The Astons at Top Marques Monaco

Last weekend, as part of a 6 day road trip, I was in Monaco and had the chance to do a quick visit at the Top Marques show. I wasn’t too impressed with the show. It’s quite small and sadly the emphasis seemed to be on tuning (I can’t believe how many full-carbon-body cars I saw there…). Anyway, the local Aston Martin dealer, British Motors, had a stand at the show too, displaying 4 Aston Martins, a Vanquish, a V12 Vantage Roadster, a new DB9 and a Cygnet. (I don’t have any pics of the Cygnet, sorry!).

17 Aston Martins gather at Dutch “Power Beauty Soulmates” meeting

The “Power Beauty Soulmates” (or PBSM) is a Dutch Aston club that meets every first Sunday of the even months. So last Sunday, April 7, PBSM members were invited to meet at the GeoFort in Herwijnen. The weather was great, so a lot of Aston Martins turned up, 17 in total. The owners of the GeoFort let us park our cars on the fort area itself, resulting in a nice row of shiny Astons. Here’s a selection of the pics I took.

Geneva 2013 – DB9 and DB9 Volante

I have never been much of a DB9 fan, but I must admit that I really like the looks of the new 2013 DB9. Subtle changes, but they fully bring this car up-to-date again. I haven’t driven it yet, the specs are promising though. In terms of power, the new DB9 is now at the same level of the retired DBS: 517 hp and a max torque of 620 Nm. In Geneva, Aston Martin displays both a DB9 (in the beautiful color Ming Blue) and a DB9 Volante (in the kind of boring color Amethyst Red).

Cars for Charity: Dutch ‘Droomrit voor het leven’ featuring many Astons

Last Saturday, September 29, the thirteenth edition of the Cars for Charity event “Droomrit voor het leven” (Dream ride for Life) was held in the Netherlands. The first edition took place in 2000. A student from the IVA business school decided to combine sport cars and children with health problems. For one day, children between the ages of 12 and 17, can forget their illness and have the day of their lives as a passenger in a true dream car. ‘Droomrit voor het leven’ is an annual event and only 50 cars can participate. Brand or year do not matter, what matters is that the cars are exclusive (so a limited amount of Porsches :-)) and that the children see them as dream cars. This years’ list of cars showed a massive amount of Aston Martins, including two very colorful V12 Vantages, Alwin’s Fire Red and his Flame Orange brother.

It’s here, the new DB9!

We’ve already seen the spy shots and spots, but now it has been officially revealed by Aston Martin: the new version of everyone’s favorite Aston, the DB9. That is, the favorite of everyone who have never driven the various Aston Martin models. Otherwise they would know better. Because let’s be fair, the DB9 might be beautiful and elegant, but it’s not really the most exciting car to drive. In fact, compared to say a Vantage or a DBS, I dare say that driving a DB9 is kind of boring. How it became so popular as everyone’s “dream car” is beyond me. Jeremy Clarkson maybe? Anyway, I digress… let’s look at the new DB9.

Virage now officially discontinued?

We already saw this coming from a mile away, but this week, came with the “official” news that the Virage will be discontinued. Without mentioning any source for the news, they report that “Aston Martin has decided that there are just too few buyers who feel the Virage is enough of a step up from the DB9 to warrant the extra cost.”

More DB9 2013 spy shots, taken near the Nürburgring

Last week we already spotted the new Virage DB9 in a parking garage in Mallorca. Today new spy shots appeared that were taken near Aston’s test center at the Nürburgring, again of both a coupe and a Volante. And yes, we’re sure this is the new DB9, even though it looks exactly like a Virage. It’s likely that next year, the Virage model will disappear and this car, basically a facelift of the Virage, will be introduced as the new DB9.