Aston Martin honors departing Vanquish with special Ultimate variant
IT’S the “quintessential Aston Martin,” the car maker said of the Vanquish, its flagship GT model that will soon end its production run. Bidding it farewell, Aston Martin created the Vanquish S Ultimate.
The company bared that, like the model on which it was spun off, the Ultimate edition is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 that makes 595 hp, and which is paired to an eight-speed Touchtronic III automatic transmission. A threestage adaptive damping system and carbon ceramic brakes complete the car’s mechanical package.
Limited to just 175 cars worldwide, Aston Martin said the Ultimate edition is available as a coupe or a Volante — or convertible, in Aston Martin-speak — either of which is offered in a choice of three exterior color schemes. The special color and trim packages, according to the car maker, include a “suite of details unique to the Vanquish S Ultimate,” which include carbon fiber side strakes that have rose gold Ultimate decals, carbon fiber tread plates, an Ultimate sill plaque, stitched quilting on the seats, and Ultimate head rest embroidery.
The first of the design packages is identified by a monochrome scheme that mates Ultimate black paint with copper bronze graphics around the front air intake, along the side sills, and on the rear diffuser. Other details include black exhaust tailpipes, brake calipers, window trims and five- spoke wheels, plus carbon fiber trim for the hood louvers, front grille and side strakes. The interior has obsidian black leather with chestnut tan accents and stitching, as well as a carbon fiber twill fascia.
The second design theme is inspired by the look and materials used in technical sports wear, Aston Martin said. Xenon gray paint and contrasting cobalt blue graphics are combined with the Ultimate’s carbon fiber pieces and black trim. Yellow brake calipers reside behind gloss black fivespoke alloys. The color palette continues to the interior, where yellow accents and blue stitching are matched to gray leather upholstery.
White gold paintwork and bronze graphics contrast with gloss black and carbon fiber exterior details in the third design theme. Tan leather with black accents line the car’s cabin.
“With the Ultimate Edition we have accentuated the Vanquish S’s unique blend of tradition, technology and craftsmanship with a selection of three bold exterior paint schemes and hugely appealing interior packages that make creative use of exciting materials. Our design team has created three unique themes which unite an exterior and interior package, but we have been careful to ensure each exterior color and interior theme works well together to offer our customers maximum choice,” said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer.
Orders for the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition Coupe and Volante are now being taken, with deliveries to start in the first quarter of 2018.
THREE exterior color schemes and special color and trim packages feature carbon fiber pieces and rose gold or copper bronze accents.