Aston Martin is one of the most storied brands in the history of the automobile. But that lengthy history is exactly why it can be tough to pick out the cream of the crop. There are simply so many options to consider. Below, you’ll find a list of what we think are some of the best Aston Martin luxury cars ever made, past and present.
Arguably one of the most iconic cars of all time thanks to its significance to the James Bond movie franchise, the Aston Martin DB5 is a bona fide classic. With a 4.0-liter, all-aluminum straight-six engine under the hood, it was a marked improvement over the DB4. It first appeared in Goldfinger and has since reappeared in at least eight more James Bond films since, including most of those starring Daniel Craig. Why does the DB5 continue to enjoy such popularity? We guess that in spite of its age, it’s likely because its design is timelessly beautiful. We just love to see it on the big screen.
If you saw the 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage on the street and mistook it for an American muscle car, nobody could blame you. The successor to the original DBS, the V8 Vantage has those classic muscle car proportions and represented a significantly different approach at performance for the time. Aston Martin’s European competitors were all about mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive cars; the V8 Vantage, meanwhile, put the engine at the front. It had big tires, a hood scoop, and acceleration that even today still puts many cars to shame.
The Aston Martin DB7 was designed in 1993, and yet its impact is still felt today. The DB7, and in particular its V12 Vantage variant, established the modern Aston Martin style that makes the brand stand out today. It set the worldwide standard for power, refinement, and reliability among handmade luxury sports cars. It was so popular that in 2002, a special Jubilee version with magnolia leather and dark walnut wood veneers was made to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Launched in 2007, the Aston Martin DBS was a naturally-aspirated, V12-powered supercar with a manual transmission, all things that have now become obsolete, or close to it. It wasn’t quite the last of its kind, but it also wasn’t far from it, and it combined all of those elements better than just about any other car. It not only managed to come out better than the sum of its parts, but even today, its exterior design doesn’t look a smidge out of place.
The Vanquish is probably one of the most iconic Aston Martin cars in the modern era. One of the few cars that can claim to look almost entirely like its concept prototype, it featured lots of carbon fiber, the brand’s most powerful V12 yet, and was good enough to be featured in the James Bond film Die Another Day. Though the Vanquish’s production run ended in 2016, most modern Aston Martin cars still look an awful lot like it.
No list of the best Aston Martin cars would be complete without the Vulcan, no matter its limited availability. Designed exclusively for the track, the Vulcan features a naturally-aspirated, 7.0-liter V12 engine rated at 820 horsepower, and a carbon fiber body contributing to a curb weight under 3,000 pounds. It launched with an exorbitant price, as though its only purpose was to say, “Look what we can do.” Certainly, the car left no doubt as to Aston Martin’s capabilities when it comes to engineering performance.
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