The Aston Martin Vanquish was the English coach builder's GT offering during the hay day of the Ford era and made an on screen cameo in the James Bond film Die Another Day. The original 2001 V12 Vanquish was powered by the venerable 6.0 Liter double Duratec built by Cosworth and was offered in both standard and S trims. The regular twelve cylinder made 453 HP and 400 lb.-ft. of torque going from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 196 MPH. The Vanquish S made 514 HP and took four seconds flat to get to 60 MPH and was good for 204 MPH. When the full sized super car met the end of the road, Aston Martin filled its slot with the top of the line DBS.
Time and time again, German aftermarket company, Wheelsandmore, has proven that when it comes to fixing up supercars, it knows what it’s doing.
It’s latest offering for the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 is yet another shining example why we have nothing but fondness for Wheelsandmore and, true to its reputation, the German tuner gave the British supercar a host of new upgrades, highlighted by engine, exhaust and wheel modifications that brings the Vanquish V12’s overall appeal up a few notches.
Outside of the fancy lime-chrome finish with the trademark Wheelsandmore black stripes running the length of the car, the Vanquish V12’s most notable upgrades are found in the engine compartment. Thanks to a remapped ECU and a new valve-controlled exhaust system, the German tuner managed to increase the output of the Vanquish V12 to 613 horsepower and 524 pounds-feet of torque. Do the math and that’s an improvement of 48 horsepower and 67 pounds-feet of torque from the standard model’s output of 565 horsepower and 457 pounds-feet of torque.
No official performance times were given but considering the standard Vanquish V12 can hit 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph, we wouldn’t be shocked if the Wheelsandmore program can cut that number down to below four seconds for the 0-60 mph time and about 190 mph for the top speed.
Finishing up the program are a new set of 21-inch weight-optimized forged performance matte-black 6Sporz²wheels with outliners and wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires.
Here we go, folks. The 2012 model year was the last for the current Aston Martin DBS , but Aston Martin fans will be kept busy with the 2013 DBS Ultimate , which is little more than a slightly upgraded version of the Carbon Black model , but a limited edition nonetheless. Once the novelty of that model wears out, the newly redesigned Vanquish will be here and ready to soak up the spotlight. In the past few months, we have seen plenty of spy shots of the new supercar, but Aston Martin has finally decided it was time to offer full details on the new Vanquish. As you probably know, the new DBS successor not only received a completely new design, but it also revived a legendary name: Vanquish.
The reasoning behind the name choice was explained by Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez, himself: "Today’s 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. Bearing the same name as the iconic original Vanquish that did so much to cement Aston Martin’s reputation as a maker of great GT cars in the modern era, I believe the car unveiled today once again puts this great British brand at the top of its class."
Did the British brand overshoot, or did it just find a way to catapult sales?
UPDATE 02/15/2013: Aston Martin has unveiled yet another cool video for its latest Vanquish supercar, this time presenting the engineering behind this incredible super GT. Enjoy!
Hit the jump to read more about the new Aston Martin Vanquish and decide for yourself.
Just the other days we brought you thefirst spy shots of the Volante version for the new-generation Aston Martin Vanquish, and today our spy photographers managed to catch the car up close, apparently while the driver stopped for a snack.
As you can see from these spy shots, the Volante version brings no major updates over the coupe version, except for its fabric roof, of course. In fact, Aston Martin engineers didn’t even bother to camouflage the car mainly because we are looking at a drop-top version of the coupe version .
Under the hood, we will see the same 6.0-liter V12 that delivers an impressive 656 horsepower. Power will be delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission. Of course, the Volante version will be a little bit slower due to its added weight, so do not expect to see the same 4.1-second sprint to 60 mph.
As previously rumored, the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
To our knowledge, this is the first video review of the Aston Martin Vanquish , which has yet to make its way into U.S. showrooms. It’s true, Jay Leno didn’t get too deep into it, but still, he explain a few more details on this amazing supercar.
According to him, the Vanquish is "the classic example of what a grand touring car should be," and we certainly agree with him. It has style, it is aggressive, but elegant in the same time and it is pretty powerful. The Vanquish is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers an impressive 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and delivers a peak torque of 457 pound-feet. It can go up to a top speed of 186 mph.
We would have liked it even more if Jay would have taken the car to the race track and pushed it to its limits, but it is still a pretty good review!
We know that Aston Martin is going to add a Vanquish Volante model to its lineup ever since the coupe version was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. However, up to this point the car has never been caught testing. Well, that is until today, as our spy photographers caught it playing on snow and ice in Northern Sweden.
As everyone is expects, both the coupe and convertible versions will be almost identical, so is no wonder why this prototype is almost camouflage-free, hiding just the shape of the rear spoiler with some plastic.
The main different between the two models will, of course, be the fabric roof offered in the Volante version. Under the hood, the car will keep the same 6.0-liter V-12 that delivers an impressive 656 horsepower. Power will be delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission.
Expect the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
This one takes us to the Middle East, particularly in Dubai where Aston Martin decided to take one of their flagship Vanquish supercars to a location where no car has probably been to before — the helipad of the super luxurious Burj Al Arab.
Other than for display purposes, we are unsure exactly what the Vanquish is going to do once it nestled itself on the helipad of the luxury hotel. But then again, the journey is more important than the destination in this particular case because Aston Martin had the car airlifted by helicopter.
It’s a pretty sweet video and you’ll notice that in the middle of it, the Vanquish was tilting sideways and just about ready to dive into the water. Good thing it was clamped down…
Don’t expect any performance upgrades, so we assume it will carry the base 6.0-liter V-12 that pumps out 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. No too bad even without any upgrades.
Starting with the exterior, the Vanquish Centenary Edition features a unique palette of paint jobs that aren’t offered in the standard trim and solid-sterling-silver Aston Martin wing badges with custom enamel. So, you had better be careful where you park your bespoke Aston, as the badge alone is worth a fortune...
The interior also receives a bespoke treatment, starting with the Deep Soft black leather – a leather upholstery reserved for the One-77 hypercar – with contrasting silver stitching, a special silver thread embroidery of the Aston Martin wings in the head restraints and solid silver sill plaques with the Aston Martin logo.
As a thank-you-for-celebrating-with-us, people who have booked for Centenary Edition will receive a free gift package that includes two glass keys, two bespoke key pouches made from the same interior leather, solid silver cufflinks featuring the Aston Martin logo, solid silver Rollerball pen and high quality Bang & Olufsen headphones. Oh, you didn’t have to, Aston Martin...
Aston Martin hasn’t revealed the premium customers have to pay for the Centenary Edition. We just hope it’s not a steep price to pay for a custom paint-job that hardly matters and a box full of unnecessary goodies.
One of the key selling points to any car’s success is its design. Even if the brand of a car is unknown, with the help of a good design, it can grab positive attention from the most discerning of critics. This focus on beauty is the main reason so many brands invest millions of dollars in design studios.
One of the most important steps toward the success of any project is to get the design right. It should not be pretentious but also should not be too bland. Nowadays, automobile designing is one of the toughest jobs in the industry. People who can draw and have passion for automobiles simply cannot call themselves a designer. It takes a certain skillset and experience to make a mark. The toughest part in designing a vehicle is balancing key elements such as aerodynamics with modern design that pays homage to the brand’s original design language. Take for instance the Jaguar F-Type. It’s a car that, Chief designer Ian Callum says, ushers in a whole new design language for the Leaping Jag while still keeping certain elements of the legendary E-Type alive. Customers of today’s world not only want a head-turning design but also a design that is recognizable.
This year, we have witnessed quite a few cars that have amazed the public through soulful beauty without compromising on aerodynamics and brand image. Here is a list of five cars that we think are the most beautiful cars, launched this year.
Okay folks, we’ve all been awaiting for this day since the moment we found out that the Aston Martin DBS was being discontinued and the Vanquish would swoop in to takes its place. Well, the wait is now over, as we were at its Miami Auto Show unveiling and got plenty of images to pass onto you.
When Aston Martin pulled the sheet back on the tangible version of the Vanquish, we were amazed by a stunning light blue color that wouldn’t quite look right on any other model. The computer generated images and the spy shots that we all saw just didn’t quite do this beauty the justice it deserves. Its silk roofline, highlighted by a black-tinted roof gives the air a rather scenic route on its way over the top of this sexy Aston.
One of the most stunning parts of this new model is by far the fender heat extractors. These are pretty much standard on every Aston Martin, but these ones are a little different. On the Vanquish , Aston stretched the chrome strikethrough on the center of the extractors back the forward most end of the door, then a raised bodyline almost creates an extension to the end of the chrome strikethrough. Truthfully, the images do it so much more justice than we could ever put into words.
Don’t let our obsession with the heat extractors take away from the rest of the Vanquish’s stunning body. Its hood features a pair of ridges that start near the center of the hood and shoot outward as you approach the shallow-raked windscreen. Underneath this sharp hood lies the beast that makes this car a true Aston Martin, and that is its 565-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 engine that is also good for 457 pound-feet of twist. Unfortunately, Aston Martin didn’t crank this beast up for us, but we’ll hear it in due time.
We are all anxiously awaiting the release of the all-new Aston Martin Vanquish and the U.S. market won’t have to wait much longer. This 6.0-liter, 565-horsepower-powered supercar has already made its rounds through Europe and it is now time for it to hit the States. It has one jam-packed U.S. tour set up too.
It will debut on August 15th during the McCall’s Motorworks Revival festivities in Monterey, CA. It then makes the 12-mile journey around Jacks Peak County Park to land at the Quail Lodge Golf Club, where it will be shown during the Quail Motorsport Gathering on August 17th. Following the gathering at Quail Lodge, the Vanquish makes the 8-mile hike westward to The Lodge at Pebble Beach to participate in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 19th.
That’s quite a full schedule, but Aston Martin is lucking out that all three of these high-dollar car shows are timed one right after another and within 25 miles of one another. This should give the new Vanquish plenty of west-coast exposure, but we have yet to hear of a landing on the east coast.
There are only two semi-major car shows remaining on the east coast this year – the South Florida International Auto Show and the Connecticut International Auto Show – so we are wondering when and if the Vanquish will make its way to the right coast or not. Either way, with the glory of the Internet, we can get a good look at it regardless of which coast it is on.
We’ll keep you updated on the tour U.S. tour schedule for the Vanquish.