Think James Bond 007 and you will think customized Aston Martin cars. Think about Aston Martin cars and your mind will be flooded with images of British exclusivity, the secret agent James Bond 007, dry martinis that are shaken and not stirred and handcrafted customized car bodies with hand-woven leather seats and upholstery.
Unlike more mass-produced Japanese, European and German automakers, British automakers are known for luxury and customisation. The leading British brands in this space are Aston Martin, Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls Royce.
The name 'Aston Martin' evokes images of rolling hills and the green English countryside. Think of sprawling English castles and mansions in the country; Sunday roast; Wimbledon tennis, strawberries and cream; cricket matches at Lords; sausages, bacon and eggs; Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones; Liverpool and the Beatles; the Romance poets and the Lake District; William Shakespeare and Stratford upon Avon; Buckingham Palace and the Royalty; 10 Downing Street and Westminster; British humour and the stiff upper lip; the posh 'RP' accent; business suits stitched at Saville Row and you will be able to connect 'Aston Martin' to all the above!
Prince Charles drives an Aston Martin although he has converted its engine to run on bioethanol derived from wine and cheese, no less, to drive home the point to his constituents that he is a new age, anenvironment-friendly monarch in (perpetual) waiting!
The Aston Martin Vanquish is available at a price tag that will set you back by more than 5 Crore Indian Rupees.
All body panels of the Aston Martin Vanquish are made of carbon fiber, no less. This is space-age stuff, and therefore, it commands the price tag that it does.
All the seats and upholstery are hand-stitched.
The Vanquish has an engine start button. It also has buttons for the driver to choose and engage gears.
The entertainment system is completely state-of-the-art, which is what you would expect after shelling out an amount that could have bought a few swanky apartments for you in suburban Gurugram!
The Aston Martin Vanquish is more expensive than its competitors Lamborghini Avantadorthatis priced at over 4 Crore Indian Rupees and the Bentley Continental GTC with a price tag of more than 3 Crore Indian Rupees.
The Aston Martin Vanquish is offered in a wide palette of colors in India. These colours are Jet Black, Midnight Blue, Silver Fox, Meteorite Silver, China Grey, Stratus White, Silver Blonde, Mariana Blue, Appletree Green, Selene Bronze, Onyx Black, Tungsten Silver, Marron Black, Madagascar Orange, Mako Blue, Cinnabar Orange, Volcano Red, Viridian Green, Grey Bull, Hardly Green, Hammerhead Silver, Cobalt Blue, Arizona Bronze, Sea Storm, Concours Blue, Lightning Silver, Quantum Silver, Ocellus Teal, Divine Red, Sunburst Yellow, Skyfall Silver, Storm Black, Diavolo Red, Kopi Bronze, Morning Frost White and Yellow Tang.
The Aston Martin DB 11
The Aston Martin DB 11 is priced at over four Crore Indian Rupees.
The DB11's Variant: The Evolution
The DB11 has a variant in the market known as the Evolution, which is at the same price point as the DB11.
The Evolution's engine displaces over five liters. The engine develops 600 BHP of awesome power at 6500 RPM. The maximum torque that the Evolution generates is 700 Nm at 1500 RPM.
The Evolution is eight gears automatic transmission, and the drivetrain is AWD.
The air conditioning is automatic climate control. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is present.
The Aston Martin DB11 competes with the Bentley Bentayga thatis priced at three-and-a-half Crore Indian Rupees. The DB11 also competes within its own Aston Martin stable of cars with the Aston Martin Rapide that is priced at below 4 Crore Indian Rupees.
The Aston Martin Rapide
The Aston Martin Rapide costs below four Crore Indian Rupees.
Its petrol engine displaces close to six liters. The transmission is automatic.
The Rapide competes with the Lamborghini Aventador that is almost one Crore Indian Rupees more expensive than the Rapide. It also competes with Aston Martin’s own DB11.
The Rapide SV12 Variant
The Rapide SV 12 variant’s engine delivers 552 BHP @ 6000 RPM. The maximum torque is 630 Nm @ 5000 RPM.
This variant sports a six-speed gearbox. It comes with six airbags.
The front tyres are 245/40 R20. Rear tyres are 295/35 R20.
The Aston Martin Rapide comes fitted with Pirelli tubeless tyres.
The Aston Martin Rapide is available in India in a whole host of colors. These colors are Jet Black, Midnight Blue, Silver Fox, Meteorite Silver, China Grey, Stratus White, Silver Blonde, Mariana Blue, Appletree Green, Selene Bronze, Onyx Black, Tungsten Silver, Marron Black, Madagascar Orange, Mako Blue, Cinnabar Orange and Volcano Red
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is priced around 2 to 2.5 crore Indian Rupees.
The S Coupe Variant
The S Coupe is priced in the region of 2.5 crore Indian Rupees.
The V8 Vantage variants displace under 5 liters. All have petrol engines. The S Coupe – the top variant of the V8 Vantage – is sold with automatic transmission.
The V8 Vantage Roadster Variant
The V8 Vantage Roadster variant is priced above two crore Indian Rupees and comes with manual transmission.
The Coupe Variant
The Coupe variant of the V8 Vantage is available under two crore Indian Rupees and is sold with amanual transmission.
Whichever model of Aston Martin car you finally decide to purchase, that will be a decision that will land you firmly in the top echelons of the social hierarchy. It will be a sign to the Joneses that you have arrived, and how!
Therefore, you need to purchase the best available car insurance policy for your precious Aston Martin car.
Do not even think of a third party insurance which will only insure third parties, their lives, bodies, and property from possible damage because of your Aston Martin on the road. Buy a comprehensive car insurance policy for your Aston Martin car with the 'own damage' clause that will insure you against any damage that happens to your own car during a mishap on the roads.