Evo­lu­tion of stan­dard bearer

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As­ton Martin Sand­ton hosted the launch of the new Van­quish S in the high street of the Mel­rose Arch precinct re­cently. The Bri­tish mar­que has turned up the heat on its su­per GT model to cre­ate the new Van­quish S, avail­able as both coupe or Volante con­vert­ible, with pric­ing start­ing from R4,950,000.

Sharper styling, greater po­tency and in­creased ath­leti­cism de­fine the lat­est evo­lu­tion of the model. It is a lin­eage that orig­i­nated from the com­pany’s le­gendary Works di­vi­sion and has proudly served as a stan­dard bearer for the mar­que’s sport­ing and stylis­tic val­ues since 2001.

In this, the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Van­quish’s evo­lu­tion to S spec­i­fi­ca­tion, the com­pany says that care­ful at­ten­tion has been paid to the en­gine, chas­sis and aerodynamics to cre­ate a ma­chine that is honed to de­liver more in­tense thrills and per­for­mance.

POWER DE­LIV­ERY

Cen­tral to this is the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 6.0l V12 en­gine, which now pro­duces up to 441kW and en­joys im­proved throt­tle re­sponse, thanks to a re­vised, freer-breath­ing in­take sys­tem. Th­ese larger vol­ume in­let man­i­folds al­low a greater vol­ume of air to flow into the en­gine at high revs, cre­at­ing im­proved power de­liv­ery and a stronger feel all the way to the red­line.

En­gi­neers have also changed the cal­i­bra­tion of the eight­speed Touchtronic III trans­mis­sion with the aim of de­liv­er­ing faster gearshifts and greater re­fine­ment at low speeds.

Like­wise, the sus­pen­sion, damper in­ter­nals, spring rates and an­tiroll bar bushes have been re­tuned to give the model a keener edge in the more sport­ing sus­pen­sion modes, with­out com­pro­mis­ing on com­fort.

Vis­ually the Van­quish S is dis­tin­guished by a new aero­dy­namic pack­age. Fash­ioned from ex­posed car­bon fi­bre, the re­vised front split­ter and rear dif­fuser have been de­signed to de­liver a re­duc­tion in frontal lift with a min­i­mal penalty in ad­di­tional drag. The model also gets new quad ex­haust pipes.

The look can also be fur­ther en­hanced with a range of op­tions. Th­ese in­clude car­bon fi­bre bon­net lou­vres, new forged five-spoke di­a­mond turned wheels and a choice of painted graph­ics packs.

The in­te­rior can be fur­ther per­son­alised with a choice of Filo­graph quilted leather and the use of new ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes, such as the satin chopped car­bon fi­bre fas­cia panel. Sump­tu­ous Bridge of Weir Caith­ness leather of­fers a touch of lux­ury, while Van­quish S em­broi­dery on the head­rests pro­vides crafted fin­ish­ing de­tail.

MOD­ERN ICON

“From the mo­ment the orig­i­nal Van­quish was launched it be­came a mod­ern icon,” says Andy Palmer, As­ton Martin pres­i­dent and CEO. “It pro­pelled As­ton Martin from an era of hand-built cars to one where crafts­man­ship and tech­nol­ogy com­bined to cre­ate a new kind of great Bri­tish GT.

“In its sec­ond gen­er­a­tion the Van­quish main­tained that mo­men­tum with huge engi­neer­ing ad­vances such as its all-car­bon fi­bre body­work and com­pelling, con­tem­po­rary styling. Now, the Van­quish S takes things fur­ther, con­fi­dently as­sert­ing it­self within the As­ton Martin range and dis­tin­guish­ing it­self from the new DB11. A spec­tac­u­lar ma­chine in ev­ery sense, the Van­quish S is a mag­nif­i­cent ad­di­tion to our range.”

Re­vised aerodynamics give the Van­quish S a more ag­gres­sive look.

The in­te­rior fea­tures new quilted leather sports seats. Left: There is the op­tion of a new satin chopped car­bon fi­bre cen­tre con­sole panel.

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