New Aston One-77: New Money for Old Rope

new aston one 77 new money for old rope

I kid. What we're looking at here is a hand-crafted aluminum body over a carbon fiber chassis with a bunch of bits from Aston's existing models. [There is some irony here. The man who created the current much-used Aston shape, Henrik Fisker, tried to make a go of it as a "coachbuilder," re-skinning and modding Mercedes SLs and BMW 6s. He's now a Karma chameleon, working on an EV sports car.] The new Aston whip looks sufficiently different from the "standard" Vanquish (or whatever they call their top model these days) for observers to ask One-77 owners, "I say, is that an Aston?" Which they bloody well better, given that it'll cost high-end collectors over £1m to add a One-77 to their climate-controlled garage. The real question is horsepower, the lack of which is hamstringing Aston's post-Ford aspirations. The absurdly minimalist one-77.com website only promises a 7.0-liter V12. Which Classic Driver posits at a ridiculous 1077hp. If there are anywhere near that number of horses under-bonnet, it ought to secure the Anglo-American-Arabian automaker's base, and please European and American efficiency-conscious regulators no end.

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  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on Aug 08, 2008

    Nice tie in with Fisker, Robert. A 1000+hp flagship sounds nice, but I'd be happy with 500 in their base offering. Maybe if the Diamler powertrain deal actually happens. Wait: maybe the 7.0L V12 they speak of is a derivative of the bi-turbo beast that powers S-classes and the Maybachs?

  • J.on J.on on Aug 08, 2008

    Celebrity Jeopardy on SNL was simply classic… I’ll take ‘Swords’ for $600!

  • Capeplates Capeplates on Aug 10, 2008

    Superb!

  • Mirko Reinhardt Mirko Reinhardt on Aug 11, 2008

    @Sajeev Wait: maybe the 7.0L V12 they speak of is a derivative of the bi-turbo beast that powers S-classes and the Maybachs? I don't think that one can be bored out to 7.0. Even Brabus only does 6.3.

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