The new Aston Martin Vantage has arrived sportier than ever, thanks to a German heart and 007 James Bond-inspired styling.
Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the latest Vantage draws heavily from the DB10 featured in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre, with notable design highlights including a lower front fascia adorned with a wider grille and swept-back headlights.
It has more of a boy racer look than classy and even timeless designs that Aston Martin is known for, and this probably won’t sit well with many enthusiasts. What do you think?
The new Vantage is built on an evolution of the Aston Martin DB11‘s bonded aluminum structure and gets its power from a 4.0-liter V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG, tuned to generate 503 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 505 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm.
A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission channels all that power to the rear wheels, allowing the car to sprint from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 195 mph (314 km/h).
The Vantage’s German engine and German transmission are complimented by quick, precise steering, providing German precision on twisty roads. In other words, what you’re getting is more sports car and less grand tourer. Even so, Aston Martin promises that it’s a better everyday vehicle than the previous Vantage
Prices for the new, 2019 Aston Martin Vantage start at $149,995 in the United States and deliveries begin in the second quarter of 2018. V12-powered and roadster versions of the British sports car will be introduced later on.
Aston Martin DBX Super SUV Has Aston’s Most Powerful V8
The Lamborghini Urus might have something to worry about.
When the the arrives in 2020, it will have the brand’s most powerful V8 engine.
The Aston Martin DBX is powered by a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 that generates 542 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful V8 in the Aston Martin’s lineup. A V12 version has been rumored but unconfirmed.
Not only does the British automaker promise big power, but it also says the DBX performs just as well as its sports cars. It is capable of cornering speeds on par with the Vantage and can achieve superior braking figures than the DBS Superleggera.
This DBX has also achieved sub 8-minute Nordschleife lap times.
“We have concentrated our work to ensure that the calibration and tune of this 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers both the everyday usability and refinement expected by SUV owners,” Matt Becker, Aston Martin’s Chief Engineer, stated. “However, we have also focused heavily on matching that with the engaging driving dynamics that are commanded by our brand and inherent in every Aston Martin and early indications of the car’s overall performance have been incredibly promising.”
By the sound of things, the Aston Martin DBX will be a super SUV the likes of the Lamborghini Urus. Color me excited.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Pays Tribute To 6th James Bond Movie
The gorgeous car celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sixth James Bond film.
Aston Martin has revealed yet another special edition model that celebrates Britian’s most famous secret agent, the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera.
Developed to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the sixth James Bond film (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) and inspired by the 1969 Aston Martin DBS driven by James Bond himself, the special DBS Superleggera is finished in olive green to match the original car and features a bespoke metal grille with horizontal vanes, carbon fiber trim, unique badging and diamond-turned forged wheels.
Inside, the seats are wrapped in black leather with grey blend Alcantra, while red accents are a clear nod to the red trimmed glovebox in the classic DBS.
Buyers also have the option of adding a black, bespoke-designed drinks case that fits perfectly in the trunk. The case has a red felt lining, with space for two bottles of champagne and four champagne flutes.
There are no performance upgrades, meaning power comes for the new DBS Superleggera’s 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12, which produces 715-hp and allows the sports car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds.
“This new DBS Superleggera will be an extremely distinguished ‘brute in a suit’, designed to capture the essence of the iconic DBS from the 1969 film but with a 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12, 715bhp engine!” says Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Andy Palmer.
Only 50 examples of the Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superlegger will be manufactured, each priced at £300,007 (~$380,478 USD).
Here’s The First Look At Aston Martin’s DBX SUV
The first-ever utility vehicle from the British automaker finally shows itself.
Aston Martin has release images of its DBX SUV undergoing some serious testing in Wales.
The prototype is fully camouflaged, but we still get a good idea of what to expect.
For starters, it has evolved quite bit from the DBX concept car that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, looking more like a traditional SUV-crossover than the low-slung, two-door concept, albeit with a pronouncly sloping roof line to make it appear sportier.
The front end falls in line with Aston Martin’s current design language, featuring a low-positioned wide grille that’s flanked by thin headlights, while the rear appears to have a set of stacked round lights.
Do you like the generation direction of the DBX SUV’s overall design?
Power could very well come from a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 engine borrowed from Mercedes-AMG, sent to the ground via a permanent all-wheel drive system.
Aston says the model will be a true SUV, meaning it should be able to off-road and tow.
“DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge,” Matt Becker, Aston’s chief engineer, affirmed in a company statement.
The production Aston Martin DBX SUV won’t be unveiled until late 2019. It will be built at Aston Martin’s new plant in St. Athan, Wales, alongside a range of new Lagonda vehicles.