Built by British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin, the Aston Martin One-77, the “ultimate Aston Martin,” is a two-door coupe that first appeared at the 2008 Paris Motor Show (where it remained mostly covered by a Saville Row tailored skirt) before being fully revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Developed over the course of 2008 and 2009, the Aston Martin One-77 is, according to Aston Martin, “a sports car of unparalleled beauty with subtle aggression and performance… with the goal of eclipsing any previous Aston Martin road car.”
Designed by Miles Nürnberger and assembled in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England, only 77 Aston Martin One-77s were produced and sold with a price tag of £1,500,000 (more than $2,300,000). The limited edition luxury sports car featured a full carbon fibre monocoque chassis, a handcrafted aluminum body, a strengthened version of the DB9’s 6-speed automated manual transmission, a height-adjustable pushrod suspension coupled with dynamic stability control, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, a leather trim interior, Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes, and a naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V12 engine with 750 horsepower, Aston Martin claimed that it would be the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine in the world. The 3,394-pound car’s top speed was estimated to be 200 miles per hour, but actual tests in 2009 showed a figure of 220.007 miles per hour, with a zero to 60 time of approximately 3.5 seconds.
The Aston Martin One-77, a piece of “automotive art,” according to Aston Martin, was awarded several internationally renowned design awards, including the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes, the GOOD DESIGN award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in North America, and the Best Design award by the U.K. motoring magazine Auto Express, among many others. The One-77 has also appeared in a number of video games, including Gran Turismo 6, Forza Motorsport 3, 4, and 5, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed Rivals, Need for Speed: The Run, and GT Racing: Motor Academy.
Founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers headquartered in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. The company became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, while its name has become synonymous with James Bond following his use of the DB5 in the 1964 film Goldfinger. Aston Martin, a private company previously owned by the Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2007, reported a revenue of just over $500 million in 2015.
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