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(from Aston Martin
Press Release) ASTON MARTIN UNVEILS ITS NEW HERO: THE VANQUISH
Aston Martin is today unveiling a stunning new luxury sports car –
Sitting proudly at the pinnacle of the luxury British car maker’s
sports car line-up, this breath-taking new super grand tourer
represents the zenith of current Aston Martin design and
engineering. Vanquish points to an exciting and confident future for
the historic brand.
Vanquish is a new Aston Martin featuring the next generation of the
renowned VH architecture as well as a significantly upgraded
6.0-litre V12 engine that is considerably more potent than before.
The design represents the latest take on Aston Martin’s iconic
visual language. Vanquish unquestionably sees the brand continue its
enviable tradition of producing some of the most beautiful sports
cars in the world. Styling cues such as the elegant new waist,
elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are derived from
the One-77 supercar.
Unmistakably an Aston Martin, the design shows a clear and coherent
lineage from its heritage while providing an equally clear pointer
to the luxury car brand’s vibrant future. Closer inspection reveals
details such as the stunning new Aero Duct on the rear boot lid.
This elegantly devised passive engineering feature, which
counteracts lift at the car’s rear when travelling at speed, is a
triumph of both design and technical ability.
Performance, presence, style and great British craftsmanship – the
new Vanquish has all these traits in abundance.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “Today’s
Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos,
engineering innovation and technical ability. It offers luxurious,
continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without
“Bearing the same name as the iconic original Vanquish that did so
much to cement Aston Martin’s reputation as a maker of great GT cars
in the modern era, I believe the car unveiled today once again puts
this great British brand at the top of its class.
“The new Vanquish mixes beautiful design with impressive technology
such as the superb new infotainment system. This is the latest
incarnation of everything we know, informed and developed from
One-77. It is the ultimate Super Grand Tourer – confident and
assured – and is the newest representation of Power, Beauty and
As happy on the streets of a bustling city as it is carving through
the countryside or long distance motorway touring, the Vanquish
offers a thoroughbred British luxury sports car that’s also suited
to everyday use.
Powered by a significantly revised naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12
petrol engine mated to the proven Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic
gearbox, the new car offers suitably impressive performance figures.
The V12’s power peak of 565 bhp (573 PS) makes it Aston Martin’s
most potent production model yet, outmuscled only by the strictly
limited edition £1.2m One-77 supercar.
The raw statistics speak for themselves: 573 PS at 6,750 rpm, 620 Nm
of torque at 5,500 rpm, 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of
183 mph place the Vanquish firmly into supercar territory. Yet the
brand’s team of engineers have been working towards economy and
emissions improvements, too.
The latest engineering methods, innovative technologies and
typically understated classic British design come together to make
the muscular new Vanquish a true super GT. For instance, each body
panel on the car is constructed from carbon fibre because of its
high strength-to-weight ratio and flexibility of form.Meanwhile
torsional rigidity is improved by more than 25%.
Practical improvements such as a newly designed and significantly
more spacious cabin and a boot that, at 368 litres, is more than 60%
larger than that of the DBS, ensure the new Vanquish can carry
sufficient luggage for even the most ambitious grand tourist.
Designed and hand-built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at
Gaydon in Warwickshire the new Vanquish, available as a 2+2 or 2+0,
sits atop a broad line-up of world-class sports cars including the
exquisite DB9, sporty V8 Vantage and luxurious four-door Rapide.
Dr Bez said: “The Aston Martin range is stronger now than at any
time in our 99-year history. The new Vanquish represents the perfect
way to signal the beginning of our centenary celebrations next
Priced from £189,995 RRP first deliveries of the new sports car are
expected to begin in the UK and Continental Europe late in 2012.
Aston Martin Vanquish:
Two-door coupe body style with 2+0 or optional 2+2 seating
New generation bonded aluminium and carbon fibre VH structure
Aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre composite body
Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
LED light blade rear lamps and LED side repeaters
All-alloy, independent quad variable camshaft timing,
48-valve, 5,935 cc V12
Compression ratio 11.0:1
Front-mid mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active
Six three-way catalytic convertors
Max power: 573 PS (565 bhp) at 6,750 rpm
Max torque: 620 Nm (457 lb ft) at 5,500 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds
Max speed: 295 km/h (183 mph)
Rear-mid mounted, six-speed Touchtronic 2
automatic/sequential manual gearbox
Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
Wheels and Tyres
Front: 9J x 20’’ Pirelli P Zero 255/35 ZR20
Rear: 11.5J x 20’’ Pirelli P Zero 305/30 ZR20
Speed-dependent electronically controlled rack and pinion
power-assisted steering, 2.62 turns lock-to-lock. Column tilt
and reach adjustment
Lightweight aluminium front subframe with hollow castings
Front: Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive
geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive
Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift
geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive
Three-stage adjustable Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with
Normal, Sport and Track modes
Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398mm diameter with
Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360mm diameter with
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Positive Torque Control (PTC)
Length 4720mm(inc. front number plate plinth)
Width 2067mm(inc. mirrors)
Fuel tank capacity 78 litres (17.2 Imp.galls, 20.5 US galls)
Weight 1739 kg
Full-grain leather interior
Electrically operated front seats
Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three memory positions)
2+0 seating configuration with flexible rear environment storage
Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
Front and rear parking sensors
Tyre pressure monitoring
Alarm and immobiliser
Remote-control central door locking and boot release
Automatic temperature control
Heated front seats
Curtain side head airbags
Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
Pelvis and thorax seat mounted airbags
Seat belt dual-pretensioners and digressive load limiters
Tracking device (UK only)
Laminated windscreen with clear noise-insulation layer
Titanium bonnet and side strake meshes
Bright aluminium front grille
Chrome side strakes and tailpipe trim
Heated rear screen
New infotainment system with capacitive switching
1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13-speaker audio system
Garmin satellite navigation system*+
6.5” LCD Screen
iPod® and iPhone® Integration and USB playback
Satellite radio system (USA only)
A2DP Bluetooth® audio and phone streaming
Ten-spoke alloy wheel in a Graphite finish
20-spoke alloy wheel in a Liquid Silver, Silver finish with
diamond turning, Graphite finish with diamond turning, Gloss
Black with diamond turning and Satin Black with diamond turning
Magnum Silver or Black Mesh finish
Matt black textured tailpipe
Black, blue, yellow or red calipers
Exposed carbon fibre roof panel
Exposed carbon fibre door mirror caps
Exposed carbon fibre side strakes
Exposed carbon door handles
Black Luxmil Leather and part-Alcantara steering wheel
Colour-Keyed Luxmil Leather steering wheel
Black One-77 leather steering wheel with black Alcantara Inserts
Colour-Keyed One-77 Luxmil leather steering wheel with black
Centre stack facia in carbon fibre 2x2 twill, carbon fibre 2x2
fishbone, Piano Red, Piano Black or Piano Ice mocha.
Headrest embroidery – Aston Martin wings or Vanquish logo
Black hardware pack
Full carbon fibre gearshift paddles
Personalised sill plaques
Rear parking assist camera
Auto-dimming mirror with garage door opener
Heated and ventilated seats
Second glass key
Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensors)
*+ Includes Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) in Continental
** Complies with UK Thatcham Category 5 requirements. Excludes
subscription. Standard in UK
1 Not available in all markets
2 iPod® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the US and
Aston Martin Vanquish: Design
Aston Martin is renowned
in the motor industry for the supreme beauty of its cars. The visual
language of a modern Aston Martin is highly distinctive, yet
The design team at the company’s global HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire,
is led by Design Director Marek Reichman and, together, they have
developed an unmistakable visual interpretation of the brand’s
When the commission for new Vanquish arrived Marek and his team set
about working to hone the flowing exterior lines of a classic Aston
Martin GT and to create a modern day interpretation of the Vanquish.
Drawing inspiration not least from the iconic One-77 supercar, the
team worked to evolve that design language and create a 21st Century
successor worthy of sporting the Vanquish moniker.
They worked to stay faithful to the original Vanquish inspiration –
so beloved of Aston Martin fans worldwide – while introducing new
aspects that debuted in the One-77.
The result is a new Vanquish that very clearly retains the presence
of its forebear, yet offers it in a much more refined and functional
package. Sporting the assertive body language for which the previous
Vanquish was renowned, today’s GT is more lean and elegant –
highlighting its improved agility and dynamics.
With the exception of the now sold-out One-77 supercar, and limited
edition V12 Zagato, the new Vanquish sits atop Aston Martin’s model
range. Understandably, therefore, it boasts design language derived
from the One-77 such as the elegant and flowing waistline, elongated
side strakes, curvaceous, taut, form and LED light blade rear
clusters, as well as entirely new design ideas such as the
remarkable rear Aero Duct. Blending the aggressive lines of the
One-77 with the elegant shape of the DB9 and Rapide, the new
Vanquish sets the visual standard for today’s luxury GT cars.
It has amplified gestures – in the form of bonnet vents, side
strakes and a sculpted roof – that accentuate the car’s extra
performance and edgier character. The car has a more assertive
stance, yet is not overtly aggressive.
A near-continuous ring of exposed carbon fibre features at the base
of the car in the form of a carbon fibre splitter, light-catching
carbon fibre side skirts and imposing carbon fibre rear diffuser.
This accentuates the car’s sporting dynamics, as well as making it
appear more planted.
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. This not only reduces mass but means that fewer individual
body panels are required. For instance, the panel gap on the
C-pillar joint is no longer necessary.
The designers have worked hard to pay attention to the finer details
of all the materials used, with the carbon fibre weave direction a
good example of this. It has been designed, and is constructed, to
flow precisely with the car’s elegant shape.
Just as with the exterior, the design team were tasked with
redesigning the Vanquish’s interior to give it a more complete and
high quality finish. The result is an all-new interior that is more
roomy, comfortable and luxurious than ever.
Again drawing inspiration from the One-77, the design team have
emulated the flowing lines, quality and craftsmanship while
introducing significant refinements over DBS to improve ergonomics
Showcasing the vast selection of materials and finishes that are now
available on the Vanquish, the interior trim is available in a wide
range of materials including fine Bridge of Weir Luxmil Leather,
Semi-Aniline Leather and Alcantara, all expertly hand-stitched by
some of the world’s most experienced craftspeople.
Elsewhere inside, the new instrument panel is a refinement of the
One-77’s, with new detailing and improved ergonomics.
The new design is sleeker with a more elegant finish to complement
the rest of the interior. It features new elements that convey a
powerful and assertive attitude, and a new Driver Information Module
(DIM) that the Vanquish shares with the One-77. The new DIM retains
the classic Aston Martin style, but with a more futuristic typeface.
The digital displays have been revised following feedback from
existing owners, now permanently showing a digital speedo and a trip
computer, which details the remaining range and the odometer.
Perhaps one of the most striking new interior design elements,
though, is the new centre stack with refinements providing a more
elegant form that is also more intuitive and accessible for both
driver and front seat passenger.
A direct descendent of the One-77 centre stack, the Vanquish set-up
retains familiar elements such as the ECU engine start button and
gear selection buttons, while introducing a new infotainment system
and a significantly more user-friendly design.
The facia trim now stretches down the whole centre stack and is
manufactured from a single piece of material, giving a uniform
finish with, obviously, no panel gaps.
The user interface has been completely redesigned, with a more
user-friendly and ergonomic layout as well as technological updates
that make it one of the most advanced in-car systems available.
Aston Martin’s trademark glass starter module and gear mode
selection buttons have been retained while all-new capacitive glass
buttons with illumination and haptic feedback have been introduced
for the rest of the centre stack’s switchgear.
Haptic feedback is more commonly found in touch-screen mobile phones
and Aston Martin becomes among the first significant luxury car
manufacturers in the world to use the technology in a series
Importantly, of course, the new car has more space both for
occupants, and their belongings in the cabin. In fact the interior
of the Vanquish has 140% more storage space than the DBS. The cubby
box has been redesigned with a stylish armrest lid and now offers
more than three litres of storage space and an integrated USB and AC
point for portable devices.
There is further storage space at the base of the centre stack, with
more than two litres of storage, generously sized cupholders and a
mobile phone holder, as well as additional USB and AC points. Other
storage spaces are dotted handily around the car, too, with more
than three litres in the door bins and seat pouches alone.
Occupant space grows in all axes versus DBS with, in essence, the
interior ‘pushed’ outward. Legroom is up 37 mm, shoulder room grows
25 mm, elbow room extends by 87 mm while knee room is boosted by 50
mm. All this, as the dash surface is moved forward 20 mm, too.
The Vanquish is available with either 2+0 or 2+2 seating
Aston Martin Vanquish: Performance
As with all Aston Martin
sports cars, the need for perfect balance, high-performance
stability, nimble handling ability and minimised kerb weight define
the new Vanquish. The comprehensive use of carbon fibre body panels
for the first time in an Aston Martin underline the new Vanquish’s
credentials as a truly innovative model.
Strenuous efforts have been made to limit the new car’s weight,
contributing to its impressive performance, handling and
significantly improved power to weight ratio. The combination of
controlled weight, near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution, a
powerful new V12 engine and a performance-honed six-speed
transmission combine to make the Vanquish as rewarding and engaging
on the move as it is elegant standing still.
At the heart of the new car is the latest iteration of Aston
Martin’s a 6.0-litre V12 engine. Significant re-engineering of this
iconic V12 includes a revised block and new head including the debut
of dual variable valve timing, uprated fuel pump, enlarged throttle
bodies, a revised ‘big wing’ intake manifold and fully machined
combustion chambers help the engine to a peak power output of 573 PS
(565 bhp) at 6,750 rpm.
Crucially, too, the unit has been tuned specifically to deliver
greater torque low down the rev range to make the car feel even more
willing and muscular from very low revs. The result, predictably
perhaps, is an improved 0-100 km/h time of 4.1 seconds. The top
speed, where legal, is 295 km/h (183 mph).
As is the modern custom with all Aston Martin sports cars the engine
is hand-assembled at the dedicated Aston Martin engine plant in
The Vanquish uses the latest generation of Aston Martin’s
class-leading VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture, a lightweight
bonded aluminium structure that provides outstanding strength and
rigidity. In this iteration, the Vanquish tub now includes the
addition of significant carbon fibre components, as well as the use
of bonding derived directly from the latest aerospace technologies.
The architecture has been re-engineered to control weight and
improve packaging. With 75% new parts, the depth of re-engineering
to achieve major packaging improvements cannot be overestimated.
Engineers have employed the extensive use of advanced materials and
processes – some derived direct from the aerospace industry – to
control weight and optimise the new car’s driving experience.
For the first time in an Aston Martin, carbon fibre is used to make
every external panel. The race car-inspired technology gives
benefits for weight and body stiffness but, more importantly, has
been essential in realising the design of Vanquish. Two notable
components are the door skin and boot lid – neither of these
unbroken surfaces would have been possible without the use of carbon
“There are no restrictions on form or shape when using carbon fibre,”
says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Design Director, “and the
material allowed us to wrap bodywork around the 20-inch wheels and
maintain the precise relationship between the wheel and the
Each panel has been carefully sculpted to direct the airflow around
the car, into the engine and to help cool the braking system. The
carbon fibre elements are produced using advanced manufacturing
techniques developed from the aerospace and motorsport industries.
The panel-making procedure also delivers an exceptional surface
finish. The application of a 200 micron layer of epoxy and glass to
the panel delivers a class-A surface that is in line with Aston
Martin’s tradition of high-quality finishes. Inside the car, the
weave patterns on the exposed carbon fibre elements have been
carefully selected to present the most harmonious surfaces.
Aston Martin Vanquish: Control
As well as being light,
strong and flexible in its application, the latest generation VH
architecture is also extremely stiff. The new Vanquish is, in fact,
25% torsionally stiffer than the outgoing DBS making it highly
resistant to flex and allowing for responsive and predictable
This rigid and stiff structure also provides an ideal foundation
from which the suspension can control the vehicle effectively,
further highlighting the importance of the body structure and the
effect it has on the dynamic performance of the car.
Aston Martin’s engineering teams have worked particularly hard to
minimise the weight outside the wheelbase of the new car to reduce
yaw inertia. As a result, carbon fibre has been used extensively in
the rear structure and the weight of the aluminium front structure
has been reduced significantly.
The front chassis structure is a full 13% lighter than that of the
DBS – a direct result of using hollow cast aluminium rather than
solid cast aluminium. It has also been redesigned to allow for a
lowering of the engine. Now 19 mm lower within the body, the
repositioned engine improves both the Vanquish’s agility and its
The car’s front-mid mounted engine and rear-mid mounted transaxle
ensuring a near perfect weight distribution: 85% of the car’s weight
is positioned within its wheelbase.
To take full advantage of its precise and rigid new architecture,
the Vanquish employs a battery of sophisticated technologies
including, for the first time on an Aston Martin, a
motorsport-derived Launch Control system. This works to deliver the
optimum take-off from a standing start – balancing throttle, gearbox
and various traction aids to deliver a perfect ‘launch’.
Once on the move, the Vanquish boasts a plethora of dynamic aids
including Dynamic Stability Control and Positive Torque Control to
help harness its fearsome potential and deliver a rewarding,
controlled, refined Grand Tourer experience.
The latest iteration of Aston Martin’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS)
allows the driver to switch between three distinct damping modes:
Normal, Sport and Track, delivering instant adjustment of the car’s
ride and handling characteristics.
The ADS automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the
driver has high levels of control at all times, with the ability to
respond quickly to different driving conditions. The different
damping modes available help significantly broaden the Vanquish’s
character, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s mood and
requirements. Thus it can be a cruising GT car in Normal mode with
the capacity to morph into an assertive sports car in Sport and
The damper settings are determined by an electronic control unit
which takes sensor readings from the car’s systems, including
throttle position, brake position, steering wheel rotation and
vehicle speed. This data establishes the prevailing driving
conditions and the demands the driver is making on the car.
The Vanquish is fitted with new generation Pirelli P-Zero tyres that
have been developed especially for the car, along with new 20-inch
lightweight alloy wheels.
The car’s braking system features third generation Brembo Carbon
Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes to deliver shorter stopping distances
with resistance to fade in even the most demanding driving
conditions. CCM brakes are also lighter than a conventional system,
reducing the weight of the car overall and, in particular, the
unsprung weight and rotational masses, further enhancing the
performance of the suspension.
The front brakes use 398 mm x 36 mm CCM brake discs with larger
front brake pads and six-piston brake callipers from the One-77,
while the rear brakes use 360 mm x 32 mm CCM brake discs with a
Aston Martin Vanquish: Quality
to detail and ingenious design and engineering techniques combine in
the Vanquish to deliver a GT of exceptional quality.
It takes, for instance, more than 70 hours of expert
handcraftsmanship to build and trim one interior. Seven leather
hides are used in each Vanquish to create the sports car’s luxurious
The new car also benefits directly from the experience of creating
the One-77 supercar and features new design highlights such as
quilted material as a result. The quilting uses detailing not seen
on any other car and is delivered via a state-of-the-art machine
developed specially for Aston Martin. It produces a finish of rare
quality and complexity, with around one million separate stitches
used in each new Vanquish quilted leather interior.
Designers at Aston Martin are renowned for paying attention to every
minute detail on the brand’s sports cars, with numerous examples of
this on the Vanquish. One such case is the removal of the towing eye
from in the bumper to improve aesthetics. Now positioned hidden away
in the front grille, this results in a bumper with less clutter that
gives the Vanquish a much cleaner face. And on US-spec cars, the
side markers have also been incorporated into the head and tail
lamps, again removing clutter from the bumper.
Quality and craftsmanship come together in the Vanquish’s new Aero
Duct on the deck (boot) lid. This elegantly devised passive
engineering feature is included to counteract lift at the car’s rear
when travelling at speed.
The challenge from CEO Dr Ulrich Bez was to create a part that was
“impossible to make”. This naturally generated some huge headaches
for the design, engineering and manufacturing teams, but the result
is a look of unrivalled beauty, form and function. It takes one
person two days to construct this one-piece carbon fibre moulding,
while the Aston Martin paint team created unique paint guns and
polishing tools to be able to finish the decklid to the same
glass-like finish as the rest of the car.
The fact that this part has no joint lines is a true testament to
the ingenuity, dedication and meticulous attention to detail of the
car’s designers, engineers and craftsmen.
Testing is, of course, fundamental to the quality and longevity of
an Aston Martin and the Vanquish has undergone an exhaustive series
of examinations. Digital modelling analysis, bench tests and, of
course, thousands of hours of real-world testing around the globe
have produced the most comprehensively engineered GT ever to leave
For instance the engineering team carried out more than 5,000 km of
durability and high speed testing at the Nardo Ring in northern
Italy alone. The circuit is one giant loop that stretches for 12.5
km (7.8 miles), so is perfect for high speed testing, allowing the
driver to examine the car at high speed without having to brake for
corners. This test puts high levels of stress on all systems and
helps to prove out high speed durability.
Following this, a Vanquish prototype was sent to the Aston Martin
test centre at the Nürburgring for yet more intense limit handling
work. The notorious German track is an ideal place to test and
refine the new Vanquish as it is regarded as the most demanding race
circuit in the world. There the new car underwent more than 10,000
km of testing to prove-out the car’s durability, brakes, DSC system,
tyres and chassis set-up.