We’re absolutely head over heels for this custom built soapbox derby racer built to look like the bonkers Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE. Only this version doesn’t have 480 hp – it’s powered by gravity. Watch it leap towards the finish line at the Red Bull Soapbox Derby.
The most powerful Super GT Aston available, the Vanquish S’ 6.0-liter V12 has been pushed to produce 591 hp thanks to a new intake system. Its suspension has been retuned for sportier handling, and new aerodynamics not only look the part, but help stick the car to the ground.
Jay Leno visits the secret vault of “a small company” called Aston Martin to check out a prototype of its flagship GT, the DB 11. Then he takes it on an ever so tame test drive against stunt driver and former Stig Ben Collins and the new V12 Vantage S.
A road legal car that’s faster than a 2015 F1 car. That’s the AM-RB 001’s threat – er, promise. Its 100% carbon fiber body and wheels, and custom V12 give the car a 1bhp:1kg ratio, and a unique underbody helps generate massive downforce. Aston will produce just 124 cars.
One of those rare cases where a concept car goes into production almost unchanged, Aston’s awesome looking coachbuilt, carbon fiber Vanquish is heading to the garages of 99 of lucky (and wealthy) customers, complete with a 600hp 6.0L V12, and a 3.5s 0-to-60 time.
Aston teamed up with Zagato to create the ultimate expression of its Vanquish sports coupe. The concept has bespoke carbon fiber body panels, a 600 hp V12 under the bonnet, a retractable spoiler, cool bladed taillights, and premium interior befitting a true grand tourer.
Aston Martin is making just 150 of this special Vantage, drawing inspiration from the V8 Vantage GTE race car. The 446hp GT8 cuts weight by about 220lb. using an ample dose of carbon fiber and other tweaks, and improves grip and downforce with lots of aero bits.
This combination of the V8 Vantage S and the Vantage GT is exclusive to the US. It has the same 436hp 4.7L V8 engine but with the choice of a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed auto. You can choose between a sporty or a luxurious trim as well as a fixed roof or a drop top.
The DB 11 has an all new 5.2L twin-turbocharged V12 that produces up to 600hp and 516 lb-ft. of torque, delivered via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Intakes behind the rear windows push air to the rear of the trunk, creating a virtual spoiler. Drops Q3 2016 for $212K.
A specimen of Zagato’s masterpiece, a lightweight and sublimely sculpted body over a classic sports car. This particular car – 14th of only 19 units built – won races in its heyday and auto shows after being restored. RM Sotheby’s will auction it off on 12/10/15.