Cars Coming Soon: Aston Martin Vanquish

June 21st, 2012

Aston Martin Vanquish

Can a car be brutal and beautiful at the same time?

In my book, Aston Martin has built the most beautiful cars on the planet for most of the last two decades. The company never really crossed into “brutal” territory until the super-exclusive One-77 came rolling off the bespoke automaker’s hand-built assembly line. That hypercar, though, lost the beauty so ingrained in Aston lore.

With the Aston Martin DBS aging out of production, the company has the opportunity to replace it with a car that finally melds brute and beauty into one machine.

The new Aston Martin Vanquish appears to have done it.

The One-77 donated some of its better styling cues to the new Vanquish, including elegantly stretched lines, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades. There’s also something Aston calls an “Aero Duct” on the rear lid, which is actually just another term for “wing.” Thankfully, designers managed to make sure the Vanquish retained Aston’s classically beautiful design cues.

Aston Martin Vanquish, rear quarter

Engineers added some serious brute force to the equation, too.

Under the hood is a 6-liter V12 producing 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, which makes it almost the most powerful production Aston Martin, short of the limited-edition One-77. The engine sends power to the rear wheels through a rear-mounted 6-speed automatic transaxle, which allows 85 percent of the car’s weight to sit between the front and rear axles. All of that equates to a 0-to-62-mph sprint in 4.1 seconds and a 183-mph top speed.

Almost as exciting, the interior seems to have been lifted from the One-77 and dropped in place in the Vanquish.

The car will be hand-built entirely in England using carbon-fiber body panels designed to give it a superior strength-to-weight ratio and increased rigidity across the body, two crucial parts in the equation of driving fun.

Plus, it comes with an optional 2+2 seating arrangement and a trunk that can actually hold luggage, which means plenty of room for you, a friend and an exotic weekend away.

That is, unless its $279,995 starting price is an issue. Now that’s brutal!

Is this new Aston Martin Vanquish the most beautiful car ever built?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
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    Somehow Aston seems to always carry it off. With a look and grille far older than something like Mustang, they still never seem to be creating parody’s of their classic cars.
    That said, it seems a shame that these exotic manufacturers can no longer create sane, “balanced” vehicles with sensible horsepower coupled with great handling. 500+HP supercars ARE NOT SAFE TO OPERATE on public roads by most of their owners, as witnessed by the regular reports of owners crashing them. In such lightweight cars, 250 or so horsepower is more than enough for thrillng performance without rocketing you into the back end of the car ahead of you.

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