Aston Martin Vanquish Version 2.0
|2013 Aston Martin Vanquish|
A long time ago (2001 to be precise) in a land far, far away (Gaydon, England, specifically), a man (by the name of Ian Callum) designed a car (the Vanquish) that changed the fate of a storied auto manufacturer (Aston Martin, to be exact) and forever influenced the direction of automotive design. In 2007, the Vanquish made way for its replacement, the DBS V12. But, now it’s back.
Yep. For 2013, Aston Martin has resurrected that most bad-ass of badges, Vanquish, as the follow-up to the DBS. The Vanquish mk2 was originally revealed as the AM310 concept a few weeks back. Since the original Vanquish debuted, Aston Martin has put out a lot of amazing and breathtaking cars inspired by Ian Callum’s design, the DB9, the V12 Vantage, the DBS Volante, the Virage, the Rapide and that pinnacle of beauty and performance, the $1.4 million One-77. Coming full circle, the inspireer has become the inspiree. The new Vanquish harvests some of the technology and design elements from the One-77, making it, perhaps, the most beautiful Aston Martin to date.
Let’s start with the body. And, what a body it is. The new Vanquish is of course a front engine, rear drive two door coupe. Much of the body is shaped from aluminum with magnesium alloy and carbon fiber thrown in for good measure. To light the road, the Vanquish has the now-ubiquitous bi-xenon headlamps and LED C-shaped taillights & side indicators.
As a sign of Aston Martin designs to come, the shape of the Vanquish has become very fluid. A curving organic line that begins at the headlight and continues through the door blends seamlessly into the flared and sculpted rear fenders and into an integrated rear spoiler, creating a car that just looks fast. A carbon fiber front spoiler and rear diffuser add to the overall feel of speed and grace.
|2013 Aston Martin Vanquish Interior|
The all-new interior is about what you would expect. The trim is all full-grain leather and Alcantara. The center console is clean and free of excessive buttons and knobs, unlike the Vanquish’s competitor, the Porsche 911. I’m not sure about the quilted front seats though. But they do add a bit of old school British to the thoroughly modern Vanquish. Like the old, Vanquish 2.0 comes in a two-seater or 2-plus-2 seating layout. Although, the rear seats are more accommodating to small dogs or briefcases as opposed to actual people. All the electronic bells and whistles expected of a $200K+ car are present and accounted for. I do really like the 1000 Watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13 speaker stereo, and a Garmin satellite navigation system on a 6.5 inch screen means it will actually direct you where you’re going.
|2013 Aston Martin Vanquish 565 bhp 6 Liter V12|
None of the design, interior comfort or electric tomfoolery means a damn if the car can’t move. And, move the Vanquish does despite the fact that it’s grand-tourer and not a track car. The throaty, angry, all-alloy, 48-valve, 6 liter V12 puts out 565 bhp and grinds out 457 ft-lbs of torque at 5,500 rpm (not to mention sounds like Thor having a bad day). Add the included launch control, and that’s good enough to push Vanquish 2.0 to 62 mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 183 mph. However, the old Vanquish S could happily hit 204 mph and reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. Aston Martin isn’t one to take a step backwards. So, does this mean a Vanquish S 2.0 is in our future? Man, I hope so.
Putting the engine’s power to the ground through the Pirelli P Zero 305/30 ZR20 shod 20 inch rear wheels is a rear-mid mounted Touchtronic 2 automatic six-speed gear box and limited-slip diff. The original Vanquish’s gearbox was rough to say the least. The Touchtronic 2 made its debut on the DBS as a significant improvement. We’ll see how it pairs up with the new Vanquish.
|2013 Aston Martin Vanquish|
Keeping the front 20 inch wheels and Pirelli P Zero 255/35 ZR 20 tires on track is an independent double wishbone suspension with anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and adaptive dampers. The same set-up is present on the rear with the change to anti-squat and anti-lift geometry. The Adaptive Damping System, or ADS, has three selectable suspension modes, Normal, Sport and Track.
With a 50/50 weight distribution, 85 percent of the new Vanquish’s weight resides within the wheelbase, but that weight needs to be brought to a stop from time to time. Handling that job are 398 mm vented carbon ceramic disc brakes with 6 piston calipers on the front and 360 mm vented carbon ceramic discs with 4 piston calipers on the rear. Of course, traction control, ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Positive Torque Control and Emergence Brake Assist are all there to lend an electronic hand. (Heaven knows we wouldn’t want the driver to have to get involved too much.)
All in all, the Aston Martin Vanquish version 2.0 is a fitting successor to the DBS and a proud heir to the Vanquish badge. I’ve never really liked the Aston slogan of “Power, Beauty, Soul”, but in seeing this the new Vanquish, I get it.