Over the past century, British company Aston Martin has been cementing their high status as the producer of some of the most stylish and competent sports cars in the world. The company's success in motorsports, most notably the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, pay testament to the engineering and performance of their vehicles.
Things are no different today, and anyone in search of a luxurious high-performance coupe can look no further than Aston Martin. That said, these are the 10 most badass sports cars Aston Martin has ever produced!
10 Aston Martin DB9 GT
The DB9 was once the brand's flagship coupe, receiving larger and more powerful engine with each iteration. Today, it's getting a send-off as the DB11 has come to take its place. Nevertheless, having represented the company's design and engineering prowess for over 12 years, the DB9 has deserved the title of an iconic grand tourer.
In its latest trim, the DB9 GT will dash to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 183 mph.
9 Aston Martin Vantage S
Introduced in 2017, The Vantage is the newest addition to the Aston Martin lineup. However, it's the Vantage's S trim that makes it so badass. It's designed as an even more competent roadster for thrill-seekers, bumping the Vantage's cylinder count from a solid 8 to an awesome 12-cylinders sending a stampede of 565 horses to its back wheels.
At 3300 lbs, the Vantage is not the biggest car in the Aston Martin lineup, so adding those extra four cylinders may really seem like overkill. But scratch that, as the Vantage S will do a 60-mph dash in just 3.7-seconds and go on to achieve a speed of about 205 mph.
8 Aston Martin Vanquish S
The Vanquish officially became Aston Martin's fastest production model (unless you could get your hands on the One-77) when it replaced the late DBS. Featuring one of its massive 6-liter V12s, the model's special "S" trim was able to easily churn our 595 horsepower and reach 201 mph.
Press the gas pedal too far, and the Vanquish could also dash to 60 in just 3.5 seconds. However, all this performance didn't mean a compromise on the luxury, comfort, and style that make up an Aston Martin.
7 Aston Martin Rapide AMR
Aston Martin has cemented itself as a producer of stylish lightning-fast coupes, so when the Rapide hit the market in 2010, it immediately became one of the fastest sedans in the world. This much still holds true today, as the Rapide AMR's 205 mph can hardly be beaten by any other four-door on the planet.
But its supreme performance, courtesy of a traditional 6.0L V12 is just a small chunk of what this car has to offer. Its stylish design, lavish interior, and long legacy make it much more than a supercar, it's a status symbol.
6 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Aston Martin fans know full well what the DBS badge means. The DBS Superleggera (superlight) was unveiled last June and is basically an upgraded version of the already thrilling new DB11. That said, the powerful V12 was boosted to a power output of 725 horsepower, making it the most powerful Aston Martin yet.
And, among other performance upgrades, the DB11's total weight was also reduced by almost 400 lbs. Besides, a 3.4-second 60-mph dash and a 211-mph top speed say everything you need to know about this luxury grand tourer - it will eat your regular supercar and spit it out.
5 Aston Martin One-77
The One-77 is a truly special supercar. As the name indicates, only 77 units were ever intended for production, making it the rarest Aston Martin model ever. The exterior design decorating this car was so outrageous it was obvious that this is not just another luxury sports coupe. And indeed, look under the hood and you'll realize why no other Aston Martin came even close to this beast when it was introduced in 2010.
Its massive 7.3L engine produces 750 horsepower and allows the car to achieve top speeds leagues above any other car that was in the company's lineup 9 years ago - no less than 220 mph. Combine the One-77's rarity with its monstrous performance and you have yourself one of the most badass Aston Martins ever produced.
4 Aston Martin Valkyrie
Though Aston Martin's first hypercar has long been just wishful thinking, we finally have enough information to confirm that the mythical Valkyrie is coming - and it will blow the automotive community away.
Originally codenamed Nebula, and then AM-RB 001, Aston Martin finally settled on Valkyrie. The hypercar is a collaboration between Red Bull and Aston Martin, and as such is taken to the extreme. The powertrain consists of a 6.5L naturally-aspirated V12 that, with the help of an electric motor, produces a staggering 1150 horsepower. This number alone is suggestive of the record-breaking performance this car boasts. Then there's also its FormulaOne-like design and real-time aerodynamic adjustments that work together to instill confidence into Aston Martin that this will soon be the fastest production car in the world.
3 1964 Aston Martin DB5
In the world of automobiles, it doesn't get any more badass than James Bond's iconic 1965 DB5. Collectors are aware of that, which is why the car featured in the movie Goldfinger and driven by Sean Connery himself this August sold for a cool $6,385,000 at a RM Sotheby's Auction, which called it "the most famous car in the world."
Even without its celebrity status, the DB5 was pure badassery when it left the production line in 1964. In fact, its 286-horsepower 4.0L inline-6 cylinder made it one of the fastest cars in the world in the mid-1960s, capable of a 145-mph top speed.
2 1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
Years have passed since the production of the DB4 GT Zegato ceased, yet we will hardly ever forget how incredibly mesmerizing this car was. And it's not all show and no go. The thing packs power, considering its 302-horsepower inline-6 cylinder engine. Now, we've mentioned earlier that the DB5 was among the fastest cars in its period, however the DB4 was actually THE fastest car in the world when it was introduced in 1959 - it topped out at 152 mph.
To emphasize how valuable this car is, we should mention one example that sold for a staggering $14.3 million at a 2015 RM Sotheby Auction. And once again, just look at those lines...
1 1956 Aston Martin DBR1
With over a century of producing cars behind it, the Aston Martin brand boasts some truly iconic classics. However, none are more iconic or significant than the 1956 DBR1. The model has won Aston Martin the 1000 KM Nurburgring and 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1959, along with the hearts of automotive fans worldwide.
Its badassery comes from its status and the fact that owning one would make you the envy of every car enthusiast in the world. And indeed, one of the first five models in existence sold at a 2017 RM Sotheby auction for no less than $22,550,000, making it the most expensive British car ever sold at an auction.