THERE’S never really a big fuss made over a new Aston Martin. The plan is set. It will look beautiful. It will have a V12. It will be a rear-wheel-drive. It will have two doors. It’s the same story with the new Vanquish. The now lowered and lighter 5.9-litre V12 sits in the front turning out 421kW and 475 Nm The power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automated manual, boasting a believable 21.7 litres/100km in the city and 14.9 litres/100km on the highway. Aston Martin claims that the Vanquish will get from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 295km/h and yet the Vanquish is extremely underpowered by its V12 rivals, from Lamborghini and Ferrari.
Prices start at about R3-million. These figures suggest a quick car but not at all a match for today’s Ferraris, nor a supercar. This reminds us that the Vanquish isn’t an out and out supercar but more preferably a long distance Grand Tourer.
The Vanquish rides atop a Generation 4 VH architecture structure, and the aluminum chassis is said to be 25 percent stiffer, which begs the question, how comfortable is it?
Inside, the recipe hasn’t changed; it has a6.5-inch Garmin satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, stitched leather all around as well as a 60 percent increase in boot space. Aston Martin’s association with Bang & Olufsen has provided the Vanquish with a 13-speaker 1000W stereo system.
The Vanquish never will be the ultimate Aston Martin or the ultimate supercar, but it’s more than good enough.