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WELCOME

Welcome to Murray Motor Company Aston Martin, Edinburgh.

Murray Motor Company has an enviable reputation for quality,

commitment and customer satisfaction. Today we stand as one

of the longest serving Aston Martin authorised dealers in the

UK. Our comprehensive range of services and facilities can

accommodate all needs and requirements.

We are always striving to find new and exciting ways of making

the business of owning and running an Aston Martin more

rewarding. Murray Motor Company seeks to achieve the

same excellent standards through our commitment to

customer service.

Rodger Laing

General Manager


LOCATION

N

Gogar Station Road

South Gyle Cresent

Bankhead Drive

M8

M8

Cultins Road

Bankhead Terr

.

Bankhead Crossway N

Sighthill

Park

A71 - Calder Road

Bankhead Ave

A71

A71 - Calder Road

Murray Motor Company

Bankhead Drive

Sighthill

Edinburgh

EH11 4DJ

Tel: 0131 442 2800

Fax: 0131 468 7219

Opening times

Mon-Fri: 9.00 - 18.00

Sat: 9.00 - 17.00

Sun:

By appointment

www.murrayastonmartin.co.uk

murraymotorco@jmgroup.co.uk


OUR SALES DEPARTMENT

Our Aston Martin sales team encapsulates many years of knowledge and expertise with

Aston Martin. Whether you are looking for a new or pre-owned Aston Martin, we will be

delighted to arrange a test drive.

We are fully equipped to offer you very competitive finance quotations, and our Sales

Specialists are well qualified to advise you on the most efficient way of funding your

chosen Aston Martin. We welcome the opportunity to consider current vehicles for partexchange,

and aim to offer you the very best valuations.

In choosing your new Aston Martin you will have access to the specification room,

situated within Murray Motor Company’s purpose built showroom. You can take full

advantage of the facilities available, to ensure that your new Aston Martin is built to your

exact and unique specifications. Before you finalise your order, you will have the unique

opportunity to view the configuration on the state-of-the-art order screen.

Alternatively, if it is a pre-owned Aston Martin that you are looking for, you will find that

we have an excellent stock of high quality pre-owned models available to choose from.


ASTON MARTIN AFTERSALES

Our Aftersales Department has the facilities to provide you with an outstanding level of commitment and care. Our factory-trained vehicle

technicians ensure that we meet Aston Martin’s exacting standards in Service and Vehicle Care and Maintenance. To make servicing and

repairs as convenient as possible for you, we offer a collection and delivery service. We also offer a courtesy car facility for your use, subject

to availability. Before your Aston Martin is returned to you it will be treated to a complimentary valet.

Our experienced team look forward to hearing from you, and providing for all your Aston Martin aftersales requirements.


SERVICE DEPARTMENT

Murray Motor Company’s Service Department has the experience, passion and ability to care for any Aston Martin, with exquisite

skill and attention to detail. We know that our clients expect nothing less and, with Aston Martin trained technicians ready to deal

with any of your servicing needs, you can be happy that your Aston Martin will be in safe hands. We are here to provide you with

superb value and a personalised service.

As you would expect, we have extremely high standards at Murray Motor Company’s Service Department; standards which

encompass attention to detail, quality of work and engineering excellence.

Whatever your needs, we can help.


FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS

The John Martin Group, one of Scotland’s most prominent and

respected privately-owned motor businesses, takes its name

from the man who founded it, Chairman John Martin.

Having served his apprenticeship as a motor mechanic with

Rossleigh, John Martin established his own servicing business in

a lock-up in a lane in Edinburgh. The lock-up was the Group’s

real foundation, from which John Martin established his own

benchmark of always going the ‘extra mile’ for customers. He

went on from here to sell his very first new car in 1968, a Volvo

from a garage in Edinburgh which he had named ‘Belmont’ after

a rather imposing house in the same area.

After almost 40 years, the Belmont name continues to live on in

the Edinburgh dealership network, expanding from its humble

origins to a multi-franchise group with turnover in excess of

£160 million, and multiple sites across Scotland. The Group

is now one of Scotland’s top 200 businesses. The additional

trading names of Murray Motor Company and JM Accident

Repair Centres have joined the fold over the past four decades

and represent many franchises across the country, incorporating

some of the most prestigious names in our business. We are one

of the select few companies in the UK to have represented Aston

Martin for over 20 years.

Spanning the Central Belt of Scotland, the Borders and Grampian

region, the Group now employs over 600 staff who together

deliver over 16,000 new and used cars each year, and ensure

the maintenance and care of many more.


ASTON

MARTIN

COLLECTION


ASTON MARTIN COLLECTION

The pace of development across the company, and ultimately our cars, is

unparalleled to anything we have ever done before. We are now poised upon

the threshold of something that is truly special.

Inspired by this new direction, we have created the Collection – a diverse

and exclusive range of fashion accessories and merchandise.

Each piece has been carefully selected to ensure it embodies the qualities

of style and exclusivity synonymous with Aston Martin, whilst reflecting the

unique philosophies of design and craftsmanship for which Aston Martin is

renowned the world over.

The Collection includes timeless art pieces of stunning and innovative

photography, a children’s range of clothing, executive pen and pencil sets

and accessories. There are also beautiful and luxurious mens’, ladies’ and

unisex fashion items, all with the subtle Aston Martin stamp of excellence.

The Leather Collection includes wallets, purses, organisers, business

portfolios, journals and notepads - all encased in the highest quality leather,

most being embossed with the Aston Martin logo.

Individually handmade nubuck leather holdalls in a choice of four bright

colours, exclusively designed by Aston Martin, are a must for any trip -

business or pleasure - as are our custom-made range of travel items. For more

information on the pricing of any items, please take a look at our website.


HISTORY OF ASTON MARTIN

1913 Bamford & Martin Ltd founded in London

1914 Aston Martin is born, following success at Aston Hill Climb

1915 First Aston Martin is registered

1921 First Works competition car makes its appearance

1922 Aston Martin makes first appearance

overseas at French Grand Prix

1924 Charnwood family lend financial support

1925 Company forced to close

1926 Aston Martin Motors Ltd is formed & sets up in Feltham

1928 First entry at the Le Mans 24 hour race

1931 Bertelli temporarily ‘pawns’ his company to finance the

Works cars

1932 Sutherland family take over the company

1937 140 cars built – the highest pre-war production figure

1939 The Atom is built

1946 Company advertised for sale in The Times

1947 David Brown buys Aston Martin Motors Ltd & Lagonda

1948 The Spa Special wins the Spa 24 hour race.

Aston Martin 2 litre is built

1949 Two DB2 prototypes enter Le Mans &

one is placed in its class

1950 DB2 goes into production

1951 DB2 comes 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 3 litre class at Le Mans

1953 DB2/4 goes into production – the first 2+2 seater

1954 David Brown buys Tickfords & moves

production to Newport Pagnell

1955 DB2/4 Mark II goes into production

1956 During this & the following three years,

four DBR1 race cars are built for competition

1957 DB Mark III goes into production

1958 DB4 goes into production

1959 Aston Martin wins World Sportscar Championship

in the DBR1 following wins at the 1000kms at the

Nurburgring, Le Mans & the RAC Tourist Trophy

1963 Roy Salvadori wins at Monza in a1963 DB4GT.

DB5 goes into production

1965 DB6 goes into production

1967 DBS goes into production

1969 DB6 Mark II & DBSV8 go into production

1972 David Brown forced to sell & Company

Developments takes over. Aston Martin Vantage

& Aston Martin V8 go into production

1975 Receivership declared & company rescued by

consortium led by Peter Sprague & George Minden.

Production hits an all time low of 21

1976 William Towns-designed Lagonda unveiled

1977 V8 Vantage goes into production

1978 V8 Volante goes into production


1980 Towns’ Lagonda goes into production

1981 Victor Gauntlett & Pace Petroleum take over

1983 Victor Gauntlett is backed financially

by the Livanos shipping family

1986 V8 Vantage Zagato goes into production

1987 V8 Volante Zagato goes into production.

Ford Motor Company takes a 75% shareholding

1989 Works supported AMR1 comes 6th in the World Championship

1990 Virage production starts

1991 Victor Gauntlett resigns & is replaced by Walter Hayes

1992 Virage Volante goes into production

1993 Vantage goes into production

1994 Ford Motor Company acquires 100% holding

in Aston Martin. DB7 goes into production

1996 DB7 Volante & V8 Coupé go into production

1997 V8 Volante goes into production

1998 First dedicated Aston Martin Showroom in UK

is opened by Stirling Moss & Bob Dover

at Lancaster Sevenoaks

1999 V8 Vantage Le Mans & DB7 Vantage go into production

2001 5,000th DB7 is built, V12 Vanquish goes into production

2002 After almost 15 years, Aston Martin renews its relationship

with legendary Italian coachbuilders Zagato to

produce the Ltd edition DB7 Zagato

2003 Aston Martin unveil the AMV8 Vantage

concept car at the Detroit Motor Show.

DB9 goes into production.

Gaydon manufacturing facility is officially opened,

it is the first purpose built factory for Aston Martin

2004 The new Aston Martin Engine Plant in Cologne

is officially opened. It is the first dedicated

engine production facility in Aston Martin’s history.

DB9 Volante goes into production.

Vanquish S launched at Paris Motorshow.

Aston Martin announces a return to

International Motorsport with DBR9

2005 Aston Martin wins GT1 class at 12 Hours of Sebring.

DBR9 wins the Tourist Trophy outright at Silverstone and

makes successful return to Le Mans 24 Hours with fourth

consecutive podium finish.

V8 Vantage goes into production

2006 Aston Martin unveils the Rapide Concept, the first

four door coupé. Aston Martin unveils the DBS which is

used by James Bond in Casino Royale

2007 Aston Martin claims historic victory at Le Mans, for the

first time since 1959.

A consortium led by David Richards,

founder and chairman of Prodrive, buy Aston Martin


ASTON MARTIN & JAMES BOND

James Bond is synonymous with power, style, excellence and an unmistakable British

sophistication. It is no surprise, therefore, that this British institution continually

chooses to put this infamous character behind the wheel of an Aston Martin.

The films have a special fondness for the DB5; it is best known for being the first and

most famous James Bond car, making its unforgettable debut as the gadget ridden

flagship car in Goldfinger with Sean Connery in 1964. The following year, the same

DB5 continued its partnership with Sean Connery’s James Bond in Thunderball.

During the 1970s and early 1980s there was a lull in the Aston Martin/James Bond

relationship, which was renewed for the 1987 film, The Living Daylights; allowing

007 to sample the Newport Pagnell V8.

Then, in 1995, the DB5 blasted back onto our screens with Pierce Brosnan as our

hero in Goldeneye. Each new Bond car had more and more impressive gadgets and

upgrades from the one before. Tomorrow Never Dies was the next Bond feature to

use the DB5, followed by The World Is Not Enough, where the appearance was brief,

in 1999. The Vanquish also made an unforgettable appearance during this period.

That brings us round to the stunning gadget-free DB5 in 2006’s Casino Royale, which

Bond wins from his enemy in a game of cards. This film was the prequel to all the

other Bond films, and so this displays to the audience how Bond was introduced to,

and began his relationship with, Aston Martin. It is in this feature that the stunning

new DBS made its debut with new Bond, Daniel Craig.


GAYDON HEADQUARTERS - THE FACTORY

The dynamic architecture of Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon, in England’s historic Warwickshire, symbolises optimism

and confidence.

The building is the embodiment of Aston Martin and its cars, reflecting the power of the idea, the aesthetic and inner beauty of

technically advanced solutions, and the very soul that comes from the hands that create pure sports cars.

With ample space to manufacture up to 5000 cars a year, the Gaydon Factory is a quality investment for Aston Martin and the

people associated with the marque - employees and customers alike. The splendid building offers space for not only extreme

attention to detail and workmanship on each individual car, but the breathtaking entrance hall provides Aston Martin with the

opportunity to display heritage vehicles alongside vehicles straight from the factory.


What strikes a person when

approaching the Gaydon Headquarters

is the refreshingly unusual drawbridge

over the moat, and the staggeringly

impressive castle-like grandeur of the

building which goes with it. Designed

by the Weedon Partnership and clad

in sandstone and glass; the outside is

dramatic, majestic and exciting.

Once over the drawbridge and inside,

you enter the atrium, a vast and naturally

lit two-storey space decorated in

travertine marble.

Leading from the atrium is a double

height walkway that leads to the factory

floor, the walls here are decorated with

vast Aston Martin images.


V8 VANTAGE ROADSTER


The V8 Vantage Roadster represents the essence of pure driving

pleasure. It is a compact sports car that offers an astonishing

blend of performance and exhilaration, a vehicle with two distinct

personalities: open and invigorating, or closed, cosseting and

protective.

The key to any great sports car is the engine. This new V8 has been

specifically designed and developed for the Vantage Roadster and

Vantage Coupé. Hand assembled at Aston Martin’s purpose-built

engine facility in Cologne, Germany, it is a light, compact, all-alloy

unit – high performance yet ultra-responsive, even at the lower end

of the rev range. Its maximum torque is an impressive 410 Nm

(302 lb ft) @ 5000 rpm, 75 per cent of which is delivered at just

1500 rpm – barely more than idle – making the Roadster extremely

tractable and great fun to drive. Push harder, and that V8 engine

revs freely, delivering refined, exhilarating pace.

The Vantage Roadster is a unique and singular design statement

that has been styled and engineered to excel from every angle.

The fabric hood stows neatly beneath a metal tonneau cover, its

lines blending seamlessly into the muscular rear haunches of this

luxuriously powerful vehicle. Strong and smooth; the Vantage

Roadster’s unique stance and balance come from within. The car

uses Aston Martin’s unique VH architecture to provide its structural

backbone. Sophisticated materials such as lightweight alloys,

magnesium and advanced composites help to reduce weight and

create the Vantage Roadster’s class-leading rigidity.

Like all Aston Martins, the Vantage Roadster is hand-assembled

and hand-finished, allowing its designers freedom to produce an

impeccable formation, without the constraints and inflexibility of

mass production. Only craftsmen can deliver the design details

and level of finish that Aston Martin engineers and designers

demand. For instance, the bonnet of the Vantage Roadster has shut

lines that travel all the way to the front of the vehicle, without the

need for a separate nose cone, creating a cleaner, crisper design.

Furthermore, the Roadster uses metal mesh grilles and trims instead

of the typical plastic alternatives. Integrity is a cornerstone at

Aston Martin and we believe that everything has to be right.

The new Sportshift feature of Aston Martin, which is available

for both the Roadster and the Coupé, adds electro-hydraulic

control to the car’s 6-speed manual transmission. This means

there are improved shift times and the conventional manual

gear lever is now replaced with push button controls on the

centre console to select auto drive, reverse or neutral.

Manual gear changes are selected in Paddle Shift Mode - this

new ultra-quick system provides the driver with heightened

precision via fingertip control of gear changes using steering

column mounted paddles, forged from lightweight magnesium,

to progress smoothly and swiftly through the ratios.

Sportshift offers gear changes up to three times faster than

the standard manual transmission already available, with the

driving enthusiast able to access precision gearshifts in around

200m/s. To adapt to all driving conditions, an additional

‘Comfort’ mode offering a more relaxed gear change features,

which is selected via a single button on the centre console.

Sportshift functionality is also enhanced with a low speed

‘crawl’ feature, which acts as a manoeuvring aid, gently

engaging the clutch to move the car up to 4mph - allowing

the driver to focus on positioning, rather than throttle control,

when parking. Additionally, Sportshift includes a user-selected

‘Auto Drive’ mode which, when operated, will take full control

of the timing of all changes and select the appropriate gear for

all conditions.

Equipped with Sportshift, the Vantage Roadster retains its

low polar moment of inertia and excellent balance, with a

negligible increase in overall weight and minimal impact to

the Roadster’s optimal 49:51 weight distribution. Equally, top

end performance is unchanged, at 280 km/h (175 mph).


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V8 VANTAGE


Aston Martin unveiled the production version of its eagerly

awaited V8 Vantage at the 2005 Geneva International Motor

Show. First shown as a concept car at the 2003 North American

International Auto Show in Detroit, the V8 Vantage immediately

caused a worldwide sensation.

The exterior of the V8 Vantage is beautiful and perfectly

proportioned from every angle, with a low purposeful stance.

Each carefully detailed feature provides graphic evidence of the

painstaking craftsmanship and quality which is synonymous with

the Aston Martin marque.

The long bonnet and two-seater cabin creates an instantly

recognisable stance, while minimal front and rear overhangs,

combined with a wide track, appear to push the rear wheels

out and enhance the extremities of the bodywork. At the rear,

a hatchback offers practicality not normally found in sports cars

of this type.

The V8 Vantage is a two-seater, with the rear environment offering

a large luggage shelf area accessed by a tailgate.

Inside, Aston Martin’s craftsmanship is matched by striking 21st

century style. The dials are made from aluminium and, together

with the switchgear, have a very distinct design and unique Aston

Martin look and feel.

The V8 Vantage has endured the most extensive testing and

development programme in the Company’s history, during which

78 Prototypes were vigorously tested over 1.5 million miles.

In Dubai, over 12,000 miles of testing was carried out where

ambient temperatures regularly hit 48 o c and the bodywork of the

vehicles reached 87 o c.

High speed testing was conducted at the Nardo test track in Italy,

and extensive testing carried out at Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in

Germany, besides cold weather testing at temperatures as low as

-30 o c in Sweden.

The V8 Vantage is the second model to use Aston Martin’s

unique VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture. Constructed

from lightweight aluminium extrusions, precision castings and

pressings, the underframe is bonded with aerospace adhesives

and mechanically fixed with self-piercing rivets.


The frame is bonded with cold-cure adhesive, which has

exceptional damping properties that help soak up the vibrations.

The unique architecture provides an excellent backbone, while

the use of sophisticated materials such as lightweight alloys,

magnesium and advanced composites for the body further

contributes to the car’s low weight and class-leading rigidity.

The V8 Vantage is very much a pure sports car so, from the

outset, the priority of Aston Martin’s engineers was to focus on a

lightweight, compact size encapsulating agility and power.

At just 4.38 metres long it is compact and very nimble, and is the

smallest model in the Aston Martin range.

The new 380 bhp engine is a 4.3 litre, low emissions, allaluminium

alloy V8; unique to Aston Martin.

This new V8 uses the latest technology to deliver outstanding

performance in all environments.

The layout of the powertrain adopts a transaxle configuration,

whereby the front mid-mounted engine is connected to the

transmission at the rear of the vehicle via a cast aluminium torque

tube and carbon fibre prop-shaft. This configuration provides the

car with a 49:51 weight distribution, giving outstanding handling

characteristics and excellent all round capabilities.

A dry-sump lubrication system is employed in the V8 Vantage.

Often used in racing vehicles, this system allows the engine to sit

very low in the body, lowering the centre of gravity which in turn

helps to improve handling and the overall balance and stability

of the car. The system also helps to improve engine durability by

maintaining lubrication under conditions of extreme cornering

and braking.

The advanced quad-cam 32-valve engine is hand assembled by

skilled Aston Martin technicians at the Company’s new engine

production facility in Cologne, Germany, where every Aston

Martin engine, including the V12 units for Vanquish S and DB9,

is built.


DB9


The future of Aston Martin is epitomised by the DB9, a 2+2 seater sports car

that sets new standards in its class due to its astonishing combination of agility,

V12 power, smoothness, beautiful design and hand built craftsmanship.

Using a radical new aluminium-bonded body frame, the DB9 is one of the

most sophisticated and technically advanced sports cars in the world. It is

powered by the latest version of Aston Martin’s own designed and developed

6.0-litre V12, producing 450bhp and a top speed of 186mph. Yet the DB9 is

significantly well beyond being a class-leading sports car. It is the beginning

of a new era for Aston Martin. It is the first car to be hand-made at Aston

Martin’s new high technology facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire, where all

future Aston Martin models will be developed and built.

The body frame is one of the most structurally efficient in the world,

taking into account strength, torsional rigidity and weight. It has double

the rigidity of many rivals, as well as being lighter, resulting in superior

handling and agility.

All body panels are either aluminium or lightweight composites with

magnesium being used on the steering column and inner door frames. Even

the gear selector paddles are made from magnesium alloy. The total weight

is 1710kgs, extremely light for a V12-powered prestige 2+2 seater sports car

with every imaginable luxury feature. This has a hugely beneficial effect on

performance. Top speed of the manual is 186mph and 0-100 km/h (62mph)

acceleration takes just 4.9 seconds. Other technologically radical features

include a ZF ‘drive-by-wire’ six-speed automatic gearbox that dispenses

with a traditional gear lever. Instead, the drive, park, neutral and reverse

controls are selected by buttons.

Touchtronic manual mode enables the driver to change gear using paddles

mounted behind the steering wheel. The automatic gearchange has been

tuned to provide the perfect balance between superfast operation and

comfortably smooth shifts. A conventional six-speed manual transmission

is also offered.


The agility of the car is boosted by the perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

This has been achieved partly by putting the gearbox at the rear. A carbon

fibre drive shaft, running in a cast aluminium tube, delivers torque from

the engine to the gearbox. Handling is further improved by the light

aluminium wishbone suspension and aluminium bodied dampers. The

whole DB9 cabin is hand-finished in premium quality materials, giving it

a simple and functional feel. Aluminium is used in the interior, reflecting

the most commonly used material in the structure and body. Even details

such as the instrument dials are made from aluminium. Features include

full leather Bridge of Weir upholstery of the highest quality, and a stateof-the-art

music system specially developed for Aston Martin by British

audio specialists Linn.

Among the many technological firsts is the ‘message centre’ in the dashboard.

It is an organic electroluminescent display (OEL), as opposed to the more

common LCD. OELs have a higher resolution, better contrast, and are easier

to read, especially when viewed at an angle. Of course, no Aston Martin

would be a true Aston Martin without a beautiful body. The DB9 is modern

and clean but retains much of its heritage. It is a modern interpretation of

a traditional Aston Martin, the successor to benchmark designs such as the

DB4 and DB5. The aluminium bonnet is long and extends all the way to the

vehicle’s leading edge. There is a minimum number of ‘cut’ or ‘shut’ lines, to

aid styling simplicity and beauty.

The design of an Aston Martin is integral to its appeal. Taking styling cues

from the past, and reinterpreting them for the future, forms the central theme

of every new Aston Martin currently under development.

The DB9 manages to combine all facets of style, quality and usability of a

traditional Aston Martin without relying on retrospective detail or design. It

is a truly modern Aston Martin.


DBS


Truly great luxury sports cars are few and far between. In a world where

innovation is all too often hampered by compromise, pure performance is

a rarity available only to the genuinely discerning. Designed as the ultimate

driving experience, the Aston Martin DBS bridges the gap between road

and track – DB9 and DBR9. Equally at home on a twisting mountain

circuit as on the open road, the DBS is a true thoroughbred.

The Aston Martin DBS is a 6.0-litre V12 powered, race-bred, two-seater

shaped by the aerodynamic demands of high performance, with an

exquisite interior that marries beautifully hand-finished materials with

the very latest in performance technology. A combination of elegant

design, innovative manufacturing processes, race-derived materials and

components, and Aston Martin’s unrivalled hand-build expertise makes

the DBS a luxury sports car without equal.

Outstanding power with supreme control: the DBS represents the synthesis

of raw power, race-bred technology and design excellence. Powered by

a hand-built V12 engine producing 380 kW (510 bhp/517 PS), the DBS

delivers breathtaking power and performance. Beneath the flowing lines

of the lightweight bodywork, the DBS’s components have been honed to

create an exhilarating driving experience: taut, dynamic and monumentally

fast, but always highly controlled.

The DBS was developed as the ultimate expression of Aston Martin’s

engineering and technical ability. The need for high-performance

stability, handling ability and low kerb weight defined the car’s form

and construction. The DBS is the first production Aston Martin to make

extensive use of ultra-light carbon-fibre body panels. Its high level of

performance is delivered by the combination of inherent light weight,

near-perfect weight distribution, a supremely powerful and flexible V12

engine, and a performance-honed six speed transmission.


RAPIDE CONCEPT

The Aston Martin Rapide Concept is a four-door, high

performance coupé of remarkable grace and poise. Based on

Aston Martin’s unique VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture, the

Rapide combines the Company’s commitment to power, beauty

and soul with space and practicality for every eventuality. It

stands for stylistic excellence, market innovation and flexible

manufacturing. The Rapide is the epitome of Aston Martin’s

low-volume, high-technology approach, the synergy of modern

methods and materials with traditional skills to create a new

form of craftsmanship for the 21st century.

While the Rapide retains Aston Martin’s inherent design

characteristics, the additional length and extra doors build upon

the DB9’s taut, poised stance, generating a natural, even flow

and a dynamic sensation that’s conveyed even when the Rapide

is standing still. “In terms of elegance, the Rapide is adding value

to the DB9’s undisputed elegance and subtle understatement,”

says Dr Ulrich Bez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of

Aston Martin. “Our cars must look beautiful from all angles, and

the four-door is very well balanced.” Practicality and power are

the Rapide’s signature qualities, but above all it is recognisably

an Aston Martin, a testament to the strength of the marque’s

design language. The Rapide’s four-door body provides greater

access to the extended architecture, making it a performance

vehicle for every occasion. “The proportions must be perfect,”

says Dr Bez, “If we couldn’t achieve this then we wouldn’t have

made the car.”


ASTON MARTIN RACING

Aston Martin returned to international motor sport in 2005 with

an exciting new programme focused on the DBR9 - a stunning

GT based entirely on the road going sister vehicle, the DB9.

The DBR9 was unveiled at Aston Martin’s state-of-the-art facility

at Gaydon, near Warwick on 4 November 2004, finished in

the same evocative shade of Aston Martin Racing Green as the

Works cars of the 1950’s.

Though billed as a ‘test and development year’, the DBR9

made an instant impact, taking class honours on its debut at 12

Hours of Sebring in March 2005 and then winning the famous

Tourist Trophy - today a round of the FIA GT Championship

- at Silverstone. Aston Martin’s eagerly-anticipated return to

Le Mans followed, and with it came further podium success

- the DBR9 shared by David Brabham, Stephane Sarrazin and

Darren Turner posting a top ten overall result on the vehicle’s

maiden appearance at the Sarthe circuit and finishing third

in its GT1 category.

Already the DBR9 is taking up where the DB3S and DBR1 left

off, by combining outstanding performance with the beauty and

integrity of a true, thoroughbred Aston Martin.

The DBRS9 race car was unveiled at Le Mans 2005, providing

a competition vehicle for club and national racing series, and

a bridge for teams and drivers looking towards international

GT racing.

The DBRS9 is based on the DB9 road car, but shares many design

features with the full GT1 specification DBR9. It uses the road

car’s aluminium bonded chassis with a DBR9-based roll cage.

Aston Martin’s Racing Engineers have tuned the standard 6.0

litre V12 engine to produce approximately 550bhp (an increase

of 20%) and reduced the overall weight by 480kg, to increase

the power to weight ratio to nearly 430 bhp/tonne.


HISTORIC VICTORY AT LE MANS

In June of 2007, for the first time since 1959, Aston Martin

triumphed at Le Mans. The winning Aston Martin Racing with

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts DBR9 – numbered 009 – was

driven to GT1 class victory and a remarkable fifth overall by

David Brabham, Rickard Rydell and Darren Turner after 24

hours of non-stop competition, characterised by changeable

conditions and several safety vehicle periods.

The bad weather was in evidence right from the start of the

first qualifying session, where the AMR Larbre Competition 008

DBR9 claimed pole position – before going on to finish third in

the actual race.

David Richards, Aston Martin’s Chairman, said: “To see Aston

Martin winning at Le Mans again, nearly 50 years after our last

famous victory, is a truly magnificent achievement for everybody

associated with Aston Martin across the world.”

Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s Chief Executive, commented:

“Since our last victory here in 1959, Le Mans has been

dominated by several other great marques. But this year we had

more cars than any other manufacturer and they all finished: six

out of six, including the GT1 winner. It’s been a truly historic

day for Aston Martin and I am absolutely delighted.”


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