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Aston Martin Valhalla In Action on the Racetrack For the First Time

Aston’s Vallhalla Takes On Silverstone

To celebrate Aston’s debut of the Valhalla in North America, the company decided to showcase a video of its new car tearing around Silverstone. The video was shown at The Quail. In the video, the Valhall and the Valkyrie both shoot around the track looking like they’re right where they belong. 

The video is less than a minute long and goes by way too quickly. We could sit around a watch these things on the racetrack all day long. Still, it’s nice to see the Valhalla and Valkyrie doing their thing. The Valhalla in the video is what the company calls a dynamic concept. That means they’re still tweaking the car as it gets closer to the end of development. 

The Valhalla and Valkyrie are similar cars in many ways, but the Valhalla is designed to be a bit more livable day-to-day whereas the Valkyrie is a hardcore track monster. This is evident just by looking at them. The Valhalla is smoother and softer. It’s door entry and egress is a little easier to handle, and the interior is a little more spacious and comfortable. 

While Aston hasn’t said exactly what the car’s performance will be, it has said the vehicle will get a turbocharged V6 engine that should put power out to all four wheels. The power number is supposed to be around 1,000 hp. This should make the car good for a 0-60 mph time of about 2.5 seconds. 

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Aston Martin Valkyrie Makes Public Debut at British Grand Prix 2019

Aston Martin’s Valkyrie has made its debut at the British Grand Prix 2019. The setting could not have been more perfect. The British company’s Formula 1-inspired hypercar is British built not far from the Formula 1 circuit.

It is the first time that the Valkyrie has been seen running in public. Aston Martin is set to deliver the first vehicles towards the end of the year which should mean that development is reaching its final stages.

The hypercar was piloted by Aston Martin’s test drive Chris Goodwin. The drive follows months of digital modelling and simulation work by collaborators Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing. It was a single lap at a moderate pace, yet it represents a critical step in the development process.

When it released to customers, the Valkyrie is expected to be the world’s most extreme road car. It will underpin an upcoming future FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) challenger too.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is one of the most extreme road car designs in recent years. The entire car is optimised aerodynamically with an open underfloor and a projected 1,800 kg of downforce.

The engine has been custom developed by Cosworth. A 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12, it is coupled with a Rimac-built hybrid battery system. The combined power output is 1,130 hp at 10,500 rpm with a redline of 11,000 rpm. It should get blistering performance with a 100 km/h sprint time in the region of 2.5 seconds.

Aston Martin Releases Teaser Shots of the DBS GT Zagato

It’s as Gorgeous as We Expected

Feast your eyes on the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato that will be sold next to the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. The two cars will be sold as a package that costs a whopping $7.48 million. Only 19 examples of each car will be made. 

The car is simply stunning, featuring a red paint job with carbon fiber and gold accents and wheels. Zagato and Aston Martin have a rich history together, and the DBS GT Zagato is a perfect embodiment of that relationship. The car features a massive grille with 108 different small diamond-shaped sections to it that are active. This means they open when the car is running and close when it’s parked. They open to let air get to the 6.0-liter V12 under the hood. This grille is something that Aston Martin’s Marek Reichman sounded uniquely excited about. 

Our dynamic grille gives us an opportunity to provide the car with two very different identities. When parked, DBS GT Zagato will almost look like it’s resting, but with the rear of the car still appearing muscular and primed for action. Only on start-up will the car truly become alert and ready to perform, delivering both an aural and visual treat for onlookers.

The car overall is based on the DBS Superleggera, but it has some unique Zagato styling elements and some notable updates designed to make it unique and worthy of its high price tag. In addition to the large grille, there’s also a carbon-fiber roof that will make it to the production car. It’s special because it’s one large piece. 

The DB4 GT Zagato will be a track-only car, but the DBS GT Zagato will be street legal, allowing you to take your Zagato Aston Martin just about anywhere. 

Aston Martin Will Have a Manual Available for the New Vanquish

Aston Upholding Its Promise

Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer has said in the past that he wants to be the last company out there to offer a manual transmission. That means the car company will have to be able to offer one on its upcoming new models. According to Car Sales, the manual is now a definite thing in for the new mid-engine Vanquish

This is an interesting and honestly smart move by the automaker. Sure the number of people who want a manual transmission might be pretty low, but Aston will be one of the few companies out there with a mid-engine supercar with a manual transmission. This makes the Vanquish even more of an alluring car in the eyes of many people. 

What manual transmission will be used, Palmer did not say. Motor Authority suggests it would be the 7-speed that was recently added to the Vantage. 

Palmer’s comments might make you think that all of Aston’s cars will have available manual transmissions, but that’s not the case. The upcoming Valhalla will not offer a manual. When asked if  it would Palmer said, “No, now that car will only come with a paddle-shift transmission.” That’s unfortunate but not surprising. A paddle-shift transmission makes sense for that car.

Aston Martin Valhalla Name Confirmed for AM-RB 003 Hypercar

A name has finally been revealed for Aston Martin’s upcoming hypercar. Valhalla will adorn the rear end of the mid-engine model. The name draws from Norse mythology once again, similar to the Valkyrie and Vulcan that came before.

The name relates to an enormous hall located in Asgard where it is said that half of those who die in combat travel to. In Valhalla, the dead join those who have died in combat as they prepare to aid Odin during the events of Ragnarök. While the stories are pure mythology, Aston Martin’s hypercar is anything but.

Developed in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Adrian Newey, the Aston Martin Valhalla is set to arrive in late 2021. The Valhalla will be less extreme than the Valkyrie, built to compete with more traditional hypercars in the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder range. This puts the cost of the Valhalla in the £1 million range.

The release confirms that the Aston Martin Valhalla will use a high-efficiency, high-output turbocharged V6 petrol engine and battery-electric hybrid system. Rumours have suggested that power will be in the 1,000 hp range. The car will use a carbon fibre architecture and carbon fibre bodywork with a sharper focus on usability than has been the case with the Valkyrie. The Valhalla will get active suspension and electronic systems and advanced under floor aerodynamic systems.

Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer said: “Aston Martin model names always attract a lot of attention. They do so because they invariably capture an emotion or tell a story. In following the Valkyrie we knew the Aston Martin Valhalla needed to make a strong statement of its own, yet also offer continuity and a clear connection. Norse mythology contains such powerful language and rich storytelling it felt only right that the AM-RB 003 should follow the Valkyrie’s theme. For those fortunate enough to own one I’m sure they will recognise and appreciate the name’s connotations of glory and happiness, for there can be few more hallowed places than the driver’s seat of an Aston Martin Valhalla.”

Just 500 Coupe examples of the all-carbon fibre hypercar will be built. The press release is very specific about the 500 Coupe’s which leads us to believe that a Convertible version might also be offered at some point.

One of the Original James Bond Aston Martin DB5s Will Go Up for Auction

A Killer Aston Martin and Piece of Movie History

If you’re an Aston Martin fan and a fan of the worlds most famous secret agent, then you need to get the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction event in August. One of James Bond Aston Martin DB5s will cross the auction block. The car is one of just four Goldfinger-spec vehicles ever produced. This particular car has all the gadgets and goodies still on it from the film. 

While some of the other Goldfinger cars Aston loaned to the movie production company for the film, this particular model was actually built as a Goldfinger-spec model from the factory. It was supossed to be the hero car for the film. This means the gadgets and additions to the car, like the in-dash radar, revolving number plates, retractable bulletproof screen, and other gadgets were designed to work for more than just one take. In short, this is the Goldfinger-spec DB5 you really want. 

The car was restored by Roos Engineering in Switzerland, which is an Aston Martin as Heritage Specialists appointed shop. The restoration took four years. It not only got the car perfect, but it also helped make sure the 13 film additions (the gadgets and gizmos) functioned as they did the day the car left the factory. 

The car has also had very few owners. Over the past five decades, there have been only three private owners. This car should fetch an amazing price at auction. 

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The Greatest Supercars of the 1990s

The Golden Era – Homologation, The Big Mac and the Rise of the Everyday Supercar. Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Supercars from the 1990s

This is our first in a series of posts about the awesome cars of the 1990s. In this post we curate the best supercars from the 1990s, an era stacked with exotic masterpieces. Some of the defining features of the 1990s supercar era includes the amazing McLaren F1 and the revelation that was the Honda NSX as well as the spirit of competition amongst top manufacturers in prototype racing that created some awesome limited run homologation specials for the road.

The high performance supercar market went from niche to mainstream in the 1980s. Supercars like the Lamborghini Countach, Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 had collectively wowed car fans the world over in the late 1980s and with Wall Street humming and the global economy in good shape, the appetite for exotic cars only grew going into the early 1990s. As the 1990s started, many pundits wondered however whether we had already reached peak car. After the extraordinary supercars of the eighties, many supercar manufacturers entering the nineties asked “how on earth do we follow that?”

It is impossible to talk about the 1990s supercar era and not mention the impact of the mighty McLaren F1. McLaren came along in the mid-90s with the ultimate supercar, the McLaren F1. The F1 did not just beat the other supercars at the time, it blew them away so convincingly that it wasn’t until the Bugatti Veyron came along more than a decade later that its acceleration and top speed records were beaten. It was Gordon Murray, the former F1 engineer and his obsession with weight savings and attention to detail that redefined what a supercar could be. It was like no other supercar before it (or like any other since), a car that redefined what it meant to be a supercar.

At the other end of the spectrum was the Honda NSX. It came along in the 1990s and shook up Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche. Here was a major manufacturer known for small compact Honda Civic cars who created a supercar that was easy to drive, was fast and agile and didn’t break down. Anybody could drive it. It forced all the sports car makers to get better and ushered us all into the world of the everyday supercar. Speaking of everyday Supercar, the 1990s saw the 911 Turbo genuinely scare the top players with more than 400 horsepower, all wheel drive and astonishing performance in a daily driver.

On our list of the best 20 cars, no less than six cars raced. In fact, five of the cars on our top supercars of the ‘90s list were expressly built to race and are known as homologation specials. Carmakers had fully embraced the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” mantra in the early 1990s and channeled vast amounts of money into trying to find racing glory. Racing homologation rules (stipulating that road-going versions of cars had to be manufactured for homologation) inspired automakers to produce these machines. The FIA GT1 class therefore produced some of the best race cars of the mid-1990s and (thanks to those loosely interpreted homologation requirements), some of the wildest street cars too. These included the Porsche GT1, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR and the insane Dauer 962 LM.

In terms of awesome supercars, the 1990s were the golden age. Fun times indeed. Please read on for our take on the greatest 1990s supercars.

Criteria note: We focused on the first year of manufacture as our criteria for a car making it into the decade. If the car had first been manufactured in the 1980s and was carried over into the 1990s largely unchanged then it belongs in the 1990s (aka Ferrari F40). If it was initially built in the 1980s but was substantially updated or had a sub-model in the 1990s then it could make the 1990s list (aka Ferrari F512 M). 

Author note: This initial article was written by JACK MATTHEWS in May 2017 and was updated by Nick Dellis (with help from car nut Kenny Herman) in May 6th 2019.

20 Best Supercars from the 1990s

Read on for our ranked list of the greatest supercars of the nineties. We discussed whether to rank the cars versus just have an unranked list and realized it was way more fun to have people argue about rankings than not.

Lotus Esprit Sport 350

Lotus Esprit Sport 350

20. Lotus Esprit Sport 350

The best Lotus of the 1990s. Rare, fun, a little underpowered though.

Power: 349 bhp @ 6500 rpm / Torque: 295.0 ft lbs @ 4250 rpm / Engine: 3.5 liter twin-turbo V8 / Produced: 1999 / Base Price: £64 950 / Units made: 50 / Top Speed: 175 mph (281.6 kph) / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.7 seconds

Having raced the Esprit in GT2 and GT3 classes, Lotus began to develop a new version of the car to race in GT1 class racing. Development of the car was entrusted to the newly formed Lotus GT1 Engineering group, which included many staff from the recently dissolved Team Lotus. For us however the more impressive Lotus of the 1990s was the 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350.

It was the ultimate incarnation of the Esprit. Only 50 were made. Taking the V8 GT further, the Sport 350 was one of the most exclusive Esprits made. It featured the standard-spec V8 with blue-painted intake manifolds. What set the 350 Sport apart from the VT GT was a number brake, suspension and chassis improvements. Lowering the kerb weight was a primary design focus for Sport 350. Apart from the weight reduction, the other major change to Sport 350 was its braking system. While exclusivity was offered with the Sport 350, it is a shame Lotus never tuned the engine beyond its standard specification. This is strange given the fact that every other aspect of the car was up-rated for track use. It was one of the closest cars to emulate the track experience on the road.

Read more: Lotus Esprit Sport 350.

Porsche 911 Turbo S (993)

Porsche 911 Turbo S (993)

19. Porsche 911 Turbo S (993)

All wheel drive. Twin turbo flat six engine. Over 400hp. Ludicrous performance. Porsche delivers a daily driver that destroys supercars. The ultimate air cooled 911.   

Power: 424bhp @ 6250 rpm / Torque: 423 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm / Engine: 3.6 L twin-turbo Flat-6 / Produced: 1997 / Base Price: N/A / Units sold: 183 cars produced / Top Speed: 183 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.4 seconds

Considered by many Porsche enthusiasts as the “ultimate 911”, the type 993 represented a unique blend of power and simple elegance. The car had a more streamlined look and was “lower slung” than earlier versions of the 911. The styling was perfect and it is still the best looking 911 series. This was the last of the “air-cooled” Porsche 911s (insert sad face here).

The turbo-version of the Type 993 Porsche 911 was also introduced in 1995 and featured a bi-turbo engine that was at the top of the performance pack for the time. For Turbo 993s the 3.6 liter got twin KKK K16 turbos and made 402 hp although you could customize your order (on Turbo S and GT2 models) to up that to 444 hp. The 993 Turbo was the first 911 Turbo with all wheel drive, essentially lifted from the 959 flagship model.

During the second to the last year of production of the 993 (1997), Porsche offered the 993 Turbo S. The X50 power pack had larger turbos, intake and exhaust upgrades, and a new computer. Power upgrade got it to 424 hp and included extras like carbon fiber decoration in the interior as well as very cool yellow brake calipers, a slightly larger rear wing, a quad-pipe exhaust system and air scoops behind the doors. This was the last of the air-cooled 911 Turbos and our favorite.

Read more: Porsche 911 Turbo S (993).

Nissan R390 GT

Nissan R390 GT

18. Nissan R390 GT

The fastest and most expensive Nissan road car ever developed. 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and 0-100 mph in 6.5 seconds. Road car was capable of 220 mph.

Power: 549.9 bhp @ 6800 rpm / Torque: 470.0 ft lbs @ 4400 rpm / Engine: 3.5-litre twin-turbo V8 / Produced: 1998 / Base Price: ~US$1,000,000 / Units sold: 1 (road car) / Top Speed: 220 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.9 seconds

The ultra-rare Nissan 390R was basically a detuned Le Mans racer offered for sale to the public at a hefty $1,000,000. Only two were made. It was the fastest and most expensive Nissan road car ever developed was created to comply with the Le Mans GT1 Class regulations which required manufacturers to build at least one street-legal version of the race car.

Unlike many others, Nissan built the road car first and built the racing version from it. The R390 GT1 design was the work of Ian Callum at Tom Walkinshaw Racing. Behind the driver sits the heart of this true supercar, the VRH35L twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre double-overhead-camshaft V8 engine with electronic sequential port fuel injection which produces 549.9 bhp @ 6800 rpm while complying with all European market exhaust gas regulations. R390 GT1 performance as one would expect is staggering and includes a sub 4.0 second zero to 60 mph time and top speed north of 220 mph.

Inside are normal road car appliances such as full instrumentation and leather-covered driver and passenger racing seats. The short-throw gear lever for the Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox and tiny racing steering wheel are reminders of the close alliance between the road car and the vehicle which captured four out of the top-ten spots in the 1998 Le Mans 24-hour race.

Read more: Nissan R390 GT

Aston Martin V8 Vantage 1990s

Aston Martin V8 Vantage 1990s

17. Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Big, bruising and totally nuts. This twin-supercharged V8 Aston was the most powerful car in the world for a while. Handling sucked, quality was iffy, but it was still very cool.

Power: 550.0 bhp @ 6500 rpm / Torque: 550.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm / Engine: Twin Supercharged V8 / Produced: 1993 – 2000 / Top Speed: 186 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.5 seconds / Base Price: NA / Units sold: 281 cars made

Bullish, aggressive and in many ways a tad ham-fisted when compared to today’s lithe, delicate yet calmly aggressive Astons, the Vantage battered its way to 186mph with the help of its 5.3-litre supercharged V8 mounted ahead of the driver and sending power to the rear.

The Vantage was one of the cars that emerged during the era of Aston Martin’s ownership by Ford Motor Company, and featured harsher edges to its styling than had been seen on many Aston Martins previously. This styling was taken a step further in 1999, with the release of the Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans. The special edition’s looks came somewhere between that of a bull and a shark, which fit the 600bhp machine’s personality quite well.

Read more: Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Ferrari F512 M

Ferrari F512 M

16. Ferrari F512 M

Last production mid-engine flat-12 model and the final iteration of the famed Testarossa. Updated chassis and engine massively improved performance and driving experience.

Power: 440 bhp @ 6750 rpm / Torque: 368.8 lb/ft @ 5500 rpm / Engine: 4.9 L Tipo F113 G Flat-12 / Produced: 1995–1996 / Base Price: N/A / Units sold: 501 produced / Top Speed: 196 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.6 seconds

We chose the F512 M over the 512 TR as our favorite Ferrari Testarossa. The result of constant evolution, the 512M shared almost all of its engineering from the 512 TR that came before it. The F512 M was the last version of the Testarossa.

The F512 M sports had the same 4.9-litre Tipo F113 G longitudinally mid mounted flat-12 engine with 440.0 hp at 6,750 rpm. Most of the changes were limited to slight body upgrades that many consider ruin the lines of the original design. In our eyes it looks better so it got the nod over the 512 TR. The front and rear lamps received a design change. The pop-up headlamps were replaced by two fixed square units. The rear tail lamps were round and the bumpers had been restyled to yield a more unified look as well as the addition of cool twin NACA ducts.

Read more: Ferrari F512 M in detail

Porsche 911 GT3 (996.1)

Porsche 911 GT3 (996.1)

15. Porsche 911 GT3 (996.1)

This is where the GT3 legend begins. Porsche wanted to go racing in the GT3 endurance category and developed this 3.6 liter Mezger engined masterpiece. Thank you Porsche.

Power: 360 @ 7200 rpm / Torque: 273 lb/ft @ 5000 rpm / Engine: 3.6L Water Cooled Flat-6 / Produced: 1999–2001 / Base Price: $90,000 / Units sold: ~1,868 cars produced / Top Speed: 187.7 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.5 seconds

The GT3 we love today all started in 1999 with the 996 model GT3 and it all started because Porsche wanted to enter the GT3 class of the FIA. Porsche began investing in developing both the race car and the road-going version which was required by GT class homologation rules and the GT3 was the result. The GT3 became the 996’s range-topping model until a new GT2 was launched.

Based on the 996 Carrera, the 996 GT3 was a really a track focused sports car that was lighter, sharper and more potent than its everyday sports model siblings. To help in the performance stakes, the GT3 the water-cooled flat six was loosely based on the GT1 and got a dry-sump crankcase with an external oil tank making it more powerful and higher revving. Gone were the rear seats, sunroof, air conditioning, radio and a boatload of sound deadening.

Major design changes included a more aggressive front end with larger headlamps shared with the Boxster, a sleeker body, and a more raked windshield. Design and aerodynamic features exclusive to the GT3 included slimmer air vents for the front bumper, a front splitter, new side skirts, a revised rear bumper, new wheels, and massive rear wing.

The GT3 quickly became the choice for drivers because of its remarkably sharp throttle response, better steering, steady balance, and amazing engine. While a Turbo had it beat for outright speed, this was the ultimate drivers Porsche. Its lighter body and race tuned suspension tuning also made it a perfect machine for attacking weekend drivers who wanted a track car.

If you are in the U.S you may at this point wonder why you can’t find any GT3s from the era for sale. Porsche did not bring the GT3 to the United States until 2004 (see the 996.2 model just below).

Read more: 2000 Porsche 911 GT3

Pagani Zonda C12-S

Pagani Zonda C12-S

14. Pagani Zonda C12-S

Brought back the magic to the supercar world

Power: 550 bhp @ 5500 rpm / Torque: 553.2 lb/ft @ 4100 rpm / Engine: Mercedes AMG V1 (7010 cc) / Produced: 1999-2002 / Top Speed: 210.1 mph (338.0 km/h) / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.8 seconds / Base Price: NA / Units sold: US$325,000

My favorite car debuted in 1999. Most people think the Zonda was a car from the early 2000s. While it was the 2002 Zonda with the upgraded 7.3-liter V12 that people remember, Pagani had already been successfully marketing the Zonda for three years up till that point. It was originally launched as the C12-S in 1999.

Read more: Pagani Zonda posts / Pagani Zonda C12-S

Dodge Viper RT:10 ‘Phase II SR’

Dodge Viper RT:10 ‘Phase II SR’

13. Dodge Viper RT/10 ‘Phase II SR’

8 liters of truly brutal American muscle

Power: 415.0 bhp @ 5200 rpm / Torque: 488.0 ft lbs @ 3600 rpm / Engine: Naturally aspirated 8 liter V10 / Produced: 1996-2002 / Base Price: US$58,500 / Units sold: NA / Top Speed: 170.0 mph (273.6 kph) / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.7 seconds

Some might not consider the original Dodge Viper a supercar, but at the time of its release it was a revelation with its aggressive looks and insane 8-liter V10 engine. The 1996 RT/10 could be referred to as a second generation Viper and it featured a host of upgrades over earlier Vipers produced from 1992 to 1995. It was a much better car. Outwardly the main difference to the 1996 Viper was the absence of side exhausts which were replaced with two standard exhausts exiting the rear. The three spoke wheels were also gone and replaced with 5-spoke counterparts. Inside, the cabin remained largely unchanged, but a removable roof was standard as was sliding plastic panels for the windows. Underneath, the chassis was stiffened, suspension geometry revised and a more robust rear differential was installed.

Our pick of the 1990s Viper’s was the GTS which was launched in 1996. It was a more powerful version of the RT/10 with 450 hp and a new double bubble coupe body. Beyond more power though, the GTS had over 90% new parts compared to the RT/10. In 1997 and 1998 model years the Viper would continue to receive minor updates and the GTS would get second-generation airbags, revised exhaust manifolds, and a revised camshaft for 1997, and the RT/10 would gain a power increase up to 450 hp (336 kW; 456 PS) for 1998.

Read more: Dodge Viper RT/10 ‘Phase II SR’

Toyota GT-One

Toyota GT-One

12. Toyota GT-One

A pure-bred Le Mans car, created specifically to contest the world’s most famous 24-hour race with no compromise in terms of design or engineering. Road version equally nuts.

Power: 600 bhp @ 6,000 rpm / Torque: 479 lb/ft / Engine: 3.6 liter 90-degree V8 twin-turbo / Produced: 1998 / Base Price: US$1,400,000 / Units sold: 2 / Top Speed: 236 mph (380 kph) / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.2 seconds

The Toyota TS020, better-known in Europe as the Toyota GT-One, is a pure-bred Le Mans car, created specifically to contest the world’s most famous 24-hour race with no compromise in terms of design or engineering. The engine had its heritage in the twin-turbo V8 which powered Toyota’s Group C cars in the late 1980s.

In accordance with the FIA rules of the day, the GT-One had also to be developed as a legal road car. In fact the differences between the race and road versions were small: in road-going mode, the rear wing was set lower and the suspension ride height was raised. A smaller fuel tank was fitted and the addition of catalytic converters ensured the vehicle complied with emissions regulations. Toyota says the engineers at Toyota Motorsport GmbH created just two ‘production’ TS020 GT-Ones – one is on display in its museum, the other in Japan.

Read more: 1998 Toyota GT-One

Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion

Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion

11. Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion

Porsche wants race. Takes 993-based 911 and grafts it to the rear-end of a 962. Adds twin-turbo 3.2-liter water-cooled flat-six engine capable of developing 600 hp. Done.

Power: 544 bhp @ 7,000 rpm / Torque: 443 ft lbs @ 4,250 rpm / Engine: 3.2-liter twin-turbo flat-six / Produced: 1996-1998 / Base Price: ~US$900,000 / Units sold: 23 / Top Speed: 193 mph (310 kph) / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.4 seconds

Porsche management wanted to compete in factory-based GT racing programs. It developed a brand new car. Basically it was 993-based 911 and essentially grafted it to the rear-end of a 962. dropped a twin-turbocharged 3.2-liter water-cooled flat-six engine capable of developing 600 hp. A futuristic 911-inspired carbon fiber shell finished the exterior packaging.

In order for Porsche to enter the highly competitive GT1 category back in 1996, a total of 23 road going-machines had to be built. To be specific there were two 1996 cars, 20 1997 cars and only one variant was built in 1998. The Strassenversion (road going) uses a 3.2-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine which puts out 536bhp and 443lb ft of torque. Now these might not seem like big numbers compared to modern supercars like the Porsche 918, but considering the GT1 only weighed 1120kg, the GT1 could get to 62mph in around 3.4 seconds. Unfortunately the GT1 was routinely beaten on track by Mercedes’ ferocious CLK-GTR. As a result, Porsche – along with a number of other manufacturers – pulled out of the GT1 class for 1999, effectively killing the championship class.

Read more: Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion

Ruf CTR-2 Sport

Ruf CTR-2 Sport

10. RUF CTR-2 & Ruf CTR-2 Sport

Might be based on a Porsche 911, but the Ruf CTR2 is far from a typical German sports car. Almost 520 hp from a Le Mans-derived twin-turbo engine. Straight line monster.

Power: 520 bhp @ 5800 rpm / Torque: 505.2 ft lbs @ 4800 rpm / Engine: 3.6 liter air-cooled twin-turbo flat-6 / Produced: 1995-1997 / Base Price: US$315,000 / Units sold: 16 standard CTR2, 12 CTR2 “Sport” / Top Speed: 220 mph (354 km/h) / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.5 seconds

Based on the 993-chassis 911 Turbo the CTR2 featured either the standard rear-wheel drive or an optional all-wheel-drive. It had a totally upgraded and custom suspension system, uprated brakes and integrated roll-cage as well as a very custom and cool wing. The body was made out of kevlar to save weight. The heart of the CTR2 was the race derived air-cooled Porsche 3.6 litre. It had twin-turbos and was based on the engine used in the Porsche 962 Le Mans Group C car. The team at RUF tuned it to produce 520 hp 505 ft lbs of torque.

In addition to the “regular” CTR2 was the CTR2 Sport. Built up from a Porsche 911 Turbo body-in-white, RUF manufactured the CTR-2 Sport for ultimate outright performance. The specially built engine was tuned to produce almost 600 hp depending on boost. Options included a roll-cage, a clutchless RUF EKS transmission, adjustable torque bias, adjustable boost control. This is the ultimate in straight line insanity, able to accelerate to sixty in 3.5 seconds (in 1995) and onto a top speed north of 220 mph. Crazy.

Read more: 1997 Ruf CTR-2, 1997 Ruf CTR-2 Sport

Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR

Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR

9. Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR

Homologation special madness by the crazy Germans at Mercedes-Benz. Only car here that can easily do a backflip for those fun “what-the-f**k” moments.

Power: 612.0 bhp @ 6800 rpm / Torque: 571.6 ft lbs @ 5250 rpm / Engine: 6.9 liter Mercedes-Benz M120 V12 / Produced: 1998–1999 / Top Speed: 191 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.4 seconds / Base Price: US$1,547,000 / Units sold: 20 coupes, 6 roadsters

The CLK GTR was born out of Mercedes-Benz desire to duke it out against Ferrari and Porsche in the FIA GT Championship. Essentially taking elements of a CLK racer and some road car trimmings and mashing them together, they produced the prototype in time for the 1997 season.

Although the 1999 GT1 class was cancelled, Mercedes-Benz had already promised 25 road-going homologation versions to customers and was obliged to produce these. Customer cars featured a 6.9-litre V12 which produced 604bhp, bestowing the GTR with ballistic performance – 0-60mph took 3.8 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 214mph.

This came at a steep price; despite comforts being kept to a minimum in an effort to save both weight and cost, the production CLK GTR was listed at the time as the most expensive production car ever built in the Guinness Book of World Records, costing $1,547,620.

In 1999, Mercedes-Benz were due to race a CLR – a track-focused version of the CLK GTR – at Le Mans, until in qualifying on the back straight of the Circuit du Sarthe Mark Webber’s car took off, flipping several times as it tumbled into the bushes. In the race itself, a second similar incident took place while Peter Dumbreck was at the wheel, leading Mercedes to withdraw from the event and move away from sports car racing.

Read more: 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Straßenversion

Jaguar XJ220 - Best 90s SupercarsJaguar XJ220 - Best 90s Supercars

8. Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar’s first production supercar, the XJ220 was a bold step. Crappy sounding engine and huge turbo lag. Held top speed record till McLaren F1 came along.

Power: 542.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm / Torque: 475.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm / Engine: TWR 6R4 V6 (twin turbo) / Produced: 1992 – 1994 / Top Speed: 217 mph (349.2 kph) / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.9 sec / Base Price: US$700,000 / Units sold: 281 cars made

The XJ220 started life as a mid-engine, four-wheel-drive concept car developed by Jaguar employees in their spare time. That initial concept was planned around a V12 powerplant. By the time the first customer cars were delivered in 1992, a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 sat mid ship, delivering 542bhp. The basic shape and aims of the car remained the same however.

With a top speed of 212mph, the XJ220 was the fastest production car from its launch through to 1993, when it was topped by another British-built speed machine. This peaked initial interest in the car, but between the 1990s financial recession and the car’s retail price of £470,000, few took up the offer of ownership and only 281 cars were produced throughout its run.

It was handy on the track too; it went straight to the top of the Nurburgring time sheets in 1991, recording a lap of 7:46:36; Hardly surprising, considering it was built with help from Tom Walkinshaw racing.

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7. Lamborghini Diablo GT

Lighter, faster and better handling than all other Diablos. Race car modifications finally made the outrageous Diablo a serious road racing supercar.

Power: 575.0 bhp @ 7300 rpm / Torque: 465.0 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm / Engine: 6.0 liter 60 Degree V12 / Produced: 1999-2000 (Diablo GT) / Top Speed: 215 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.6 seconds / Base Price: US$309,000 / Units sold: 83 cars made

Lamborghini were never ones for making their own job any easier. This is the manufacturer that built the Miura then gave itself the task of following it; they managed that – in terms of impact if not necessarily driving experience – with the incredible Countach. Entering the nineties, they had to do it again.

Enter Diablo, the name literally translating as Devil (check). At launch it was fitted with a 5.7-litre V12 producing 485bhp, enough to launch its sleek and flash, yet still muscular body from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 196bhp.

The Diablo, despite its nefarious name, was somewhat tamer than the car that came before it. It featured carbon fibre in the cockpit, but this was surrounded with luxurious leather trim.

That’s not to say it wasn’t without its evil side, most potent in later iterations the 510bhp SV and the rear-wheel-drive SE30 Jota – featuring that 5.7-litre V12 bumped up to 595bhp and various racing-focused changes that revealed the Diablo’s darker side. Only 15 Jotas were delivered from the factory, though 28 kits were produced, making this one of the rarest Lambos of the era.

Our pick of the litter is the Diablo GT. Lamborghini introduced the Diablo GT in 1998 based on the formula of the SE30 and the SE30 Jota. It combined the modifications of the GT2 race car with the outrageousness of the Diablo to offer serious road racing performance. So much so, it remains as the fastest road-going Diablo ever made by the factory. At the time of delivery in September 1999, the Diablo GT was also one of the fastest supercars as well, reaching a top speed of 215 mph (346 kph). It was easily the best Diablo made.

For the detailed oriented, about is a picture of the GTR. It took the GT and made it even crazier. Interior was stripped bare, it got a full roll cage and things like the stereo, soundproofing, and air conditioning were all removed. Add some Plexiglass windows, a fire suppression system, and single seat with a six-point harness. Hardcore. 

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Ferrari F50 Best 90s Supercars

Ferrari F50 Best 90s Supercars

6. Ferrari F50

Ferrari’s most undeservedly underrated supercar. Superb.

Power: 513.1 bhp @ 8500 rpm / Torque: 347 lb/ft @ 6500 rpm / Engine: 4.7 L DOHC 65 degree Tipo F130B V12 / Produced: 1995 – 1997 / Top Speed: 202 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.7 seconds / Base Price: $480,000 / Units sold: 349

So far in this countdown, we’ve had a lot of homologation-special racing cars repurposed for the road to meet the entry requirements for their respective championships. The F50 was different in that it featured components of an actual racing car, toned down only slightly for the road.

The Ferrari F50 began life with a tough act to follow. Its predecessor, the F40, had blown the motoring world away through the eighties and well into the nineties. Ferrari had to pull something very special out of their hats to follow Enzo’s final sign off for the company.

Their starting point was one of their old racing engines; the 3.5-litre V12 from the company’s 1990 F1 car. This was bored out to 4.7-litres before being mounted mid-ship in a carbon fibre monocoque chassis.

The resulting machine produced 513bhp, sent to the rear wheels in a car that weighed just 1320kg. The result? 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, a claimed top speed of 202mph and a deafening driving experience that shook owners to their cores. For those seeking an even more visceral experience, the roof could be removed.

Sadly the F50 could never live up to its legendary predecessor. In tests, its top speed came up far short of the F40’s 201mph, and the more bloated F50 was never as pure an experience as the car that went before it. Still, we feel it deserves a place on the list of the greatest supercars of the nineties.

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Dauer 962 Le Mans

Dauer 962 Le Mans

5. Dauer 962 Le Mans

Dauer showed up to Le Mans with road and race versions and promptly won. FIA changed the rules to make sure the 962 wouldn’t be back in 1995. Now that is badass.

Power: 730.0 bhp @ 8250 rpm / Torque: 517.0 lb/ft @ 5000 rpm / Engine: 3 liter water-cooled twin turbo flat-six / Produced: 1994 / Base Price: $1,200,000 / Units sold: 13 / Top Speed: 253 mph (405 kph) / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 2.7 seconds

One of the weirder footnotes in Le Mans history is the Dauer 962, which won the race in 1994 thanks to some creative rulebook interpretation.

From 1983 forward, the Porsche 956 and its 962 IMSA spec version dominated for a decade. Porsche manufactured nearly 150 956/962s and sold many of the cars to private teams. Dauer took a handful of these Porsche 962s and modified them for street use. It is one of the most extraordinary cars to be sold for the streets, but that’s what allowed Porsche to enter the 962 in the GT category at Le Mans in 1994.

Of the companies that have produced a 962 road car, the most successful has been Dauer. After displaying their first 962 at the 1993 Frankfurt Show, Dauer partnered with Porsche to manufacture a contender for the 1994 24 Hours of LeMans. At the 24 hour race, Dauer showed up with both a road version and race version of the Porsches 962, a design which had already won Le Mans six times. After winning the race, the FIA declared it would be creating rules to make sure the 962 wouldn’t be back in 1995. However, with a Le Mans win under their belt, and with support from Porsche, Dauer continued to build their road-going 962.

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Porsche 911 GT2

Porsche 911 GT2

4. Porsche 911 GT2

Wide arches, rear wheel drive, Turbo engine. GT2 craziness begins here.

Power: 444 bhp @ 6000 rpm / Torque: 431.5 lb/ft @ 4500 rpm / Engine: 3.6 L twin-turbo Flat-6 / Produced: 1995–1996 / Base Price: NA / Units sold: 57 cars produced / Top Speed: 187 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.7 seconds

I dread to think what the nineties supercar scene would have been like had it not been for homologation requirements. The track-focused, road-going 911 GT2 was introduced in 1993, initially to meet the requirements for GT2 regulations.

The formula of ultra-light, high-power and track credentials seemed to strike a chord with Porsche’s customer base, as the German marque kept the twin-turbo track rocket on its order sheets all the way through to 2012.

424bhp came courtesy of the rear-mounted 3.6-litre power plant, fed air through neatly-positioned intakes at either end of the GT2’s colossal rear wing. Other contemporary road-going 911s of the day also had four-wheel-drive, though this was scrapped in the GT2 in favour of racier rear-wheel-drive.

This made the 993-generation GT2 quite the handful on track or on the road, and a certain level of driving prowess is required to keep one pointing in the right direction over a “spirited” series of bends. You know is good when it gets a top 20 finish in our best Porsche’s ever list.

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Bugatti EB110

Bugatti EB110

3. Bugatti EB110

With a quad turbo, 3.5-litre V-12 the Bugatti EB110 GT seemingly defined the term “supercar”. It was one of the most technologically advanced cars of the 1990s.

Power:  650.0 hp @ 8000 rpm / Torque: 477 lb/ft @ 4200 rpm / Engine: 60 Degree quad-turbo V12 / Produced: 1992 – 1995 / Top Speed: 217 mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.35 seconds / Base Price: US$380,000 / Units sold: 31 cars made

Initially revealed on the company’s founder, Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday in 1991, the EB110 came to be the last Italian-produced Bugatti before VAG took over the troubled automaker.

These days the Bugatti name stands purely for all-out speed and refinement, and though the EB110 was never a record breaker at the top end of the speed stakes, topping out at 216mph in the era of the McLaren F1, it was capable of reaching 62mph in just 3.2 seconds in 1992 Supersport trim – one of the fastest cars of its era over that dash.

That rapid acceleration was mostly thanks to the Bugatti’s 3.5-litre, quad-turbo V12, which transferred 604bhp to the road through all four wheels.

There’s something really appealing about all of the little design details on the EB110 which could be easily overlooked; from the cluster of circular air intakes just behind the doors, to the elegantly simple interior, all the way down to the gearshift layout positioned on the transmission tunnel, keeping the gear knob uncluttered.

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Honda / Acura NSX

Honda / Acura NSX

2. Honda / Acura NSX

The car that shook the supercar world. A supercar that could be driven every day, didn’t break down and anybody could drive. Thank this car for today’s supercars being usable.

Our Pick: 1998 ACURA NSX-T / Power: 290 bhp @ 7100 rpm / Torque: 224 lb/ft @ 5500 rpm / Engine: 3.2L VTEC 6 Cylinder 290 hp / Produced: 1990-2005 / Top Speed: 162.2-mph / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.8 seconds / Base Price: $88,725

1991 saw the launch of a supercar that caused a shock across the whole automotive scene. With the NSX project, Honda set out to build a true supercar that had none of the ergonomic issues or reliability problems that plagued exotica at the time.

Sold under the Acura brand in the States, and the Honda brand across the rest of the world, the NSX featured a 3.0-litre V6 with Honda’s trademark VTEC technology supplying the power, mounted mid-ship with extra consideration to the positioning of the seats and fuel tank for optimal weight distribution.

Honda’s pedantic construction of the car paid off; famous fans of the NSX included none other than Ayrton Senna himself, and the handling was enough to take the fight to the supercar elite of the day and cement the NSX’s place in supercar history – even becoming the reference point for a certain McLaren still to come on our nineties list.

Our pick of the range is the 1997 NSX-T. Acura increased the DOHC 24-valve VTEC V-6’s displacement from 3.0 liters to 3.2 and replaced the five-speed manual with a six-speed box for 1997. That meant 290 horsepower and 224 pound-feet of torque from the normally aspirated, 8000-rpm-redline engine. The immediacy of the NSX’s reflexes is matched with elegance and phenomenal precision and the engine’s flyweight reciprocating assembly loves to rev.

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McLaren F1

McLaren F1

1. McLaren F1

The best ever. Period. The end. Obsessive focus leads to the creation of the greatest supercar of all time.

Our Pick: McLaren F1 LM / Power: 671 bhp @ 7800 rpm (F1 LM) / Torque: 520 lb/ft @ 4500 rpm (F1 LM) / Engine: 6.1 L (6,064 cc) BMW S70/2 V12 / Produced: 1993–1998 / Top Speed: 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h) / Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.2 seconds / Base Price: ~US$650,000 / Units sold: 106 cars

If cars like the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 began the chase for something beyond the supercar, then McLaren birthed it with the F1. Gordon Murray’s masterpiece was for a long time the fastest production car ever made. Its top speed of 240 mph puts much of even today’s supercar crowd to shame, and ergonomic features like the driver-centered, three-seat cockpit have rarely been seen since.

The technical challenge of getting a road car to such incredible speeds was one unlike any other manufacturer had undertaken. McLaren, after initially seeking out Honda power given the two company’s success together in Formula One racing, eventually settled on a 6.1-litre BMW V12. This was mounted in the middle of the car, and put 618bhp through the rear wheels.

The F1 was also the first production car to use a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, and gold famously lined the engine bay to aid with heat dispersal. This effort paid off, granting the F1 a staggering 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds and that all-important 240 mph top speed.

After delivering 100 customer cars McLaren stopped production after seven prototypes, 64 road cars, 5 special F1 LMs (built to commemorate victory at Le Mans in 1995), three F1 GTs (road going versions of the long tail 1997 F1 GTR race car) and 28 F1 GTR road cars. Of these, the Sultan of Brunei owns the most, and has two very special black F1 LMs with striking Pininfarina graphics as well as an exact replica of the F1 GTR that won LeMans.

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Revealed

Aston Martin’s DBS Superleggera went topless today! Official details have been announced for the much-awaited Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante. Drop-top Aston Martin’s always look better. The DBS Superleggera Volante is no different!

The soft-top shape suits the powerful rear bodywork perfectly, emphasising the width of the rear haunches. Aston Martin has placed a high level of focus on aerodynamics. The front splitter and the air dam work together to generate downforce alongside the Aeroblade II system at the rear. It is such a successful combination that the Volante loses just 3 kg of downforce post-chop.

The top is constructed from an eight-layer material. Colours include Bordeaux Red, Atlantic Blue and Titan Grey, eight in total. The mechanism takes just 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close at the touch of a button, either from the inside or on the outside. Aston Martin has also ensured that the stack height is kept to a minimum, increasing the amount of space taken in the boot.

Underneath, the DBS Superleggera Volante uses familiar drivetrain technology. A twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine is the centrepiece. It produces 715 bhp and 900 Nm of torque, enough for a 340 km/h top speed and a 100 km/h sprint time of just 3.6 seconds. The 8-speed ZF gearbox is rear mounted. Electronics allow a GT, Sport or Sport Plus mode. A further quiet start mode also allows you to leave the driveway discreetly, useful for maintaining your relationship with a volatile neighbour!

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will cost £247,500 in the UK, €295,500 in Germany and $329,100 in the US. Deliveries are set to begin during the third quarter of 2019.

Aston Martin DBS 59 Pays Enters Produciton

Remembering the 1-2 Finish

At the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, Aston Martin’s vehicles in the race managed a 1-2 finish. To honor that epic finish, the company built the Aston Martin DBS 59. The car is based on the DBS Superleggera. It gets Aston Martin’s Racing Green color scheme, special bronze touches across the car, a bespoke grille, 21-inch Y-spoke wheels, and an individually numbered roundel on the front fender.

The news recently came out that the car will enter production soon. Aston Martin will build the vehicle at its global manufacturing facility in Gaydon, UK, according to Carscoops. In total, the company will build 24 of the BDS 59.

“Each car represents one hour of this iconic victory in Aston Martin’s history, in which Roy Salvadori and Caroll Shelby took the chequered flag ahead of the sister car piloted by Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frere,” the company said.

The car is designed to pay homage to the DBR1 that competed in the race 60 years ago. Aston Martin even managed to analyze the interior upholstery of the DBR1 to recreate it in the new car. This includes the leather on the seats and the embroidery on the sun visor.

The entire interior is a gorgeous display of what Aston is capable of with large swaths of black and tan leather. It’s safe to say the interior of the car is just as beautiful as the exterior. 

New Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Priced at $4,000,000

The love affair between Aston Martin and Zagato is one the world relishes in. Like Kate Middleton and Prince William, the relationship between the British automobile manufacturer and the Italian coach building company is a match made in heaven. Their celebrated love child, the Vanquish Zagato has been an icon of modern automotive design, and their earlier offspring, the DB4 GT Zagato is a symbol of triumphant automotive engineering. In short, the 58 year romance between the two companies has given birth to nothing but prosperity. Name a better duo, we’ll wait.

With the widely acclaimed success of the Vanquish Zagato quartet, Aston Martin and Zagato are all geared up for their next collaboration: the DBS Centenary Collection – a celebration of their upcoming six year anniversary. The collection is an interesting one: it consists of a restyled DBS GT Zagato (for which Aston Martin has released some very sleek design sketches) and a revived, track-only, DB4 GT Zagato continuation. The two cars will only be sold as a pair, and production will be limited to 19 units per model with a price tag of $8,000,000 for the pair.

The rejuvenation of the DB4 is a monumental event in Aston Martin’s history with the original model being one of the most iconic and sought after cars in the brand’s history. With 380bhp produced by a straight-six engine and a four-speed manual gearbox, the DB4 GT Zagato will be a true driver’s car.
As for the DBS GT Zagato, which traces its roots back to the DBS Superleggera, it will feature the design elements from the DB4, and of course the famed ‘double bubble’ roof, which now also extends to the hood of the car. There have been no official statements as to what kind of witchcraft Aston Martin will install under the hood of the car, but we can expect the DBS GT to be based on the twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 engine with 715 horsepower from the Superleggera. With this, the Superleggera completes the 0-100km/h stint in merely 3.4 seconds, and keeps the fun going until 340km/h. We can only imagine how much more brutal the Zagato iteration will be.

Aston Martin will start deliveries of the 19 sets with the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2019, while the DBS GT Zagato will be in the hands of a few lucky customers from Q4 2020.

Aston Martin Has Trademarked ‘Valen’ Name

A New Model?

In a recent trademark paperwork filing, Aston Martin trademarked the name, Valen. The V names for the company will likely continue. The real question is if this means there will be another Aston Martin model coming soon. This isn’t the first V name that Aston Martin has trademarked.

Recently, we reported on it trademarking the name Valhalla, which is expected to be for the AM-RB 003. That was just speculation, though, so the car could be called Valen. According to Carscoops, the company has also trademarked the name Varekai, which would suggest it’s keeping its options open.

Still, it makes you wonder why Aston Martin needs to trademark so many names. Does it really need that many options for the upcoming AM-RB 003, or does the automaker have some other cars in the works that we don’t know about? 

The CEO of the company did say he would like the company to sell more models. His target number for the brand is 14,000 units eventually. To make that happen it would seem that the company would need to add more vehicles to its lineup, and they probably can’t all be mid-engine supercars or hypercars.

Aston may have to produce something a little more practical, and that vehicle could be the recipient of one of the names the company has trademarked. It’s unclear what all Aston will add to its lineup, but that should become a little less cloudy in the upcoming year or so. We’ll keep you posted.

Aston Martin Vanquish to Have Volante and AMR Pro Versions

You Definitely Need Both

The Aston Martin Vanquish will compete in the supercar market with the Ferrari F8 Tributo, Lamborghini Huracan EVO, and McLaren’s vehicles. That meant to the folks at Aston that they’d better offer both the Volante and AMR Pro versions of the cars. In a recent interview with Top Gear, Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer discussed the details. 

Palmer said his company hopes to pull sales from its competitors. He also said that the Volante will go up against the competing spider models and the AMR Pro, which will be a more hardcore version of the car will take on the Huracan Performante, McLaren LT, and the Ferrari Pista replacement.

The Vanquish is still a few years away from debuting, but when it does, it will be a force to be reckoned with. The car will feature an aluminum V6 engine paired with an electric motor. This hybrid powertrain will place it securely in the modern age and help it compete with the other big names in the supercar segment. 

Additionally, Palmer discussed Aston Martin’s aspirations for selling more models. He told Top Gear that the company wants to sell 7,000 units per year. Aston just built a new facility to make the DBXs and Lagonda. Palmer would like to see another 7,000 models sell from that facility, too. Palmer said that Ferrari wants to sell 14,000 units. “What works for Ferrari works for us.” That would mean Aston is upping its volume considerably. With that said, the company seems to be putting the product portfolio to do it.

The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Should Come Soon

The Drop Top Vantage Can’t Come Soon Enough

We love the Aston Martin Vantage and the upcoming Vantage Roadster should be just as awesome. It’s still unclear when exactly the Vantage Roadster will break cover, but according to the chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, all the work on the car is done. That means it will come very soon, indeed. 

Reichman sat down with Car Advice to chat about the car and let slip that all the work on the vehicle is already done. “They’re going through some of the final testing, [but] the car’s all done,” he told the publication. He also said that Aston Martin would debut the car later this year, specifically late in the year. 

The Vantage Roadster will be more or less the same to the coupe but obviously with a drop top. The powertrain and most of the car’s performance bits will likely be the same. Reichman didn’t say much more about the car other than the fact that it was finished and more or less ready to go. 

Car Advice asked him about whether or not a V12 would be added to the Vantage lineup with the addition of the roadster. He did not say whether or not Aston had plans to add a 12-cylinder engine. That would mean the Vantage Roadster would get the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 that’s currently in the car. That would make the most sense for the company, too because it has the powertrain already installed on the coupe model.

Could Aston Martin’s AM-RB 003 Hypercar Get the Name Valhalla?

Continuing the Norse Mythology With Its Names

The Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer had an interview with Automotive News Europe and said, “Valhalla is a name we have registered in our naming book.” Due to the fact that the AM-RB 003 Hypercar is currently without a name, it would make sense for the car to receive Valhalla as its name.

The use of the name Valhalla isn’t honestly too surprising. Valkyrie, which is the car that slots above the AM-RB 003, is a name from Norse mythology, so why not name the car that slots under it something in the same pantheon? The Valhalla name even works from an alliteration standpoint.

The production version of the AM-RB 003 is still under development, but when it arrives it will be a force to be reckoned with. The car should have a V6 hybrid powertrain. The specifics for the powertrain’s output is not yet known. Aston hasn’t shared the information publicly.

Aston plans to build 500 of the model, and the car will cost over $1.3 million, according to Carscoops. The car’s release date is set for sometime in 2021, so Aston still has some time to finish making tweaks with the car, though 2021 is just around the corner.

Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain Concept Officially Revealed

Aston Martin’s Lagonda revival starts in earnest with an all-electric SUV. We know this much from the release that sits centre stage on Aston Martin’s stand at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept carries on the development of this production model, first announced with last year’s Vision Concept.

The production version of the Lagonda SUV will begin production at the new St Athan facility in Wales in 2022. Drivetrain and performance details have not been announced, however, we do know that the Lagonda uses a system similar to the Tesla Model X. A flat ‘skateboard’ style battery pack sits close to the ground and acts as a structural part of the chassis. This gives maximum internal space.

The Concept uses suicide doors in the vein of Rolls-Royce models. To further aid entry and exit into the rear seats, the Lagonda uses a lifting roof section.

The design carries a very distinctive profile. A shorter front bonnet is possible as the Lagonda has nothing to carry in the traditional engine compartment. As a result, the cabin sits further forward than normal. The rear also gets a rakish overhang. In short, it is like nothing we have seen before. It features plenty of gimmicks too. For example, the key is said to float between the front seats “thanks to the wonder of electromagnets”.

Aston Martin AM-RB 003 Hypercar Unveiled!

The Aston Martin Project 003 announcement today at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 confirmed that the British brand will collaborate with Red Bull Racing once again. The project becomes known as the Aston Martin AM-RB 003 for now with the official name to be unveiled at a later date.

The AM-RB 003 makes greater concessions to practicality and road use than the Valkyrie, the model upon which it is based. The idea is to create a car that is less extreme but shares the same basic ethos. It gets a pronounced front keel and large rear diffuser, with the underfloor generating the bulk of the downforce.

Aston Martin has also confirmed next-generation aircraft morphing technology, to create a variable airfoil across the entirety of the rear wing. The application of FlexFoil is a first for production cars. The design allows downforce to be changed without changing the physical angle of the entire element.

The new lamp shapes at the front and rear give the Aston Martin AM-RB 003 a look of its own. The shape is different but the internals are taken directly from the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

AM-RB 003’s design brief includes greater cockpit space. It uses LMP1-style doors to achieve this. They open forwards taking a section of roof with them. The centre console has been widened, while luggage space is provided via a terrace behind the seats.

The cockpit prescribes to something Aston Martin call ‘Apex Ergonomics’. To start with, the centreline of the driver’s back, steering wheel and pedals are all perfectly aligned. A display screen mounted on the steering column allows for the best possible view through the steering wheel and infotainment is delivered through a smartphone. The setup is extremely minimalist.

Under the rear hatch will sit Aston Martin’s new hybrid turbo V6 engine. It is the first Aston Martin engine designed in-house for the modern era. The AM-RB 003 will be strictly limited to 500 coupes worldwide. It should compete with the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder category of hypercars.

Aston Martin’s Valkyrie has 1,160 hp and 664 lb-ft of Torque

A High-Revving Powerhouse

The Aston Martin Valkyrie final horsepower and torque numbers are in. The hybrid powertrain in the car features a Cosworth-built 65-degree naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 paired with a Rimac-sourced battery electric system. That powertrain is good for a whopping 1,160 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. 

The battery electric system from Rimac produces 106 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque on its own. The Cosworth V12 supplies the rest of the power. Aston Martin worked with Red Bull Advanced Technologies on the car. It noted that its partnership produced the powertrain as it is. Aston lists the high-revving F1 cars of the 1990s as a key influence.

According to Aston, the gasoline engine’s maximum horsepower is reached at a screaming 11,100 rpm and peak torque comes at 7,000 rpm. From there, the electric power system can add to the power output. The electric power system and the engine don’t operate separately, though, they augment each other and work together for maximum efficiency and maximum performance.

More Than Just a Power Mill

The V12 engine and gearbox both work as structural elements of the vehicle. This helps keep weight down and provides superb structural rigidity. Through the use of this unique construction, Aston has removed the need for an additional subframe. This highly unique feature alone would make the car special.

Vice President & Special Vehicle Operations Officer, David King seemed confident the new car would not disappoint. He said:

Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the ultimate hypercar in the automotive world and these performance figures underline that statement. Red Bull Advanced Technologies, Cosworth, Rimac and Integral Powertrain Ltd. have been fantastic partners in the development of this powertrain, ensuring that we have already created a hybrid system that is emissions-compliant and ready to begin fitting to our first physical prototypes. I am, as I’m sure the rest of the world is, incredibly excited to see and hear the first of these cars on track.

The British automaker said the development will continue on the car. Aston is currently building the prototypes of the car. It will be interesting to see how this project continues to progress as things move forward.

Aston Martin Project ‘003’ Hypercar Confirmed

The Third Installment of the Valkyrie

Prepare yourself for the next Aston Martin hypercar dubbed the Project ‘003’. Sounding like some kind of MI6 code for a secret mission designated for James Bond, Aston Martin’s Project ‘003’ should be an amazing machine. According to the company, the hypercar will utilize mid-engine hypercar features and technology used on the Valkyrie.

The automaker says the car will arrive late 2021. When it does, Aston will build only 500 coupe examples globally. The company specifically says coupe examples, so that makes us think there’s a possibility of a convertible version of the car at some later point down the road.

The Project ‘003’ will be the company’s third try at a hypercar. It hit it out of the park with the Valkyrie, so this one will likely be a ringer, too. The details for the model are scarce, but Aston says the car will have a lightweight structure, which probably means a carbon fiber chassis.

The vehicle will also get a turbocharged hybrid powertrain. However, Aston neglected to mention what that powertrain would be in terms of size. We’re hoping for a turbocharged V8 hybrid powertrain that makes somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 hp.

The car will be a road car. Aston said the vehicle will have “class-leading dynamics on both road and track.” Aston noted in its press release that special attention is being given to making the car more practical for road use, including some luggage space. Both left and right-hand drive versions of the car will be made, and it will be sold around the world. We’ll update you with more info as we get it.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Iconic luxury British sportscar maker Aston Martin can brag about its robust lineup of vehicles as much as it wants — it has every right to. The company has created some of the most visually striking cars to date.

But we’re going back to where it all began — the DB4 GT. The manufacturer might not be what it is today without this landmark ride, a paragon of its signature style. Lucky for you, it’s up for sale. More specifically, it’s a 1961 DB4 GT Zagato owned by the family.

This vehicle is one of only 19 Aston Martin DB4 GTs with the Zagato coach, and it’s also one of only seven cars to have a left-hand drive system. The ride was built for Elio Zagato, son of the Zagato brand’s founder. It came with a number of enhancements at the request of its owner, too.

As such, you’ll find on the dashboard tubular bumpers, an air-scooped bonnet, and a chrome script. Those and Carello headlights are only some of the few extra seen only on Elio Zagato’s DB4 GT.

The ride has had a modest history. It was raced in numerous Italian road and track events during his ownership. Then, in the middle of the ‘60s, it went to a new owner and received a new coat of paint, the current color you see above. Aston Martin expert Richard Williams eventually got a hold of the car, who promptly restored it as best as he could.

Now, you can be the new owner. Hit up Fiskens for more details.

FOR SALE

Photos courtesy of Fiskens