Jim Clark in the Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, at Goodwood, 1961.
The “heart” of the CPT002 is a solid sapphire crystal, the phone’s incredible see-through touch screen. The sides are crafted from platinum and they incorporate the battery, electronics, and SIM card.
In addition to all the wonderful things any mobile phone (costing about one-gazillion times less) can do, the CPT002 automatically unlocks your Aston as you approach. Once underway, cameras integrated into the car send images and video to Facebook and Twitter – to highlight memorable moments from a road-trip, or a perfectly apexed corner on a race-track.
Time to disrupt the sleeping leaves
Wrapping one’s fingers around the Alcantara steering wheel of the V12 Vantage reminds a person that being the fastest isn’t always the most enjoyable thing to do in an sporting automobile. Sure, performance has its place, and the Vantage has far more than most. But what it really has is Sunday morning.
It’s that time at early sunrise when everyone is elsewhere. The roads are littered with leaves undisturbed from having fallen the night before. It’s a time to go out and enjoy something vivacious and loud. To disrupt the sleeping leaves.
Aston Martin claims a 0–62 mph time of 4.8 seconds, which we tested numerous times, and a top speed of 186 mph, which seemed beyond the limits of the Spanish roads that made up our test run of the 2012 Virage.
The 2012 Aston Martin Virage is for those who can’t decide between the luxury of the DBS and the sportiness of the DB9.
Yes, you have seen the Virage name affixed to an Aston Martin before. It was the early 1990s, and the British automaker was moving on from using the name “V8” for its top-of-the-line model. Virage it was…at least for a half-decade or so until the name reverted to V8.
The 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S driven in Spain on the Ascari circuit.
There is a near-NASCAR V-8 rumble out the back as you rocket down the kinked straight, letting the S upshift on its own at 7000 rpm.
Peeking, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S
Still at 4.7 liters, the V-8’s power is upped from 420 to 430 bhp and 346 lb.-ft. of torque to 361, thanks to changes to the intake tract and the spark timing.
Aston didn’t have an official 0–60 time, but it is likely sub-4.5 seconds with a claimed top speed of 189 mph.
One of the most famous names in GT racing is making a come back this year with an Aston Martin DBRS8 GT3.
Ecurie Ecosse will run Alasdair McCaig, Andrew Smith, Joe Twyman and Oliver Bryant in The Total 24 Hours of Spa in July, using it as a stepping stone to a Le Mans return.
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (1960)
Perfection can be improved, and the DB4 Zagato is the finest example. Unfortunately only 25 were ever built and each one doesn’t sell for less than 2 million. But the GTZ was more than a pretty face and it had some interesting racing pedigree as well. Stirling Moss drove it first to the podium at Goodwood in 1961.
The ‘all new’ Aston Martin Virage
Beautiful, sure - but almost identical to every other Aston in production
So if we like almost every other Aston in production, does that mean we’ll like this one, too?
So, what makes the new V8 Vantage S special? Well, apart from having revised bodywork that makes it look a lot like its V12 Vantage brother, it weighs 66 lb less than a standard Vantage, plus its 4.7-liter V-8 now pumps out 430 bhp and 361 lb.-ft. of torque.