Aston Martin revives the Vanquish supercar

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Aston Martin's original Vanquish went into production back in 2001 and was discontinued in 2007, replaced by the DBS. During its tenure in the realm of supercars the Vanquish competed with other luxury grand touring coupes like the Ferrari 575, and was even featured as the hero car in a James Bond film. Now the Vanquish is back and will once again contend with the latest grand tourers from Ferrari and the other supercar elite.

"Today's Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability," said Aston Martin chief executive officer Dr. Ulrich Bez. "It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise."

Power for the new Vanquish comes from a 6.0-litre V12 that generates 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic gearbox, allowing the Vanquish to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and push on to a top speed of 294 km/h.

The new Vanquish, which carries the official designation AM 310 Vanquish, bears a strong resemblance to the Aston Martin AM 310 concept car that was revealed at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy this past May. The hewn bodywork is both curvaceous and muscular in appearance, with styling cues such as the "rear light blade" taillights taken from Aston's rare One-77 supercar. Each body panel of the new Vanquish is formed from lightweight carbon fibre, which makes for a relatively lightweight body while also aiding the car's strength-to-weight ratio.

"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," said Dr. Bez. "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 Soul'."

Though it appears to be a wholly competent performance car, the Vanquish also makes strides in practicality. The interior is more spacious than before and the trunk has a 368 litre capacity; a claimed 60 percent increase in size when compared to the DBS, which the Vanquish is slated to replace. Aston Martin will also offer two different interior layouts for the new Vanquish, the first being a 2+2 seating layout and the second a 2+0 layout.

Four seats, or two? It'll be an envious choice for customers of Aston Martin's new Vanquish to make. Deliveries are expected to begin later this year in Europe while the Canadian arrival is likely to take place in early 2013.

"The Aston Martin range is stronger now than at any time in our 99-year history," concluded Dr. Bez. "The new Vanquish represents the perfect way to signal the beginning of our centenary celebrations next year."
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sports Coupe, Aston Martin, 2013, Vanquish, Supercar,

Organizations: Aston Martin

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