The Vanquish (coupe) and Vanquish Volante (convertible) are both powered by a 6.0L V12 engine, making 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. It's teamed to a "Touchtronic III" 8-speed automatic transmission with magnesium steering-wheel shift paddles that can order up shifts manually when desired.
Aston Martin quotes an official 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of just 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 201 mph. The new launch control feature helps make takeoffs from a standing start as rapid as possible when activated, by allowing just the right amount of wheelspin.
Aston Martin chose to make all of the body panels on the Vanquish out of carbon fiber, to provide a strong body that resists flex during high-performance driving, while also saving weight. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an alloy torque tube and carbon fiber propeller shaft--both of which also help cut weight.
The hydraulic, speed-sensitive power steering system has a quick ratio and plenty of feedback, while the standard carbon-ceramic brakes (6-piston in front and 4-piston in back) provide strong stops from triple-digit speeds. The Vanquish's perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution and its low center of mass make it a natural for stability in tight corners and sudden transitions in challenging mountain roads. The Vanquish has a limited-slip rear differential and includes robust 20-inch Pirelli P Zero Z-rated performance tires.
A Sport mode doesn't just make the powertrain more sensitive to your accelerator-pedal inputs and change the shift (points) and attitude of the transmission; it also opens an exhaust bypass for a louder, more aggressive engine sound to be enjoyed during performance driving. Separately, there's a Track mode for the stability control, and the 3-mode adaptive suspension includes Normal, Sport and Track modes.
Front seats are sporty in appearance and mission, but luxurious enough for long road trips. Keep in mind that a back seat is optional, but it's quite small. As is the trunk, at about 13 cubic feet and not all that helpfully shaped. Otherwise, there's a lot of dazzle in the Vanquish's interface, as it mixes capacitive glass buttons with illumination and haptic feedback for a smooth and futuristic look.
The Vanquish comes equipped as a prestige-luxury model, including full-grain leather upholstery, an Alcantara (faux-suede) headliner, heated power front seats with memory settings, heated power-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic climate control, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free, a Garmin navigation system and a powerful 13-speaker, 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen premium audio system that has full iPhone integration and USB input.
As is the case for a prestige brand such as Aston Martin, options are reserved for customization and personal expression, mainly. And there's a long list of items--such as exposed carbon fiber elements, special wheels, black Luxmil leather, embroidered headrests and a matte-black textured tailpipe. Among the few functional extras are heated and ventilated seats, a rear parking-assist camera and an upgraded alarm system.
Volante models are virtually the same in features and performance as their coupe counterparts, although they instead have a multi-layer lightweight fabric power top that folds open in just 14 seconds, tucking into an aerodynamically shaped tonneau.
Raucous, Enchanting Exhaust Note
Unique Haptic-feedback Interior Controls
Eye-catching Exterior Design
A Volante (convertible) That Performs Just As Well
The Aston Martin Vanquish debuted in 2014, and it carries into 2015 with few changes including an 8-speed transmission and improved engine management that yields a bit more power.
Compared to Aston Martin's DBS, the Vanquish is lighter, leaner and more stylish and contemporary in its mission, against a crowd that includes the Maserati GranTurismo, Porsche 911 Turbo and Lamborghini Aventador, among others. Yet despite the Vanquish's intimidating power and supercar performance numbers, the Aston Martin successfully splits the difference between performance machine and grand tourer.
Engine: 6.0L V12 DOHC
Transmission: Touchtronic III ZF 8-Speed Automatic -inc: electronic shift-by-wire control system
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Touchtronic 2 Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
2.73 Axle Ratio
Engine Oil Cooler
Battery w/Run Down Protection
Premium Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Sport Tuned Adaptive Suspension
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
Rear Fog Lamps
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 1000W Sound System -inc: infotainment system (AMi) w/capacitive switching, Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation, 6.5-inch LCD screen, DAB radio, AM/FM radio, USB connector w/Waveform Audio Format (WAF), WMA and MP3 compatibility, and A2DP Bluetooth audio
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Speed Compensated Volume Control
Window Grid Antenna
Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
1 LCD Monitor In The Front
Heated Sport Bucket Seats
Front Seats w/Leather Back Material and Power 2-Way Driver Lumbar
10-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 2-Way Lumbar Support
10-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 2-Way Lumbar Support
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