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To cel­e­brate the Vanquish – highly-ac­claimed As­ton Martin flag­ship – as it en­ters the fi­nal phase of its pro­duc­tion life, the man­u­fac­turer has created the very spe­cial model to bid a farewell: The Vanquish S Ul­ti­mate. Like the reg­u­lar Vanquish S, one of the world’s great su­per GTs, the Ul­ti­mate edi­tion is pow­ered by As­ton Martin’s pow­er­ful nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated 6.0-litre V12. With 444 kW at 7,000 r/min and 630 Nm of torque at 5,500 r/min – and a spec­tac­u­lar sound­track – scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mance is guar­an­teed. An eight-speed Touchtronic III au­to­matic trans­mis­sion gives an im­pres­sive com­bi­na­tion of re­sponse and re­fine­ment, with three-stage adap­tive damp­ing and car­bon ce­ramic brakes com­plet­ing the pack­age. Lim­ited to just 175 cars world­wide, the Ul­ti­mate edi­tion is avail­able in Coupé or Volanté form and a choice of three ex­te­rior colour schemes that have been crafted by the As­ton Martin de­sign team. In ad­di­tion to these de­signer themes, cus­tomers can elect to com­bine any ex­te­rior scheme and in­te­rior pack­age as a no-cost op­tion. Or­der books are now open if you have around R5 m to spare for the plea­sure of own­ing this once-off Vanquish.

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