|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||8A||3.6 sec||11.9 sec @ 121 mph||13/21/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.1 sec||12.3 sec @ 119 mph||13/19/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.0 sec||12.3 sec @ 116.2 mph||13/19/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2002 Aston Martin Vanquish
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.4 sec||12.9 sec @ 115 mph||11/18/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.7 sec||13.2 sec @ 112.9 mph||11/18/13.3 mpg||Road & Track|
About Aston Martin Vanquish
Be honest with yourself—are you the competitive sort? Some people think everything’s a contest, and they want to come out ahead all the time. And that applies to your ride too.
If you want to be the best looking car on the road while leaving everyone in the dust, your best bet is to show up on the streets with a spanking new Aston Martin Vanquish. It will destroy every other car in sight.
The Vanquish Performance
Let’s start with the performance. After all, Aston Martin touts the Vanquish as a Super Grand Tourer, and by definition it’s supposed to be able to get you to places at high speed in both style and comfort. But the “high speed” aspect must first be investigated.
And the folks at Aston Martin weren’t joking when they strapped on their new AM29 6-liter V12 engine. They boast that it’s the most powerful GT production engine in the entire history of Aston Martin, and the numbers tend to prove their point.
- You get 568 bhp of power and 457 pound feet of torque.
- You have 8 gears shifting in just 130 milliseconds, with a new engine management system that’s very efficient.
- It goes from 0 to 60 mph in a cool 3.6 seconds.
- Your top speed is 201 miles per hour. (This is 2 mph slower than the Rapide S, but at this point you probably won’t notice.)
Essentially, you’re going to smoke just about anything that even tries to keep up with you on the road. The aerodynamic design of course helps, and so does the use of carbon fiber engineered for aerospace performance.
The steering is very direct and precise, although you may be put off at first by the steering “wheel” that’s for some reason shaped almost like a square. That means you can go fast when driving through twisted lanes and not just on straight highways. The huge carbon ceramic brakes also give you the confidence you need to go fast, since you can stop immediately at any time.
Style and Comfort
With Aston Martin, you can never go wrong when it comes to style. And the look of the Vanquish is stereotypical Aston Martin, which is to say that it’s a work of art. It’s sexy and it looks fast even when it’s standing still.
This is not a car for those who want to have a low profile. This car grabs attention by its looks, and you’ll get your full share of stares. Who is this big shot, people will think. If you don’t like being on center stage, you probably shouldn’t be looking at any type of Aston Martin, much less the Vanquish.
Inside the comfort level is also quite luxurious, which is to be expected. The front bucket seats are low and comfy, and you’re surrounded by soft leather. Inside, you also got some ergonomic interiors with a nice touch of carbon fiber finishes.
And Aston Martin is firmly part of the 21st century, since now it also an advanced infotainment system.
Of course, in the back seat it’s not exactly nice and comfy, but as you know the Aston Martin isn’t really for more than two people no matter what you read in the ads. And since its performance on the road is topnotch, those who prioritize comfort may not be too pleased with how stiff this car drives. But then again, you’ll probably be more uncomfortable if the ride quality is improved by sacrificing performance.
It does seem like Aston Martin was being a touch boastful when they named this car the Vanquish, but seriously, what else would fit? Drive it around, and your car will probably be the fastest on the road. And even if you’re going slowly, you only give the peons around you more time to understand just how beautiful this car is and just how lucky you are.
The price is perhaps the only sticking point for this car, but then again you get what you pay for. The base price is pegged at $287,820 except no one in his right mind would go buy this car without getting a few nifty options.
You can get the one-77 steering wheel for $1,595. The 2+2 seating configuration at $4,545 may not be to your taste, but perhaps you may want the 20-inch 10-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels in satin black finish for $7,275. Then you may as well go all out and get the twill carbon fiber fascia for $2,270 and the exposed carbon fiber roof panel for $3,190.
You’re going to have to spend at least 300 grand, realistically speaking. Then with insurance and fuel costs (the EPA fuel economy is 13/21/16 mpg), you’re going to spend some more.
But then again, maybe for you it’s only money. The experience of driving a Vanquish? That’s priceless.
For more information about Aston Martin Vanquish, visit the official Aston Martin website.
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