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Think of one of the best cars in the world, The Aston Martin Vanquish, fine British styling, and excessive power, try to imagine a better edition of it, it would be the works of Q departments. Zagato intervened too to make it look better, and the Zagato Vanquish was made. It seemed that it wasn’t enough, therefore, there is a new born baby of the Zagato and Aston Martin’s collaboration which is The Aston Martin Zagato Vanquish Volante.

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Aston Martin and Zagato go way back, it is almost 60 years that the British and Italian giant collaborated. It all started with the 1960 Aston Martin Zagato DB4 GT, then it went further with models like 2002 DB7 Vantage Zagato and 2011 V12 Vantage Zagato. Now two models are added to the equation, the Aston Martin Zagato Vanquish, announced earlier this year, and the Volante model. For those who are not accustomed to the Volante nomination it means roof bye bye. The Zagato Volante was introduced in the Peeble Beach auto show.

The exterior doesn’t differ from The actual Vanquish and the Vanquish Zagato. The car comes with more aerodynamic lines, The Z badge on the sides is quite remarkable, and seems like being spawned from a carbon-fiber tub. The carbon-fiber covers the lower body parts, skirt, rear air splitter. The hood had classic Zagato lines, with two large air vents. In the rear, there are the same round tail lights on the coupe using Aston Martin Vulcan led technology. It is all in blood red, with gold styling.

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The Zagato Volante nests inside it a monstrous 6.0 naturally aspirated engine, with power tweaks to raise power to 592 bhp. Testers calculated stop to 100 kph to be around 3.7 seconds which is 2 tenths faster than the standard Vanquish Volante. It is expected that the car will reach 197 mph top speed ( 316 kph) and why not go over the 200 mph bar.

The interior expresses comfort, luxury and high quality thanks of the works of Q department. The car is 2+2 seater, with beige leather covering. The Z badge is encrusted on the headrests. Options include anodized bronze detailing and herringbone carbon-fiber usage. Zagato announced working on just 99 units, each unit will go north half a million dollar as a price tag, pretty steep isn’t it?

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À voir le specacle autombile Tunisien, chaque année il devient de plus en plus riche, du côté des modèles qui viennent visiter la Tunisie, et le nombre, qui augmente. Petit à petit, une petite diversité est entrain de se créer. Les fans de l’automobile en Tunisie, sont parfois chanceux de voir quelques exemplaires passer.

Une des surprises qui a pris les pages Tunisiennes de Facebook, c’est les premières images d’une Aston Martin DBS, dédiée pour la police. Ce qu’on ne savait pas à l’instant c’est que c’était pour le tournage d’une sitcom Tunisienne Bolisse. On laisse les mecs de la cinéma travailler, et on fait notre travail, l’automobile.

Qu’en est-il des deux monstres qui vont apparaître à la télé?

Ces voitures, Tunisiennes, sont la fièrté du constructeur Anglais, Aston Martin, qui n’a pas cessé de créer la surprise, et de garder le style britannique pur du design Aston. Les deux voitures en question sont La Aston Martin DBS, et la Aston Martin DB9. Les deux sont modèle de l’année 2009, alimentées par deux V12 monstrueux, et les deux voitures sont déjà en compétition chez les britanniques.

La Aston Martin DBS :

La voiture qui va apparaître dans la série a été construite pendant l’année 2009. Elle possède sous le capot un 5.9L V12 produisant 510 ch @6500 tr/min et génère un couple max de 570 Nm @5750 tr/min. La voiture a vu le jour pendant le tournage du fameux James Bond Casinon Royale en 2006. sont prix était de $274,350 là. Pour une meilleure entrée d’air et sortie de gaz, la voiture est dotée de 48 soupapes gérées en tout par 4 arbres à cames, et c’est ce qui explique la puissance. Le 0 à 100 était fait en seulement 4.3 secondes, et la vitesse maximum était de 310 km/h. Elle est dotée d’une boîte de vitesse ZF performance Touchtronic 2 à 6 rapports, comme presque toutes les Aston. Pour un plaisir de conduite, toute la puissance est transférée aux roues arrière.

À l’interieur, la DBS offrait un espace Sport, luxieux, et James Bond. L’intérieur est recouvert de l’alcantara tout comme le cuir. Pour se laisser aller avec de la bonne musique à 300 à l’heure, Aston Martin à pensé aux 600 personnes qui vont avoir du plaisir à la conduire, et on offert un système sono de 10 enceintes et 16 canaux de Bang & Olufsen comme une option standard. Si vous êtes fan de la conduite manuelle, aussi Aston Martin a pensé à vous, et a offert un petit levier de vitesse, en métal.

À l’exterieur, c’est le look habituel d’une GT coupé Aston Martin, un corps fuselé, une allure unique, et surtout un châssis fait en Alluminium et en fibres de Carbone, ce qui allège la voiture jusqu’à 1740 kg par rapport au modèle de 2008. La DBS est chassée de jantes 20 pouces à l’avant tout comme à l’arrière. L’utilisation de fibre de Carbone partout, le luxe de l’intérieur, et la puissance justifient chaque centime du prix affiché pour la voiture.

La Aston Martin DB9 :

La DB9 de 2009 est moins puissante que la DBS, son 6.0 V12 ne lui fournit que 470 ch @6000 tr/min, mais un couple massif de 600 Nm @5000 tr/min. Résultat : un 0 à 100 en 4,6 secondes et une vitese max de 306 km/h. La DB9 utilise la boîte à 6 rapport ZF Performance aussi, mais c’est une Techronic 1. Malgré la baisse de puissance (40 en moins) elle (la DB9) a une très bone sonorité, et donne le même plaisir de conduite.

Sinon à l’intérieur, l’unique différence qu’il y a, c’est qu’elle semble plus riche, en boutons, et en matériaux utilisés. En addition du cuir, de l’alcantara, sinon, pour le reste c’est le même esprit. Les ingénieurs d’Aston ont utilisé du bois, pour donner un look plus luxieux. N’oublions pas l’esprit James Bond, il faut faire attention en poussant les boutons, l’un d’eux risque de lancer un missile, ou de décoller la voiture, on ne sait jamais ce que cachent les bouton, d’une voiture Bond.

Pour l’année 2009-2009 c’est une évolution du design des coupés Aston Martin, et la DB9 a apparu avec un look différent, toujours dans l’esprit d’un museau long, et un corps sportif, venant avec des liges aèrodynamiques, et des courbes à vraiment battre le vent, ce qui lui donne un coefficient de drag bas.

À utiliser deux voitures de ce poids : puissance, prix, look, charme, dans une série Tunisienne, ce n’est aussi garanti, mais ce qu’on constate, c’est qu’il y a une évolution qui est entrain de se faire, pas à pas.

The time came to say goodbye to a car that marked all the spirits, the Aston Martin DB9. When it appeared in 2003, it was breath-taking with its massive V12 under the bonnet, developing then 470 bhp, and rocketing the car from stop to 100 kph in just 4,6 seconds. On the road, it has one of the best driving experiences there is. But now, time come for Aston Martin to say its fair wells to the DB9, with a last edition : The DB9 GT.

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First thing is first : What is it?
From the outside, it looks like any aggressive Aston : An aluminum body 2-doors coupe, with Vanquisher looks, a huge grill, aerodynamic profile, the rear lamps of the 2013 DB9. On the inside, it has pure Aston Martin’s DB GT cars spirit. Under the bonnet, lies the massive power unit of the car. A 5.9L V12, atmospheric, producing up to 540 bhp @6750 rpm and 620 Nm of torque @5500 rpm. It is a double Over-head camshaft, 48 valve aluminium block, front-mounted engine. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic “Touchtronic 2” gearbox. 0 to 60 mph (100 kph) is slightly improved compared to the DB9, and it became 4.5 seconds. The pleasure of hearing this car roar is thanks to a catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves. Fuel consumption has been kept the same as the DB9 it is 19 mpg’s . Top speed for the DB9 was 190 mph (310 kph) but the GT top speed has been lowered to 183 mph (295 kph).

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The interior is rich, it mixes class and sportiness. It is covered with a full-grain leather body. The Steering wheel is Alcantara made. The seats are electronically adjustable. When it comes to technology, the DB9 GT came ready for everything, it has sat nav, cruise control, automatic temperature control, Bluetooth telephone preparation, front and rear parking sensor, integrated Apple connectors, remote control central door locking, and the list goes on for the interesting features. Sportiness is present with the dark grey attitude, the simplicity of it, it doesn’t have a 3000 buttons to do all sort of stuff, Aston Martin engineers made sure to put what is necessary for the driver to be comfortable, to be able to choose its wanted driving mode (Normal, Sport or Track mode, that is to choose how mad you want the car to be) seat adjustment, interior temperature…

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The BD9 GT sits on 20-inch 5 spoke wheels, that do come with Pirelli P Zero tyres. Suspension is electronically regulated in height according to the driving mode. The car comes with independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive damper for both front and rear suspension. For the Brakes, the four wheels are equipped with ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398 mm diameter with six-piston monobloc calipers. It is fitted with ABS, DSC, EBD and to make the car mess with its tail, a traction control (that is required to be OFF for fun mode). To ensure aerodynamic stability, the body is volante-like made, the car is fitted with a carbon-fiber rear diffuser. The body is made of aluminum, carbon-fiber and magnesium alloys for weight gain reasons, and the car weights just close to 1900 kgs, which is 100 kg lighter than the old DB9.

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The DB9 GT is the last of the Martins DB9’s. It marks the end for such an amazing car. The price put on it is justified by the pleasure it offers to drive it, or just even to look at it, 200,000$.

Aston Martin DB10

Posted: December 7, 2014 in Aston Martin, DB 10
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James Bond has always impressed everyone in his movies with his gadgets and tricks, he was the unbeatable man, and there was some special environment in which he always went over limits, in his Aston Martin. Well, James bond and Aston Martin fans, be ready, there are news, there is a new movie, the Specter, and a new DB, the DB 10, which doesn’t look less awesome than the movie title.

The DB 10 would be the grand son of one of the most iconic Aston Martin’s ever, the DB 5, which was driven for the first time in Goldfinger 50 years ago, and appeared in 6 James Bond movies. The Aston Martin DB 10, was made specially to fit the Specter, engineers have worked simultaneously with the producers, to make it so that the car is not just some decor piece in the movie, but, to co star with Mr Bond.

It is a two-door coupe, elegant, as an Aston Martin should be, futuristic, because it is a Mr Bond car, and well, everyone is aiming for a futuristic design. The car may not have a big V12, but a 4,7L V8. There will be only 10 units made, all of them for the movie, and none of them will be for sale.

 

 

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The Lagonda is back, revealed on the Paris Auto Show, keeping almost the same angle-shaped design. It is however destined for Middle east markets only. The old Aston Martin Lagonda was one of the first cars to use computerized engine management, and a digital instrumentation panel. But this time, Aston Martin did not reveal much about the newer car. It is based on the Rapide S, it is 5.4  m long, and has a 3.18m long wheel base.

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It is said that the car, will have the same engine in the Rapide S, which is a 6.0l v12 engine, deiveling 560 bhp and 620 Nm of torque. Power transmission to the rear wheels will be via a 6-speed auto gearbox from ZF. The car is expected to do 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, and reach 300 km/h in top speed.
Same as the Lagonda, and the Rapide S on which the new Lagonda is based, it is a super luxurious saloon car. The interior is covered with leather, courtesy of Q. The car has a lighweight aluminium body structure, same as the Vanquish and other models of Aston Martin. The front has a larger grille, the one used for the 1976′ Lagonda was a few square centimeters. The car uses full LED lights.
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Aston Martin, future AMG partner, will be present in the Peeble Beach Concours d’Élégance as well, next to its British rivals, Land Rover, and Jaguar, announcing four new toys with and major technical upgrades : The Aston Martin Vanquish, Vanquish Volante, Rapide S, and DB9 Volante, we will be more interested in the Vanquish Volante

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All the four cars had the courteous improvement from Aston Martin’s in house tuner, Q, not much will be noticed on the design, either in the inside or the outside of the car, only new colors will be brought to scene, but, the cars received mechanical improvement. The most noticeable one is the new 8-speed automatic transmission. Brought by ZF, the new Techtronic III transmission replaces the old, noncompetitive 6-speed auto. Another improvement, is the new transaxle mounting of the gearbox. Q reduced also exhaust gas back pressure, giving the Vanquish Volante 3 more bhp, to total 568 bhp. An impressive 0.5 of a second will be gained in the 0 to 100 km/h time, reducing it to 3.8 seconds, thus, it becomes the fastest accelerating Aston Martin car.

The car will be fitted with the same 6.0L V12 engine, but with a new Bosh management system, more accurate fueling, it produces now 630 Nm of torque. The improvement on the gearbox, especially in the final gear ratio, can make the car top 200 mph (320 kph).

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Economy wise, the new transmission improvements, increase fuel economy, reduce CO2 emissions. combined fuel consumption is 31 mpg and CO2 emission decreased from 335g/km in the old Vanquish to 298g/km

The car will have new suspension, with stronger tare, uprated Bilstein dumpers : 15% in the front and 35% for the rear, stiffer anti-roll bars and upper-wishbone bushes at the rear. Bigger new front brakes will be mounted too. The assisted driving system will be revised, si will be the Dynamic stability control, to improve driving performance on the road.

 

Sources : Larevueautomobile.com ; blogautomobile.fr ; leblogauto.com ; telegraph.co.uk ; carsuk.net ; GTspirit