Aston Martin has at last given us a higher-performance version of its Vanquish V12 GT car, with the launch of the 600hp Vanquish S.
With suspension and styling upgraded to suit, it’s the long-awaited follow up to the original mid-2000s Vanquish S. That was one of the last cars engineered at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell – indeed, the final new Aston built there was a Vanquish S Ultimate Edition. Does this Gaydon-developed Vanquish S successfully carry on the line?
Well, one thing’s for sure, it’s not short on performance. By taking the 6.0-litre V12 up to 600-horsepower, the Vanquish S delivers 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and a 201mph top speed, while torque is up to 465lb ft as well.
Aston has achieved this by a free-flow intake system boasting larger inlet manifolds, and it’s also recalibrated the eight-speed auto to shift gear faster and more precisely. Just one thing to note: you only get 600-horsepower in the UK and EU: for the rest of the world, it’s 588-horsepower. Blame emissions…
Handling all this power is suspension that has new spring rates and anti-roll bar bushes, plus revised damper internal hardware. Aston’s sought to give it a keener, sportier feel, particularly in the more sporting settings of the adaptive dampers, without ruining the ride.
As this amazing blue colour suggests, it’s no shrinking violet. There’s a new aero pack made from exposed carbon fibre, whose front splitter and rear diffuser help significantly cut frontal lift despite only marginally affecting high-speed drag.
Also check out the wonderful quad exhaust outlets finished in moody heat-treated black. Oh, and the neat little Vanquish S badge. The new Vanquish S certainly oozes attitude – and if you want even more, Aston will sell you options including carbon fibre bonnet louvres, painted graphics packs and…
… These amazing forged five-spoke diamond turned wheels.
Inside, Aston’s offering rather fancy quilted leather called Filograph, which is pretty striking, as is…
… The striking Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre dash panel. Chopped-up carbon: ever seen anything quite like it in a car?
Aston Martin boss Dr. Andy Palmer said the original Vanquish was a modern icon from the moment it was launched, starting a new era of great British GT cars that continued with the new one. “Now, the Vanquish S takes things a step further, confidently asserting itself within the Aston Martin range and distinguishing itself from the new DB11. A spectacular machine in every sense, the Vanquish S is a magnificent addition to our range.”
How much is the new Aston Martin Vanquish S? In the UK, £199,950, in the U.S. it is $312,950 and in Germany it is €262,950. That’s for the Coupe two-seater; it’s also available as a Volante 2+2, which will cost a little chunk more. The best news of all for keen Aston Martin fans is the fact deliveries begin very soon – from next month, in fact.