ALL THE ROAD CARS 2005-present

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V8 Van­tage/v8 Van­tage Road­ster 2005-present

As­ton’s an­swer to Porsche’s 911 and orig­i­nally con­ceived as a mid-en­gined car. Com­pact and more overtly sport­ing than the DB9, the Cal­lum/fisker-styled V8 Van­tage has over­taken the DB9 to be­come the big­gest seller yet, with more than 16,000 so far find­ing homes. Its Jaguar-de­rived quad-cam V8, orig­i­nally 4.3 (4.7 litres and 420bhp from 2008) gives brisk per­for­mance and an ex­tro­vert sound­track – best en­joyed in the Road­ster, which ar­rived in 2007. The ‘S’, with 430bhp, ar­rived in 2011. Buying guide, Van­tage is­sue 1.

V12 Van­tage/v12 Van­tage Road­ster 2009-present

The no­tion of shoe­horn­ing As­ton’s 5.9-litre V12 into the com­pact V8 Van­tage was al­ways amus­ing, and when As­ton turned the con­cept into re­al­ity in 2009 it pro­duced one of the finest driv­ers’ cars in its his­tory. Distin­guished by its rows of (func­tional) bon­net vents, the V12V builds on the V8 Van­tage’s agility and adds an­other di­men­sion of per­for­mance and de­sir­abil­ity. The Road­ster ar­rived in late 2012. Best of all, though, is the 565bhp ‘S’ launched in 2013. With a top speed of 205mph, it’s the fastest se­ries-pro­duc­tion As­ton ever.

One-77 2010–2012

As­ton’s an­swer to the Bu­gatti Vey­ron and Pa­gani Zonda hy­per­cars was the One-77, a no-ex­pense-spared, hand­built, all-car­bon­fi­bre rock­et­ship with the world’s most pow­er­ful nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gine (some have recorded an as­ton­ish­ing 772bhp) and an equally gob­s­mack­ing £1.15m price-tag. Strictly lim­ited to 77 ex­am­ples, the last was de­liv­ered in Au­gust 2012, though As­ton re­tains one for PR work. The few who have been lucky enough to ex­pe­ri­ence the One-77 de­scribe it as chal­leng­ing, re­ward­ing and ut­terly thrilling.

DBS/DBS Volante 2007-2012

Res­ur­rect­ing a name last seen in the late ’60s, the Db9-de­rived DBS re­placed the early-noughties Vanquish as the flag­ship pro­duc­tion car in 2007 and gained huge ca­chet when it was adopted as 007’s com­pany car when Daniel Craig as­sumed the tuxedo for Casino Royale. With power ramped up to 510bhp, ag­gres­sive styling, harder-edged dy­nam­ics and a man­ual gear­box, the DBS was Mr Hyde to the DB9’S Dr Jekyll. A Volante ap­peared in 2009. At the end of 2012, the DBS was re­placed by the new Vanquish.

Rapide 2009-2012

With Porsche en­joy­ing con­sid­er­able suc­cess with its Panam­era sa­loon and new mar­kets open­ing up for lux­ury cars, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore As­ton spun-off a four-seater sa­loon from its VH plat­form. The Rapide went into pro­duc­tion in late 2009, ini­tially at Magna Steyr in Aus­tria. De­spite (or per­haps be­cause of) its sports car-like dy­nam­ics, sales haven’t been as strong as As­ton would have hoped, and pro­duc­tion moved to Gay­don in late 2012. Re­launched as the Rapide S for 2013 with a deeper new front grille and 550bhp.

Cygnet 2010–2013

Based on the Toy­ota iq city car, the Cygnet was de­signed to de­liver As­ton Martin lev­els of style and op­u­lence in a city car. Ex­ten­sively re­bod­ied to in­cor­po­rate fa­mil­iar As­ton de­sign cues and re­trimmed in sump­tu­ous leather, but me­chan­i­cally un­changed, it wasn’t with­out ap­peal as a city run­about but on the open road it was no per­for­mance car. At £30,995, it was also breath­tak­ingly ex­pen­sive. Dr Bez, whose baby it was, hoped it would sell by the thou­sand, but with just hundreds sold it was qui­etly dropped in 2013.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION (4.3) En­gine 4281cc, V8 Power 380bhp @ 7000rpm Torque 302lb ft @ 5000rpm 0-60mph 4.8sec Top speed 175mph

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 7312cc, V12 Power 750bhp @ 7600rpm Torque 553lb ft @ 6000rpm 0-60mph 3.6sec Top speed 220mph+

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 5935cc, V12 Power 470bhp @ 6000rpm Torque 443lb ft @ 5000rpm 0-60mph 5.0sec Top speed 184mph

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 5935cc, V12 Power 510bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 420lb ft @ 5750rpm 0-60mph 4.1sec Top speed 190mph

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 5935cc, V12 Power 510bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 420lb ft @ 5750rpm 0-60mph 4.2sec Top speed 191mph

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 1330cc, in-line 4-cyl Power 97bhp @ 6000rpm Torque 92lb ft @ 4400rpm 0-60mph 11.6sec Top speed 106mph

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