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    Re: Some new Vantage V8 pix

    Ron,

    Very elegant looking and I understand finely engineered car. Next to the Porsche 997 TSCab (which they'll hopefully make in the near future), this is the car I lust after (in a supercharged/volante-convertible version). Any rumors on when a charged and open-top version might be released?

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    Al,

    I have no idea if there will be a 'R' version (super charged) or not. But I have no doubt that AM will introduce a vantage Volante sooner or later.

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    are these stateside yet? i can't wait to try one out.

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    scrumptious!!

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    Moogle said:
    are these stateside yet? i can't wait to try one out.



    I don't believe they've made it across yet.

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    I recall reading in EVO or CAR Magazine that Ullrich Bez alluded to a supercharged version. I guess I'll just have to wait and see. . . .

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    I can never get enough looking at this masterpiece. Thanks for the pics Ron.

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    Heavy for its size and underpowered for its price.

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    I'll probably be the first to say this, but this car bores me to tears, and that's just looking at it in pics. Nothing strikingly new or fresh about this car. 911 always has and wil win, as a matter of fact i'd fancy a Cayman a good deal more than this "Garbajjje"...however you pronounce the name of this car...

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    thanks for the picture's ron! to be honest i didn't like the vantange when they brought out press pictures of the yellow one! it just didn't suit an Aston Martin! I think A.M looks great in that exact colour you posted! The rear looks really broad and strong, the front and side lines flow so nice and smooth too!

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    This car rocks, (the AM DB9)..I saw a blue example on the road, it was driving up a hill, and the sound was very loud and sporty...I thought this car would sound as the old db7, but it sounded like the vanquish

    I like the zagato...can't remember if its a db7 though

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    Thanks so so much for sharing these pics. They are automotive pornography!

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    Interesting.

    The photo of the car in the body assembly shop shows that the aluminum space frame is not painted in the exterior body color, as would be the case with a conventional pressed steel monocoque.

    Anybody here know if it is possible to do a factory tour of the Aston Martin facility?

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    Porsche should get down on its knees and pray that AM only builds 3000 of these a year. The car is magnificent. The test drives have been well received.

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    Fritz,
    I believe so because some people who have gone to the factory to spec their orders were able to see certain parts of the factory.

    Lotus designed the chassis I believe.

    - J

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    Thanks for those pics Ron,
    What a gorgeous car! I really love it.
    I know I'm mostly assuming since the testdrives of the final product have not happened yet, but I think it will be a great car to drive too, maybe not the involvement of the 997 and its precision, but with such a beauty, who cares!
    And being Aston, that V8 should make a nice music too!

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    nberry said:
    Porsche should get down on its knees and pray that AM only builds 3000 of these a year. The car is magnificent. The test drives have been well received.



    they will be building considerably less than that. they won't annually produce even 5% of annual worldwide 911 production. the gt2 and 3 buyers (along with a large number of TT ones) wouldn't be interested in this car as an alternative even if they did have a service network and get the tranny right this time. the balance of 911 buyers might not even be able to afford it. it seems to me the main customer overlap will be the TT buyers and you can automatically rule out any w/ back seat and/or performance mod desires. as well the 996 TT already stomps it and i'm certain the 997TT will be even meaner.

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    ben, lj:

    Your comment that 911 customer overlap with the AMV8 is only with the TT buyers is very perceptive-I'm in that camp myself -although I admit I'll only really be interested in the AM if they put a blower in it (see comments above re. speculation on supercharged version). Where I live (Rochester, New York-300+ miles from New York City), the closest AM dealer/service dept. is outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-about 250 miles from Rochester, so I would view the AM as a "backup" to a 997TT (of course, there's a Porsche dealer/service dept. in Rochester). Fortunately, I have a four-car garage!

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    Despite what Aston suggests, I think it's a different market. You aren't hunting for performance per dollar here, as it should be well over $100kUSD. People who want an AM and its positive embodiments, good performance, and a bit of style will buy this car.

    Obviously this isn't going to be a track star, but a street car, first and foremost.

    Though a lot of people don't buy 911s just for performance, so I imagine Aston will have no trouble selling all they make.

    - J

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    Justin said:
    Fritz,
    I believe so because some people who have gone to the factory to spec their orders were able to see certain parts of the factory.

    Lotus designed the chassis I believe.

    - J



    Thanks for the response, Justin.
    Trouble is, I wasn't thinking of going along there and speccing an AM.
    I saw a chassis at the Frankfurt auto show. A piece of art.

    Now maybe I could go along to Lotus instead, spec an Elise as a Sunday driver, and visit their factory instead.

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    Justin said:
    ... so I imagine Aston will have no trouble selling all they make.

    - J



    Which will be quite a new situation for Aston Martin.

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    fritz said:
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    Justin said:
    ... so I imagine Aston will have no trouble selling all they make.

    - J



    Which will be quite a new situation for Aston Martin.



    Exactly. In fact, I suspect Ferrari shoppers sick of the treatment they get from the dealers and yet desiring exclusivity, will be the more likely candidates to 'downgrade' to the DB7. Much better looking car in my opinion as well.

     
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