The Aston Martin Vanquish is back. Revived in celebration of the historic automaker’s centenary taking place next year, the new Vanquish is both forward-looking yet still hinting at the past.
It will serve as Aston Martin’s flagship now that the One-77 supercar is officially sold out and sales of the DBS are wrapping up, and has been one of the worst kept secrets of the year.
A concept version dubbed the AM 310 was quietly rolled out at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, and then a completed car bearing the “Vanquish” name on its trunk was spotted just outside Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England shortly after.
The decision to call it a Vanquish is fitting considering the new model is being launched as part of Aston Martin’s centenary celebration, though at the same time it is also thoroughly modern, featuring the aggressive new look that will appear on the automaker’s future models just like the previous Aston Martin Vanquish.
Aston Martin Vanquish will feature the same 6.0 liter V12 as you currently find in the V12 Vantage, DBS and DB9 models. Power will be 573hp, an increase of 63hp. Other features will include a transaxle gearbox and wishbone suspension, and the familiar ‘VH’ bonded and riveted alloy frame.
The raw statistics speak for themselves: 573 PS at 6,750 rpm, 620 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm, 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph place the Aston Martin Vanquish firmly into supercar territory. Yet the brand’s team of engineers have been working towards economy and emissions improvements, too.
The design represents the latest take on Aston Martin’s iconic visual language. Aston Martin Vanquish unquestionably sees the brand continue its enviable tradition of producing some of the most beautiful sports cars in the world. Styling cues such as the elegant new waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are derived from the One-77 supercar.
Unmistakably an Aston Martin, the design shows a clear and coherent lineage from its heritage while providing an equally clear pointer to the luxury car brand’s vibrant future. Closer inspection reveals details such as the stunning new Aero Duct on the rear boot lid. This elegantly devised passive engineering feature, which counteracts lift at the car’s rear when travelling at speed, is a triumph of both design and technical ability.
The real changes for the Aston Martin Vanquish will be in the lightweight construction, lower emissions ratings and increased economy figures. Aston Martin will use carbon fiber and aluminium parts for the bodywork with an all-new shape taking design cues from the One-77 and using a higher bonnet to conform with crash regulations. For the first time, the successor will get automatic windscreen wipers and a touch screen navigation system!
Aston Martin Vanquish priced from £189,995 RRP first deliveries of the new sports car are expected to begin in the UK and Continental Europe late in 2012.