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2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S arrives

By raccars Published


For £199,950 the new high-performance Aston Martin Vanquish S could be yours by December.

Aston Martin has finally come up with a higher-performance take on the Vanquish V12 GT. The 2017 Vanquish S has been launched as a long-awaited follow-on to the first Vanquish S of the mid-2000s, which was one of Aston Martin’s last ever cars to be engineered in Newport Pagnell.

The Gaydon-developed Aston Martin Vanquish S (2017) has undergone a styling and suspension upgrade and its 6.0-litre V12 engine has been tuned to deliver 600hp. It can get to 62mph in just 3,5 seconds from a standing start and boasts torque of 465lb ft and a top speed of 201mph.

Aston Martin has achieved this higher performance with the use of a free-flow intake system with larger inlet manifolds. It has also worked on the re-calibration of its eight-speed automatic transmission to reduce shift speed and improve precision.

The UK and the EU are the only places to benefit from the 600hp, however. Other locations will get a mere 588hp because of emissions concerns. Whatever the exact power on offer, Aston Martin has revamped the suspension of the 2017 Vanquish S to handle it. This involved a revision of the damper internal hardware, new anti-roll bar bushes and new spring rates.

A sportier Aston Martin

The aim was to give the new Aston Martin Vanquish S a sportier, keener feel, especially in the sportiest settings, all without compromising on the ride experience. Another new feature is an aero pack created using exposed carbon fibre. With its rear diffuser and front splitter, it helps to significantly reduce lift at the front even though it only affects the car’s high-speed drag marginally.

Moody-looking quad exhausts in heat-treated black add to the visual appeal of the Vanquish S (2017), and its neat little badge exudes class and undeniable style. In its most basic form, the new Aston Martin Vanquish S oozes attitude but its personality can be enhanced with optional extras such as painted graphics packs, carbon fibre louvres for the bonnet, and five-spoke, forged, diamond-turned wheels.

The interior is adorned with Filograph quilted leather and a striking dash panel made of satin chopped carbon fibre. Dr Andy Palmer, the CEO of Aston Martin, said that the new Vanquish moves on a step from the original car, which became a modern icon as soon as it was launched.

Dr Palmer said the 2017 Vanquish S ‘confidently’ asserts itself as a member of the Aston range, whilst forging its own identity apart from the DB11. He added that the Vanquish was ‘spectacular’ in every way and was a ‘magnificent’ motoring addition to the Aston Martin range.

UK prices for the Aston Martin Vanquish S (2017) start at £199,950 for a two-seater Coupe. The car is also on offer in a Volante 2+2 form, which will almost certainly come at an additional premium. Deliveries will start next month.

The original Aston Martin Vanquish

The Aston Martin Vanquish was first introduced in 2001 and was unveiled in Geneva in the same year. It was built between 2001 and 2005 and its prototype was the official vehicle in James Bond’s Die Another Day adventure.

The Vanquish S, meanwhile, was launched in 2004, offering improved aerodynamics and more power. The original Vanquish S and the V12 Vanquish were eventually left behind in 2007 in favour of the DBS, although the Vanquish title was revived in 2012.

The first Aston Martin Vanquish S made its debut at the Paris motor show in 2004, boasting slight styling revisions and increased performance and horsepower.

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