Wednesday 16 November 2016, By Autovolo
Aston Martin is set to replace its flagship Vanquish with this: the new, more powerful Vanquish S.
Power comes from the same 6.0-litre V12, although power has now been boosted to 592bhp – a 27bhp increase.
A new intake system means throttle response has been sharpened, too, and there’s a larger inlet manifold that allows more air into the cylinders at higher engine revs, producing a power delivery Aston describes as “relentless”.
Attached to that engine is the same eight-speed automatic transmission as before, but now it has been lightly tweaked to offer faster gear changes and improved refinement.
The chassis has also been modified, with the suspension, dampers and anti-roll bars revised to improve handling when the more aggressive driving modes are selected. However, Aston Martin is adamant that this has not impacted the car’s ride comfort.
Externally, the Vanquish S is set apart by its aerodynamic bodywork, which includes a carbon-fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, along with new quad-exhaust outlets.
As an option, customers can also choose carbon-fibre bonnet louvres, as well as new five-spoke diamond-turned alloys and painted graphics.
Inside, buyers get a host of options, ranging from quilted leather to dashboard finishers including Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin's president and CEO, said: “From the moment the original Vanquish was launched it became a modern icon. It propelled Aston Martin from an era of hand-built cars to one where craftsmanship and technology combined to create a new kind of great British GT.
“In its second generation the Vanquish maintained that momentum with huge engineering advances such as its all-carbon-fibre bodywork and compelling, contemporary styling. Now, the Vanquish S takes things a step further, confidently asserting itself within the Aston Martin range and distinguishing itself from the new DB11. A spectacular machine in every sense, the Vanquish S is a magnificent addition to our range.”
The Vanquish S will be available both as a hard-top Coupe and the soft-top Volante, with prices starting from £199,950.
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