2017 Aston Martin DB11

Jan 24th
We often get invited to drive what automakers assure us are prototype vehicles, but which turn out to be carefully cosseted show ponies rather than hardworking test mules. Doing so allows automakers to provide an early taste of a new model while still offering the plausible deniability of being able to say, “That’s not the final spec,” if we don’t…
2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Review

Jan 23rd
It takes something special to stand out at the Nürburgring, even in the line of traffic entering the parking lot. We visited during the annual 24 Hours race, which brings tens of thousands of fans to this corner of the usually deserted Eifel mountains. Many, in our experience, seem to have come to ogle supercars of the attendees rather than…
2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT Coupe

Jan 21st
The Aston Martin DB9 is a bit of an enigma. Introduced in 2003, the Henrik Fisker–designed two-plus-two was rightly heralded as a triumph for the esoteric British sports-car brand, boasting a solid, aluminum-intensive structure; a glorious, high-revving V-12; and those drool-worthy looks. That form language has since been applied to the two-seat V8/V12 Vantage, scaled up for the Rapide sedan,…
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish

Jan 12th
After 250 miles of Monday, enduring exactly what most people expect of Ohio—dead-flat, straight pavement overpopulated with vigilant traffic enforcers—the sight of state highway 664 rolling into view through the windshield comes as a reward for good behavior. The kind of road that promises a workout, Route 664 slithers south out of Logan, carrying us toward the Hocking Hills and…
2014 Aston Martin Rapide S

Jan 9th
Fall through the looking glass, pass through the wardrobe, hit all the buttons in the Wonkavator, or take the Hogwarts Express one stop past the wizard school and there’s Aston Martin’s updated, five-door Rapide S sports car. It’s engineered for an alternate reality where up is left, down is sideways, rabbits wear top hats, and four-door exotic sports cars are…
2015 Aston Martin V-12 Vantage S Review

Jan 3rd
Subtlety and patience are blessed by many yet shunned by others; it is this latter group for whom Aston Martin’s V-12 Vantage S exists. Aston’s CEO, Ulrich Bez, who knows his way around the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife,calls the S “extreme in its nature” and “brutal.” He points out it is not a car to drive from New York to San Diego.…
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

Dec 25th
What is there to say about the 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish that hasn’t already been said? This mildly tweaked version has gained a couple of transmission ratios and some revised damper settings, and there are some natty new color options to pick from, too. But otherwise it remains as before, the ultimate expression of what we’ll call Aston’s “Dr. Bez…
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

Dec 19th
Aston Martin’s latest supercar, the Vanquish Volante, might not occupy the rarified air of even costlier jewels like Porsche’s 918 or the McLaren P1—of course, neither does it pack similar levels of tech—but it nevertheless will scoop a $300,820 chunk out of your bank account. What does that princely sum buy?History and prestige, for starters. As of 2013, Aston claims…
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish

Nov 17th
The dinosaurs didn’t know extinction was coming. They carried on romping and stomping as the sky turned to fire and that meteor took out much of Mexico. In a similar vein, we doubt anyone at Aston Martin has been brave enough to tell the venerable Vanquish that it’s living at the far end of an overdraft of borrowed time. This…
2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Nov 16th
The S trailing the name of this Vantage stands for “sport”—hardly astonishing news—but the differences between sport and standard (one simply cannot employ so mundane a descriptor as “base” in connection with an Aston Martin) are a bit elusive. S means a little more motor, a little more brake, a little more rubber, a little less weight, some small trim…
2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Coupe

Nov 14th
It’s too soon to spray champagne celebrating the return of the manual transmission, but we should at least put a couple of bottles on ice. Our preferred gearbox certainly isn’t saved quite yet. But it does seem to have more of a future in sports cars than looked to be the case for at least the past decade, as makers…
2012 Aston Martin V-8 Vantage Roadster

Nov 7th
Don’t try to make sense of the Aston Martin V-8 Vantage roadster. It’s impractical, a joke of a value, no more powerful than at least a dozen less-expensive sports cars, and the same ergonomic disaster it was before its 2012 (make that 2012.25,according to Aston) refresh. And yet we yearn for it.Timeless BeautyGo ahead and stare—everybody else does. Driving this…