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2019 Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum

2019 Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum

Improving on existing masterpieces is a tough task, but Callum’s showing he’s up to the job

Eighteen years ago, Aston Martin launched the first-generation V12 Vanquish. It was a huge moment for the British automaker, which, at that time, was part of the Ford Motor Company stable. The first-generation Vanquish remained in production until 2007, and in that time, the Ian Callum-designed grand tourer established a fanbase that remains healthy and vibrant to this day. Imagine the excitement of those people now after Callum, who has since started Ian Callum Design, introduced the Aston Martin Vanquish 25, a throwback creation of the original Vanquish that the designer played a huge part in creating. The Aston Martin Vanquish 25 is here as part of Ian Callum Design’s goal to redo some of the cars from yesteryear that he had a hand in designing. We’re going to go through a long list of models to identify all the cars Callum helped bring to life so instead of doing that, we’re putting the spotlight squarely on one of his most famous creations. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Aston Martin Vanquish 25, and it looks like it hasn’t aged a day since the last time we saw it 12 years ago.

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2019 Aston Martin Vanquish

2019 Aston Martin Vanquish

Will it be powerful enough for the Ferrari 812 Superfast?

Launched in 2016, the DB11 brought Aston Martin into a new era, one that sees a brand-new platform replacing the Vertical\Horizontal underpinnings that entered production in 2004. With the DB11 having replaced the iconic DB9 and a new-generation Vantage almost ready for a public debut, Aston Martin is now working on a new version of the Vanquish, and a prototype was just spotted on the Nurburgring track.

Not much is known about the upcoming Vanquish, but the spy shots suggest a DB11-inspired design. This is far from surprising though, as the DB11 was used to introduce the company’s latest styling language. So much like the DB9, which inspired the rest of the Aston Martin lineup back in the day, the DB11 will lend many of its features to the new Vantage and Vanquish. Of course, the Vanquish will be most aggressive of the trio in terms of styling, but also as far as performance goes.

There’s no word as to when the new Vanquish will arrive, but given that the second-gen model is five years old as of 2017, I don’t think we’ll see it sooner than late 2018 in showrooms. But, until that happens, let’s take a closer look at what we already know about the British grand tourer.

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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate

One last hurrah for Aston Martin’s proud super GT

We’re stepping out from the madness going on at SEMA to bring you some important news from across the pond. Aston Martin, creators of some of the finest super GTs in the business, is all set to say goodbye to one of them. Yes, folks. The Aston Martin Vanquish is getting ready to say adieu, as production of the model is set to end soon. But, before that time comes, the British automaker is giving all of us one last treat in the form of the Vanquish S Ultimate, a last hurrah special edition model that will serve as a fitting swan song for the beloved Vanquish line.

The special edition model is limited to just 175 units and, as many of you might expect, it comes with plenty of exclusive features, none more important than the three exclusive color schemes that Aston has prepared specifically for the model under the “Designer Theme” banner. In addition, the automaker is also offering specially created color and trim packages that are unique to the Vanquish S Ultimate, so if any of you decide to get one, you’re getting treated to some design elements that no other Aston Martin has, presumably including the Valkyrie hypercar. That’s a pretty sweet selling point, isn’t it? Given the limited quantity, it would be ideal if you place your orders now because Aston’s already taking them. Should you luck into one, you can expect to take delivery of your Vanquish S Ultimate sometime in the first quarter of 2018.

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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition

As if the greatest quarterback in NFL history didn’t have any more cool things attached to his name

Tom Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion, is regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and has a wife who is somehow more popular than he is. Tom Brady has so many things going for him that he now even has a special edition Aston Martin named after him. This is the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition, the product of a collaboration between Touchdown Tommy and the bespoke design team over at Q by Aston Martin - Commission. It’s limited to just 12 units - no surprise there - and getting one will probably be as difficult as stopping Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Sorry, Atlanta Falcons.

There’s no word yet on how much each of these special edition Vanquish S Volantes will cost, but rest assured, they’re not going to come cheap considering the status of the name that’s attached to it. See, this isn’t so much an Aston Martin as it is an Aston Martin that Brady had a hand in designing from scratch. He may not be known for having creative design instincts, but it is pleasantly surprising to see the Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Signature Edition turn out as well as it did. For one, it has impressive bespoke qualities, the kind that you expect from Brady himself. Then there’s the attention-to-detail, another hallmark Brady quality that we’re saying on full display in this Vanquish S Volante.

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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

Ferrari GTC4Lusso who?

Redesigned in 2012, the current Aston Martin Vanquish is set to retire in less than a couple of years in order to make way for a brand-new model, and the British firm is doing whatever it takes to spice things up before pulling the plug. In 2016, it unveiled a re-bodied version of the grand tourer made by Zagato, but the coupe was soon followed by a Volante version. 2017 brought a Speedster model as well, and with 2018 just around the corner Aston Martin and Zagato launched a new body style, the Shooting Brake. The wagon model will be as exclusive as its sibling and likely extremely expensive, but it’s an important milestone in a market where shooting brakes have almost gone the way of the dodo bird.

While the Vantage Zagato wagon arrived unexpectedly, it’s not exactly surprising that Aston Martin created a shooting brake. The British firm is no stranger to this body style, and it has released quite a few wagons in the past. Harold Radford built such versions of DB5, DB6, and DBS back in the 1960s, but Aston Martin made its very own production run of the Virage in the early 1990s. More recently, Bertone transformed the Rapide in a shooting brake, but these are just a few examples. We definitely need more shooting brakes on the market today, and even though the Vanquish Zagato is limited to very few examples, it will be great to see one more sports wagon hit public roads.

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2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante

The latest Zagato-designed Aston Martin gets a convertible version

The second-generation V12 Vanquish was introduced in 2012, 11 years after Aston Martin used the nameplate to replace the aging Virage. Although it borrows the same styling cues made popular by the DB9, the Vanquish stands out thanks to its design features inspired by the One-77 supercar, sporty yet stylish interior, and a powerful 5.9-liter V-12 engine. Set to be replaced before 2018, the Vanquish is still being used as a base for numerous limited-edition grand tourers.

In 2016, Aston Martin unveiled the Vanquish Zagato, the fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades. Previewed by a concept car that Aston Martin showcased at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este earlier in 2016, the production coupe has been joined by a convertible at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Set to be produced in only 99 units, just like the coupe, the Vanquish Zagato Volante follows in the footsteps of the 1987 V8 Vantage Volante and the 2003 DB AR1 as an exclusive Zagato-built sports car with a bespoke body. And, if its predecessors are any indication, the Vanquish Zagato Volante will become one of the rarest Aston Martins ever created.

Updated 08/21/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster

A two seat Vanquish? Shut up and take my money!

Introduced in 2012, the second-generation Vanquish isn’t yet as old as the model it replaced, but it won’t be long until Aston Martin unleashes the third-generation car. And it seems that the grand tourer is getting a proper send off with several special-edition models up for grabs. Arguably the most spectacular of them all is the Zagato, which was built in both coupe and Volante body styles. Limited to only 99 units each, the Zagatos are long gone as of 2017, but if you’re still looking to get one, Aston Martin just unveiled two new version wearing the Zagato badge. One of them is the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, a two-seat drop-top that steps away from the usual convertible configuration.

The Speedster’s arrival is far from surprising, because we’ve already seen a camo-free example being driver near the Nurburgring track earlier this summer. However, it is a bit surprising that it was designed as a two-seater, as is the fact that Aston Martin expanded the current Vanquish Zagato range to no fewer than four models, including a shooting brake. Find out more about the Zagato Speedster and what makes it stands out compared to other models in the review below.

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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante

The company’s most powerful convertible yet

The second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish broke cover in 2012 when it replaced the DBS V12 and revived a nameplate Aston Martin had previously used between 2001 to 2007. Essentially an evolution of the DBS design-wise, the Vanquish also sports a few One-77-inspired cues that give it a unique appearance in the Aston Martin lineup. Five years old as of 2017, the Vanquish has already gained a mild update by now, but 2017 brought a more comprehensive mid-cycle facelift.

While not as fancy as the limited-edition Zagato model, the standard Vanquish Volante now sports notable updates inside and out and a more powerful engine under the hood. Much like the first-gen model, the current Vanquish received an "S" badge with the facelift. Usually used for higher-performance models by many brands, Aston Martin’s "S" specification now stands for mid-cycle upgrades and extra power. Expect the Vanquish S Volante to remain on the market for two to three years before it will be replaced by a redesigned grand tourer.

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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S

The current Vanquish gets one final update before being phased out in 2018

The second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish was unveiled in 2012, when it replaced the DBS V12 and revived a nameplate Aston Martin had previously used between 2001 to 2007. Although its exterior design is an evolution of the DBS, the One-77-inspired styling cues give it a unique appearance in the Aston Martin lineup. The grand tourer has already received two mild updates by 2016, the most important being a tweaked engine and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. A more extensive facelift was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Show for the 2017 model year.

Having already launched a gorgeous version penned by famous coachbuilder Zagato, Aston Martin upgraded the standard version with notable updates on the outside and a more powerful engine under the hood. Much like the first-gen model, the current Vanquish received an "S" badge with the facelift. Usually used for higher-performance models by many brands, Aston Martin’s "S" specification usually stands for mid-cycle upgrades and extra power.

“In its second generation the Vanquish maintained that momentum with huge engineering advances such as its all-carbon fibre bodywork and compelling, contemporary styling," said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and CEO. Now, the Vanquish S takes things a step further, confidently asserting itself within the Aston Martin range and distinguishing itself from the new DB11. A spectacular machine in every sense, the Vanquish S is a magnificent addition to our range"

The upgraded Vanquish S will be sold for about two or three years before it will be replaced by a new grand tourer based on the DB11. This version is expected to be in late 2018 or early 2019. Until that happens, let’s have a look at what the refreshed Vanquish will bring to the table.

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2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Inspired By AM37 Powerboat

2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Inspired By AM37 Powerboat

A unique cabriolet with yacht-inspired upholstery and paint

The second-generation V12 Vanquish was introduced in 2012, 11 years after Aston Martin introduced the nameplate as a replacement for the aging Virage. Although it borrows the same styling cues made popular by the DB9, the Vanquish sports more aggressive features inspired by the One-77 supercar, a more stylish interior, and a powerful 5.9-liter V-12 engine. Scheduled to be replaced in 2018 by a an updated model using the new DB11 platform, the Vanquish remains a popular choice on the luxury grand tourer market and it is still being used as a base for numerous limited-edition models.

Following the unveiling of the Vanquish Zagato, in both coupe and convertible forms, at the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Aston Martin showcased yet another unique Vanquish Volante created by the Q division. What makes this latest cabriolet more interesting than its siblings is that it is based on the AM37 Powerboat, a 37-foot vessel built by Quintessence Yachts. Luxurious and well-appointed, the AM37 served as inspiration for the grand tourer, which borrowed some of its exterior paint and the two-tone upholstery.

Much like most vehicles designed by the Q division, this Vanquish Volante is unique, with just one lucky owner getting bragging rights to it. Find out what makes it special in our review below.

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2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

Aston Martin turned the gorgeous Zagato Concept into a limited-edition production car

The second-generation V12 Vanquish was introduced in 2012, 11 years after Aston Martin used the nameplate to replace the aging Virage. Equipped with a sporty yet stylish interior and an upgraded 5.9-liter V-12 engine, the V12 Vanquish stands out among other Aston Martins thanks to its impressive performance figures and styling cues borrowed from the limited edition One-77 supercar. After 15 years on the market, the Vanquish has finally spawned a Zagato-designed special edition. The fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades, the Vanquish Zagato is the production version of the concept car that Aston Martin showcased at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este earlier in 2016.

Prepared for production thanks to "unprecedented customer interest," the Vanquish Zagato is actually identical to the concept car, down to the wild exterior design and the souped-up V-12 engine. Set to be produced in only 99 units, the Vanquish Zagato joins the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato, the 1986 V8 Vantage Zagato, the 2002 DB7 Vantage Zagato, and the 2011 V12 Vantage Zagato as one of the rarest Aston Martins ever created.

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Next-Generation Aston Martin Vanquish Could Receive New V-12 Engine With 700 Horsepower

Next-Generation Aston Martin Vanquish Could Receive New V-12 Engine With 700 Horsepower

Is it time for the Ferrari F12 and the Lamborghini Aventador SV to start looking over their shoulders?

The Aston Martin Vanquish has regularly sat as the British automaker’s top-of-the-range model and, as the second-generation version of the Vanquish nears its end, word has it that the third-generation model is going to receive a highly tuned version of Aston Martin’s new 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine that will have more than 700 horsepower on tap.

Production of the new V-12 engine, dubbed the AE31, recently began in the company’s engine plant in Cologne, Germany and, while Aston said that it has an official output of 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, its chief powertrain engineer Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons told Auto Express that the twin-turbo V-12 has hit 820 horsepower during testing. That allows the company to tune the engine to fit into the Vanquish’s status and, since the DB11 will have 600 ponies on tap when it hits dealerships later this year, it’s important for the Vanquish V-12 to eclipse the DB11’s power output to retain its flagship stature.

Fitzsimmons didn’t dive into the specifics of how Aston Martin plans to increase the V-12’s output to hit 700 horses, opting only to say that some “elegant solutions” are being worked on get to that number while also keeping emissions at a minimum. What appears certain is that the new V-12’s characteristics - the extra turbochargers and the more efficient nature of the whole system - will play a big role in its ability to be versatile with its power output.

If the next-generation Vanquish does get north of 700 horsepower, it would be a significant jump from the incumbent’s 568-horsepower output. 700 horses would put it in the league of the Ferrari F12 and the Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce. That’s elite company right there.

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2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept

2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept

A stunning concept that likely previews the next-generation Vanquish

Introduced in 2001 as a successor to the aging Virage, the V12 Vanquish received an extensive redesign in 2012. Previewed by the Project AM310 Concept, the second-gen Vanquish’s exterior design is an evolution of the DBS with many styling cues inspired by the limited-edition One-77. The grand tourer also gained a new interior based on the one found in the supercar with hand-stitched leather and an updated infotainment system as standard equipment. Under the hood, the 5.9-liter V-12 was uprated from the first-generation’s 520 to 565 horsepower and later to 568 horses. In 2016, the second-gen Vanquish is celebrating four years on the market and Aston Martin is introducing the Vanquish Zagato Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that goes back to the early 1960s, the Vanquish Zagato Concept brings together classic Aston Martin styling cues and design features seen on previous limited-edition and concept models such as the One-77 and CC100 Speedster. The grand tourer also borrows some elements from the brand-new DB11, which suggests that it might preview the third-generation Vanquish that’s set to arrive by the end of the decade.

"Over the years, we have developed and refined our own design language and we have always gone that little bit further with our special series cars like CC100, One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan. The Vanquish Zagato Concept shows how our two companies can come together and push the definition of Aston Martin design," said Marek Reichman, executive vice president and chief creative officer of the British brand.

"We pride ourselves on our strong partnership and the creation of the Vanquish Zagato Concept was a true shared experience," added Zagato CEO Andrea Zagato, "it represents the essence of an important design relationship that dates back over fifty years."

Set to break cover at Lake Como in Italy, the Vanquish Zagato Concept joins iconic Zagato-designed Aston Martins such as the DB4 GT Zagato of 1960 and the V12 Vantage Zagato of 2011.

Updated 05/24/2016: We added a series of new video taken during the Vanquish Zagato Concept’s official debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza. Hit "play" to see how stunning this Vanquish looks in reality. Enjoy!

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2015 Aston Martin Thunderbolt Concept By Henrik Fisker

2015 Aston Martin Thunderbolt Concept By Henrik Fisker

The Norselands have long been known for boxes. Volvo has practically defined the rectangle as a design paradigm, second only to your average Lego in sheer perfection of corners. IKEA’s furniture is most famous for resembling the boxes it came out of, but at least it fits in well with the post-modern asceticism of North Atlantic architecture. Denmark, though — Denmark has long bucked the interlocking molds of its neighbors’ boxy practicality. Trust a Dane then to break those molds, reshaping everything we know about design by thinking outside the box.

Henrik Fisker first rose to prominence at BMW as the designer of the Z07 Concept, which ultimately became the Z8 coupe. It was in the Z8’s classic long-hood-short-deck proportions, and stretched-over-a-frame body panels that we caught the first hint of things to come. In 2001, Fisker joined Ford Motor Company, and immediately went to work re-designing the face of Aston Martin. That redesign, the DB9, was arguably the only good thing to come out of the entire Ford-Aston affair.

Fisker’s work (along with the Cadillac Sixteen Concept and Chrysler PT Cruiser) signaled the end of 90s styling, and wrote the book for a whole new generation of automobile bodies. Not content to rest on his well-deserved laurels, Fisker launched his own car company from sunny California, where he’s still making history by influencing fellow revolutionaries like Tesla.

History beckons, though, and now the Danish prodigy has a new take on the Aston design language he created. Enter, the Aston Martin Vanquish Thunderbolt.

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2015 Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanquish

2015 Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanquish

Aston Martin Works, the official service and restoration division of Aston Martin, is celebrating its 60th anniversary so to commemorate the occasion, Aston Martin announced that AM Works, together with the help of Q by Aston Martin, will produce six limited-edition 2015 Vanquish models that will commemorate the division’s diamond anniversary.

The six Vanquish 60th Anniversary models will be presented in either Coupe or Volante models. Each one will be built exclusively from the rest with plenty of unique colors, styling details, and bespoke interior amenities. The most unique detail of each of the six exclusive models are the bespoke interior dials, specifically the bespoke metal rotary control dials that were created from old pistons from some of the most legendary Aston Martin modes in the past six decades. The list of the six Aston classics begins with the DB 2/4 Mk II saloon from the 1950s and followed in subsequent decades by the DB5, the V8 Coupe, the V8 Vantage X-pack, the V8 Vantage Supercharged and, most recently, the Original Vanquish.

Each variant of the Aston Martin Works Vanquish 60th Anniversary Edition also will also receive sill plates that depict the era from where the pistons were taken.

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2015 Q By Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe Satin Jet Black

2015 Q By Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe Satin Jet Black

Aston Martin’s special Q program has released several special versions of various cars to demonstrate the level of luxury and personalization it can offer to customers. Aston’s most recent addition was a Vanquish Volante last August, but now just a few months later they decided to release yet another Vanquish model; this time it’s a coupe. When compared to the previous iteration, this coupe features a new exterior color, some carbon trim updates and revised interior materials.

Like all Q transformations, this one is purely visual, and under the hood you will find the same 5.9-liter V-12 mill of the standard Vanquish. That means 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, all mated to the company’s state-of-the-art Touchtronic III, eight-speed automatic transmission.

That means this stylish coupe has enough grunt to sprint from zero to 60 mph in three seconds, and it will reach a top speed of 201 mph.

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2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition

2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition

If there was ever any doubt why James Bond loves Aston Martins so much, these Vanquish Carbon Edition models will quell all of those misgivings. The British automaker finally pulled the covers off of its latest special edition creation only days after it dropped a teaser promoting its arrival. While I do think that Aston Martin needs to time its teasers better, I’m not complaining about what came out of it.

The Vanquish Carbon Edition is a thing of beauty and if you want to be really technical about it, there are actually two versions of this bad-boy. There’s a coupe and a convertible version, each of which can be dressed in either black or white. Pulling off a black or white car isn’t easy, but the Vanquish has all the sexiness it needs to wear these colors and look good doing so.

I’m not saying that I’m going to buy one as soon as it’s available, but there’s nothing wrong with staring at them with longing eyes, right?

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante By Q

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante By Q

The Q by Aston Martin program really is something else, isn’t it? The personalization program has the ability to turn any Aston Martin into a real work of art. We’ve seen it happen time and time again since the program was launched in 2012. But we’ve never seen it to the extent of what Aston Martin is bringing to the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. Four Aston Martin models, all dressed up by Q by Aston Martin. One of these models is the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, a supercar that holds a special place in my heart because it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a supercar. Fast, powerful, luxurious, and gorgeous, all at the same time. That’s how I’d describe the Vanquish Volante in so many words.

The Vanquish Volante Q by Aston Martin is an especially attractive iteration of the Aston’s most powerful convertible supercar. It’s dressed to the nines the way a well-kept and tidy exotic should be. The silver and tan treatment on the body and cabin blends perfectly in a way that fits the aura of the Vanquish Volante.

Classy on the outside, aggressive on the inside. Just the way Aston Martin intended the Vanquish Volante to be.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish by Q

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish by Q

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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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante by Q

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante by Q

Q by Aston Martin — the sports car’s customization department — has brought us some gorgeous example in recent history. Whether it was the CC100 Speedster Concept that was introduced at last year’s Geneva Motor Show or Q’s first stab at the Vanquish Volante, Aston’s customization program has been a veritable hit factory.

Like a gift that just keeps on giving, Q by Aston Martin has released two addition models at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, giving us an idea of just how talented the customization division really is.

Unlike last year’s Red Ember-finished Vanquish Volante, this one is a little more subdued, but no less incredible in its own special way. Sometimes subtle touches trump over-the-top modifications when it comes to making a fantastic custom ride. And subtlety is exactly what this custom Vanquish Volante ozzes from every pore.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Neiman Marcus Edition

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Neiman Marcus Edition

The holiday season is still almost three months away, but it looks like someone already started to feel "in the spirit." Neiman Marcus announced today the first details on a special edition Aston Martin Vanquish Volante that will be sold in their annual Christmas Book.

The model is painted in an exclusive Seychelles Blue combined with a bright-finish grille and an Atlantic Blue roof. Bi-xenon headlights also chip in to give the Aston a stunning look in the dark. On the corners, the special-edition Vanquish Volante features 20-spoke, lightweight alloy wheels and blue brake calipers peeking through.

For the interior, the new special edition adds sports seats wrapped in black leather with contrasting Aurora Blue stitching and, of course, Neiman Marcus nomenclature embroidered on headrests. The same Aurora Blue paint sees use on the quilted door insert, the contrast stitching on the Obsidian Black steering wheel and the gearshift paddles.

The new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Neiman Marcus Edition is priced at $344,500 and will be limited to only 10 units. For each unit sold, Neiman Marcus will donate $3,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.

Under its hood, the Neiman Marcus Edition retains the 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that produces a healthy 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

Updated 11/14/2013: Aston Martin unveiled a new set of images for the Vanquish Volante Neiman Marcus Edition that will be unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Find the new pictures in the gallery!

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2014 Vanquish Volante Q by Aston Martin

2014 Vanquish Volante Q by Aston Martin

"Q by Aston Martin" is a bespoke personalization program unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The first models customized with this program were the Virage and the Cygnet, and now Aston Martin turned its attention to the new Vanquish Volante.

Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, this customized Vanquish Volante Q features an unique Red Ember exterior paint combined with a Gulf Orange-painted front and rear splitters, and gloss-black waist rail finisher. The interior is wrapped in a bronze metallic leather, giving the cabin a sweet look.

Of course, while this is the model that hit the Frankfurt Show for the show, the new Q by Aston Martin personalization program allows customers to choose from nearly any imaginable colors or materials.

According to Aston Martin, with the new Vanquish Volante Q, it wanted to demonstrate how "flexible we can be as we strive to create bespoke treatments for new cars."

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2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

Every time Aston Martin unveils a new model, the Volante version is sure to be waiting right around the corner and the new Vanquish is no exception. The model was unveiled today at Aston Martin’s global HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England as a celebration of the company’s centenary.

The upcoming Volante will borrow every detail from its coupe version, except, of course, for its lightweight fabric top that takes just 14 seconds to fold. It will feature the completely different lower front lip and small rectangular mouth than the new-generation Vanquish, as well as larger air ducts, revised headlight assemblies and nostril-style heat extractors on the hood. The rear of the vehicle features the new generation’s significantly larger and more aggressive spoiler, but the overall shape and design of the taillights is the same as on the 2012 model.

Updated 06/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 06/25/2013: Aston Martin has placed an online configurator for its brand new Vanquish Volante. You can now go and play with the colors and design your dream sports roadster. Enjoy!

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