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Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford-two legendary names that changed and shaped the world of luxury sports cars. In 1913, these two car dealers-turned-innovators joined forces and created Aston Martin, a line of British-made vehicles with elegance and performance at its core. Martin and Bamford's passion for excellence and love for racing fueled their determination to produce luxury sports vehicles with avante-garde designs and advanced engineering. Through the years, this iconic brand has been making waves in the racing industry and has produced a number of sports cars that competed in several tournaments around the world. Today, the company continues to expand its operations and develop groundbreaking automotive concepts, with contemporary manufacturing and radical innovation as its core qualities.
In automobiles, speed and style is the name of the game. For several decades now, Aston Martin has been investing heavily in manufacturing supercars with a unique blend of exotic styling and unparalleled speed that can rival Italian- and German-made models. Among the fastest vehicles in the world, Aston Martin supercars are mostly powered by V12 and V8 engines that boast of unparalleled speed and road performance. The ultimate supercar to date is the One-77, a limited edition luxury sports car that can run over 200 miles per hour. With a 7.3-liter V12 engine, the One-77 is designed with handcrafted aluminum panels and a bespoke carbon fiber chassis, making it one of the greatest supercars of all time. Aston Martin is actually known for innovating full carbon fiber bodies, and this exquisite design makes its vehicles a cut above the rest. Other Aston Martin supercars with brutally powerful V12 engines are the Zagato, Vantage, and Vanquish. Not far behind are the DBS, Rapide, and Cygnet.
Lionel Martin loved to compete in motor racing tournaments, and his passion for this sport motivated him to build a competitive lineup of Aston Martin racing cars. The 1922 French Grand Prix was a historic step for the company, as two of its newly built racing cars competed in the tournament. In 2008, Aston Martin's revolutionary DBR9 topped the GT1 class for the second year in a row in the prestigious Le Mans 24-Hour Race. The DBR9, as well as the other Aston Martin racing cars, is built with a V 12 engine and a carbon fiber composite body for maximum aerodynamic performance. Today, Aston Martin continues to conquer tournaments with its high-powered line of Vantage GTEs, making it a force to reckon with in the world of motor sports racing.
Exotic styling, lightning-fast speed, and brutally powerful overall performance are the core qualities that define Aston Martin vehicles. The brand's "Power, Beauty, and Soul" philosophy is evident in the design and engineering of its models. Almost all Aston Martin vehicles are built with lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber body panels that are handcrafted to bring a certain exquisite appeal that is unique from other luxury cars. As an iconic British brand, Aston Martin continuously produces supercars that can compete head-to-head against Italian- and German-made vehicles. Italy and Germany, as you know, manufactures some of the best and most expensive cars in the world, but there's no stopping Great Britain's Aston Martin. The brand's exotic sports cars can be used in both off-road and city driving with their strong V-12 engines and lightweight body construction. The cars' power-to-weight ratio is impressive, so you can go from city streets to rough roads in a snap.
Like all luxury cars, Aston Martin vehicles also come with hefty price tags. The most expensive Aston Martin to date is the supercar One-77, a two-door coupe first unveiled in the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It is a limited edition luxury sports car, and only 77 units were produced. This handcrafted beauty is priced at a whopping $1.4-million and is considered as one of the greatest supercars of all time. It is a highly elegant automotive art form with a stunning interior design and a full carbon-fiber chassis. Not one to follow the turbocharge trend, Aston Martin armed the One-77 with the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine in the world-a 7.3-liter, V-12 powerplant that can churn out 750 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.5 seconds. With its six-speed automatic transmission, it can set fire to the road at a maximum speed of 220 mph. Now, what can Porsche and Lamborghini say on this one?
Let's go from the priciest to the cheapest. Enter the Aston Cygnet, a three-door hatchback based on Toyota IQ. As Aston Martin's "baby swan", the design is compact and lightweight-perfect for city driving. Cygnet is a far cry from the usual high-performance, massive, attention-grabbing GTs and sports cars Aston Martin is well known for. With its compact size, it can easily fit in small parking spaces and ease its way through traffic. The Aston Martin touch of luxury is still there, of course, with handcrafted detailing, top-of-the-line body paint, and a distinctive front grille. Only the size and the price were scaled down, but the quality is still topnotch. Cygnet's priced at $50,000. Not bad for a luxury commuter car. With the Cygnet, Aston Martin proved its versatility, as it can not only create supercars, but also compact traffic fighters.