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Dream Review - Ferrari F12 vs Lamborghini Aventador vs Aston Martin Vanquish [Video]

Dream Review – Ferrari F12 vs Lamborghini Aventador vs Aston Martin Vanquish [Video]

We stumbled upon this review from the team at EVO and we immediately fell in love with it. This is the kind of car review most would kill for.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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The Beautiful and Soulful Aston Martin Rapide S

The Beautiful and Soulful Aston Martin Rapide S

The more assertive looking Aston Martin Rapide S is touted as being the most powerful four-door Aston Martin to date. The peak output in the new Aston Martin Rapide S has been increased by 17% with the introduction of the new AM11 6.0 litre V12 power plant that sees it developing 410kW.

The Aston Martin Rapide S will be replacing the outgoing Aston Martin Rapide in markets worldwide.

Aston Martin has as they would put it “sympathetically” redesigned and painstakingly re-engineered the Rapide S. Well honestly speaking, the changes on the Rapide S are so fine that one would have to be well acquainted with the detail of the Aston Martin Rapide to spot the changes at a glance. But perhaps we are being too harsh.

The new Aston Martin Rapide S now boasts an imposing and assertive new ‘face’, created by virtue of the impressive and striking new full grille.

Imbuing the new car with an even more sporting, forceful demeanour, the revised front end design is matched at the back by a striking new rear deck profile which includes a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip’. The aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades both reinforce the sporting nature of new Rapide S and work to counteract lift at higher speeds.

Going back to the new AM11 6.0 litre V12 engine, the power has been increased from 350kW to 410kW at 6750rpm and the torque output has also been increased from 600Nm to 620Nm.

With these engine enhancements the Aston Martin Rapide S can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than the outgoing Rapide).

As with most modern engines the new AM11 engine is more efficient despite the significant increases in peak power and torque, CO2 emissions drop by seven per cent – from 355 g/km to 332 g/km – while fuel economy now stands at 19.9mpg on the official EU combined cycle.

Befitting the improved power plant the ride and handling has also received some attention. The new AM11 engine sits 19mm lower with a resulting lower centre of gravity which has also led to a more tangible improvement in front end turn according to Aston Martin.

The Dynamic Driving Control (DSC), Adaptive Damping System (ADS) has also received some fine tuning in line with the significant increases in both power and torque. The ADS system now offers three distinct settings: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’, with the character of each being tailored to the nature of the Aston Martin Rapide S.

The different damping modes help to significantly broaden the character of the Aston Martin Rapide S, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s precise requirements. Thus it can be a luxurious GT car in Normal mode with the capacity to morph into a more assertive sports car in Sport and Track modes.

Interior trim options for the Aston Martin S have also been added allowing customers to more precisely tailor the car to their specific style. Some of these options being the Carbon Exterior Pack, which sports a front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills all fashioned from carbon fibre. Other options also include the new Piano Black Interior pack which offers a more luxurious feel.

Luxury in the Aston Martin Rapide S is enhanced by the removal of extraneous ‘noise’ and the enhancement of desirable ‘sound’ – a fine distinction but one that helps the new car deliver an aural experience like no other. Improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics are derived from the likes of the new bonnet lining and revised windscreen cowl.

Flexibility comes in the form of four seats – the rearmost two capable of accommodating adults in a uniquely sporting setting – while at the touch of a button the individual back seats fold down to almost triple the Aston Martin’s load space.

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Aston Martin One-77 Ride At Spa-Francorchamps

Aston Martin One-77 Ride At Spa-Francorchamps

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The New Aston Martin DB9 Tested

The New Aston Martin DB9 Tested

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The Iconic Aston Martin DB5 [Video]

The Iconic Aston Martin DB5 [Video]

We came across a video of one of the most beautiful cars in the world, the Aston Martin DB5 recently and thought we would share.

The Aston Martin DB5 happens to be a car I first fell in love with when I watched the James Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’ as a child.

I also have to admit that I made it a point to visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum a few years ago when I heard they had a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT  as well as a 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4. The Aston Martin DB5 was in essence similar the Aston Martin DB4 GT with a few changes, the most substantial being under the bonnet.

The Aston Martin DB5 has appeared in a number of James Bond films and will feature in the forthcoming Bond film ‘Skyfall’ which comes out later this month. Aston Martin vehicles have appeared in 11 Bond films over a 50 year span and definitely indicates that Aston Martin is an integral part of the Bond franchise.

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2013 Aston Martin DB9 – Spot the Difference?

2013 Aston Martin DB9 – Spot the Difference?

Aston Martin has revealed more information on its forthcoming 2013 Aston Martin DB9. From launch the Aston Martin Virage will be available as either a Coupe or Volante.

According to Aston Martin the styling changes on the DB9 are reminiscent of the outgoing Aston Martin Virage. If you are not as intimate with the intrinsic details of the Aston Martin, you might find it hard to spot the styling changes on the Aston Martin DB9. But there are changes to both the exterior and interior.

The front features a large lower front grill which feeds air to the braking system, with a front splitter which also serves to visually widen the Aston Martin DB9.  The Bi-xenon headlamps, also add to the visual appearance, giving the car a clear focus, with subtle feature lines running along and underneath the headlamps also emphasising the width of the car.

Visually on the side of the car the Aston Martin DB9 features an integrated side strake which houses LED indicators, the long strake accentuating the lean and long lines of the DB9’s nose.

At the rear the Aston Martin has a more pronounced rear boot lip to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car. An LED light above the Aston Martin Badge is also apparent over the outgoing model. Changes to the rear lower bumper also aid to give the DB9 a sportier feel, with the lower bumper receiving a diffuser type styling treatment. All in all, the Aston Martins widetrack width and muscular rear haunches clearly communicate the power delivered at the rear wheels.

The interior as per Aston Martin tradition exudes an air of elegance and luxury. Some of the changes include the use of jewel-like glass switchgear used throughout the interior of the revised DB9. Other enhancements include the stunning leather welt feature first seen on the Virage. The welts have been designed and developed by Aston Martin’s master craftsmen.

Meanwhile there are two Carbon Packs introduced on Aston Martin DB9 one exterior and one interior to offer further personalisation possibilities

The exterior pack comprises carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, carbon fibre mirror arms and caps and dark tailpipes with a graphitic finish. The interior pack offers a carbon fibre upper facia, carbon fibre gear selector paddles and carbon fibre door pulls.

The powerplant on the The Aston Martin DB9 will be the new generation AM11 V12 engine. The engine is said to produce 375kW (510bhp) and 620Nm, which accelerates the DB9 from 0 – 100km/h in a reported 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 295km/h. The engine is mated to a Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system.

From s safety perspective Aston Martin achieves compliance with the latest European pedestrian protection regulations and does so without any compromise to the exterior design of the car. The attention to detail in the pedestrian protection system has allowed the designers to avoid the use of plastic grilles and straightforward nose cone bumpers that stretch up in front of the bonnet.

The Aston Martin DB9 chassis features a number of important enhancements over the outgoing car’s already impressive inventory. The main highlights being the inclusion of the Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CMM) discs and callipers supplied by Brembo. The use of these brakes allows for a weight saving of about 12.5kg on the unsprung mass which also helps to achieve a better balance between ride comfort and handling.

The Adaptive Damping System (ADS) has also been enhanced to include three modes: Normal, Sport and Track. The different damping modes available help appreciably broaden DB9’s character, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s requirements in different contexts. It can be a comfortable and compliant GT car in Normal mode as well as being a firm and direct sports car in Sport setting and offering highly precise flat cornering in Track mode.

All in all, according to product manager Andy Haslam, “Taking the best elements of Virage, adding important new upgrades and combining these with the iconic DB9 nomenclature we have created a compelling new Sports GT that sits proudly at the very heart of the Aston Martin sports car range.”

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The Aston Martin Vanquish In Motion

The Aston Martin Vanquish In Motion

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The Potent Open-Top Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

The Potent Open-Top Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster will be available as a limited edition in selected markets worldwide. The release of the information couldn’t be better as its Summer in Europe as well as the rest of the Western Countries.

The V12 Vantage Roadster’s 6.0-litre engine, mated to a six speed manual gearbox as in the Coupe, churns out 380kW at 6,500 rpm and a muscular 570 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm.

The V12 Vantage Roadster has a claimed speed of 305kph and a claimed 0-100kph acceleration of just 4.5 seconds.

Unique to the V12 Vantage Coupe and new V12 Vantage Roadster is the engine’s “Sport” mode button, which enables the driver to select between two different powertrain modes.

Normal mode is the default from start-up and provides not only a more relaxed throttle response but also a quieter, more refined exhaust note. This creates a more progressive throttle response, suited to ‘everyday’ situations such as when driving in heavy traffic.

Sport mode, meanwhile, is designed for use in more dynamic driving situations where sharper responses are required. It has a number of tangible effects on the powertrain including a sharper throttle response, with the engine delivering more torque during the early stages of throttle pedal travel. Exhaust system bypass valves are also kept open for longer to create a particularly sporty exhaust note.

While the Roadster naturally shares much of the technical and specification features of the V12 Vantage Coupe, some elements are redesigned to take account of the Roadster’s neat packaging and engaging dynamics.

The V12 Vantage Roadster features a redesigned rear boot lid and lower front air intake to maintain a level of dynamic performance that’s fully in keeping with the V12 Coupe, while there are also a number of unique chassis revisions. These include a modified rear damper set-up, front and rear damper valve tuning and a new rear spring design.

These changes, in conjunction with Aston Martin’s use of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, ensure the sports car delivers dramatic straight-line performance as well as outstanding handling.

One lucky person managed to spot the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster on the streets of London, see the video below.

The new V12 Vantage Roadster boasts a number of eye-catching additions that underline its sporty characteristics. Carbon fibre side strakes; a carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser; carbon fibre mirror caps and carbon fibre rear lamp infills – plus the new forged alloy wheel design – should leave the sports car cognoscenti in no doubt that this is a truly exclusive Aston Martin.

At the rear, the boot lid on the V12 Vantage Roadster incorporates a more pronounced ‘flip’ to reduce rear lift and improve stability at high speeds. The V12’s diffuser houses a large, centre-mounted oil cooler and two large tail-pipe finishers.

As with the front splitter, the carbon fibre rear diffuser is hand-made to ensure the direction and consistency of the weave and ensure the best possible finish.

We are still not sure whether South Africa will lucky enough to get an allocation of any of the V12 Vantage Roadster’s. We can only cross our fingers at this stage.

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