liter 48-valve V12
hp per liter
(from Aston Martin
Press Release) With a maximum speed in excess of 200mph
(320 km/h) and a 6.0 litre V12 engine developing 520 horsepower, the
Vanquish S has been designed to deliver even greater performance,
complemented by subtle suspension and steering changes and a number
of interior and external style revisions.
“The Vanquish is our flagship model and the standard 460bhp will
continue to be built,” said Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez.
“However, this derivative makes the car even more exceptional. The
latest Vanquish S is not only the fastest Aston Martin ever, but it
is the best handling too. It is the ultimate high-performance Aston
The Vanquish S has received subtle but effective changes to
complement its elegant muscular body. The famous Aston Martin grille
has a new rounded and more open appearance for better cooling, and
an aerodynamic splitter improves high-speed stability.
At the rear, a redesigned boot lid featuring a new high mounted stop
lamp reduces lift and improves balance and stability, helping to
achieve an impressive Cd figure of 0.32.
These differences on the Vanquish S not only improve the appearance
but also enhance performance. All the exterior body panels are
constructed from aluminium with each individual panel hand tailored
to the central structure to ensure a perfect panel fit. Every
carefully detailed feature provides graphic evidence of the
painstaking craftsmanship and quality, which is invested in its
construction at Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell site in
Revised steering geometry provides a 20% quicker response, allowing
the driver to apply a reduced input for required steering response.
This enables the driver to be more precise with inputs - especially
on winding roads - and more accurate feedback from the chassis.
The Sports Dynamics suspension, steering and braking package is now
standard on the Vanquish S. This includes stiffer springs and
dampers and shorter steering arms.
The brakes have been upgraded to incorporate larger six piston
calipers and larger grooved and ventilated front discs. The rear
discs are 2mm wider for improved heat dissipation. The use of
floating discs ensures the driver has consistent pedal feel under
heavy braking whilst a new brake pedal assembly reduces travel and
enhances pedal feel.
Further development of Aston Martin’s low emissions, all alloy,
quad-overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 6.0-litre V12 engine has generated
an increase in power from 460 bhp to 520 bhp and torque is boosted
to 425 lb ft (577 Nm).
Engine enhancements include new cylinder heads with fully machined
inlet ports and combustion chambers to improve airflow, revised
engine mapping and new fuel injectors.
The overall interior design is a subtle blend of traditional,
classic and modern materials with Bridge of Weir leather upholstery
matched to contemporary metal interior fittings and finishes. A
number of detailed improvements have been made to the interior of
the Vanquish S to enhance the overall appeal.
The luxurious but purposeful two seat or optional 2+2 cabin now
features supportive all leather trimmed sports seats with many
additional and exquisite detail touches which amply demonstrate the
truly special nature of this unique hand crafted sports car.
“The Vanquish S V12 is a combination of state-of-the-art aerospace
technology and hand craftsmanship,” said Dr Bez. “It is the flagship
model of a confident and growing company that is proud to display
its heritage but is also determined to make the most technologically
modern and inspirational sports cars in the world.”
Illustrating Aston Martin’s continuing commitment to customer care
Vanquish S customers will be eligible for a complimentary
Performance Driving Course. This comprehensive one-to-one driving
experience can be taken at one of three proving grounds – Millbrook
in the UK, Lommel in Belgium, or Romeo, Michigan, in North America.
With the capacity to continue to turn heads, the design of the
Vanquish is already established as a modern classic. Since its
launch in 2001, the Vanquish has proved to be a huge success for
Aston Martin with over 1500 cars built.