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2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster

Aston Martin will showcase a lightweight concept Roadster at the Los Angeles Motor Show that has been designed specifically to appeal to its US customers.

The DB American Roadster 1 (DB AR1) is derived from the DB7—the most successful Aston Martin of all time. It is based on the current DB7 Vantage Volante (convertible) and boasts revised bodystyle with coachwork by Zagato of Italy and incorporates a number of dynamic elements, which have been finely engineered to offer a new dimension to the Aston Martin driving experience.

Available only as a two-seater, the DB AR1 is not a convertible Zagato version of the Coupe—launched in the summer of 2002—but a possible addition to Aston Martin's exclusive product range.

Aston Martin will privately show the DB AR1 to customers at an event in LA to gauge their reaction, and if the response is positive the car will go into production in very limited numbers during 2003. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but it is anticipated that DB AR1 will cost around $230,000 US (plus or minus 10%).

'Aston Martin is unique in its ability to react quickly to its customers requirements and produce limited edition sports cars,' explained Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin. The DB7 Zagato was a huge success for Aston Martin with all 99 cars sold very quickly. It's very clear; our customers want choice and individuality. 'However, the DB AR1 is a concept car that we want to show to our US customers to see if they like it. It has been designed with the Californian weather in mind and is a Roadster in the proper tradition with no hood and space for just two people. If there is sufficient interest we will consider putting it into production in 2003.'

The DB AR1 has a large distinctive radiator grille and accentuating rear wheel arches, which are also new, whilst the carefully detailed features such as the reverse/fog light combination provide graphic evidence of intricate hand craftsmanship and quality that has become an Aston Martin trademark.

Aston Martin has yet to conduct performance testing however, it is expected that recent developments of Aston Martin's low emission, all alloy, 6.0-litre V12 engine, means that DB AR1 will benefit from a performance increase, and offer 435bhp—compared with 420bhp of the DB7 Vantage.

This increased power together with a revised final drive ratio and active sports exhaust system will not only provide noticeable improvement in mid-range power, but also additional torque —up from 400 lb/ft (DB7 Vantage) to 410 lb/ft, providing a sharper accelerating drive.

An AP twin plate racing clutch, which replaces the single plate clutch found on the DB7 Vantage, combined with the revised quick-shift gear lever—also fitted to the DB7 GT—will enable the driver to maximize use of the power increase and torque and enjoy a faster gear change.

Aside from a revised body design, the DB AR1 has special multispoke 19' alloy wheels—with revised offset to give a wider track (8x19' front, 9½x19' rear)—equipped with SO2 245/35 ZR19 front and 265/30 rear, low profile Yokohoma tires.

The active sports exhaust system with rear muffler by-pass valves—as used on the V12 Vanquish—provide the DB AR1 with a very distinctive exhaust note.

A combination of racing-style grooved 355mm (front) and 330mm (rear) Brembo disc brakes and uprated Pagid RS 42-1 front pads provide the DB AR1 with better-sustained performance, with improved resistance to judder and fade, particularly at high speed. An uprated brake booster unit—as used on the V12 Vanquish—assists in providing the driver with progressive braking and a firmer and more consistent pedal feel.

'Production of DB AR1 is dependent upon clients' interest,' explained Dr Ulrich Bez. 'If the reaction is as positive as that for the DB7 Zagato, we will produce a limited number of DB AR1 models solely for the US market.'

Source - Aston Martin

Vehicle Profiles

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: SCFAE62353K800089
Engine Num: SCFAE62353K800089

Aston Martin and Zagato introduced a limited series of cars at the Geneva International Motor Show built atop of the DB7. It was dubbed the DB7 Zagato, and it carried a host of characteristic Zagato design cues, including a shortened tail, long hood ....[continue reading]

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: SCFAE62343K800018

This Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato Roadster is powered by a four-cam, 48 valve 6.0-liter V12 engine offering 435 horsepower. There is an AP twin-plate racing clutch, a six-speed manual transmission and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Inside is a Eclipse ....[continue reading]

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: 001

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2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: 052

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2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: SCFAE62313K800073

The DB AR1 Zagato Roadster was first shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2003 and production was limited to just 99 examples. All units were designed for sale in the United States. They had all-aluminum coachwork with sweeping lines and a pair of s....[continue reading]

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: SCFAE623X3K800038
Engine Num: 00433

This Aston Martin DBAR1 was purchased as an untitled car with just delivery mileage by Bob Pond in 2005. Currently, the odometer shows just over 600 miles. It is finished in Roadster Green with a Fawn interior (the same color as the 2003 Los Angeles ....[continue reading]

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: SCFAE62303K800002
Engine Num: 00388

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2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: SCFAE62333K800012
Engine Num: 00409

The DB AR1, first shown at the 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show, was a fully open roadster that could accelerate from zero-to-sixty mph in just 4.9 seconds. Top speed was achieved at 186 mph. Power was from the 6.0-liter Vanquish V12 engine delivering 435 ....[continue reading]

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: SCFAE62383K800037

The hand built Aston Martin DB AR1 styled by Italian coachbuilder Zagato was the result of collaboration between Andrea Zagato and Aston Martin's chief designer Henrik Fisker. They were built in England and made their debut at the Los Angeles Auto Sh....[continue reading]

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: SCFAE623X3K800072

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Roadster
Chassis #: SCFAE62353K800089 
Roadster
Chassis #: SCFAE62343K800018 
Roadster
Chassis #: 001 
Roadster
Chassis #: 052 
Roadster
Chassis #: SCFAE62313K800073 
Roadster
Chassis #: SCFAE623X3K800038 
Roadster
Chassis #: SCFAE62303K800002 
Roadster
Chassis #: SCFAE62333K800012 
Roadster
Chassis #: SCFAE62383K800037 
Roadster
Chassis #: SCFAE623X3K800072 


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