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29 May 2012

Aston Martin concept revealed at Villa d’Este

AM310 one-off enters Prototypes category at Concours, previews future design

Vijay Pattni
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For the uninitiated, Aston Martin celebrates its centenary next year. That's quite a big deal. So in preparation, here's a little firework ignited in Italy: Project AM310.

This one-off concept was entered into the Concorso d'Eleganza design award for prototypes at this year's Villa d'Este show, in the hope of completing a triple win on the banks of Lake Como; Aston previously won with the V12 Zagato and utterly lustworthy One-77.

But for this one, Aston has shrouded the concept car's construction in some mystery, so it's utter speculation from here on in. A considered guess would suggest those evolutionary curves - which take in cues from the One-77 - are formed from lots of carbon fibre.

And while that familiar Aston 6.0-litre V12 lurks underneath the red coachwork, an even more considered guess would suggest it packs quite a lot more than the 510bhp as seen in, oh, say the DBS and V12 Vantage. Performance-wise, you're staring down the barrel of 0-100kph in just under four seconds and a top speed of over 306kph. Probably.

Aston says the AM310 - an internal Aston Martin reference number - previews the next 100 years of the company, and until we find out more, that's all you'll have to go on. How do you lot rate this AM310, the ‘future' of Aston? And reckon it'll win? It's going up against cars like the Pininfarina Cambiano, Alfa Romeo 4C, Stile Bertone Jaguar B99, Ford's EVOS and even the Lexus LF-LC...

Tags: aston martin, zagato, dbs



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