British luxury car maker Aston Martin launched its entire range of cars barring the Cygnet city car in India today. India is the 43rd market for Aston Martin, which has a global dealership network of 134 dealers across 42 countries. The cars which will be part of Aston Martin’s Indian portfolio include the Aston Martin One-77, Rapide, DBS, DB9, V8 Vantage and the Virage.
Aston Martin will distribute its cars through Infinity Cars (which also sells cars from BMW) in Mumbai and another dealership will be set up in Delhi in May 2011. The dealership in Mumbai is located at Kemp’s Corner and the after-sales works facilities are located in Worli. Aston Martin dealers in India have a target to sell over 50 cars this year and sources indicate that already 30 cars have been delivered to customers. Also read: Aston Martin to drive into India on April 15
“India represents a new opportunity for us and as part of ourprogramme of growing the reach of the global Aston Martin dealership networkthis expansion brings our brand to a different audience in a new market,” AstonMartin’s Chief Commercial Officer, Michael van der Sande said in statement.
“Ourdecision to bring the Aston Martin brand to India is driven by a strong levelof interest and enthusiasm from potential customers in an emerging luxurymarket. We have taken our time to find the right advocates for Aston Martin andI am confident that we have selected strong partners with whom we look forwardto starting a successful relationship,” he added.
The Aston Martin One-77 is a two-door, two-seater sports coupe powered by a front-mounted, 7.3-litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine that belts out a massive 750 hp of maximum power and 750 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is married to a rear-mounted, 6-speed Automated Manual transmission with auto-shift manual or select-shift manual electro-hydraulic control system. The One-77 takes a mere 3.5 seconds to cross the 100 km/hr mark from stand still and reaches a top speed of 321 km/hr. Its monocoque body is made of carbon fibre and weighs approximately 1,500 kg.
The One-77 is a special edition car – only 77 units have been produced by Aston Martin, of which only 5 are left for Indians to buy. But at a whopping Rs. 20 crore, it’s more expensive than even the Bugatti Veyron, priced at around Rs 16 crore!
If the One-77’s price is too much to stomach, take heart, at Rs.1.28 crore the V8 Vantage is the least expensive model in Aston Martin’s line up. It is also the shortest and measures just 4,380 mm in length. It is a two-door coupe, powered by a 4,735 c, V8 engine that churns out 426 hp of maximum power at 7,300 rpm and 469 Nm of maximum torque at 5,000 rpm. The car is a rear-wheel drive and the engine is wedded to a 6-speed gearbox. The Vantage can roar its way to a top speed of 290 km/hr and accelerates from 0 – 100 km/hr in 4.9 seconds.
The V12 Vantage is a two-door, two-seater coupe powered by a 5,935 cc engine that produces 510 bhp of maximum power at 6,500 rpm and 570 Nm of maximum torque at 5,750 rpm. Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/hr takes 4.2 seconds and the top speed of the Vantage has been clocked at 305 km/hr. It comes with a price tag of Rs.1.9 crore.
The Aston Martin Rapide is a four-seater sports car that costs Rs. 2.3 crore. One of the unique features of the Rapide is its four ‘swan wing’ doors that open upwards. It is powered by a powerful 6,000 cc V12 engine that belts out 496bhp @ 6,000rpm and sports a ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed transmission. The V12 engine produces a maximum torque of 612 Nm at 5,000 rpm and can accelerate from 0 – 100km/hr in a mere 5.2 seconds to reach a top speed of 296 km/hr.
Aston Martin DB9 is a 2-door, 4-seater sports car powered by a 5,900cc V12 engine that churns out 470 bhp of power and 600 Nm of maximum torque. It can reach a top speed of 305 km/hr with the 100kmph mark coming up in 4.7 seconds. At Rs.1.7 crore it is at the lower end of the Aston Martins available in India.
The Aston Martin DBS comes with a starting price tag of Rs. 2.5 crore. It possesses an aggressive stance on road and is powered by an intimidating 5,935 cc, V12 engine that produces 517 hp of maximum power at 6,500 rpm and 569 Nm of maximum torque at 5,750 rpm.
Like the Rapide and DB9, the DBS is also a rear-wheel drive car and the engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The DBS is faster than the DB9, taking just 4.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/hr and can reach a top speed of 307 km/hr. Related: Aston Martin car to hit Indian asphalt on April 15th