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A rare Aston Martin DB5 owned by a prince can be yours for $1 million

Fancy owning a vintage grand tourer that has been owned by a royalty? Well, here's your chance. A rare 1964 Aston Martin DB5 previously owned by Persian Prince Sadrudding Aga Kahn is up for grabs.

Classic car collectors are sure to salivate upon hearing news of this legendary car being offered to the public. Now you may want to ask just how desirable this Aston Martin model is. Anyone would be familiar with this model as having been featured in the James Bond movies, particularly its on-screen debut in Goldfinger. It was released to the British market on February 7, 1964 and has graced the roads of Northumberland for the first 22 years of its existence. Now housed at Hexagon Classics in North London, this particular DB5 model is painted in the unusual Goodwood Green.

The original owner was Mr D Levey of Levey's Wallpaper Stories in 1964, afterwards Prince Aga Kahn purchased this retro car for personal use in Switzerland after having it fully restored. He decided to keep it until February 1998 when he convinced another Geneva resident to purchase it. The resident kept it for 16 years until Hexagon Classics acquired it for an undisclosed amount in the year 2015.

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Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows pays homage to British Royal Airforce

Aston Martin could make a good aircraft designer if not for the dedication it has for building its automobiles. Their aviation-themed cars are quite remarkable – stunning limited editions with a characteristic that adds to its exotic appeal. The Vantage S Blades Edition, sporting a livery design inspired by the tri-colored planes of The Blades aerobatic team, and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 edition, with its Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane-inspired design, have proven that cars can be “fly”.

This time, Aston Martin is adding yet another limited-edition aviation-themed car in its artillery – the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows. This Vanquish S based coupe is named after the Red Arrows, the British Royal Airforce’s own aerobatic unit, and is definitely a sight to behold.

The Vanquish S Red Arrows is dressed in “Eclat Red”, taking inspiration from the Hawk trainer aircraft used by the said aerobatic unit. A contrast to its predominantly red body is its exposed carbon fiber roof that features a “charge” detail similar to that of the fast jet’s canopy design. Limited to only 10 units, each of the Vanquish S Red Arrows is also bestowed with a unique Union Jack enamel wing badge to further emphasize its exclusivity.

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Spokesman says talks of Aston Martin DB11 V8 debuting in Shanghai are incorrect

There have been talks that a V8-powered DB11 will be debuting in the upcoming 2017 Shanghai Auto Show in mid-April, but sorry to burst your bubble, Aston Martin diehards. An Aston Martin spokesman has shut down and is claiming that indeed no V8 DB11 will debut in Shanghai.

The future success of the British Automaker powerhouse depends on the performance in sales of the DB11 as the company is aiming to modernize its releases. Aston Martin DB11 has debuted in Geneva last year and is already in the production line, and will be made available with the brand's V12 engine.

In a previous report, it was announced that the British powerhouse will only release a V12 powered sports car in the coming Shanghai auto show in the middle of April. However, there will be no V8 variant that will accompany the V12 in the said show. No reasons were released on why this will not happen. It was rumoured that the DB11 will arrive in the shores of Shanghai powered by Mercedes AMG-sourced 4.0 liter 8 cylinder bi-turbo motor intended to provide more than 530 hp (39 kW) of pure awesomeness. This will be considered as a British variant of the Mercedes AMG GT S, which also uses the identical engine.

Read the entire article Spokesman says talks of Aston Martin DB11 V8 debuting in Shanghai are incorrect

5 Aston Martin Vulcans are on their way to the track

Aston Martin first introduced this in the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and after a long wait, the track-only Vulcan is finally on its way. To be specific, there are actually five of them. The company released images of the hypercar covered up as they prepared for their journey, though they did not mention where these cars will be delivered.

These five cars are worth $11.5 million as each of them has a price tag of $2.5 million. The 800 horsepower (569 kilowatt) vehicle is equipped with a 7.0 liter V12 under its hood. That means that these five cars add up to a total 4,000 horsepower (2,982 kW).

The whole exterior of the car is built with carbon fiber. The Vulcan comes with a full carbon fiber chassis, a super lightweight but at the same time rigid structure that provides a strong foundation for the vehicle. The exhaust system is also made of almost weightless materials such as Inconel and Titanium. The Torque Tube stays the same as all Aston Martins but this time is made with Magnesium so it cuts 30% of the weight. Moreover, the front and side screens are 250 times stronger than glass and is shatter resistant, being made from hard-coated Polycarbonate, which also has anti-UV coating.

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In 2015, Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering collaborated to come up with their brainchild, the RapidE Concept. A few months later, higher ups at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LeEco to lead the way in producing the sedan's electric version that will hopefully be made available to the public in 2018.

Recently, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to the public that by 2018 the gas powered Rapide will be getting the axe, and instead, an electric version RapidE concept will take its place. Since its debut, the dashing sedan has only been made available with a V-12 engine but starting in the year 2018, it will be exclusively offered with an all-electric variant.

Even though the specific details of car's technical specs are still not in the open, the new four door all-electric Aston Martin sedan will have an increase of power - from 552 horsepower produced by the 6.0-liter gasoline engine to a whopping 800 horsepower generated by the RapidE concept's electric engine. Also, take note that the outgoing gasoline-powered sedan is capable of producing 465 lb.-ft. (630 Nm) of torque, which means that with the power that the new electric version is expected to produce, its torque may be of the same magnitude. Moreover, the RapidE concept is competent enough to reach a range of almost 200 miles (320 kilometers) with enough battery on tap. The said electric sedan will not be put on sale with the Rapide S as the electric variant will replace it altogether.

Read the entire article Aston Martin Rapide will be going green, to replace V12 engine with electric variant

Just like the previous years, the Geneva Motor Show has been a host to various concept debuts. This year is not an exception. Joining the lineup is Aston Martin debuting its new AMR sub-brand, and along with it are two of its fiercest concepts – the Vantage AMR Pro and Rapide AMR. Before its big reveal, quite a handful of details on the AMR have been gathered first-hand from Aston’s Gaydon, UK headquarters.

Aston Martin Chief Designer Miles Nurnberger describes the AMR as a philosophy of the British automaker’s “way of racing”. Aston Martin Racing is focused on the automaker’s constant search for (racing) success while Aston Martin focuses on the aesthetics of its sports and supercars. AMR functions in a way that it combines these missions in order to produce “more extreme versions of Aston Martin’s core lineup.”

This constant race for supremacy goes back to the One-77, a perfect example of the collaboration between aesthetics and performance, featuring carbon fiber and saddle leather, an unusual mix of materials. It is a collision of different forces, but in a luxurious way. This idea has been further used on the CC100, GT8, GT12 and Vulcan, according to Nurnberger.

Read the entire article Aston Martin AMR brings Vantage and Rapide concepts to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

When Aston Martin first gave the world a glimpse of the Vulcan, everyone felt shock and awe. This happened considering that this track-only model was equipped with the V12 engine that could offer 820 hp (611 kW).

Well, be prepared for another surprise as the brand’s talented team of engineers appears to be at it again with a new V12 hypercar that is also street-legal. Hidden under the codename AM-RB 001, Aston Martin revealed that it will be called the Valkyrie, the name given to the female warriors of Norse lore.

Making this hypercar even more impressive is that while it is slated to become what may be the fastest production car there is, it is the result of a collaboration of a number of big names in the industry. In the lead, we recognize Red Bull Advanced Technologies and the Chief Technical Officer of the Red Bull Racing F1 Adrian Newey. Meanwhile, the naturally-aspirated customized 6.5-liter V12 engine was worked on by Cosworth together with Rimac, who will be responsible for the hybrid configuration. Rimac is well-known to many as the one who created the electric Concept One hypercar.

Read the entire article Big names in auto industry came together to build Aston Martin Valkyrie

People were so amazed by the new Aston Martin Valkyrie – used to be known by codename AM-RB 001 – at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that not all of them were able to fully appreciate one of the carmaker’s other displays at the international event. But we do! We are talking about the bespoke edition of Aston Martin DB11, as customized and tailor-made by the carmaker’s bespoke service.

We are referring to the new DB11 Q by Aston Martin, an exclusive version of the Aston Martin DB11 that is part of the “‘Q by Aston Martin -- Collection” being displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The new DB11 Q by Aston Martin is aimed at highlighting the range as well as the breadth of the new Q by Aston Martin – Collection.

Wrapped in exclusive Zaffre Blue paint exterior finish, the DB11 Q by Aston Martin features the usual elements of a typical DB11, but with some additions and modifications. This color is also found on the door panels and wheels as well as on the seats, interior knobs and switches. Zaffre Blue is complemented by gloss, satin twill and forged carbon fiber details. These details include the new front splitter, bonnet strakes, rear diffuser side strakes, side sills and door mirrors. The DB11 Q by Aston Martin also features wheel centers and engine cover in carbon fiber.

Read the entire article 2017 Geneva Motor Show: DB11 Q by Aston Martin shows extent of its bespoke service

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show (or the Geneva International Motor Show) is definitely one of the most awaited major automotive shows in the planet.

It has been showcasing the best and the newest that the auto industry could offer –concept cars, production vehicles, tuned units, auto accessories and parts as well as services – since 1905.

Now, in its 87th edition, the 2017 Geneva Motor Show was already guaranteed to be a definite success when it formally opened its doors to the public on March 9, 2017.

Read the entire article Top 5 Most-liked Vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The AM-RB 001 hypercar – a joint project of Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies – has been talked about much in the automotive world since it was officially announced in the middle of 2016. But as announced, AM-RB 001 is just a codename of the new hypercar. The true and actual name of the AM-RB 001 had remained a mystery up until recently, when the partners announced that they have baptized the hypercar as the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

This continues the lineage of Aston Martin’s V cars, starting from the Vantage in 1951. Monikers starting with the letter V are usually reserved for highly desirable cars whose engineering and performance capacities have been taken to the ultimate levels.

There was the Vantage, the Virage, the Vanquish and the Vulcan. Now, the new Aston Martin Valkyrie is continuing this naming tradition, as derived from ancient Norse mythology.

Read the entire article AM-RB 001 hypercar gets officially named as Aston Martin Valkyrie

It seems that AM-RB 001 hypercar is not the only vehicle project that Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing has gone into. This time, don’t expect something as outlandish as the AM-RB 001 hypercar, but of course, the new project should still leave us mesmerized.

In order to celebrate the so-called “Innovation Partnership” between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, the two companies are creating special versions of the V8 Vantage S and the V12 Vantage S. These special versions – called the V8 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Edition and the V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Edition – are all filled with Formula One flavors as per Red Bull Racing manners.

Taking charge of transforming the V8 and V12 Vantage S into Red Bull Racing Editions is the carmaker’s in-house personalization service -- Q by Aston Martin. Aston Martin’s bespoke division took inspiration from the unique livery of the Red Bull Racing team to create Vantage S special versions that would greatly appeal to “the most devoted Formula 1 enthusiast.”

Read the entire article New Aston Martin V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions are F1-inspired

Aston Martin and Red Bull’s AM-RB 001 hypercar project is moving along quickly. This time, the project partners have already commissioned a number of technical partners that would help in the development and creation of a new mobile unit that is bound to challenge the current hypercar Trinity.

Nearly a year since Aston Martin, Red Bull and AF Racing announced the project, the partners had the chance to shop for more key technical members that could provide the expertise to achieve utmost success. According to Aston Martin and Red Bull, these key technical partners – Cosworth, Ricardo, Rimac, Multimatic, Alcon, Surface Transforms, Bosch and Wipac – were chosen because of their unrivalled expertise as well as their willingness to further push performance boundaries. These companies will work alongside Adrian Newey and David King, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and Aston Martin’s VP and Chief Special Operations Officer, respectively.

Overseeing the engine for the new AM-RB 001 is renowned engine-maker Cosworth. Cosworth is an engineering company that specializes in building high-performance engines used in high-speed races. In fact, Cosworth boasts of 176 wins as the engine supplier in Formula One, just behind Ferrari. Cosworth will be in charge of designing and building a high-revving 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine for the AM-RB 001.

Read the entire article Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar will use a Cosworth 6.5-liter V12 engine

The European Union is dead serious about having auto companies operating in its jurisdiction comply with its carbon dioxide emission goals. In fact, two carmakers in the persona of Ferrari SpA and Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., will be penalized monetarily after falling short of the specific emission target set by the European Economic Area (EEA).

Aston Martin and Ferrari were given specific emission targets of 310 grams and 295 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, respectively for 2015. However, these carmakers failed to achieve such targets, exceeding them instead of going below. For 2015, the average carbon dioxide emission for Aston Martin is 312.204 g/km, and for Ferrari is 299.448 g/km. Because of this failure, the two carmakers will be made to pay fines, calculated according to a formula that accounts for excess emissions and the number of registered cars. Using such a formula, Aston Martin and Ferrari will have to pay €36,370 ($37,928) and €410,760 ($428,383), respectively.

In 2009, the European Parliament and the Council adopted regulations to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the land transportation sector. The regulation sets the average CO2 specific emissions at 130 g/km by 2015 for new passenger cars, with an ultimate target of 95 g/km by 2021. According to the EEA Report number 27/2016, majority of carmakers were able to meet their CO2 specific emission targets in 2015. It noted that while some carmakers would have exceeded the target of 130 g/km, they were deemed as compliant because they are part of pools or because of derogations.

Read the entire article EU to fine Ferrari and Aston Martin for failing to meet carbon dioxide emission targets in 2015

Soon, Aston Martin will be mesmerizing us with the follow-up to its Vulcan track-focused supercar – the AM-RB 001, a hypercar jointly developed by the British carmaker and Red Bull. The Vulcan and the AM-RB 001 are a duo of super performance cars from Aston Martin that impresses as a splendid work of art and a product of advanced engineering.

However, there is an automotive designer from Lyon, France who thinks that a third super performance car should be added to the duo – making up a new holy trinity for McLaren. This designer – named Adrien Fuinel – has created a visual rendition of the new (but not official) supercar from Aston Martin, the Aston Martin RR supercar concept. This rendition was then uploaded into his account at Behance, a Web site that allows for showcasing and discovering creative works.

At first look, you wouldn’t believe that the RR supercar concept is an Aston Martin. Well, that could be because -- aside from the front end and a ground clearance derived from the Vulcan and a few styling cues -- the curves and the body work of the RR supercar concept are not typical of an Aston Martin. But since this is a concept, maybe we can forgive Fuinel for that.

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The Aston Martin Vanquish hasn’t changed much since it was unveiled in 2012. Until today, its elegant and athletic design continues to be a stunning head-turner. In fact, if you are new to the Aston Martin brand, you wouldn’t think that this form is nearly five years old. A year later in 2013, Aston Martin revealed the Volante or the convertible version of the Aston Martin Vanquish.

Now, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is receiving an “S” designation, which means that the latest model – the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante – will be much superior in terms of performance, thanks to a number of improvements made.

As it is, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is already a powerful being. Its core is an all alloy quad overhead cam 48-valve 6.0-liter V12 front mid-mounted engine that sends 424 kW (568 bhp or 576 PS) of max output at 6,650 rpm and 630 Nm (465 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available at 5,500 rpm. With this power level, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and from nil to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds. Top speed of the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is set at 197 mph (317 km/h).

Read the entire article Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante is a performance convertible with 603 PS of output

Many have raised their eyebrows when Aston Martin filed a trademark for what is supposed to be a new logo for their merchandise. Others were quick to judge that the new logo would replace the iconic winged symbol on Aston Martin vehicles. So what’s the big deal?

Filed last July, the new trademark is to be used for the brand’s other merchandise which includes Aston Martin’s advertising and furniture division. But only last week, the company had once again filed another trademark for the same logo and did it under several categories. The logo was registered for automobile chassis, design of land vehicles, mobile phones, clothing and leather.

All these years, Aston Martin’s wing logo has always been synonymous to their brand image. It would be difficult to understand in case the British auto maker would change it into something else. To some folks though, the new badge already looks familiar because it does look like the brand’s first logo from the 1920s.

Read the entire article The mystery behind Aston Martin’s new logo design

Even when Aston Martin has been mum about the upcoming AM-RB 001 hypercar, Marek Reichman at least has something new to say. In a recent interview with Australia’s Motoring, the chief designer talked about the AM-RB 001’s 250mph top speed as well as its impressive 4.5 cornering G-force.

Aston Martin’s RB-001, according to Reichman, will have the 1,000hp naturally aspirated V12 with up to 6.0-7.0-litre engine displacement. More so, it will come with Xtrac’s single clutch sequential gearbox.

If you can recall, it was earlier reported that the engine was estimated to deliver up to 11,000 rpm. But according to the latest word from the man himself, the hypercar can only rev up to 9,500 rpm. Not bad. Since it’s a totally new engine, at least we’ll be expecting it would be made mostly of aluminium with maybe some parts in carbon fibre.

Read the entire article Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar will offer a 250 mph top speed

The arrival of limited edition cars is always something to look out for. However, the launch of limited edition super cars is even more exciting. In fact, from the time they are released, they become instant superstars.

Also, these limited edition super cars become instant classics, immediately creating a premium once they are received by their owners. Since they produced in limited numbers, it is usually hard to get a new super car. If one is not lucky enough to buy a new limited edition super car, he or she may have to get them for the used car market.

Here are five limited edition super cars – announced or released this 2016 – that immediately gained classic status and are already fetching a high premium over their original prices.

Read the entire article Top 5 limited edition supercars of 2016

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing teamed up for the first time in creating what looks like one of the most ferocious beasts in history. The British car manufacturer has evolved into something really big this time as we can see in the upcoming AM-RB 001.

The recent information we got is from the Wall Street Journal’s interview with Adrian Newey, which reveals some of the juiciest details of the Aston Martin Redbull Hypercar. The efficiently designed AM-RB-001 is packed with highly advanced active suspension system and can take off in under ten seconds while reaching a top speed of 200 miles per hour. Thanks to its 1,000 horsepower V12 engine.

The chief technical officer remarked about the AM-RB 001’s active suspension, saying that it gives the vehicle the ability to adjust to the track with its lower and stiffer suspension setup. The highly advanced suspension can actually self-adjust to the ground since it implements a slightly softer suspension when on the road. Wow. That’s insanely genius.

Read the entire article 2018 Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001 specs are absolutely insane

Earlier this year, Aston Martin wowed the world with a stunning concept car – the Vanquish Zagato. The concept made its first appearance in May during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. It is another one of Aston Martin’s collaboration projects with Zagato that is seen to be at par with the beauty that was the 1960 DB4 GT. It is distinctly Zagato but it comes with certain flourishes that make it even more remarkable.

The Vanquish Zagato comes with a trademark double-bubble roof and a very imposing front grille that adds to its unique Zagato styling. It also comes with quad exhausts that help us hear the roar of its 5.9-liter V12 engine better. The Vanquish Zagato can make up to 600 horsepower, making it 27 horsepower more awesome than the regular Vanquish. To make the car even more special, it comes with supportive leather seats embellished with a unique “Z” quilting pattern.

Not long after the British luxury car manufacturer introduced the hardtop Vanquish Zagato, the automaker has once again made an appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with another showstopper. Aston Martin once again wowed the crowd with an even more stunning masterpiece, the Vanquish Zagato Volante – a convertible version of the hardtop Vanquish Zagato.

Read the entire article Aston Martin launches stunning Vanquish Zagato Volante at Pebble Beach
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