Aston Martin is preparing for the future with a shiny new prototype and new vehicle testing center. What better way to ensure that the future of the iconic brand will exceed expectations and deliver the very latest in technology? The Aston Martin development center is nestled in the amazing MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, U.K. and will also provide testing for other automotive brands in the area like Land Rover, Jaguar, Pirelli, Michelin, Bosch and more for a total of around 30 transportation related companies.
It seems there will not be an Aston Martin SUV in the foreseeable future. While a plethora of luxury brands have opted to create and concept SUVs when they are known for sports cars or grand touring vehicles, Aston Martin is passing at this point to focus on coach building and perfecting its next-generation of exotic sports cars.
Should the 007 brand venture into building luxury SUVs? Is the world ready for an Aston Martin SUV offering?
Because Aston Martin is backing out of the SUV race, rumors are flying. Is the brand avoiding a lucrative opportunity or are they increasing another one? With other high-end automakers spreading themselves thin creating fleets packed with sedans, coupes, SUVs and crossovers, and multiple powertrains available for each–Aston Martin could gain an edge in the focused markets.
The 2013 Dubai International Motor Show is in full swing, and Aston Martin is taking advantage of the excitement to unveil its centenary celebrations and new lineup. What better arena than luxurious Dubai to reveal new exotic cars and take in some of the richest sights on the planet?
Aston Martin is celebrating its centenary at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show this week. The show runs from November 5th-9th at the Dubai World Trade Center.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
Aston Martin is showing the following exotic sports cars at the show this week:
The Racing Group (TRG) has been busying itself developing an Aston Martin Daytona prototype. The California-based TRG team has partnered with Aston Martin Racing to form TRG-AMR North America, LLC. Their mutual goals are paving the way for a very exciting racing circuit.
The V12 Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Kevin Buckler, owner of TRG, described the Aston Martin Daytona prototype as follows: “The V12 engine sounds fantastic, but for what’s being developed, that’s not the exact package we’re looking at. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but the vision we’re aiming towards, if you want to try and picture it, is to have two DP cars coming down the front straight at Daytona that look like a prototype version of the GT3 car.”
If you have ever wondered what a mid-engine Aston Martin supercar would look like, you are not alone. Check out these extraordinary renderings by artist Samir Sadikhov of just that concept. Dubbed the Aston Martin DBC concept, it is taking headlines everywhere.
Impeccable renderings of a mid-engine Aston Martin by Samir Sadikhov. We certainly hope Aston Martin is paying attention to these!
Unfortunately, there may never be a production Aston Martin released with a mid-engine layout or a body as heart-hammering as this. The marquee is known for their grand touring luxury rides, however small or large they emerge. Take the time to really take in the lines and shape–it manages to maintain a distinct Aston Martin appeal while offering a slice of an entirely new and stunning universe. If Aston ever opted to go head-to-head with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini and produce edgy and sharp supercars, this would be the body that could back it up.
The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster concept is a racy tribute to the brand’s 100 years in the luxury auto industry. The CC100 is missing a few key comforts, including a roof and the lower portion of its doors. What it lacks in creature comforts, the concept makes up for with power and prowess.
The Aston Martin CC100 racer stirred up excitement recently at the Nürburgring racetrack. The sporty blue and yellow exterior is fitting of a track car and draw attention to the elongated body.
The CC100 Speedster boasts a blend of components borrowed from its predecessors. Under the prominent hood lurks a mean 6.0-liter V12 borrowed from the rest of the range. The transmission is a 6-speed semi-automatic with paddles positioned directly on the steering wheel. It has the aluminum architecture of the road going cars, but is built strictly for the track.
When one sees an Aston Martin on the street, there is certainly no mistaking the badge. This overall consistency has led to a bit of brand blandness, however, as consumers prefer variety when investing in an exotic car. Can Aston Martin add variety to the lineup and attract new clients? That is the plan, according to the rumor mill!
Can Aston Martin overcome this identity crisis and create a well-rounded fleet to choose from?
Anyone lacking a functional knowledge of exotic cars can easily point out an Aston Martin. The problem lies in the fact that even car connoisseurs sometimes need a few minutes to distinguish a DB9 from a DBS, or a Vantage from a Virage. I think you are picking up what I am putting down at this juncture! They all look the same, like starter homes lining a cul de sac.
BMW joined the scores of show offs at Pebble Beach recently, touting the hot new Zagato roadster to eager onlookers! And am I ever so glad they showed up! Designed to be more aggressive and masculine than its predecessors, the show-stopping Zagato is a bold and fresh change of pace for the typically traditional automaker. When some think of the word, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato may come to mind. That is because the design geniuses at Zagato had a hot helping hand in that glorious project as well!
The BMW Zagato Roadster displayed on the ‘Concepts lawn’ at Pebble Beach.
Not too long ago, the word Porsche was synonymous with simply a sleek and relatively unchanged sports car. These days, the Cayenne SUV is one of the most popular models--and soon it will be available in diesel form! Of course, Europeans have been enjoying the diesel version since 2009, but now the brand feels Americans will be more open to the technology. These are things that would have been nearly impossible to predict in the past, yet are shocking realities of the present and possible Porsche future lineup.
Porsche’s Cayenne is the current best seller. Will it continue to roll out in diesel form?
Aston Martin’s Rapide is already impressive, and rumors announce that it may unleash even more power next year! It is rare for a 5.9-liter V12 to be considered standard, so what is next for the luxury marquee and its flagship car? Watch someone crash a Rapide here...and imagine more horsepower!
Will adding more horses get sales racing for Aston Martin’s Rapide?