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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish loses its lid!

Aston Martin has lifted the veil off of the 2014 Vanquish Volante convertible.  Based on the range-topping Vanquish coupe, the V12-powered Volante represents several milestones for the hundred-year old British firm. None of the Vanquish coupe’s sexiness is lost in the transformation to drop-top Volante. Even the soft-top complements the body lines. That top is made from a lightweight triple-layer fabric and can be raised or lowered in 14 seconds and at speeds up to 30 mph.

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante - Front 3/4

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante – Front 3/4

Like its coupe sibling, the Vanquish Volante wears carbon composite body panels wrapped around a bonded aluminum structure. Underhood, there are no surprises: you’ll find the same 6.0-liter, 565-hp, 457 lb-ft V12 that so ably powers the coupe. Aston’s 6-speed Touchtronic II paddle-shift transmission is also carried over, along with the hardtop’s six-piston Brembo carbon ceramic setup in front, with four-piston carbon ceramic stoppers in the rear.

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante - Rear 3/4

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante – Rear 3/4

Retaining the coupe’s 2+2 layout, the Volante’s interior is built with premium materials such as Luxmil leather, satin chrome and Alcantara.  The cockpit boasts a new, user-friendly center console that is inspired by the exclusive One-77 supercar.  The console is home to the infotainment system, the engine start button, the gear selection buttons and the climate control knobs.

In keeping with the Vanquish Volante’s range-topper status, it gets a range-topping price of $297,995. That’s a $16,000 premium over the Vanquish coupe, nearly $100,000 more than the four-door Rapide S, and a not-insignificant $150,000 more than the 2013 V8 Vantage roadster.


2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is Unveiled

We are happy to introduce the wildest Aston Martin Vantage yet. In fact, One-77 hypercar aside, this new V12 Vantage S is the fastest road going Aston yet released, with a 205mph top speed nudging it 3mph beyond the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo.

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - Front 3/4

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – Front 3/4

The heart of the matter is the new AM28 engine, a more evolved species of the 6.0-liter V12 that incorporates features like CNC-machined combustion chambers and hollow camshafts. Power output is 565 horsepower, a healthy 50-horse bump over the outgoing coupe, and 475 pound-feet of torque, a boost of 37 lb-ft. Acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour is expected to come before the four-second mark which is down from 4.2 seconds.

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - Rear 3/4

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – Rear 3/4

While we mourn the loss of yet another row-your-own option in a supercar, the new paddle-shifted gearbox offers two distinct advantages over the obsolete six-speed. First being top speed and second would be the weight savings of over 55 pounds. The transmission is a seven-speed automated manual transmission that has been harvested from the V8 Vantage S (it’s also the ‘box from Aston Martin’s FIA GT race cars), it gains a gear over the six-speed in the V12 Vantage yet is still lighter.

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - Side Profile

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – Side Profile

The biggest visual change is the car’s grille, which adopts the wide-open look previewed on the wicked CC100 Speedster Concept. It also gets a black painted roof and rear trim panel, new wheels, suspension and exhaust. The new sports exhaust is derived from the One-77, and boosts the already vocal Vantage’s soundtrack and there’s a quicker steering rack. The Vantage also gets its first adaptive damping system, with Normal, Sport and Track modes altering the suspension as well as the amount of power steering assistance. A Sport button sharpens the throttle response, gearshift times and exhaust note.

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - Interior

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – Interior

Although Aston Martin hemmed and hawed before finally porting the previous V12 Vantage to North America, the 2015 V12 Vantage S will be offered in the U.S. from square one. Pricing is being estimated to be in the realm of $200,000, however it has not yet been finalized, but dealers are now taking orders, with deliveries beginning in early 2014.


Ferrari F12 vs Lamborghini Aventador vs Aston Martin Vanquish in the Italian Alps

I hope that your all having a good Good Friday and planing on getting together with friends or family. Since we are not in the office today and the are a little burned out on reporting about the new car releases at this years New York International Auto Show. Instead we though we would share our favourite non auto show video, which was created by the Evo Magazine team.

The premiss of the 12 minute short is to discover if the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta can match the GT credentials of the Aston Martin Vanquish and outperform the wild Lamborghini Aventador? Evo staff writer and now video presenter Henry Catchpole heads to the italian Alps to find out.

Happy Easter everyone and enjoy the below short film.


A world exclusive review of the Aston Martin One-77

I cannot tell you how badly I want to be able to drive one of these Aston Martin One-77’s as it truly is sex on wheels. One-77 is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin’s engineering excellence, representing the world’s most desirable automotive art form. The hugely potent 7.3-litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine and the low mass, high-rigidity properties of a carbon fiber chassis give a unique group of 77 owners around the world a driving experience of unrivaled intensity and excitement.

2010 Aston Martin One-77 - Front 3/4

2010 Aston Martin One-77 – Front 3/4

Harry Metcalfe of Evo magazine is one of the most respected automotive journalist in all of the world let alone Britain. In classic Harry fashion he manages to outline all of the high (of which there are many) and low (of which there are few) points of the car in a down to earth and concise manor. I love the car and the noise that its 7.3-liter V12 is capable of making. As always Harry does a master full job of filtering and delivering all of the cars quintessential aspects.

If you don’t have the 14 minutes to watch this film it really is your loose but if you’re interested in the Coles notes I have tabulated them below.

2010 Aston Martin One-77 - Rear 3/4

2010 Aston Martin One-77 – Rear 3/4

There are supercars and there are hyper cars and then there are cars like the Aston Martin One-77.  It lives in the ultra exclusive car club with the likes of the Lamborghini Reventon, Ferrari FXX and Pagani Zonda R.  If you were interested in purchasing one of the 77 cars that will be built by Aston Martin it will cost you a cool 1.8 million dollars.

This may seem to be a high price to pay for a car, however they each of the cars will be uniquely hand built and the value of the car should maintain its self as there are only going to be 77 of them ever produced?  So the real question is how much would you pay for a Picasso on wheels?

The One-77 carries a 7.3 liter V12 tightly based on the power plants used in the V12 Vanquish and newer V12 Vantage, but re-engineered completely for this application to produce more than 700 horsepower.  The car has the ability to run the 0-100 km/h speed trap in 3.5 seconds and will easily hit the 200mph mark in 7th-gear with plenty rpm left to take you well beyond that limit.


2014 Aston Martin Vanquish reveals itself in a new Video

The car hasn’t exactly been carefully cloaked, but this is the first time it can be seen, and more importantly heard by the general public in its intended environment. Aston fans and anyone who’s ever been passed by one know that if the brand does one thing well, it’s building engines that sound simply fantastic.

Official information on the car is still unavailable, but the most important piece – the exhaust note – is undeniably there. It will use the same 6.0-liter V12 engine as the old model, but massaged to make  565 hp, which is 45 more than the old model.

The video reveals the car’s interior with red leather and quilted stitching on the seatbacks. More importantly, you hear that the car is “cloaked in a suit of carbon.” Not only will the car be more powerful, but it will make a much more extensive use of carbon fiber than the old car did, meaning it will be significantly lighter than the old Vanquish model.


Aston Martin shows us how to create a Car Print Ad Campaign

Today we have a video that will make you think twice about car print adds and digital imagery.  In this video we see how a modern-day car add is meticulously staged and prepped and then shot.  Which is soon followed by some digital alterations in Photoshop to ensure that it presents the perception and persona that the manufactures and the marketing agency are looking to achieve.

There is truly nothing left to chance as every pixel of the print add is reviewed retouched and in most cases created from scratch out of the designers imagination.  It honestly has made me wonder why I’m trying to learn how to take better pictures with a DSLR camera when it looks like I would be just taking a course in Photoshop.  Check out the YouTube link below and let me know what you think in the comment section below.


2013 Aston Martin Vanquish Set For US Debut

Aston Martin is bringing its brand new Vanquish to the U.S., with the stunning supercar set to appear at a number of events surrounding the renowned Monterey automotive week in California, the highlight of which is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance taking place on August 19. First revealed in June, the car has already made a few showings in Europe but this will be the first time that it is appearing on U.S. soil.

In addition to these public events, Aston Martin will also play host to a number of guests at the automaker’s own private event dubbed the Aston Martin Estate. Here, guests will be able to meet Aston Martin’s design boss Marek Reichman and sample some of the automaker’s existing lineup.

The new Vanquish won’t be available for test drives until car goes on sale early next year. Aston Martin is already taking orders, however, and has confirmed a starting price of $279,995 including destination charges and the gas-guzzler tax.

Fortunately of all of us the British Magazine AutoCar got their hands on the new Vanquish and created a nice sneak peak test drive video. Make sure to check it out below it is well worth the view.

And as you scroll down even father (like you have to read this line of text) passed the test drive video you can see Highlights of an exclusive presentation event for the new Aston Martin Vanquish , hosted in Frankfurt’s iconic Klassikstadt.