Published on September 9th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Aston Martin Shows GT6 Prototype
Aston Martin’s new 2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster made its global debut as part of the marque’s presence at the Pebble Beach®Automotive Week last month and was joined by the new Design Prototype 100 (DP-100), which makes a North American debut. Providing the most visceral yet engaging open-top experience in Aston Martin’s current range, the new V12 Vantage S Roadster delivers characteristic sporting agility underpinned by an enviable sports ‘soundtrack’ generated by its naturally aspirated V12 engine and expertly-tuned sports exhaust.
Equipped with the latest 565bhp Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring state-of-the-art Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching 201 mph and sprinting from rest to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds.
When it arrives in markets around the world later this year the new sports car will become the luxury British marque’s most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster to date and follows in the broad tyre tracks of the V12 Vantage S Coupe that was launched to worldwide acclaim in 2013.
Developed in-house by the Design team at Aston Martin, DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo is a new, virtual-only GT racer that is available for Gran Turismo®6 (GT6™) owners to download and will be shown as a full-size hand-crafted model at Monterey this month.
Starting with nothing but a blank sheet of paper the design team and design engineers worked for six months to create the new addition to the Vision Gran Turismo stable of race cars. Clearly pushing the boundaries of what an Aston Martin could be, DP-100 not only looks beautiful but also boasts a high degree of engineering integrity. A twin-turbo V12 mid-engined racer, DP-100 offers up to 800bhp, endowing it with blistering performance fully in keeping with the high octane nature of the game.
Created utilising many of the same techniques as applied in the development of Aston Martin production sports cars, hand sketches and 3D modelling, followed by full realisation in the virtual world, the DP-100 provides an exceptional level of detail with a fully functioning suspension system and state-of-the-art electronics. Motorsport partners TRG-AMR also presented the Vantage GT4 race car which is currently spearheading the first Aston Martin one-make race series in North America.