The brand new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage has been launched on the Chinese car market, showing off its already controversial grille, accentuated here by a yellow line. Only one model is available here, simply called the Vantage 4.0 T. Price is 1.99 million yuan and that translates to a steep $300.000.
The new Aston Martin DB11 V8 will have its worldwide debut on March 19 on the Shanghai Auto Show in China. It will be powered by an AMG sourced 4.0 (3.982) liter twin-turbo V8 with 532 horses. This engine is based on the unit that powers the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Price in China is expected to start around 2.75 million yuan or $400.000. Price of the DB11 V12 starts at 3.25 million yuan or $470.000.
The debut in China makes sense; the Chinese market is the second-largest market worldwide for Aston Martin, and they want much more out of it. An SUV is finally on its way and the upcoming Lagonda ultra-luxury brand is mainly aimed at China. The DB11 V8 is also attractive financially. The size of the engine is just under four liter so the DB11 V8 stays out of the highest tax bracket, and that means Aston Martin can make a lot of money on it if they manage to keep the price up, and looking at the expected 2.75 million yuan price tag they are trying just that.
The ultra mad Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Concept was in China, visiting a supercar festival in Shanghai. The AM-RB 001 is a hybrid supercar that will be manufactured by a joint venture between Aston Martin and Red Bull. Deliveries of the production car are set to start in 2018 for about $3 million per unit.
Aston Martin has unveiled the RapidE, with a capital E, a concept car previewing a full electric variant of the petrol powered Rapide sports saloon. The RapidE will see production within two years. It will be build by a new company partly owned by Aston Martin and partly by ChinaEquity, a Chinese investment firm.
An amazing Mansory Aston Martin Vantage V8, Spotted in China in the Beijing Tuning Street. The speedy ‘Ston is painted in baby blue and prettied up with a Mansory body kit, darkened headlights, darkened windows, black carbon fiber mirrors, and racy tires with matte black seven-spoke alloys.
The majestic Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf appeared on the Shanghai Auto Show in China, looking big and very expensive, and thus almost assured of success in the Chinese super sedan market. Production of the Lagonda Taraf is limited to 200 units worldwide, and China will get about 50 cars.
A very cool Aston Martin Vantage S supercar in Gulf Livery, Spotted in China by Erich Q in the great city of Zhengzhou in Henan Province. Sadly, the vehicle does not like us very much. It says: “Fuck you the fucking fucker”, above the left front wheel arch. Well, that ain’t very nice now, or is it?
Hello Readers. As you might have guessed by the lack of news updates; we are indeed traveling again. Now in Shenzhen, moving to Shanghai tomorrow, and then back to Beijing a few days later. Somebody got to do it! I will get you all a zillion stories from Shenzhen, including a driven test drive in a Denza, and all sorta weird cars on the road, but we start with some easy stuff: supercars. I happen to hotel near the Central Business District (CBD), where they have all the supercar dealers. Following some photos of Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and Ferrari:
A wondrous white Aston Martin DBS Ultimate supercar, Spotted in China in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province by TFCSC. The DBS Ultimate debuted in 2012, it was the last hurray for the DBS which was about to be succeeded by the new Vanquish. The Ultimate is the rarest of all DBS special editions, only 100 cars were manufactured, divided by 50 coupes and 50 Volantes.