For some, it’s the distinctive bark of the V12 engine. For others, it’s the pure nostalgia and history behind those iconic wings on the bonnet. Then there’s the ballistic quality and the sheer power of these incredibly beautiful cars. But whichever way you look at it, Aston Martins are very special cars indeed. Even the name is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck tingle. Unmistakably English, Aston Martin exudes class, sophistication and exclusivity from every curve, fine line and hand-crafted bolt.
The thing is, you could remove that coveted badge from the bonnet and most people would still know they were looking at an Aston Martin. That’s some achievement, by anyone’s standards, for a car to be so instantly recognisable. And wanted. Really wanted.
Whether it’s the raw power of the Aston Martin Vanquish S which is equipped with a 6.0-litre V12 engine, has a top speed of 201 mph and does 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, or the classic DB9 or DB11, you’re going to want one of these cars.
The DB9 and DB11 both have vital statistics any supercar would be proud of. The DB11 is the most powerful and efficient DB production model in the company’s history. It’s available as a coupe with a 5.2-litres twin-turbocharged V12 or a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The V12 does 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
The DB9 is elegant and seductive. Effortlessly graceful and seductive this understated beauty has a potent 6.0-litres V12 engine and a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds.
But while a supercar is nothing without power, Aston Martin knows attention to detail is everything. Every model has its own unique identity and quality runs through the very veins of these cars.
That’s what makes an Aston Martin. Human skills are valued far more than those of machines at the company’s factory in Gaydon. It’s all very British. There’s a meticulous process to follow and no room for mistakes.
But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a company stuck in the past. It may have heritage, but Aston Martin is constantly evolving, moving with the latest innovations in design, technology and craftsmanship.
It takes around 200-hours to build an Aston Martin and they’re made to be driven. And admired. That’s what makes an Aston Martin.
Written by Lucy Hawkins, Dick Lovett Group.