Evolution of standard bearer
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.
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.
“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.