rapide AMR concept that was also displayed at the Geneva Motor Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Rapide AMR Concept

Developed as a spiritual successor to the iconic Lagonda, the Rapide was launched in 2010 and became the company’s first four-door in two decades. Updated to “S” specification in 2013, when it also received an upgraded V-12 engine, the Rapide soldiered on unchanged until 2017 and there weren’t many hints that Aston Martin is planning on doing something new anytime soon. However, the sedan was included in the new performance AMR program that the British firm launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Essentially a high performance brand similar to Mercedes’ AMG and BMW’s M division, AMR is actually inspired by the Aston Martin Racing motorsport division and adds numerous bespoke features, as well as drivetrain upgrades. The AMR lineup will include two types of cars. There will be plain AMR models closely related to their road-going counterparts and AMR Pro cars with more extreme specs, including versions for track use only. The Rapide AMR concept is part of the former, being less aggressive than a track-prepped car but slotting above the regular model.

Aston Martin didn’t say how many of the features created for the show will make it to the production model, but it’s safe to assume that every single add-on will be made available to customers. Especially given the already high degree of customization you can get with standard models.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Prepares Competitor For The McLaren 720S

Aston Martin is full of ambition these days. The sheet hasn’t even been pulled off of the Aston Martin Valkyrie (that’s the AM-RB 001, developed by AM and Red Bull, for those of you that have been sleeping for the last week) and the brand is already planning yet another supercar that could launch as early as 2021 if AM plays its cards right. That’s the word from Autocar, anyway. This new supercar would be a heat-seeking missile aimed at models like the McLaren 720S, and Ferrari’s 488 GTB, among others.

Of course, we’ll see the Valkyrie make its long-awaited debut long before that happens, which – as a matter of fact – was a necessity in planning this next supercar thanks to the new technology developed by both AM and Red Bull. Apparently, the new supercar will be built in AM’s Gaydon plant alongside the new DB11, the Aston Martin Vantage, and the Vanquish, the latter of which is slated to encroach the front-engined supercar segment next year. Little is known about this next supercar, but it should be more “mainstream,” if there’s such a thing as a mainstream supercar. It will be mid-engined, and it will follow the same basic structure of the Valkyrie – a move that means there will be a huge focus on aerodynamics under the car.

If current reports are to be believed, development of this new car will be headed by Max Szwaj, Ferrari’s ex-chief technical officer and design will be handled by design chief Marek Reichman. Autocar also claims that Adrian Newey could very well have involvement in this new supercar as well, which is really big news.

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PostHeaderIcon Vengeance Volante by Kahn Keeps the Iconic Aston Martin DB9 Alive

Established in 1998, British tuner Kahn Design has made a name for itself by modifying Land Rover vehicles almost exclusively. However, the firm also modified various other models in recent years, including Jeep, Porsche, and even Maybach. Kahn is also part of the Ant-Kahn project, which builds sports cars inspired by designs from the 1960s. More recently, the British tuner launched its first official Aston Martin-based project, the Vengeance WB12. Essentially a widebody version of the DB9. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Kahn unveiled the Volante variant.

As the name suggests – assuming you’re familiar with Aston Martin’s naming strategy – Volante stands for the convertible. So we’re basically looking at a chopped off Vengeance, but that’s not to say that the Volante isn’t on the spectacular side. Significantly wider than the standard DB9, it also boasts radical modifications front and rear. The front fascia has a completely new bumper with a wider grille and reshaped side intakes, while the rear sports a carbon-fiber diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and round taillights inspired by vintage sports cars from the 1960s. On top of that, it’s wrapped in an attractive light blue color complemented by multi-spoke, black wheels.

Inside, there’s handcrafted black leather on all seats and custom door panels. The red stripes on the center console and stack add o splash of color to the black cabin, while the steering wheel is wrapped entirely in Alcantara.

Much like the coupe, the Volante comes with the DB9’s standard drivetrain, meaning the car gets its juice from a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 503 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. In standard guise, the DB9 needs around 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of 183 mph. There’s no word on pricing, but expect to pay around 50 percent above the DB9 Volante. Production will be limited to just a few units, likely no more than 20.

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PostHeaderIcon Vengeance Volante by Kahn Keeps the Iconic Aston Martin DB9 Alive

Established in 1998, British tuner Kahn Design has made a name for itself by modifying Land Rover vehicles almost exclusively. However, the firm also modified various other models in recent years, including Jeep, Porsche, and even Maybach. Kahn is also part of the Ant-Kahn project, which builds sports cars inspired by designs from the 1960s. More recently, the British tuner launched its first official Aston Martin-based project, the Vengeance WB12. Essentially a widebody version of the DB9. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Kahn unveiled the Volante variant.

As the name suggests – assuming you’re familiar with Aston Martin’s naming strategy – Volante stands for the convertible. So we’re basically looking at a chopped off Vengeance, but that’s not to say that the Volante isn’t on the spectacular side. Significantly wider than the standard DB9, it also boasts radical modifications front and rear. The front fascia has a completely new bumper with a wider grille and reshaped side intakes, while the rear sports a carbon-fiber diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and round taillights inspired by vintage sports cars from the 1960s. On top of that, it’s wrapped in an attractive light blue color complemented by multi-spoke, black wheels.

Inside, there’s handcrafted black leather on all seats and custom door panels. The red stripes on the center console and stack add o splash of color to the black cabin, while the steering wheel is wrapped entirely in Alcantara.

Much like the coupe, the Volante comes with the DB9’s standard drivetrain, meaning the car gets its juice from a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 503 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. In standard guise, the DB9 needs around 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of 183 mph. There’s no word on pricing, but expect to pay around 50 percent above the DB9 Volante. Production will be limited to just a few units, likely no more than 20.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Q by Aston Martin

Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the long-running DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 is returning to the Geneva Motor Show exactly one year after its debut. This time around, the British firm is using the Swiss event to showcase the first DB11 tailored by Q, its personalization division. What’s more, the DB11 by Q also marks the debut of Aston Martin’s enhanced bespoke service, which now includes more options than ever.

Specifically, the Q division evolved into a multi-tiered offering that gives customers almost limitless opportunities to create their unique Aston Martin. The new collection includes exclusive paint and upholstery colors, and new material finishes and craft elements. These range from a unique leather quilt upholstery pattern to tinted wheel finishes with body-colored blades, as well as new wood and leather inserts inside the cabin.

The DB11 by Q will share the stage with two other fresh Aston Martin vehicles. Visitors will be able to take a closer look at the new Vanquish S, the most powerful and dynamic grand tourer to date, as well as the AM-RB 001 hypercar, which makes its European debut after going public for the very first time at the Canadian International Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 by Q

Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the long-running DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 is returning to the Geneva Motor Show exactly one year after its debut. This time around, the British firm is using the Swiss event to showcase the first DB11 tailored by Q, its personalization division. What’s more, the DB11 by Q also marks the debut of Aston Martin’s enhanced bespoke service, which now includes more options than ever.

Specifically, the Q division evolved into a multi-tiered offering that gives customers almost limitless opportunities to create their unique Aston Martin. The new collection includes exclusive paint and upholstery colors, and new material finishes and craft elements. These range from a unique leather quilt upholstery pattern to tinted wheel finishes with body-colored blades, as well as new wood and leather inserts inside the cabin.

The DB11 by Q will share the stage with two other fresh Aston Martin vehicles. Visitors will be able to take a closer look at the new Vanquish S, the most powerful and dynamic grand tourer to date, as well as the AM-RB 001 hypercar, which makes its European debut after going public for the very first time at the Canadian International Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage S Red Bull Racing Edition

In 2016, Aston Martin returned to Formula One for the first time since 1960 thanks to a partnership with Red Bull Racing. Although the British firm is just a logo on Red Bull’s race cars for now, the cooperation was actually signed for the AM-RB 001 supercar that just debuted at the Canadian Auto Show and will arrive in production form sometime in 2018. With the 2017 Formula One championship just around the corner, Aston Martin decided to mark its presence in this sport with the Red Bull Racing Editions for the V8 Vantage S and V12 Vantage S models.

Fitted with a range of distinguishing features for the most devoted Formula 1 enthusiast, these special editions were crafted with help from the marque’s in-house personalization program, Q by Aston Martin. Modifications aren’t exactly outstanding compared to the regular model, but Aston Martin added a few exclusive features inside and out and the cars can be ordered with signatures from Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

“Motorsport is and will always be a key part of Aston Martin’s DNA and both the V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions bring that ethos straight to our customers. With the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship set to begin soon, I hope that the purchase of these models will bring the racing season that little bit closer for those lucky few customers who can’t wait for it to begin,” said Aston Martin president and CEO, Andy Palmer.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Makes Global Debut In Toronto… Sort Of

It’s been less than a week since Aston Martin highlighted its technical partners and unveiled some drivetrain information for the AM-RB 001 project, and the hypercar has already made its global debut. Well, not exactly a proper debut since the vehicle isn’t yet ready to go into production, but Aston Martin did display a full-size model at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

The venue is a bit surprising given that Toronto isn’t not a major auto show, but it’s a global debut nonetheless. Also, there’s no word as to why Aston Martin chose Canada to display the hypercar for the first time, but it seems to be a full-time effort that also includes company CEO Andy Palmer.

“The Canadian International Auto Show marks the global auto show debut of our groundbreaking hypercar. The AM-RB 001 is destined to become the defining hypercar of this decade and a hugely desirable investment for collectors and enthusiasts,” Palmer had to say about the event.

The debut comes with no additional information about the supercar, but we already know quite a few details. Last week, Aston Martin unveiled that the AM-RB 001 will use a naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter, V-12 developed by Cosworth. Additionally, it will have a lightweight tub made from carbon-fiber by Multimatic and a braking system created by Alcon and Surface Transforms. Bosch was also commissioned to develop a bespoke engine control unit, a traction control unit, and the electronic stability program. Finally, the supercar’s LED headlamps and taillights will be built by Wipac, which developed light units for the Porsche Carrera GT and the Lamborghini Aventador.

First deliveries of the AM-RB 001 aren’t due until 2019, so don’t expect the fully functional hypercar to be unveiled until late 2017 or early 2018.

Photo Credit: Andrew Clement

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin AM-RB 001 to Feature Cosworth V-12 Engine

Confirmed in 2016, the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 will arrive sometime in 2018 as the company’s most extreme vehicle to date. Developed in cooperation with F1’s Red Bull Racing — headed by engineering genius Adrian Newey — and AF Racing, the supercar will feature F1-inspired aerodynamics, an innovative gearbox, as well as all the creature comforts one needs in a daily driver. It will also be extremely powerful, but details aren’t yet available outside the fact that Aston Martin is aiming for a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. However, the British firm just revealed that the AM-RB 001 will use a naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter V-12 developed by Cosworth.

And this is great news, as Cosworth is no stranger to racing and road-going performance, having developed several high-performance engines over the last decades.

With five Formula One championships under its belt as an engine manufacturer and a range of impressive drivetrains build for Ford and Mercedes-Benz, Cosworth is definitely more than capable of delivering a world-beating engine for the AM-RB 001.

Although details are scant, Aston Martin did say that the V-12 will mate to a bespoke seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission designed by Ricardo to Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ specifications. The AM-RB 001 will also use a hybrid battery system supplied by Rimac, known for its incredibly fast Concept-One all-electric hypercar.

Further greasy bits unveiled in Aston Martin’s latest statement include a lightweight tub made from carbon-fiber by Multimatic, who also helped develop the One-77 and the Vulcan, and a braking system created by Alcon and Surface Transforms. Bosch was also commissioned to develop a bespoke engine control unit (ECU), a traction control unit, and electronic stability program (ESP). Finally, the supercar’s LED headlamps and taillights will be built by Wipac, which developed light units for the Porsche Carrera GT and the Lamborghini Aventador.

“Much like Formula One, designing, engineering and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort. 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,” said Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer.

First deliveries of the AM-RB 001 are due to commence in 2019, according to the British company.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Picks An Odd Place To Unveil The AM-RB 001 Hypercar

Fasten those seal belts, everyone. The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is now being prepared to make its long-awaited auto show debut. You could even book your tickets now because the hypercar will be in attendance at the…Canadian International Auto Show. Wait, what?

Yes, you read that right. The AM-RB 001, arguably the most eagerly awaited auto debut of the year, won’t make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Instead, Aston Martin is making the hypercar the crown jewel of the CIAS in Toronto later this week before it makes an “appearance” in Geneva in March.

Venue notwithstanding, there’s a lot riding on Aston Martin to make an impression in Toronto and it’s no surprise that the British automaker is making its big wigs available for the occasion, including CEO Andy Palmer, who has confirmed his attendance at the CIAS where he will lead the unveiling of the hypercar that he himself describes as the “defining hypercar of this decade.”

For now, neither Aston Martin nor Red Bull Technologies, its partner in this ambitious endeavor, have made any comments regarding official details about the AM-RB 001. We do know though that the hypercar will make use of a naturally-aspirated V-12 engine to go with a small electric motor. Together, they should be good for an output that will exceed over 1,000 horsepower as part of the automaker’s goal for the hypercar to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

So set those calendars and alarms ready, ladies and gentlemen. The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 will not debut in Geneva as you might have expected. It’s happening much earlier in Toronto when the Canadian International Auto Show starts on February 17, 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Tom Brady Didn't Just Win His Fifth Super Bowl, He's Also Designing Cars For Aston Martin

Tom Brady is the toast of the town these days, and rightfully so. The man just engineered the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history on his way to winning his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth Super Bowl MVP, the most of any player in history in both categories. But the New England Patriots’ historic win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI wasn’t the only headline-grabbing news that Brady was involved in over the weekend. Lost in the ginormous shadow of the Big Game was the announcement of the GOAT’s new partnership with Aston Martin.

Not much is known about what kind of partnership Brady has with the British automaker, but the latter did release a small teaser announcing the collaboration. The likely scenario would be for Brady to serve as the new ambassador of Aston Martin, specifically that of the automaker’s new DB11 performance coupe. The 30-second teaser alluded to as much when since it prominently featured the DB11 together with a number of descriptive words that could have been used to describe either Aston Martin or Tom Brady. From there, the teaser cuts to black as the words “Tom Brady and Aston Martin” come to the screen, followed by the words “Coming Soon.” The video then ends with the logo of the DB11, essentially confirming that this new relationship between the five-time Super Bowl winner and the British auto marquee will revolve around the latter’s new performance coupe.

Neither Aston Martin nor Tom Brady have elaborated on the partnership so as far as teasers go, this one succeeded in drawing up a lot of curiosity for both parties. There’s a good chance that Brady could be announced as the new brand ambassador of Aston Martin or he could be in line to build a special variant of the DB11, probably for the U.S. market.

Either way, let’s all hope that more information becomes available sooner than later. You have our curiosities piqued, Aston Martin. Now how about throwing us a bone to shed light on this new partnership with 12.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Is Here

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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.

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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…

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PostHeaderIcon Love Aston Martin? Get Your Spot in its First Residential Tower!

Aston Martin builds some really awesome cars, with models like the DB11 and the V12 Vantage S coming to mind every time the big AM comes up in conversation. But, Aston Martin is expanding its reach and is venturing into the world of real estate with a brand-new residential tower that will be located at the mouth of the Miami River. Developed by Coto Family and designed by Luis Revuelta and Bodas-Miami-Anger, the groundbreaking will take place in the summer of 2015 with completion estimated to come as early as 2021. It’s set to offer a great view of not only the Miami River, but the Biscayne Bay, and the Brickell skyline as well.

Inside, it will house a total of 391 units in 66 stories, most of which will be one- to four-bedroom residences. But, there will also be two private lobbies, a two-level fitness center with an ocean view, and a full-service spa – all designed by Aston Martins own design team. That means you can expect to see none other than the brand’s trademarks everywhere, including official brand colors, stitching patterns, and even some polished wood, leather, and carbon fiber. Finally, there will be a total of seven penthouses and one duplex penthouse. According to the floor plans found here, the residences inside will range in size from 698 square-feet for the one-bath studio all the way up to nearly 4,000 square-feet for the four-bedroom, 4.5-bath unit that also includes a library. Meanwhile, the penthouses come in at around 12,000 square-feet with four bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and room for family and staff!

The interior isn’t the only thing that’s a big deal here, however. The tower itself will reside on the very last lot in the mouth of the Miami river, which means that it’s right on the water. As you can see from the renderings here, the building looks like it belongs in the UAE, and will feature an infinity pool on the 55th floor to go with a private yacht marina. There’s no word on pricing for the various residences available, but you can contact Miami Residence Realty to inquire about specific residences and even make a reservation.


PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vantage

Around for a little more than a decade, the first-generation Aston Martin Vantage is about to the discontinued, with a redesigned, second-gen model underway for 2017. Official details are still under wraps as of June 2016, but mules have been spied on public roads or the Nurburgring track since late 2014. Come 2016 and Aston Martin is testing the next-gen Vantage camouflaged as a DB11 prototype, according to our spy photographers, who got up close and personal with the coupe.

Recent reports have suggested that the British are already testing the biturbo, 4.0-liter, V-8 mill, and our paparazzi claim that the test car is fitted with the new AMGdeveloped powerplant. The unit comes as part of a deal Aston Martin and Daimler signed in 2014, which also includes various electronics and likely further drivetrain assistance. The Vantage will also get the new V-12 that debuted in the DB11.

Now a stand-alone nameplate, the Vantage moniker goes all the way back to the early 1950s, when Aston Martin introduced it as a performance option for the DB2. The Vantage name was applied in a similar fashion to numerous models, including the DB6, the V8 and, most recently, the DB7. Only one distinct Vantage model was built between 1972 and 1973 before the nameplate returned in 2005 to define the two-seat grand tourer we all know today.

Initially launched with a 4.3-liter V-8, the current Vantage was updated to a 4.7-liter unit and, starting in 2009, it also received a 5.9-liter V-12. The nameplate spawned many iterations, including roadsters and various racing versions ranging from the V-8-powered N24 to the V-12-powered GT3. It remains to be seen whether the second-gen car will get as many versions but, until we find out more, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the upcoming coupe.

Updated 12/19/2016: The upcoming Aston Martin Vantage was caught out playing in the snow.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin's AM-RB 001 Will Carry 250-MPH Top Speed

The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is shaping up to be a hellacious hypercar and that’s taking into consideration the lack of concrete details we have about it. But now, no less than Aston Martin’s own chief designer Marek Reichman has pulled the covers on some information about the AM-RB 001 that’s going to exponentially increase the hype surrounding the hypercar. Reichman certainly didn’t hold back on the details, telling Motoring Australia that the car will have a top speed of 250 mph, among other golden nuggets of news.

250 mph, ladies and gentlemen. If Reichman is accurate with his claim, that would make the AM-RB 001 the fifth fastest production car in history, outpaced only by the likes of the Hennessey Venom GT (270 mph), the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (268 mph), the Bugatti Chiron (electronically limited 261 mph), and the SSC Ultimate Aero (256 mph). By comparison, the AM-RB 001 would be faster than the likes of the Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo (248 mph), the Koenigsegg CCR (242 mph), and McLaren’s legendary F1 supercar (241 mph).

Reichman also said that the AM-RB 001 would utilize a bespoke naturally aspirated V-12 engine that will displace anywhere between 6.0- to 7.0-liters and produce an output of 1,000 horsepower. The engine will also feature a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) that’s typically found on Formula One cars, one that will tack on an extra 80-horsepower of boost, allowing the AM-RB 001 to generate short bursts of full electric mobility. That inclusion of the KERS system on the bespoke V-12 engine makes sense considering that Aston Martin is working on the hypercar together with F1 outfit Red Bull Racing and its own head designer, Adrian Newey.

Beyond the engine and the accompanying performance numbers, Reichman also said that the design of the AM-RB 001’s production model will resemble “95 percent” of the concept, except for a few additions to improve the car’s cooling and aerodynamic characteristics. Small integrated cameras will also be installed on the A-pillars, taking the place of traditional side mirrors.

As far as the interior goes, Aston Martin’s objective is to tailor-fit the seats to accommodate the size and build of a specific buyer, ensuring that whoever gets to own any of the units that Aston Martin sells will literally have a car that’s all to himself.

Reichman also laid out a timetable for the AM-RB 001 in the upcoming years, beginning with test sessions for the first prototypes in the latter part of 2017, ahead of the car’s expected launch date in 2018. Deliveries are expected to commence soon thereafter, possibly as early as late 2018 before bleeding into 2019.

Not that the dates matter to us since all 150 units of the AM-RB 001 are already spoken for. Even if one of these 150 customers drops out for whatever reason, Aston Martin also has a three-figure waiting list made up of people who will be more than happy to take someone else’s place and pay the $3 million cost of the hypercar.

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PostHeaderIcon The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Can Reportedly Hit 200 MPH in just 10 Seconds

Many of us believe the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar is going to be the most intense vehicles ever built. It’s been tipped to produce 1,000 horsepower while carrying a curb weight of just 1,000 kilos (2,205 pounds). It’s also going to feature one of the most aerodynamically designed hypercars in history, all thanks to head designer Adrian Newey. For his part, Newey dropped yet another bombshell about the AM-RB 001, telling the Wall Street Journal that the hypercar is estimated to sprint from 0 to 200 mph in just 10 seconds. If that’s not enough, the AM-RB 001 can reportedly go the other way, stopping from 200 mph to a standstill in an incredible five seconds.

For comparison’s sake, the Koenigsegg One:1, considered as the world’s first megacar, went on some performance runs back in July 2015 and clocked in a 0-to-200 mph time of 14.3 seconds before braking back to a standstill position in 6.384 seconds. You don’t need to be a math genius to estimate that the AM-RB 001 would be a little over four seconds faster than the One:1 in a race to 200 mph and it could break faster to zero in a little over a second.

Of course, the AM-RB 001’s numbers still needs to be verified, especially after these bold proclamations. Those numbers were reportedly achieved through computer simulations, so those numbers could look much different when the actual AM-RB 001 hits the track and tries to set those speeds in real-world driving conditions.

But let’s not get too sideways into thinking this hypercar, co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull, will be a disappointment. Every measure imaginable points to the AM-RB 001 being one of the sickest cars the auto industry has ever seen, even if it doesn’t live up to those eye-popping performance numbers that are now being thrown around.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Unveils AM37 Powerboat In Monaco

For the most part, boats and cars don’t have a whole lot in common. Sure, some boats use engines available in cars with special equipment designed to make them suitable for on-water use, but outside of that, cars and boats are generally two different worlds. Now, Aston Martin is stepping into the Yacht game with the Aston Martin AM37 – a 37-foot vessel that is built by Quintessence Yachts and the same guys who brought you the Aston Martin One-77, Vulcan, and even the DB11.

As you can see from the images, the yacht is luxurious and appointed very well with things like wooden decks, a swimming platform, electronic anchor system, air conditioning, refrigerator, and even a coffee machine. There’s mood lighting inside to go with a car-like interior including the steering wheel itself. It also has an electric “bimini” cover that closes up the rear passenger area on demand. Rounding off the package is fingerprint recognition. Thinks like underwater lights and a cocktail bar are available as options on this amazing piece of Aston Martin Brilliance.

Marek Reichman, Aston Martins EVP and Chief Creative Officer, said, “AM37 is a pure translation of the Aston Martin DNA into an entirely new maritime concept. The powerboat reflects our values in terms of power, beauty, and soul. The most important attribute for Aston Martin is the design language and proportion, we have transferred this DNA into AM37. It was important to us when considering this project to make sure that the boat design was as beautiful and timeless as our cars, the AM37 is a striking boat with fantastic proportion and elegance.”

And, as something that sports the Aston Martin name, there’s plenty going on in the propulsion department as well. Available with propeller or jet propulsion, the AM37 can be had with either two 430-horsepower gasoline engines, two 370-horsepower diesel engines. If you go for the AM37 S, it comes with two 520-horsepower gasoline engines. You read that correctly; in range-topping form, the AM37 comes with 1,030 horsepower on tap. That’s nearly as much as two V-12 Vantages. Pretty wild, huh?

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