Aston Martin’s Most Expensive New Model Has Arrived

“It has been our privilege and our pleasure to work with Zagato in the creation of these remarkable sports cars. Now arriving in the hands of a tiny group of owners across the world I’m sure they, like me, will be honored to play their part in the history of this great brand,” said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.”Christmas may be just around the corner now, but for 19 astute car collectors it is most definitely coming early!” said Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works “The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation program has been our most challenging and rewarding to date, and it is a genuine honor to see the fruits of our not inconsiderable labors making their way to owners around the globe.”Deliveries of the Continuation car will continue in 2019, while the DBS GT Zagato will arrive in Q4 2020.
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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Transformed Into 820-HP Ferrari Killer

Wheelsandmore hasn’t said how the power bump has affected the car’s performance, but the modifications should make it quicker off the line. In stock form, Aston Martin’s flagship grand-tourer sprints from 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds and 0-100 mph in 6.4 seconds. Top speed remains unchanged at 211 mph, which is probably wise.The tuning upgrade from Wheelsandmore will set you back 4,193 euros ($4,621) on top of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera’s $304,995 base price. No cosmetic changes have been made to the sleek body, but Wheelsandmore has fitted the DBS Superleggera with a special set of 22-inch wheels that can be finished in a chosen color and surface, wrapped in high-performance Pirelli tires.
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Porsche 911 Is Destroying Aston Martin Vantage Sales

It’s no secret that Aston Martin’s financial situation hasn’t been great in 2019. Back in July, Aston Martin had to reduce its sales and profits forecasts due to falling sales in Europe and the UK combined with “macro-economic uncertainties.” This came as a huge blow since Aston Martin’s sales were up in 2018 compared to 2017.Unfortunately, the situation hasn’t improved since then, as Aston Martin has announced a third-quarter pre-tax loss of £13.5 million ($17,309,362) following a 16 percent drop in car deliveries. For comparison, Aston Martin made a profit of £3.1 million ($3,972,030) in the same period last year and a £79 million ($101,229,415) loss in the second quarter of 2019, which is worrying.
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EICMA 2019: Aston Martin, Brough Superior Debut AMB 001 Motorcycle

Two of Britain’s most famous automotive brands have joined hands to produce what is to be one of the most exotic and expensive motorcycles. British sportscar marquee Aston Martin has joined hands with Brough Superior to debut the AMB 001 hyperbike, which was unveiled at the EICMA 2019 motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Only 100 bikes will be made, and each one will cost around 108,000 Euros (that is, around ₹ 85 lakh under current exchange rates). The AMB 001 is a track-only, non-road-legal machine and is powered by a 180 bhp turbocharged version of the 997 cc, 88-degree v-twin powering Brough Superior’s current range.

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The AMB 001 is distinctly Aston Martin with the winged branding visible on the bodywork

The turbocharger is described as variable geometry, and there’s a semi-dry crankcase, and a 6-speed sequential manual transmission. There’s a CNC-machined frame which bolts directly to the engine, as well as carbon fibre rear subframe with titanium interfaces. The wheels are of forged aluminium and the front suspension is a double-wishbone design, machined out of billet aluminium. There are carbon fibre body panels, which have been hand painted. A full-colour TFT dash sits on the cockpit, and there’s a carbon fibre fin that runs along the length of the bike, and the Aston Martin wing logo sits on top of the fin. Also integrated into the bodywork are winglets, which aid in downforce at high speeds.

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Only 100 numbers of the track-only turbocharged machine will be made

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The AMB 001 will be limited to just 100 motorcycles and will be hand-assembled at the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France. Customers will be able to get their hands on the AMB 001 by the end of 2020, but the limited edition bike won’t exactly be affordable. Each bike will be priced at around 108,000 Euros, that’s around ₹ 85 lakh under current exchange rates.

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Aston Martin Swings To Third-Quarter Loss As Volumes Drop

Luxury British carmaker Aston Martin swung to a third-quarter loss on Thursday, saying its full-year wholesale volumes would be lower than previously guided after slumping demand in Europe and Asia. Volumes to dealers fell 16% to 1,497 cars in the three months to the end of September as demand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa area dropped 17% and Asia was down by a third, hit by weak demand for the company’s Vantage model.

The 106-year firm, famed for being fictional agent James Bond’s brand of choice, is taking action to cut costs and hopes the launch of its first sport utility vehicle, the DBX, at a new factory in Wales, will boost performance next year. “We’re essentially holding the cost of a complete factory right now without the benefit of the revenues coming in… so from that point of view of course it’s a really important model,” Chief Executive Andy Palmer told Reuters.

Aston, based in Gaydon near Birmingham, posted a 13.5 million-pound loss in the three months to the end of September, but said it still expects to meet market expectations of core earnings at around 203 million pounds ($261 million). The global automotive industry has undergone a torrid year, hit by declining sales in China, trade war worries between the world’s two biggest economies, a slump in diesel sales in Europe and the need to invest heavily in electrification.

But Aston has also suffered since its flotation in October last year when shares launched at 19 pounds ($24.50) before dropping for months and languishing at between 4 and 5 pounds for the last few weeks. On Thursday, however, shares recovered slightly, up 7% to 446 pence.

Earlier this year, the company announced it was raising $150 million in debt at a 12% interest rate to bolster its balance sheet ahead of the launch of the DBX. On Thursday, Aston said its net interest expense guidance for 2019 now stood at around 83 million pounds, also affected by the impact of unhedged expenses in U.S. dollars, with prior guidance at roughly 70 million pounds.

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Aston, which is primarily owned by Italian and Kuwaiti private equity groups, and not part of a wider automotive group, said it could thrive on its own alongside its work with German carmaker Daimler, which has a small stake in the firm. “Our relationship with Daimler is also important so we’re not completely alone. We obviously have their technology to fall back on,” said Palmer.

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Check Out The Interior Of Aston Martin’s New SUV

But the bespoke automaker isn’t cutting corners. The interior is promised to be full of top-notch and hand-crafted materials, and it certainly looks beautiful. Aston isn’t just about beauty, though, and tells us that six months were “spent solely focused on defining the position of the driver within the vehicle.” The bespoke automaker wants visibility to be key for the driver in the DBX, along with the perfect driving position and access to the controls.The level of detail involved in the cabin stretches to Aston taking on “external counsel, including the brand’s Female Advisory Board and multiple customer clinics with HNWIs (High Net Worth Individuals) of mixed demographic, ensuring the cabin develops a feeling of instant familiarity.” We can only admire the modernity of thinking in Aston Martin’s snobbishness there.
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New 2020 Aston Martin DBX: launch date, pricing and cabin design confirmed

Aston Martin has confirmed the DBX SUV will be unveiled at an exclusive event in Beijing, China on 20 November. Order books will open globally after the event – and the DBX will wade into the growing market for premium performance SUVs, dominated by the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. UK prices will start from £158,000, with first deliveries due in early 2020.

We’ve been for a ride in the new DBX gaining some crucial first impressions of the influential new SUV and Aston Martin has also released an image of the production-ready DBX’s interior, giving us our first undisguised look at the SUV’s dashboard and upholstery. Up front, there’s a digital instrument binnacle, a centre-mounted infotainment system and sports seats, while rear-seat passengers get their own air-conditioning controls.

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The British brand recently confirmed that the DBX’s cabin will be offered with a host of optional extras, including an Aston Martin branded, leather trimmed baby seat, heated front cup holders, all-weather floor mats, illuminated tread plates and a Field Sport pack, which adds a gun cabinet and a shooting stick.

Aston Martin will also release a range of 11 optional accessory packages for the DBX. Options include a Snow Pack (which adds a ski bag, a roof-mounted ski rack and snow chains), a Touring Pack (comprising a four-piece luggage set and cabin saddle bags) and a Pet Pack (including a pet bed, a portable pet washer and a bumper protector).

This new information follows the recent leak by the Spanish website AutoPista, which contained a suite of uncamouflaged DBX image – previewing the SUV’s styling in full ahead of its planned launch date. The pictures gave us our first look at the car’s exterior brightwork and production-ready panelling.

The styling of the leaked DBX remains faithful to that of our previously spied test mules. Aston Martin has retained the car’s duck-tail spoiler, along with its wide radiator grille, large alloy wheels and aggressive rear diffuser. Previously unseen design elements include the chrome strakes on the SUV’s flanks and the brightwork surrounding its side windows.

The British brand has also confirmed that the DBX will be powered by a tuned version of the “hot-vee” twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, found in the Vantage and the DB11 V8. It will be the most powerful V8 engine Aston Martin’s range, with an output of 542bhp and 700Nm of torque.

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Aston Martin is yet to officially announce the DBX’s performance specifications. However, it has confirmed that the DBX is “regularly achieving sub eight-minute Nordschleife lap times” and has repeatedly exceeded a 180mph top speed during its development programme.

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Our most recent official update from Aston Martin previewed a DBX prototype wearing a black and red, Wales-themed livery. Fit and finish was significantly improved over our older development vehicles, with neater panel gaps, flush rear lamps, new headlights and production-ready bumpers.

Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, also released a video on Twitter which provided an indication of the finished car’s design. The short clip hinted at the production DBX’s grille, headlights and badge – the designs of which were transferred faithfully from the prototype vehicles.

Palmer also confirmed that a hybrid DBX will eventually emerge, falling in line with the British brand’s strategy to electrify its entire line-up, with hybrid or pure-electric variants of every model planned for release by 2025.

Speaking to Auto Express at the St. Athan facility late last year, Aston’s Vehicle Line Director for Large Cars, Andy Haslam, told us a little more about the upcoming DBX. He described the model as  “clearly a full-size SUV”, that will have a lightweight, bonded aluminium body structure with its own unique suspension system and platform.

The DBX will be the first vehicle built at Aston Martin’s St. Athan facility in Wales. So far, the factory has created around 200 jobs for the local area, with a further 550 jobs across the supply chain when production volumes begin to increase.

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This week’s issue of Auto Express

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We also have exclusive images of the new, hot Ford Puma ST, which will join the range with a 200bhp turbo lifted from the Fiesta ST. 

Plus, we hitch a ride in the new Aston Martin DBX to see if the crucial Brit-built SUV will be a hit, and we reveal that the Takata airbag scandal is worse than first thought, with 4.5 per cent of UK cars affected.

In the drives section we hit the road in the all-new Renault Clio, try out the new Skoda Kamiq crossover in the UK for the first time and get to grips with the jacked-up Audi A1 Citycarver.

If that wasn’t enough we have an executive plug-in hybrid showdown between the BMW 330e and Volvo S60 T8 and the new MINI Clubman goes head-to-head with the Mazda 3.

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Limited edition Aston Martin AMB 001 motorbike launched

Aston Martin has teamed up with the iconic British motorcycle manufacturer Brough Superior to produce a limited edition, track only sports bike. Production will be limited to just 100 examples, with each commanding a price of €108,000 (around £93,000). First deliveries are due by the end of next year.

Called the AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior, it’s a lightweight sports bike concept which features a double wishbone front fork, a billet aluminium swing-arm, titanium grips, an Inconel exhaust manifold and structural carbon fibre body panels. The motorcycle’s exclusive wheels are also machined from aluminium.

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The AMB 001’s styling is more contemporary than Brough Superior’s current Pendine Sand Racer and Super Sports 100 models – both of which employ a naked design. The bodywork is finished in Aston Martin’s traditional racing colours of Stirling Green and matte black – and the pair claim that its S-Curve-styled aerodynamic wings attached to the front cowl provide functional downforce.

Its hand-stitched saddle and handlebar grips are trimmed in Oxford Tan leather, while the front fairing houses a digital instrument binnacle with read-outs for speed, engine revs and the gear selection. The bike also features the same ultra-light Aston Martin badges found on the Valkyrie, which are hewn from nine-micron-thick stainless steel.

It’s powered by 997cc turbocharged, double-overhead cam V-twin engine, which develops 178bhp. The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission and, thanks to the AMB 001’s extensive use of lightweight materials, the bike has a dry weight of 180kg – which gives it a power-to-weight ratio in excess of 900bhp per tonne.

The AMB 001 marks the first time Aston Martin’s badge has appeared on a motorcycle and the first time a Brough Superior product has been fitted with a turbocharged V-Twin engine. 

Brough Superior was established in Nottingham in 1919, by George Brough. Throughout the early 20th Century, the brand produced the world’s fastest and most expensive performance motorcycles – such as the 1924 SS100, which was comfortably capable of reaching 100mph and cost the equivalent of £10,000 in today’s money.

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