Built For Bond: The Aston Martin DB10

Built For Bond: The Aston Martin DB10

Bond’s new car in “Spectre” was recently unveiled: the Aston Martin DB10. The DB10 has been identified as Bond’s company car as early as 2014. But since then, the world has only seen glimpses of it in two previously released “Spectre” trailers.

Last Sunday, however, it was paraded in Paris along with other Bond cars including the iconic Aston Martin DB5 used in “Goldfinger” and “Skyfall.” Excited French fans came in droves to witness the cars drove up to the Arc de Triomphe, the Telegraph reported.

The new car has been tailor-made for James Bond. Sam Mendes, “Spectre”‘s director, collaborated with Aston Martin’s design honcho Marek Reichman to build a car that exemplify 007.

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They worked according to the philosophy that above all, the car must be predatory. They came up with 10 state-of-art concepts, each outfitted with different technologies such as flamethrowers and roll cages, according to Popular Science.

You may be assured that the new Bond car will never be available for sale. It is exclusive to 007 – thank you very much. However, there are rumors that the concept could be the basis for the next generation Aston Martin V8 Vantage, slated to be released in 2017, reported Auto Express.

Watch the menacing super car in action in the video below.

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Aston Martin’s $2.3 Million Vulcan Supercar Is A Carbon Fiber Dream

Aston Martin's $2.3 Million Vulcan Supercar Is A Carbon Fiber Dream

Even James Bond isn’t posh enough for this. Luxury automaker Aston Martin has released new photos of its stunning Vulcan supercar, which was announced earlier this year.

The track-only vehicle is almost entirely constructed of carbon fiber and packs a whopping 800-horsepower V12 engine so powerful owners are offered an “extensive and detailed program of intensive track driver training,” Wired reported back in February.

Car companies have been looking toward carbon fiber for years to increase fuel efficiency. The material is about 10 times stronger and 75 percent lighter than steel, but it’s far more expensive and has been reserved for luxury and sports cars, according to Bloomberg.

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Aston Martin seems to have factored the expense into the price. The Vulcan retails for a cool $2.3 million (ahem, before taxes), but good luck getting your hands on one. The car will be even more exclusive than the limited-edition One-77, and only 24 will be built.

“A sports car for true sports car lovers, I believe the Aston Martin Vulcan — and the unique ownership programme that sits behind it — sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class,” CEO Andy Palmer said in a press release.

The car made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and can bolt from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds. It’ll top out at 200 mph.

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Wired notes that despite the car’s sexy exterior, it truly is a track-only racing vehicle and doesn’t come with air conditioning or a built-in stereo system. “The Vulcan is basically what Bruce Wayne would build if Batman needed to compete at Le Mans,” reporter Jordan Golsonwrites.

Check out the video of the supercar’s debut below. Zoom zoom.

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Women Like Supercars Too

Women Like Supercars Too

Supercar makers are like teenage boys at a high school dance, according to business consultant Belinda Parmar. They don’t have a clue how to speak to women. They may need to learn, and quickly.

With the number of financially independent women on the rise across much of the world, high-performance carmakers risk losing a potentially big market to more adaptable rivals.

“Any woman could drive those cars,” said Sonja Heiniger, the Swiss owner of an Internet services firm who has owned four Lamborghinis and hits the racetrack in a Porsche. “If you only address men, then that’s a pity,” the 76 year-old said as she touched the accelerator in her latest Lamborghini, a US$375,000 Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale special edition car in “rosso mars” red.

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In China, one of the world’s fastest-growing car markets, Porsche makes almost 40 percent of its sales to women, helping it to become a key profit engine for parent Volkswagen. Porsche has picked tennis star Maria Sharapova as a brand ambassador and expanded into sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), a category which has proved popular among women. But the high-performance car industry has a long way to go.

It remains dominated by gender stereotypes, with scantily-clad models decorating the stands at car shows. And most brands make little attempt to address women – just look at the number of car adverts in male-orientated magazines such as GQ compared with Marie-Claire and Elle that have a more female readership.

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When luxury carmakers have tried to market to women, their attempts have sometimes backfired. An Aston Martin dealership in Britain organized a “Ladies Day,” offering an Estee Lauder make-up lesson after a test drive, a move which some women criticized as patronizing.

As a result, some carmakers appear wary of trying. “It’s like with an engineering degree which attracts more men than women, that’s just how it is,” said Lamborghini Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann. “Males are more into the car business and the super sportscar is the pinnacle of that business.” He added he would like to see more women buyers, but would not push to attract them in order “to keep the Lamborghini DNA as pure as possible”.

Do you agree?

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Dubai Grand Parade: Supercars, bikes and a procession of world records

Dubai Grand Parade: Supercars, bikes and a procession of world records

A fitting weekend curtain raiser to the festivities marking the 43rd National Day rolled through Dubai with dramatic flair last Friday.

Draped in a sea of UAE flags, the Meydan Motor Village reverberated with the powerful revs of 600 luxury cars as the Dubai Grand Parade was flagged off.

Earlier in the morning, the Dubai Motor Festival (DMF) is believed to have set a new Guinness World Record of the largest number of cars in a single motorcade with 58 automative marquees taking part in a mass convoy of supercars, classic automobiles and exotic cars.

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The automobile carnival was bursting with top brands, from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati to Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and Bugatti.

The convoy traced a 47-km route around all iconic landmarks of the city in three hours with excited onlookers greeting it everywhere before it ended at Meydan.

Residents along the parade route cheered on the car owners, giving the event a festive feel ahead of National Day.

Source: GulfNews

Drop-top duel – Porsche 911 Turbo S versus Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Drop-top duel - Porsche 911 Turbo S versus Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is the convertible version of the British manufacturer’s best and most desirable model. But does it compare favourably to the brilliantly resolved Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet?

Sports cars that have had their roofs removed used to be sneered at my car enthusiasts because the transition from coupe to cabriolet would often add weight, remove stiffness and dent the driving experience.

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Nowadays though, companies like Porsche and Aston Martin work just as hard to get their cabriolets right as they do their coupes.

The new V12 Vantage S Roadster and 911 Turbo Cabriolet are without question two of the greatest examples they’ve yet produced. Despite costing the same as each other, they could hardly be more different on the road or in the showroom. Here’s why…

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster to Debut at Pebble Beach

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster to Debut at Pebble Beach

The 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is set to make its worldwide debut at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It will also appear alongside the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo from the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.

Under the hood, the car features the same engine as the V12 Vantage S coupe. That is an uprated version of the normally-aspirated 5.9-liter V12 AM28 engine which is actually the fifth generation of Aston Martin’s 5.9-liter V12 engine.

In 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster guise, this powerplant delivers a total of 565 hp therefore matching the power produced by the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish from the same engine. This horsepower figure then represents a 55 hp gain over the regular Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

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In addition to the increased horsepower, the 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster now produces 457 lb-ft of torque, which is a 37 lb-ft gain over the regular V12 Vantage.

This powerful engine is then mated to a seven-speed automated manual transmission taken from the V8 Vantage and outfitted with a longer drive ratio for higher top speeds. The transmission is operated via steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

As a result of this power and torque, the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster will hit 100 km/h from a standstill in a mere 4.0 seconds with an impressive top speed of 323 km/h (201 mph) possible.

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Aston Martin Revives Lagonda Badge on Supercar for Middle East

Aston Martin Revives Lagonda Badge on Supercar for Middle East

Aston Martin Lagonda, the British maker of cars featured in James Bond movies, will introduce a limited-edition, high-end sedan in 2015 designed solely for customers in the Middle East.

The bespoke car will revive the Lagonda nameplate, taking design cues from a classic 1976 car while featuring modern lightweight carbon-fiber body panels, Gaydon, England-based Aston Martin said in a statement.

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The sedan’s debut “will be an exciting moment not only for Aston Martin, but for discerning customers who are seeking the ultimate in luxury and personalization,” design director Marek Reichman said in the statement. The model “has been created as a piece of exceptional automotive art.”

The Lagonda supercar, which follows two special edition models exclusively offered in North America, will be available by invitation only, the company said. Prices will reflect “the car’s exclusivity, quality and luxurious nature.”

Source: Driving