Friday July 8th, 2011 16:05 Aston Martin give go-ahead to the V12 Zagato

 

Aston Martin has announced its plans to begin production of the stunning new V12 Zagato in the summer of 2012. The two-seater supercar was first unveiled back in May at the Villa D’Este Concours in Italy, but it was the 2011 Nurburgring 24 hour race last month where Aston Martin’s latest collaboration with the Zagato design house really came to the attention of car enthusiasts. At the endurance race in Germany, the two competing V12 Zagato’s finished a solid fifth and sixth in class.

Aston Martin’s production plans for the Zagato differ slightly from what was anticipated when details of the supercar first emerged. Initially, it was expected that well under 100 units of the V12 Zagato would be produced, but now Aston Martin expect to produce a slightly less limited run of 150. The first deliveries of the Anglo-Italian collaboration should make their way to buyers towards the end of next year.

There are still no official statistics for the V12 Zagato’s top speed or 0-62mph time, but it is estimated that it will be able to reach 62mph in just 4.2 seconds and that its top speed will be in the region of 190mph.

While first guesses at a price for the Aston Martin V12 Zagato came in at the £200,000 price region, it is apparently going to cost buyers a hefty £330,000, and £396,000 including VAT. That price is three times the price of the V12 Vantage, which costs £135,000, even though it shares the same 6.0-litre V12 engine, chassis and core design. Time to start saving your pennies, Aston Martin fans!

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Sunday May 22nd, 2011 15:06 Aston Martin Unveils the V12 Zagato

 

Aston Martin’s new V12 Zagato was unveiled yesterday at the Villa D’Este Concours on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. The car was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, and takes its inspiration from previous collaborations between Aston Martin and the Zagato design house. Previous collaborations have resulted in cars such as the V8 Vantage Zagato and the DB7 Zagato.

Based on the mechanics of the V12 Vantage, the Zagato’s 6.0-litre V12 engine will produce 510bhp and 570 Nm of torque. It is not yet known how quickly it will go from 0-62mph, or what its top speed is.

As building the car’s shell with the use of machines wasn’t possible, Zagato engineers have hand crafted each aluminium design flourish from sheet metal. To show the lengths to which the design house have went to to create the V12 Zagato, each front wing required the working together of seven distinct pieces of metal, and each roof bubble consists of five pieces.

Mark Reichmann, Aston Martin’s Director of Design, says: “The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style. The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato. The muscular organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of the car’s racing credentials.”

People looking for a glimpse of the V12 Zagato in action will have to wait until late June, when a racing version of the V12 Zagato will compete in a 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in Germany. It is expected that production of the V12 Zagato will fall well under the 99 units of the DB7 Zagato, but buyers should expect to pay in the region of £200,000 for the latest collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato.

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Tuesday March 22nd, 2011 14:41 The Exciting Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin Virage

The Aston Martin Virage is the true culmination of every Aston Martin auto that has come before it. It has taken all the best of the fine vehicles of the past and made a vehicle that is nearly perfect in its execution. Just standing and looking at the clean lines of this automobile is an experience like few others, and sitting in the driver’s seat is exquisite.

This model is built on an all-aluminium frame for lightness and proven strength it is powered by Aston’s iconic V12 engine. This car is indeed a unique performance machine in 2011. The transmission is the Touchtonic 2’ automatic which comes with paddle shifters. This transmission makes the vehicle effortless to drive while leaving the joy of the road intact for the driver. Once the car gets to speed, the carbon ceramic brakes offer the absolute stopping power a discerning driver demands.

Driving this car is an adventure in sensory pleasure. Cornering is a dream and the feel of the wheel on the road is transmitted through the steering column making the driver one with the vehicle. The headlamps peer ahead like some wild animal searching for its prey. This car is sleekness personified. The rear lights let every other driver on the road that they have been passed by the best. Regardless of the colour chosen, Aston Martin’s Virage is an attention grabber on the roads.

Even in the car park the Virage demands people’s attention. This is truly the car for the person who wants the best.

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Saturday March 12th, 2011 16:08 Aston Martin – a car with a colourful history

The Aston Martin is a well known British luxury car manufacturer which is loved by people all over the world. It is really a surprise to know that instead of originating in Germany or Italy, it is a British car.

The car got its name from one of its founders and a steep hill near Aston Clinton in United Kingdom. The company came into existence in 1913 when Martin made up his mind to manufacture his own racing cars. The first car came out in 1915, but this company was disbanded during the World War I and was again resurrected after this war. Cars were produced in 1922 for competing in the French Grand Prix where they were successful in setting new endurance and speed records. Whilst the company went bust in 1924 and but was purchased by one Lady Charnwood and was again declared bankrupt in 1926. Later in that year many investors assumed control of this company when it was renamed Aston Martin Motors.

Augustus Bertelli was its technical director between 1936-1937. The company shifted its focus to road cars in 1936 but production was again stopped in World War II.

Aston was bought by David Brown Limited in 1947 and manufactured classic series cars having initials DB. In the year 1977, the convertibles Volante and V8 Vantage came on the scene. Ford bought major stake in the company in 1987 and Virage range was launched in the market. Virage was first new model in past 20 years.

In 1991 complete control of the company shifted to Ford when DB range was again renewed with DB7. This range also included Vanquish and V12 Vantage.

In 2007, Aston Martin was sold by Ford to a consortium which was controlled by Prodrive chairman David Richards for around $850 million. Aston is still owned by Prodrive and has ambitious plans to continue manufacturing this iconic car.

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Friday November 26th, 2010 17:05 Aston Marton’s New Production

The new first production of the luxury Aston Martin car is now on display at Herrods in London, England until December 11th, 2010. Presently the newest model is only available to previous Aston Martin customers. It carries a £30,000 price tag.

The new Cygnet supermini model is made from the Toyota iQ body sent from Japan. The body is then hand painted, trimmed and assembled all by hand. The interior has leather. The Cygnet super mini features side strakes, alloy wheels, C-shaped lights in the rear and an a sporty aluminum grille. It is capable of going from 0-60 in 14.7 seconds, 1.33 liter petrol 4 cylinder engine. The engine is a four pot developing 97bhp and 92lb foot. The Co2 stays around 113g/km and gets about 59mpg (94.95kph). Sadly this is the slowest car Aston Marton has produced since it only reaches 106mph, (170.59kph).

Not only is the Cygnet supermini made to have lower CO2 emissions and more eco-friendly but additionally it can be driven in tight streets and around corners other cars cannot go, alas it is not the James Bond model so it can only travel on streets. It may be small but it is built with the details that our customers have come to love over the years. Choose from our paint colors, trim and finish to make your car the way you want it to look.

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