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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Aston Martin Vantage – What We Know So Far

With only a few days to go until the official unveiling of the new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage, it’s high time we pieced together bits of information we’ve been hearing here and there about the British sports car. This gives us a clue as to what we can expect to see on November 21 when Aston drops the curtain on the new Vantage. 

While there is still some speculation about the underpinning of the new sports car, it has been confirmed through promotional material the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage will have a Mercedes-AMG V8 with 500 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque.

That means this little hottie is edging ever closer to the realm of supercars, especially as it also has a kerb weight of just over 1,500 kg. So one thing you can be sure of, the performance is going to be stellar. That’s something one can surmise looking at the way it handles in the hands of a professional driver such as Max Verstappen:

Design-wise, the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage will be closely related to the DB10 bond car. It is characterized by short overhangs, a hunkered down profile with a short boot and long bonnet. Though the Vantage is considered a direct rival to the Porsche 911 it has never really compromised on its gran tourer qualities just so that it stick it to the German. That will be the case with the new model as well. Yes, it’s sportier and more focused than the outgoing model. But in terms of munching miles effortlessly, the car is still a British GT at heart.

The V8 Vantage will hit the market in 2018 with a price tag of around 95,000 GBP. In a year or so after that we will get a Volante, and some time after than a V12 variant… unless V12s are outlawed by then.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Can Pull 3.3g Around Corners!

While the world is waiting with bated breath to see the new Valkyrie hypercar on the road, Aston is preparing a track-only version of this breathtaking machine. Set for release in 2020, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is pitched by the company as the “ultimate expression of performance.”

And it’s not just because it looks like something out of the pages of Science Fiction. Designed by Formula 1 guru Adrian Newey, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be closest thing to a real F1 car you can enjoy without being a professional racer. Well, not you perhaps, but the 25 extremely rich people who get to buy this car. The vehicle is the result of a jont project between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing.

Powering the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is a naturally aspirated Cosworth V12 engine measuring 6.5 liters in displacement. It’s backed up by a re-programmed Rimac Energy Recovery System, so the yet-to-be-revealed performance figures will certainly be astonishing. Compared to the road car, the AMR Pro is lighter and more focused, running on smaller 18 inch wheels at the front and boasting polycarbonate windscreen (with heater elements) and side windows, a lighter construction of carbon fibre bodywork, new suspension uprights and carbon fibre wishbones, plus moulded race seats in place of the adjustable road car items.




It’s no winder then the AMR Pro Valkyrie is said to be as fast as n F1 or LMP1 car around any given race track. The car can pull up to 3.3g around corners and sustain braking deceleration of more than 3.5g. So if you are getting one of these your body had better be as fit as your wallet is fat! Even then you will have to go though a driver training program tailored for this car before you are allowed behind the wheel.

Red Bull Technology’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, said: “While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road car, and that naturally comes with some constraints. However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions. While the core elements of the road and track versions are shared, every aspect of the AMR Pro – aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain and weight – has been optimised to significantly extend the performance envelope. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 NC500 Is an Homage to Scotland

In partnership with the Q department, Aston Martin of Edinburgh has come up with a very special version of the DB11 Coupe. Featuring unique and super classy details inside and out, the Aston Martin DB11 NC500 edition is a tribute to Scotland, in particular to its North Coast 500 route which is considered one of the world’s best driving roads. 

They call is Scotland’s Route 66, but the fact is North Coast 500 is a lot more fun than the famous American road because it has lots turns and twists and the scenery is also more fascinating. It’s a good job, then, they picked a great GT car for this project. Aston Martin DB11 NC500 is standard in terms of mechanical specs, but with 500 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of 3.7 seconds, not to mention a well-balanced chassis and a sweet soundtrack, it is perfect for tackling a route like NC500.

What sets Aston Martin DB11 NC500 apart from regular models is the special exterior and interior appointments. The exterior is finished in Q Seychelles Blue, which is the same color as Prince Charles’ DB6. Inside you get Q Bison Brown leather inspired by North Coast logo, and a dash of Dunbeath Tweed on to the sun visors, door cards, seat inserts and the central powered stowage area. There is also trims made from Dark Ash Open Pore. We bet this car also has an Scottish accent!

There is six Aston Martin DB11 NC500 editions made by Q, each named after an area on the North Coast 500 route – Black Isle, Caithness, Easter Ross, Inverness-Shire, Sutherland, & Wester Ross. Each car also gets its own embroidery, sill plate, Q badges and a two-piece luggage set in the same leather and tweed as the car interior.






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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Is Not Messing Around Anymore As CEO Takes Aim At Ferrari

2019 Aston Martin Vanquish

With Aston Martin saying goodbye to the current-generation Vanquish – it even prepared a final “Ultimate” edition of the model – work on the next-gen model is speeding up to the point that we’re already seeing prototypes of the upcoming Vanquish out and about on the streets. We also know that it’s slated to carry as much as 700 horsepower on tap and, if Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is to be believed, the next-gen Vanquish is going to be potent enough to make the Prancing Horse restless.

Oh, yes. Palmer is throwing the gauntlet at Ferrari, specifically at the 812 Superfast. It’s been well-documented that Aston Martin has set out a plan to become more aggressive with developing pure performance cars. We’ve already seen hints of it with the development of the Vulcan supercar and the Valkyrie hypercar. Now, it’s also taking shape with some of the marquee’s long-standing models. The new DB11 got the ball rolling in that regard and it’s no surprise that the next-gen Vanquish will use the same template, including a modified version of the DB11’s platform. Likewise, the Vanquish’s 5.3-liter turbocharged V-12 unit will be derived from the DB11 and will be tuned to produce power levels that could rival the Ferrari 812 Superfast. It’s an ambitious goal to set, especially when Ferrari is brought up in the discussion. But, it’s a new era over at Aston Martin. Those days of the marque sticking to its grand tourer roots are long gone. Now it’s taking aim at just about anybody it deems a competitor with little regard for the consequences. It’s a refreshing sight to see, and one that I wish happened much earlier.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Big words, big dreams


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“The next-gen Vanquish is “bloody good” and is being “developed to compete with the Ferrari 812 Special”

At this point, Aston Martin has yet to give us any concrete details about the next-gen Vanquish beyond claims that it’s “bloody good” and is being “developed to compete with the Ferrari 812 Special.” Those are the exact words of Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, so he fits the bill of a person who knows every spec of information regarding the next-gen Vanquish.

Palmer even added that the “majority of product investment for the supercar is finished and, at this point, the next step is preparing the manufacturing process of the car.” A big part of that preparation, according to Palmer, involves making different prototypes, and on that end, the British automaker is making more than it’s used to so when production of the car begins, the company will be ready to go without any hitches or delays. Clearly, a lot of time and effort are being put into ensuring that the next-gen Vanquish lives up to the hype. It already has a considerable amount of it considering what we’ve already heard and read about the development process of the car.


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One thing I do know is that Palmer knows what he’s doing when he mentions the next-gen Vanquish in the same sentence as the Ferrari 812 Superfast. The latter, after all, is regarded as Maranello’s latest masterpiece. Beyond the fact that it has the looks of a proper Ferrari, it also boasts an undeniable Prancing Horse lineage, none more important than its 6.5-liter V-12 engine that produces 789 horsepower 530 pound-feet of torque.

On the surface, it seems ridiculous to think of the next-generation Vanquish as being in the same league as the 812 Superfast. But, this is the world we live in now, and it’s a testament to Aston Martin’s newfound approach that we’re even discussing it in the first place. Here’s to hoping then that all the filibustering coming out of Gaydon amounts to something that lives up to all the hype. It would be a shame if Aston Martin keeps talking up the next-generation Vanquish and then the car ultimately fails to live up to expectations.

Personally, I’m not too worried about that because if recent form holds, Aston Martin’s claims regarding its new performance car already have a strong foundation to stand on. Then again, we’ll know soon enough if that’s going to be the case when the next-gen Vanquish makes its debut in 2019.

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2019 Aston Martin Vanquish

Launched in 2016, the DB11 brought Aston Martin into a new era, one that sees a brand-new platform replacing the Vertical\Horizontal underpinnings that entered production in 2004. With the DB11 having replaced the iconic DB9 and a new-generation Vantage almost ready for a public debut, Aston Martin is now working on a new version of the Vanquish, and a prototype was just spotted on the Nurburgring track.

Not much is known about the upcoming Vanquish, but the spy shots suggest a DB11-inspired design. This is far from surprising though, as the DB11 was used to introduce the company’s latest styling language. So much like the DB9, which inspired the rest of the Aston Martin lineup back in the day, the DB11 will lend many of its features to the new Vantage and Vanquish. Of course, the Vanquish will be most aggressive of the trio in terms of styling, but also as far as performance goes.

There’s no word as to when the new Vanquish will arrive, but given that the second-gen model is five years old as of 2017, I don’t think we’ll see it sooner than late 2018 in showrooms. But, until that happens, let’s take a closer look at what we already know about the British grand tourer.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Aston Martin Vanquish.

Exterior

  • DB11-inspired styling
  • Sportier stance
  • Modern design cues

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“The Vanquish is arguably more aggressive than the DB11 up front”

If you see a DB11 in this spy shots, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. Those familiar cues are there for a reason. Actually, make that two reasons. First up, it’s no longer a mystery that the upcoming Vanquish started life as a DB11 mockup. Second, the DB11 is the car that introduced Aston Martin’s current design language, and it makes sense for the rest of the lineup to take inspiration from those cues.

But as similar as the two cars may seem, take a closer look, and you’ll notice quite a few differences. Arguably the most noteworthy feature up front is the main grille. While shaped in the traditional Aston Martin way at the top, the Vanquish’s grille is actually a tad narrower and taller, extending all the way to the splitter. The side vents also appear to be different, despite the heavy camouflage. The splitter is also narrower and doesn’t extend over the corners of the bumper like on the DB11. The headlamps are different too, having a smaller surfaces and a less organic shape. Finally, the engine hood, which is slightly shorter, has big vents on each side of the center bulge.


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“The car's profile is actually identical to the DB11 for the most part”

The car’s profile is actually identical to the DB11 for the most part, yet another hint that Aston Martin used the latter as a base for the test car. But while the front fender strake, the side skirts, and muscular beltline, and the roof are identical to the DB11, the nose, and the hood are notably shorter. This is because while the DB11 is a traditional grand tourer, the Vanquish is meant to fill the role of a front-engined supercar.

The rear end is once again similar to the DB11, and the heavy cladding on the center fascia and deck lid prevents us from getting a good look at most of the features, but we can still spot some difference. For starters, the prototype sports brand-new taillights. While the DB11 has thin, C-shaped clusters that extend into the trunk lid, the Vanquish has a more simple design with stripe-shaped units. What’s more, the cladding on the trunk lid could hide a horizontal bar that extends on the entire width of the rear section, similar to the Porsche 911.

The diffuser is again similar to the DB11, but the center section has more aggressive wings hinting at the Vanquish’s superior performance. Though not in its final stage, a quad-pipe exhaust layout replaces the DB11’s dual-tip configuration.

Interior

  • DB11-inspired cabin
  • Sporty dashboard
  • Race-inspired instrument cluster
  • 12-inch TFT display
  • New 8-inch infotainment display
  • Updated luxury features

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Note: Aston Martin DB11 pictured here.

“Look for a sporty yet clean dashboard layout and a race-inspired instrument cluster”

With no spy shots of the interior, it’s hard to predict what the Vanquish has in store inside the cabin, but there’s a big chance it will borrow some cues from the DB11. What we can assume is that it will be a brand-new design compared to the outgoing Vanquish.

Look for a sporty yet clean dashboard layout, a race-inspired instrument cluster, the DB11’s 12-inch TFT display, and a flat-bottom steering wheel with redesigned controls. A new eight-inch TFT infotainment screen with rotary control will provide access to all the apps. The optional touchpad with character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support available in the DB11 should find its way into the Vanquish as well. A new satellite navigation and audio system, an auto-park assist feature, and 360-degree camera should also be included.

Much like any Aston Martin out there, the Vanquish will get new upholstery materials and finishes, and the usual “virtually limitless” combinations of colors, veneer, and metal trim. Look for fine leather and Alcantara highlighted by contrast stitching and piping and new finishes such as layered “Nexus” quilting and “Celestial” perforation.

Drivetrain

  • New, lighter architecture
  • New, twin-turbo V-12 engine
  • Likely close to 700 horsepower
  • Could lose at least 150 pounds
  • 0-60 could come in 3.2 seconds
  • Top Speed could be as high as 205 mph

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Note: Aston Martin DB11 pictured here.

“The old 5.9-liter V-12 engine will be replaced with the newly-developed, twin-turbo, 5.2-liter V-12”

The big news here is that the next-generation Vanquish will get Aston Martin’s new architecture. The underpinnings have already debuted in the DB11 and will shave at least 150 pounds off the old model. Of course, the Vanquish will get its very own setup designed to handle increased performance, among other attributes.

Speaking of performance, the old 5.9-liter V-12 engine will be replaced with the newly-developed, twin-turbo, 5.2-liter V-12. Again, we’ve already seen what this engine is capable of in the DB11, which comes with 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet on tap. That’s five horses and 51 pound-feet more than the outgoing Vanquish S, but the redesigned model will get more than that. The Vanquish has been sitting at the top of the Aston Martin lineup in terms of performance since day one (not counting limited-edition models like the One-77 and Vulcan of course), so it’s safe to assume that the Brits are aiming for at least 650 horsepower. With the Ferrari 812 Superfast rated at a whopping 789 horses, Aston Martin could look to squeeze close to 700 horsepower out of the V-12, but it’s all just speculation at this point.

Performance-wise, it will be quicker than the outgoing Vanquish. I expect the new engine and lighter platform to shave at least two tenths off the current coupe’s 0-to-60 mph, meaning it should boast a 3.2-second benchmark. Top speed should also increase from the current 201 mph to around 205 mph.

Prices

Pricing for the upcoming Vanquish is obviously a mystery at this point, but it’s safe to assume that the new-generation model will cost a tad more than the current version. With the available Vanquish S priced from $294,950, the next-gen coupe will most likely cost more than $300,000 before options.

Competition

Ferrari 812 Superfast


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It might seem a bit awkward to compare the 812 Superfast to an Aston Martin on the performance front, but I’m pretty sure that the British firm is aiming in this specific direction with the upcoming Vanquish. Essentially an update to the F12berlinetta, the 812 Superfast features brand-new sheet metal, a revised interior, and new power under the hood. The styling is decidedly modern, but it also reminds of classic Ferraris like the 365 GTB4. The cabin carries over from the F12berlinetta, but it did gain a revised center stack, new controls, and a new steering wheel. The seats are sportier too, now featuring enhanced side bolstering. Under the hood, the already iconic 6.3-liter V-12 was replaced with a 6.5-liter unit. Output increased to an incredible 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, arguably more than what the next-gen Aston Martin Vanquish will be able to deliver in its first years on the market. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes only 2.9 seconds, while top speed is rated at an impressive 211 mph. Pricing should start from around $340,000 before options, which makes it more expensive than the upcoming Vanquish, but not by much given the extra oomph and technology.

Read our full review of the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast.

Bentley Continental GT


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The Continental GT is more suited to go against the Vanquish. It’s not as aggressive as the 812 Superfast, it has that British flair, and it’s generally considered a better rival for Aston Martin’s grand tourer. The Conti GT was just redesigned for the 2018 model year, and it now rides on a new, lighter platform, uses a new design language based on the EXP 10 Speed 6, and a redesigned interior with state-of-the-art technology and revised luxury features. The engine continued to be 6.0-liter W-12 design, but the unit is actually new, and it’s now rated at 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Granted, the Conti GT is not as powerful as the 812 Superfast, but it will be followed by Speed and Supersports versions. The latter will probably arrive with around 750 horsepower, which should be enough to at least give the Ferrari a run for its money. Pricing should start from around $220,000 for the GT, but the Supersports will fetch in excess of $300,000 before options.

Read our full story on the 2018 Bentley Continental GT.

Conclusion


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If the DB11 is any indication, the upcoming Vanquish will be a significant departure from the current model. The lighter architecture, the more modern and sporty styling, and the redesigned interior with new technology and luxury features will make it as desirable as any high-profile grand tourer out there, including the 812 Superfast. Sure, it might not be as powerful and fast, but if Aston Martin decides to squeeze close to 700 horsepower from its new V-12 engine, it should at least give its Italian rival a good run for the money.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate

We’re stepping out from the madness going on at SEMA to bring you some important news from across the pond. Aston Martin, creators of some of the finest super GTs in the business, is all set to say goodbye to one of them. Yes, folks. The Aston Martin Vanquish is getting ready to say adieu, as production of the model is set to end soon. But, before that time comes, the British automaker is giving all of us one last treat in the form of the Vanquish S Ultimate, a last hurrah special edition model that will serve as a fitting swan song for the beloved Vanquish line.

The special edition model is limited to just 175 units and, as many of you might expect, it comes with plenty of exclusive features, none more important than the three exclusive color schemes that Aston has prepared specifically for the model under the “Designer Theme” banner. In addition, the automaker is also offering specially created color and trim packages that are unique to the Vanquish S Ultimate, so if any of you decide to get one, you’re getting treated to some design elements that no other Aston Martin has, presumably including the Valkyrie hypercar. That’s a pretty sweet selling point, isn’t it? Given the limited quantity, it would be ideal if you place your orders now because Aston’s already taking them. Should you luck into one, you can expect to take delivery of your Vanquish S Ultimate sometime in the first quarter of 2018.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate

What makes the Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate special

  • Three “Designer Theme” packages
  • Limited to 175 units
  • £211,995 in the UK and €278,995 in Germany (Coupe version)
  • £223,995 in the UK and €293,995 in Germany (Volante version)

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“The Designer Theme color scheme consists of three different packages, each meant to bring out a unique look to the Vanquish S Ultimate.”

It’s hard to imagine a world where the Aston Martin Vanquish doesn’t exist but the good news is that we won’t have to live on because the Vanquish itself isn’t really going away. A next-generation model is already being developed with an eye towards a debut in 2018 or 2019. It’s just become customary for premium automakers these days to send off current-generation models with exclusive, special edition models. That’s what we have with the Vanquish S Ultimate and, to Aston’s credit, it did stellar work on making this a legitimate special edition.

There’s a lot to go by here, but the obvious place to start is the Designer Theme color scheme, which consists of three different packages, each meant to bring out a unique look to the Vanquish S Ultimate.


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“The first Designer Theme package features a monochrome Ultimate Black paintwork that was actually developed specifically for the first-generation Vanquish S Ultimate Edition”

The first Designer Theme package is the subtlest of the three. It features a monochrome Ultimate Black paintwork that was actually developed specifically for the first-generation Vanquish S Ultimate Edition that was released all the way back in 2007. That model also came with a number of exclusive nods, including semi-aniline leather with coarse stitching, leather headlining, and black chrome finish interior fittings.

For this version of the Ultimate Black Vanquish S Ultimate, Aston Martin continued with the predominantly black treatment, as shown by the use of black exhaust tailpipes, brake calipers, and window trims. Carbon fiber was also used generously on the hood louvers, front grille, and side strakes, while the set of five-spoke wheels is also dressed up in black.


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“The interior features a combination of Obsidian Black leather and Chestnut Tan accents and stitching.”

That said, the British automaker also switched some things up, at least compared to the model that was released 10 years ago. The most prominent of these changes are the Copper Bronze graphics around the front air intake, along the side sills, and on the rear diffuser. I like the approach Aston Martin took here because it sets up this version of the limited edition Vanquish in such a way that it doesn’t drown in black color. It also sets up the interior quite nicely with the combination of Obsidian Black leather and Chestnut Tan accents and stitching. The latter makes the cabin pop in a way that emboldens its special edition quality. Nice work here, Aston Martin.

Now let’s move on to the second Designer Theme package. It still follows a restrained visual with the use of Xenon Grey paint and matching that up with Cobalt Blue graphics and a healthy dose of carbon fiber trim and accents on the body. The yellow brake callipers provide another splash of color to the exterior as they peek from behind the gloss black five-spoke alloy wheels. This three-color setup continues in the interior of the special edition Vanquish. The dominant shade remains grey, or Phantom Grey to be exact. All the leather upholstery is finished in that shade while the contrast stitching comes in Spectral Blue and the extra color accents coming in Electric Yellow.


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“Each of the three Designer Theme packages also have uniform features that showcase their exclusivity”

Last but certainly not least is the third Designer Theme package. Should either of the two mentioned packages not be to your liking, Aston Martin has a dramatic color pivot with the third package. It’s predominantly dressed in White Gold paint with Bronze graphics acting as a smooth contrast. Gloss black and carbon fiber trim are still present in this package, something that I’m not keen on considering the car’s lighter shade. This is still the version I like best, but it probably would’ve been better if Aston used a lighter accent than gloss black. Move to the interior and you’re going to be greeted by a Chestnut tan leather interior with Obsidian Black accents thrown in for good measure. Again, not a fan of using black in this setup, but tan and black traditionally go well together so it’s not that much of a big deal.

Each of the three Designer Theme packages also have uniform features that showcase their exclusivity. Hardly a surprise then that these details are of the vanity persuasion, including carbon fiber side strakes that feature Rose Gold “Ultimate” decals. All three versions of the Vanquish S Ultimate also get “Ultimate” sill plaques, carbon fiber treadplates, “Ultimate” headrest embroidery, and an exclusive stitched quilting design on the seats.


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“The Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate Edition Coupe is priced at £211,995 in the UK and €278,995 in Germany.”

All together, that’s three distinct choices for the Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate. I’m particularly in favor of the third Designer Theme package, but given the way Aston Martin prepared all three packages, I wouldn’t be opposed to getting any of the other two as well. Even better, all three versions can be bought in coupe or Volante versions. Either way, all 175 units will be powered by the same 6.0-liter naturally-aspirated V-12 engine that produces 595 horsepower and 462 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels courtesy of an eight-speed Touchtronic III automatic transmission, which in turn helps it sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds on its way to a scintillating top speed of 197 mph.

If everything checks out for any of you and you decide to get one, be advised that this special edition model doesn’t come cheap. The Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate Edition Coupe, for example, is priced at £211,995 in the UK and €278,995 in Germany. Convert the price in Germany to Benjamins and you’re looking at a price of $325,000. If you feel like spending a little more to get the Volante version, you’re going to have to pay £223,995 in the UK and €293,995 in Germany. Do the same conversion and the price in USD balloons up to $342,000.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate

It appears Aston Martin is in a bit of a hurry to unload whatever they have left of the current Vanquish before they start making the new version. So after launching the Brady version they have now come up with the Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate edition as the swansong to this beautiful model. 

Limited to 175 coupes and convertibles (Volante), the Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate does not get any special treatment under the bonnet. The super GT uses the same as before 595bhp naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 mated to an 8-speed Touchtronic III automatic transmission and backed by 3-stage adaptive damping and carbon ceramic brakes. So the £211,995 base price you pay for this car  does not buy you any extra performance. What it does buy is a whole lot more style.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate can be ordered in three color schemes. Shared features between all these are carbon fibre side strakes featuring rose gold ‘Ultimate‘ decals, carbon treadplates and an ‘Ultimate’ sill plaque, a special stitched quilting design on the seats, plus ‘Ultimate’ headrest embroidery. But then you can choose between the monochrome Ultimate Black with Copper Bronze graphics and Obsidian Black leather with Chestnut Tan accents, Xenon Grey paint and contrasting Cobalt Blue graphics with Electron Yellow accents and Spectral Blue stitching inside, and White Gold paintwork and warm Bronze graphics with Chestnut Tan leather with Obsidian Black accents.

The Ultimate series Vanquish is priced from £211,995 (UK) / €278,995 (Germany) for the Coupe and £223,995 (UK) / €293,995 (Germany) for the Volante.






Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, said: “With the Ultimate Edition we have accentuated the Vanquish S’s unique blend of tradition, technology and craftsmanship with a selection of three bold exterior paint schemes and hugely appealing interior packages that make creative use of exciting materials. Our design team has created three unique themes which unite an exterior and interior package, but we have been careful to ensure each exterior colour and interior theme work well together to offer our customers maximum choice”.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition

Tom Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion, is regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and has a wife who is somehow more popular than he is. Tom Brady has so many things going for him that he now even has a special edition Aston Martin named after him. This is the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition, the product of a collaboration between Touchdown Tommy and the bespoke design team over at Q by Aston Martin – Commission. It’s limited to just 12 units – no surprise there – and getting one will probably be as difficult as stopping Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Sorry, Atlanta Falcons.

There’s no word yet on how much each of these special edition Vanquish S Volantes will cost, but rest assured, they’re not going to come cheap considering the status of the name that’s attached to it. See, this isn’t so much an Aston Martin as it is an Aston Martin that Brady had a hand in designing from scratch. He may not be known for having creative design instincts, but it is pleasantly surprising to see the Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition turn out as well as it did. For one, it has impressive bespoke qualities, the kind that you expect from Brady himself. Then there’s the attention-to-detail, another hallmark Brady quality that we’re saying on full display in this Vanquish S Volante.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition.

What makes the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition special


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“According to Aston Martin, the special edition Vanquish is finished in a rich Ultramarine Black paint.”

Remember when Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said that owners would have to pay at least $2.6 million to secure a one-off Aston Martin? The Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante technically doesn’t qualify as a one-off but it does show the quality of work that Q by Aston Martin can come up with. Brady’s involvement in the design of the limited edition Vanquish is also an excellent selling point on account of the man’s popularity and status as the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

The result speaks for itself, even with the curious name of the paint color. According to Aston Martin, the special edition Vanquish is finished in a rich Ultramarine Black paint. The name sounds fancy and befitting Brady’s esteem, but apart from the soft-top roof, the body actually looks more blue than black. Still, it’s a fancy shade on the Vanquish that brings out a sporty and athletic profile.


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“It also plays well with the extensive use of carbon fiber in the interior and Brady’s choice of Dark Knight leather to dress up the whole cabin”

It also plays well with the extensive use of carbon fiber in the interior and Brady’s choice of Dark Knight leather to dress up the whole cabin. Specific details like the California Poppy leather paddle shift tips and the Aston Martin One-77-sourced color-keyed steering wheel not only point to the kind of bespoke potential that Q by Aston Martin has but also the meticulousness by which Brady conducts his affairs. These small details create a unified look to the interior of the special edition Vanquish S that makes me wonder if Brady has a future in car design once he decides to hang up his football helmet for good. And, to make sure that each of the 12 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition models will have Brady’s seal of approval, his signature literally appears on the sill plates together with his “TB12,” which can be found on a fender badge, embossed on the headrests, and as a pull tab on the rear of the car. The latter even gets the same California Poppy treatment.

There are no engine upgrades here, but who really cares about that at this point. Even in standard form, the Vanquish S Volante still features an imposing 6.0-liter naturally-aspirated V-12 engine that pumps out 592 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers help the Vanquish S Volante sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than its coupe counterpart. Top speed is the same at 197 mph though I don’t think that’s going to be an issue since a 197-mph top speed will still make your face do funny things.


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“The “TB12” logo can be found on a fender badge, embossed on the headrests, and as a pull tab on the rear of the car”

All 12 units of the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition will come in a convertible body style. Prices have yet to be announced, but don’t expect it to come cheap either. Pricing for the Vanquish S Volante already starts from $312,950 so it’s easy to think that this 12-unit, Tom Brady-designed Vanquish S Volante will probably fetch somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000.

There’s no way I’ll be able to afford this, but I’d actually love to see Brady drive this car full blast with the roof down. With so many things going for him, it would only be fair for the rest of us if his contorted face gets immortalized as a meme. I even have a name for it already: Aston Martin Brady. Sounds good, right?

References

Aston Martin Vanquish


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante.



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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Here’s What’s Wrong with the Awesome Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

So Aston Martin just launched a new version of the Vanquish Zagato with a shooting brake body. Pretty cool, eh? Actually, it’s more than that. Cool is something I would use to describe a Toyota 86 with an extra 30 horsepower. This thing is exciting, to say the least. The sporty cues of the Vanquish, the more aggressive styling of Zagato, and all that carbon-fiber make for a great combination, especially if the end result is a shooting brake. Yeah, I’m crazy about wagons, and I like shooting brakes even more. But despite my feelings toward long-roofed vehicles and the fact that the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is brilliant in just about any department, I still have a big rant to shoot out of my system.

Why would I complain about a seemingly perfect car (from my point of view)? Well, it’s not exactly the car I want to complain about. It’s about Aston Martin’s marketing strategy, and the fact that this Vanquish Zagato run is too damn exclusive. And it’s like Aston Martin is going against the tide, which isn’t exactly what it needs at this point as it has yet to reach that safe point after years of struggle. Let me explain what I mean.

Continue reading for the full story.

Make the Zagato a Full-Time Lineup


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“These designs deserve to become full-time models in the Aston Martin lineup”

Yes, that’s what’s wrong with the four Vanquish Zagato model that Aston Martin launched since 2016. They’re way too exclusive, with just 99 coupes, convertibles, and shooting brakes each and only 28 speedsters. These designs deserve to become full-time models in the Aston Martin lineup and an upgrade for more than just the Vanquish.

Specifically, Aston Martin should find a way to turn Zagato into a higher-end offering for at least the Vanquish and the DB11. Granted, making Zagato some sort of luxury or performance division isn’t the easiest thing, as the Italians seem to enjoy being an independent company, but a collaboration of sorts is definitely possible in today’s market. But Aston Martin could also start thinking about creating its own division. With every important carmaker out there having either a performance or luxury division at its disposal, Aston Martin would make quite an impact with something a little different. And by that, I mean products similar to these Zagato-upgraded Vanquish. Keep the interior similar, but add extra features, uprate the engine, so it stands out compared to the standard unit, but revise the exterior completely for a unique design. What’s more, the speedster and the shooting brake could remain exclusive to this high-end brand, prompting customers to take the big financial step for something entirely different.


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“The speedster and the shooting brake should remain exclusive to this high-end brand”

Definitely more appealing than the larger vents and different wheels you get with the “AMG,” “BMW M,” and “RS” badges.

As for pricing, there’s a reason why I haven’t labeled the Vanquish Zagato as overpriced, despite the fact that the Speedster is rumored to cost more than $1.5 million. If these cars become full-time production models, Aston Martin would be right to charge way in excess of $500,000 or even $1 million, given that factory output remains limited and the cars are built by hand with tremendous attention to detail.

Seriously now, it may sound difficult to achieve, but it’s not. At least not for a company like Aston Martin. It may require some serious funding, but the Brits are getting back on their feet. Actually, an SUV might solve that problem. And in an era where every automaker is annoyingly predictable and we get similar products from every direction, a full-time lineup of Zagato-designed cars would finally add some excitement.

Revive the Great Coachbuilders

This would also be a great opportunity to save the famous coachbuilder that have entered bankruptcy or have been sold to other firms recently. If more carmakers adopt the idea, we could see Pininfarina and Bertone return to their former glory. Ghia and Vignale could also roll out more intriguing designs instead of Ford trim lines. And why not, maybe we could witness rivals of iconic coachbuilders like Frua, Karmann, Gurney Nutting, Vanden Plas, and Fleetwood.

I can dream, can’t I?

References

Aston Martin Vanquish


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

Redesigned in 2012, the current Aston Martin Vanquish is set to retire in less than a couple of years in order to make way for a brand-new model, and the British firm is doing whatever it takes to spice things up before pulling the plug. In 2016, it unveiled a re-bodied version of the grand tourer made by Zagato, but the coupe was soon followed by a Volante version. 2017 brought a Speedster model as well, and with 2018 just around the corner Aston Martin and Zagato launched a new body style, the Shooting Brake. The wagon model will be as exclusive as its sibling and likely extremely expensive, but it’s an important milestone in a market where shooting brakes have almost gone the way of the dodo bird.

While the Vantage Zagato wagon arrived unexpectedly, it’s not exactly surprising that Aston Martin created a shooting brake. The British firm is no stranger to this body style, and it has released quite a few wagons in the past. Harold Radford built such versions of DB5, DB6, and DBS back in the 1960s, but Aston Martin made its very own production run of the Virage in the early 1990s. More recently, Bertone transformed the Rapide in a shooting brake, but these are just a few examples. We definitely need more shooting brakes on the market today, and even though the Vanquish Zagato is limited to very few examples, it will be great to see one more sports wagon hit public roads.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.

Exterior

  • Muscular, Zagato-design body
  • Unique roof and rear end
  • DB11-inspired features
  • Carbon-fiber body elements
  • Glass and carbon roof
  • Exclusive wheels

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“Arguably the biggest change to the car's profile is the longer, wagon-style roof”

Much like the Speedster and the Volante, the Shooting Brake model is identical to the Zagato coupe below the waist. So you’re basically getting an already good-looking grand tourer with more muscular cues and a unique twist thanks to the revised roof.

Up front, the new Zagato model sports the same massive grille with LED daytime running lights at each corner, a big splitter at the bottom, and a sculpted engine hood with big vents on each side of the center section. It also has the same deeply sculpted side skirts and DB11-inspired fender strake, but the latter was mounted on a black background. With all the other Zagato models having their front fenders finished in one color, this is yet another element that makes the Shooting Brake unique.

The side mirrors carry over unchanged, but this is cool since they’re inspired from those seen on the One-77 limited-edition supercar. But, arguably, the biggest change to the profile is the longer, wagon-style roof. The upper section is actually identical to the coupe from the A- to the B-pillars, but from there on, Aston Martin designed significantly longer quarter windows and C-pillars. The latter are flatter and continue the arch of the roof toward the front fascia. It forms a wagon-like tailgate, but with a narrower design that allows the Vanquish Zagato to keep it muscular haunches.


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“This Zagato is a mighty fine example of how a modern shooting brake should be designed and engineered”

The rear fascia remains the same as far as the round taillights, the pointy decklid, and the carbon-fiber diffuser go. However, the rear glass is obviously smaller, while the heavily raked angle of the coupe is now gone. But the sloping roofline and the aggressive spoiler make the shooting brake just as aggressive as the coupe. The roof itself is also an interesting piece of engineering, with the fully transparent area being shaped like a V, with the narrower end oriented toward the rear. The remaining surface and the spoiler seem to be made of carbon-fiber, so Aston Martin took some precaution to keep the roof as light as possible.

All told, this Zagato is a mighty fine example of how a modern shooting brake should be designed and engineered and it’s by far the most appealing of the Vanquish Zagato lineup. Of course, this has to do with the fact that shooting brakes aren’t very common nowadays and the fact that I’m a big fan of sporty wagons.

Interior

  • “Herringbone” carbon-fiber paint
  • Anodized bronze detailing
  • “Z” quilt pattern on seats
  • Rear-seat delete
  • Enhance luggage room

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Note: 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato pictured here.

“The rear-seat delete provides more luggage room than the standard Vanquish”

There aren’t any photos of the interior, but it’s safe to assume that the Shooting Brake is like any other Vanquish Zagato out there. This also means that it’s almost identical to the standard Vanquish, being set apart by new luxury features. The main highlight here is the “Herringbone” carbon-fiber paint with anodized bronze detailing on the center stack. There’s also the aniline leather and a unique “Z” quilt pattern stitch on the seats and door panels. The headrests have the letter “Z” embossed, while the upper door panels received double contrast stitching.

The coupe also has “Z” headliner stitching, but this feature is obviously missing here since the most of the roof is transparent. What remains unknown is whether the Shooting Brake is a two or a four seater. A picture showing the car from above suggests that Aston Martin may have removed the rear seats. This makes it somewhat less practical than a standard Vanquish in terms of how many passengers it can carry, but it provides additional luggage room. Not that customers will actually use it as a vacation car, but it remains somewhat true to the original shooting brake concept, which was as utilitarian as a full-fledged wagon.

Drivetrain

  • 5.9-liter V-12 engine
  • 592 horsepower
  • 465 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission

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Note: Standard Aston Martin Vanquish engine pictured here.

“Just like the rest of Vanquish Zagato family, the shooting brake gets its juice from the familiar 5.9-liter V-12”

Just like the rest of Vanquish Zagato family, the shooting brake gets its juice from the familiar 5.9-liter V-12 that powers the standard Vanquish. Output is rated at 592 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in Europe, while the U.S.-spec version comes with 580 horsepower. The 12-horsepower deficit most likely has something to do with emission regulations on this side of the pond.

There’s no info on performance as of this writing, but we do know the coupe model hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The shooting brake could be just as quick, as it shouldn’t be significantly heavier. The V-12 mates to the same ZF-developed, eight-speed automatic transmission from the regular Aston Martin Vanquish.

Prices


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Aston Martin hasn’t revealed pricing for any of its Vanquish Zagato models, and the Shooting Brake is no exception from this rule. The only hint we have about this series is that the Zagato Speedster could cost a whopping £1.3 million, which converts to around $1.7 million as of October 2017. But, unlike the Speedster, which is limited to only 28 units, all the other Zagato models, the Shooting Brake included, are built in 99 examples. So it’s safe to assume that the Shooting Brake will cost less. than that. It won’t be as “affordable” as the regular Vanquish, priced from around $300,000 either, but it could cost around $1 million. Granted, it’s a lot of money even for a beefed-up Vanquish, but much like any other boutique shooting brake out there, this Zagato-design wagon will sell out in no time.

Competition

In the current market, there are only four regular production shooting brakes you can buy: the Mercedes-Benz CLS and CLA, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, and the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. Of the four, only the Ferrari is a worthy competitor to the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso


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Essentially an upgrade to the Ferrari FF, the GTC4Lusso is actually very similar to the Vanquish Zagato. It has a long nose, a sporty roof, and virtually no decklid to the rear. Sure, it’s roofline and tailgate aren’t as sleek as the Zagato’s, but it’s a proper shooting brake model. And, the new features it received in 2016 make it more appealing than the FF. Luxury is a given inside the cabin, with nearly every surfaced draped in leather, Alcantara, aluminum, and carbon-fiber. Unlike the Vanquish, it also has a number of race-inspired features, like instrument cluster with the white clock in the middle and the flat-bottom, multi-control steering wheel. Output-wise, it’s the more potent option, with its 6.3-liter V-12 engine generating a whopping 680 horsepower and 514 pound-feet of torque. This translates into a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 3.3 seconds, which should be at least two tenths quicker than the Aston Martin. Top speed is also far superior at 209 mph. Pricing starts at a little over $300,000, so it’s more affordable too.

Read our full review of the 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso.

Conclusion


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When Aston Martin unveiled the Vanquish Zagato Concept as I said to myself “that’s one hell of a sexy coupe” and I just knew that we will eventually see a production model. And, Aston Martin delivered shortly after. But I honestly didn’t expect the British brand to expand the Vanquish Zagato nameplate to include four different models. Aston Martin has rolled out quite a few Zagato models in the past, but no project was a complex as this one. And on top of the usual coupe and convertible, we also got a speedster and a shooting brake. Needless to say, all of them are spectacular in their own right, but the Speedster and the Shooting Brake are by far the more exotic versions, especially since you don’t see these body styles on the road quite often.

Up until now, the Speedster was my favorite variant of the Vanquish Zagato, but I just fell in love with the new Shooting Brake model. I must admit that I am a fan of vintage shooting brakes, but I’d take the Vanquish Zagato in a heartbeat. Assuming it wouldn’t be this exclusive and expensive. But hey, these attributes are part of what makes a car stand out from the pack.

  • Leave it
    • Exclusive and expensive
    • Not so much official info

References

Aston Martin Vanquish


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Read our full review on the 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

Redesigned in 2012, the current Aston Martin Vanquish is set to retire in less than a couple of years in order to make way for a brand-new model, and the British firm is doing whatever it takes to spice things up before pulling the plug. In 2016, it unveiled a re-bodied version of the grand tourer made by Zagato, but the coupe was soon followed by a Volante version. 2017 brought a Speedster model as well, and with 2018 just around the corner Aston Martin and Zagato launched a new body style, the Shooting Brake. The wagon model will be as exclusive as its sibling and likely extremely expensive, but it’s an important milestone in a market where shooting brakes have almost gone the way of the dodo bird.

While the Vantage Zagato wagon arrived unexpectedly, it’s not exactly surprising that Aston Martin created a shooting brake. The British firm is no stranger to this body style, and it has released quite a few wagons in the past. Harold Radford built such versions of DB5, DB6, and DBS back in the 1960s, but Aston Martin made its very own production run of the Virage in the early 1990s. More recently, Bertone transformed the Rapide in a shooting brake, but these are just a few examples. We definitely need more shooting brakes on the market today, and even though the Vanquish Zagato is limited to very few examples, it will be great to see one more sports wagon hit public roads.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.

Exterior

  • Muscular, Zagato-design body
  • Unique roof and rear end
  • DB11-inspired features
  • Carbon-fiber body elements
  • Glass and carbon roof
  • Exclusive wheels

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake - image 740278
“Arguably the biggest change to the car's profile is the longer, wagon-style roof”

Much like the Speedster and the Volante, the Shooting Brake model is identical to the Zagato coupe below the waist. So you’re basically getting an already good-looking grand tourer with more muscular cues and a unique twist thanks to the revised roof.

Up front, the new Zagato model sports the same massive grille with LED daytime running lights at each corner, a big splitter at the bottom, and a sculpted engine hood with big vents on each side of the center section. It also has the same deeply sculpted side skirts and DB11-inspired fender strake, but the latter was mounted on a black background. With all the other Zagato models having their front fenders finished in one color, this is yet another element that makes the Shooting Brake unique.

The side mirrors carry over unchanged, but this is cool since they’re inspired from those seen on the One-77 limited-edition supercar. But, arguably, the biggest change to the profile is the longer, wagon-style roof. The upper section is actually identical to the coupe from the A- to the B-pillars, but from there on, Aston Martin designed significantly longer quarter windows and C-pillars. The latter are flatter and continue the arch of the roof toward the front fascia. It forms a wagon-like tailgate, but with a narrower design that allows the Vanquish Zagato to keep it muscular haunches.


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“This Zagato is a mighty fine example of how a modern shooting brake should be designed and engineered”

The rear fascia remains the same as far as the round taillights, the pointy decklid, and the carbon-fiber diffuser go. However, the rear glass is obviously smaller, while the heavily raked angle of the coupe is now gone. But the sloping roofline and the aggressive spoiler make the shooting brake just as aggressive as the coupe. The roof itself is also an interesting piece of engineering, with the fully transparent area being shaped like a V, with the narrower end oriented toward the rear. The remaining surface and the spoiler seem to be made of carbon-fiber, so Aston Martin took some precaution to keep the roof as light as possible.

All told, this Zagato is a mighty fine example of how a modern shooting brake should be designed and engineered and it’s by far the most appealing of the Vanquish Zagato lineup. Of course, this has to do with the fact that shooting brakes aren’t very common nowadays and the fact that I’m a big fan of sporty wagons.

Interior

  • “Herringbone” carbon-fiber paint
  • Anodized bronze detailing
  • “Z” quilt pattern on seats
  • Rear-seat delete
  • Enhance luggage room

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato - image 680400

Note: 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato pictured here.

“The rear-seat delete provides more luggage room than the standard Vanquish”

There aren’t any photos of the interior, but it’s safe to assume that the Shooting Brake is like any other Vanquish Zagato out there. This also means that it’s almost identical to the standard Vanquish, being set apart by new luxury features. The main highlight here is the “Herringbone” carbon-fiber paint with anodized bronze detailing on the center stack. There’s also the aniline leather and a unique “Z” quilt pattern stitch on the seats and door panels. The headrests have the letter “Z” embossed, while the upper door panels received double contrast stitching.

The coupe also has “Z” headliner stitching, but this feature is obviously missing here since the most of the roof is transparent. What remains unknown is whether the Shooting Brake is a two or a four seater. A picture showing the car from above suggests that Aston Martin may have removed the rear seats. This makes it somewhat less practical than a standard Vanquish in terms of how many passengers it can carry, but it provides additional luggage room. Not that customers will actually use it as a vacation car, but it remains somewhat true to the original shooting brake concept, which was as utilitarian as a full-fledged wagon.

Drivetrain

  • 5.9-liter V-12 engine
  • 592 horsepower
  • 465 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission

2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish - image 461514

Note: Standard Aston Martin Vanquish engine pictured here.

“Just like the rest of Vanquish Zagato family, the shooting brake gets its juice from the familiar 5.9-liter V-12”

Just like the rest of Vanquish Zagato family, the shooting brake gets its juice from the familiar 5.9-liter V-12 that powers the standard Vanquish. Output is rated at 592 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in Europe, while the U.S.-spec version comes with 580 horsepower. The 12-horsepower deficit most likely has something to do with emission regulations on this side of the pond.

There’s no info on performance as of this writing, but we do know the coupe model hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The shooting brake could be just as quick, as it shouldn’t be significantly heavier. The V-12 mates to the same ZF-developed, eight-speed automatic transmission from the regular Aston Martin Vanquish.

Prices


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Aston Martin hasn’t revealed pricing for any of its Vanquish Zagato models, and the Shooting Brake is no exception from this rule. The only hint we have about this series is that the Zagato Speedster could cost a whopping £1.3 million, which converts to around $1.7 million as of October 2017. But, unlike the Speedster, which is limited to only 28 units, all the other Zagato models, the Shooting Brake included, are built in 99 examples. So it’s safe to assume that the Shooting Brake will cost less. than that. It won’t be as “affordable” as the regular Vanquish, priced from around $300,000 either, but it could cost around $1 million. Granted, it’s a lot of money even for a beefed-up Vanquish, but much like any other boutique shooting brake out there, this Zagato-design wagon will sell out in no time.

Competition

In the current market, there are only four regular production shooting brakes you can buy: the Mercedes-Benz CLS and CLA, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, and the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. Of the four, only the Ferrari is a worthy competitor to the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso


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Essentially an upgrade to the Ferrari FF, the GTC4Lusso is actually very similar to the Vanquish Zagato. It has a long nose, a sporty roof, and virtually no decklid to the rear. Sure, it’s roofline and tailgate aren’t as sleek as the Zagato’s, but it’s a proper shooting brake model. And, the new features it received in 2016 make it more appealing than the FF. Luxury is a given inside the cabin, with nearly every surfaced draped in leather, Alcantara, aluminum, and carbon-fiber. Unlike the Vanquish, it also has a number of race-inspired features, like instrument cluster with the white clock in the middle and the flat-bottom, multi-control steering wheel. Output-wise, it’s the more potent option, with its 6.3-liter V-12 engine generating a whopping 680 horsepower and 514 pound-feet of torque. This translates into a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 3.3 seconds, which should be at least two tenths quicker than the Aston Martin. Top speed is also far superior at 209 mph. Pricing starts at a little over $300,000, so it’s more affordable too.

Read our full review of the 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso.

Conclusion


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When Aston Martin unveiled the Vanquish Zagato Concept as I said to myself “that’s one hell of a sexy coupe” and I just knew that we will eventually see a production model. And, Aston Martin delivered shortly after. But I honestly didn’t expect the British brand to expand the Vanquish Zagato nameplate to include four different models. Aston Martin has rolled out quite a few Zagato models in the past, but no project was a complex as this one. And on top of the usual coupe and convertible, we also got a speedster and a shooting brake. Needless to say, all of them are spectacular in their own right, but the Speedster and the Shooting Brake are by far the more exotic versions, especially since you don’t see these body styles on the road quite often.

Up until now, the Speedster was my favorite variant of the Vanquish Zagato, but I just fell in love with the new Shooting Brake model. I must admit that I am a fan of vintage shooting brakes, but I’d take the Vanquish Zagato in a heartbeat. Assuming it wouldn’t be this exclusive and expensive. But hey, these attributes are part of what makes a car stand out from the pack.

  • Leave it
    • Exclusive and expensive
    • Not so much official info

References

Aston Martin Vanquish


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Read our full review on the 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition

You may recall a few months ago Aston Martin announced a partnership with American football icon Tom Brady. In this collaboration Brady would lend his name to a special version of the Vanquish, and Aston would give him a big pile of money. What you get out of this is the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition. 

Actually, you may not even be able to get one even if you can afford it. They are making only 12 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady to maintain exclusivity. But the way these things work, they will probably make one extra for you, provided the check you write them is sufficiently plump. We could also see the Tom Brady treatment given to other Aston models.

But why would you want an Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition? Apart from the fact that you might be a fan of Mr Brady – we would rather have Vanquish Gisele Edition – the car comes with some special interior and exterior appointments you might find fascinating. The exterior is finished in Ultramarine Black exterior, complemented by an interior of Dark Knight leather. There is also lots of carbon elements, California Poppy leather paddle shift tips, and a couple of TB12 badges.




om Brady said: “It was an easy decision to go with the Vanquish S for the special edition – it is an incredible car to drive and is truly a work of art. Going through the process of curating a unique Aston Martin has been fascinating. We started with a blank canvas and finished with this beautiful car. It’s been great to see it all come to fruition and I’m proud to share a name with it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!”

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PostHeaderIcon An Incredible Limited-Run Supercar is Available for $3.6 Million

Just in case Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer’s proclamation that one-off Aston Martins start at $3 million isn’t expensive enough for some of you, might I suggest this fresh alternative. It’s one of only 24 Aston Martin Vulcans – chassis number 14, to be exact – in existence, and it can be yours for a bargain price of £2.7 million. If you’re wondering, that’s around $3.6 million based on current exchange rates.

It’s a staggering price, but with that amount, you get one of the most remarkable track-day missiles you’ll ever get to see. It’s even dressed up in a stunning Special Verde Ithaca green paint finish, a pearlescent shade that’s as mesmerizing to look at in photos as it probably is in person. If that isn’t enough to soothe your vanity, consider what the Vulcan is capable of when you unleash it on a track. Mind you, that’s a 7.0-liter, V-12 engine that spits out a beastly 800 horsepower. It’s not quite on the level of the Valkyrie hypercar, but with the ability to hit 60 mph from a standstill position in less than three seconds and a top speed that’s comfortably north of 200 mph, are we really splitting hairs just because it only has 800 ponies to play with? Having said all of that, here’s the real kicker about this pristine Vulcan: it has less than 200 miles on it. I guess the usage is a matter of perspective, but traditionally speaking, this Vulcan is as good as new, hence the the reason why it costs so much.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

The Aston Martin Vulcan is a bad boy


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“The Vulcan doesn’t approach the Valkyrie’s level of power, speed, and sophistication”

With all the hype generated by the Aston Martin Valkyrie, it’s easy to overlook the Vulcan and not think too much of it. That, of course, would be a mistake.

Sure, the Vulcan doesn’t approach the Valkyrie’s level of power, speed, and sophistication. What car does though? Remember, the Valkyrie was developed in close collaboration with Red Bull Racing, so it’s basically dripping with Formula One-type technology. Only a handful of production cars in the world can boast of having similar tech as the Valk, so it’s no shame for a car like the Vulcan to be slotted just below it in Aston Martin’s halo car pecking order.


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The thing about the Vulcan is that it is its own halo car. Its design alone is fitting of such a label. Ever seen an Aston Martin look like this? Nope. Ever seen an Aston Martin sport a rear wing that can have its own zip code? Not in this lifetime, at least. Best of all, ever seen a car pack this much technology and still concede the halo car status to another model? That’s the unique position the Vulcan finds itself in, but even in its position, you can rest assured that it’s worth every bit of that $3.6 million that Kaaimans International is asking for it.

It’s actually not the first Aston Martin Vulcan to hit the “for sale” block


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For a car that has such a limited run, you would think that the Aston Martin Vulcan would be one of those models that rarely ends up for sale. You’d be wrong, though, because there have been some examples of the Vulcan that have hit the second-hand market, one of which is still up for sale on the DupontRegistry website.

This model is all dressed up in a Fiamma Red body finish and features all of the dramatic styling cues, interior creature comforts, and state-of-the-art components that we all saw on the Vulcan when it made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It also carries the stock number “AMLXX007” and the VIN number “AMLVULCANXXXXXX07,” likely making it model number 7 of the 24 units in existence today. It has no miles on it, though, that doesn’t seem likely, and it’s being sold for $3.4 million.


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I don’t fancy the thought of having to choose between these two models of the Aston Martin Vulcan though if I were forced to do so, I might go with the one Kaimaans is offering. I know $3.6 million is a steep price to pay for a Special Verde Ithaca green paint finish, but I’m dealing with nothing more than my imagination here. My imagination would pony up that extra $200,000 to get that look on the Vulcan.

References

Aston Martin Vulcan


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Read our full review on the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan.


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PostHeaderIcon You Need a Lot of Money To Even Sniff A One-Off Aston Martin

Like most premium automakers that have deep-pocketed customers at their disposal, Aston Martin knows the value of diversifying its lineup to keep its clients on their toes. As rivals like Ferrari, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce have shown, one way to do that is to offer one-off models that no other person will get to own. Aston Martin has actually done this exercise in the past courtesy of its Prototype Operation division, having created the CC100 Speedster in 2013 to celebrate the marque’s 100th anniversary. Now it looks like the one-off offers are back on the table, provided that customers fork up at least £2 million for each car. By the way, that converts to $2.6 million in today’s exchange rates. Gulp.

Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer, made the proclamation in a conversation with Road & Track, raising a lot of eyebrows in the process. There is one other catch though to getting Aston Martin to build a one-off. Palmer said that on top of paying the steep price to even get considered for one, interested customers would also have to wait in line for their turn because Aston is only building two of them per year. And, just in case that condition still suits someone with deep pockets and a longing for one-off creations, the official wait, at this point, is around two years since the next four slots are already accounted for. Still, if patience is a virtue, two years isn’t a long time to wait for a car that literally nobody else in this world is going to own. Just make sure to keep that £2 million locked away somewhere.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

It’s a steep price to pay, but Aston has a good history with one-offs


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I’ll be honest. I actually laughed when I first heard about Andy Palmer’s comments. I don’t know if it was the $2.6 million figure or the fact that it’s Aston Martin, but my initial thought was not a lot of people will be enticed by this. Then I sat back and looked at the CC100 Speedster from 2013 and thought to myself, “dear God, it still looks amazing four years later.”

Now, I’m still a little wary of the price tag, but not so much about Aston Martin’s ability to build one-off models. The automaker has done an incredible job in the past in this regard, and there’s no reason to think that it’s not capable of replicating those feats. Heck, the potential to actually exceed them is there for the taking, as we saw with the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the automaker’s $3.2-million crown jewel hypercar.

“The automaker has done an incredible job in the past in this regard, and there’s no reason to think that it’s not capable of replicating those feats.”

A one-off Aston Martin is going to be the definition of exclusivity, though there is that trade-off that comes with such a high-asking “base” price. See how the cost of the Valkyrie is “only” $600,000 more than what Aston Martin is asking for a one-off? I doubt that any of these exclusive creations will be as powerful and as technologically advanced as the Valkyrie, so it is weird to think how high the company’s asking price is for these models. The reason though is simple, and it’s owed to the fact that as a literal one-off – maybe two-off in some cases – no one else is getting the car. It’s a formula that Ferrari, McLaren, and Lamborghini have done in recent years with their own super exclusive models. None of this guarantees that any of the future one-offs to come out of Aston Martin’s Prototype Operations division will be fastest or most powerful of their kind, but the fact that there will only be one or two of them kind of makes it a moot point, doesn’t it?

Here’s to simply hoping that we get to see these cars in some capacity at some point because Palmer also hinted that these one-off creations aren’t going to be shown in public once they’re built. Kind of makes you wonder how many are already out there in the wild.

References

Aston Martin CC100


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Read our full review on the 2014 Aston Martin CC100.

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

PostHeaderIcon You Need a Lot of Money To Even Sniff A One-Off Aston Martin

Like most premium automakers that have deep-pocketed customers at their disposal, Aston Martin knows the value of diversifying its lineup to keep its clients on their toes. As rivals like Ferrari, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce have shown, one way to do that is to offer one-off models that no other person will get to own. Aston Martin has actually done this exercise in the past courtesy of its Prototype Operation division, having created the CC100 Speedster in 2013 to celebrate the marque’s 100th anniversary. Now it looks like the one-off offers are back on the table, provided that customers fork up at least £2 million for each car. By the way, that converts to $2.6 million in today’s exchange rates. Gulp.

Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer, made the proclamation in a conversation with Road & Track, raising a lot of eyebrows in the process. There is one other catch though to getting Aston Martin to build a one-off. Palmer said that on top of paying the steep price to even get considered for one, interested customers would also have to wait in line for their turn because Aston is only building two of them per year. And, just in case that condition still suits someone with deep pockets and a longing for one-off creations, the official wait, at this point, is around two years since the next four slots are already accounted for. Still, if patience is a virtue, two years isn’t a long time to wait for a car that literally nobody else in this world is going to own. Just make sure to keep that £2 million locked away somewhere.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

It’s a steep price to pay, but Aston has a good history with one-offs


2014 Aston Martin CC100 - image 506917

I’ll be honest. I actually laughed when I first heard about Andy Palmer’s comments. I don’t know if it was the $2.6 million figure or the fact that it’s Aston Martin, but my initial thought was not a lot of people will be enticed by this. Then I sat back and looked at the CC100 Speedster from 2013 and thought to myself, “dear God, it still looks amazing four years later.”

Now, I’m still a little wary of the price tag, but not so much about Aston Martin’s ability to build one-off models. The automaker has done an incredible job in the past in this regard, and there’s no reason to think that it’s not capable of replicating those feats. Heck, the potential to actually exceed them is there for the taking, as we saw with the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the automaker’s $3.2-million crown jewel hypercar.

“The automaker has done an incredible job in the past in this regard, and there’s no reason to think that it’s not capable of replicating those feats.”

A one-off Aston Martin is going to be the definition of exclusivity, though there is that trade-off that comes with such a high-asking “base” price. See how the cost of the Valkyrie is “only” $600,000 more than what Aston Martin is asking for a one-off? I doubt that any of these exclusive creations will be as powerful and as technologically advanced as the Valkyrie, so it is weird to think how high the company’s asking price is for these models. The reason though is simple, and it’s owed to the fact that as a literal one-off – maybe two-off in some cases – no one else is getting the car. It’s a formula that Ferrari, McLaren, and Lamborghini have done in recent years with their own super exclusive models. None of this guarantees that any of the future one-offs to come out of Aston Martin’s Prototype Operations division will be fastest or most powerful of their kind, but the fact that there will only be one or two of them kind of makes it a moot point, doesn’t it?

Here’s to simply hoping that we get to see these cars in some capacity at some point because Palmer also hinted that these one-off creations aren’t going to be shown in public once they’re built. Kind of makes you wonder how many are already out there in the wild.

References

Aston Martin CC100


2014 Aston Martin CC100 - image 506888

Read our full review on the 2014 Aston Martin CC100.

Aston Martin Valkyrie


2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001 - image 722966

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

PostHeaderIcon You Need a Lot of Money To Even Sniff A One-Off Aston Martin

Like most premium automakers that have deep-pocketed customers at their disposal, Aston Martin knows the value of diversifying its lineup to keep its clients on their toes. As rivals like Ferrari, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce have shown, one way to do that is to offer one-off models that no other person will get to own. Aston Martin has actually done this exercise in the past courtesy of its Prototype Operation division, having created the CC100 Speedster in 2013 to celebrate the marque’s 100th anniversary. Now it looks like the one-off offers are back on the table, provided that customers fork up at least £2 million for each car. By the way, that converts to $2.6 million in today’s exchange rates. Gulp.

Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer, made the proclamation in a conversation with Road & Track, raising a lot of eyebrows in the process. There is one other catch though to getting Aston Martin to build a one-off. Palmer said that on top of paying the steep price to even get considered for one, interested customers would also have to wait in line for their turn because Aston is only building two of them per year. And, just in case that condition still suits someone with deep pockets and a longing for one-off creations, the official wait, at this point, is around two years since the next four slots are already accounted for. Still, if patience is a virtue, two years isn’t a long time to wait for a car that literally nobody else in this world is going to own. Just make sure to keep that £2 million locked away somewhere.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

It’s a steep price to pay, but Aston has a good history with one-offs


2014 Aston Martin CC100 - image 506917

I’ll be honest. I actually laughed when I first heard about Andy Palmer’s comments. I don’t know if it was the $2.6 million figure or the fact that it’s Aston Martin, but my initial thought was not a lot of people will be enticed by this. Then I sat back and looked at the CC100 Speedster from 2013 and thought to myself, “dear God, it still looks amazing four years later.”

Now, I’m still a little wary of the price tag, but not so much about Aston Martin’s ability to build one-off models. The automaker has done an incredible job in the past in this regard, and there’s no reason to think that it’s not capable of replicating those feats. Heck, the potential to actually exceed them is there for the taking, as we saw with the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the automaker’s $3.2-million crown jewel hypercar.

“The automaker has done an incredible job in the past in this regard, and there’s no reason to think that it’s not capable of replicating those feats.”

A one-off Aston Martin is going to be the definition of exclusivity, though there is that trade-off that comes with such a high-asking “base” price. See how the cost of the Valkyrie is “only” $600,000 more than what Aston Martin is asking for a one-off? I doubt that any of these exclusive creations will be as powerful and as technologically advanced as the Valkyrie, so it is weird to think how high the company’s asking price is for these models. The reason though is simple, and it’s owed to the fact that as a literal one-off – maybe two-off in some cases – no one else is getting the car. It’s a formula that Ferrari, McLaren, and Lamborghini have done in recent years with their own super exclusive models. None of this guarantees that any of the future one-offs to come out of Aston Martin’s Prototype Operations division will be fastest or most powerful of their kind, but the fact that there will only be one or two of them kind of makes it a moot point, doesn’t it?

Here’s to simply hoping that we get to see these cars in some capacity at some point because Palmer also hinted that these one-off creations aren’t going to be shown in public once they’re built. Kind of makes you wonder how many are already out there in the wild.

References

Aston Martin CC100


2014 Aston Martin CC100 - image 506888

Read our full review on the 2014 Aston Martin CC100.

Aston Martin Valkyrie


2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001 - image 722966

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Design similar to the coupe

The DB11 Volante was officially announced by Aston Martin in October of 2017. While being on its way to dealers is a pretty big deal, what seems more important to mention here is that the new DB11 Volante maintained the same sporty look even with that canvass top up or down – now that’s a pretty sweet deal. Initial models appear to only be offered with the AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter, V-8, which means you’re in for about 503 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of sheer man-pleasing goodness.
For what it’s worth that engine is enough to deliver a four-second sprint to 62 mph in the coupe, and the Volante won’t be far behind.

With that in mind, the only real difference between the Volante and the coupe is quite obvious – that fabric top. But, you’ll be wanting to pop the champagne bottles when you see just how well Aston Martin managed to convert the coupe design into a drop top. This thing is absolutely gorgeous, and even has exactly what you would expect from an AM Volante. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a really good look at the new DB11 Volante. You might find yourself begging the wife to allow you to get one 😉

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante.

Official video

Exterior


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“Aston Martin did an amazing job converting the DB11 Coupe into the Volante”

As you can see from the image above, Aston Martin did an amazing job converting the DB11 Coupe into the Volante – so well, in fact, that the car is nearly identical to the extent that it looks like the coupe has a slide-off roof. With that in mind, you get the same gorgeous front end with that wide-mouth, single-piece grill with five louvers, a huge splitter down below, and long, recessed headlights with that slender LED strip along the top and outer edge. The same hood also carries over with a long vent on either side near the fender and those defining, muscular lines that run from the windshield to the nose.


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Walk over to the side like you’re going to embark this beast, and you’ll find that deeply cut vent in the fender to match that small air passthrough down in the corner of the side skit. The bottom of the side skirt also gets a small lip, which is just enough to tie the front and side profiles together. The body line just below the waistline rungs from the rear-most tip of the headlight back to the rear quarters, bending only beyond the doors to match the curvature of the muscular rear haunches. What you’ll find particularly interesting here is how most of the rear quarter matches that of the coupe, all the way up to where the waistline curves around to the rear and the top’s hood resides. It should also be mentioned that the Volante gets its own unique wheels that include a split-spoke layout that really adds to the overall character of the car.


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“The Volante gets the same clear taillights with red LEDs and that huge gloss-black rear insert”

Around back, we see more of the same. The Volante gets the same clear taillights with red LEDs and that huge gloss-black rear insert. Chrome exhaust tips add some serious contrast while the small red reflectors supplement the same. The one real different thing back here is the hood for the convertible top, which takes up a good portion of the rear deck. As you can see, the waistline curves up and around, with decreasing width before traversing across the rear deck. The only downside of the Volante as far as the exterior goes is that the rear deck kind of sticks out like a sore thumb with those massive gaps between boy panels. Of course, they match the rest of the car, really, but it would be nice to see a tighter fit and finish here.


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On the other hand, it should be noted that when the top is up and in place, it isn’t quite as long as the roof on the coupe, giving the Volante a look of its own in closed mode. And, for what it’s worth, that top can be opened at up to 31 mph (less if there’s wind coming at you.) AM says it has tested the top in Death Valley and the Arctic and its reliability testing has shown 100,000 successful cycles, which should be enough to last for at least 10 years – now that’s enough to make me comfortable about it, how about you?


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The Competition


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The world of high-priced luxury convertibles isn’t really all that large, but the DB11 Volante will have some pretty stiff competition. With models like the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, and the Ferrari California T all occupying a big portion of this niche, there are some tough decisions to make if you’re really in the market for a $200,000+ convertible. All three of these models feature their own unique look, but all three feature a similar level of aggression in their design. The California T has that wide-mouth grille up front to go with small and sleek corner air vents. The hood has just the right amount of character without going overboard. Looking at the car from in front, the sides don’t look all that aggressive, but walk around to the side, and you’ll find an excessively sharp body line that runs from the contour of the front wheel arch back to the rear quarters, following the wavy contour of the body as you move farther back. The rear haunches are muscular while the rear fascia is aggressive. The rear deck is smooth and slopes downward gently in the rear while a fairly aggressive diffuser with three fins rounds out the exterior package. The California T isn’t a bad choice, but there are other options to consider.

“The California T isn’t a bad choice, but there are other options to consider.”

Despite the fact that Mercedes is own by Daimler and Bentley being a part of the VW group of companies, it is a bit surprising that there are some similarities between these two competitors. Just look at the front fascia of each of these models. You can deny that the overall design of both front fascias are suspicious. Even the rear haunches on both of these models are vaguely similar. When it comes to the Bentley, you get the traditional tiered circular headlights and a rectangular grille up front. The hood features a defining line right in the middle and sits just below the level of the wheel arches. The windshield on this model is fairly short and features a massive pillar on each side. Moving back, there is a sharp body line that starts out ahead of the front wheel arch, whips around the top and shoots straight back, terminating just ahead of the door handle on each side. Another excessively sharp line comes into play above the rear wheel arches to had a hint of masculinity. Around back, the Bentley actually hs a somewhat ugly set up going on. The rear deck is long and smooth, with the lower edge in the rear acting as an overhang above the license plate. The exhaust outlets are recessed into the rear fascia, similar to what you see on a lot of Mercedes models.

“While the DB11 Volante and California T have these muscular rear haunches and an elevated waistline in the rear, the Merc is the exact opposite”

Looking at the S65 Cabriolet, you’ll find that it’s styling in some areas are a little outdated. While the DB11 Volante and California T have these muscular rear haunches and an elevated waistline in the rear, the Merc is the exact opposite. It’s got an aggressive front fascia with the traditional AMG grille up front. The hood is fairly sporty, but the side profile is toned down compared to all of the other models we’ve discussed so far. The waistline itself stays the same all the way around as opposed to being slightly elevated in the rear. To me, this harkens back to old school Porsche convertibles from back in the day. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad car, and maybe you like that look, but if you want something that’s more minimalist on the outside, the S65 is probably your best bet. Around back, the S65 is has a bubbly appearance, with the fascia and rear quarters wrapping around with a
gentle curve – a feature that’s comparable to what the DB11 Volante will have going on out back, but completely different from the California T and the Bentley GT.

Ferrari California T Bentley Continental GT Convertible Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Wheelbase (Inches) 105.1 108.0 115.94 110.43
Length (Inches) 179.9 189.3 198.58 186.57
Width (Inches) 75.2 76.7 75.31 76.37
Height (Inches) 52.0 55.1 56.29 50.35

All told, the DB11 Volante and these three competitors are all fine automobiles, but as far as looks go, it really depends on your taste. If you want something that’s aggressive, I would suggest going for the DB11 or the California T. If you want something big, and somewhat toned down in comparison; you’ll want to choose between the Bentley and the Merc. But, it’s not all about looks, so let’s see what else these models bring to the table.

Interior


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“Inside, the Volante takes on the same exact DNA has its metal-topped sibling”

Inside, the Volante takes on the same exact DNA has its metal-topped sibling. Needless to say, it does have the unlimited headroom when you have to top down. According to Aston Martin, you can lower the top in just 14 seconds and raise it in as little as 16 seconds. Of course, you can’t do so at high speed, but according to AM, it can be done at speeds of up to 31 mph with no headwind. Since the new top is lighter than that of the DB9, you’ll actually find the storage space in the trunk has increased by as much as 20 percent in comparison. It’s still not as much as you’ll find in the coupe, but that’s a pretty big improvement. The top itself features plenty of acoustic and insulation, and with eight layers of material, it helps combat wind noise and unfriendly temperatures when you can’t enjoy having the top down. Top colors include red, black silver, and gray silver.

Speaking of the top, it should be pointed out that Aston Martin did what it could to ensure that you can enjoy topless (giggity) driving as often as possible, thanks to a heated steering wheel. The rear seats, while they are quite small, feature ISOFIX attachments, something not usually found in an AM convertible and a safe way to attach your child’s seat in the rear. Finally, the Volante stands out the most thanks to the addition of new wooden veneers to the back of the front seats. They can also be had in carbon fiber if you wish to go with the carbon look.


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“Over in the center stack, you’ll find the eight-inch display screen and the simple button layout to control the infotainment and HVAC systems.”

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Outside of what I’ve already mentioned here, the DB11 Volante carries over with the same classic GT look found in the coupe. We’re talking about the single-gauge, semi-digital instrument cluster and the just-out-of-round steering wheel that has a flattish bottom and sharply curved corners that almost give it a square look. You’ll also find two little ledges inside the 2- and 10-O’clock positions to provide a bit of extra support for your thumbs when you grip the wheel correctly. Over in the center stack, you’ll find the eight-inch display screen and the simple button layout to control the infotainment and HVAC systems. Shifting duties are handled by paddle shifters behind the wheel, so there’s no need for a shifter in the center. As such, you get a touch controller and a button for the electric parking brake.

The dash features a genuinely smooth design with just a few defining lines in the center and the middle while the seats and central armrests feature a center stitching in a contrasting color. The inserts of the seats contrast the outsides to match the contrast of the dash and the door panels and feature a unique and curved stitching pattern – nice! All told, it’s a pretty nice interior, and even better with the top down, so how does it compete with the competition?

Competing Designs


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All three competitors offer amazing interiors, so if the choice of which to buy comes down to the interior, you’re going to need some time to sit in each and really soak in what each has to offer. While the DB11 will feature a floating infotainment screen that rests atop the center stack, all three of these competing models have the display integrated into the center stack. The Mercedes-AMG S65 (top left) features a digital instrument cluster that integrates almost seamlessly with the wide display sitting in the center stack. It is a very modern look, but that’s not all that makes the S65 desirable. The dash is actually rather tame compared to the Bentley, Ferrari, and Aston Martin, and swoops downward just a bit on each end where it has a very tight fit against the door trim panels. The upper portion of the dash and the door trim are one color, while the rest of the trim is done up in a contrasting color. The round HVAC vents are similar to that of the Bentley and Ferrari, but that’s what helps to set the DB11 apart as it has rectangular vents. Like the DB11, the seats of the S65 feature a unique stitching layout that is both sporty and stylish.

“Like the DB11, the seats of the S65 feature a unique stitching layout that is both sporty and stylish.”

When you look at the Bentley (top right,) you’ll find a cockpit-like feel with a very sharp layout that keeps most of the controls and goodies in the center of the vehicle. The Bentley has an analog instrument cluster, and the infotainment display is recessed into the center stack. The dash itself is one of the most aggressive out there, with the driver and passenger side of it separated by that stylish and sporty dash bad. Because of this design, the whole center stack is recessed into the dash a bit giving a unique look. The shifter handle sits far forward, but there isn’t any space that’s unused as there are buttons and controls located everywhere on the center console. A split armrest covers up a large storage compartment. Beautiful wood inserts adorn the face of the dash, while the rest of the interior gets a two-tone look. The seats have a retro look with straight fluting. The lower side bolsters
and headrests are done up in a dark contrasting color while the center inserts and upper side pollsters are done up in a lighter color. Various leather options are available at the time of purchase, and you can opt for some Alcantara as well. On the technology front, the Bentley benefits from LED lighting, wireless phone charging, and an available Wi-Fi hotspot, among other things.

“The center stack on the California actually extends outward a bit making access to it easier on the driver”

Then we’ve got the California T (bottom) that also has a very interesting interior. Like the DB11 and other competitors, the California T gets a two-tone interior. It, like the Bentley and Merc, has circular HVAC vents, but on they are mounted atop the dash and protrude in an extreme fashion like Chameleon eyes. Oddly, the steering wheel looks almost like it was ripped out of an F1 car, with lots of thumb buttons and a flat bottom. Unlike the other models we’ve discussed, the center stack on the California actually extends outward a bit making access to it easier on the driver. The center console disappears into the dash below the HVAC controls. Unlike the other models we’ve discussed, there isn’t a traditional shifter. Instead, the California T make use of buttons to select park, drive, and reverse. This makes for a thinner center console that has a very clean look. Somehow, Ferrari managed to keep things minimal while providing an aggressive and pleasing package. Not bad at all.

Ferrari California T Bentley Continental GT Convertible Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Seats 4 4 4 4
Passenger Volume (cu ft) 75.0 86.0 TBA TBA
Cargo Volume (cu ft) 12.0 9.1 TBA TBA
Cargo Volume (Seats Folded) TBA TBA TBA TBA

Drivetrain


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“Under the hood, the Volante comes with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that is sourced from none other than Mercedes-AMG”

Under the hood, the Volante comes with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that is sourced from none other than Mercedes-AMG. And, if you know your cars, you’d know that the AMG GT also makes use of the very same engine. And, while that may be the same, the collaboration between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG was a good one, as the brand allowed Aston to design their own specific parts, including engine mounts, a slim-line wet sump oil system, throttle mapping, and even their own ECU software. All told, you’ll find yourself with 503 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of torque on tap. That horsepower number be recognizable as that’s exactly how much the pre-facelift Mercedes-AMG GT S delivered, but its torque comes much closer to that of the Mercedes-AMG GT R.

To help keep things steady, Aston Martin went so far as to optimize the car’s center of gravity and included special suspension bushings, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers, and ESP software to help improve the car’s overall agility even with the top in the stowed position. And, you’ll be sure to know it’s a sports car. It might be a little heavier than it’s coupe sibling, but it shouldn’t take you too long to get up to 62 mph – the coupe does it in four-seconds flat, and the Volante should be able to do it in around 4.1 or 4.2 seconds at worst – not bad for a convertible of this caliber.

But, what about the V-12?


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“The Volante should see the V-12 coming into the mix buy mid-to-late 2018.”

Yeah; what about the V-12? Well, if you think back a bit, you’ll remember that the DB11 coupe was originally rolled into dealers with just one engine as well. It was until about a year later that the DB11 found itself toting around the option for a V-8 and a V-12. As such, the Volante should experience the same fate, with the V-12 coming into the mix buy mid-to-late 2018. If I were you, I’d wait for the V-12, as its newly developed in the past year and delivers a cold-hearted 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. For the coupe, that was an increase of 97 ponies and 59 pound-feet over the DB9 – a very nice improvement. The Coupe could hit the 62-mph sprint in as little as 3.9 seconds and tops out around 200 mph. So, with that in mind, the Volante should be able to hit around 196 (it is a little less aerodynamic) while the 62-mph sprint should come in around four-seconds flat.

The Competition


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“Ferrari took this tiny V-8 and massaged it to deliver a decent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque”

So, how does the competition stack up? It’s a good thing you asked, because in this niche that could be what makes or breaks your decision to go with one model or the other. With that said, we’ll start out with the least-powerful option first: The California T.

Powered by a direct-injected, 3.9-liter V-8, it doesn’t exactly have the largeness of all the other models we’re discussing. But, that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch by any means. See, Ferrari took this tiny V-8 and massaged it to deliver a decent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque. That’s less than the Volante, Continental, and S65, but don’t judge the car until you’ve taken a ride in it. That power, lets the California T hit 62 mph in a butthole-puckering 3.6 seconds. And, there is literally no turbo lag, thanks to Ferrari’s amazing ingenuity. Top speed, like the DB11 Volante, comes in at 196 mph. Despite its amazing ability to get up to speed insanely fast, the California T is rated at 10.5-liters per 100km, which converts to about 22.4 mpg here in the U.S. An F1, dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic handles shifting duties, while a smooth and comfortable ride is made possible by double wishbone suspension in the front and a multilink system in the rear. But, if you really want to impress, you’ll want to click the option box for the Handling Speciale package. It brings a tighter recalibration to the engine and transmission as well as an all-new exhaust system. If you plan on hitting the track, this package is a must-have.

“This baby comes with Bentleys famed 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, W-12 that delivers a decent 582 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque”

Next on the list is the Continental. Unlike the other models we’ve discussed, this baby comes with Bentleys famed 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, W-12 that delivers a decent 582 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Despite weighing an insane 5,501 pounds – that’s a much as a large SUV from the early 2000s – it can hit 60 mph in as quick as 4.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 191 mph. In the U.S. it is rated at 20 mph on the highway, 12 mpg in the city, and 15 mpg combined. It rolls on 21-inch wheels straight from the factory, and the suspension system is made up of air springs with continuous damping control – a feature that gives the Continental one of the best rides you can get in this Niche. On the options side of things, your best bet is to go with the carbon ceramic brakes if you’re going to do any spirited driving. It comes standard with Iron brakes, but these carbon ceramic units will help bring things to a stop quickly and efficiently while producing minimal dust.


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“This monster tips the scales at 4,981 pounds, but with 621 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of gut-wrenching torque on tap, this Cabriolet isn’t a model you want to turn your back on”

Finally, we’ve got the Mercedes-AMG S65. This monster tips the scales at 4,981 pounds, but with 621 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of gut-wrenching torque on tap, this Cabriolet isn’t a model you want to turn your back on. That kind of power gets it up to 60 mph in four seconds. Its official top speed has yet to be published by Merc, but all Mercedes models are generally limited to 155 mph, so don’t expect to go much faster without having the electronic limiter increased to 186 mph with the AMG Driver Package (a must-have in my opinion.) The engine itself is a hand-built 6.0-liter V12 that is built in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7G-Tronic AMG Speedshift Plus automatic. Fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, which puts it right on par with the California T. All told, the Mercedes is the most powerful of the bunch, but if you really want the fastest, you’ll have to buy Italian on this one.

Ferrari California T Bentley Continental GT Convertible Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Engine 3.9-liter V-8 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, W-12 6.0-liter V-12 5.2-litre twin-turbo V-12
Horsepower 552 HP @ 7,500 RPM 582 HP @ 6,000 RPM 630 HP @ 4,800-5,400 RPM 600 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 557 Lb-FT @ 4,750 RPM 531 LB-FT @ 1,800 RPM 737 LB-FT @ 2,300-4,300 RPM 516 LB-FT @ 1,500-5,000 RPM
Top speed 196 mph 196 mph 196 mph (est.) 155 mph
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.6 s 4.7 s 4.1 s (est.) 4.1 s
Dry weight 3,582 Lbs 5,501 Lbs 4,971 Lbs TBA
Kerb weight 3,813 Lbs 6,393 Lbs 5,789 Lbs TBA
Weight distribution 47% front – 53% rear 57 % front – 42% rear TBA TBA

Prices


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Aston Martin was quick to release pricing this time around, and the Volante comes in at a pricy, $216,495 here in the U.S. Over in the U.K., you can park one in your driveway for £159,900, and you can have one in Germany for €199,000. Needless to say, it doesn’t come cheap, but beautiful things seldom do, right?

Competing Prices

With Volante hit the wallet for $216,495, you might want to consider grabbing yourself a Bentley Continental GT Speed goes $218,400; the 2016 California T retails for $202,723, and the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet commands at least $247,900. So, unless you’re a major fan of Mercedes, that S65 is a pretty hard one to go for, considering you can get a faster and equally stylish California T for more than $40,000 less. Then again, you could go with the biggest status symbol out there and get yourself a Bentley for about $220k. Either way, you can’t go wrong with the Ferrari or the Bentley, but I think the DB11 Volante will probably win your heart.

Other Options

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet


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Sometimes you save the best for last, and I may very well have done that here. See, the Porsche 911 Turbo S looks wildly different than the rest of the models here, including the upcoming DB11 Volante. Over the years the 911 has changed a lot, but it’s still stuck to its classic German roots as far as design goes. And, if speed is something that speaks to you, then you better pay attention. The 911 Turbo S isn’t the most powerful model here, with just 580 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. But, it’s aerodynamic and light, which means it can beat out even the California T. To put things simply, when equipped with the Sport Chrono package, the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet can hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds – yes, you read that correctly – and tops out at 205 mph. That’s absolutely amazing for a cabriolet, and it gets decent fuel economy as well, being able to achieve 19 mph in the city, 24 mph on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. As of the time of this writing, the Turbo S Cabriolet for the 2017 model year goes for $200,400 in entry-level form. That price can increase drastically, though, depending on what options you choose, so don’t expect to roll out of the dealership for less than $230k unless you really have self-restraint.

Find out more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.

Conclusion


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As is the usual case with coupes going topless, there isn’t a whole lot that changes between the standard DB11 Coupe and the new Volante, but I have to admit that Aston Martin did a magnificent job in maintaining the sportiness of the coupe. I mean, there’s no real sacrifice here. The rear seating looks the same (with some new trim inserts on the seatback), and the car is identical all of the way up to the waistline and a little more in the rear. I’m a little disappointed that there isn’t a better fit and finish in the rear where the top stows away, but the seam gaps here match those around the car, so I guess it really isn’t that bad. The only negative thing I have to say is that it isn’t being initially released with the option for the V-12. Just like the coupe, you have to wait. I know good things come to those who wait, but if you have $200k sitting around and you really wanted a Volante, how hard would it be to wait for the V-12 to finally get released? Anyway, let us know what you think about the new DB11 Volante in the comments section below.

  • Leave it
    • Expensive
    • Exterior fit and finish could be better around back
    • Stiff competition

References

Aston Martin DB11


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Read our full review on the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 S.

Rendering


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Spy Shots

May 16, 2017

We last saw the Aston Martin DB11 Volante testing back in April of 2017, and just a month later, the brand’s newest droptop was caught stretching its wheels again. This time around, however, it has shed all of those fake panels that were riveted to the sides and rear, finally showing off the car’s true design. Of course, the lower portion of the side profile that we couldn’t see will be identical to that of the coupe, as will the rear haunches and rear fascia. The big difference between this model and the coupe happens above the beltline. Aston Martin was able to throw the droptop into place without altering the appearance below the beltline, but with that in mind, the rear deck is now much longer, and the canvass roof doesn’t have nearly as long of a slope to it. The rear quarter glass mimics the shape of that on the coupe but is undoubtedly smaller. Chrome trim from the beltline wraps around the canvas top and traverses along the edge rear deck. Unfortunately, the convertible won’t look quite as sporty as the coupe with the top up, nor will it be as aerodynamic, but that’s a small price to pay for unlimited headroom, right?

April 5, 2017 – Aston Martin DB11 Volante caught testing at Nurbrugring

December 14, 2016 – First testing session

Prototype Vs. Rendering

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Looking at the prototype (left,) it’s clear that our rendering (right) is spot on below the waistline up front. Moving to the rear, however, we can’t make out anything about the decklid or rear quarters thanks to some cheap sheet metal. There are a few things to mention. First, we thought the storage door for the convertible top would feature two elevated pods that sit just over the headrests. This prototype doesn’t show anything like that, however. It looks more like a decklid similar to the coupe will be used but will open to the rear to allow stowage of the top. Without those pods in the rear and no dedicated door for the top, the rear decklid will likely be near identical on the outside but will be altered below the skin. As such, cargo room will be dramatically cut in half, but the important part is that the Volante will look a lot like the coupe in the rear, despite being a convertible.

Update History

Updated 04/05/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Aston Martin DB11 Volante lapping around the famous Nurburgring track.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Volante Comes with V8 Engine, Gorgeous Looks

The drop-top version of the drop-dead gorgeous DB11 goes official, introducing the charms of alfresco motoring to the super GT’s magnificent blend of sensuality and performance. The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante gets a new V8 engine instead of the big V12. But this engine is perfect for the roadster. 

The new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine develops 510 horsepower in the Aston Martin DB11 Volante, as it does in the AMG GT S from which it is borrowed. That is plenty good enough for an open-top gran tourer because this is not a car build for race track or a fast trek through twisty b-roads. This car is built for cruising, and a smooth and sweet-sounding V8 like this unit is just perfect. You can still enjoy bouts of spirited driving though, as DB11 Volante comes with three driving modes. They alter the feel of driving by changing the settings of 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering and limited-slip differential.

The convertible roof on the Aston Martin DB11 Volante is an all-new 8-layer affair which promises perfect performance in terms of sound proofing.  takes just 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close and can be operated remotely from the key, or on the move at speeds of up to 31mph with a 31mph headwind. The roof can be ordered in bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver. DB11 Volante will go on sale in spring of 2018, priced from £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in USA.










Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the DB11 Volante: “For many of our customers, indeed many generations of Aston Martin customer, the Volante has always offered something very special: a unique combination of elegant style, innate sporting ability and sensory engagement that lifts it above other open-top cars. The new DB11 Volante captures those qualities perfectly and promises the kind of pleasure and enjoyment that can only come from driving an open-top Aston Martin”.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin’s Going All-In On The Development Of Its Ferrari 488 Competitor

If the development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie wasn’t proof enough that Aston Martin wants to be a player in the performance car industry, maybe this little news surrounding its plans for a super sports car to compete against the Ferrari 488 will do the trick. For those who are unaware, Aston Martin is building a supercar in the vein of the 488 and the Lamborghini Huracan and, from what Aston Martin’s CEO told Autoblog, it plans to make a statement with the car and put the establishment on notice.

This early on, it looks like Aston Martin has already recognized one of the most important aspects of the car’s development: having the right people in charge of it. That much was made clear by Palmer when he said that they’ve brought in “three of Ferrari’s key guys” to take the helm in the development of the planned supercar. Of the three, two have already been mentioned, including Max Szwaj, former head of innovation and body structures at Ferrari and Maserati and Joerg Ross, former head of advanced engines at Ferrari and Maserati. Szwaj has since been named vice president and chief technical officer of Aston Martin while Ross is now the chief engineer of powertrain at the company. A third hire has already been finalized but his identity has yet to be revealed. It’s no accident that all three individuals all come from the same place, which also happens to build one of the cars – the 488 GTB – that Aston Martin is targeting. That’s as good a sign as any that the British automaker is really pulling out all the stops to give the segment a real jolt.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Gaydon isn’t messing around anymore


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Aston Martin is serious about its mid-engine sports car, ladies and gentlemen. It’s one thing to develop a car of this status using your own experience and expertise, but it’s another thing to understand that the product could be better if you looked outside of your own walls for help. That’s what Aston Martin recognized early on that moved it to actively hire key people away from Ferrari to work on a car that will rival arguably one of the most well-rounded Ferrari sports cars in modern history. That tells you that the British automaker is serious about its plans. It’s also a clear warning shot to companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren. Aston Martin is coming. And it’s coming prepared and ready to take the fight to the best in the business.

The other key thing that Andy Palmer noted about the mid-engine sports car is that its development is progressing to the point that there are actually eight quarter-scale models of potential designs for the sports car. Palmer even admitted that there’s one design, in particular, that he’s leaning towards. That particular scaled design, he adds, has already been sent to a studio in Milton Keynes, where it’s presumably going to undergo advanced development.

Even with all these things coming to light, actual details about the sports car are still being kept under wraps, so it’s still unclear as to what we’re dealing with here. I don’t want to get swept up in the hype, but if everything that Palmer says comes to fruition, it would be difficult not at least get curious about what Aston Martin plans to do with this model. Remember, this mid-engined sports car is an all-new model for Aston – much like the DBX SUV. Anything is possible as far as I’m concerned.

References

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Ferrari 488 GTB


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB.


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Read more Aston Martin news.

PostHeaderIcon Afzal Kahn’s Ultimate Car Is The DB9 Vengeance: Video

What did you want to be when you were a kid? If you were like Afzal Kahn, you wanted to go about creating something beautiful, sitting in your folks’ car and just imagining what was possible on four wheels. Kahn pursued that dream by studying architecture, but soon realized he felt unfulfilled designing buildings. From there, he pivoted to cars, turning his “boy racer” hobby into a career by creating custom body pieces and wheels. Still, it wasn’t enough. He wanted to create something more in-depth, and set about designing an entirely new body for one of his all-time favorites – the Aston Martin DB9. “What would this car look like if it evolved? And what would it look like if I designed it?” With that, the Vengeance was born.

Responsible for putting together this six-minute profile are our friends over at /DRIVE, who do a fantastic job conveying Kahn’s passion for design.
Using a DB9 chassis for the bones, Kahn tuned and tweaked his ultimate car constantly, finally settling on the look we see today after years of refinement. The video is replete with lovely shots of the car, all set to a dramatic soundtrack in the background, plus a nice bit of the powerplant’s V-12 wail to boot. “I wanted to create something a bit more beastly looking,” Kahn says. What do you think? Does the Vengeance up the Aston’s appeal even further?

References

Aston Martin DB9


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Read our full review on the Aston Martin DB9.


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Read our full review on the Aston Martin DB9 Vengeance.

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1951 Chevrolet Other Pickups Deluxe 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup truck, Patina Deluxe Cab Original Survivor
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE GRAND SPORT 2LT RED LEATHER NAV 1K #101720 Texas Direct Auto
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