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Aston Martin V12 Zagato Goes Into Limited Production

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

While there were some rumors that the Aston Martin V12 Zagato will go into limited production, there were no certainties. Now, we have official news from the British automaker that this exclusive car will be seen on the streets. Only 150 units will be made and all will have a whopping price tag of 330.000 pounds, without the local taxes.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The car is going to be assembled at AM’s headquarters located in Gaydon and the first cars will be delivered in the second part of next year. The British company is already taking orders so if you have the money, grab one while you still can as they’re selling it on a first come, first serve basis.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The design work for this very desirable car began last year and the initial engineering started in the first month of this year. A couple of months later, the supercar attended the Villa D’Este Concours and grabbed the award in the Concepts and Prototypes class. Just a week later, it managed to finish the very demanding Nurburgring 24 hour race.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The Aston Martin V12 Zagato has a bonded aluminum and carbon fiber chassis and features a massive V12 6.0-liter engine that generates 510 hp (517 PS / 380 kW) and has a peak torque of 420 lb.-ft (570 Nm).

Source: Aston Martin via WCF

Aston Martin Confirms 2-3 Lagonda Models

From a recent interview given to Car Magazine by Aston Martin’s CEO Ulrich Bez, we learn that the British automaker is working on “two or three” new Lagonda models: a sporty crossover, a high-end luxury sedan and an Allroad-type crossover.

He added that the Lagonda brand cannot survive “as a one-model brand” and for this reason they’ll launch several cars. The sporty crossover will ride on 21-inch wheels and will feature a low-riding chassis, while the Audi Allroad-type model will be aimed at the odd Range Rover customers. As far as the luxury sedan is concerned, it will combine the traditional luxury of the brand along with a sophisticated drivetrain and advanced packaging. We shouldn’t be surprised if the model will be powered by a hybrid powertrain coming from Mercedes-Benz.

Source: carmagazine.co.uk

Aston Martin Zagato Unleashed

Aston Martin Zagato

The British automaker Aston Martin along with the Italian design house Zagato have finally unveiled their V12 Zagato, based on the 12 Vantage. It was created in order to celebrate 50th years since the exquisite DB4GT Zagato. This 2-seat coupe benefits from a handcrafted aluminum body, a bespoke steel roll cage and a bonded aluminum structure. It also features a very nice double-bubble roof.

Aston Martin Zagato

To be honest, the back of the car doesn’t look so good, especially with those taillights that look just about the same as the ones on the Ferrari California. Other than that, it looks very beautiful, as it should if we take into consideration that the Vantage is one of the most beautiful cars ever made.

Aston Martin Zagato

Anyway, the car is powered by a massive V12 6.0-liter mid-front mounted engine that generates 510 hp (517 PS / 380 kW) and 420 lb.-ft (570 Nm) of torque. This power unit is mated to a 6-speed automated manual gearbox that was mounted in the rear, where it sends all of the power.

Aston Martin Zagato

The car will make its official debut tomorrow at the Villa D’Este Concous. On May 28th, it will participate in the 4-hour VLN race at the famous Nurburgring track. Next month it will make an appearance at the 24 hour Nurburgring endurance race.

Aston Martin Zagato

Source: Aston Martin via WCF

Aston Martin Opens First Dealership In India

To get as much piece of the action as possible, British car manufacturer Aston Martin has opened its first dealership in India, in the city of Mumbai. As most of you know, in India there is a significant increase in the demand of luxury cars. Last year, the car market posted sales of 1.87 million units, which is 25% more than in 2009. More important for Aston Martin, the luxury car segment went up by an impressive 70% in 2010.
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The Aston Martin Experience by Using iPhone App

High-tech and mobile applications are increasingly widely used in the automotive industry, but this is part of its development, we say. What’s surprisingly pleasing to see is that even the exclusive sports cars and with a rich heritage around the world are doing the same thing, trying to stay tuned with all the evolution from the industry.

One of those cases is the cool Aston Martin brand, which has always tried to combine the latest technology with graceful styling and acclaimed performance. This time, their up to date improvement is the Aston Martin App, a way of creating and remaining loyal to its ethos and driving experience.

In the city or at home, the app is ready to use. This is what it does:
- ignition – the Aston Martin App offers the possibility to start-up by using an exhaust note.
- accelerator – you can use the phone as an accelerator, which is kind of awesome. V8 & V12 Vantage, DB9, DBS, Rapide and even One-77 are the featured models from the app.
- top roads – if you want to find the best driving roads or some information about checkpoints to share experience, you just have to use the app.
- speedometer – the app gives you access to speedometer race upwards via GPS and hear the sound of the Aston Martin model chosen by you. The results are shown with a faithful reproduction of the Aston Martin in car dial , with speeds in mph and km/h. Actually, we are talking about a digital version of the car.
- the guide of a city – it features information about 40 of the world’s coolest cities and the full London, including restaurants, bars or hotels.
- telemetry – the Aston Martin App displays the G Force from the vehicle with a 0-60 timer and sharing functions.
- camera on board – due to the app, the iPhone can be used as an onboard camera too, augmenting an overlay of key driving data into the driver’s view.

If this sounded interesting to you, you can get the Aston Martin Explore App on the App Store.
So, what do you think: is this mobile app a “wow” in the automotive industry?

[Source: Aston Martin]

Aston Martin & Mercedes Team Up For Future Lagondas And Maybachs

Aston Martin Lagonda Concept

According to our colleges from caranddriver.com, Aston Martin’s CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez wants to resuscitate the Lagonda marquee by rolling out a Rolls Royce Ghost-sized luxury four-door. Creating an entire new platform would be very expensive and hard to do for such a small manufacturer like Aston, but by teaming up with another manufacturer, it could happen.

The British car manufacturer contacted BMW and Mercedes, but discussions with the first one broke down at the beginning of last year. They did find a partner in Mercedes and they’ve signed a deal at the end of 2010 from which we find out that Aston Martin will build the next Maybach (I never would have expected this in a million years). This agreement also calls for the German automaker to provide Aston with an SUV, some engines, and possibly a platform to replace Aston’s aging VH architecture that has been used since 2004 with the DB9 model.

Let’s face it; the Maybach was never an attractive car and probably now more than ever it needs some significant updates. It wasn’t a hit among rich people and Mercedes even thought of killing the brand, but after the significant economic boost in China, Maybachs are starting to become more popular there so for this reason the German car manufacturer has decided to give the brand another chance.

To keep costs down to a minimum, the forthcoming Maybach will use the 2013 S-Class’s hardware and platform, and it will be made in England at Aston’s factory in Gaydon. Sources inside Mercedes say that by making the new Maybach at Aston’s plant (instead of Stuttgart) will cut down the production costs by approximately 50%. We will probably see a concept of Aston’s Maybach at the Frankfurt auto show this year.

Aston Martin will use for its Lagonda sedan the platform of the Maybach/S-Class, along with the chassis, transmission and the safety equipment. The Aston Martin Lagonda will have a base price of about $350,000 and it will have to face up some serious competition coming from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and of course, Maybach.

The British car manufacturer will also roll out an SUV based on the Merc’s ML/GL-Class unibody SUV platform. It will most likely be fitted with a V8 4.7-liter turbocharged engine, good for 429 hp, an engine that was recently introduced in the Mercedes CL550. Aston’s SUV will also be available with a hybrid powertrain and some diesels borrowed from its German partner.

Source: caranddriver.com

Buy A Prestige Car

Who doesn’t want to buy a prestige car like a Jaguar, a BMW, a Mercedes or a Ferrari? It’s the dream of every person to have one of these “beauties” in his garage. Even if these cars are more expensive than the regular ones and need extra money to repair and maintain, the luxury features such as cruise control, leather interior or sound technology, which provide you the comfort you need, are all worth the extra money.

Sometimes, these cars represent the wealth and the welfare of the people who own them. So, if you fell that a prestige car is the one for you should take a look at my options. These options are among the most desired cars on Earth, man made.

Who didn’t see the Bond movies and the car drove by him, the amazing Aston Martin? This car has a history and it is the finest prestige car on the market. It’s made by the best automobile engineers in the field. Their mission is to make cars which combine “power, beauty and soul” and they manage to do that every time. The list of Aston Martin cars is long, so you can choose taking into account how much money do you want to spend. So you can buy a 2009 Aston Martin Vantage Silver or a 2010 4 doors Aston Martin Rapide.

Another prestige car is the Bentley, which is the most exquisite car of all. It represents style and pure comfort on wheels and every time you drive one of these cars you must know that everybody will turn the head and admire its elegance. There are a lot of models from which to pick and choose, starting with the Bentley Continental Mulliner 6.0 V12 and going back to some other older models.

The most stylish and exquisite saloon car is the Jaguar. The words which describe it are beauty, power and elegance. So, you can buy the most recent models on the market, such as the 2010 Jaguar XJ Series Diesel or the Jaguar XF 3.0 Diesel Portfolio 2011.

I think that everybody love the cars made by Ferrari. This brand is the symbol of performance and because of that all the people like the “Prancing Horse”. I think that you will agree that Ferrari is the winner when it comes to style. Choose the model you want: even if it is a 2008 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano or a 1997 Ferrari F50 Ferrari Classiche, people’s reaction will be the same and that beauty will always get the highest wow factor.

But if you want a 4×4 car, you must buy the most exquisite one and that’s the Land Rover. This car is the more secure and safe car you can drive in your town or on off-road terrain. The list of Land Rovers is wide and can satisfy all tastes. You can buy a 2011 Land Rover Discovery Diesel or a 51 Land Rover Freelander depending on your finances.

These are the winners when it comes to prestige, but you can enjoy luxury even on a smaller budget. Nowadays, many of the mass-production manufactures have included the extra luxury items in their car production. That’s why you will be able to afford a Ford Fiesta equipped with reversing cameras or a Sony DAB radio.

If you want to fulfill a dream you must invest time and money, but every penny will seem well spent in the end.

Aston Martin One-77 Spotted In Monaco

Aston Martin One-77

One of the 77 units of the gorgeous Aston Martin One-77 was spotted on the streets of Monaco last week. This limited edition model was seen parked outside the Hotel de Paris which is right in the center of Monte Carlo. This solid black One-77 comes with a massive V12 7.3-liter engine that churns 750 hp and 553 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in a production car. The power unit is linked to an all-new 6-speed transmission that is controlled with column-mounted paddles located behind the steering wheel.

The robotized sequential manual gearbox is an entire new generation of the company’s familiar automatic and promises to offer shift times comparable to a dual clutch unit. The Aston Martin One-77 does the 0-62 mph sprint in 3.5 seconds, onto a remarkable top speed of 220 mph.

Aston Martin One-77

Aston Martin will make all of the cars this year and despite the fact that it has a starting price of $1, 87 million (not including taxes), last month only 17 cars were left, the others were already preordered. It goes to show that any limited model is successful when we are talking about an Aston Martin, regardless of the price tag.

Aston Martin Vantage S Unleashed

Aston Martin Vantage S

The British automaker Aston Martin recently published new info and images regarding their latest model, the Vantage S which is based on the V8 version of the model. The “S” is powered by a 4735 cc V8 32-valve engine that features an all-alloy quad overhead camshaft that churns 430 hp (321 kW / 436 PS) @ 7,300 rpm and 361 lb.-ft (321 kW) @ 5,000 rpm. The new model carries the same rear-wheel drive / mid-mounted engine architecture. The power unit of the car will be linked to Aston’s all-new 7-speed Sportshift II gearbox.

Aston Martin Vantage S

According to the official performance figures published by the company, the Vantage S will have a top speed of 189 mph (305 km/h). The car will be available in both coupe and roadster configurations and will feature a design inspired from its bigger brother, the V12 Vantage. The new “S” model will benefit from a quicker steering ratio of 15:1 as well as more generous front brake discs with new 6-piston calipers. In addition, the car will make use of new dampers and springs plus wider rear wheels.

Aston Martin Vantage S

The Aston Martin Vantage S will be offered with a carbon fiber front splitter and rear diffuser and an aluminum, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body. The Vantage S will pack LED rear lamps, HID lamps and clear rear lamps. The S will be the first Aston Martin to be equipped with the HSA – Hill Start Assist function and according to the official press release, the suspension of the car has been reworked to the more driver-focused nature of the vehicle.

Inside, you will find full grain leather interior, weave alloy facia trim, leather-trimmed sports steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth support, tire-pressuring monitoring, powerfold exterior heated mirrors and a whole bunch of other goodies.

Info – Aston Martin Cygnet

Aston Martin Cygnet

The Aston Martin Cygnet is one of the most interesting (price-wise) cars of this year and a premiere for the British automaker. The company announced that their “ultimate city car” will be launched this April and will have a starting price of $49,340. It is an Aston Martin so this hefty price tag should not come as a surprise for you, although it will be $33,440 more expensive in comparison to the most affordable Toyota iQ! Ironically, the Aston Martin Cygnet has a price tag similar to the Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3-Series.

Aston Martin Cygnet

What do you get for spending $50k for such a small car? You basically get the British-build version of the iQ that has the traditional Aston Martin styling and elegant leather upholstery.  In addition, you get GPS navigation, heated front seats and passive entry. Do all these worth $50,000? No way.

Aston Martin will also introduce two special editions of their Cygnet model, called White and Black. They will feature unique styling; a bespoke 5-piece luggage set from Bill Amberg and upgraded interiors.

Although there isn’t any official info regarding the engine specifications of this tiny car, it should be a 1.33-liter Dual VVT-I, courtesy of Toyota. This power unit should output 97 hp and 91 lb.-ft of torque. As standard, this engine will be linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox or with the optional CVT transmission.

Aston Martin Cygnet

The Aston Martin Cygnet will be exclusively available in Europe. However, the automaker is “actively working on expanding market availability” for next year.

One final note – a Toyota engine in an Aston Martin? Sacrilege.

Top 50 Worst Cars In All History PART 3

Welcome back to the third part of our article where we will present another 10 cars that will go down as some of the worst vehicles ever made. For those of you that visit the website for the first time, have a look at the first and second part of the article.

Ford Pinto

Let’s begin the article with the Ford Pinto. It wasn’t particularly a very bad car but it is worthy of a place in our top because of its volatile nature. By volatile nature we mean that it had the tendency to erupt in flames if it was involved in a rear-end collision. The Blue Oval spent $121 million in order to reinforce the rear end of the Pinto, in comparison to only $50 million for the potential payout to victims.

Jaguar XK-E V12 Series III

The Jaguar E-Type will remain one of the most beautiful cars in the world, a 150-mph capable supercar with one of the sexiest bodywork ever created. In 1974 the E-Type transformed into this thing, the XK-E V12 Series III. In the United States, there were new power-sapping emission requirements so Jaguar had to switch the impressive 6-cylinder 4.2-liter engine with the massive 5.3-liter V12 monster. Another decision made by the British was to stop making the coupe version and they made only the LWB (long wheelbase) 2+2 and the convertible. If this wasn’t enough for massacring the looks of the car, people over at Jaguar plumped up the fenders, ruining the smooth looks of the car. In an embarrassing attempt to meet the 5-mph bumper standards, the car was equipped with awful rubber bumpers which ruined forever the looks of a once beautiful car.

Bricklin SV 1

Here is a car that had a let’s call it modern design for its time, the Bricklin SV 1 (Safety Vehicle 1). One of the special things about it was the 100-lb gullwing doors, inspired from the Mercedes Gullwing. The body of the car was made out of dent-resistant, brightly-colored plastic. Probably the most important safety feature of the car was the fact that it was a very slow car, “thanks” to its extra weight gained by the materials used for the bumpers and panels. However, there were almost 3,000 people that ordered it, they probably liked the doors, we don’t.

Morgan Plus 8 Propane

Here is another beautiful car in our opinion that died because of the U.S. emissions and safety requirements imposed in the early 70s. We all know that Morgan is one of those manufacturers that make cars the old-fashioned way, with sliding-pillar front suspensions and wooden-frame bodies. These cars are not bad but this one pictured above ran its impressive Rover V8 engine on propane, thanks to Bill Fink, who is a Moggie-phile and dealer. For a couple of years, a few of these bombs on wheels were sold and they had tanks of liquid propane that hung perilously right behind the rear bumper. And they said that the Pinto was dangerous…

Triumph TR7

Here is another Triumph unfortunately, this time the TR7 which had in my opinion a rather interesting design. The TR7 and TR8 were the last cars that were sold in the United States and also among the last models that were ever made by the company until it closed its doors in 1984. The car wasn’t a flop because of the rather strange design or because of the engineering, but because these were very bad made. The carburetors worked very rarely, the sunroof leaked instantly, and those concealed headlights you see in the picture rarely wanted to come out and play. One unfortunate owner of the TR7 said that the rear axle fell out.

Trabant

If you live in Europe, you definitely heard about the Trabant, East Germany’s response to the VW Beetle. Powered by an 18 hp engine, the car was made out of fiberglass-like Duroplast and recycled fibers like cotton and wood. Although the car smoked like there was no tomorrow, it was a hit as many East Germans bought it, mainly because it was very cheap.

Aston Martin Lagonda

Here is a manufacturer that we wouldn’t have thought it will make it into our top – Aston Martin. Just like any other car from this British manufacturer, the Lagonda was without any doubt a really beautiful vehicle. However, the mechanical part was a disaster. The car featured computer-driven electronics (remember, it was built in the 70s) and cathode-ray displays which definitely would have been quite cool back then but there was one minor flaw: they didn’t work!

Chevrolet Chevette

The Chevrolet Chevette is one of those cars that although was very bad, it had a few fans, just like the Yugo and the Pacer. This three-door hatchback had a 51 hp engine linked to a 4-speed manual gearbox, that’s it. The car was very loud and quite uncomfortable inside due to the limited space available. Plus, it looked awful in this diaper-brown color.

AMC Pacer

Speaking of the Pacer, it is a definitely a car worthy of a place in our top 50 of the worst cars in all history. Hagerty Insurance asked automotive enthusiasts about the worst car design ever made – the AMC Pacer was the proud winner. The guy responsible for the Gremlin is also the creator of this awful-looking vehicle. Driving the car during the hot summer days would have been a real adventure due to the non-existing air conditioning and if you were very attentive, you could have spotted the fumes of volatile petrochemicals out-gassing from the cheap-looking plastic dashboard.

Corvette 305 California

The last car in our article is another victim of the 70s United States emissions requirements that killed many muscle cars. The Corvette 305 California was fitted with a V8 engine that managed to produce only 180 hp. If it wasn’t enough to kill this car, the engine was linked to a 3-speed automatic transmission. Too bad as the car still looks great after 40 years.

Join us tomorrow for the fourth part of our article where we will continue to present another 10 automotive flops that will remain in history.

In Depth – 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

The 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage looks better than previous generations and according to the guys responsible for this automotive work of art, nothing on the car was altered only for cosmetic purposes as all of the changes were done in order to enhance the Vantage’s driving dynamics. The aerodynamic lift was reduced thanks to a couple of things borrowed from the N24 race car program and this has been done without any penalty in drag.

The very aggressive looking front splitter is now channeling the air more efficiently to the big front brakes and the radiator of the Vantage, but at the same time it still produces downforce. The uberlight carbon fiber louvers cut right into the aluminum hood allow the heated air into the power unit compartment to escape, thus lowering the air pressure and lift which occurs at very high speeds. When you look at the new side sills you will probably say that they look good and there’s nothing more to it, you’d be wrong as even these are functional. The side sills channel the air around the Vantage rather than under it. Another modification brought to the 2011 model is in the rear decklid spoiler which is now a little bit bigger, allowing the carbon fiber lower diffuser to channel the air through the high-capacity rear-mounted oil cooler and increase the downforce.

The top-of-the-line V12 Vantage borrows its platform from the entry-level V8 Vantage but this isn’t a downside of the car. Under that gorgeous aluminum body hides an all-alloy aluminum monocoque platform, dubbed VH architecture. This framework is not only strong but also very rigid, the perfect solution for a robust powertrain, like the one found on the V12 Vantage.

2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Inside the car, you won’t notice anything out of the ordinary but there are a couple of things that should draw your attention. First of all, the driver and passenger seats are covered with one of the finest leather and Alcantara materials and are upholstered for both holding power and comfort. The carbon fiber handles of the doors look and feel very nice and the gearshift is made out of aluminum.  Updates have been brought also to the instrument clusters in order to guarantee an improved clarity as the engineers at Aston Martin used higher contrast numerals and an intuitive splash of color for allowing the driver to find the necessary information faster than before.

The baby Vantage is equipped with a V8 4.7-liter 32-valve power unit that churns 420 hp and 346 pound-feet of torque. With this engine the V8 Vantage will do the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.7 seconds which isn’t bad at all, but there are many other cars, less expensive, that are able to beat this time very easy.

Maybe for this reason, Aston Martin decided to put its biggest and most powerful engine into its smallest platform. As a consequence, the 2011 Aston Martin Vantage was fitted with a massive V12 6.0-liter 48-valve engine that displaces 5,935 cubic centimeters, producing 510 hp and a generous torque of 420 pound-feet. All this large amount of power is transmitted to the rear mid-mounted transaxle with the help of a carbon-fiber propeller shaft. The engine is linked exclusively to a traditional yet very efficient 6-speed manual gearbox. The regular mechanical limited-slip differential is in charge for keeping the rear wheels in check.

As far as the suspension compartment is concerned, nothing new on the horizon as the V12 Vantage has an independent double wishbone up front that incorporates monotube dampers, an anti-roll bar, coil springs and the anti-dive geometry. In the back, the 2011 Vantage uses independent double wishbones with monotube dampers, an anti-roll bar, coil springs and anti-lift / anti-squat geometry. Something different from the baby Vantage is the more compact dual-rate spring design which allows a more aggressive wheel/tire configuration. In addition, the V12 Vantage’s spring rates have been stiffened by 45% and also the anti-roll bars are now 15% stiffer in the front and 75% in the back. The ride height of the 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been lowered by .59 inches which means that the center of gravity has also been lowered. The ADS – Adaptive Damping System developed by Aston Martin is not available (or necessary) on the big Vantage.

2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

In order to efficiently stop this monster of a car, the Vantage has been fitted with 15.67 ventilated and drilled carbon ceramic discs in the front that have 6-piston calipers. In the back, the car is equipped with 14.17 ventilated and drilled carbon ceramic discs that have 4-piston calipers. The 19-inch wheels are forged aluminum alloy and are covered by 255/35ZR19 Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires in the front and 295/30ZR19 in the rear.

The downside of this power upgrade is the fact that the car is now heavier as the V12 power unit is 220 pounds heavier than the V8 plant, but thanks to the massive use of lightweight materials, the big Vantage is only 100 pounds heavier than its V8 sibling. The curb weight of the V12 Vantage is 3,704 pounds and weight distribution is almost perfect, standing at 51/49. The 0-60 mph sprint is done in exactly 4 seconds, onto a top speed of 190 mph.

The price for all these goodies starts from $176,995. Don’t forget adding the $1,615 destination charges and the $3,000 gas guzzler. If you want one of those special paints, you have to add another $1,895 to the final price tag. Other worth-getting optional features would have to be the $1,250 satellite radio and the $7,200 Bang & Olufsen Audio. Sum all of these up and you get a $193,755 price tag which is quite expensive but we believe that Aston Martin won’t have any problems in selling 1,000 units of their 2011 V12 Vantage.

Although there are other cars less expensive and probably faster, the Vantage stands out from the crowd with its wonderful bodywork, making it one of the most beautiful cars in the world.

Aston Martin Announces Three DB9 Special Editions

Aston Martin DB9 Morning Frost

Thanks to the success of the DBS/V12 Vantage Carbon Black and the DBS UB-2010, Aston Martin will roll out three special editions of their high-acclaimed DB9 model. These new DB9 editions will offer juxtaposed options, according to the press release.

The Morning Frost DB9 will have luxury specifications which will give the car an “extra sense of sophistication resplendent in a pearlescent white exterior with a befitting metallic bronze leather interior.” On the other hand, the other two special editions will enhance the sporty look of the DB9. The Quantum Silver and the Carbon Black editions, inspired by the last James Bond movie – Quantum of Solace, will come with a 6-speed Touchtronic II automatic gearbox as well as a re-mapped sports exhaust which will guarantee a very evocative sound. In addition, the cars will roll on very special 19-inch 10-spoke forged gloss-black painted diamond-turned rims.

Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black

To complete the sport specifications of these two edition, Aston Martin has added graphite tail pipes, black grilles, semi-aniline leather roof lining, real polished glass switchgear, coarse silver stitching and perforated seat inners.

The Morning Frost special edition of the Aston Martin DB9 will also be fitted with the Touchtronic II transmission which is mounted on the transaxle, offering the car the perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The Morning Frost will be equipped with 19-inch 10-spoke silver diamond-turned rims, magnum silver grilles, silver black calipers as well as metallic bronze leather headlining along with perforated seat inners and a Piano Black-colored center dashboard.

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Special edition Aston Martin Rapide Luxe unveiled

As if the Aston Martin Rapide wasn’t exclusive enough, the British company though there is room for improvement and unveiled the Luxe special edition. The package comes us a few new exterior features, like new exclusive colors, bright finish grille and 20-inch alloy wheels and a set of new interior features including custom leather upholestry, Walnut wood trim, rear seat entertainment system and an impressive 1000W Bang & Olufsen sound system.

No technical upgrades are available, which means the Rapide Luxe is powered by the same 6.0-liter V12 delivering 470 hp (350 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque, which, mated to a six-speed Touchtronic 2 transmission, takes the car from stand to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h).

So far, Aston Martin didn’t say anything about pricing, but we’re guessing it ain’t gonna be pretty.

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in James Bond movies sells for $4.6 million

Auction company RM Auctions announced that a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in early James Bond movies sold yesterday for $4.6 million. A similar car was sold 5 years ago, but unlike that one, which was used only for promotional purposes, the one sold yesterday was actually used and driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball movies. Even though it has such history, a car like this wouldn’t sell for that much, but this one is equipped with guns that poke out through the taillights, the license plate rotates to show different plates and it also features a removable roof panel in case the passenger wants to use the ejector seat (no idea why any normal dude would want to do that).

The car was bought in 1969 by Jerry Lee, a Philadelphia radio executive who said he’s not very pleased with the amount of money paid for the car, as he was expecting as much as $10 million. All the money will go to the Jerry Lee foundation, an organization fighting against poverty.

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