• Apr 7th 2010 at 8:01PM
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Ugur Sahin Design Aston Martin Gauntlet – Click above for high-res image gallery

Some of you might remember Ugur Sahin. He's a designer that we've featured before, specializing in grand touring cars that make our mouths water. Starting with already beautiful designs, he somehow manages to make shapely Chevrolet Corvettes and Ferraris look even better. From the Corvette Z03 to the Ferrari Dino and Ferrari-599-based USD GT-S Passionata, he's created some of the most exotic and graceful shapes we've ever had the pleasure to lay eyes on.

The latest automaker to earn Sahin's attention is Aston Martin. His latest design, the Gauntlet, blends some of our favorite design cues into a wholly unique package that's simultaneously sensual and brutal. Study the images and you might see a bit of One-77 in the mix, along with a dash of DB AR1, or perhaps you are carried back to the old DB3S, a car that Ugur mentions specifically as inspiration for the Gauntlet.

There's also some Maserati GranTurismo mixed with a little Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione as well, but we're definitely not complaining. It's a terrific design that has us wishing that Aston is looking at Sahin's designs for the next DBS and V12 Vantage. For those who still lament the loss of the Vanquish, with its broad shoulders and studly swagger, this might be the car for you. It's definitely earned a spot in our dream car garage.

You can read more of his thoughts on the project after the jump, and be sure not to miss the huge high-res gallery of pics below.

[Source: Ugur Sahin Design]
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Presenting Aston Martin Concept Design Study GAUNTLET

The main goal of the Aston Martin Gauntlet Concept was to design a car which is technically almost identical to the existing production Aston Martins while defining a design character that outmost respects the impressive history of the brand and combine the timeless lines of the past Aston Martins with the modern interpretation of the existing styling.

This meant finding the coherent balance between past and the future without overlapping each other to fit the taste of today's design definitions. Too much of the past would look "Retro" while too much of the "Future" would look unrealistic.
I believe that Gauntlet matches these two worlds exactly without exaggerating.

The familiar Aston Martin proportions define the silhouette of the car while the rather aggressive looking headlights give her a sinister smile that excites you as you approach the front of the car.

Wide grille makes a strong impression and gives the car a unique character. As you approach the back, round and clean surfaces combined with the inherited taillight design complements the existing Aston Martin DNA. Classic icons from the brand's history like Aston Martin DB3S in particular served itself as an inspiration for some of the proportions and surface interpretation like the high rear and front fenders which gives the car its imposing stance.

Subtle double exhausts combined with the honey comb structure above the diffuser add the car a modern impression. Small details like the side mirror, air outlets compliment the sporty characters while the line and surface structures of the sides profound its elegancy". The name "Gauntlet" refers to the way lines and surfaces overlap or complement each other, not literally but rather emotionally. This visually suggests the feel of wearing a protective armor which its full power and potential is in control of the driver.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It is way too reminiscent of the new Infiniti M, in a very bad way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad the surfaces are so poorly resolved. The black background helps hide the rear end sculpture, but not enough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You bunch of whiners should ST*U and stop dissing a designer's work you won't ever be able to match even in your wildest dreams.

      Respect people's work and look at your fat ugly underachieving selves in the mirror before you start typing loads of crap with your dirty keyboards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow...tuff crowd. Looks like a heckuva nice effort to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a little too much tesla s in the front headlights and a lot to little aston sexiness. aston's like porsche, they can keep that shape going as long as they choose.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say paint it black and re-make "The Car".
        • 5 Years Ago
        I meant "more black".....lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car feature is very nice according to me........ When I saw this than I am impressed to this...............
      • 5 Years Ago
      Little too hard-angled to fit the AM design language. But slap a Dodge cross-hair on it and that would make an awesome Avenger (which should never be a sedan).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Check out the dodge demon concept, i think you'd like it.

        This car is not befitting of an aston though. I think it would be a step backwards, and takes away from the "gentleman thug" styling of the aston.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be the perfect replacement for the DB9 albeit with a few tweaks here and there. Call it the DBX (10)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can we all move on from the "squinty-eyed angry appliance" look? It is getting painfully old.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 Hike15!
        • 5 Years Ago
        While we are getting rid of that, can we get rid of headlights stretched to the a pillars? (Cadillac srx)
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're right. Because that idea looks great on the Jaguar XF. The concept version was just ugly.

      • 5 Years Ago
      how can you call it ugly?? its awesome!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bunches of Toyota bulges, creases, swoops, whoops and vents. I really hate it. It's a step backward. Wa-a-a-ay backward.
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