Van­quish S leads NZ drive

South Waikato News - - Motoring - DOUG SAIL

As­ton Martin sig­nals the start of a new push in the New Zealand lux­ury car mar­ket with the ar­rival of the Van­quish S.

The new model was re­vealed on Tues­day to a pri­vate au­di­ence at a har­bour-side venue over­look­ing Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

As­ton Martin pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive, Dr Andy Palmer on his first trip to New Zealand as the com­pany CEO - was among the speak­ers at the func­tion and also con­firmed that a soon-to-be fin­ished state-of-the-art show­room in the city will be opened in June.

The new multi-storey mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar build­ing with a show­room on the ground floor was de­scribed as a "mas­sive project" by Greg Brinck, gen­eral man­ager of In­de­pen­dent Prestige, agents for As­ton Martin and Lam­borgh­ini with plan­ning be­gin­ning up to three years ago.

Brinck, who has been in­volved with As­ton Martin in NZ for 14 years, ex­pects the Van­quish S to be an­other strong seller in NZ, fol­low­ing on from huge sales suc­cess here for the DB11.

"We had the high­est or­der up­take for the DB11 in the South­ern Hemi­sphere."

Palmer, who joined the com­pany in 2014, did not see the NZ ex­pan­sion as a gam­ble.

"No, I don’t gam­ble, I’m an en­gi­neer. I’m an ad­vo­cate of maths and data," he said, adding that New Zealand was prov­ing to be a great show­case to peo­ple world­wide for their prod­uct.

Palmer, mean­while, de­scribed the Van­quish S as a "spec­tac­u­lar ma­chine in ev­ery sense" say­ing it was a great ad­di­tion to our range, and one we ex­pect will ap­peal to our New Zealand clients."

"The Van­quish S con­fi­dently as­serts it­self within the As­ton Martin range, dis­tin­guish­ing it­self from the new DB11.

Equipped with an up­rated 6-litre V12 en­gine pro­duc­ing 588 PS, the Van­quish S has a top speed of 323kmh, and achieves 0-100kmh in just 3.5 sec­onds. There is an 8-speed Touchtronic III Trans­mis­sion, quadex­haust tailpipes, and re­vised in­let man­i­folds for in­creased en­gine air­flow.

Vis­ually, it comes with a new aero­dy­namic pack­age, cloaked in a suit of car­bon. A 2x2 car­bon fi­bre twill front split­ter and rear dif­fuser add not only to the ex­te­rior styling are claimed to im­prove high-speed sta­bil­ity as well.

New quad ex­haust out­lets pro­vide a more ag­gres­sive ap­pear­ance which the Bri­tish mar­que says is en­tirely fit­ting for its most overtly sport­ing GT pro­duc­tion model.

In­side, the cabin fea­tures such Filo­graph quilt de­sign options, Bang and Olufsen au­dio and the AMI III In­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with all new satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion.

The Van­quish S is avail­able in both Coupe and Volante, with a start­ing price of $395,000 plus on­road costs. First cus­tomer de­liv­er­ies in New Zealand are due to com­mence in April.

The As­ton Martin Van­quish S is un­veiled in Auck­land.

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