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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.


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.


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.


Aston Martin’s 2014 Vanquish Volante is rendered for the first time

A few weeks back we presented images of the all new Aston Martin Vanquish which has been slated to replace the current DBS as the brands top grand touring car. While the Vanquish coupe isn’t due to arrive until next year, it remains a safe bet Aston’s engineers are busy working on several variants of this 565-bhp super coupe. One of these will definitely be the Vanquish Volante, a convertible version that shares the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine and 6-speed Touchtronic II paddle-shift gearbox with its hardtop sibling.

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante – Hitting the Streets

Road and Track magazine has commissioned there top graphics artist to chop the rood off of the 2013 Vanquish hard top to create a virtual markup of what the Volante version should look like once all of the camouflage has been peeled off. Longer headlights, a carbon-fiber front splitter, larger front air intakes, and more sculpted sides all add up to a leaner overall look, despite the fact that the Vanquish is wider, longer and taller than its predecessor.

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante – Side Profile

It’s not a stretch of our imagination to assume that the Carbon ceramic brakes and a three-mode stability control system should migrate from the Vanquish to its mechanical twin, the Volante. We are also hopeful that the drop top version will also receive Aston Martin’s first ever launch control system that was developed specific for the Vanquish.

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante – Rear 3/4 View

The engine is also familiar: an all-alloy, 48-valve, 6.0-liter, V12 which first saw service in the DB7 Vantage back in 2000. In this new application, this motor produces 565 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. This gearbox is called Touchtronic 2 and is the same unit used in the Aston Martin DB9, Virage and Rapide models. In the new Vanquish, a limited slip differential is offered as standard, which will help transfer power to the road more effectively.

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante – Front 3/4 View

Hook it up properly, and Aston Martin reckons the Vanquish (Both hard or no top) will cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.1 seconds, and keep accelerating on to a top speed of 295 km/h. While nowhere near other production sports cars in its price range, these figures are still very respectable. Sales of the Vanquish are expected to begin this Fall which could open the door up for a 2013 Spring/Summer release date for the Vanquish Volante.


The Vanquish name lives on – see it completely undisguised

All rumors of the DBS nameplate disappearing as Aston Martin’s top level GT car seem to be true as we now have video evidence of a new Top spec Aston driving around with the name Vanquish on the trunk lid. As you can see for yourself, the next or rather the redesigned DBS, will bring back to life the Vanquish moniker, which was last used on the DBS’ V12-powered predecessor, built from 2001 to 2007.

We can see some similar body lines to the brands hyper car the One-77, which is a very good thing as we are huge fans of that car. For those of you not familiar with the Aston Martin lineup the Vanquish will use a slightly tweaked version of the of the current 6.0-liter V12 engine used by the DBS, which is expected to be tweaked to produce about 550-horses.