Aston Martin has always defined its engineering capabilities with the DBS range of cars. A new flagship in the form of the new 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish has arrived on the scene. The model was first introduced as a concept car at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy. It was also premiered as the project AM 310 concept car in late may. Sports car aficionados have been swooning over the marquee car. Aston Martin has certainly delivered on the sleek and stylish carbon-fiber body. Familiar features such as the grille and headlights evoke the manufacturers signature. According to the Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, the Vanquish offers luxury, technical capability, and engineering innovation.
The car has inherited the reliable VH architecture. The car is powered by a 5.9 liter DOHC V12 engine. This has been paired with a Touchtronic six-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, the car packs an astonishing 457 pound-feet of torque and 563 hp. Unleashing this power accelerates the car from zero to 60 in less than 4.1 seconds. The top speed is 186 mph at 5500 rpm. At this speed, the peak torque is 457 lbs-ft. The manufacturer has rated the 565 hp V-12 engine at 6750 rpm. Torque rises from 37 lbs-ft to the peak of 457 lbs-ft. In a bid to produce more power, Aston Martin engineers have upgraded the fuel pump and increased compression. In addition, the car features exhaust valve timing and variable intake. All of these extras ensure the driver can squeeze every ounce of power while on the road.
The exterior styling leaves no doubt this is an Aston Martin powerhouse. The hood incorporates heat extractors that resemble nostrils. Other than this feature, the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish hood is identical to the old DBS hood. Drivers will notice air dams on both sides of the front fascia. The Vanquish boasts of mean looking LED headlights. The air ducts are slightly larger than those of the old BBS model. This gives the Vanquish a more sporty look. One noticeable feature that is absent in this model is the gaping mouth look. Instead, the manufacturer has used a rectangular mouth and lower lip. Both features act as a front-lip spoiler.
The vanquish’s front fenders borrow heavily from the 2012 model. This includes the chrome strip and heat extractor split in half. Drivers will also enjoy a slightly raised roofline. This curves sharply downwards in similar fashion to the 2012 model. The rear end is noticeably larger and the clear tail lights have been replaced with red ones. The bumper and exhaust exits look more sleek.
Aston Martin is offering the new Vanquish in 2+0 or 2+2 interior configurations. Drivers will be wowed by the spacious cabin. Packing more luggage is a breeze as the boot is an incredible 386 liters. Compared to the old DBS model, this is a 60 percent improvement in boot space. Interior trimmings are done in semi-aniline leather and
Alcantara as well as Fine Luxmil. All the stitching is done by hand. A new infotainment system completes the look.
The release date for European buyers is late 2012 while US buyers will have to wait till early 2013. Prices start from $297,000.
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