Vanquish S: the flagship Aston Martin
The fastest production model ever to be built by Aston Martin made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, 2004.
With a maximum speed in excess of 200mph (321 km/h) and a 6.0 litre V12 engine developing 520 horsepower, the Vanquish S has been designed to deliver even greater performance, complemented by subtle suspension and steering changes and a number of interior and external style revisions.
“The Vanquish S is our flagship model” said Aston Martin Chairman and CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez. “It is an exceptional car which is the fastest Aston Martin ever and also the best handling. It is the ultimate high-performance Aston Martin.”
The Vanquish S has received subtle but effective changes to complement its elegant muscular body. The famous Aston Martin grille has a new rounded and more open appearance for better cooling, with an aerodynamic splitter to improve high-speed stability. At the rear, the boot lid has been redesigned to improve aerodynamics, reducing lift and improving balance and stability while also incorporating a new high mounted stop lamp. These changes help the Vanquish S to achieve an impressive Cd figure of 0.32.
All the exterior body panels of the Vanquish S are constructed from aluminium, with each individual panel hand-tailored to the central structure to ensure a perfect panel fit. Every carefully-detailed feature is graphic evidence of the high levels of technology and workmanship at Aston Martin’s historic Newport Pagnell site in Buckinghamshire.
The Sports Dynamics suspension, steering and braking package is now standard on the Vanquish S. This includes stiffer springs and dampers and shorter steering arms. Revised steering geometry provides a 20% quicker response, allowing the driver to apply a reduced input for required steering response. This enables the driver to be more precise with inputs – especially on winding roads – and more accurate feedback from the chassis.
The brakes have been upgraded to incorporate larger six piston calipers and larger grooved and ventilated front discs. The rear discs are 2mm wider for improved heat dissipation. The use of floating discs ensures the driver has consistent pedal feel under heavy braking whilst a new brake pedal assembly reduces travel and enhances pedal feel.
Further development of Aston Martin’s low emissions, all alloy, quad-overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 6.0-litre V12 engine has generated an increase in power from 460 bhp to 520 bhp (388kW) @ 7000rpm and torque is boosted to 425 lb ft (577 Nm) @ 5800rpm. It is built at the dedicated Aston Martin Engine Plant in Cologne.
Engine enhancements include new cylinder heads with fully machined inlet ports and combustion chambers to improve airflow, revised engine mapping and new fuel injectors.
The overall interior design is a subtle blend of traditional, classic and modern materials with Bridge of Weir leather upholstery matched to contemporary metal interior fittings and finishes. A number of detailed improvements have been made to the interior of the Vanquish S to enhance the overall appeal.
The luxurious but purposeful two seat or optional 2+2 cabin now features supportive all leather trimmed sports seats with many additional and exquisite detail touches which amply demonstrate the truly special nature of this unique hand crafted sports car.
“The Vanquish S V12 is a combination of state-of-the-art aerospace technology and design integrity,” said Dr Bez. “It is the flagship model of a confident company that is proud to display its heritage but is also determined to make the most technologically modern and inspirational sports cars in the world.”
Vanquish S customers are eligible for a complimentary Performance Driving Course. This comprehensive one-to-one driving experience that can be taken at one of three proving grounds, Millbrook in the UK, Lommel in Belgium, or Romeo, Michigan, in North America.
In an addition to the existing range, in February 2007 the company confirmed a new Vanquish S Ultimate Edition, to be handcrafted at the company’s Newport Pagnell production facility in Buckinghamshire, later in the year. It represents a luxurious and unique limited edition befitting the Vanquish S status as the ultimate Aston Martin and also celebrates the skilled craftsmanship of the team working at Newport Pagnell.
The Ultimate Edition will be available by special request – with just 40 examples expected to be produced – to customers wishing to celebrate the last of a pivotal car in Aston Martin’s history. Initial feedback suggests the whole allocation of this special edition will be sold within weeks of launch.
The Vanquish is a modern classic, a muscular 2+2 that epitomises Aston Martin’s core values of power, beauty and soul. It is the ultimate sports car for the discerning owner. Since its launch in 2001, the Vanquish has proved to be a huge success for Aston Martin with over 2000 cars delivered to customers around the world.