Cars & Motorcycles

Vantage Issue 26

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 gentlemns racers through to the all-new Vanquish. If you've a passion for Aston Martin's you'll love Vantage magazine.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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in this issue

2 min.

A long-distance love affair IN TERMS OF historical and commercial significance, there’s a strong argument to support the Le Mans 24 Hours being the single most important race in the world. For Aston Martin, the bond is deep, traced back more than 90 years to the first momentous entry in 1928 and featuring valiant efforts and emotional successes in every decade since. Foremost among those is the magnificent 1-2 finish in 1959; David Brown’s commitment to motor racing bearing fruit in the best possible fashion, with a Le Mans win and a World Sportscar Championship title secured in the same season. Sixty years later, the marque is yet to repeat that feat, though it has a realistic prospect for victory in both GTE Pro and GTE Am categories this year. That the chance of…

6 min.
virtual valkyrie

WE’RE ALL WELL-VERSED in what the Aston Martin Valkyrie promises, but how do you take these remarkable claims with anything more than a pinch of salt when you know for a fact that until very recently a fully functioning car didn’t actually exist? Simulation, that’s how. It’s appropriate that all the development work done thus far on this heavily F1-influenced hypercar has been conducted exclusively in the virtual realm, for that is exactly how F1 cars are designed these days. The work of refining this digital development prototype has fallen to Chris Goodwin, Aston’s high performance test driver, who has ‘driven’ the Valkyrie more than 8500 virtual kilometres. Now, with the simulated car at a stage where it can offer novice hands a representative taste of what the Valkyrie is capable of,…

1 min.
in brief

ZAGATO ASTON Aston Martin has revealed this rendering of its forthcoming DBS GT Zagato. Conceived to mark Zagato’s centenary, the new model, based on the DBS Superleggera, will be available only as a pair with the latest ‘continuation’ model, the DB4 GT Zagato. Just 19 pairs will be produced and the price per pair will be £6 million, plus local taxes. First deliveries of the DB4 GT Continuation will start at the end of this year, with the DBS GT Zagato following in late 2020. ZAGATO ASTON TAKE 2 Zagato itself is also celebrating its centenary by announcing 19 sets of V12 Vantage-based ‘twins’ in a venture with Swiss motorsport company AF Racing AG and its offshoot, R-Reforged. Based on the 2011 Vantage V12 Zagato, each pair will comprise Coupé and Speedster versions,…

3 min.
goldfinger gadgets revealed

LET’S BE HONEST, there’s a little part of all of us that would love to be Sean Connery in a certain Silver Birch DB5. A very select few with extremely deep pockets may even be anticipating the chance to live out that fantasy at the wheel of their own Bond DB5, thanks to Aston Martin’s decision to build a run of 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars, complete with working replicas of the famous gadgets. And now Aston has revealed what some of those gadgets might be – with accompanying pictures of them being tested in prototype form. Technicians at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell have been working with Chris Corbould, the Oscar-winning special effects supervisor on the James Bond films, to produce the prototype gadgets as part of the engineering…

1 min.
dbs gets volante treatment

LOPPING THE ROOF OFF perhaps the most handsome new car money can buy could end in all kinds of wrong, but by the looks of these images the new DBS Superleggera Volante is very, very right. Employing the same 715bhp, 664lb ft 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission as the coupé, the DBS Volante is the fastest convertible car in Aston Martin’s history. Top speed is identical to the coupé’s at 211mph, while the 0-60mph time is fractionally slower at 3.6sec thanks to an increase in weight from added bracing to maintain structural rigidity. Aston is yet to release the actual figure, but comparing weights of the DB11 coupé and Volante, we’d estimate an increase of around 100kg. With the folding eight-layer fabric hood raised, the Volante’s lines are pleasingly…

1 min.
manual ’box for vantage amr

UNDERLINING ITS position as the hardcore drivers’ car of the Aston Martin range, the new Vantage AMR comes equipped with a manual transmission, the ‘dog-leg’ seven-speed gearbox first seen in the previous-generation V12 Vantage S making an appearance in the new twin-turbo V8 Vantage for the first time. Power and torque remain unchanged at 503bhp and 505lb ft, but removing the auto gearbox and fitting carbon brakes as standard means the AMR is 95kg lighter. It is also equipped with AMSHIFT; a system that mimics the throttle-blipping of heel-and-toe downshifts and also allows for full-throttle upshifts. Limited to 200 units worldwide, the Vantage AMR is available in five designer specifications: 141 cars will be in a choice of Sabiro Blue, Onyx Black, China Grey or White Stone, with the remaining 59 finished…