Vantage Issue 17

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 quickening pulse SUCH IS THE PACE of change at Aston Martin, it’s sometimes hard to keep up. So in this issue of Vantage we’ve decided to apply the parking brake and take stock. Of both the metal and the people who are providing material for the next chapter in Aston’s remarkable 104-year narrative. The metal element was relatively simple. Take the new DB11 and even newer Vanquish S to some of our favourite roads, explore their performance and become intimately acquainted with their divergent characters. Suffice to say it was a fascinating few days in the company of two tremendous cars. A visit to Aston’s Gaydon HQ has always been the best barometer of what’s going on. I’m not sure why, but stepping into the airy VIP Reception is like taking the…

db4 gt: to be continued

A DECADE AFTER the last Vanquish S left the old factory, new Aston Martins are once again to be built at Newport Pagnell. The cars that emerge will be very similar to a select few built there nearly six decades ago, but there will be just 25 of them: continuation versions of the DB4 GT, one of the most exclusive Astons of the David Brown era. All 25 of the shortwheelbase two-seaters have already been sold (at £1.5 million plus taxes) even before the first is completed, with the first scheduled for delivery this autumn. This time, the construction will take place on the west side of Tickford Street, in the Aston Martin Works complex. A dedicated build area is being prepared, visible through the glass rear wall of the showroom…

hypercar details revealed

A NEW, 6.5-LITRE, naturally aspirated V12 engine, designed and built by Cosworth, will be at the heart of Aston Martin’s groundbreaking hypercar, it has been announced. The car, so far known only by its codename of AM-RB 001, will also feature a ‘lightweight hybrid battery system’, which suggests some sort of F1-style KERS-type arrangement. Red Bull’s Adrian Newey and Aston Martin’s Special Operations chief, David King, are driving the development of the hypercar, which, it is claimed, will redefine the limits of road car performance. Now, with design and engineering work progressing apace, Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing have confirmed a number of key technical partners. Legendary engine-builder Cosworth has been tasked with bringing all its Formula 1 and high performance production engine experience to bear…

vanquish s volante launched

HOT ON THE HEELS of the sensational Vanquish S (as featured in our cover story, starting on page 52), Aston Martin has released images of the Volante version, for which orders are now being taken. More expensive than the coupé at £211,950 (compared with £199,950), the Vanquish S Volante therefore becomes the most expensive series-production car currently sold by Aston. For that you get the same, brilliant, 5.9-litre V12 engine, incorporating revised inlet manifolds for better breathing and helping lift the output to a stupendous 595bhp at 7000rpm with 465lb ft of torque at 5500rpm, mated to the latest eight-speed Touchtronic III transmission. No performance claims have yet been made, but the Volante is sure to be within a whisker of the coupé’s 0-62mph in 3.5sec and 201mph top speed (though possibly…

more fuel for thought

IN THE LAST ISSUE OF VANTAGE (Winter 2016) we drove an Aston Martin DB5 prepared by GTC Engineering and fitted with Jenvey’s intriguing new Heritage Throttle Body system, designed to look like classic Weber DCOEs but featuring modern fuel injection and fully-mapped engine management. We were impressed, but this brand new system was still a work in progress and there were a couple of driveability issues, chiefly when coming off idle or the overrun. John and James Winsor at GTC were keen for us to try the car again after more development time, so we duly reappeared at the company’s workshops near Silverstone for Take Two. The DB5 is now running on an Emerald K6 engine management system, mapped by Emerald itself, and the idle control valve is now plumbed-in to give…

in brief

DEALERSHIP UPGRADE Aston Martin is continuing to develop its dealer network in the north of England with the opening of the extensively refurbished Aston Martin Wilmslow. Located on Water Lane, the revamped dealership – part of the Stratstone group – boasts an impressive showroom and a luxurious lounge where customers can create their own tailored new car, including ‘Q by Aston Martin’ elements. The site also features a sales department for pre-owned models and a workshop staffed by Gaydon-trained technicians. WORK STARTS AT ST ATHAN Phase 1 of Aston Martin’s new manufacturing facility at St Athan in Wales has been given the green light, with work now underway on reception areas and offices. Aston CEO Andy Palmer (centre) posed with Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns…