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Limited Edition 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Sports Car

Most of the time, when a brand launches a new edition based on an older model. It tends to be further back in the brand’s heritage. Not so for the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Sports Car. The 2018 V12 Vantage V600 Sports Car finds its muse from the 1998 V8 Vantage V600. Rather than turbo-it up like every souped up luxury sports car today, the  Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Sports Car is a great tribute to naturally aspirated power.

With expected deliveries to begin third quarter 2018, Aston Martin’s bespoke division, Q, will produce seven coupes and seven roadster V12 Vantage V600s.

New Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Sports Car

Aston Martin redesigned the new Vantage V12 Vantage V600 Sports Car for 2018 turned to an older model, barely 20 years old, for a limited-edition run. Finding muse in the Virage series sold from 1989 to 2000, the V600 edition from 1998 was a full throated, 600 horsepower supercharged beast, one of the most powerful sports cars of the era. But, to understand where Aston Martin is going with the new 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Sports Car, one has to understand how the legend was built.

In 1992, Aston Martin looked to updating its two-tonne Virage V8 Grand Tourer, great on straights, terrible on winding roads, it was more luxurious but not as performance driven as its competing Ferrari 456. When the carmaker rethought their Grand Tourer, they decided that the follow up would be a Vantage V600 with outputs of 600 horse power thanks to the supercharged engine delivering 447kW versus the older model 410kW (550hp) behemoth.

With tweaked suspensions and improved roll-bars, the two tonne 1998 Vantage V600 could complete its century sprint in 4.6 seconds, performed nimbly on bends and on straights, swallowed asphalt at 320kmh. The new V12 Vantage V600 Sports Car is designed to elicit unrivalled excitement and deliver dynamic drivability with its lightweight, carbon fibre body potentially cutting its weight by 1/4 to just 1,530kg and near perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

A rigid subframe within this backbone delivers enhanced stability for the suspension. The overwhelming benefit is beautifully responsive control behind the wheel while the seven-speed manual transmission and front and rear dual independent forged wishbone suspension together with adaptive damping with sensors on the car to detect the prevailing driving conditions, make the 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Sports Car one of the most driver responsive to date. More technological innovation comes with Dynamic Torque Vectoring and an Electronic Rear Differential, linked to the Vantage’s electronic stability control system. A first for an Aston Martin, the Electronic Rear Differential’s speed and sensitivity of response enhances cornering performance, high speed stability and manoeuvrability, enabling the driver to fully explore the Vantage’s dynamic capabilities.

Furthermore, the master cylinder and booster of the new V12 Vantage V600 have been updated to ensure the 2018 Limited Edition Vantage feels and responds as a true sports car, creating a more responsive, confidence inspiring drive. The heart of the new Limited Edition Vantage beats with a naturally aspirated 5.9-litre, 592bhp V12 which is also used in the Rapide and Vanquish S.

The sports car is available on request with deliveries set to begin in the third quarter of 2018.


Aston’s DB4 Series V Vantage Convertible in Fiesta Red

Aston’s DB4 Series V Vantage Convertible in Fiesta Red

The 1962 Aston Martin’s DB4 Series V Vantage Convertible originally finished in fiesta red “will be undergoing full recommissioning and detailing” after a long-term storage, according to the private seller. One of the 110 DB4 constructed, only 70 were convertibles, and just 14 examples were built to Vantage specification. This DB4 V Vantage convertible was previously part of the international collection and after a full overhaul, the classic car will be equipped with a very desirable Special Series engine.

Introduced by the marque in September 1962, the final version of the DB4 Series V featured numerous changes as compared to the previous versions, including: three piece tail lights, a taller and longer body to provide more interior space and slightly smaller wheels, which kept the overall height the same.

The front view of many Series V cars took the styling cue from DB4 GT and retained the same aerodynamic design. Fitted with closed-in headlights, the same style was later carried over to the DB5. Inside the interior, featured the fawn Connolly hide trim, and this right-hand drive DB4 was specified with chrome wheels and a Motorola radio and Special Series Vantage engine upgrade.

The Aston had gone through several hands from 1970 to 1996, and made impressive concours record with the AMOC from 1989 to 1996. It went on display on the Aston Martin stand at the 1962 Earls Court Motor Show before the car was sold new to Fendar Limited of Old Bond Street, London W1.

Also, the Aston DB4 Series V Vantage is believed to have been owned in the 2000s by John Sinders, a Texas banker and Aston Martin collector, who was part of the consortium of investors who purchased AML from Ford in March 2007.

In addition to that, the DB4 had been pictured in three books: 1001 Images of Cars’ (Tiger Books), Aston Martin -The Complete Car (Palawan) and Aston Martin Heritage (Nixon & Newton).

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The Exotic Aston Classic Car in Tudor Metallic Grey

This classic Aston Martin DB6 could be a real wheel deal for any Aston’s fan. This example is described as an exceedingly rare motorcar being one of just 29 examples built in 1967.

Complete in a beautiful Tudor metallic grey as seen on its exterior, the fiery red interior style accentuates well with the desirable Volante drophead body, and the Aston Martin DB6 is built to Vantage specification.

JD Classics, being acknowledged as one of the most popular dealers for sourcing, restoring and maintaining the most significant road and racing cars in the world, it is putting up this exotic looking yet practical MKI Vantage Volante on offer.

According to the car dealer, Aston’s DB6 has gone through a number of upgrades, including the “power steering, power operated hood, electric windows, front seat belts as well as an uprated engine fitted with three twin choke Weber DCOE 45s, which delivered an increased power output of 325 bhp versus the 282 bhp of the standard model.”

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Ultimate Spy Car: David Brown Automotive Speedback GT Silverstone Edition

You know the kind of ultimate spy car, totally vintage looking on the outside but completely modded up to the grills in the latest automotive engineering tech? Well, this David Brown Automotive Speedback GT Silverstone Edition has made that cinematic trope a reality. A true performance Grand Tourer, track-tuned to inspire pure driving emotion, the Speedback GT Silverstone Edition with the price tag of a high performance supercar, takes the 1960s retro-aesthetic hides 601 British Horsepower under its classic, gentlemanly exterior. If this isn’t the definition of the ultimate spy car, I don’t know what is.

Ultimate Spy Car: David Brown Automotive Speedback GT Silverstone Edition

For those of you unfamiliar, David Brown Automotive, is a British bespoke carmaker, known to a niche group of automobile fanatics for creating small batches of exquisitely crafted cars. David Brown’s Speedback GT Silverstone Edition is based on the brand’s gorgeous grand tourer, the Speedback GT. This new Silverstone Edition is a follow up to David Brown Automotive’s previous Speedback GT project which retro-fitted an old Jaguar XKR with all the mods and cons, reminiscent of an old Aston Martin DB5 and selling it for over £600,000.

Taking its name from the Silverstone Circuit, a former Royal Air Force bomber station turned race-track and now home to David Brown’s headquarters and factory, the newly unveiled Silverstone Edition gets a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 capable of 601 horsepower, 56 foot-pounds of torque and a top speed of about 250 kmh; completing its century sprint in 4.2 seconds. Essentially, the new Speedback Silverstone Edition takes David Brown Automotive’s ‘standard’ Speedback GT and, to use an American concept, upsizes everything: power, torque, aggression and tons of gorgeous classic styling with chrome detailing.

Naturally, as befitting the ultimate spy car, a high-tech, rapid six-speed automatic transmission is standard with no manual option. For those doubtful of the David Brown Automotive Speedback GT Silverstone Edition in full automatic, the added “Sport mode” will give the car immediate throttle response and performance – not exactly “Tesla full throttle on pedal press” but close. Topping out at 250 kmh, it’s not exactly supercar territory (320 kmh and up) but it’s not slouch either.

The suspension of the new Silverstone Edition has been track-tuned and offers an advanced “Dynamic” stability-control system, rear differential and performance brake – ensuring some semblance of safety as the onboard computer accounts for your control of the car at breakneck speeds and continuously (and autonomously) manages performance characteristics to keep you from sending yourself invariably into the ditches since civilians typically lack the mastery of racecar drivers.

In terms of aesthetics and design, the Speedback GT Silverstone carries a lightweight aluminum body topped with twin auxiliary lamps in the mesh grille, a reminder of old school endurance GT racecars. Other heritage ;nods’ includes 20-inch “Afterburner” forged alloy wheels inspired by jet turbines and vintage aviation inspired quad exhaust tips from RAF bombers from days of yore.

The lush shade of David Brown Automotive Speedback GT Silverstone black is applied over an eight-week process, giving this bespoke sports car an exclusive “Fly By Night” finish with a “Black Night” fading racing stripe running down the center of the vehicle. All the special badging, and all of the exterior brightware is finished in brushed chrome, simultaneously retro-inspired by aviation and automotive genres.

It’s called the Silverstone Edition for a reason, the Grand Tourer celebrates David Brown Automotive’s new racetrack/RAF bomber base home.  Just ten Speedback GT Silvertones will be built and it is expected to sell for north of $850,000.

For more information, visit David Brown Automotive

Daniel Craig to Auction Off His Limited Edition 007 Aston Martin

Christie’s to Auction Daniel Craig’s Aston Martin

Good news for those who are looking for a 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish Aston Martin. The bespoke, midnight-blue 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish with the car plate number 007, belonging to Actor Daniel Craig, will go on auction at The Exceptional Sale at Christie’s in New York on April 20.

All sales proceeds received will fund The Opportunity Network, a non-profit organisation, established to help young people in their career development.

Prior to the auction, the 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish will go on display for a limited period at a gallery in Los Angeles from Feb 27 to March 3, 2018.

“This Aston Martin Vanquish is a tour de force of automobile engineering and a distinct pleasure to drive. While I will miss it, I am keen to further the very important work of The Opportunity Network with its sale.” – Actor Daniel Craig

Under Craig’s ownership, the limited-edition car had gone through modification works done by Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer. Only 100 examples of the Centenary Edition Vanquish were built in 2014 to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. Designed and constructed at Aston’s manufacturing facility in Warwickshire, England, the Vanquish features a 6.0 litre, V12 petrol engine, and an automatic gearbox.

The vanquish features a lightweight structure as well as a motor-sport-inspired carbon-fibre exterior. In the interior, is a showcase of fine hand-stitched luxury leather, with carbon-fibre and aluminium elements. The Centenary Edition Vanquish has a top speed of 183mph.

This left-hand drive Centenary Edition Vanquish will be offered in The Exceptional Sale in New York, and it is expected to fetch an estimated value between $400,000-$600,000.

“We are thrilled at the chance to support Daniel Craig’s generosity to The Opportunity Network with the offer of this unique and gorgeous sports car,” says Becky MacGuire, the sale’s director.

“With its pristine condition, exceptional craftsmanship and impeccable provenance, the Aston Martin fits perfectly into Christie’s masterpiece sale. It’s like a 21st-century sculpture that comes equipped with an incredibly fine engine,” said MacGuire.

For more information on Aston Martin, please visit www.astonmartin.com/sg and visit Christie’s auction here.

The 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

The 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

This 14th of just 19 tailor-made 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato with a chassis number 0186 is unquestionably an attractive iteration, taking cue after the vaunted DB4. During its racing career, the Zagato has been honoured with awards at numerous European and American concours events. After it went through a restoration by marque specialist Richard Williams and Carrozzeria Zagato, the DB4GT Zagato was delivered new to its first lucky owner and a very successful businessman in Australia, who had a penchant for car racing. Moreover, he owned a handful of grand prix cars.

Boasting a slightly elongated shark-like nose, the tail lights of the Zagato were set into the fenders. The C-pillar was reduced by featuring a larger rear windshield. Under the hood, the DB4GT is powered by 314bhp, 3,670cc DOHC twin-plug alloy inline six-cylinder engine.

There’s the triple Weber 45DCOE carburetors, four-speed synchromemesh alloy-cased manual transmission with overdrive, front and rear coil-spring suspension, and four–wheel Girling hydraulic disc brakes, as well as a wheelbase size of 95-inch.

While the DB4GT was already a highly attractive automobile, the Zagato coachwork brought out the voluptuous appeal of the Aston Martin, smoothing out the harder edges in favour of a more dynamic and fluid shape. Changes were more than just skin deep, as Zagato and Aston Martin also endeavoured to make this car faster than its standard brethren, reducing nearly 50kg of weight and adding 12 horsepower to the total output.

More details on the car model can be found at RM Sotheby’s. The next auction will take place on Amelia’s Island in Florida on March 10. Visit the site to view more cars available for bidding.

Aston Martin: More Than a Feeling

“There’s an abundance of leather on almost every surface and the seats are extremely comfortable.”

Aston Martin has taken it upon themselves to create the most beautiful car in the world. It’s in the plans laid out by CEO Andy Palmer, and their latest model featuring the initials of founder, David Brown, certainly points them in the right direction. However, unlike Astons of old, the new DB11 puts aerodynamics and performance first. After a recent investment from Daimler AG, great things are expected for the infamous British brand.

Aston Martin: More Than a Feeling

The design is sleek, having air intakes and lines blended into the bodywork ingeniously to add to the beauty of the aesthetics. Nothing feels chopped up on the outside of this Aston. The lines are all there for the purpose of reducing as much drag as possible, while keeping the grand tourer planted firmly on the ground. An “Aeroblade” removes the need for a rear spoiler, by using the air flowing over the rear to create a virtual one. There is, however, a pop-up spoiler for additional support and if you get down on your hands and knees, you’ll also see the undercarriage is completely smooth. This is not just a pretty body, it was designed to make you go faster.

The clamshell bonnet is so large that they almost couldn’t find a piece of aluminum big enough to fit the vehicle. It is currently the largest fitted to a production sports car and is based on the two-thirds one-third proportions ratio. And not having those opening lines across the front of the bonnet means the car is not only more aerodynamic, it is also aesthetically more pleasing. This golden ratio extends to the entirety of the car, from the amount of body to glass, to the previously mentioned lines running down the side of the body.

With any big new Aston, what you really want to know is what’s under that bonnet. Well the first version of the DB11 harbours a 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12 monster with a roaring soundtrack and the signature of its engineer engraved on a plaque right on top. When you see this, you know you’re about to start a special bond with what’s underneath. It has 600 bhp and enough torques to shred the 295 rear tyres under full acceleration. You’ll hit 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and peak at 322 km/h as you blast off into the horizon. Or if you live in the city — as most Aston drivers do — you’ll probably just blast to 90 km/h and into the next queue at the traffic lights. Fortunately, an 8-speed ZF transmission and cylinder deactivation will lower your fuel bill and impact on the environment.

The inside is very much as you’d expect. As you open those gorgeous swan doors and lower yourself into the cockpit, there’s an abundance of leather on almost every surface and the seats are extremely comfortable. It is a grand touring car so there is the typical backseat for your children, and friends you’re not too keen on. The dials are made from high quality materials and the LCD instrument gauge is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in terms of legibility. The entertainment system is from Mercedes, which is a lot more advanced and easier to use than the previous one as well.

You’ll feel like you are in a one-of-a-kind, hand-built luxury car, a feeling that many brands these days tend to fail in delivering. The noise through the exhaust is superb, but when you want to cruise comfortably and listen to your favourite beats, the Bang & Olufsen stereo will blow you away. With 1,000 watts and speakers that rise out of the dash at the push of a button, not much comes close to this Danish system for the true audiophile.

The DB11 is one of the best all-round grand tourers money can buy. There’s also a high chance it will be the next Bond car and that alone would make it worth purchasing. However, it doesn’t really need to rely on the famous spy to be desirable.  It brings looks, heritage, performance and quality to the luxury coupe sector and is a clear progression from the DB9 it replaces. Aston Martin’s recent collaboration with new shareholder Daimler is proving to be a match made in heaven.

For more information, visit www.astonmartin.com.sg  or www.wearnesauto.com.

Words Robbie Wilson

Aston Martin DB4 for Sale

Aston Martin DB4 – Quintessentially British

The Pre-Production Aston Martin DB4 for Sale

Just over a week ago, Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB5 was auctioned for $1.8 million followed by the 1960s DB5, once owned by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, was listed for sale on a classic car website. For classic car collectors, the pre-production of the 1959 DB4 is now up for sale through the London-based classic car experts Hexagon Classics, which is said to be even more exclusive and rare.

Thanks to the key people who were involved in the development of the DB4 in 1956, the four-seater coupe was designed with aluminum panels fixed to a tubular frame by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, that bills itself as the “Superleggera”.

Come to the pre-production of the 1959 DB4, the Blu Scozia by Hexagon Classics was the only third right hand drive version that rolled out of the Newport Pagnell factory and had gone through 37 years of upgrades by Aston Martin aficionado Richard Williams, according to AFP Relaxer.

DB4 in 1959

What made this particular DB4 so special is “the fact that it was registered originally by Aston Martin as its London demonstrator model before production began, and continued until 1963,” said the source.

This model has been updated with a five-speed gearbox, and the wheel arches have been modified to accommodate a larger set of offset wire wheels. This example was raced in the legendary hill climb events, and after an extensive restoration, the DB4 could cost as much as £222,000, making the pre-production model one of the finest and a rare find anywhere in the world.

For more details on the pre-production of the 1959 DB4, please visit Hexagon Classics.

Cruise to Higher Altitudes with Aston Martin’s Vanquish S Ultimate

Three bespoke touches are developed for the 175-vehicle run to offer customers maximum choices

British coveted sportscar maker, Aston Martin, famed for creating the future of grand tourers and race cars, will be proudly unleashing a very ultimate edition of its current flagship super GT model in limited runs – the Vanquish S – in three design themes.

The new grand tourer model takes performance reference from the previous Vanquish S Coupe and Volante and add accents to the new Vanquish S’ uniqueness by marrying across three styles: of heritage, technology and artisanship, to give birth to a new star that will excite the senses, and each to his own, definitely worth the wait.

“As the much-loved and highly-acclaimed Vanquish S nears the end of production, we wanted to celebrate its success with a limited run of very special cars. The Ultimate edition perfectly captures the spirit of Vanquish.” – Aston Martin VP, Christian Marti

The new design of Vanquish S will see subtle changes to the sculpted body and interior aesthetic, including the fitted of carbon fibre side strakes to rectify the airflow around the wheels, and new rose-gold ‘Ultimate’ vehicle decal will style part of the exterior.

What will retain will be the same transmission, carbon chassis fiber and braking set up and the 6-litre, 595bhp, V12 engine that powers the previous Aston’s Vanquish S Coupe and Volante.

New quilting design for the leather seats

Three unique design themes have been carefully selected to ensure each exterior colour works brilliantly to complement the interior scheme.

Inside the grand tourer, Aston’s high-level of craftsmanship starts with the single Ultimate Black tone effect to contrast with copper bronze detailing around the front air intake and rear diffuser. The same effect is applied to the interior, featuring the seats enveloped in obsidian black leather and outlined by chestnut tan with carbon fibre twill facia and accent stitching.

The second takes inspiration from the look and materials used in technical sportswear. Combining Xenon Grey paint with contrasting Cobalt Blue, the exterior blends tastefully with Ultimate’s carbon fibre and black trim. The copper bronze detailing remains while the interior exudes electron Yellow accents and spectral blue stitching juxtapose against the leather upholstery in phantom grey. And Chestnut tan puts a modern twist to stand out against the black leather accents with detailing.

The third is the strongest in terms of the colour palette, featuring grey paint finish accented with cobalt blue detailing, plus bright yellow brake callipers. Inside, the seats are wrapped in grey leather and highlighted with yellow and blue detailing.

The unique detailing run through to the window trims and 5-spoke wheels, plus extensive use of carbon fibre for the bonnet louvres, front grille and side strakes

Aston Martin owner can also tailor the car experience with bespoke touches to make it uniquely theirs at the company’s Q division.

Available in three striking paint schemes, you will have to act fast if you want to get your hand on the new Vanquish S Ultimate since only 175 editions will be produced. Orders are now being taken with first deliveries scheduled for early 2018.

For more information on the the new Vanquish S Ultimate, please visit http://www.wearnesauto.com/.


Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

A “Must-See” Luxury Residence: Automaker Aston Martin goes from Convertibles to Condominiums

Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

A rendering of Aston Martin and G and G Business Developments’ luxury residences in Miami

The 66-story luxury condominium in Miami, Florida which is slated to complete in 2021 is British Luxury sportscar company Aston Martin’s first venture into the property line in collaboration with G and G Business Developments. The new residential tower will also mark Aston’s first foray into architecture design and construction.

The future residence tower will sit on 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way enclave, designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger to highlight the scarcity of the waterfront land available for development in downtown Miami.

Soon to be one of the most “extremely well received” property, said German Coto, CEO of G and G Business Developments, “I am confident we will deliver on our promise to create the ultimate residential tower and I’m looking forward to admiring the view from the top of this special building when it is complete.”

Miami’s Beachfront Luxury Homes

Once Aston Martin Residences Miami is ready for occupancy, the luxury residence comprising of 391 standard units will boast aerial views overseeing Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic. But the seven penthouses and one duplex penthouse will be beautifully framed with each having their own private pool and secluded terrace.

And Aston Martin says it is doing more than just personifying its corporate branding as what their Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman explains. The iconic real-estate is another extension to the marque’s portfolio inclusive of cars, luxury yachts and a submarine as well as other interior and exterior design projects driven by the Aston’s department Q bespoke service.

The Q Bespoke Service department at Aston’s exists to provide consultation and craft homes and furnishings that brings alive the latest designs from the pieces to the living spaces as seen from the automotive showroom.

The design team at Aston will oversee the entire design process from the building’s interior to the reception desk constructed with carbon fibre material (notable for its durability, light-weight and is corrosion resistance) and doors; inspired by Aston Martin custom-built handles and the ample use of special leather hides usually reserved for the hand-build GT cars.

“Aston Martin is on a growth trajectory globally and across the United States. Our partnership with G&G Business Developments to create Aston Martin Residences Miami, forms an important part of that growth story and of our desire to bring our brand to new audiences across the world.” – Simon Sproule, Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

The one-bedroom apartment is tentatively valued at $600,000 and the penthouses are expected to start from $50 million onwards.

Fast & Topless: The All-New DB11 Volante

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Renowned automobile maker, Aston Martin, is set to impress even the hardened die-hard top coupe drivers with the unleash of the all-new bespoke DB11 Volante Convertible in 2018, which has been quite an anticipated wait, dedicated to outdoor car enthusiasts.

The DB11 Volante open-top Aston Martin takes design reference from its predecessor [the DB9 Volante], with the new version coupe featuring an open car top and the four cylinders in the engine that formed part of the main profiles of the DB9 car model will be removed.

To strike a perfect balance between engineering and tasteful design, DB11 Volante highlights a new body style constructed from a lightweight bonded structure that is 26kg lighter and five per cent stiffer than the DB9 Volante.

Cabin view of the Aston Martin DB11 Volante

As seen in the interior, are very smart touches of craftsmanship highlighting the wooden veneer that embellishes the seat backs, and revealing to the outside world that subtle touch of class, each time the fabric drop top lowers down.

In addition, the DB11 Volante’s blend of strong lines and alluring exterior complementing an uninterrupted view will provide both the driver and passenger a greater sensory cruising experience on-the-road.

For many generations, Aston Martin’s range of cars has left a long-lasting impression on many of Aston Martin’s customers through its unique offerings that exude a unique character of one such luxury supercar, exemplified by the state-of-the-art innovation and stunning athletic appearance.

Fuelled by the brand’s ethos to “retain the structural and dynamic integrity” and while working around the challenges by “maximising the advantages” said Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Aston’s DB11 open-top coupe is powered by a 510hp V8 engine rather than a velvety smooth V12, with four litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine.

The new DB11 is capable of delivering that “power plus three very different driving mode setups and an eight-speed paddle-operated automatic transmission, not to mention the limited slip differential with torque vectoring,” according to Aston Martin.

What’s eye-catching about the DB11 is the ISOFIX seat attachment points and the hood. The roof drop takes just 14 seconds to lower and about 16 seconds to raise even when driving at speeds of up to 31mph, with a 31mph headwind.

To encapsulate the brand’s engineering spirit at its best, Aston puts its DB11 to the toughest test – the steering wheel is heated and the fabric roof made up of eight insulating layers has been tested to destruction; first in weather chambers and then in Death Valley and around the Arctic Circle.

“The new DB11 Volante captures those qualities perfectly and promises the kind of pleasure and enjoyment that can only come from driving an open-top Aston Martin.” – Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO

With all the elements in place and the unrivalled performance car engine taking centrestage, the new Volante convertible car is set to join the ranks of the open-top sports GT car market to prowl the streets and live up to its reputation of one true luxury supercar.

Prospective car buyers, who are looking to secure the new Volante, the prices start at £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Europe and $216,495 in the US, and will schedule for delivery in early 2018.

The 4 Most Desirable (and Expensive) Cars to Drive in Singapore: Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin Vanquish S, Lamborghini Aventador S, Bugatti Chiron

In 2014, a high net worth Singaporean with the initials PL debuted his US$3 million bespoke Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘1 of 1’ special edition at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show in California. Though he wished to remain unanonymous, it became readily apparent to all and wealthy who the Bugatti Veyron belonged to since the statistics of high net worth men in Singapore with PL initials (easily identified since the letters were laser cut into the grille of his new Grand Sport Vitesse) could only be the famed Peter Lim, Singaporean business magnate and investor.

The 4 Most Desired (and Expensive) Cars to Drive in Singapore

With COE prices what they are in Singapore, the $3 million price tag shouldn’t faze anyone but what is especially mindblowing, even by standards of conspicuous consumption is that his special edition Bugatti Veyron is left-hand drive and thus illegal to be on Singaporean roads. That said, here are 4 of the most desirable and expensive cars you could drive in Singapore. First up:

Bentley Bentayga – US$278,380 or SG$920,000 (not incl. COE)

Hand-built, all-terrain and to borrow Gandalf’s description for Shadowfax, “the Lord of Horses”, Bentley’s Bentayga SUV is the “Lord of luxury SUVs” in a Singaporean landscape of Land Rovers and Porsche Cayennes. The distinctive muscular powerline of the Bentley Bentayga’s advanced aluminium exterior is defined by the sharply-defined crease that draws your eye from the front wheel along the front of the car and the B-shaped wing vents.

Bentayga’s distinctive design cues don’t stop at the exterior. The interior is beautifully handcrafted, too. Bentley employs exquisite wood veneers to create a seamless ‘ring of wood’ around the driver and passengers while light floods into the cabin via panoramic sunroof. Solid metal detailing with precision-knurled finish and the hand-stitched leather interior features serve to augment the ultimate expression of opulence – an analogue clock by way of Breitling, which can even be further customised with a white or black mother-of-pearl face and even diamonds inset in eight index positions.

Performance wise – the 2017 Bentley Bentayga is the fastest, most exhilarating production SUV in the world, with a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h) with its powertrain producing an impressive 900 Nm (664 lb ft) of torque.


Aston Martin Vanquish S – US$312,950 or SG$420300 (not incl. COE)

The Aston Martin Vanquish S embodies the essence of Aston Martin while redefining the core aesthetic and technical elements which make the British automobile such an icon of sportive capability, craftsmanship and power – everything a suave MI6 operative needs.

Building on the heritage of Aston Martin’s flagship Grand Tourer, the Vanquish S delivers improved engine power via an uprated 8-speed Touchtronic III Transmission 6.0 V12 engine producing 603 PS, enhanced dynamics throughquad-exhaust tailpipes, and revised inlet manifolds for increased engine airflow and all new styling to create a Grand Tourer of unprecedented grace, performance and superlative driving experience.

Form follows function as the design choices for the Aston Martin Vanquish S build on its powerful technical characteristics with functional aesthetics – a suit of carbon-fibre – creating a Grand Tourer of unprecedented lightness: Its new aerodynamic focused design features carbon fibre 2×2 twill front splitter and rear diffuser, improving high speed stability and accentuating exterior styling. Inside the cabin, Vanquish S delights with interior features such as Filograph quilt design options, Bang & Olufsen audio and the AMi III Infotainment system with all new satellite navigation.

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster – on application

Building upon a legacy of Lamborghini’s historic S models like Miura, Islero, Countach, and Urraco, the Raging Bull returns with its most exciting version yet – the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster. Highly desirable, make no mistake, with new V12 engine with a whopping 740 HP, it’s no Aventador S coupe with its roof removed, the Aventador S Roadster is an entirely different beast thanks to the new LDVA (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva) and all new aerodynamics designed specifically for open-air driving like the electrically-operated rear window that maximizes air flow during normal operation but lets you hear the throaty Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster’s new V12 engine when down. Performance-wise, the Roadster outputs 740 horsepower like the coupe, delivering its century sprint in 3 seconds with a top speed of 349 kmh.

The new Aventador S Roadster delivers the utmost driving experience thanks to its innovative Lamborghini Active Vehicle Dynamics (LDVA) control unit, a system of active technologies that can manage each of the dynamic axles of the vehicle. LDVA system combines all the information coming from the car’s sensors and establishes in real time the best setting for each driving condition – what results is a steering system that involves all four wheels using Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) and Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering (LRS) while the vertical vehicle dynamics is handled by the Lamborghini Magneto-rheological suspension (LMS) and the active rear aerodynamics.

Above the hood, lies a combination of deep and bold lines, dressing the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster for topless aerodynamics, inspired by nature and aeronautics, with exhaust terminals that transform the rear end into that of a space shuttle and a front end that recalls the strength and elegance of nature’s apex predator. Inside, the interior of the Aventador S Roadster includes the finest materials and superior bespoke possibilities like the new S-trim configuration and use of exclusive innovative material such as Carbon Skin® to be the covering for some of the interior details. It’s little wonder that this Aventador Roadster is among Singapore’s most desired cars to have.

Bugatti Chiron – US$2,998,000 or SG$4,027,200

A successor to the Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron is the most powerful road car ever produced, with newly developed W16 engine producing an insane 1,500 hp, 25 percent increase in performance compared to its predecessor,from its 8 litres of displacement.The engine reaches its maximum torque of 1,600 Nm thanks to the 4 double-powered in-house Bugatti turbocharger which guarantee maximum torque at 2,000 rpm where the torque is maintained at this level all the way up to 6,000 rpm. The result is unbelievable acceleration which only comes to an end in the twilight zone somewhere beyond the 400 km/h mark, helped along by the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system, and carbon fiber monocoque.

The jaw-dropping performance of the Bugatti Chiron is matched only by the opulence of its exterior and interior – stylistically, it carries the demanding design characteristics worthy of the world’s most exclusive production super sports car, inspired through Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, the new design language is characterised by extremely generous surfaces, which are demarcated by pronounced lines in the case of the Chiron. The interior is extremely luxurious, with hi-res digital displays, lush leather upholstery and a world-class audio system. Production is limited to 500 cars, and nearly a third of them have already been spoken for. Each and every Chiron is a one of a kind – as individual as its owners as the level of bespoke custom options that can be achieved is subject to very few limitations.


Luxury Car Launch: Aston Martin electric car RapidE will enter production in 2019


Aston Martin's first all electric RapidE spearheads the English brand's low and zero-emission strategy

Aston Martin’s first all electric RapidE spearheads the English brand’s low and zero-emission strategy

Yesterday, June 27, Aston Martin confirmed the production of the brand’s first completely electric car. The Aston Martin RapidE is set to enter production in 2019 for a limited production run of 155 cars. Based on the upcoming Rapide AMR concept, Aston Martin’s first all electric RapidE spearheads the English brand’s low and zero-emission strategy first launched by Aston Martin’s CEO Dr. Andy Palmer.

The Aston Martin RapidE is set to enter production in 2019 for a limited production run of 155 cars

The Aston Martin RapidE is set to enter production in 2019 for a limited production run of 155 cars


Luxury Car Launch: Aston Martin electric car RapidE will enter production in 2019

Outlined after Palmer’s first 150 days as CEO of Aston Martin, the company’s Second Century Plan was a comprehensive strategy for the ongoing growth and development of the 102-year old British sport car maker, laying mid-term actions in the area of new product development that will drive the growth, a strategy which involved the low and zero-emission car strategy

“RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it, RapidE will showcase Aston Martin’s vision, desire and capability to successfully embrace radical change, delivering a new breed of car that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers.” – Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s president and CEO

Enter Williams Advanced Engineering. If they sound familiar, it’s because Williams Advanced Engineering is the the tech division of the Williams Formula 1 team, supply electric car batteries to Formula E, a contract which they eventually lost when McLaren won the bid last year. The outlook was less than positive until Williams Advanced Engineering received US$125 million capital to build native battery manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom. This puts Williams Advanced Engineering in good stead to continue on the original RapidE concept.

Williams Advanced Engineering worked on the original RapidE concept

Williams Advanced Engineering worked on the original RapidE concept

Now Williams Advanced Engineering will support Aston Martin in producing all electric RapidE by focusing on the complex electronics and mechanical integration. Aston Martin’s new electric RapidE is based on the upcoming Rapide AMR concept. Using the structure of the Rapide AMR, that is to say, the four-door sports car looks and dynamics of the Rapide but eschewing the 6.0 V12 engine replaced by an undisclosed EV powertrain.

It goes without saying that the EV powertrain will imbue Aston Martin’s new all electric RapidE with instantaneous delivery characteristics of an electric car we are all familiar with – The Tesla. Following the same vein of other modern Aston Martins, the RapidE will utilise a bonded aluminium chassis; the VH architecture allows for light yet robust chassis construction which complements the performance characteristics required of a high end Aston Martin especially when the British carmaker has to manage not just total weight but weight distribution accounting for a large EV battery, volume of the luxurious interiors and trunk capacity, in a market already filled with competing EV sports sedans who have at least a 5 year head start.


When the concept RapidE was first unveiled in 2015, Aston Martin’s first electric car was expected to be an all-wheel-drive with a range of over 200 miles and 800+ hp. Official details and technical specs for the Aston Martin RapidE are not yet available and if 2015 information still holds true, than the company’s first electric sports car is expected to retail for $200,000 to $250,000. The RapidE will be a Limited build run of 155 cars with production set for 2019

Aston Martin's new electric RapidE is based on the upcoming Rapide AMR concept.

Aston Martin’s new electric RapidE is based on the upcoming Rapide AMR concept.


Aston Martin x Hogan: Luxury limited edition sneakers debut at London Men’s Fashion Week

Sneaker heads, this one’s for you! Men’s Fashion Week in London has shown us a number of collaborations between designers and brands, with this one being one of the most anticipated. Combining the ultimate street style cult favourite — the sneaker — with the sleek curves of a luxury car, the ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ limited edition sneaker is stepping out this fall for Autumn Winter 2017/18.

Luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is lauded for their contemporary and sophisticated aesthetic. Melding with Hogan’s quality craftsmanship, this pair of sneakers is one you’d need on your feet. Modelled after the iconic ‘Olympia’ sneaker by Hogan, these sneakers are made of full leather accompanied with nylon mesh to give it a sportier look. Details on the shoes are from Aston Martin’s artisan leather craft, reflecting the elegance of an Aston Martin sports car.

The tongue is decorated in Aston Martin’s classic kestrel tan leather with a pinched seam detailing, featuring a print of the iconic Aston Martin wings. Offered in four seasonal colours, the versatility of these sneakers gives you the free reign to dress them up, or down.

“Collaborating with brands that share our views on quality, style and elegance is important to us,” said Marek Reichman, EVP & Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin. “Working with creative teams outside of the automotive industry helps to broaden our designers’ minds, and this is always a positive experience for both myself and my team at Gaydon. We take inspiration from all walks of life and our work with Hogan will help to shape and inspire many aspects of our future creations”.

“Hogan’s attention to detail and passion for beautiful products, and Aston Martin’s beautiful craftsmanship made this project a natural fit,” said Sergio Azzolari, General Manager from Hogan. “It was a pleasure for us to collaborate on a shoe that reflects the attention to detailing in Aston Martin sports cars.”

Each of these sneakers are crafted with the same exquisite craftsmanship seen in the British marque’s sports cars and the Italian master’s casual luxury shoes. Only 3,000 pairs of these lux kicks will be produced, so get them while they’re hot! The ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ exclusive collection will be available at Hogan flagship stores worldwide, at Hogan and at the Aston Martin Dover Street brand centre from the end of June.

For more information, do visit Hogan and Aston Martin.







City Concours, London: Royal Honourable Artillery HQ hosts classic cars from Jaguar to Bentley and more

Despite being one of the wealthiest, collectible car-courting cities in the world, London has never played host to a genuine, concours-level classic car event. However, that is all about to change when the inaugural City Concours gets underway next week. It will be held on the grounds of the Royal Honourable Artillery HQ in the heart of London‘s financial square mile and, when it officially opens on Thursday, June 8, promises a display featuring 160 of the world’s rarest and most collectible cars from the early 1900s, up to the present day.

Among the cars selected, visitors will see Jaguar D-Type RSF 303, which clinched a podium place at Le Mans in 1957, a 1927 Bentley 3L Speed Wayman and a 1962 Maserati Vignale Spyder 3500.

But they will line up alongside modern classics like the Zagato Ferrari 550 GTZ Barchetta (just three built), a Singer reimagined Porsche 911, a Touring Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spyder and the current holy trinity of hybrid hypercars — a McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and a Porsche 818 Spyder.

Of course, no classic car show with a focus on supercars and genuine automotive exotica would be complete without a Bugatti Veyron or a Pagani, both of which will also be present.

“What will really set the City Concours apart from any other car event is the calibre of the cars we’re displaying,” said Andrew Evans, City Concours Director, “The chances of seeing one of these cars on the road are extremely low, but we’ll have all of them plus around a hundred more all gathered in the oasis of green that is London’s Honourable Artillery Company.”

But the other thing that will set this show apart from many others is the number of classics and automotive rarities on show that will be available to purchase. Those cars up for grabs will include a pristine Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII, a Mercedes 300SL, a Ferrari 599 SA Aperta and James Bond’s car of choice, an Aston Martin DB5

But why stop at just the car? Masons & Sons, home to Anthony Sinclair, the tailor that created Sean Connery’s singular look during his Bond years, will also be in attendance, as will a number of the country’s leading art dealers and some of the world’s most revered watchmakers.

Luxury car launches: Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition only in China

For a car with Great Britain in its name, it sure is ironic that the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition will only be available in China. While there is no end of environmentally conscious concepts and full production cars making their debut at this year’s Auto Shanghai, Aston Martin was on hand to remind the crowds that the present state of the automobile industry is pretty exciting, too.

Aston Martin’s stand this year is the performance of the fossil-fuel-powered cars on display. While its new hardcore race-focused ARM range of cars is already familiar to anyone who attended the Geneva Motor Show in March, the company did have something special just for Shanghai.

Built by the company’s ‘Q’ bespoke services division, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition looks suitably stunning. But underneath the unique paint finish, custom embroidery and handmade badges, the Great Britain Edition is mechanically identical to a standard V8 Vantage, right down to its 4.7-liter, 436hp, naturally aspirated V8.

However, that small detail will be of little consequence to its potential owners. As well as being the world’s biggest market for electric cars, China will soon also be able to claim to be the biggest consumer of exotic and luxury cars. And in the highest echelons of the automotive market, exclusivity will always be a marque’s trump card.

Production of the V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition is capped at five hand-built examples and will be exclusive to China. It will cost RMB 2,088,000 ($303,000), but for that substantial outlay buyers will get a car finished in Stratus White with blue-tinted wing mirrors and rear light inserts. Exterior Aston Martin badges boast a Union Flag pattern, while a final exterior reference to the British flag can be found on the brakes, which boast red calipers.

Inside, metal rotary switches are finished in anodized blue, the seats feature the wave quilting pattern usually reserved for its Zagato co-designed cars, there’s Aurora Blue leather and Union Jack embroidered details.

“The Q by Aston Martin service has grown substantially since it was first established in 2012. We have the opportunity to work with our customers, taking personalization to a different level,” said Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman. “Our commitment to Chinese customers is absolute, as demonstrated with the announcement that we are creating products designed specifically with the Chinese customer in mind.”

For more information, visit Aston Martin.

Luxury car launches: Aston Martin AM-RB 001 to debut at the Canadian International Autoshow

The long awaited Aston Martin AM-RB 001 has finally made its way to the stage at the Canadian International Autoshow. The company unveiled the concept version of this new model at its UK headquarters in July, but this has been the first time that anyone other than potential owners will have seen it in the flesh. “The AM-RB 001 is destined to become the defining hypercar of this decade and a hugely desirable investment for collectors and enthusiasts,” said Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer.

Developed in partnership with Red Bull Racing and its superstar Formula 1 designer, Adrian Newey, the AM-RB001 boasts a mid-mounted naturally aspirated V12 engine and a one-to-one power to weight ratio. It also uses cutting-edge racing developed aerodynamic trickery so that it behaves like an F1 car in the bends and at the limits of grip. However, because all of these systems have been largely integrated to the car’s underside, there are no huge spoilers, splitters or side skirts negatively impacting on the car’s visual aesthetic.

Even with such an impressive team working on the AM-RB001, there is no guarantee that it will be a decade defining hypercar. Especially as Mercedes-AMG is plotting a similar vehicle of its own that will be unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show in September. However, in terms of its appeal to the car collecting community, the Aston boss is completely correct.

Even though this car won’t be going into production until 2018 and when it does it will come with a £2 million price tag, every one of the 150 planned examples (25 of which will be track-only models) are already sold out. What’s more, if a potential owner changes his or her mind, Aston won’t be worried, as there’s a long list of people waiting to step in and take a car if an order is cancelled.

The 2017 Canadian International Autoshow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and opens its doors to the public on February 17.

DB4GT aston martin classic cars

Classic Cars Continuation: Aston Martin announced 25 new DB4GT to be produced in 2017

If you are into classic cars, there is no way you don’t know Aston Martin DB4GT. The two-seater coupe, on track from 1959 to 1963, is famous both for its performance and its rarity: only 8 of the lightweight, track focused model have been produced, out of the total 75 editions. Aston Martin, reviving the legend, announced the creation of 25 new cars, based on the ultralight model, with VIN numbers continuing the series and securing their origins. Same template, same limitations (none of them will be accredited to be driven on road for their use is to be restricted to racing circuits) and same performances.

The DB4GT was indeed one of the fastest and more powerful cars back in the day, going from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, and to 0 again in 20 seconds. Based on the standard DB4, the GT was 91kg lighter, without rear seats and included a 13cm shorter wheelbase. Its 3.7 liter straight-six engine with twin-spark ignition, used technology from Aston’s 1959 Le Mans-wining DBR1, and could produce 302bhp (62bhp more than a standard DB4).

Some small but valuable changes will however be made: the engine getting a quick power boost, and the aluminum panels being cut using the latest digital technology – perfecting the already perfect car.

“For over 60 years Aston Martin Works has devoted unrivalled skill and experience to preserving Aston Martin’s heritage. Now we are creating something for the future,” said Paul Spires, Commercial Director, Aston Martin Works.

A bespoke racing series, set over 2 years, will be created for the few lucky owners, allowing them to compete on some of the world’s best circuits.

Paul Spires, Aston Martin Works’ Commercial Director, declared “[This project] offers 25 individuals the opportunity of commissioning a classic, built to modern-day standards and ready to be enjoyed in an international track driving program as bespoke and individual as the cars themselves”.  The new DB4GT production is indeed a great opportunity for all classic car addicts to get a piece of history and enter a new, really exclusive community.

Convinced and ready to buy your own? You might need to dig into your savings: the 25 models will be sold for $2million and expected to be delivered in late 2017.

Aston Martin Releases Limited Edition Badges

With a successful show at the 2016 World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin has marked the impressive achievement with 250 handmade jewel-like badges. The set of badges will contain nine Aston Martin emblems that were specifically designed to reflect the nine countries in which a race was held this year. For the race at Silverstone in the UK, the British sports car company has introduced red, white and blue detailing to the badges and red and green feathers for the round held in Mexico.

What makes the design so special is that it is an exact replica of the ones that have adorned Aston’s V8 Vantage GTE competition cars. Hand crafted from a copper base using enamelling techniques normally found with jewelry, each badge takes up to 20 hours to create. The badges are produced under the watchful eye of British jeweler, Vaughtons. To help fans understand and appreciate the process and effort that goes into crafting the badges, Aston Martin published a video of the badges being made.

Considering that these badges are in fact racing memorabilia, it comes with a hefty price tag of £3,750 (that’s €4316 or $4650). Of course, fans of the motoring company will see this as a good investment.

Should Aston Martin’s drivers win the upcoming November 19 competition in Bahrain, then the brand will be making a clean sweep of the GT titles. And, if that does happen, don’t be too surprised if the company decides to build a celebratory collector’s edition car to go with those badges.

To watch the process of crafting the badge, catch the video below:

200 mph Club: McLaren 570S, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The supercar market seems to be growing larger and larger every year, with new brands launching and well known marques drawing more horsepower out of ever evolving models. If you’ve got the money to spend on a supercar there’s only a few places you’d look. We’ve lined up the latest must-own supercars from two legendary British manufacturers. Combined, the McLaren and Aston Martin have more than 1,000 horsepower and cost several million dollars.

The selection of cars was specifically chosen to show how very different a driving experience one can have for a not so different price. The racey McLaren 570S features a mid-engine twin turbo V8, rear wheel drive and F1 pedigree. This is the car that’s meant to bring McLaren to the “masses”.

We also have the classy Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. About to go out of production in its current state, this may be one of the last times we’ll have the opportunity to hear that monstrous V12 in this sleek two-seater. It’s modern “tech de force” and old school muscle.


McLaren 570S

The 570S – the backbone in the McLaren line – was launched to much fanfare. As I open the butterfly doors and lower myself into the driver’s seat, I’m amazed at how much space is in the cockpit. The design is minimalist and everything is digital. You feel like you’re sitting in a car with a purpose, a 562 horsepower purpose and at only 3,200 pounds, she’s light too. Like all other McLarens, the 570S is running their now familiar 3.8L V8. The engine is turbo charged and there is some lag, but the way in which it makes you feel when the turbo is at full blow is incredible. The “little” McLaren by far feels the fastest car here.

One thing I do notice when I sit down, is how I feel like I’m much closer to the road than in the Aston, although there is a lot of visibility. The large front windshield makes you feel like you’re in a bubble cockpit. As the engine burbles to life, I select first on the dual clutch gearbox and we pull away. The car is noticeably quiet – even with the sports exhaust fitted. To give you an idea, at full acceleration in videos we recorded, you can hear me clicking through the gears on the paddle shifters. It’s a unique sensation, although the car is a lot louder for people seeing it go past, than it is inside the cabin.

A noticeable trait of the smaller turbo charged engine, you’re not going to get the same aural excitement as in the naturally aspirated larger engines. I thought this would bother me, it didn’t… You feel like you’re in a street legal race car in this thing. The car has a semi hydraulic steering system, which means you get a lot of feel through the wheel. When you’re pushing the 570S hard – and believe me, you will be – you’re going to love the feedback the car is giving you.

This 570S is in McLarens Sports Series range – the lowest range in the manufacturer’s line-up – although it still feels like a supercar to me. It doesn’t have the 650S and P1’s fancy suspension, but it rides incredibly well nevertheless and moves like there’s no tomorrow. For the price, it’s an incredibly cool car, although if I were purchasing one, I like the way the 570 GT looks a little more and McLaren could still work on the way that exhaust note sounds. I can only go so fast most of the time, so I at least want the car to sound like I’m going fast. The aural excitement is one of the main reasons you’d buy a car like this.

The car has got a lot of grip and the confidence it inspires makes you want to push and push and push. Just knock it down a couple gears, step on the carbon ceramic breaks, turn in, then plant the accelerator on the way out. It’ll push you back in your seat and make you want more. Priced at almost SGD 900,000 (approx. USD 660,000), it’s quite a car!


Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The baby daddy in the Aston Martin range. A beast in sheep’s clothing, with only extra vents and badging giving away what’s underneath. Designed by legendary car designer, Henrik Fisker, the Vantage is a familiar site in the Aston Martin line-up, having been around in its current guise since 2005. This is definitely it’s last hoorah before a new model is introduced.

Up front you’ll find a naturally aspirated 6.0L V12 producing 565 horsepower and a roar from behind that’ll wake the neighbours a mile away. Power is put to the ground through two very wide rear tyres and an automated manual transmission. It’s no longer Aston’s most powerful production model, but it’s still its fastest.

Getting into the Aston isn’t quite as fun as the McLaren, but it still features some very unique swan wing doors. They’re not just for show either. The doors actually open at the same angle of degrees as the wings on the Aston badge and allow for easier clearing of street curbs.

As I push the centre console starter button the V12 burbles to life. The interior is beautifully appointed in typical Aston Martin fashion, yet the car has this raw edge to it. What else would you expect from one of Britain’s coolest brands. I select first gear and pull away.

It’s not the smoothest of transmissions to use around town, but as I get out on the motorway the shifts come with a lot more ease. The harder you drive, the better this car becomes. Many journalists have described this car as analogue in a digital world. It has an old style single clutch transmission, hydraulic steering and lacks a fancy suspension set up or digital dash display. Yet, who really needs all of this stuff anyway. Driving a performance car should be about feel, the way it makes you feel when you’re at full pelt blasting down a back road and the feedback you’re getting through the wheel while doing so. For that, this car checks all the boxes. It’s alive in your hands and the sound it makes puts a big smile on your face.

In this day and age though for SGD 840,000 (approx. USD 615,000), the consumer wants a lot more and the tech is part and parcel of the package. In this aspect it falls short. However, with a new model coming out soon and if the DB11 is anything to go by, the new car will be packed with tech on the inside and look gorgeous on the outside. Bond, I hope you’re ready…

This article was first published in PALACE.