Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 Special Edition

The “N430” in the name of this Aston Martin V8 Vantage edition stands for an output of both coupe and roadster variations.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 Special Edition

Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 design

This racing-inspired car looks elegant and sporty. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 is available in five breathtaking exterior paint schemes. Its body is 20 kg lighter than the standard V8 Vantage. This reduction has been achieved by using a construction made of aluminum, magnesium and steel. The exterior of the Aston Martin N430 shines with graphite finished forged alloy wheels, black front grille and black windows surrounds.
The N430 coupe is a two-seater with two-doors while the open-air version features a soft top.

Inside, there are sports seats made out of lightweight carbon fibre and Kevlar components. The cabin is decorated with carbon sill badges, piano black trim, as well as black pedals.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 Performance

The special Aston Martin V8 Vantage needs 4.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. The maximum speed is 190 mph (305 km). The heart of the GT4-inspired vehicle is a 4.7-litre V8 engine. Buyers can opt for a 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed Sportshift automated manual gearbox.

The special Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 is priced at $150 000 (£89,995). The coupe and roadster variations were presented at the Geneva International Motor Show. The special edition will hit the luxury cars market in the autumn.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 Technical data

Power unit

  • 32 valve 4735 cc V8
  • Front mid-mounted
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Stainless steel Sports exhaust system
  • Compression ratio 11.3:1
  • Max output: 436 PS/430 bhp
  • Max torque: 490 Nm
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h – 4.8 seconds
  • Top speed: 305 km/h (190 mph)

Transmission

• Rear mid-mounted six-speed manual with 4.182:1 final-drive ratio
• Seven-sped automated manual with magnesium shifts with 3.91:1 ratio

Aston Martin DBS Coupe Centennial Zagato

The Aston Martin DBS Coupe Centennial Zagato is the latest contemporary conversion of the iconic car. The design house Zagato joined the prestigious club of brands which mark Aston Martin’s 100th Anniversary.

Aston Martin DBS Coupe Centennial Zagato

Aston Martin DBS Coupe Centennial Zagato design

The celebratory Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato is based on the Aston Martin DBS model. The limited edition car features a double bubble roof taken from a vintage vehicles of mid-50`s. The aftermarket experts achieved a stunning combination of sports style, exceptional bodywork quality and GT luxury.

Aston Martin DBS Coupe Centennial Zagato  2  Aston Martin DBS Coupe Centennial Zagato

Aston Martin DBS technical specifications

Transmission

Six-speed manual
Rear mid-mounted
optional electronic shift-by-wire control system

Alloy torque tube with carbon-fibre propeller shaft
Limited-slip differential
Final-drive ratio (Manual) 3.71:1
Final-drive ratio (‘Touchtronic 2’) 3.46:1

Performance

Power 380 kW (517 PS/510 bhp) at 6500 rpm
Torque 570 Nm (420 lb ft) at 5750 rpm

Acceleration – 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.3 seconds
Top speed 190 mph (305 km/h)

Body

Two doors
2 seats
Extruded bonded aluminium  structure
Aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre composite construction
Halogen projector headlamps

Engine

48-valve, 5935cc V12
Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
Stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
Compression ratio 10.9:1

Aston Martin Zagato heritage

The British car maker Aston Martin and Zagato designers have been developing car projects for a long time. In 2013 both companies launched a new hand-built Aston Martin V12 Zagato. This piece of art is made out of aluminum and carbon fiber.

Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial

The one-of-a-kind Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial is dedicated to the glorious Aston Martin`s heritage over the last 100 years.
The unique car features a timeless design based on a combination between sporty elegance, power and luxury. The centenary Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato was purchased by world-famous US car collector Peter Read.

Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial

The collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato is very fruitful. For example, the Aston Martin DB7 by Zagato was sold prior to production stage.

Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato technical specification

Design

Aluminium body structure
Aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body

Power and performance

Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
517 PS (510 BHP) at 6,500 rpm
620 Nm at 5,500 rpm
0-62 mph (100 km/h): 4.6 seconds
Top speed: 183 mph (295 km/h)
Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system

Dimensions

Length: 4720mm (inc. front number plate plinth)
Width: 2061mm (inc. mirrors)
Height: 1282mm
Weight: 1785 kg
Wheelbase: 2740mm

Aston Martin Centenary Year

In the Aston Martin Centenary Year many new or redesigned models hit the market. The car brand also organized a ‘Rally to London’. The route of the journey started in Italy across Europe and ended in London, Kensington Gardens. 100 drivers and their Aston martin`s vehicles participated in this event.

Aston Martin CC100 concept

The iconic British car builder claims that its latest Aston Martin CC100 concept is an unique and visionary car. The sports car concept has been developed to commemorate company`s 100 birthday. The name CC100 reflects the glorious heritage of the Aston Martin`s history.

Aston Martin CC100 speedster concept

The Aston Martin CC100 concept is inspired by the legendary DBR1 car which was a winner in 1959 Le Mans and Nürburgring circuits. The car design combines classic shape and elegance, high-end engineering and cutting-edge technology.

The speedster concept was created by brand GT race program in less than six months. It was revealed at the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race.

Aston Martin CC100 Exterior

The CC100 racer features an open cockpit styled with flowing curves and aerodynamic shape. British engineers have used a lightweight carbon fibre to provide structural rigidity. The car is 4,5 m long and more than 2 metres wide.

Aston Martin CC100 speedster concept

Aston Martin CC100 Interior

The speedster is fitted with two racing seats wrapped in Bridge of Weir leather. Driver can use a glass control buttons as well as glass ECU starter.

Aston Martin CC100 Engine and performance

The Aston Martin CC100 is powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine. The car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in a 4 seconds with a top speed limited to 180 mph. The powertrain is coupled with a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission and steering column-mounted paddle shifts.

Aston Martin Rapide S hybrid hydrogen

The British car brand has revealed an Aston Martin Rapide S hybrid hydrogen racer based on the flagship Rapide S. This is the first hydrogen-powered car to compete at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring. The project has been developed in cooperation with Alset Global.

Aston Martin Rapide S hydrogen hybrid

The zero CO2 emissions vehicle is powered by innovative twin turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 powertrain. The Eco-friendly Aston Martin hybrid racer runs on gasoline or pure gaseous hydrogen.
The Hybrid Hydrogen Aston Martin`s car has a top speed of 190 mph and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds.

Official press release

Global debut for Rapide S race car at ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring

• Aston Martin will be first to race with hydrogen power

• Target of first zero CO2 emission lap in mainstream racing

Aston Martin is ripping up the record books at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring next month as the famous British sports car brand is to race a pioneering hybrid hydrogen car.

The record-breaking Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S – based on Aston Martin’s new four-door, four-seat sports car – will become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international event as well as the first zero CO2 emissions sports car to complete a race pace lap at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

Working in partnership with hydrogen experts Alset Global, Aston Martin’s engineers have developed a prototype twin turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine that will power the Nürburgring car.

Capable of running on pure gasoline, pure gaseous hydrogen, or a blend of both, the Hybrid Hydrogen race car showcases Aston Martin’s commitment to engineering innovation. In pure hydrogen mode, Aston Martin and Alset Global aim to show that a zero CO2 emissions lap of the Nordschleife is possible while emitting virtually only water from the exhaust.

Showcasing the technology at the Nürburgring – acknowledged as one of the toughest and most demanding circuits in the world and, of course, nicknamed ‘the Green Hell’ – Aston Martin will underline the reliability and safety of today’s hydrogen technology.

Welcoming the debut of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “As we celebrate our centenary in 2013 and look back on a century of excitement, innovation and style it’s also the perfect time to look to the future with this astonishing race car.

“Aston Martin has a strong track record of innovation and, with our superb history of competition and testing at the Nürburgring, it is only right that we showcase this amazing new technology at this year’s 24-hour race.”

He added: “Working with Alset Global to unveil this system in such a challenging environment as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring shows once again how confident we are in our cars, our people and our partners.”

The Hybrid Hydrogen system comprises a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tanks and proprietary engine management system. This enables flexibility in the control of the combustion process according to each particular driving situation: either pure hydrogen, gasoline or a arbitrary blend of both can be selected to ensure optimum power, acceleration and CO2 reduction. This control results in a powerful and dynamic propulsion system that provides sports car performance but with a carbon footprint more akin to that of a supermini.

Safety is paramount, of course, and the system includes four ultra-high strength carbon fibre tanks holding a total of 3.5kg of hydrogen stored at a pressure of 350bar – two tanks housed next to the driver and two in the boot of the car. Meanwhile the entire hydrogen system developed by Alset Global and its partners is approved by German motorsport’s governing body, the DMSB.

The Hybrid Hydrogen race car is based on the new Rapide S four-door sports car that is arriving in Aston Martin showrooms worldwide this month.

Redesigned and re-engineered to offer even greater style and significantly enhanced performance by virtue of its new AM11 6.0-litre V12 naturally aspirated engine, the new Rapide S is capable of 190 mph and sprints from 0 to 62 mph in only 4.9 seconds.

Dr Bez said of the new road car: “It is a four-door sports car that uniquely combines luxury, style and sporting excitement in Aston Martin’s most flexible and accommodating silhouette. This is the four-door sports car in its most versatile form.”

Aston Martin returns to compete in the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours on May 19-20 for the eight successive year. More than 150 cars will start the fearsome 24-hour race, which runs on the daunting 25km circuit that combines the legendary Nordschleife with the modern Grand Prix track.

Aston Martin Centenary celebration in Shanghai

The iconic British brand Aston Martin celebrated its birthday with a spectacular event in Shanghai, China. The classic Aston Martin DB5 was one of the stars of this show.

Aston Martin DB5 - Shanghai Centenary Launch
The DB5 was surrounded with other James Bond movie cars, as well as Aston Martin DB9, the Aston Martin DBS and the Aston Martin Vantage.

Aston Martin DB5 - Shanghai Centenary Launch

Aston Martin DB5 - Shanghai Centenary Launch

Aston Martin DB5 (1963 – 1965) technical specifications

Engine
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3996 cm3
Power
210(286) KW(hp) @ 5500 RPM
Torque
287.6 lb-ft @ 3850 RPM OR 390 Nm @ 3850 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetors
Fuel
Petrol

Performance
Top Speed
142 mph OR 229 km/h
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.6 s

Transmission
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed

Brakes
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs

Dimensions
Length
180 in OR 4572 mm
Width
66 in OR 1676 mm
Height
53 in OR 1346 mm
Front/rear Track
54/53.5 in OR 1,372/1,359 mm
Wheelbase
98 in OR 2489 mm
Weight
Unladen Weight
3230 lbs OR 1465 kg

Aston Martin DB5 - Shanghai Centenary Launch

 

 

 

 

Aston Martin supercars spotted on London streets

When talking about cars, Aston Martin brand is one of most popular in UK. There is a exclusive club of the owners of Aston Martin cars with more than 5,000 members. It was founded in 1935 – 22 years after brand`s establishment.

Aston Martin street photo
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Aston Martin street photo
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The iconic super car company was founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin. Since then it become a synonymous with luxury and elegance. The brand was named Aston Martin in 1914 when Lionel Martin had a successful run at the Aston hill climb in Buckinghamshire. Within a year the first car had been built and registered with the name.

Aston Martin street photo
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Aston Martin street photo
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This year the famous manufacturer celebrates 100th Anniversary of Aston Martin. The Aston Martin owners club organised a special European Tour including France, Switzerland and Italy. The club attracted participants who own pre-war models and drivers of very latest models produced today.

Aston Martin street photo

 

Aston Martin DB9 1M ‘Aero’ wrap

The Aston Martin DB9 1M ‘Aero’ wrap was launched to celebrate reaching one million fans on Facebook. Aston Martin`s Facebook fans had the chance to specify their dream supercar. Fans decided on all aspects of the vehicle including the model itself to the interior trim and then finally choosing the exterior ‘Aero’ wrap.

 
The winning design was named ‘Aero’. The latest DB9 1M features blue streamlined paintwork, 20-inch wheels in a Silver Diamond finish, black brake callipers, and interior in Obsidian Black and Spicy Red colours.

The vehicle was built at its Gaydon headquarters. The British manufacturer plans on touring the supercar around at select events.

 

Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2012 edition

The latest edition 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage uses the same naturally-aspirated 4.8-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and six-speed manual transmission. The optional automatic transmission has been upgraded to a seven-speed Sportshift II sequential. The 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage offers smoother and quicker performance compared to the previous model.

2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage - Geneva - photo 1

The vehicle features a modified sporty coupe and reshaped front fascia. It is equipped with a new, quickened steering rack and beefier brakes.

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2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage: Official Press Release

THE NEW ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE RANGE FOR 2012

Please note this content is applicable to UK & European markets only.

– Improvements to Aston Martin V8 Vantage further enhance dynamics, style and value
– Seven-speed Sportshift™ II transmission replaces six-speed Sportshift™ unit
– Chassis and braking upgrades deliver greater feel, response and control
– Motorsport-derived aerodynamic package sharpens V8 Vantage’s award-winning looks
– V12 Zagato enters production to become flagship of Vantage range
– Vantage range RRP* starts from £84,995 / €108,500 (Germany)

20 February 2012, Gaydon: The Aston Martin Vantage range continues to evolve with a comprehensive array of improvements to the V8 Vantage aimed at enhancing the dynamic feel, style and competitive pricing of the marque’s entry-level sports car. There are also changes at the top-end of the Vantage range with the new and ultra-exclusive V12 Zagato assuming the role of flagship when it enters production later this year.

In the most comprehensive programme of enhancements since 2008, the revised 4.7-litre 420bhp (426PS/313kW) entry-level Aston Martin V8 Vantage features a raft of improvements first seen in the critically acclaimed Vantage S. The standard six-speed manual transmission remains, but the optional six-speed Sportshift™ automated manual transmission has now been replaced with the seven-speed Sportshift™ II. With an additional gear, closer ratios, lower final drive and a quicker, refined shift quality, this new gearbox – designed and manufactured specifically for Aston Martin – provides faster and more precise shifts, optimises acceleration and delivers a sporting driving experience.

Further dynamic enhancements centre on the V8 Vantage’s chassis, which features developments from the Vantage S. Quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tyres have all been fitted to further enhance the V8 Vantage’s class-leading poise and make it even more responsive and exciting to drive. A new steering column installation, re-valved power-steering pump and a quicker ratio of 15:1 compared to 17:1 on the previous model ensure the new V8 Vantage steers with even greater precision, handles with more agility and provides more feedback for a completely engaging drive.

Stopping power and pedal feel have been significantly increased thanks to new 380mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron front discs and six piston callipers. This new braking system also includes Hill Start Assist (HSA) for more precise control on steep inclines. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage also comes with tyres that are 10mm wider than the outgoing model. Not only does this increased contact area improve the V8 Vantage’s already prodigious levels of road-holding, but it allows the more responsive steering and stronger brakes to be fully exploited.

To reflect its enhanced performance the Aston Martin V8 Vantage has received a number of styling changes inspired by the Vantage S and N400 limited edition. At the front a lower bumper – complete with aerodynamic splitter – houses a larger air intake that feeds the engine and front brakes. At the rear a diffuser creates added drama and function, while sculpted race-derived side sills complete the V8 Vantage’s more muscular look.

2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage - Geneva - photo 4

These technical and styling changes have been applied to both the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster models, with prices starting from RRP £84,995 / €108,500 (Germany).

The RRP £99,995 / €128,500 (Germany) Vantage S remains the most generously equipped, highest performing and most driver-focussed V8-engined model in the range. Developing 430bhp (436PS/321kW) at 7300rpm and 490Nm (361lb ft) of torque at 5000rpm the Vantage S’s more potent state of engine tune perfectly complements the Sportshift™ II close-ratio seven speed automated manual transmission, which is fitted as standard. A sports exhaust system unique to the ‘S’ further emphasises its sporting credentials, delivering a rousing soundtrack, totally in keeping with the intensity of the driving experience.

Carbon fibre detailing of the Vantage S’s motorsport-derived aerodynamic package makes a discreet and highly appealing visual distinction from the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, while inside the ‘S’ variant features a sumptuously trimmed interior that demonstrates Aston Martin’s unique ability to combine the craftsmanship of traditional hand-stitched leather upholstery with striking modern design. The company’s fully integrated satellite navigation system developed in conjunction with Garmin is now fitted as standard along with Bluetooth and cruise control.

Production of the sensational V12 Vantage continues unchanged; this acclaimed model delivering its unrivalled blend of extreme performance, exclusivity and practicality in one unique package. Powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque, this remarkable evolution of the Vantage has a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 kp/h) time of 4.2 seconds while its uniquely thrilling character distinguishes it from the rest of the range.

Later this year the Vantage range will be joined by the exotic V12 Zagato, created in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato. A prototype V12 Zagato caused a sensation by winning the prestigious Villa D’Este concours and competing in the Nürburgring 24-hour race. Now, less than 12-months after its dramatic debut, the V12 Zagato – employing a unique blend of bespoke Italian design, hand-built craftsmanship and advanced technology – is poised to enter strictly limited production, with first deliveries to commence later this year.

Racing is in Aston Martin’s DNA and the Vantage is at the forefront of Aston Martin’s motorsport activity. The Vantage first went racing in 2006, when Aston Martin’s CEO Dr Ulrich Bez and members of the company’s engineering department took a near-standard Aston Martin V8 Vantage to the gruelling Nürburgring 24 hour race. Since then GT4 versions of the V8 Vantage have become a force to be reckoned with, spawning one-make race series and winning their class in Dubai, Nürburgring, Silverstone and Spa 24-hour races. For 2012 Aston Martin Racing is stepping up a gear with the new V12 Vantage focused race car. Currently undergoing an extensive test programme this spectacular new racing car will be in action throughout the 2012 season.

Combining iconic styling, thrilling performance, true craftsmanship and exclusivity the revitalised Vantage range boasts unprecedented breadth and appeal. The revised Aston Martin V8 Vantage together with the rest of the range is available to order now from Aston Martin’s global dealer network.

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