Aston Martin looks to the future at Frankfurt

Aston Martin is showing a vibrant, exciting and dynamic future at the 65th Frankfurt International Motor Show. 2013 is a global celebration for the luxury British sports car maker – which is marking its centenary – as it reflects on 100 years of iconic sports car manufacture with landmark events across the globe.

And while the centenary festivities continue in Germany with show-goers being offered a glimpse of the rarest of all new Aston Martin models – the CC100 Speedster Concept created to mark the brand’s first century as well as hint at its future design direction – centre stage at the IAA Cars event goes to a brace of the brand’s forthcoming sports cars. In Frankfurt are the luxury British brand’s two newest production models: the extreme V12 Vantage S and luxurious Vanquish Volante – Aston Martin’s ultimate convertible.

Use our interactive stand guide below to find out more on each car and display.

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The Frankfurt Motor Show offers a rare chance to see the CC100 concept on public display. A unique year produces a unique and visionary car. Created as a stunning celebration of Aston Martin’s century of sports car excellence we reveal ‘CC100’, a concept reflecting the sporting heritage and exceptional design capability woven throughout 100 years of Aston Martin history.

CC100 looks back to a proud past and forward to an exciting future. A clear affinity with the legendary 1959 Le Mans and Nürburgring winning race car DBR1 can be seen in the design, with forward-looking features shaped from the same advanced materials and expert engineering used throughout our contemporary model range.

Revealed to the world at the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race, CC100 was driven on its debut by Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. Alongside him on this unique celebratory lap of the iconic Nordschleife was DBR1, the same car that completed the 1000km of Nürburgring in 1959, crewed by the same man - Sir Stirling Moss.

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V12 Vantage S


The V12 Vantage S, which arrives in showrooms around the world over the next few weeks, is Aston Martin’s fastest accelerating production car to date – with the exception of the sold-out One-77 hypercar.

Taking just 3.7 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph (3.9 seconds 0-100 km/h) the sports car underlines its position as not only our fastest accelerating production car, but also the most potent Vantage in Aston Martin’s 100-year history.

Equipped with the new 573 PS AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation engine management from Bosch, the car is capable of reaching 205 mph making it, also, the fastest sports car to wear the iconic Aston Martin wings – One-77 excepted.

With 620 Nm of torque available at 5,750 rpm the V12 Vantage S is as flexible as it is powerful. Low rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – stands at 510 Nm and, driving the rear wheels through the new Sportshift™ III AMT (automated manual transmission) ensures the car boasts true sporting driveability.

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Vanquish Volante


Another Aston Martin newcomer at Frankfurt is the Vanquish Volante – a stunning new luxury sports car that brings the thrill of open top motoring to the super GT class.

Alongside its coupe sibling the Vanquish Volante sits at the pinnacle of the luxury British car maker’s sports car line-up. It, too, will be arriving in Aston Martin showrooms around the globe over the coming weeks, with customers in the UK and Europe set to receive the first cars before the year’s end.

Benefitting from all of the technical, engineering and design advances present in the Vanquish coupe, the new Volante enhances the driving experience still further.

Vanquish Volante boasts the same new AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine as the coupe and the same blistering performance figures, meaning the 0-60 mph sprint is despatched in just 4.1 seconds (0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds) while the top speed stands at 183 mph.

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Vanquish Volante - Q


Two examples the sensational new Vanquish Volante grace the Aston Martin Frankfurt Show stand, with this model showing bespoke customisation from our 'Q by Aston Martin' service.

‘Q by Aston Martin’ is a bespoke personalisation service that goes far beyond the options list to offer demanding clients the very broadest choice and, as such, truly bespoke sports cars.

Q allows customers to enhance and personalise their cars with meticulous attention to detail. The service can be extended to interior and exterior styling, offering almost endless opportunity for expression.

Additions to this already exclusive sports car include a unique Red Ember paint finish; bronze metallic leather; Gulf Orange painted front and rear splitters and gloss black waist rail finisher.

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V8 Vantage SP10


Racing success is always hard won, never more so than at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Yet in the last four years Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 race cars have delivered two SP10 class wins and four podiums in the uniquely challenging ‘N24’ Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. To mark this achievement – and bring an intensified racing flavour to our most focussed road-going model, the V8 Vantage S – we have created the ‘SP10 Special Edition’.

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Rapide S


After its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the luxury four-door GT Rapide S brings the power of luxury to Frankfurt. Rapide S has been sympathetically redesigned and painstakingly re-engineered to reassert its position as the world’s most beautiful, and beautifully balanced, four-seat sports car.

Extensive design and engineering improvements make the new Rapide S even more desirable and refined. It replaces the outgoing Rapide in markets worldwide. The Rapide S now boasts an even more assertive ‘face’ created by virtue of the striking new full grille.

The new front end design is matched at the back by a new rear deck profile which consists of a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip’. The improved aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades both reinforce the sporting nature of new Rapide S.

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Vanquish Coupe


Vanquish Coupe makes its IAA debut, this stunning car is the best Aston Martin ever created.

100 years of Aston Martin. 100 years of producing the most beautiful and desirable cars in the world. We knew our centenary demanded something special. Our mission was to produce the greatest Aston Martin in history, the car to lead us into our second 100 years - a new flagship. We did it. With the most advanced engineering, the most beautiful design and the finest materials, we created the best Aston Martin ever. We created Vanquish.

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DB9 Centenary Edition


DB9 coupe, the world's most timeless and elegant grand tourer showcases a painstakingly created Centenary Edition specification that is available worldwide on just 100 examples of each of the car maker’s model lines: Vantage, DB9, Vanquish and Rapide S.

Featuring a unique graduated paint finish, solid sterling silver Aston Martin wings badges with tailored ‘trans flux’ enamel inlay and a special Aston Martin hallmark, the show car’s exterior represents an exclusive celebration of our 100-year history.

Inside, as out, a Centenary Edition Aston Martin is identified by its exclusive and luxurious treatment. Deep Soft black leather – previously featuring only in the One-77 hypercar – with contrasting silver stitching, a special silver thread embroidery of the Aston Martin wings in the head restraints and solid sterling silver sill plaques individually numbered with an Aston Martin hallmark are among the features unique to the car.

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V12 Vantage - Q by Aston Martin


No other company could have done it. Take our V12 engine, take our most lightweight sports car, and combine them. We created the V12 Vantage, our ultimate sports car.

Specifically engineered to fit our V12 engine, we didn't compromise on the classic Vantage design, we added bonnet vents to increase airflow and give a more assertive look. Producing 517 PS and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque, this remarkable evolution of the Vantage has a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 kp/h) time of 4.2 seconds.

The Geneva Motor Show example of V12 Vantage features an exquisite Satin Black exterior paint finish, full carbon-fibre detailing and yellow contrast stitching. Created by our bespoke design service 'Q by Aston Martin' this is unique treatment is just one of many possibilities now available.

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Full Specification

• Exterior Colour - Satin Black
• Upper Enviroment - Obsidian Black
• Lower Environment - Obsidian Black
• Stitching - Obsidian Black / Yellow
• Seat Outer - Obsidian Black
• Seat Inner - Obsidian Black
• Seat Stitching - Obsidian Black
• Seat Belt - Warm Charcoal
• Headlining - Obsidian Black Rokona
• Carpet - Black Cherry
• Steering Wheel Colour - Obsidian Black
• Carpet Binding - Kestral Tan
• Brake Calipers - Black
• Facia Trim - Piano Black

Q by Aston Martin


‘Q by Aston Martin’ is a bespoke personalisation service - allowing customers to enhance and personalise their cars with meticulous attention to detail.

The service can be extended to interior and exterior styling, offering almost endless opportunity for expression. Thanks to Aston Martin's unique VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture, the philosophy that forms the backbone of its sports cars, the company has evolved a fast, flexible and modular approach to engineering. With Q by Aston Martin, the ability to commission the design and manufacture of a unique car is now within reach.

Several examples of the service are displayed at Geneva with, for instance, a Vanquish presented in striking Morning Frost metallic white with a contrasting Spectral Blue interior and Pearl White welting. Satin finish carbon fibre exterior features, blue tinted diamond-turned alloy wheels, a blue-tinted glass fibre centre console and embossed ‘Q’ logos are just some of the sports car’s highlights.

Beyond cars, Q by Aston Martin can even help to design and procure almost any manner of luxury item. Colour-matching a Brompton bicycle to an Aston Martin, supporting a customer’s architect to design their house, or creating colour themes and materials for the interior specification of a yacht – these bespoke services are all within the gift of this remarkable department.

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V8 Vantage


10 years of plaudits. 10 years of constant engineering advancement. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage sits alone as a high-performance sports car of truly iconic status. A car of total emotion, yet complete control.

Combining an instantly recognisable compact sporting design with exceptional technology, the 2013 V8 Vantage embodies all that is great about Aston Martin.

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DB9 Volante


Classic charisma with a modern twist. The latest continuation of the illustrious DB bloodline, the new Aston Martin DB9 extends an unbroken lineage that stretches back to the 1950s and has produced some of the finest and most iconic cars ever built. This stunning example of the new DB9 is presented in Volante format and includes Kopi Bronze exterior paint.

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