Aston Martin One-77

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Aston Martin One-77

Aston Martin One-77
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Aston Martin One-77 History

Knowing the amount of engineering and craftsmanship that must have gone into the Aston Martin One-77, you're probably wondering how many of these cars will ever grace the planet. The answer is right in front of you: 77 total. Ever. In all countries. Before worrying too much about how you're going to get your hands on one, make sure to have the one-million-pound price tag covered. That's about $1.8 million in U.S. money, depending on the exchange rate.

The One-77 made its debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, and won a Best Design award in August 2009 from Auto Express magazine in the U.K. The first one to be on display in North America came to the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, after it had gone into production at Aston's Gaydon factory in the U.K. and deliveries had begun. Not that taking delivery was simple, if you lived in the United States. Due to customs regulations, it was easier to take delivery in Europe -- say, at your Swiss chalet -- and bring it home on your own rather than importing it directly from the manufacturer.

As of November 2011, only about ten One-77s were not yet spoken for, even with the nearly two-million-dollar MSRP and the potential delivery headache. Unlike the Lamborghini Reventon, the Aston Martin One-77 was offered to anyone with the cash to buy one. The Reventon was available only to loyal Lambo customers.

Not a millionaire? You can still experience the sound and the fury of the One-77 ... mostly. It's available in Forza 4 to drive on any track you like, complete with Aston-tuned exhaust note.

Engine

No less an authority than company head Ulrich Bez called the Aston Martin One-77 "the ultimate expression of Aston Martin." It starts with a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis with inboard suspension and adjustable dampers taken from the Aston racing program. When the car is delivered to its owner, the setup can be adjusted to his liking. Power comes from a 7.3-liter V12 mounted in a low, front-mid-engine configuration for secure handling. It was developed from the 6.0-liter V12 used in the DBS, DB9, and V12 by by the motor masters at Cosworth. The transmission is a six-speed -- with paddle shifters, natch. All 3,300 pounds sit on 20-inch Pirellis specially designed for transferring the One-77's 700-plus horsepower to the pavement.

Design

Engineering and speed aren't the only assets the Aston Martin One-77 has. It also features the best of Aston's craftsmanship, including hand-rolled aluminum body panels. The design is recognizably Aston Martin, from the dented-oval front grille to the Bond-worthy curves from nose to tail. The level of detail is taken up a notch, since there are only a few dozen of these to ever be built. The curves at the front intakes reach into the headlight housing that gives the front end a hungry look. The side strakes behind the front fenders allow air to exit without destabilizing the aerodynamics and add a visual allusion to speed. Since so few cars are to be built, 2700 man-hours of hand-craftsmanship, inside and out, can be lavished on each car that rolls out of the specially-designed factory.

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Aston Martin One-77 Specs

  • Engine: 7.3-liter V12
  • Horsepower:
  • Torque:
  • Top speed: 220 mph
  • 0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds