by Tony West and Sommer Thornton
Lake Forest Sportscars has housed the Aston Martin dealership for over 30 years. Along with being Nick Mancuso’s favorite, the Aston Martin dealership has some of the latest productions and most exclusive models. Most exclusive is the DBRS9 and the centennial edition Vanguish Volente.
The Aston Martin inventory is vast and stuntastic with 2014 models like the Vanguish, V8 Vantage, Rapide S, and the DB9, and older models of the V8 Roadster.
The 2014 Vanguish is a top of the line luxury GT that’s elegant inside and out. The sexy exterior has carbon fiber components and LED lighting, and 20-inch Pirelli tires. The lighter more spacious Vanguish is also stiffer with torsial rigidity improved by 25%. The 2014 Vanguish boasts a standard 6 liter V12. The naturally aspirated V12 has 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The Vanguish has a top speed of 191 mph and goes from 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds. The V12 is matted to a 6-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic/ sequential manual gearbox. Double wishbone front suspension with an Adaptive Damping System creates supreme sporty handling.
Premium luxury features in the 2014 Vangish interior include an Alcantra headlining, 6.5 inch LCD screen, 6-disc changer, WiFi hub, rear camera, Garmin navigation, and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system. The Vanguish also has an available Carbon Fiber Interior and Exterior package.
Lake Forest Sportscars sells the Vanguish for $270,000.
2014 Aston Martin Rapide S
The 2014 Rapide S is unparallel luxury in a sporty 4-door executive sedan. As the most powerful Aston Martin to date, the new Rapide S has new design elements, enhanced powertrain, aerodynamics, and aesthetics. A more pronounced boot lid “flip” counteracts lift at high speeds. And a new front grille with bi-xenon headlamps enhances airflow.
The new Rapide S has a standard 6 liter V12 with 550 horsepower and 471 lb-ft of torque. The Rapide S has a top speed of 190 mph and goes form 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. With sporty character, the Rapide S still boasts 7% drop in emissions and has a combined EPA of 19.9 mpg’s. The 6-speed Touchtronic 2 transmission has an electric shift by wire control system and limited slip differential. An Adaptive Damping System offers Normal, Sport, and Track modes to respond to different driving situations.
The tricked out interior of the Rapide S is full grain leather with a walnut fascia trim and graphite center console. The Rapide S has satellite radio and navigation, a 6-disc DVD player, Bang & Olufsen sound system, and an available twin screen rear entertainment package.
Lake Forest Sportscars retails the 2014 Rapide S for $209,900.
Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and Volente
The DB9 is the most infamous Aston Martin. Lake Forest Sportscars sells both the DB9 2-door coupe and the convertible Volente starting around $208,000. The lux thoroughbred DB9 is top of the line performance and design inside and out. The longer wider frame is made of aluminum with a stainless steel exhaust system. The 2014 DB9 has a chiseled profile with a large side strake, more pronounced boot “flip”, and lower larger front grille. The new DB9 comes with a carbon fiber front spitter and carbon ceramic brakes.
The DB9 has a lower mounted V12 engine with 510 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. The V12 has a max speed of 183 mph and goes from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds. A rear mounted Touchtronic 2 6-speed transmission features electronic shift by wire control system and limited slip differential.
And the famous Adaptive Damping System is tuned with Normal, Sport, and Track modes.
The luxurious DB9 interior is full grain leather with a graphite center console finish. Optional interior features included a rear camera, Bang & Olufsen sound system, Alcantra steering wheel, and an exterior and interior Carbon Package. 20-inch wheels are standard.
2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The V8 Vantage, Lake Forest Sportscars most affordable Aston Martin is available as a soft top convertible with a 4.7 liter V8. The V8 Vantage has a max speed of 4.2 seconds. The 8 cylinder has 420 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque, variable camshaft timing, and dry sump lubrication system.
The Vantage V8 is on sale at Lake Forest Sportscars for $145,000.
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