Vantage Issue 19

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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WITH 104 YEARS OF HERITAGE to explore, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fabulous older cars to feature in these pages. In the early days of Vantage, it was tricky to strike the right balance of content, largely because the supply of iconic classics was so abundant while newsworthy contemporary production models were a bit thin on the ground. How times change. These are unprecedented days of productivity for Aston Martin. That’s why in this issue we make no bones about celebrating the here and now, with exclusive drives of the mouthwatering Vanquish Zagato, hardcore Vantage AMR Pro and incredible Vulcan AMR. Yes, they are all ultra-low-volume cars, but this has become an area in which Aston excels. And don’t forget there’s the DB11 V8, all-new Vantage and DB11…

vanquish zagato: the awesome foursome

FOUR ASTON MARTIN ZAGATOS. Let’s just pause for a moment and allow that to sink in. Four Zagatos. What began with a striking and discreetly introduced Zagato version of the Vanquish S coupé has escalated into an unprecedented and quite remarkable quartet of Vanquishbased Zagato designs. The coupé and Volante follow a familiar recipe, and are no less desirable for that. However, the newly announced Speedster and Shooting Brake editions are major surprises and utterly spectacular. As all will share the same 595bhp V12 underpinnings of the regular Vanquish S (with fine-tuning to the damping to suit each car’s character), they promise to be as fabulous to drive as they are to look at. Pricing is at the ‘if you have to ask...’ level, but reckon on around £600,000 plus taxes for…

valkyrie reveals more of its secrets

WE STILL DON’T KNOW much about the nuts and bolts, but Aston Martin has shared some tantalising new images of the Valkyrie hypercar. The shots are of the latest development buck, which features opening doors and a full interior mock-up. Though not the finished item, it’s said to be 95 per cent there, at least so far as the exterior styling is concerned. As expected, the uncompromising genius of Red Bull’s Adrian Newey is evident in the radical sculpting of the Valkyrie’s underbody aerodynamics. Never has anyone attempted to channel air so aggressively or harness it so completely in a road car application. Consequently, the upper surfaces of the Valkyrie remain blissfully free from clutter. The cockpit sits between two enormous venturis feeding the rear diffuser. It’s hard to believe it will…

db11 v8 launched

POWERED EXCLUSIVELY since launch by Aston Martin’s in-house-developed 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, the DB11 is now also available with a 4-litre twin-turbo V8. First fruit of Aston’s relationship with technical partner and minority shareholder Mercedes-AMG, the new engine promises exceptional performance combined with impressive fuel efficiency. It also offers significant benefits in markets where car taxation policy is structured around engine capacity, such as China. Producing 503bhp and 498lb ft, the downsized V8 remains formidable, propelling the DB11 to 62mph in a claimed 4sec and on to a top speed of 187mph. Official CO2 emissions are 230g/km and the EU Combined fuel figure is 28.5mpg. The engine supply deal allows Aston Martin freedom to put its own stamp on the character of the engine, which means new ECU software together with reprogramming of the…

rapide: the first electric aston martin

AMONG THE RAFT of product announcements released by Aston Martin over the summer was confirmation that the all-electric RapidE Concept has been green-lit for production. Details remain sketchy, but we know build is scheduled for 2019 and limited to a run of 155 cars. Based on the upcoming production version of the Rapide AMR Concept, the RapidE will spearhead development of Aston’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy, as laid out by Aston Martin’s president and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, in the company’s Second Century Plan. Palmer is a longstanding advocate of electric cars (as chief planning officer at Nissan, he was responsible for the Japanese giant’s zero-emission vehicle planning and global battery business) but remains a committed petrolhead. ‘The internal combustion engine has been at the heart of Aston Martin for more than…

back to earth for amr after high of le mans

AFTER THE EUPHORIA AND delayed fatigue of Le Mans (see page 32), Aston Martin Racing had a scant few weeks to regroup at its Banbury HQ before loading the trucks and heading to Germany for the Six Hours of Nürburgring. Traditionally the last of the World Endurance Championship’s European rounds, Nürburgring brings the first half of a long season to a close. It’s also the perfect opportunity to enter the championship’s summer break with a positive result and momentum to carry into the gruelling succession of ‘flyaway’ races that start with the Six Hours of Mexico in the middle of September. Having taken a dramatic win in the GTE Pro category at Le Mans, Darren Turner, Jonny Adam and Daniel Serra must have been hoping they could steer their #97 Vantage to…