AKA - adventures in badge engineering: Part 4 Aston Martin Cygnet, 2011. A misguided attempt to sell the Toyota IQ at a much higher price. The logic was that it would appeal to Aston Martin owners as a second car for city driving. It didn’t and the plug was pulled after 150 were made
After its successful global introduction in 2016, Aston Martin’s definitive GT - the acclaimed DB11 - is now available with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Perfectly complementing the DB11’s existing 5.2-litre twin turbocharged V12 engine, this new powerplant has provided the opportunity to reveal more of the DB11’s sporting character, while expanding its global appeal with a combination of exceptional performance and improved efficiency.
Producing 510PS (503BHP) and 675Nm of torque, the V8 engine’s potency is beyond question, propelling the DB11 from 0-62mph in just 4.0sec and on to a top speed of 187mph. This performance is matched by impressive efficiency: CO2 emissions of 230g/km1 and an EU Combined fuel economy figure of 28.5 mpg. This new V8 derivative brings further significant benefits in markets where car taxation policy is structured around engine capacity, such as China.
What a difference 38 years makes Alternating views of Aston Martin Bulldog, 1980 and Aston Martin AM-RB 001, 2018. The Bulldog was Aston’s first attempt to make a mid-engined sports car, it was designed by William Towns and was intended to be produced in a limited run of 25 cars but the prototype remained a one-off. The AM-RB 001 is a prototype for a mid-engined hypercar developed in collaboration with Red Bull Racing which is scheduled to be produced as a limited edition model in 2018
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato 1960, a lightened and restyled version of the DB4 modified in Italy by Zagato, the plan had been to build 25 cars but in fact demand was limited and only 20 cars were made. Subsequently a number of replica’s have been produced but a genuine DB4 Zagato is worth in excess of $1 million
Aston Marton Virage Shooting Brake Zagato, 2014. The most recent Zagato Aston Martin is this Shooting Brake which was commissioned by a customer and, like the coupe and spyder versions, will remain a on-off
Aston Martin DP-100 vision Gran Turismo concept 2014, DP for design prototype, this concept was created for Gran Turismo 6 and exists only in the digital relm. It uses a theoretical turbo-charged V12 mid-placed engine and aspects of the design will find their way onto future Astons