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.
Don’t be mistaken by GRID 2’s standing in the hierarchy of car racing video games. It doesn’t hold the cache of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsports. Nor does it have the history of Need for Speed.
What it does have is a pretty good video game, one that’s now made even better with the presence of Aston Martin. Specifically, three of the finest Astons to have ever been built: the One-77, the V12 Zagato and the new Vanquish.
If for nothing else, Aston Martin’s presence in Grid 2 is a perfect marketing collaboration for the two companies. But even that pales to what the possibilities could be once you get to play the three exotics in the game.
GRID 2 isn’t scheduled to hit shelves until later this year, but we’re already excited to see how these three Astons fare in the world of GRID 2.
Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin supercars included in GRID 2
It looks like Aston Martin is done testing the upcoming Vanquish Volante in cold-weather conditions and has decided to take it to the Nürburgring to see how it handles on the famed raceway. Our spy photographers were there again and managed to take some pretty cool shots of the upcoming roadster.
As you can see, unlike the previous prototypes, which were almost completely naked, this time Aston Martin fully dressed the Vanquish Volante, but even so it is pretty easy to spot the integrated spoiler at the back and a general look that is similar to the coupe version, except of course the fabric roof.
Both models — coupe and volante — will share the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. The power is delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission.
The new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is expected to be unveiled sometime later in the year.
Aston Martin is celebrating its centenary at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with the launch of a new personalization program called "Q by Aston Martin." This program allows customers to personalize their models according to personal wishes and desires and, according to Aston Martin, it offers "almost endless opportunity for expression."
The model Aston Martin has specially developed for the Geneva Show is a special Vanquish. It combines a striking Morning Frost metallic white exterior paint with a contrasting Spectral Blue interior and Pearl White welting.
For the exterior, the model also received satin finish carbon-fiber features, plus blue-tinted diamond-turned alloy wheels. For the interior the center console is made in blue-tinted glass fiber and numerous "Q" logos are a further reminder that this is indeed a special Vanquish.
If the new "Q by Aston Martin" program impresses you, then you should know it can be further extended to designing your house, your yacht or pretty much anything else you want to personalize.
Next to the Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake "Jet 2+2" Concept set to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Bertone has also prepared an updated version of the original Vanquish-based Jet unveiled back in 2004. The new Jet 2 is still based on the previous-generation Vanquish, but its mechanics and design have been updated to fit the all-new Vanquish.
The new Jet 2 features the same shooting brake body style as the Rapide Jet 2+2 and so happens to be the personal car of Lilli Bertone, Bertone’s president.
The new Jet 2 features an updated design, new exterior colors and a more luxurious interior trim. The model also offers increased cabin space and a 2+2 seating configuration, thanks to the added 210 mm (8.26 inches) in length.
Full details on the new Bertone Jet 2 will be unveiled during the concept’s official debut in Geneva.
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 the first 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…