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.
As expected and promised, the exterior of this new Vanquish steals a few styling cues from the One-77 supercar, but there are no drastic similarities to make this appear like a baby- One-77. Thank you Aston Martin.
Starting at the front end, you will notice that there is a completely different front lip. Aston did away with the gaping mouth look that the 2012 DBS had and replaced it with a lower lip and a small rectangular mouth that will likely act as a front-lip spoiler.
The 2012 DBS features rather svelte air dams on either side of the front fascia, whereas the new Vanquish will feature larger air ducts, giving the front end a sportier, racing appearance. The headlight assemblies appear to be very similar to the 2012 model year, but the new Vanquish’s headlights look to come to a harder point on the front, giving it a meaner look and of course they are featuring LED lights.
The hood is also a similar shape to its 2012 counterpart, but the hood on the new Vanquish has nostril-style heat extractors that sit further apart from one another. Short of the nostril repositioning, the hood is nearly identical between the old DBS and new Vanquish.
The front fenders seem nearly identical to the 2012 model year’s fenders and feature the same heat extractor split in half with a chrome strip that runs onto the front part of the door. The most obvious difference down the side of the new Aston Martin Vanquish is a low indentation, reminiscent of the indentation created by the heat extractors on the One-77, on the front fender, door, and rear quarter panel. This definitely gives the new Vanquish’ side profile a lot more character than the 2012 model year.
The roofline on the new Vanquish is slightly revised, as it features a little higher peak, which is likely to help increase headroom, but it quickly slopes back downward and finishes in the same fastback-like manner as the 2012 model year. The rear quarter panel arches are slightly more aggressive, giving it an appearance closer to the One-77 supercar.
The rear end is the most redesigned part of the new Vanquish. The first notable difference is a significantly larger and more aggressive spoiler than the one found on the current model. Aston Martin did us all a huge favor and eliminated the god awful and overused clear taillights in favor of more traditional red ones, but the overall shape and design of the taillights is the same as on the 2012 model.
You will also find that the rear bumper and exhaust exits are far more refined in the newest rendition of the Vanquish. The rear bumper actually is complete, as opposed to having the plastic insert that the 2012 model year does, and it features two cutouts where the exhaust pipes protrude.
The new Vanquish will be offered in both 2+2 or 2+0 configurations and features a newly designed and significantly more spacious cabin and a boot that, at 368 liters, is more than 60% larger than that of the DBS.
Aston Martin opted for an all-new interior using features and technologies from the One-77 supercar. The new Vanquish will be trimmed in Fine Luxmil and semi-aniline leather and Alcantara, all hand-stitched, while the center-stack was inspired by the One-77 and features a new infotainment system and improved usability. Carbon fiber is among the many options customers have when designing the interior of the Vanquish.
Engine and Drivetrain
It is well known that the engine will be the same 6.0-liter V-12 setup that the 2012 model year utilizes, but with mild modifications. With these mods, the V-12 engine will produce significantly more power: 565 HP at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 lbs-ft at 5,500 rpm. As a result, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph. The engine is mated to a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox that ensures some of the most impressive performance figures.
Suspension and Braking
Aston Martin hasn’t released any information on the suspension and braking systems yet, so we anticipate that the new Vanquish will ride on the same chassis as the current DBS, giving it the same braking and suspension systems. In that case, the suspension will be an adaptive damping system. The front end will feature an independent double wishbone-style system with an anti-roll bar, monotube dampers, and anti-dive geometry, which prevents nose diving on hard braking.
The rear suspension will be essentially the same setup as the front. The only difference would be the geometry of the rear suspension which is set up to reduce squatting and lifting, thereby increasing acceleration and grip, and keeping the tires on the ground.
The front brakes feature six-piston calipers that squeeze onto 398 mm (15.66-inch) carbon ceramic ventilated discs. The rear brakes have four-piston calipers that squeeze 360 mm (14.17-inch) carbon ceramic ventilated discs. As expected of a high-performance luxury ride, the DBS includes an electronic brakeforce distribution system and traction control.
In Europe, deliveries will begin in late in 2012. Prices will start from £189,995, which is about $297,000 at the current exchange rates.
The only true head-to-head competition for the new Vanquish is the upcoming Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which is slated to replace the 599. First and foremost, we are using the term “competitor” very loosely here. The F12 is slated to pump out an impressive 740 horsepower from its 6.3-liter V-12 engine, which crushes even the highest estimates for the Aston Martin DBS.
On the outside, the F12 Berlinetta screams “Supercar,” whereas the Aston Martin is more of a luxury sports car. That’s not to say that the F12 Berlinetta is a better looking car, it is just more muscular looking than the Vanquish.
The only unknown here is the pricing, as the 599 bottomed out at $320,000, which is about $25,000 (European prices used) more than the outgoing DBS. Chances are that with the increases on this new Ferrari, the MSRP will shoot up significantly, which is another reason the term “competitor” is used loosely here.
For a buyer that prefers sleek styling and a luxurious look and feel over pure unadulterated muscle looks, the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish is the way to go. If you prefer the muscular look, then the way to go is the Ferrari.
As we said, pricing is still unknown, so that may ultimately make up your mind. We advise not making any final decisions until all of the details are released on both the Ferrari F12 and the 2014 Aston Martin vanquish.
Redesigned without killing the DBS’s looks
Likely to be priced lower than the competition
Could have used a little more design changes
Drastically less power than the F12 Berlinetta