• Feb 24, 2010
Quantum of Solace Aston Martin DBS – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you're not a big fan of Olympic ice skating you probably missed the fact that U.S. skater Evan Lysacek beat out Russian favorite Evgeni Plushenko to win the gold metal at the Vancouver games. We know we missed it, but we can't pass on a chance to talk about the Aston Martin DBS.

It seems Lysacek has a fondness for fast cars and James Bond movies, and the best way to celebrate the biggest of skating wins is with an Aston. Yahoo is reporting that Lysacek will celebrate victory in the Great White North by ponying up more than $269,000 for a new DBS (the Quantum of Solace DBS starts at $305,000). The world-renown skater (in skating circles, anyway) is trading up from his Land Rover for an English GT that is more our cup of tea. Yahoo quotes Aston Martin Newport Beach in Southern California executive salesman Gary Briggs as saying "we know how much Evan likes his luxury cars, and he will enjoy taking a tour of a showroom and test driving the DBS." So would we.

As to how Lysacek intends to pay for his new Aston, we're guessing the advertising deals that come with winning gold in one of the winter game's more popular events will more than make up for the quarter million he'll need to spend to get behind the wheel of a DBS. We never really aspired to Olympic gold, but if we knew the winner got a DBS, we may have taken those childhood skiing lessons a bit more seriously. Let us know when you're ready to take us for a spin, Evan.



[Source: Yahoo Sports via Daily Derbi]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Evan, go for the Quantum of Solace DBS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At 14mpg seems like an excellent choice for a Figure Skater. Way to melt the ice Evan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You haven't caught up with the rest of us Nicholas, it turns out that Global Warming, err... Anthropogenic Climate Change is now known to be a fraud.

        Well, outside of Copenhagen anyway.

        Let me know when you're underwater, we'll send a boat ... or not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ notYou

        They don't try to hide that they are on a COMEDY network... it's part of the channel's name, duh! However it's down right sad when a COMEDY channel has more integrity, better fact checking and more fair and balanced coverage than a supposed "news" channel like Fox. Or do we have to post up links to the story that broke 2 years ago where the Bush White House was giving talking-points to the supposedly independent and supposedly unbiased FAUXnews. Amongst countless of other instances in which their bias and editorializing of the news was a disturbing slant.

        .... yeah, that right there is called propaganda.

        Joseph Goebbels would be proud. :rolleyes:

        You are either stupid enough to eat it all up, or you STFU because you have no leg to stand on when it comes to facts and figures.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @notYou

        Please read my first post again. I said "warmest on record" that means recorded as with instruments.

        I don't believe the validity of the study was compromised because NASA made a mistake in identifying the agency responsible for conducting the study, nor does it diminish NASA's sponsorship. Here is data from the study, used and validated by NASA in NASA's website: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=42392
        • 4 Years Ago
        I always knew people on autoblog were cro-magnons when it came to pesky things like facts and reasoning, but these posts have to take the cake. Thanks for the laugh, guys! By the way, "Dude", you may want to get a simple dictionary since you have no idea what "weather" means.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @notYou "when someone challenges you with facts"

        Funny you mention that, because it is you who have failed to provide any legitimate sources on the issue (where are the links?), while I provided you with a study by NASA. By The Way Yaroukh, the Mail is a conservative paper that will validate conservative viewpoints with opinion pieces, much like everything you see on Fox News, those are not facts.

        I wont deny that our existence on this planet and the universe at large is immensely vulnerable. The fate of our planet is to be sucked into the black hole that our sun will leave behind once it dies. By the same token, I can't deny the existence of GHG (green house gasses) and their role in the extreme weather we have come to know.

        http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/energyexplained/index.cfm?page=environment_how_ghg_affect_climate
        http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/

        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nicholas: "Yet you turn a blind eye on climate change. Good luck with that."

        Ahhh, there's the inevitable switcheroo! Notice I said "Anthropogenic* Climate Change" while you said just "climate change". Of course, this is after you originally inferred that the skater's vehicle choice (an excellent one!) was a contributor.

        Nobody disagrees that climate change occurs Nicholas - because it always has; for example, the factually based ice ages and the warming periods that followed prove it.

        What we do disagree with, and you seemingly hold to (but yet double back from when someone challenges you with facts), is that said skater's vehicle choice is contributing to it. So far, more [cough] "facts" [cough] supporting it are being retracted or - surprise! - gone missing once real scientific inspection begins.

        Put another way: how many skater's DBSs did it take to warm us out of the last ice age Nicholas?

        The crowd is listening, please advise.

        (*Anthropogenic="man made")
        • 4 Years Ago
        @notYou

        Yeah, we've had one of the most severe winters on record, the past decade was the warmest in record (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/science/earth/22warming.html) Yet you turn a blind eye on climate change. Good luck with that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @notYou

        More empty talk. Since you are so passionate about the issue why don't you contact NASA and ask them to take down the study conclusions off their website? http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=42392

        Even Christian conservatives, arguably the most anti-science sector of our population, have formed a coalition to fight climate change: http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/10/23/christian-coalition-joins-hunting-group-in-climate-change-fight/

        You will believe what you will, but that doesn't make the problem of climate change any less eminent, palpable and real.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bob-omb: http://tinyurl.com/ygwbn7v
        And I cant wait what you and alikes will say in 4-5 years. :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hazdaz: "Stupidity like that can only come from someone that watches FAUXnews. Stephen Colbert did a hilarious PWNing of "logical" like that:"

        I love when those who slight Fox News give away that they get their news from Comedy Central. Oh, the _irony_!



        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nicholas
        It's called weather. It never stays the same. Get used to it.

        • 4 Years Ago
        notYou, you're sending a boat? How appropiate...

        Send it over to India. They're gonna need it.

        http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/disappearing-world-global-warming-claims-tropical-island-429764.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        @notYou

        Stupidity like that can only come from someone that watches FAUXnews.

        Stephen Colbert did a hilarious PWNing of "logical" like that:

        http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/264085/february-10-2010/we-re-off-to-see-the-blizzard
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nicholas "Don't make me repeat myself, where are your sources? where are your links? where are your facts? Willful ignorance isn't challenging at all."

        I'm lost here Nicholas. You mistakenly cite a NYT article as actual research, said article is littered with retractions/corrections, the original data it's based on is now known as incorrect, the IPCC has retracted it's study (based partly on it), the CRU is under investigation, and the original climate data archived by the CRU has been lost and/or destroyed - do you want me to provide:

        1. links to all the original, now bogus, data?
        2. links to all the investigations and indictments over said bogus data?
        3. or just keep you appraised with a running log of retractions and corrections of your citations that you must have missed, like in the NYT article you referenced?

        I'll admit, it's a big job - but if you don't read outside your echo chamber (as green as it may be) or can't Google, I'll give it a whirl. Please let us know which of the 3 you'd prefer, and then break out the ky.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nicholas: "Funny you mention that, because it is you who have failed to provide any legitimate sources on the issue (where are the links?)"

        Sorry, didn't realize I had to source evidence for the ice ages.

        Please revisit your closest government sponsored educational center for remedial classes. If the books haven't been scrubbed yet, you might find it in their materials.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Absolutely beautiful car...but Aston Martin needs to come out with something new.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First...

        NEVER MESS WITH SUCCESS.

        Second...

        DON'T FIX WHAT ISN'T BROKEN.

        Third...

        One-77, and Rapide. Both newer than DBS.

        Fourth...

        Aston DBS is still one of the most fantastic cars of it's type in the world, and stacks up pretty well against history, too.


        Too many companies have felt the tug of fashionability, and change for change's sake, and have ruined what success they were already enjoying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a bit surprised to see that he is able to afford it, wasn't aware olympians made that much money
        • 4 Years Ago
        Endorsements... where the real money in sports is made. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I did watch the figure skating (not live -- curse you NBC!) and I'm not ashamed to admit it. But Autoblog may want to rethink asking Mr. Lysacek to take them for a spin. Now that he's won individual gold he might take them up on it and try to conquer the pairs scene.

      Good call on the DBS Evan. Play your cards right and we could see you and Daniel Craig in a remake of "The Spy Who Loved Me". And there'd be absolutely nothing wrong with that. ;-)
      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever happened to Olympic athletes not getting paid for participating?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Yes, as far as Winter sports goes, I'm a luge and biathlon man myself, but I must confess that figure skating contains the most impressive displays of pure athleticism of any winter sport considered. There is no way I could even dream about doing some of the things those people do, and I'm an athletic person.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Well Plushenko did quads and combinations that were more impressive than Lysa's, just that Lysa did the components(the part between the jumps) a little better.

        I don't know if figure skating is heading down a better road or worse road than before, when not taking as much risk doing the difficult jumps and concentrating on the components is rewarded more, which seems to be the case for this year's Men's figure skating...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Just because it's not your particular sport of choice doesn't make it unpopular. Worldwide, figure skating is HUGE. While they're still considered 'amateur,' in that they don't get paid for their performances (their training is sponsored by both corporations and government), there is an enormous amount of money to be made in endorsements, etc.

        Winning gold at the Olympics is probably worth about $1,000,000 as a minimum.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        agreed; I'm more of a hockey/skiing fan myself, but yes, when it comes to athleticism, figure skating is rarely given the recognition it deserves. During the Olympic coverage, the Canadian media consortium is doing vignettes having to do with the physics and physiology of particular Olympic sports. In one episode having to do with mens' figure skating, the following was mentioned:
        To perform a 'quad,' (probably the most difficult element), they need to be moving 30 km/h, equivalent to an Olympic sprinter. From there, they need to achieve a vertical leap of 23 inches - roughly the same as an NBA player when dunking. Add to that the fact that they need to rotate at a rate of 300 revolutions per minute, while combatting centrifugal force, by pulling their appendages in close to the body. Then, they need to land on the EDGE of their skate blade, on a target the size of a quarter, to avoid falling. Oh, and don't forget to smile while you're doing this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm man enough to admit that I watched it live and Evgeni totally deserved to win, AUGHH!! . . . no quad, damn judges . . . american fasc . . . cold war . . . bear cavalry.
      Ehh, just ignore me. Beautiful car though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rules for Olympic competition changed in the 1990s to reflect that:

      a) many top athletes skipped amateur competition and went pro as their abilities peaked, and

      b) many countries, including the old Soviet Bloc and China, paid for training and gave athletes incomes to support families. In other words, the athletes were professionals.

      This is how some athletes can rake in several million dollars in annual endorsement income, such as Shaun While having his own video game.

      As for Evan, this is the problem with leaving Chicago to go to Los Angeles and train with coach Frank Carroll. You wind up wanting what celebrities in La La Land drive. Evan could get a Corvette ZR1 for half the price and all of the performance. Any Chevy dealer can fix the car without waiting two weeks for the part to come in from England. And I bet Chevy would be more than happy to give Evan a tour of the Bowling Green factory and schedule his car to come down the line during the tour.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, he COULD buy a 'Vette...but it is, after all, his choice. Maybe it's not simply a matter of performance numbers; maybe he simply LIKES the A-M more. After winning gold, and bringing in the dollars to back up his decision, good for him.

        Not to go completely off-topic or anything, but some time ago, this site had a story about a race between a GT-R and a Shelby 'Stang. For me, I couldn't care less what the performance data is; I'll take the Shelby - it's what appeals to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as it offends my manly-meter that a figure skater will own this car before I do, I can't fault the man's sense of style-

      Oh wait: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/.a/6a00d8341c60fd53ef012875a1e6f4970c-800wi

      Oh wait again: http://www.blogut.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2-Evan.jpg

      Oh wait once more: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_E_pPmBp0ezY/R2clyNUxOhI/AAAAAAAAAFk/le9So_EyTxY/s400/evan.png

      Yeah - I definitely see the James Bond in him.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you gotta admire that hair though. slick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like DBS, but it looks too heavy, with the the type of money Lysacek is spending, I'd rather go for Porsche 911 Turbo, not the current one though, but the one before the current one. Current model has a ugly-shaped tail-light. But for an average guy, it'd be stupid to spend more than $50,000 for a car because they are not worth more than that. I can get just as much enjoyment out of Infiniti G37 coupe with all the amenities I could ask for and it won't even cost me more than $40,000.
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