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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Needless to say, the Vanquish S isn’t all that different inside and out, but this is the kind of update you have to expect from Aston Martin. All facelifts have been like that up until now, and it’s obvious that this strategy won’t change anytime soon. However, there’s plenty of good news under the hood, where the V-12 received a significant power update. With 592 horsepower on tap, the Vanquish S is the most powerful Vanquish to date. For reference, it boasts 72 extra horses and its a full second quicker than the first-generation Vanquish S. Not bad!

Press Release

Aston Martin has turned up the heat on it’s ultimate Super GT to create the new Vanquish S. Sharper styling, greater potency and increased athleticism define this latest evolution of an illustrious model line. One that originated from Aston Martin’s legendary Works in Newport Pagnell and has proudly served as standard bearer for the marque’s sporting and stylistic values since 2001.

In this, the second generation Vanquish’s evolution to S specification, careful attention has been paid to the engine, chassis and aerodynamics to create a machine honed to deliver more intense thrills and even more scintillating performance.

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Central to this is the naturally-aspirated 6.0 litre V12 engine, which now produces up to 600PS (up from 573PS) and enjoys sensational throttle response, thanks to a revised, freer-breathing intake system. These larger volume inlet manifolds allow a greater volume of air to flow into the engine at high revs, creating a relentless power delivery and a stronger feel all the way to the redline.

Building on this increased intensity, the calibration of the 8-speed Touchtronic III transmission has been revised to deliver faster gearshifts and greater refinement at low speeds for a greater sense of precision and immediacy.

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Likewise, the suspension, damper internals, spring rates and anti-roll bar bushes have also been re-tuned to give the Vanquish S a keener edge in the more sporting suspension modes, without compromising its ability to deliver supple ride quality on demand.

Visually the Vanquish S can be readily distinguished by a new aerodynamic package. Fashioned from exposed carbon fibre, this revised front splitter and rear diffuser combine to deliver a meaningful reduction in frontal lift with a minimal penalty in additional drag. Combined with visually striking new quad exhaust outlets the Vanquish S has more aggressive appearance, entirely fitting for Aston Martin’s most overtly sporting GT production model.

This look can be further enhanced with a range of new options. These include carbon fibre bonnet louvres, new forged 5-spoke diamond turned wheels and a choice of striking painted graphics packs. A new Vanquish S badge sits proudly on the tailgate as the perfect piece of jewellery.

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Inside, the Vanquish S can be further personalised with a choice of spectacular new ‘Filograph’ quilted leather and the use of new materials and finishes, such as the Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre fascia panel. Sumptuous Bridge of Weir Caithness leather offers an added touch of luxury and tactility, while Vanquish S embroidery on the headrests provides a crafted finishing detail.

Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President & CEO said: “From the moment the original Vanquish was launched it became a modern icon. It propelled Aston Martin from an era of hand-built cars to one where craftsmanship and technology combined to create a new kind of great British GT.

“In its second generation the Vanquish maintained that momentum with huge engineering advances such as its all-carbon fibre bodywork and compelling, contemporary styling. 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.”

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Vanquish S is available in both Coupe and Volante and recommended retail price starts from £199,950 in the UK, €262,950 in Germany and $294,950 in the US. Deliveries will commence in December 2016.

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