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Porsche Battles Audi For Le Mans Record, Patrick Dempsey Has Best Race And A Ferrari VS Porsche GT Battle

By   June 15, 2015

Porsche 919 Hybrid at Le Mans

Porsche 919 Hybrid at Le Mans

Last year Porsche began a mission to add to their record 16 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Standing in their way was Audi and this year they looked to get to the top of the mountain.

The two VW Group owned brands also had to deal with Toyota and Nissan, but they would never truly challenge the German marquees. Of course a 24 hour endurance race takes a fast car as well as some luck. Going into the competition the Porsche 919 Hybrid was the favorite after qualifying in first, second and third.

To find out more about what happened at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including driver quotes, pictures and additional facts click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article).

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Aston Martin Takes The GT Pole For The 24 Hours Of Le Mans

By   June 12, 2015

Aston Martin at Le Mans

Aston Martin at Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is just hours away and it should be a very good one. While the Porsche (who set a lap record in qualifying), Audi, Nissan and Toyota battle in the LMP1 class is likely to be to top story, the GT classes are often the most entertaining.

This year Aston Martin looks like they may be the team to contend with in the GTE AM and GTE PRO classes. They will be challenged from Porsche, Ferrari and Corvette in the famed 24 hour race, but look to have the advantage so far.

Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to find out more about Aston Martin’s qualifying at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Aston Martin Gets Ready For Le Mans With Return To Hotel De France

By   June 4, 2015

Aston Martin Racing at the Hotel De France

Aston Martin at the Hotel De France

In the 1950’s and 1960’s Aston Martin used the Hotel de France as its base for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The famed endurance race will happen June 13th-14th and the English performance car maker is hoping for great success in the GTE Am class.

Last year the AMR V8 Vantage GTE managed a dominate class win. The automaker is hoping to repeat that success this year and they took to the Hotel de France for inspiration from the past.

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5 Affordable Aston Martins

By   December 16, 2014

Green Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is an “Affordable” Luxury Sports Car

Aston Martins are some of the most luxurious sports cars on the road. They are fitting of a British secret agent, but they also cost plenty of money.

What if you want to feel like James Bond, but don’t have a huge budget? Well, there are a few “cheap” Aston Martins out there and we have put together a list of 5 affordable cars from the English sports car maker.

5. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is a very powerful luxury sports car. To find an “affordable” model you have to look at the early 2000 time frame. The 2002 and 2003 years offer a little more bang for your buck. For those years you are looking at a 460 horsepower luxury rocket.

You can find early 2000 V12 Vanquishes in the $60,000- $85,000 range depending on condition and mileage.

4. Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9

The Aston Martin DB9 replaced the very successful DB7. They didn’t call it the DB8 as it was thought that it would cause people to think that it only had a V8 engine instead of a V12.

For a cheaper DB9 look around the 2005 model and it will run you in the $40,000 – $65,000 range for a decent example.

3. Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The V8 Vantage may only have a V8 instead of a V12 like some others on this list, but it still offers 380 horsepower in a somewhat affordable package. While not cheap you can have one of these exclusive automobiles for about the price of a new Porsche Boxster.

For a car around the 2007 model year it will cost you in the $40,000 – $60,000 price range.

2. Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin Virage

The Aston Martin Virage is the car that eventually became the Vantage. The V8 powered grand tourer put out 330 horsepower and could hit a top speed of 158 mph. Styling is very late 80’s / early 90’s, but with less than 400 produced it is guaranteed to be rare.

Look for cars between 1989-1992 and they will run in the $30,000-$45,000 range.

1. Aston Martin DB7

Aston Martin DB7

The DB7 is the car that came before the DB9 and it was a good car for the company. The luxurious grand tourer was available with an inline-six cylinder engine. The 3.2 liter units produced over 300 horsepower and made for a good performing car (remember that the earliest cars were made in 1994, so 300 horsepower is pretty good).

Of all current Aston Martins the DB7 is the easiest to find an affordable example of. In our searches we found plenty of good examples for $30,000. For a decent DB7 expect to pay $25,000 – $35,000

Conclusion

If you do a bit of hunting you can purchase a used Aston Martin for about the same price as a new Honda. Or you could even look at Jaguar for an even less expensive British sports car, but it won’t have the exclusivity of its British relative.

You will need to remember that repairs can be expensive with these cars, so buy a well maintained example and make sure to put a bit away for future repairs. If you look carefully and buy a good example Aston Martin ownership can be great.

Picture Sources: Mr.choppers, Maksa, Brett Weinstein

Video: Review Of The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

By   April 23, 2014

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is not your typical Aston Martin. The English sports car maker normally makes refined GT cruising sports cars. These are fast, yet very luxurious cars that are fitting of being driven by James Bond.

No, the Vantage S is not typical, but it is wonderful. For this mad machine the engineers where allowed to go wild. And unlike Volvo engineers who would then just make the car just a bit safer, they made it perform better. They took the smallest of their cars and crammed the largest motor and gave it wild air outlets on the hood.

The only real flaw in this performance car is the transmission. On regular roads at lower speeds it just doesn’t handle it well. Having said this, give it a nice open road, put it in sport mode and it shifts pretty well.

This video review from XCAR features the raw Aston Martin being driven on back roads. It talks about the cars good and bad points and just what makes this car such fun.

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