ALL THE ROAD CARS 2010-present

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Vi­rage 2011–2012

Bring­ing back a name from the 1990s, the 2011 Vi­rage slot­ted into the range be­tween the DB9 and the DBS – and even avid As­ton fans won­dered if it wasn’t a vari­ant too far. The idea was to sell a more ag­gres­sive car than the DB9 (but one that wasn’t as ex­treme as the DBS). All the pan­els ex­cept the roof were sub­tly restyled, while the V12 gained an extra 20bhp, though the over­all feel was still very much GT. Sales were slow, and when the thor­oughly re­vised DB9 was launched for 2013MY, the Vi­rage was qui­etly dropped.

Vanquish/vanquish Volante 2012-present

The orig­i­nal Vanquish was a true land­mark car, and it was a brave move to res­ur­rect the name for the cur­rent se­ries-pro­duc­tion flag­ship. If the new car isn’t quite the same game-changer, the com­bi­na­tion of ag­gres­sively shaped car­bon­fi­bre body­work, 568bhp from a re­worked V12, adap­tive damp­ing and car­bon-ce­ramic brakes is still an in­tox­i­cat­ing one. A Volante ar­rived in late 2013, and in late 2014 both ver­sions got a re­fresh that in­cluded an eight-speed gear­box. New Vanquish S with 592bhp launched in late 2016.

Lagonda Taraf 2015-present

The Lagonda name hadn’t been seen since pro­duc­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial wedge-shaped Se­ries 2 ended in 1990, but in 2015 it was back, on a brand new lux­ury sa­loon – and one that made more than a few vis­ual nods its fa­mous fore­bear. Based on the Rapide S but with a longer wheel­base to make it a full four-seater, the Taraf com­bined sump­tu­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion with al­most su­per­car lev­els of per­for­mance, but at a price – with the ad­di­tion of a few be­spoke op­tions, buy­ers saw lit­tle change from £800k.

V12 Za­gato 2012–2013

The V12 Za­gato is the most re­cent As­ton to fea­ture the badge of the fa­mous Ital­ian styling house – though in fact this par­tic­u­lar Za­gato was styled by As­ton’s own Marek Re­ich­man. It was an­other strictly lim­ited edition: in this case just 101 were made. Based on the V12 Van­tage, the Za­gato was re­bod­ied in car­bon­fi­bre and alu­minium, though the me­chan­i­cal pack­age was vir­tu­ally un­changed. Still, since the V12 Van­tage was al­ready one of the finest driv­ers’ As­tons of all time, that was hardly a con­cern – even at £396,000 a pop.

Rapide S 2013–present

The Rapide S, launched in Jan­uary 2013, rep­re­sented a sig­nif­i­cant evo­lu­tion of As­ton Martin’s four-door sports car. A more ag­gres­sive grille and head­light treat­ment gave it con­sid­er­ably more road pres­ence, while, un­der the bon­net, vari­able valve tim­ing and a new man­age­ment sys­tem lifted the power of the V12 from 470 to 550bhp, drop­ping the 0-60mph time to just 4.8sec. In late 2014, the S was given an ex­ten­sive re­fresh, which in­cluded the in­tro­duc­tion of an eight-speed gear­box and a host of de­tail re­fine­ments.

DB11 2016–present

The first all-new pro­duc­tion car of the Andy Palmer era, the DB11 is the most im­por­tant new As­ton Martin since the launch of the DB9 – the car it re­places – more than a decade ago. With a brand new, highly ef­fi­cient twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12, a raft of new elec­tronic sys­tems cour­tesy of tech­nol­ogy part­ner Daim­ler, and in­no­va­tive aero­dy­namic fea­tures, it’s the stan­dard-bearer for As­ton’s so-called Sec­ond Cen­tury Plan. In char­ac­ter, it’s a con­sum­mate GT car, but also a daz­zlingly quick one. As­ton’s fu­ture looks very bright in­deed.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 5935cc, V12 Power 540bhp @ 6650rpm Torque 465lb ft @ 5500rpm 0-60mph 4.4sec Top speed 195mph

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

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION (2015MY) En­gine 5935cc, V12 Power 568bhp @ 6650rpm Torque 465lb ft @ 5500rpm 0-60mph 3.6sec Top speed 201mph

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 5204cc, biturbo V12 Power 600bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 516lb ft @ 1500rpm 0-60mph 3.7sec Top speed 200mph

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION (2015MY) En­gine 5935cc, V12 Power 550bhp @ 6750rpm Torque 457lb ft @ 5500rpm 0-60mph 4.8sec Top speed 190mph

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 5935cc, V12 Power 490bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 420lb ft @ 5750rpm 0-60mph 4.5sec Top speed 186mph

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