The Aston Martin look-a-likes in GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V, the most eagerly anticipated video game ever, was released last week. The game features 257 vehicles, all with made-up names, but most of them still recognizable as real-life car brands and models. Five of the available cars are obviously inspired by Aston Martin models, in particular the cars of the made-up “Dewbauchee” brand:

Aston Martin voted 2nd coolest brand

Each year, Coolbrands lists the coolest brands in the UK, as voted by 3,000 consumers and a panel of 38 VIPs. In 2011, Aston Martin was voted as the #1 coolest brand, dropping to 3rd place in 2012. This year our favourite brand has moved up to the 2nd place again, after Apple and followed by Rolex.

An Aston with an AMG V8? Yes please!

When InvestIndustrial took a stake in Aston Martin, rumours already indicated that this could indicate a future partnership with AMG, because InvestIndustrial’s ties with the German company. This week, an official Aston Martin press release confirmed the rumours: Aston Martin and AMG have signed a letter of intent, agreeing that Aston Martin will get access to AMG V8 powertrains and electric/electronic architecture components, in exchange for a 5% stake in the Aston Martin company.

Brutal! The new V12 Vantage S!

Phew, the word is out: this is the new V12 Vantage S! The V12 S in short: 573 hp, 620 Nm of torque and a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). I already had the privilege of seeing this car ten days ago, in a Private Viewing at Aston Martin’s N├╝rburgring Test Center. But no camera’s were permitted, neither was I allowed to disclose any details before today. But today has finally arrived, so here it is!

Teaser video: V12 Vantage replacement?

On Friday last week, Aston Martin released this teaser video, just saying “Coming Soon…”. The video doesn’t show much, but we can clearly see a bonnet with V12 Vantage style carbon fibre vents, Vantage-style headlights, Vantage-style carbon fibre side strakes and the contours of a car in side-view which confirms this is something Vantage-based. Could this be the reason the V12 Vantage was discontinued a few weeks ago? We’ll know soon enough, maybe even later this week! Stay tuned. Watch the teaser video here. What do you think this is?

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept

It’s here and it’s stunning: the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept! I was very much looking forward to see this car. A V12 Vantage based open car, with its’ styling based on the classic DBR1. I was wondering how that would turn out. Well, it’s even better than I hoped it would be. Just look at it: This car joined us in The Parade with 107 Aston Martins around the Nordschleife. When we returned at the dedicated Aston Martin parking, I was able to make these photos: