Aston Martin Vanquish 2012 flagship revealed

Jun 20, 2012
Aston Martin Vanquish 2012 flagship revealed

Aston Martin has taken the wraps off of its latest supercar, the Vanquish, resurrecting the name for a new grand tourer with a 6.0-litre V12 engine. The hand-built flagship borrows styling details from the limited-edition One-77, managing to look both beautifully taut and proportioned while also including numerous passive-aerodynamic details for improved performance. It's capable of quite the turn of speed, too, funneling 565 bhp and 620 Nm of torque to the road for a 0-62 mph dash in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph.

All that power goes via a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shifting, and in fact the 2012 Vanquish is the fastest full-production car in Aston's range (the One-77 is more powerful, but only available in restricted numbers). Carbon-fiber body panels are used to keep weight down, and torsional rigidity is up by over 25-percent while the trunk is 60-percent larger than that of the Aston Martin DBS.

Two layout versions of the Vanquish will be on offer, either a 2+2 with (presumably rudimentary) rear seats, or as a 2+0 for those who'd prefer more squeeze-space for luggage. Legroom has increased by 37mm, shoulder room by 25mm, elbow room by 87mm and knee room by 50mm. Both have nearly 50:50 weight distribution.

Inside, it's a cosseting womb of leather, exposed carbon fiber and other high-quality materials. The long center console is fronted by a single piece of material, presenting 6.5-inch display with a redesigned UI based on owner feedback, capacitive glass buttons with haptic feedback, and several USB and power points. There's also a 1,000W Bang & Olufsen 15-speaker system, integrated Garmin navigation, Bluetooth, iPod/iPhone integration, satellite radio in the US, and a WiFi hub.

Deliveries of the new Aston Martin Vanquish will begin in late 2012 in the UK and Europe, with the car priced from £189,995 ($299,000) before you start ticking the spec-sheet boxes.

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