ALL THE ROAD CARS 2010-present
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.
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