How smart does a watch have to be before you call it a smartwatch? Jaeger-LeCoultre isn't trying to fit the new AMVOX2 Transponder into the latest wearables category, but the watch that's also a remote control for your Aston Martin certainly has geek-appeal, with controls invisibly built into the cover glass to lock and unlock the car.
Aston Martin has been forced to recall around 75-percent of all the cars it sold since late 2007, after discovering that parts of its accelerator pedals were made with substandard plastics and could snap while driving. The issue - which Aston Martin insists has caused no actual crashes or accidents of which the company is aware - stems from one of the famed brand's subcontractors using a counterfeit plastic to mold the pedal arms.
Aston Martin has taken the wraps - and the roof - off its latest sportscar, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, dubbed the ultimate grand tourer and the first of the British marque's drop-tops to feature a fully carbon-fiber skin. Packing the same AM11 V12 565HP engine as the Vanquish Coupe - good for a hair-messing 4.1s dash from 0-62mph - the Vanquish Volante has a soft roof, unlike some hard roof rivals, which drops in 14 seconds.
Aston Martin has unveiled the upcoming successor to the V12 Vantage, named aptly the V12 Vantage S. Being hailed as second in speed only to the One-77 hybercar, the V12 Vantage S features a 573 PS Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, and boasts a top speed of 205mph. A variety of tweaks, updates, and changes have been made over the current model, which is in the process of being phased out. We have the specs after the jump.
A new Aston Martin is something worth shouting about, but it'll take a number of loud (and rich) voices if the one-off CC100 Speedster Concept is to spawn a production version. The pared-back racer, crafted by the British sportscar company to celebrate its centenary, borrows the long, low, lean style of Aston Martin's 1950s DBR1 racers, but brings the technology up to date with a 6.0-liter V12 engine good for a 0-62mph dash in "a little over four seconds."
Last month we discussed Aston Martin's newest project, a hydrogen-equipped hybrid version of its Rapide S sports car. It's going to make its official racing debut later this month during the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring, but the car already ended up making history as being the first-ever hydrogen-powered car to take a lap around the historic track.
Aston Martin is looking to break some records next month, as the company has unveiled the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car, which is based off the production 4-door Rapide S. The race car will make its debut at the 41st annual ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race next month, where it will become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international event, as well as the first zero CO2 emissions car to complete a race pace lap at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.
Aston Martin has offered up the new video of its Rapide S that will make its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The official video offers the first driving footage of the new Aston Martin, hailed as the world's most beautiful four-door sports car. The car is certainly very attractive and looks like something James Bond would drive if he had a family.
The people behind the next James Bond film, Skyfall, have announced that Bond's classic Aston Martin DB5 will be featured in the film. Any fan of the series knows that it has a long-running history with Aston Martin in general and the DB5 specifically, which made its first appearance in Goldfinger way back in 1964. Other DB5s have appeared in James Bond flicks since then, but the one appearing in Skyfall has the original BMT 216A registration that the cars found in Goldfinger and Thunderball had.