Aston Martin Slashes Thousands Off DBX And Vantage Prices

Moving over to the sports cars, the 2021 Vantage Coupe will begin at $142,086 for both the seven-speed manual and eight-speed automatic models. That’s a full $7,000 and $14,000 price cut compared to last year’s manual and automatic models, respectively. As for the Vantage Roadster, it’ll now carry a $150,086 MSRP, which is a $14,000 price drop. Bear in the mind the Roadster is only available with the automatic.What these three newly cheaper vehicles have in common, aside from the Aston Martin logo, is an engine. Under their hoods lies an AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 rated at 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque in the DBX, and 503 hp and 505 lb-ft in the Vantage models.
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Aston Martin’s New Racing Simulator Costs More Than Your Car

The shape of the front is inspired by the Aston Martin Racing grille, which was challenging to replicate on a racing simulator. “This was a challenge for the design team as, although the simulator isn’t a car, it is inspired by our racing cars. It needed to exude the same elegance, boasting the same dynamic lines and balance of proportions as any Aston Martin with a racing lineage. I can picture the AMR-C01 in the most beautiful of residences as a sculptural work of art in its own right,” said Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman.Darren Turner, Aston Martin works driver and head of Curv Racing Simulators, added: “The AMR-C01 is all about the love of racing. We’ve created a home simulator with incredible immersion that offers users the opportunity to have a great time racing in the virtual world, from the comfort of their own home.
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Sebastian Vettel Nearly Quit Formula One Before Aston Martin Deal

F1’s worst kept secret has been confirmed: Sebastian Vettel has signed for Aston Martin Racing for 2021 as well as beyond. But as that happened, the 4-time world champion also revealed that he was “close” to giving up on Formula 1 for good before announcing he will be signing up for Aston Martin. The 33-year old had been linked with the British outfit for a while but has been biding his time and doing his due-dillignce over the potential of a switch to the team. Vettel has driven for Ferrari for the past 5 years, however, his agreement wasn’t renewed earlier this season leaving him without a team. 

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“But is there a measure of how close you can get? It was close in terms of having a lot of thoughts and I have to put myself first in that regard. What’s best for me? What I’ve decided now, I believe it’s the best for me and I’m looking forward to proving that,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports. 
 
The four-time world champion’s signing had been rumoured ever since Ferrari said that his contract wouldn’t be renewed. This left Vettel looking for a suitable competitive team to have a new job. Vettel replaces Sergio Perez who has driven for Racing Point for the last seven years, even when it was called Force India under Vijay Mallya. 

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Sergio Perez then disclosed on Wednesday that he was leaving Racing Point at the end of the year despite his contract being valid for the next two years. Vettel said that he was looking forward to the change because he believes he can do well. He also believes that the team has huge potential. 

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Sebastian Vettel Will Race For Aston Martin In 2021 After Sergio Perez Announces His Exit  

The Racing Point  team which will be soon rebranded to Aston Martin in 2021 has procured the services of 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. Vettel who is currently at the fag-end of a 5-year stint with Ferrari is said to leave the Italian team at the end of the year. Earlier in the year, it was revealed that Ferrari had not renewed Vettel’s contract in the wake of the pandemic. 

Sergio Perez was contracted till 2022

While rumours were rife about Vettel joining racing point the problem was the team already had 2 drivers signed up for the 2021 season. Sergio Perez was the likely contender to leave the team considering Lance Stroll, his teammate, is the son of Lawrence Stroll who owns the team. The Mexican driver was contracted till 2022 but seems like there was a clause which allowed Racing Point to end the relationship. 

“I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future,” said the four-time World Champion. “I’m extremely proud to say that I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021. “It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company”, he added. 

“I have been impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future looks even brighter. “The energy and commitment of Lawrence [Stroll] to the sport is in spiring and I believe we can build something very special together. “I still have so much love for Formula 1 and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. To do so with Aston Martin will be a huge privilege.”

Late last night Sergio Perez released a statement revealing that he was set to leave the racing point team at the end of 2021. In a heartfelt note, Paris revealed that he was very grateful to Vijay Mallya who was the original owner of the racing point team when it was still called Force India and continued his support for Lawrence Stroll and the new inbound Aston Martin marquee. 

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Racing Point F1 team has made some huge strides in 2020
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“Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 Team. “On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Sebastian is one of the best in the world, and I can’t think of a better driver to help take us into this new era. He will play a significant role in taking this team to the next level,” said Otmar Szafnauer the Racing Point Boss. 

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This is going to be a big deal for Vettel as for the last three years at Ferrari his performance has been dismal. In 2018, his Ferrari was arguably the faster car and yet he spun multiple times in the season and squandered the chance to win his 5th world title. In 2019, he was outshined by rookie Charles Leclerc which is happening again 2020 on a disastrous Ferrari car which is hamstrung with poor straight-line speed.

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The $2.7-Million Aston Martin Victor Has eBay Headlights

A scan of eBay has revealed that you can buy the very same headlights used in this perfectly rare exotic for chump change, and it turns out that these lights will fit a large number of other models currently on the road. The Victor, which sports a price tag of $2.7 million is beyond the reach of the overwhelming majority of human beings on this planet, but apparently its headlights will fit more accessible cars such as the Land Rover Defender, Mini Cooper, and Jeep Wrangler. The lights are produced by Wipac, a premium automotive lighting company that builds LED exterior lights used in various models around the globe.
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A vehicle built for Bond — a smaller Bond

James Bond’s most famous car, the Aston Martin DB5, is going back into production — but only at two-thirds its original size.
Built by Little Car Co. in partnership with Aston Martin, the DB5 Junior is designed for collectors or kids. Kids whose parents can fork over more than the price of a full-size BMW 3 Series, anyway.
The hand-built car features a rear-wheel-drive electric powertrain with swappable lithium ion battery packs and regenerative braking. It has replicated Smiths instruments, a full leather interior, a mahogany-and-aluminum steering wheel, a double-wishbone front suspension, three driving modes and classic Aston Martin badging. Like the original DB5, production will be limited to 1,059 vehicles.
The DB5 Junior starts at about $46,700 (£35,000), or buyers can upgrade to the DB5 Vantage Junior, which starts at $60,000.
The Vantage has double the power, a second battery pack, a limited-slip differential and an extra driving mode.
The car was developed using a 3D scan of a 1963 DB5 and is designed to fit drivers up to 6 feet, 6 inches tall. A fully charged battery is expected to last for about 18 to 37 miles.
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Aston Martin Valhalla Stars In New James Bond ‘No Time To Die’ Trailer

The new James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ was originally going to open in theaters back in April but the spy film became one of the first big 2020 blockbusters to be delayed due to the pandemic, followed by Fast & Furious 9. Now, with the film’s release rescheduled to November, the marketing campaign for ‘No Time to Die’ is starting to regain traction with the release of a new trailer featuring plenty of automotive action.Like in the first trailer, we get to see the iconic Aston Martin DB5 get put through its paces in the film’s opening car chase set in Matera, Italy, drifting through tight streets and doing a donut while taking out enemies with machine guns mounted behind the headlamps. In the chase, Bond will be pursued by bad guys on bikes, a Jaguar XF, and a fourth-generation Maserati Quattroporte. Just don’t expect the Aston Martin DB5 to survive this scene in one piece.
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Aston Martin Victor Is A One-Off Stunner With 836 HP And A Manual

The One-77’s 7.3-liter V12 engine was tuned, so it now produces 836 horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque. Not only is this the most powerful road-going naturally aspirated product Aston has ever built, but the owner also opted for a Graziano manual transmission, making it the company’s most potent manual car of all time. Built using the carbon-fiber monocoque and rear housing from the One-77, the Victor weighs less than the vehicle it’s based on and also produces GT4 levels of downforce.Unlike the original muscle car Vantages, the Victor features impressive engineering to help it lap a track quickly. The car features inboard springs and dampers with six-stage settings, just like the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. Its center-lock wheels look reminiscent of the wheels worn by the ’70s and ’80s models, and behind them sits Brembo CMM-R Carbon Ceramic brakes with six pistons on each caliper.
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Latest ‘No Time To Die Trailer’ Reveals New Aston Martins, Maserati & Land Rover SUVs Amidst All The

No Time To Die – the 25th film in the James Bond franchise was originally scheduled to hit theatres in April this year, but as you would know, the Coronavirus pandemic derailed everything in its course. Nevertheless, the final Bond film with actor Daniel Craig in the lead is now scheduled to release on November 12, 2020, internationally, and the studio has released a new and might we say explosive trailer of the motion picture. What’s of interest to the auto enthusiasts though are the expansive number of cars and bikes packed in the trailer that promise an edge-of-the-seat espionage thriller.

Also Read: Daniel Craig Seen Driving The Aston Martin Series II V8 Vantage For Next Bond Film

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The Aston Martin Valhalla hypercar makes a blink-and-a-miss appearance in the new trailer

The new No Time To Die trailer is all about stunning chase sequences, dangerous stunts and some extremely cool cars. The trailer reveals the comeback of the Aston Martin DB5 complete with the gadgets and the headlamp-popping guns. There is also the Aston Martin Valhalla making a blink-and-miss appearance in the background and does bring that supervillain’s lair vibe to the screen. We also spot the Aston Martin Series II V8 Vantage and the new DBS Superleggera. The though opens with the surprise of the Maserati Quattroporte IV that appears briefly. The car was in production between 1993 and 2001 and will be a treat for the fans of the Italian automaker.

Also Read:  New Gen Land Rover Defender 110 Flies In The Upcoming James Bond Movie

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The Maserati Quattroporte IV features in the opening seconds of the trailer and is a nice surprise over the British cars

Furthermore, there are a bunch of Jaguar sedans including the XF as well as the Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover and more rolled in the trailer. There’s also the all-new Land Rover Defender getting some spectacular airtime. The new generation of the iconic off-roader will make its way to India in a few months from now.

Also Read: Triumph Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition Revealed

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Triumph released the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition in May this year to celebrate the association with film

On the two wheels side, the 25th Bond film will feature the Triumph Bonneville Scrambler 1200 as well as the new Tiger 900 in full adventure mode. In fact, Triumph released the Scrambler 1200 Bond edition in May this year to celebrate the partnership with the movie.

No Time To Die will see Craig in his final outing coming back to live the life of 00 Agent, all guns blazing. The movie will see several characters from the previous instalments return to the screen including  Jeffery Wright as Leiter, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, and Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann. Christoph Waltz also returns as Blofeld, while the movie gains a new super-villain Safin played by the extremely talented Rami Malek. There’s a new 00 Agent as well played by Lashana Lynch, in what is seen as a new direction for the character and the iconic franchise. Director Cary Fukunaga helms the new movie with Universal Pictures releasing it worldwide.

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Aston Martin DB5 Junior is a £42,000, 40mph+ electric toy car 

Following the launch of the Bugatti ‘Baby II’ electric car, the Little Car Company has teamed up with Aston Martin to create the DB5 Junior, as well as a more powerful Vantage version.

The two-thirds scale electric Aston is suitable both for adults and children and, while it is not road legal, those willing and able to meet its £42,000 starting price are likely to have grounds on their property suitable for its range of up to 40 miles.

The three-metre long, 270kg, £42,000 DB5 Junior can be had in two guises. In standard form it comes with a 5.7kW (6.7bhp) electric motor powering the rear wheels, providing a top speed of 30mph and a range of up to 20 miles – although a swappable battery pack allows for almost limitless travel, should spare cells be purchased. Other optional extras include luggage, covers, toolkits and custom number plates.

Those buying a DB5 Junior will be relieved to know driving modes allow for modulation of the top speed. Novice mode sees this capped at 12mph, together with a remote kill switch allowing for the car to be deactivated from up to 30 metres away. Switching to Expert mode increases the maximum speed to 30mph, while Race mode brings a top speed that is “aligned with other Little Car Company models”. For reference, the Bugatti Baby can hit up to 42mph.

Those after greater performance can opt for the Vantage model, which sees power increased to 10kW (13.4bhp), and top speed increased to a “still unconfirmed” level. The Vantage also brings a limited-slip differential and a range of up to 40 miles, together with a window sticker of £54,000.

But the DB5 Junior is about more than straight-line speed and ultimate range. It’s a faithful, if small recreation of the original DB5, with period-correct Aston Martin emblems and Smiths instrumentation, the fuel gauge being replaced by a battery meter, and the oil temperature dial now displaying the temperature of the electric motor.

The Junior’s composite bodywork is as true to the original 1963 model as possible thanks to 3D scanning techniques. The chassis is of an aluminium honeycomb design, the front wheels are sprung with double-wishbone suspension, while the rears feature a period-correct live axle, together with a Panhard rod. 

Other details include 10-inch wire wheels, an authentic-looking steering wheel with quick release for easier entry and egress, and aluminium pedals. The cars come with Silver Birch paint and black leather upholstery as standard, although contemporary Aston Martin options are available, as are vintage finishes. 

Owners of full-size original DB5s will be offered first dibs on the Junior DB5, which is limited to 1,059 examples, echoing the production run of the real deal. The chassis numbers of the Juniors will also be tailored to match those of original cars owned by customers, and any purchase will bring with it membership of the Aston Martin Owners Club. Deposits can be placed from 27 August, with production due to begin in 2021. 

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