All-new Aston Martin Vanquish
Thursday 21 June 2012
• 6.0-litre V12 with 565bhp
• Zero to 62mph in 4.1 seconds
• Practical too, with a large boot
The iconic Aston Martin Vanquish name will be given to its latest model – and will represent the pinnacle of Aston’s sports car line-up, costing from £189,995.
Fitted with a 6.0-litre V12 engine, the AM 310 Vanquish has 565bhp – making it considerably more potent than its predecessor. Acceleration from rest to 62mph takes 4.1 seconds, while its top speed is 183mph. It is fitted with a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox.
Each body panel is constructed from carbon fibre both for its light weight and because it can be sculpted into highly complex shapes.
Its design represents the latest Aston Martin design language, with elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades derived from the One-77 supercar – Aston’s halo model which cost more than one million pounds each.
An ‘Aero Duct’ on the rear boot lid replaces a conventional spoiler to create downforce at high speeds.
Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, said: “AM 310 Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability. It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise.”
The Vanquish has a practical side too – not only is powerful it has also been tuned for greater economy and lower emissions. It also has a 368-litre boot, which is 60 per cent larger than found in the Aston Martin DBS.
It will be sold as a 2+2 – with small rear seats – or as a strictly two seater when sales begin later this year. It’s a very different proposition to the V12 Ferrari FF, which has four-wheel drive and 651bhp, but also a considerably higher price tag.
By Andy Goodwin, senior road tester