That Aston Martin was, in the mid 60's, developing a new V8 engine, was a poorly kept secret. And the best way to test any new development is on the race track.
If you have to ask whether the new Aston Martin Virage is really worth roughly 30 grand more than the near identical-looking DB9, here's a tip: Don't ask Ulrich Bez. The mercurial German, who's headed Aston since 2000, has little time for those who don't appreciate the subtle nuances that define the individual models in the company's 14-car lineup, all of which, apart from the stubby Toyota iQ-based Cygnet, look remarkably similar. "Our cars look like Aston Martins," he says defiantly. "If you don't like the look, buy another car."
Daimler and Aston Martin have signed an engine and platform sharing agreement according to a recent report by Car and Driver. Rumors of this partnership have been alive since 2008, but if the report is correct, Aston Marting will build the redesigned Maybach in their Gaydon, England factory.
You'd have to be a real Aston Martin aficionado to spot the differences between the DB9 coupe and the new Virage. Even Aston design chief Marek Reichman concedes the differences between the two cars are quite subtle.
In case you're wondering, the Virage gets crisp new front fenders, more muscular fascias front and rear, new sill extensions, and even new rear fenders -- DB9 units that are re-stamped in a secondary process to pump them out over the wider rear tires. Changes inside include new stitching on the leather seats and upgraded switchgear.
The 2011 Aston Martin DBS is a unique machine. It's not quite a pure exotic, and it's not quite a pure luxury car. It's a hybrid of the two -- a luxotic, if you will. And, aside from a few quibbles, the DBS pulls it off.
The DBR1, arguably the most successful racing Aston Martin ever, was designed as a replacement for the DB3S. The similarity between the two cars is evident in the above photograph.
Nimrod Racing Automobiles was formed in 1981, a partnership between Robin Hamilton, who had already had experience with RHAM/1, and Victor Gauntlet, the then new Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda and also Pace Petroleum.
David Brown knew that 'Racing improves the breed', and soon after buying Aston Martin, he brought in Eberan von Eberhorst of pre-war Auto Union fame to develop a sports racing car using DB2 parts.
Aston Martin doesn’t have to do much to dress up a space aside from bringing a car or three. Starting this month, Aston is doing just that to supply some particularly sexy furnishings for a series of luxury events across the nation, hosted by audio partner Bang & Olufsen. Specifically, it has supplied two examples of its most dapper DBS flagship yet, the new DBS Carbon Black special edition, to be put on display and used for demonstration.
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