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1. Aston Martin Vantage GT12

The Aston Martin Vantage was first launched in 2005 and has gone onto deliver some unprecedented models in the Aston Martin line-up. With such a long and successful lifespan, the Vantage has seen some quite incredible special editions in its time and the flagship is undoubtedly the GT12.

Limited to just 100 models, and weighing in at 100kg lighter than a V12 Vantage S thanks to its GT3 inspired styling and weight saving - it's quite a beast. Powered by an iconic Aston Martin 5.9-litre (often referred to as a 6.0-litre) V12, this is a genuine race car for the road.

The upgrades equate to a massive 592bhp, which combined with a titanium exhaust system, carbon fibre styling and of course a sizeable rear spoiler, it looks and sounds every bit like a race car too.

Presence is something the Aston Martin GT12 is clearly not lacking and this looks like the ideal way to give the Vantage model line-up the perfect send off before the successor to the Vantage is launched in the near future.

GT12 Blog

2. Aston Martin Vanquish S

With a colossal 520bhp dispatched from an orchestral 5.9-litre V12, the first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish S is still as potent today as it was back when it was first launched in 2004.

One thing is for sure, you really can't top a V12 engine, and when it's the beating heart of an Aston Martin, well, it doesn't get any better. The Vanquish S uses the same engine as the first-generation standard Vanquish, a car which none other than James Bond drove in the blockbuster film 'Die Another Day'.

The Vanquish S has the upper hand over Bond's company car with over 200mph achievable, whereas Bond would top out at 'only' 190. Unlike bond however, the example in our dealership doesn't feature any hidden guns.

Elsewhere styling is elegant yet muscular, something Aston Martin has an uncanny ability to portray in many of its glorious model range. Despite being well over 10 years old, the Vanquish S still looks sharp and stays true to the Aston Martin 'Timeless' philosophy.

Vanquish S gen1 Blog

3. Aston Martin GT8

Another epic addition to the Aston Martin Vantage model line-up, the Vantage GT8 is an alternative limited-edition race-car-inspired Aston Martin.

Despite only 150 being produced, Stratstone were able to secure a Cobalt Blue example for YouTuber and avid petrolhead Tim Burton, aka Shmee150, handing over the keys to his very own Vantage GT8 at the Aston Martin UK HQ in Gaydon.

Finished in 'Cobalt Blue' with Orange accents, Tim's GT8 certainly stands out for all the right reasons. Powered by a thunderous, naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8, the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 may have 4 fewer cylinders than its V12 sibling, but it still packs an almighty punch. And when it looks this good, would you even care?

It's doubtful that Tim is losing any sleep with his choice; another fine race inspired Aston Martin paying homage to Aston Martin Racing, with a large GT3 inspired rear spoiler, menacing front splitter and wider stance.

GT8 Blog

4. Aston Martin Valkyrie

Stratstone were lucky enough to showcase the state-of-the-art Aston Martin Valkyrie at the 2017 London Motor Show. Once officially launched, the Aston Martin Valkyrie will be the pinnacle in electric hypercar technology, with over 1000bhp and a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

The example showcased on the Stratstone stand was a pre-production version but you simply cannot compile a list without mentioning this 'Concorde moment' hypercar. It is an exciting time for technology and where electric vehicles are going, and for the avid petrolhead, the fact that Aston Martin are working on this type of project, in conjunction with F1 royalty Red Bull Racing, ensures the future is brighter for hypercars than we may have thought.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is like nothing the automotive world has seen before. The Valkyrie is perhaps more spaceship than F1 car for the road, and the aerodynamic body is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of this bespoke hypercar. We cannot wait to see the full production version!

Valkyrie Blog

5. Aston Martin Cygnet

Likely to be the world's rarest city car, you'd probably be forgiven thinking the Cygnet looked out slightly of place in the Aston Martin model line-up when it was launched in 2011. All Aston Martin cars are relatively rare, they are not exactly common on the daily work commute, but when was the last time you saw a Cygnet?

Just 149 are left on British roads according to howmanyleft.co.uk, making it rarer than many other Aston Martin models of the same era.

The Cygnet was launched just before fleet emission targets were introduced. With no parent company to balance out the emissions of the Aston Martin range, as was done with other sports and supercar makers, Aston Martin had no option but to commission production of the Cygnet.

Although it looked like no other Aston, despite efforts made with the front grille and rear lights, and only a 1.33-litre 97bhp engine - a far cry from the V8 and V12 engines more commonly found in Aston's creations - the Cygnet enabled Aston Martin to continue producing unbelievable super sports cars and grand tourers. For this reason alone, the Cygnet probably deserves more credit than it receives.

Cygnet Blog

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