2012 Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin has today unveiled the successor to the Aston Martin DBS. It’s not  a new name, but it is a new car, and it’s called the Vanquish. As expected the production Aston Martin Vanquish is closely based on the design of the Aston Martin AM310 concept which was revealed back in May. In fact about the only visible difference between the two are the wheels.

While it might be sacrilegious amongst the automotive community to call any recent Aston Martin anything  other than gorgeous, the Vanquish doesn’t have the same effortless beauty as say the DB9, Vantage or even its predecessor the DBS. It’s as if Aston Martin’s designers have had to bolt on some extra winglets, cut a few extra “speed holes” and just generally tried to spice up the bodywork as best they can for the new generation. It looks a little like its been taken to an aftermarket tuner straight from the factory. That’s not to say the new Vanquish isn’t a fantastic looking vehicle. It just isn’t the sublime revelation the DB9 was back in 2004.

That aside there’s a lot to love about the new Aston Martin Vanquish. There’s the fact it’s still a classy looking supercar, there’s the fact it has a 25 percent more rigid chassis than its predecessor, and it’s lighter too thanks to the use of carbon fiber in the rear subframe and a hollow aluminium structure up front as opposed to the DBS’ solid aluminium unit. And then there’s the engine.

The Aston Martin Vanquish uses an upgraded version of the DBS’ 6.0 litre V12 engine which benefits from changes to the block, new heads, Aston Martin’s first dual variable valve timing system, an uprated fuel pump, enlarged throttle bodies, and a revised intake manifold. These updates have resulted in an extra 55 horsepower, taking the total to 565 horsepower @ 6,750 rpm and 620Nm (457 lb-ft) at 5,500 rpm. Top speed of the 2012 Vanquish is 183 mph, and the 0-62 mph (100km/h) sprint takes just 4.1 seconds. Amazingly, while that’s 0.2 seconds faster than the DBS can hit 62 mph, it’s 7 mph slower than the DBS’ 190 mph top speed.

The engine is located further down in the chassis than it was in the DBS. That makes for better handling which further compliments the re-engineered VH (Vertical Horizontal) chassis, a lightweight bonded aluminium structure which in the Vanquish includes a number of carbon fiber components. The Vanquish also features Aston Martin’s latest Adaptive Damping System (ADS), which allows the driver to switch between three distinct damping modes: Normal, Sport and Track, delivering instant adjustment of the car’s ride and handling characteristics.

The braking is handled by Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes which offer shorter stopping distances and a massive reduction in brake fade. The CCM brakes are also significantly lighter than their metal equivalents – helping reduce that all-important unsprung weight. The front brakes use 398 mm x 36 mm CCM brake discs with larger front brake pads and six-piston brake callipers from the One-77 supercar, while the rear brakes use 360 mm x 32 mm CCM brake discs with a four-piston calliper.

The Aston Martin Vanquish will be offered with the choice of two interior layouts. A strict two seater, or a 2+2 configuration. However perhaps more importantly the Vanquish offers increased space over its predecessor. In fact Aston Martin say the interior of the Vanquish has 140 per cent more storage space than the DBS, and there’s is also increased legroom, shoulder room and elbow space. Aston Martin will offer a variety of tasteful upholstery options for the interior, with almost every conceivable panel being covered in leather.

2012 Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said of the car: “Today’s Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability. It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise.

“Bearing the same name as the iconic original Vanquish that did so much to cement Aston Martin’s reputation as a maker of great GT cars in the modern era, I believe the car unveiled today once again puts this great British brand at the top of its class.

“The new Vanquish mixes beautiful design with impressive technology such as the superb new infotainment system. This is the latest incarnation of everything we know, informed and developed from One-77. It is the ultimate Super Grand Tourer –  confident and assured – and is the newest representation of Power, Beauty and Soul.”

The first deliveries of the Vanquish are expected to begin in the UK and Continental Europe late in 2012. Other markets will follow in 2013.

via: diseno-art.com