Following a teaser of its AM 310 Concept at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Aston Martin have formally revealed a revision to the Vanquish. We’re pretty certain that AM had a good laugh between the Concorso d’Eleganza and today’s reveal since many believed the AM 310 Concept to be the next generation DBS. Well played, AM. Aston Martin with its new Vanquish, however, make it clear that it’s all business.
The design language of this automobile evokes a very strong mystique that effortlessly overshadows the inherent mystique of the Vanquish name. This is rather unsurprising in that such a car should embody the characteristics worthy of its name. Aston Martin successfully created a fusion of heritage and innovation to create the current interpretation of the Vanquish. Its flowing curves pay proper tribute to classic AM GT predecessors, while its silhouette and sharp lines articulate the modern day interpretation of the GT car.
The Vanquish also represents inspiration from the limited production AM One-77 supercar and V12 Zagato. Because it is now AM’s flagship model, it is fitting that the Vanquish carry over many of the signature features from both automobiles, such as the elegant and flowing beltline, elongated side strakes, and LED light blade rear clusters.
There are also entirely new design ideas such as rear Aero Duct. Each body panel on the new Vanquish is also constructed from carbon fibre, because of its high strength-to-weight ratio and flexibility of form. The use of carbon fibre not only reduces mass but also requires fewer individual body panels. Aston Martin have also redesigned many elements of the Vanquish interior. It now features a Driver Information Module (shared with the One-77), revision of the digital displays, and a new center stack.
If you are familiar with the Vanquish, and other GT cars of its class, then it comes as no surprise that these vehicles are typically big and heavy. Aston Martin undertook strenuous efforts to limit the weight of the new Vanquish. Employment of carbon fibre in and around the body, as well as advanced structural components and assemblies contribute to the reduced weight of this big GT. These contributions translate to impressive performance, handling, power to weight ratio, and most significantly, a near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
At the heart of the new Vanquish is the latest iteration of Aston Martin’s hand built 6.0-litre V12 engine. The engine produces a peak power output of 565 brake horsepowers at 6,750 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox that has been geared for greater low-end torque and more responsiveness at low revs. The Vanquish is able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 183 mph.
We would like to add that we are quite baffled by AM’s handling of the Vanquish front grille treatment. It is a departure from the direction Aston Martin was establishing with the One-77 and V12 Zagato. The Vanquish grille more closely represents the previous front-end design language found across the Aston Martin line. Given the Vanquish’s flagship status, we are curious to know Aston Martin’s thinking in its decision to depart from the One-77 and V12 Zagato grille treatments.
Aside from this, our take on the new Vanquish is that it is a unquestionably striking and beautiful automobile. It is clear that Aston Martin continue to advance the legacy of the classic GT car, and understands the delicate formula for maintaining the relevance of such cars in today’s automotive landscape.
It is impossible to determine the impact a car will have 30, 40 or even 50 years from present day; especially given a number of social, economic, environmental, cultural and automotive variables that represent the day. We believe, however that the Aston Martin Vanquish and its modern day forebears will in the future be the cars that are regarded as classic GTs, just as the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Zagato is regarded today.