Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Facelifted Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Guys from AutoGespot.com publish spy shots of the facelifted version of the fantastic Vantage from Aston Martin.
Sporting a minor facelift, some DBS lenses out back, a little less bling on the mirrors and thicker rocker panels. The facelifted V8 Vantage that weighs a significant 300 pounds less and has 80 hp more than the current model.

Facelifted Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin DBS crashed

The choice of car for Casino Royale was made in 2005 when Aston boss Dr Ulrich Bez invited Bond producer to look at a new DB9-based model under development in the design studio. Bond producer loved the car and cast it as the perfect transport for Daniel Craig??s leaner, meaner, slightly blonder Bond.

This Aston with a small problem. The new car, to be called DBS, wasn??t due to be launched until 2007 and at that point it was just a styling buck still being finessed by design director. No actual DBSs existed and it wasn??t going to be much of a starring role if all Bond did was lean casually on a clay model.

Of course, the majority of the four cars Aston Martin delivered to the production were completely destroyed for a scene in which Bond swerves to avoid steamrolling his lady love and enters into a series of seven barrel rolls. The scene’s stuntwork was so successful that it entered the Guiness Book of World Records for achieving seven complete rolls, besting Top Gear, the previous record holder. Unfortunately, the end result of the wreck was a destroyed DBS. Brit mag EVO chronicles the story of Aston’s involvement in Casino Royale here, and provides a series of shots showing the DBS before and after the crash. Surprisingly, the Aston Martin DBS still looks gorgeous after going end over end a record number of times. It just needs a little TLC to get back on its feet.

Aston Martin DBS

Aston Martin DBS

The undisguised Aston Martin’s flagship DB9 was spied at Silverstone last Sunday. The 530bhp supercoupe gives us the best look yet at the DBS’s rear end. Check out the detailed aerodynamics, with an F1-style diffuser and subtle boot spoiler to sucker the coupe to the road. Those tarnished exhausts aren’t the beautifully milled, finished article but otherwise the flagship DB9’s rear end is complete. The new, deeper side sills, which add real muscularity to the design, are also clearly visible.

Aston Martin DBRS 9

Aston Martin DBRS 9

Aston Martin DBRS 9 was caught on public roads (thanks to Hans G. Lehmann). The basic design of the DBS will form the basis for the next DB9. The “RS” variant will have a wider track, lower ground clearance, and bold scoops and air intakes up front. There was speculation that the V12 engine’s performance was boosted from 450 hp to more than 500 hp for the DBRS 9.
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