Sunday, July 27, 2014

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 by Zagato

The Aston Martin DB AR1 is a limited-edition grand tourer that was made by Aston Martin and Zagato for the United States market in 2003. The AR1 name stands for American Roadster 1. It was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Showin January 2003, when it had no convertible top at all.

The Zagato press release of January 2003 states: “It is based on the current DB7 Vantage Volante (convertible) and boasts revised bodystyle with coachwork by Zagato”. The DB AR1 uses the 6.0 litre, 48-valve, V12 engine from the V12 Vanquish. It offers 435bhp compared with 420bhp of the DB7 Vantage.

Only 99 examples were produced for sale; Aston Martin built one additional example for their own factory collection. It has a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h) and a 0–60 mph acceleration time of 4.9 seconds. (wikipedia)

The production version of the
2003 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante

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2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato and DB AR1

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