• Oct 23rd 2006 at 5:34PM
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Ahead of their official unveilings, Aston Martin North America gave sneak-peeks at two upcoming models during a special event for 300 clients and dealers. The two models were the V8 Vantage Roadster and the DBS, and fortunately there were a handful of press invited to the event as well. Neither model, to be fair, is an all-new car. The Roadster is essentially a V8 Vantage coupe with the roof chopped off, and the DBS is a DB9 with more aggressive body panels. And we've previously brought you images of both cars.

The V8 Roadster on display featured a special paintjob that Aston Martin says is like looking at a fire, as the hue changes with the angle and the lighting conditions. The DBS on display was in full 007 trim, as the new model makes its debut in a few weeks in the James Bond film Casino Royale. This one had a host of switches and buttons inside that the production version obviously won't have, especially the pistol cut-out in the glove-box.

Follow the link for Forbes' images from the event.

[Source: Forbes Autos]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful, the vantage is a wonderfull alternative to the dime a dozen porsches.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sticker Price my Pops paid for the 1974 Pantera GTS out of the showroom? $14,500
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Vantage looks really hot! I hope the rumors were true that it will sport the same powertrain features like the early V8 Vantage which include the 380-hp V8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission for the rear wheels.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aston Martin would sell more cars if they were seen in colors other than shades of silver.Talk about impact..that red is killer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay, this car is nice but there is something that's been on my mind for a while and here it is: I inherited my Dad's 1974 Pantera GTS. On any given day when I roll her out of the driveway, Patrolmen listen for my beck and call. I make it to the first stop sign as she purrs and growls, barely making her stall. During the lurid 8 stop sign hike to the freeway, she roars and chokes with excitement, and once on the freeway onramp, do we both cheer and holler out loud. Throwing her into 3rd gear, I reach 100 mph almost instantly... and into 4rth, I feel the G-forces come on. In mid 4rth, I am doing 140 and feel the wind creeping in through the winshield crevices. In 5th gear and 158MPH I know she's no where near her boiling point and hold back at 166 mph waiting for a challenger to appear, only to blow her away! Back to this Aston Martin, and it's glory. I love exotic cars, but for those of us who live in confined freeways, it's hard to ride them like they should be driven here in America... but should this car meet me on the freeway, I know for sure, the only thing that will keep it from beating me to the exit, is my courage and balls,,, because although this is a classic new machine, my 74' GTS will very clearly leave her in the dust. At 199 mph top speed, I got the guts to win most races, but fear the day, enough will be more more than I can handle with traffic ahead.