Dissatisfied with the V8 Vantage, or its bigger brother with the V12 engine? Then meet Aston Martin‘s newest monster – the V12 Vantage S. While the name to most would normally denote fancier interior trim and a lightened body, the British masterpiece manufacturer have disregarded rival companies’ traditions and decked out this new release with a revised 6.0-liter V12 engine now outputting 565 horsepower, a new seven-speed “hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission” with race-spec software, and enhanced three-stage adaptive damping in its suspension. More noteworthy however is the improved top speed that now pushes this sports coupé past the 200mph milestone, a feat accomplished by only one other car in the Aston Martin family – the seven-figured special edition super car One-77. With a projected price tag of around $200,000 USD and a release in early 2014, this once touted “Baby Aston” seems to have grown up into a bona fide brute.
German engineering meets British charm as our friend Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG against the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 on this episode of Head 2 Head, While both brands are synonymous with luxury, underneath their hoods lies some seriously massive hand built V-12 engines. Dynamic testing & mountain roads await as we find out which is the better super coupe for the modestly wealthy. Enjoy.
The Rapide was already one of the fastest four-doors around, but if the standard model didn't quite do it for you under the hood, meet the Aston Martin Rapide S ($TBA). Still powered by a 6.0L V12 engine, the S offers 550 hp — 80 more than the prior version — and boasts a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. The car also sits 19 mm lower than before, and thanks to a new Adaptive Damping System, can ensure you've got the right suspension setup for the a typical drive, a sporty drive, or the track. Thankfully, however, the sleek body has barely been touched, with a larger single grille and tweaked decklid rounding out the changes.
Transferring vehicles in the air by helicopter for promotional purposes is nothing new in the world of exotic luxury and sports car brands, as we've seen it being done many times in the past. Nevertheless, Aston Martin can lay claim to being the first to place a car onto the helipad of the world famous Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, which sits 1,000ft above the ground at the top of the sail-shaped building, as part of its ongoing celebrations for its 100th birthday. The car Aston Martin landed on the helipad is the brand's current flagship coupe, the new 2013 Vanquish. Enjoy.