Vantage Issue 16

A quarterly magazine for buyers and enthusiasts of Aston Martin cars. Vantage celebrates 100 years of one of the coolest car brands on the planet from the early gentlmens racers through to the all-new Vanquish. If you've a passion for Aston Martin's you'll love Vantage magazine.

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Aston’s brand designs LIFE MUST HAVE BEEN beautifullysimple for Aston Martin in late 1959. Pretty sweet, too, given the DBR1 hadwon Le Mans and the World Sports CarChampionship. With the ageing DB MkIIIretired, the road car ‘range’ consistedsolely of the new and wonderful DB4, inregular saloon and new GT forms. It’s perhaps no wonder this is seen asthe golden period for Aston Martin. Onewhere pride and confidence were skyhigh,the cars were genuinely world-classand the company was enjoying a rare period of financialstability, thanks to the munificence of David Brown. Aston wasa marque at the height of its powers. Today Aston Martin is that most millennial of things: a brand.What’s the difference? Well, leaf through this edition of Vantageand you’ll find the AM37S. Not the latest limited-editionVanquish, but a speed boat. All £1.6m-worth of…

power boost forreborn vanquish

WITH THE DB11, AM-RB 001 and a braceof Zagato-bodied specials grabbingattention and headlines, news of theVanquish S has rather crept up on us. Direct replacement for the outgoingVanquish, the Vanquish S effortlesslysteps into the role of Aston’s seriesproductionflagship. A boost in power,sharper front and rear-end treatments forimproved aerodynamics, revised chassissettings and a host of distinguishingdetails make for the most comprehensiverefresh since the second-generationVanquish was introduced in 2012. Though it has always looked the part,the Vanquish has been something of aslow-burn success. It took a big stepforward when it received the latestgenerationeight-speed Touchtronicgearbox, but with the Vantage rangebecoming faster and increasingly focused– most notably the ferocious V12 VantageS – and the new DB11 combining higherheadline power outputs with superior GTcredentials, Aston’s ‘super-GT‘ was indanger of falling between the cracks. Now, thanks to a freer-breathing…

vanquish zagato gets the chop

HOT ON THE HEELS of the fabulousVanquish Zagato coupé (issue 14),Aston Martin has opened the orderbookon the equally stunning VanquishZagatoVolante. Demand for the fruits of Aston’scollaborative work with Italian stylinghouse Zagato always outstrips the verylimited production runs. So it was nogreat surprise that, after the VanquishZagato coupé sold out almost before itwas announced, Aston was quick tofollow up with a Volante version. Just 99 of the rakish dropheads willbe built, at Aston Martin’s Gaydonheadquarters. As with the coupé (andindeed the new Vanquish S), theZagatoVolante is powered by anenhanced version of the 5.9-litre V12engine, now developing 592bhp(600PS) and good for a projected0-60mph time of just 3.7sec. Styling-wise, the ZagatoVolanteshares its proportions, details andsignature themes with the coupé. Fullercurves with sharper, more pronouncedfeatures combine with round tail-lightsdefined by the same lolly-stick ‘blades’first seen on the…

that’s bristol-fashion

ASTON MARTIN HAS OPENED its latestnew dealership in the UK. Aston MartinBristol, part of the Dick Lovett group,launched in September and will serve theSouth West and Wales. The purpose-built 2500-square-metrefacility, located close to Junction 17 of theM5, features a 25-car showroom for newand pre-owned Astons and a separatelounge where customers can tailor theirnew car with ‘Q by Aston Martin’. Thedealership also has a dedicated aftersalesteam and a ten-bay workshop staffed byGaydon-trained technicians. The showroom opening was attendedby over 400 owners and enthusiasts,along with key members of the AstonMartin senior executive team. Presidentand CEO Dr Andy Palmer performed theopening ceremony. ‘We are excited to beworking with new partner Dick Lovett,who share our passion for Aston Martin,’Palmer told the assembled throng. It’s been an exciting year for the DickLovett group, which is celebrating 50years in…

in brief

BADGES OF HONOUR Aston Martin is releasing limited-edition setsof the distinctive ‘wings’ that have adornedits V8 Vantage GTE race-cars in this year’sWorld Endurance Championship. Each setincludes examples of all nine badges,featuring the national colours of all thecountries AMR has competed in throughoutthe season. Hand-crafted in Birmingham’sworld-renowned jewellery quarter, eachenamelled badge takes a total of 20 hoursto produce. Just 250 sets will be availableworldwide, at a price of £3750 per set. VULCAN LANDS Aston Martin’s track-only hypercar (tested inthis issue, page 124) will always be a raresight with only 24 examples built. But there’scurrently a chance to see a Vulcan in all itscarbonfibre glory at Berkshire performancecar specialist Knowl Hill. The showroom, inBath Road, Twyford, also currently boasts aVantage GT12, though with 100 GT12s builtit’s positively common by comparison withthe mighty Vulcan. More at…

right down to the wire

WITH FOUR MORE ROUNDS of the World Endurance Championship completed since our last update, and just one round remaining (the 6 Hours of Bahrain) at the time of going to press, Aston Martin Racing was still in contention for GTEclass manufacturer and driver titles. It’s an impressive position that belies the mixed fortunes enjoyed/endured by the Banbury-based team at the penultimate round in Shanghai, China. For the GTE AM squad of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda it was another perfect weekend, the trio converting their class pole position into class victory for the third time in three races, and their fifth win of the season in the #98 Vantage racer. Sadly for the GTE PRO pair of Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway, Shanghai was a disaster, as the hapless…