Clearly not for rich or the elite or even for the Platinum cardholder that flaunts his Armani suits at the club every evening; it is for someone who has grown past the usual flare. The Mozart and the Leonardo of the auto world don’t excite him anymore. An automotive art collector if I might say, he is looking to appreciate something that convolutes the task of car building into an art form. In essence, Aston Martin wanted to build something for the connoisseurs of the auto world who would appreciate the beauty that the One-77 comes with. For the rarity it comes with, it takes more than just money to be blessed with the One-77.
The Aston Martin One-77 moves out of the bondage of power output and specifications, well before you know it. It will take you longer than you can imagine appreciating the lines on this beauty. Distinctively British, you know it is an Aston right from the first glance and are blown by the all-aluminum body complimented by the eccentric curves on every corner. The hyper car is bold and aggressive on every count and the massive grille and neatly sculpted creases on the sides enhance that nature gracefully.
It is larger than any other model coming from the Gaydon headquarters with the extra long hood staring at you from behind the wheel and as wide as the Bugatti Veyron, but manages to carry off the bulk quite effortlessly. At the rear the boomerang shaped tail lights are there to just take your breath away. They light up oh so beautifully leaving you with a smirk every time you hit the brake.
The beauty on the Aston Martin One-77 lies in the fact that it is luxurious and exotic despite being powerful. Instead of going the low-slung racing inspired design norms, the One-77 flaunts excess proportions, bold lines and the mammoth residing under the hood in front. Extensively made of carbon fibre, the One-77 weighs a good 1630 kgs, a fair number for the exuberantly large hyper car.
For a moment here lets talk about the very building process of the One-77 that gives it the credentials of standing tall and beautiful, nothing short of royal blood. The beauty lies in the fact that the One-77 comes from the Aston’s old school of thought keeping things handmade instead of shunting it on an assembly line. While the latter may be the hyper efficient, less time consuming process to build a car, these British blokes prefer going back to the golden era of coach-building with the craftsman and parts revolving around each vehicle.
Moving to the mechanicals, the One-77 comes with the familiar starter button or as Aston calls it the Emotional Control Unit (ECU) and what you hear is the grunt of 7.3-litre V12 engine from the legendary Cosworth residing peacefully under the hood in front of you. It’s loud before you can even set foot on the accelerator and comes with 750 BHP of power and a symmetrical 750 Nm of torque, all of which is available at the disposal of your right foot. Power is sent only to the rear wheels via the 6-speed manual transmission with a semi-race clutch for slick shifts.
For the twisted head, this is the part where you floor the pedal and bring all those horses into play, but not on the Aston. The naturally aspirated motor intimidates you, it is warning you to get out and save your life. It tells you that this isn’t a toy and you are definitely not a child and it is exactly what you need to know. The One-77 is the car for a man! It looks like one and wants to be taken care of nicely and you better follow instructions if you plan to have fun on this for long. In terms of figures, the supercar is absolutely vicious with the 0-100 kmph run coming up in 3.7 seconds while the top speed achievable is a spell bounding 354 kmph.
You also need to remember that the One-77 is completely bespoke. Right from the choice of leather for the seats, left-hand or right-hand drive configurations to the suspension set-up are tailored to your specifications. Want a city cruiser or track scorcher; the folks at Aston have tuned the models as per every customer’s request.
While you can’t get your hands on one of these anymore, with only 77 ever made, the chances were slim anyway. Aston Martin is back with the perpetual successor to the audacity of the One-77, it’s called the Vulcan and will be making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 3rd March. Make sure you come back for the live updates for the event.