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  • Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Year:
    2014- 2015
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  • Engine:
    V12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    568 @ 6650
  • Torque @ RPM:
    465 @ 5500
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    201 mph
  • Price:
    279995
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The Aston Martin Vanquish made its official entry to the grand tourer market as a replacement for the aging Virage in 2001. Designed by Ian Callum, the man who also penned the gorgeous Jaguar F-Type, the Vanquish was launched with a 5.9-liter V-12 rated at 450 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Production of the first-gen model ended in 2007, when the DBS rolled out as a replacement. Based on the DBR9 race car, the DBS featured the same engine, but output was increased to 510 horses and 420 pound-feet. The Vanquish name returned for the 2012 model year as an evolution of the DBS. Inspired by the exclusive One-77 inside and out, the new Vanquish kept the company’s proven 5.9-liter V-12, now squeezing no less than 565 ponies and 457 pound-feet. Going into 2015, the Vanquish remains basically unchanged inside and out, but receives an extensive drivetrain upgrade that includes a brand-new autobox and minor engine tweaks.

Although output gains are slight, the coupe’s performance has increased dramatically, as the 2015 Vanquish ascends into a league reserved for sports cars that can return three-second 0-to-60 sprints. How quick is the updated Vanquish and what’s new for the 2015 model year? Read on to find out.

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!

Updated 08/06/2014: Aston Martin unveiled details on the 2015 Vanquish which will be put on sale in the third quarter of 2014. The main addition for 2015 model year is a newly developed Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic transmission. Details after the jump.

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Aston Martin Is Hard At Work On A New V-12 Vanquish, Set To Debut This September

Aston Martin Is Hard At Work On A New V-12 Vanquish, Set To Debut This September

Twelve cylinders and British good looks? Yes please!

Aston Martin’s large-and-in-charge grand tourer, a.k.a the Vanquish, will soon get a highly anticipated overhaul, gaining extra speed thanks to a thumping turbo V-12 under the hood and new aero on the exterior body panels. The countdown has begun for interested customers, as the new Vanquish could hit dealers as early as this September.

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Aston Martin Is Not Messing Around Anymore As CEO Takes Aim At Ferrari

Aston Martin Is Not Messing Around Anymore As CEO Takes Aim At Ferrari

Next-gen Vanquish is being developed to compete against the Ferrari 812 Superfast

With Aston Martin saying goodbye to the current-generation Vanquish - it even prepared a final “Ultimate” edition of the model - work on the next-gen model is speeding up to the point that we’re already seeing prototypes of the upcoming Vanquish out and about on the streets. We also know that it’s slated to carry as much as 700 horsepower on tap and, if Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is to be believed, the next-gen Vanquish is going to be potent enough to make the Prancing Horse restless.

Oh, yes. Palmer is throwing the gauntlet at Ferrari, specifically at the 812 Superfast. It’s been well-documented that Aston Martin has set out a plan to become more aggressive with developing pure performance cars. We’ve already seen hints of it with the development of the Vulcan supercar and the Valkyrie hypercar. Now, it’s also taking shape with some of the marquee’s long-standing models. The new DB11 got the ball rolling in that regard and it’s no surprise that the next-gen Vanquish will use the same template, including a modified version of the DB11’s platform. Likewise, the Vanquish’s 5.3-liter turbocharged V-12 unit will be derived from the DB11 and will be tuned to produce power levels that could rival the Ferrari 812 Superfast. It’s an ambitious goal to set, especially when Ferrari is brought up in the discussion. But, it’s a new era over at Aston Martin. Those days of the marque sticking to its grand tourer roots are long gone. Now it’s taking aim at just about anybody it deems a competitor with little regard for the consequences. It’s a refreshing sight to see, and one that I wish happened much earlier.

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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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Pops' Rants: Here's What's Wrong with the Awesome Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

Pops’ Rants: Here’s What’s Wrong with the Awesome Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

I love the Shooting Brake and the Speedster but...

So Aston Martin just launched a new version of the Vanquish Zagato with a shooting brake body. Pretty cool, eh? Actually, it’s more than that. Cool is something I would use to describe a Toyota 86 with an extra 30 horsepower. This thing is exciting, to say the least. The sporty cues of the Vanquish, the more aggressive styling of Zagato, and all that carbon-fiber make for a great combination, especially if the end result is a shooting brake. Yeah, I’m crazy about wagons, and I like shooting brakes even more. But despite my feelings toward long-roofed vehicles and the fact that the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is brilliant in just about any department, I still have a big rant to shoot out of my system.

Why would I complain about a seemingly perfect car (from my point of view)? Well, it’s not exactly the car I want to complain about. It’s about Aston Martin’s marketing strategy, and the fact that this Vanquish Zagato run is too damn exclusive. And it’s like Aston Martin is going against the tide, which isn’t exactly what it needs at this point as it has yet to reach that safe point after years of struggle. Let me explain what I mean.

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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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Aston Martin Announces Additional Vanquish Zagato Models

Aston Martin Announces Additional Vanquish Zagato Models

You better act quick if you want one in your collection

What happens when you mix British good looks with Italian flair? The answer is one very desirable automobile, as evidenced by nearly six decades of collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato. The latest products of this happy union are new Speedster and Shooting Brake iterations of the Vanquish, which join the Coupe and Volante to bring the grand total of Zagato’d Vanquish models to four. Revealed during Monterey Car Week just five days ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Aston says production will be limited to 325 units total, including 99 Coupes, 99 Volantes, 28 Speedsters, and 99 Shooting Brakes.

Production is already underway, with deliveries expected through 2018. Unfortunately, anyone looking to grab one of the more rare Speedster models is out of luck, as all 28 are already spoken for. Updates from the design house only pertain to the exterior and cabin, while the mechanicals remain unchanged. That means as much as 580 horsepower from an all-atmosphere 6.0-liter V-12 powerplant, with output routed rearwards by way of a Touchtronic III gearbox. Adaptive dampers help it handle. Outside, you’ll find carbon fiber body components, plus taillights inspired by the outrageous Vulcan racing car and a 3D Zagato “Z” theme for the front fascia. Inside is herringbone carbon fiber with anodized bronze trim.

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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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Aston Martin Pays Tribute To RAF's Red Arrows With Bespoke Vanquish S

Aston Martin Pays Tribute To RAF’s Red Arrows With Bespoke Vanquish S

It’s very red and really rad!

When it comes to aviation-inspired sports cars, not other country gives us as many as the United Kingdom. In recent years, we’ve seen Royal Air Force-inspired vehicles come from both Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin, with the latter already famous for the Vantage S models that paid tribute to the Spitfire plane and the Blades Aerobatic Display Team. Come 2017 and it’s time for the Vanquish to join the aviation-inspired theme, this time around as a tribute for the RAF’s Red Arrows acrobatic unit.

Commissioned by Aston Martin’s dealer in Cambridge, the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition is limited to only 10 units, nine for each pilot of the Red Arrows unit and a tenth car to be given to the RAF Benevolent Fund charity.

Crafted by the Q division, the Red Arrows Edition is by no means a regular limited-edition Aston Martin with a custom paint job. On top of the Eclar Red paint that mirrors the familiar livery of the Hawks and references the Red Arrows’ motto, the coupe sports all sorts of details that make it unique in the lineup.

Custom features include white detailing in the front bumper and grille, blue highlights on the side skirts, white "smoke trails" on the side strakes, "Union Jack" enamel wing badges, and "Union Jack" side winglets on the bumper. The carbon-fiber roof has white graphics that mimic the canopy design of a jet fighter, while the standard exhaust pipes have been replaced by titanium pieces.

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Aston Martin Builds Unique, Yacht-Inspired Vanquish Volante; Costs as much as a Yacht

Aston Martin Builds Unique, Yacht-Inspired Vanquish Volante; Costs as much as a Yacht

Would you rather drive or sail?

Remember the bespoke Aston Martin Vanquish Volante inspired by the AM37 powerboat that the British firm unveiled in late 2016? I certainly do and I remember wondering about how much such a car would cost. Well, Aston Martin just unveiled pricing information and said the car is actually available for purchase. Although it was initially believed that it was commissioned by a customer, the one-off convertible is actually for sale at Aston Martin Reading, which is part of the H.R. Owen Group and costs a whopping £236,950.

That’s a £29,000 premium over the stock Vanquish Volante and makes the AM37 as expensive as an actual yacht. For instance, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey boat from 2015 will set you back £225,000 and comes with three cabins, two showers, and all the room you need for a party away from the shore. Not to mention that you save some £10,000 for supplies Granted, the boat has only 75 horsepower and won’t get you anywhere in a hurry, but the Vanquish Volante barely has room for four.

Anyway, making this unique grand tourer special is the bespoke Concours Blue paint on the outside and the Q-exclusive semi-aniline leather upholstery in Chestnut Tan and White Essence on the inside. Built to celebrate Aston Martin’s partnership with Quintessence Yachts, the AM37 Vanquish Volante also features Q Conker Saddle carpets with Q-exclusive Conker Saddle overmats, Q Rosewood High Gloss Fascia, Q Fender and Buckle Badges with white enamel infill, a full Q matching tailored luggage set, and a special plaque in honor of its status as a one-of-one model, reading: “specially commissioned by Q to commemorate the AM37 yacht launch – 1 of 1.”

Pretty fancy, huh?

Under the hood, this Vanquish Volante is standard business, featuring the familiar 5.9-liter V-12 engine rated at 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 4.1 seconds, while top speed is rated at 183 mph.

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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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Aston Martin Vanquish S Brings Updated V-12 Engine and Carbon-Fiber to Los Angeles

Aston Martin Vanquish S Brings Updated V-12 Engine and Carbon-Fiber to Los Angeles

It’s the most powerful Vanquish yet!

Launched in 2001 as a replacement for the Virage, the Aston Martin Vanquish gained an "S" badge when it was updated in 2004. The Vanquish S disappeared altogether when the company discontinued the model in 2007 and didn’t return when the nameplate was revised in 2012. Come 2016 and Aston Marin reintroduced the Vanquish S with the car’s mid-cycle facelift.

Naturally, the update is more about a revised V-12 engine than anything else. There’s great news in this department, as the big 5.9-liter V-12 has been massaged to deliver 592 horsepower. This figure isn’t exactly new for the Vanquish, but up until now it was offered on the limited-edition Vanquish Zagato only. Compared to the outgoing model, the Vanquish S benefits from an extra 24 horsepower, while torque remained unchanged at 465 pound-feet. The GT is also a tenth-second quicker from 0 to 62 mph (3.5 ticks versus 3.6). Top speed is the same at 201 mph, but that’s nothing to sneeze at.

Visual changes include a new aerodynamic package that includes a revised front splitter and rear diffuser in exposed carbon-fiber. The Vanquish also gets new quad exhaust outlets. Optionally, customers can get carbon-fiber hood louvers, new forged five-spoke wheels, and a choice of "striking painted graphics packs."

Inside, the Vanquish S gets further personalization options, such as a new "Filopgraph" quilted leather, Satin Chopped carbon-fiber fascia panel, and new embroidery on the headrests. The sumptuous Bridge of Weir Caithness leather offers an added touch of luxury and tactility.

Available in both Coupe and Volante body styles, the Vanquish S retails from £199,950 in the U.K., €262,950 in Germany, and $294,950 in the U.S. Deliveries will commence in December 2016.

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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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Aston Martin Looking To Build Seven-Model Range

Aston Martin Looking To Build Seven-Model Range

A replacement model of the Vantage will be first in the cards

Aston Martin isn’t keen on calling it a lineup overhaul, but it might as well admit to it after announcing plans to build a seven-model lineup that effectively signals the start of a new era for the British luxury brand.

Speaking with Car & Driver, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer laid out the plans for the new model range, beginning with the replacement of the existing V8 Vantage. That model will retain the same name and is expected to launch in 2017. More importantly, it’s going to use the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, the first Aston Martin to use this specific powertrain. Accompanying the new engine will be a choice of either manual and automatic gearboxes. As for the V-12 version of the Vantage is concerned, Aston Martin hasn’t made plans known for that car, that is if it has plans to begin with. In any event, the release of the replacement Vantage will be followed by another replacement model.

Once the new Vantage hits the market, Aston Martin will turn its focus on new Vanquish. That car won’t be launched until 2018, and at this point, not much is known about the technical side of the supercar. It is important to note that Palmer himself singled out the next-generation Vanquish as the likeliest model to receive some of the technologies that come out of the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing partnership. Two F1-sourced techs that are reportedly being considered for the new Vanquish include structural carbon fiber and KERS technology.

Beyond these two models, Aston Martin is also busy preparing the DB11, which we first saw at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited replacement for the DB9 will be powered by a newly developed 5.2-liter turbocharged V-12 engine and is scheduled to arrive around the same time as the next-generation Vantage. A V-8 version is also reportedly in the cards, but a timetable for that model is still up in the air.

Rounding out the seven-model range are two models that we already know about: the Lagonda SUV and the DBX electric crossover. The remaining models are still shrouded in secrecy, but there is some indication that they could be the V-12 version of the Vantage and the V-8 version of the DB11. Another possibility is a production version of the RapidE Concept. Whether any of these possibilities come to bear is still a matter of debate, but we do know that theAM-RB 001, the 99-piece hypercar Aston Martin is developing with Red Bull, is unlikely to be part of the seven models due to its limited run.

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Aston Martin Vanquish To Receive Formula One Technology, AM-RB 001 Limited To Just 99 Units

Aston Martin Vanquish To Receive Formula One Technology, AM-RB 001 Limited To Just 99 Units

Some very interesting details are coming out of the Aston-Red Bull collaboration

The newly struck partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing will extend way past the two company’s plans to build the AM-RB 001. Speaking with Drive, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer hinted that certain technologies that Aston Martin and Red Bull are currently developing for the much-anticipated hypercar could find their way in the British automaker’s production models.

Palmer singled out the next-generation Vanquish, due out in 2018, as the likeliest model to receive the high-tech hardware that’s currently being developed for the AM-RB 001. The technologies being looked at include structural carbon fiber and KERS technology, two important ingredients of any modern Formula One car. It’s still unclear how Aston Martin will adopt these technologies on the Vanquish, but there’s strong belief among management, led by Palmer no less, that the Vanquish’s price tag will be sufficient enough to accommodate the introduction of these technologies into the fold without the company having to cut corners on other aspects of the next-generation sports car.

Speaking of the AM-RB 001, Palmer also shed some new details about the enigmatic hypercar. The most interesting of these juicy bits is the announcement that the hypercar will be limited to just 99 units, making it more exclusive than any of the three hypercars that are already in the market today. Aston Martin and Red Bull are banking on the AM-RB 001’s limited availability to generate huge interest for the car and, while that seems like an attainable plan given the absurdly high expectations for the AM-RB 001, it’s reported price tag of up to $5 million could just as easily move the car into the collector’s corner. Either way, a prototype of the model is being targeted to make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 2016.

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Note: 2014-2015 Aston Martin Vanquish shown above.

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Q by Aston Martin Reveals Unique Collection of Seven Vanquish Models

Q by Aston Martin Reveals Unique Collection of Seven Vanquish Models

You know you have “screw-you” money when you can afford to have Q by Aston Martin create seven bespoke Vanquish Coupes for yourself and six buddies. That is exactly what the founder of Storck Bikes did, and the first of these special Vanquish models was delivered today.

The bespoke Aston Martins go beyond the typical scope of Q by Aston Martin, which forced the bespoke arm to install a new addition to its manufacturing process. The item that required this special addition was the multi-layer carbon-fiber finish, which uses several layers of carbon fiber that results in a smooth finish.

With the carbon fiber in place, Aston took to painting a large portion of the car in jet black, but it left some sections of the lightweight material naked. This matte paintjob and the exposed carbon fiber play off each other nicely. Q also added in machined carbon-fiber Aston Martin wing emblems.

Inside the cabin, Aston continued with gloss-black accents, custom diamond quilting on the seats, and “One of Seven” logos on the headrests.

Under the hood, it looks as if things remained stock. This means that this bespoke sports car has the standard AM29 V-12 engine that produces 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The power heads through a rear-mounted Touchtronic III eight-speed auto transmission as it heads to the rear wheels. This nets the standard Vanquish a 0-to-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph.

There is no mention of how much Mr. Storck paid to have these cars commissioned, but I can assure you it was a hefty sum above the base price of the Vanquishes.

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What's Like To Own An Aston Martin Vanquish: Video

What’s Like To Own An Aston Martin Vanquish: Video

All the major high-end automakers out there want you to think supercar ownership is a magical, wondrous thing. The advertisements would have us believe that throwing down over six figures for a four-wheeled hero means every drive will be set upon wide-open tarmac slithering through idyllic countryside; just you, your car, and the assurance of superior motoring potency. But the truth is most supercars are subject to the same hazards as any neglected workhorse beater with more dents than microns of tire tread, which begs the question: what’s it like to live with a supercar?

CarThrottle went out to find the answer by taking a V12 Vanquish Carbon White into the wilds of public roadways. The Vanquish is nearly $315,000 of precision British engineering capable of 201 mph, but rest assured, such speeds remain wholly unexplored in this video. Instead, we get the typical gamut of daily driver trials, like around-town tooling to test low-speed driving characteristics, a climb into the rear seat space for designated driver duties, a measure of how many cameramen fit into the trunk, a run through the McDonald’s drive through, and a fuel economy evaluation.

Thankfully, CarThrottle also saw fit to throw the Vanquish some corners on a few British B-roads to give us a listen to that glorious 12-cylinder engine.

The final word? CT’s Alex Kersten had this to say: “Not only is the Vanquish my favorite car from the company, it’s also a supercar that you really can use as a daily driver. It’s comfortable, user friendly, sounds as hot as it looks, and isn’t as intimidating to drive as I thought it would be when I first clapped eyes on it.”

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One-Off Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Auctioned For Charity

One-Off Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Auctioned For Charity

If you’ve been looking for a V-12-powered British GT car you can take on hunting trips, then your long arduous search has finally come to an end. Created in conjunction with Italian fashion designer Valentino, this Aston Martin Vanquish Volante wears a unique deep-woods camouflage livery that ensures the 14-point buck in your sights will never see you coming. Though, with that engine note, we can’t promise he won’t hear you.

Ok, so it wasn’t actually built for hunting (though you shouldn’t let that stop you). Customized by Aston’s Q bespoke service, this special Vanquish was recently auctioned off at the Cash & Rocket opening Gala Dinner in London, where proceeds went to women and children’s charities in Africa, including Shine On Sierra Leone, OrphanAid Africa and Sumbandila.

The Aston Marton Vanquish Volante is a drop-top super-tourer with a 568-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 that’s capable of 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. This example’s hammer price wasn’t made available at the time of writing, but we suspect it went for well above the Vanquish Volante’s base price just under $300,000.

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Aston Martin Sues Fisker Over Thunderbolt Copyright Infringement

Aston Martin Sues Fisker Over Thunderbolt Copyright Infringement

In a peculiar turn of events, Aston Martin has filed suit against Henrik Fisker, alleging that Fisker copied a number of a design elements on the Vanquish-based Thunderbolt sports car. The suit also states that Fisker is misleading potential Thunderbolt buyers when he says that the model is based on the latest Aston Martin Vanquish, when in fact the car has the underpinnings of an older DB9 or DBS. Truthfully, the single photo of the interior of Fisker’s Thunderbolt does show a more old-school center console.

The news is even more surprising considering that Fisker used to be head of design at Aston Martin and was responsible for the V8 Vantage and the DB9’s looks. On top of that, Aston Martin says that the designer contacted his former employer in the early stages of development for the Thunderbolt, and Aston Martin believed that the final design would look different. After the Thunderbolt was shown at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Aston Martin promptly filed a suit in a California court. "Fisker’s bad-faith intent to free-ride off the tremendous goodwill associated with the famous Aston Martin mark, wings logo, side vent mark, and Vanquish mark could not be more transparent," the carmaker said in the legal filing.

The complaint mentions harsh words like "trademark infringement, false designation of origin, dilution, false advertising, intentional interference with contractual relationship and interference with prospective economic advantage." In other words, the relationship between Henrik Fisker and Aston Martin couldn’t have turned more sour.

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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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Aston Martin DB5 And Centenary Vanquish Reviewed By XCar: Video

Aston Martin DB5 And Centenary Vanquish Reviewed By XCar: Video

The kids at XCAR always seem to get the best gigs. In this new video Drew Stearne gets tossed the keys to the ultra-sexy and ultra-limited 2014 Aston Martin Centenary Edition Vanquish. With its 6.0-liter, V-12 engine, unique touches borrowed from the One-77 supercar and that wonderful exterior design it looks like a rolling piece of art through the video. But then Drew steps it up a notch.

Not only does he have the keys to the new Vanquish, he has been given leave to drive what he calls the most famous car in the world: the Aston Martin DB5. Like all XCAR videos this one is full with unsurpassed direction and video presentation, perfectly complimentary audio choices, and a dose of automotive passion and love. If you have ever been interested in Aston Martin as a company this video is a much watch. From the great cars to the surprisingly deep history lesson contained within, this video will likely be the best seven minutes you spent all day.

Now go ahead and click “play” and bask in the British glory. For fun, when you get finished comment below with which car you think is better. I am a sucker for the new Vanquish but the DB5 is probably my favorite car of all time, so I’d take the classic.

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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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Video: Aston Martin Teases a New Vanquish, Possibly the Carbon Edition

Video: Aston Martin Teases a New Vanquish, Possibly the Carbon Edition

Aston Martin’s got something new on the way, and the British automaker has released a teaser video to get us talking about it. There are no details yet on what the car is, although there appears to be increasing belief that it’s going to be a special-edition Vanquish.

Actually, I’m fairly certain that this model is the new Vanquish Carbon Edition. It’s hard to make out at first but thanks to the power of "pause," I was able to make out a quick glimpse of the letter ‘C’ with a small ‘6’ on top of it and the number ’12.011’ below it. What does that tell us? Well, a quick look at the Periodic Table of Elements shows the sixth element being carbon and the 12.011 is its atomic mass.

I’m not going to get scientific about it, but it is a pretty direct indication that this will be the Vanquish Carbon Edition. You can also make out a handful of quick shots of the sports car’s carbon-fiber components, something I expect the special-edition Aston Martin will have a ton of. It may even have a carbon body kit, although that’s something I’m not entirely sure of.

Whatever the case may be, we’re going to have our answer soon because the car will be revealed tomorrow.

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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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Video: Aston Martin - "The Art Of Vanquish"

Video: Aston Martin - "The Art Of Vanquish"

Aston Martin

and True Motion Pictures worked together to conceive an exquisite, ethereal and vivid short film called “The Art of Vanquish,” highlighting elegance of the flagship model – Aston Martin Vanquish.

The super-luxurious Vanquish is filmed amidst the prime locations exhibiting the grandeur of the two-door coupe. It’s kind of hard to make out exactly the message the short film is trying to get across, but damn is that car sexy. In the background plays the mechanical sound of handmade V-12 engine along with few refined words igniting the deep sense and affection for the Vanquish.

Aston Martin Vanquish has a long history. The car replaced Virage in 2001, and the range expanded in 2004 when the company introduced Vanquish S and V-12. In 2007, the DBS replaced the Vanquish range, but the Vanquish’s hibernation came to an end when the model was revived in 2012 to replace the DBS, marking Aston’s 100-year anniversary.

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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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Video: Motor Trend Hosts World's Greatest Drag Race 3

Video: Motor Trend Hosts World’s Greatest Drag Race 3

Drag racing has become so ingrained in the fabric of auto racing that you often see one taking place in pretty much all corners of the world.

But while the traditional setup often involves just a pair of cars duking it out for quarter-mile supremacy, Motor Trend has taken the concept of drag racing to a whole new level with its now famous annual installment of “The World’s Greatest Drag Race."

Now on its third installment, "The World’s Greatest Drag Race" pits not just two cars but a dozen of them. 12 of the fastest and most powerful cars you’ll ever come across, starting side by side together and racing to see who can cover the quarter-mile the fastest.

MT’s first installment of this race was won by the Nissan GT-R and it would’ve been 2 for 2 if not for the Lamborghini Aventador beating out to punch in the second staging.

But now, the list is fresh with new exotics, ready, able and willing to take the mighty GT-R’s top perch in the order. There’s an Aston Martin Vanquish, an Audi R8 V10 Plus, a Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series, a Porsche Carrera 4S, and an SRT Viper among the worthy contenders.

Oh, and yes, the Nissan GT-R is back for a third go-round to reclaim its title.

We’re not going to spoil you to action because it’s going to make for a compelling six-and-so minutes of your life.

And if you didn’t get a chance to see The World’s Greatest Drag Race 1 and 2, you can click past the jump to go check them out!

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Video: Aston Martin Vanquish vs Bentley Continental GT Speed

Video: Aston Martin Vanquish vs Bentley Continental GT Speed

Two of the most prestigious sports cars offered from the British market are the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish and the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed. The folks over at Motor Trend decided to see which one was better by putting the two head to head.

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago took the two luxury sports cars and wanted to see how they stacked up to one another. He took them to the Motor Trend’s dynamic testing course and pushed them to their limits, then moved to the canyon roads where he seemed to have all the fun in the world throwing these two powerful machines through twists and accelerating on straightaways.

The Aston Martin and Bentley models deliver similar levels of luxury, each is powered by a V-12 engine with more than 500 horsepower and both are priced in the $300k area. So, are they as equal in person as they are on paper? Check out video to find out!

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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!

Read more about the Vanquish Volante after the jump

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Video: Matt Farah Reviews the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish

Video: Matt Farah Reviews the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish

Matt Farah has owned anAston Martin Vanquish for about nine years, so when it comes to knowing what to expect from the new-generation Vanquish, he should know best.

The 2014 Vanquish is powered by the same 6.0-liter V-12 setup that the 2012 model year uses, but with the output increased to 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. As a result, the car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph.

Along with the more powerful engine, the new Vanquish also features a new design language that we think is the best Aston Martin design hat we’ve seen in the past few years. There is also a highly modified interior, and a revised suspension and braking system.

Check out the video to see if the new-generation Vanquish met all his expectations.

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Video: Aston Martin Represents in GRID 2

Video: Aston Martin Represents in GRID 2

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

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Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Caught Testing at Nurburgring

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.

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2014 Vanquish Q by Aston Martin

2014 Vanquish Q by Aston Martin

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.

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2013 Bertone Jet 2

2013 Bertone Jet 2

Next to theAston 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.

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2013 Aston Martin Vanquish by Wheelsandmore

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish by Wheelsandmore

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.

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2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

The Aston Martin Vanquish made its official entry to the grand tourer market as a replacement for the aging Virage in 2001. Designed by Ian Callum, the man who also penned the gorgeous Jaguar F-Type, the Vanquish was launched with a 5.9-liter V-12 rated at 450 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Production of the first-gen model ended in 2007, when the DBS rolled out as a replacement. Based on the DBR9 race car, the DBS featured the same engine, but output was increased to 510 horses and 420 pound-feet. The Vanquish name returned for the 2012 model year as an evolution of the DBS. Inspired by the exclusive One-77 inside and out, the new Vanquish kept the company’s proven 5.9-liter V-12, now squeezing no less than 565 ponies and 457 pound-feet. Going into 2015, the Vanquish remains basically unchanged inside and out, but receives an extensive drivetrain upgrade that includes a brand-new autobox and minor engine tweaks.

Although output gains are slight, the coupe’s performance has increased dramatically, as the 2015 Vanquish ascends into a league reserved for sports cars that can return three-second 0-to-60 sprints. How quick is the updated Vanquish and what’s new for the 2015 model year? Read on to find out.

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!

Updated 08/06/2014: Aston Martin unveiled details on the 2015 Vanquish which will be put on sale in the third quarter of 2014. The main addition for 2015 model year is a newly developed Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic transmission. Details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Aston Martin Vanquish and decide for yourself.

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Spy Shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Close-Up

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.

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Video: Jay Leno Reviews the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

Video: Jay Leno Reviews the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

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!

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Spy shots: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Caught Playing in the Snow

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.

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Video: Aston Martin Vanquish Gets a Helicopter Ride to the Top of Burj Al Arab

Video: Aston Martin Vanquish Gets a Helicopter Ride to the Top of Burj Al Arab

Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary celebration is in full-swing. Days after revealing their special-edition Vanquish, dubbed the Centenary Edition, the British automaker has released a video chronicling another one of their publicity stunts as part of their centenary celebration.

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…

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition

As a birthday gift to itself, Aston Martin has decided to announce a "Centenary" edition for its whole lineup to commemorate 100 years of pleasing our roads with their presence.

The flagship Aston Martin Vanquish will be the first car to receive the bespoke treatment.

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.

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Cars Launched in 2012

Top 5 Most Beautiful Cars Launched in 2012

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.

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TopSpeed Exclusive: Aston Martin Vanquish Reveal

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.

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