There may only be one Aston Martin One-77 left to buy, but not a single journalist has been allowed to actually drive the thing yet. Autocar scribe Steve Cropley gets the closest yet – riding in it with chief engineer Chris Porritt on wheel duty, and Porritt lays out some of the whats and whys of the baddest road-going Aston ever.

Starting off with how the coupe is the ultimate expression of all Aston has learned from its other cars on the VH platform, Porritt discusses the four-foot long chunk of aluminum billet in the center stack, why the engineers chose a single-clutch transmission, and the reason for the line, "It has to do 200 miles per hour. Whatever it does after that is almost immaterial." There's eight minutes of One-77 education in the video after the jump.



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      Dennis Baskov
      • 2 Years Ago
      Break 200mph in a One-77 gotta be one of the 1001 things to do in life. I can only imagine how stiff your muscles get when you race the engine.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn, I saw one of these beauties at the Toronto Auto Show this weekend, and it is absolutely stunning in person. So long and wide and low. It was in the Exotics section, basically heaven on Earth for a car guy and hell on Earth for Dan Frederiksen. Although there were a couple Fiskers there pretending to be supercars on display; ironically, a CLS63 AMG was in the green car section of the show promoting stop+start tech. The entire range of Ferraris and Maseratis were on display, a racy red Gallardo, creamy white Aventador, even a full carbon Zonda R and pretty blue Veyron. But the Aston has serious presence in this gathering. It's chassis is actually made in Markham, ON (my hometown) by Multimatic. A rare display for a historically ignored auto show that usually only gets outdated hand-me-downs in the way of exotics and concepts.
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        haha how many dan fredriksons does it take to change an electric car battery? Hmm.. Too many!
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely gorgeous! Particularly the back, I don't think it gets much better looking than that. With the Aston LeMans-bred V12, it's just an awe-inspiring mix of grace and savageness. Gotta say though, for the price, the interior doesn't look too special IMO. Maybe it's this color. Perhaps when you're actually running your hand over the materials you will appreciate the one-piece milled aluminum and such.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        chirowolf
        • 2 Years Ago
        One of the lead designers of the Karma came from Aston Martin. so it is more true to say the Karma has some Aston Martin in it. And the fact that Aston has been around for Decades and Fisker will not make it to the end of the year. Addmittedly I'm a Aston Lover. Once you have had the experience of the sights, sounds, smell, and feel of the Aston It is hard to compare it to average cars. and do not say electric car again or I will chase you off my lawn
          Joe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chirowolf
          since we are on the topic of electric dan can you PLEASE go electrocute yourself by dropping wifes hair dryer in the bathtub with you? Then come back and praise electricity.. Jackass.
          • 2 Years Ago
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          chirowolf
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chirowolf
          Not electric, maybe tea and biscuits, but never electric.
        Christopher
        • 2 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? His car is not old at all and it is in NO way a throw back. Fuel economy? really? In a 2 million dollar car. You really think the people who buy such a machine care a at all what the average mpg is. And why would they ever in a million years make it electric? This car sounds great, its fast, and is absolutely beautiful. And if you really think that all cars on earth would be better electric you are probably on the wrong site.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        You are doing far worse to the planet than this car is doing. Because anyone who reads your incessant trolling posts are immediately reminded why they dont want to be associated with eco-mentalists. I'm all for saving Terra Nostra, and open to a variety of technologies, but the pure unfounded hatred in your comments makes you and greenies in general come off as giant douchebag elitists. Worse still, you seem to target the cars us car enthusiasts regard as the Holy Grail of cardom, rare supercars that evoke the strongest of emotions. These kinds of cars should never be castrated with soulless electric motors, and electrifying such cars will only cripple them by making them heavier and slower. You act as if lightweight cars are lardasses, slippery smooth cars are bricks with parachutes, and that stuffing them with batteries is going to fix that. You want a 600hp, 500kg affordable EV with lightning fast recharge, 1000 mile range, and a drag coefficient of 0.0001? Go cyrogenically freeze yourself and wait 100 years for someone to thaw you out and give you the keys to such a vehicle. But chances are, nobody in their right mind would want to bring such a douchebag back to life, so expect your personal freezer to be eventually dumped in the ocean like Osama Binladen and Megatron.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          And no, this is not harsh. Trolls need feeding, he' s gonna love this flaming.
        Badfish941
        • 2 Years Ago
        Your an Idiot on soooo many levels, but saying nobody will be able to enjoy this is ridiculous, that's what supercars do. This is what kids dream about owning one day, not a Tesla.... Does it really matter how atrocious the fuel economy is when the luck S.O.B. that owns itis only going to put 500 miles a year on it anyways?
      Ryan Sands
      • 2 Years Ago
      That car is butt ugly. Sorry Aston but come up with a new design instead of pulling, prodding and poking at your current design to make this bloated looking thing. In my humble opinion their current design is stretched across their entire lineup in such a way that all the cars look exactly the same. Aston Martins are actually ver attractive cars...but it's time to hit the drawing board and come up with something fresh and new.
        Florg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan Sands
        They said this in the video. It is supposed to be the most extreme version of the DB9/DBS "generation" of Aston.
        TipoF130
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan Sands
        So Ryan, Aston's entire lineup looks the same, and they're actually very attractive cars, but this one, which also looks the same is butt ugly? Ok.
      pickupmiami
      • 2 Years Ago
      top to bottom this is one amazing car, Aston Martin has made something here that transcends super car, it is truly a work of art. 77 works of arts, not all art is appreciated and I can understand the "rear end is wrong" comments, but watch the "mega factories" documentary on this car and I think you will be amazed at the workmanship required to build a car like this.
      sstowes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that Sportshift as in Sportshift I? Because the Sportshift II uses 7 gears and is said to be an improvement over the jerky Sportshift I. That's kind of a letdown honestly, not because I'll ever be able to afford one or have the chance to even see one, but because as an expression of engineering, everything BUT that piece of kit is bespoke and an expression of extreme design engineering. Other than that, I do like very much. Not sure how I feel about the kink in the rear quarter panel window though. While it does follow the rear quarter panel below it, it still seems oddly out of character here.
      Brex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sure, it's a pretty stunning machine but the seam where the door meets the rear flare of the fender is inelegant. It's a similar kink that ruins the Camaro for me since it looks like a bolt-on kit.
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