June 20, 2012
Aston Martin Vanquish: The Last Car You May Ever Want
John Neumann for redOrbit.com
Luxury English car maker Aston Martin has rolled out its latest flagship supercar and has resurrected a classic name for it.
The hand-built Vanquish is available as either a 2-seater or 2+2 version for those with very short-legged rear-seat passengers. This vehicle is not catering towards hauling the kids to soccer practice, however if it is your choice for family commuting, the 573 horsepower, 6.0-liter V12, will get you there on time, maybe earlier.
The twelve-cylinder power plant is linked to a six-speed touchtronic two automatic/sequential manual gearbox and the power is converted to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential, writes GT Spirit.com. The exhaust note, sounding as glorious as an opera tenor, is produced by a stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves.
Carbon-fiber body panels are used to keep weight down, along with a more aggressive design with a new vented hood, large headlamps which appear to be modeled on those of the Rapide, a smaller grille, and a very sporty front bumper, writes Arman Barari from Motorward.
The side profile is where you begin to notice the influence of recent Aston Martin concept vehicles, with fabulous curves on the car´s hips, the new side vents, side skirts, and the chrome stripe surrounding the windows.
Fresh taillights, borrowed directly from the One-77 concept and a new Aero Duct on the rear boot lid may be all that is seen of your car as you whip past others on the highway. The diffuser and the exhausts layout are also different over the DBS.
Settling into the driver´s seat is akin to being hugged by the warm arms of hand-rubbed leather. A touch of tasteful exposed carbon fiber and other high-quality materials make you wonder why you waited your whole life to be in the presence of such luxury.
The long center console is fronted by a single piece of material, presenting 6.5-inch display with a redesigned user-input, capacitive glass buttons with haptic feedback, and several USB and power points, writes Chris Davies for SlashGear.
There´s also a 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen 15-speaker system, integrated Garmin navigation, Bluetooth, iPod/iPhone integration, satellite radio in the US, and a wifi hub. Why would anyone need a home with such surroundings?
The Aston Martin Vanquish will be on showroom floors in late 2012 in the UK and Europe, with the car priced from $299,000 before you start ticking the spec-sheet boxes.