Star of the 2003 Frankfurt Motorshow, the DB9 was the first Aston model from AML's new Gaydon facility. The 2+2 DB9 is based on an Ian Callum design, later influenced by Henrik Fisker. Drawing from Vanquish construction technology, the car employs a radical aluminium bonded chassis that is both light and super-rigid. Originally powered by a 450bhp 6-litre V12, power was upped by 20bhp in 2008 along with some chassis and suspension refinements. Quoted performance figures are 60mph in 4.6 secs with a top speed of 190mph.
Unveiled at the 2005 Geneva Salon Auto, the new, more affordable ‘baby' Aston Martin two-seater features a bonded aluminium chassis structure and was initially powered by an all-new, dry sump, low-emissions 380bhp 4.3-litre V8 engine. Although good for a quoted 175mph, in 2009 the V8 engine was upgraded to 4.7-litres and 420bhp, which upped top speed to 180mph with 0-60mph in 4.7 secs. A lightened and modified track -only N24 with the 410bhp 4.3-litre V8 appeared in early 2007, and this was succeeded in late 2008 by the 4.7-litre Vantage GT4 racer - its name paying homage to the 1959 DB4GT.
First revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event in August 2007, the range-topping DBS was the first production Aston Martin to make extensive use of ultra-light carbon-fibre body panels. Their low weight, aerodynamic efficiency and gorgeous looks coupled with an all alloy 510bhp 6-litre V12, means 0-62mph in 4.3 secs with a 191mph top speed. The convertible 2+2 DBS Volante was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Salon and it boasts the same impressive performance as its fixed-head sibling.
The original V12 Vantage concept was first unveiled to guests at the opening of the Aston Martin Design Studio in December 2007. Based heavily on its V8 sibling, the production V12 Vantage subsequently came to market in early 2009 and was billed as ‘Aston Martin's most exhilarating sportscar'. With carbon/ceramic brakes and a 1.3g cornering capability, the V12 Vantage's 5,935cc engine produces 510bhp and 420lb/ft of torque. 0-60mph is attainable in 4.1 seconds along with a maximum speed of 190mph. New sports seats and subtle interior alterations complete the changes to Evo magazine's 2009 Car of the Year.
First revealed in running order in April 2009 at the Villa d'Este concours, the £1.2m (+tax) One-77 represents the ultimate in supercar technology and engineering. The body is made from rolled aluminium panels while the chassis is an immensely rigid carbon-fibre monocoque with double wishbone suspension, horizontally-mounted spring/damper units and carbon/ceramic brakes. The front/mid-mounted 7.3-litre 750bhp engine is an extreme evolution of the current 6-litre V12 and it propels the 1,500kg 2-seater from 0-60 in around 3.5 secs and on to 220mph. A limited production run of no more than 77 is planned with deliveries starting in early 2011.
Named after sporting Lagondas of yesteryear, the production Aston Martin Rapide was first revealed in the metal at the 2009 Frankfurt Motorshow. The first series-production Aston Martin to be produced outside the UK (in Graz, Austria), it's powered by a 470bhp 6.0-litre V12 producing 443lb/ft of torque. Claimed performance for the Marek Reichman-designed saloon is 0-60mph in 5.1 secs with a predicted 188mph top speed. Four ‘swan wing' doors provide access to the sports seats front and rear, while a capacious loadspace accommodates luggage for four.
V8 VANTAGE S
In 2004 the Vantage became the Vantage S with the addition of more power, more speed, upgraded suspension and brakes, quicker steering and subtle styling revisions. Similarly, the 2011 Geneva Motorshow marked the introduction of the V8 Vantage S - its 4.7-litre V8 delivering an extra 10 horsepower (430bhp) and an additional 20Nm of torque (490Nm). With a new, faster-shifting 7-speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission and weight trimmed by some 30kgs, quoted performance is 0-62mph in 4.5 secs with a 189mph top speed.
After some 16 years, the Virage name was resurrected at the 2011 Geneva Motorshow. Powered by the company's 6-litre V12, the 490bhp Virage and Virage Volante sit neatly between the 470bhp DB9 and the 510bhp DBS models on which they are based. With 570Nm of torque going through a 6-speed Touchtronic II auto, the 2011 Virage boasts a perfect 50:50 weight balance, a 4.6-second 0-62 time and a 186mph max speed. The new Virages also feature an adaptive damping system and carbon/ceramic brakes as standard.
First revealed as a concept in March 2010, Aston Martin's luxury city car is intended to compliment a full-sized Aston Martin as the ultimate means of urban transport. Based on the well-equipped, 93mph Toyota iQ with its 996cc 3-cyl, 67bhp petrol engine and 5-speed manual (a dual-mode CVT auto is optional), production of the 3-metre-long Cygnet commenced at Gaydon in April 2011. The limited run ‘White' and ‘Black' Launch Editions feature special paint finishes, brightwork and wheels, as well as hand-trimmed leather interiors and a bespoke 5-piece luggage set.
Based on the V12 Vantage, work on the new V12 Zagato began in 2010, and it was first revealed at the Villa d'Este concours in late May 2011. The aluminium and carbon fibre-bodied car combines Aston Martin's bonded aluminium platform with the power of the 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510bhp and 420lb/ft of torque. It also features Zagato's iconic double-bubble roof, which in this case is fabricated from five separate sheets of aluminium. At £330,000 (plus taxes), no more than 150 are to be produced from mid 2012 onward.
Based on the Project AM310 car shown at the Villa d'Este concours in May 2012, the new second-generation Vanquish was officially announced the following month. Powered by a significantly revised 5,935cc V12 mated to the existing Touchtronic 2 six-speed auto, it produces 565bhp with 457lb/ft of torque - good for a quoted 0-62mph in 4.1 secs and a 183mph max. Designed in-house, the new 1,739kg Vanquish is underpinned by a more rigid aluminium and carbon-fibre chassis, with an aluminium, mag alloy and carbon-fibre body. The ‘from £189,995' price also includes state-of-the-art infotainment.
Revealed in September 2012, the new DB9 (Coupé and Volante) replaces the Virage and the first generation DB9 in the model range. Distinguishable by a new One-77-influenced grille, a larger lower front air intake, bi-xenon headlamps and a more pronounced bootlid flip, the new DB9 coupé's chassis is quoted as being 20% stiffer than the old DB9's. The 5,935cc V12 puts now produces the same 510bhp as the DBS, Vantage V12 and V12 Zagato models, although this power increase isn't reflected in the claimed performance figs: 0-62mph in 4.6secs and 183mph max.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013 – Aston Martin’s centenary year – the redesigned and re-engineered Rapide S replaced the outgoing Rapide as the world’s most beautiful sports saloon. In tandem with improved emissions and fuel economy, its 550bhp 6-litre V12 produces 17% more power so quoted performance is 0-62mph in 4.9 secs with a top speed of 190mph. Along with upgrades and enhancements to driveability, suspension and handling, the Rapide S also boasts improved aerodynamics, safety and refinement, as well as more pronounced cabin luxury and a host of option packs.
V12 VANTAGE S
Announced in late May 2013, the V12 Vantage S succeeded the V12 Vantage. Fitted with the latest Bosch ECU, its 6-litre engine produces the same 565bhp and 457lb/ft as the 2012 Vanquish, but in this case that’s good for an estimated 205mph, thus rendering the Vantage V12 S the fastest ever AM road car bar the One-77. The 1,665kg (15kgs lighter) S version also features a 7-speed automated manual, 3-stage adaptive damping, Brembo carbon/ceramic brakes, quicker steering, a One-77-based exhaust system, 9-spoke forged alloys plus various aesthetic updates inside and out.
VANQUISH VOLANTE ZAGATO
Displayed a two-seater Roadster based on the first-generation Vanquish at the 2004 Geneva Motorshow, but it was not a project pursued by either Zagato or Aston Martin. However, in June 2013 Aston Martin revealed a production Volante version of the second-generation Vanquish. With the same 565bhp 6-litre V12 as the Vanquish coupé, the 2+2 Volante boasts the same performance, and it’s the first Aston Volante with a full carbon-fibre body while also being the stiffest.
Emerging from Gaydon’s Special Projects division, the Lagonda super-saloon was unveiled in Dubai in late 2014. With a price approaching £700,000, the Taraf was originally to be built in a limited run of 200 and available only to invited Middle Eastern customers. Based on Aston’s VH architecture, it’s powered by the 550bhp 5.9-litre V12 from the 190mph Rapide S, with drive to the rear wheels via a 6-speed ZF auto transmission. Styling of the carbon-fibre body is influenced by the William Towns-designed Lagonda of 1976, with extensive personalisation via AM’s Q bespoke service.
VANTAGE GT12 SPECIAL EDITION
Early in 2015 Aston Martin revealed details of its new Vantage GT12, and, with production limited to 100, the £250,000 model was sold-out prior to first deliveries in Sept ’15. Powered by a 600hp version of AM’s 6-litre V12, the Vantage GT12 is 35hp more powerful than a standard V12 Vantage S, and at 1,565kgs, it’s also 100kg lighter. The GT12 also features magnesium inlet manifolds and torque tube, a titanium exhaust, a lithium-ion battery and carbon fibre front wings, bonnet and door casings. Options include a carbon fibre roof and polycarbonate rear windows.
Co-developed by Aston Martin Racing and first revealed at the 2015 Geneva show, the Vulcan is AM’s take on the ultimate track-only hypercar. Styled in-house with a carbon fibre body and monocoque construction, it’s powered by an 800+bhp version of AM’s naturally-aspirated 7-litre V12. Other features include a limited-slip diff, a magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft, Brembo racing calipers, carbon/ceramic discs, a rear/mid-mounted Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission and ultra sophisticated suspension. Just 24 Vulcans are to be built, and the £1.8m price includes an intensive driver training programme.
DB9 GT (& BOND EDITION)
First seen at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the DB9 GT is the most potent DB9 to date. With a 547hp 6-litre V12, AM claims 0-62mph in 4.5secs with a 183mph max. With production limited to 150, the GT has the Vanquish’s AMi II touch-sensitive infotainment system while the exterior has a black splitter and diffuser, revised lights, 10-spoke 20-inch alloys and an engraved filler cap. In September 2015 AM announced the DB9 GT Bond Edition which boasts Spectre Silver paint, bright aluminium vents and sterling silver AM badges with discreet ‘007 Bond Edition’ exterior badging.