2016 Aston Martin Vanquish
Bigger and Better
Replacing the Aston Martin DBS was always going to be a huge task. So when the time came to do just that, Aston’s engineers held nothing back. The result was the Vanquish, a car that was faster and more dynamic than those that came before it and, in fact, was the most powerful road car the company had built to that point.
Full Carbon Skin
Where previous Aston Martin’s had used a combination of carbon-fibre and aluminium for their bodywork, the Vanquish’s performance targets demanded nothing less than a full carbon-fibre skin. The bonnet alone takes one worker two days to produce. The V12 engine layout remains, but rather than simply tune up the existing engine, Aston Martin went to the trouble of redesigning the cylinder heads, crankshaft, pistons and even the crankcase itself. That led to peak power of 421 kW from the 5.9-litre engine and massive torque of 620 Nm, despite the engine not using forced induction of any kind.
Rather than opt for the trending dual-clutch transmission, Aston Martin stuck with an eight-speed conventional automatic gearbox which still shifts impressively quickly, but doesn’t contribute to shift-shock as some dual-clutch units can. Carbon-ceramic brakes, however, are one cutting-edge touch that is included in the price of admission.
Inside, the four-seater layout is bathed in leather, included quilted seats, with lots of Alcantara as well. Many aspects of the Vanquish’s interior, including the information display and centre-stack were inspired by the One-77 Supercar of 2011, and the quality of workmanship is evident everywhere you look, touch and feel.
Features include: Red brake callipers, white stitching, carbon-fibre bodywork, 20-inch forged 10 spoke wheels, dual-zone climate-control, heated and powered front seats, Leather and Alcantara trim, keyless entry and start, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity,