The Aston Martin Vanquish was first introduced to the world in 2012 with the intriguing name of “Project AM310” when it debuted at the Concorso D’Eleganza in Lake Como, Italy. Reviewers called the third generation Vanquish V12 the “generational link” to the DBS, which it will replace as the company’s flagship. Beefier than the DBS, it is indeed a heavyweight Super Grand Tourer.
The new V12 Vanquish is named for its predecessors and for its AM11 Gen 4, 5.9 liter V12 power plant. Touted by Aston Martin as the most powerful engine in the company’s history, it boasts 565 hp with 460 lb-ft of torque—considerably more powerful than the 514 hp of its predecessor, the second-generation Vanquish. The V12 is wedded to a 6-speed automatic, paddle-shifted, rear-mounted, Touchtronic2 transmission and these are are conjoined with the Generation4 VH (Vertical/Horizontal) platform that improves rigidity and is the standard underpinning for Aston Martins. Notably, this platform uses more carbon fiber than its predecessors, so while the engine is almost 200 lbs heavier in the 2014, the added weight is reduced to only 110 lbs thanks to additional carbon fiber in the chassis and body. Aston Martin also mounted the engine 0.07” lower, giving the car a lower center of gravity.
At a hefty 3850 lb. curb weight it’s bigger than a Viper, and slower than its DB9 ancestor, but its top speed of 183 mph should be plenty fast, handling ¼ mile in 12.3 seconds at 116 mph. Zero to 60 mph is a quick 4 seconds, similar to Aston Martin’s V12 DBS and Rapide.
The Aston Martin Vanquish cost is $282,000 unadorned but options can boost that number to $300k. But when standard equipment includes heated leather seats, a 13-speaker 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, Garmin GPS navigation and, in the US, satellite radio, who needs options? Still, the V12 Vanquish is available as a 2-seater or a 2+2 and a list of other options includes ten-spoke forged alloy wheels with silver finish, 20” Pirelli Zero or Zero Corsa tires, front parking sensors, personal sill plaques and a trunk-mounted umbrella.