Earlier in August 2014, we learned about the updates prepared by Aston Martin for the 2015 Vanquish , and now the powerful grand tourer is set to receive the love it deserves from the company’s customization program, Q by Aston Martin. As if the numerous exterior and interior options available for the Vanquish weren’t enough, the Q by Aston Martin division jumped in with a brand-new program for the coupe, enhancing its appeal to a level even the most exigent customers can’t say no to.
Flashy colors, bold contrasts and an enhanced carbon-fiber pattern are now up for grabs to go with the coupe’s enhanced performance figures. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the 2015 Vanquish is a half-second quicker to 60 mph than the 2014 model, thanks to a slightly uprated engine and an all-new transmission. The 5.9-liter V-12 mill now generates 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, while the state-of-the-art Touchtronic III, eight-speed automatic makes sure the oomph is efficiently delivered to the wheels.
If you thought the Vanquish can’t get any better that it already is, then you definitely need to have a closer look at Q’s latest creation.
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Q by Aston Martin Vanquish in detail
The first thing that catches the eye is the Abor Orange paint this bespoke Vanquish coupe is wrapped in. Don’t bother looking for this hue on the vehicle’s options list, because it can only be had through Q by Aston Martin. Why is this color special, you ask? Well, in the company’s own words, the shade offers "the vibrancy of a rich orange red fired with an intensity emphasized by a shimmering pearl effect." It sounds fancy, we know, but a quick glimpse at the car reveals that the description isn’t just about poetry. The fiery orange hue is plain gorgeous and emphasizes the coupe’s muscular looks.
While the Abor Orange is clearly noticeable, the other novelty added to the Vanquish’s exterior requires a closer look. All the carbon-fiber parts seen on the exterior, including the front splitter, the side skirts and the rear diffuser, now benefit from a bolder look, thanks to an amplified carbon-fiber weave. Specifically, the new carbon twill is now twice the size compared to the standard twill, which magnifies the depth of the weave for a stronger pattern.
Although wrapped in a not-so-enticing Obsidian Black leather, the interior is equally unique by means of a new printed-leather design. Dubbed "Helix", the printed pattern is inspired by a carbon molecule helix and influenced by "experimental rapid prototype furniture." In plain English, the graphics consists of a three dimensional carbon atom chain that runs like a spine down the center of the ceiling. The same pattern is visible on the door panels, where it is highlighted by an orange stripe. The cockpit is rounded off by orange accents on the seat headrests and matching shift paddles.
Slightly revised for the 2015 model year, the Aston Martin Vanquish gained a new set of wheels, new optional exterior colors and a couple of interior leather trims. The biggest changes occurred under the skin, where a revised exhaust and a reconfigured engine management system added three extra horses and eight pound-feet of torque to the already powerful 5.9-liter, V-12 mill. Now rated at 568 ponies and 465 pound-feet, the engine pushes the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, making it a half-second faster than the 2014 model. The huge improvement in acceleration comes by means of a brand-new, Touchtronic III, eight-speed automatic transmission developed by ZF. Top speed has also been improved and now sits at 201 mph.
Gallery Aston Martin Vanquish
Gallery Aston Martin Vanquish by Q
Aston Martin will showcase a new collection of bespoke commissions created by the company’s Q by Aston Martin division - the ultimate personalisation service – at the Pebble Beach®Automotive Week next week; commissioned by dealer partner, Galpin Aston Martin.
Following the successful centenary celebrations at the 2013 event, Aston Martin returns to Monterey to host guests at the exclusive Aston Martin Estate. This exquisite private venue, situated high above Carmel with panoramic views across the Monterey Bay, provides the ideal backdrop for showcasing Aston Martin’s latest sports car range to customers and friends of the brand.
Supported by Louis Roederer, Timothy Oulton, McIntosh, Davidoff, William Grant & Sons, Ghurka and Merrill Lynch, more than 1,000 customers are expected to visit during the week.
Amongst the attractions at The Estate are four new Q by Aston Martin designs led by Los Angeles-based dealer partner, Galpin Aston Martin. Based on the DB9 Volante, V12 Vantage S and Vanquish (Coupe and Volante) sports cars, each example offers a glimpse of the capabilities available for customers to create something truly unique.
Director of Design, Marek Reichman said: “Our Q by Aston Martin personalisation service offers customers the ability to work closely with the Design team to create a very personal car, synthesizing individual visions with the considerable craftsmanship skills and expertise at our disposal.”
Q by Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe
The sporting character of the Vanquish is amplified with powerful colours, bold contrasts and an innovative enlarged carbon fibre weave structure.
Painted in Abor Orange – a new exclusive Q paint finish – the exterior offers the vibrancy of a rich orange red fired with an intensity emphasised by a shimmering pearl effect.
In a development of woven carbon fibre composite technology, an amplified weave sees the standard carbon twill double in size, magnifying the holographic depth of the carbon weave and giving all exposed exterior carbon parts a bold graphic pattern.
Ensconced in the Obsidian Black leather interior, the carbon theme is continued with a printed leather in a design called ‘Helix’; inspired by a carbon molecule helix and influenced by experimental rapid prototyped furniture. Running like a spine down the centre of the car, the Helix print is set on an unbroken expanse of leather headliner panel, and is revealed again in the door panels.