Aston Martin gives itself one heck of a birthday gift
Being a maker of sports and grand touring automobiles for 100 years means you've done at least a few things right along the way. Despite being near-death for more than a few years and needing some serious cash infusions along the way, British car-maker Aston Martin is celebrating its centenary in 2013. And to help blend its past performance with modern design, it's given itself the CC100 as a birthday gift.
The open-topped roadster reminds us of the Le Mans-winning DBR1 from 1959, the last time the brand took victory there. The details of the concept are pretty stunning, like the flip-up 'doors, the race-spec wheels and tires, along with the throwback leather belts and door-pulls inside.
Under the hood, Aston's familiar 6.0-litre V12 with a paddle-shifted sequential transmission. The company figures it'll do 0-100 km/h in under four seconds and top out over 290 km/h. The CC100 was introduced as during a pre-race lap at the Nurburgring 24 in Germany, a race the DBR1 also won in '59...
What do you think? We figure Aston Martin will put at least a limited number into production. Why not? It has no problem pulling seven-figure sums for its small-run projects like the One-77 and V12 Zagato.
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