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Aston Martin's V12 Zagato

Aston Martin's new V12 Zagato had quite a spectacular and busy few weeks following its first public showing on May 21 on the shores of Lake Como (Italy) at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este where it won the award for Design in the Concepts and Prototypes class. A week later, two identical prototypes finished fifth and sixth in their class at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, verifying that the gorgeous handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre machines were indeed capable of holding their own in any company. So began a period of what Aston Martin termed “overwhelmingly encouraging interest from customers” which has finally resulted in a commitment to a limited production run of 150 examples of the Zagato.  Read More

Aston Martin V12 Zagato debuts at Villa D’Este Concours

Though Italian design house Zagato has collaborated with every prestige automotive manufacturer at some stage or another, the company’s relationship with Aston Martin has produced some stunningly beautiful and very fast classic vehicles, as evidenced by the DB4GT Zagato, V8 Vantage Zagato and DB7 Zagato. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato will tomorrow use the backdrop of the Villa D’Este Concours in Italy to show off a V12 Zagato based on the V12 Vantage.  Read More

The Elite Car and Castle Tour features 15 supercars (Photo by Como Travel)

Taking in the sights of a foreign land by car isn't a new approach to tourism, but this variation on the theme provides an extra injection of speed – supercar speed. The "Elite Car and Castle Tour" merges old world British castles with high adrenaline track days and luxury driving in 15 of the hottest cars in the world including the Aston Martin DB9 Volante and V12 Vantage, Audi R8, Bentley GT Convertible, Ferrari 430 F1 Spider and California, Jaguar XF, Porsche 997 Turbo PDK, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder and Maserati Quattroporte.  Read More

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star, GEN11

The magical story-telling prowess of Ian Fleming certainly seems to translate well into film, as the automotive stars of the film adaptations of two of his novels are both claimed to be the world’s best known cars. The first, the James Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5 movie car from Goldfinger and Thunderball that sold for GBP2,912,000 (US$4,608,500) last October. The other is GEN 11, the fully functioning star of the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Now it too – a fully-functioning road car that sadly doesn’t fly – is to go under the auctioneer’s hammer.  Read More

The transparent CPT002 Aston Martin Concept Phone from Mobiado

British car maker Aston Martin is looking to leverage its luxury brand into the world of consumer electronics by teaming up with Canadian mobile phone manufacturer Mobiado to produce a line of high-end handsets to be launched in May of this year. Until then, the company has provided a tantalizing peek at possible future designs with the CPT002 Aston Martin Concept Phone that takes the 'slab of glass' design of many current smartphones to the next level. With a solid sapphire crystal capacitive touchscreen, the CPT002 is completely transparent.  Read More

Aston Martin’s (even more) driver-focussed Vantage S

Aston Martin’s newly announced Vantage S is designed to bridge the gap between the V8 Vantage and the Vantage GT4 endurance race car which last year won its class at the Dubai, Nurburgring, Silverstone and Spa 24 Hour races plus the European GT4 Cup championship. Aston Martin’s own 4.7 liter V8 engine has been tweaked slightly to deliver slightly higher peak power of 430 bhp (321 kW) at 7300 rpm and torque of 490 Nm (361 lb.ft) at 5000 rpm but it’s the all-new seven-speed Sportshift™ II automated manual transmission which is the biggest change. Specifically designed for the Vantage S, the Sportshift II changes the seven short ratio gears some twenty per cent quicker than the current Sportshift.  Read More

The world's most famous car?

What would you say is the world’s most famous individual car? KITT from Knight Rider? Mr. Bean’s Mini? The General Lee? For anyone born prior to the mid 70’s, the answer would probably be “The ’64 James Bond Aston Martin DB5.” Driven by Sean Connery in the classics Goldfinger and Thunderball, it featured a long list of spy gadgetry, and is considered by many to still be the quintessential Bond car. This fall, for the first time ever, the silver beauty will be put up for auction. Start saving now, because it is expected to fetch over US$5 million.  Read More

The most successful automotive collector auction in history

RM Auctions’ inaugural Sporting Classics of Monaco event held on Saturday leaves little doubt that fine automobiles can be a rapidly appreciating investment. The average price achieved by the 88 cars which crossed the block was in excess of US$500,000 while the highest price fetched was EUR2,800,000 (US$3,799,600) for a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB (pictured top right). Some remarkable cars were sold on the day, including (pictured clockwise from bottom right) one of the world’s most significant pre-war sports racing cars, the 1937 BMW 328 MM ‘Buegelfalte’ (undisclosed but believed to be in excess of US$6 million), a handmade Rolls Royce which was the most expensive car made in the world in 1933 (US$1,975,792) and a Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’ (US$3,343,648). Full details, images and story inside.  Read More

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black Edition

To celebrate the success of its V12 Vantage Aston Martin has debuted a Carbon Black Edition at this year’s Geneva Auto Show. Additionally, to commemorate Dr. Ulrich Bez’s 10th year as Chief Executive of the company, a DBS UB-2010 edition was unveiled along with a new Works Service Tailored service. The new service offers customers of both new and existing Aston Martins personal tailored options focusing on customizing color and materials to customer’s personal tastes.  Read More

Le Castellet is the circuit built by Paul Ricard

Imagine a sports car show held not in an exhibition center, but at the safest racetrack in the world, so the cars can be appreciated in their natural surroundings, without speed limits. The first “International GT & Supercar Show” will be held at Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France on September 26 and 27. Exhibitors include Ferrari, Gumpert, Koenigsegg, Ad Tramontana, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, F&M, Morgan, Audi Wiesmann, Spyker, Mosler, Pagani, Porsche, Saleen, TVR, Yes, Venturi, Alfa Romeo Zagato, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Castagna Milano, Maserati, Lotus, Lightning and Tesla.  Read More

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