Aston Martin Vanquish S makes a brilliant GT even better

By : Trevor Hofmann
  Is there a more beautiful grand touring car on the planet? Certainly the all-new DB11 will be high on auto enthusiasts’ lists, but for many sports car aficionados the more classic GT lines of Aston Martin’s Vanquish still rule supreme. The Vanquish might hail from Aston’s earlier design language, but it hardly looks dated. Its second-generation redesign arrived on the scene in 2012 for the 2013 model year after all, so it’s still fairly fresh as far as super GTs go, and now the new Vanquish S builds on appearances while upping performance for one of the most enticing new models.......
                   
       
 
Is there a more beautiful grand touring car on the planet? Certainly the all-new DB11 will be high on auto enthusiasts' lists, but
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S
Vanquish S adds new CFRP aero upgrades, interior enhancements, 12-hp, and suspension tweaks to the already amazingly capable Vanquish. (Photo: Aston Martin)
for many sports car aficionados the more classic GT lines of Aston Martin's Vanquish still rule supreme.

The Vanquish might hail from Aston's earlier design language, but it hardly looks dated. Its second-generation redesign arrived on the scene in 2012 for the 2013 model year after all, so it's still fairly fresh as far as super GTs go, and now the new Vanquish S builds on appearances while upping performance for one of the most enticing new models to hit the road so far this year.

"From the moment the original Vanquish was launched it became a modern icon. 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," said Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President & CEO.

"In
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S
That big rear diffuser is all carbon-fibre. (Photo: Aston Martin)
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 a step 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."

The visual changes are subtle yet effective. A reshaped front splitter, grille surround, and rear diffuser are formed from exposed carbon-fibre, providing "a meaningful reduction in frontal lift with a minimal penalty in additional drag," says Aston Martin in a press release. Additionally, dual twin-tip exhaust outlets free up exiting
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S
Got to love the details: a CFRP splitter is part of the Vanquish S upgrade. (Photo: Aston Martin)
gases and enhance the auditory experience, while options include painted graphics packages, 20-inch diamond-turned five-spoke alloys, and carbon-fibre hood louvres.

The real meat of the Vanquish S can be found under that hood, Gaydon's naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 now tuned to 580 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, which due to larger, "freer-breathing" intake manifolds results in a 12-horsepower gain over the regular Vanquish and "sensational throttle response," adds Aston Martin. Peak torque remains the same with 465 lb-ft arriving at 5,500 rpm, which is good enough for three-tenths off of the regular 568 horsepower Vanquish' zero to 100km/h sprint time at just 3.5 seconds instead of 3.8, ahead of an identical 323-km/h
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S
Sports car interiors don't get more luxurious than Aston's Vanquish S. (Photo: Aston Martin)
(201-mph) top speed. Still, there's much more to the Vanquish S performance advantage than mere straight-line acceleration.

Aiding responsiveness and overall refinement is a more polished eight-speed Touchtronic III automatic gearbox, which in Vanquish S tune provides quicker and smoother shifts for a "greater sense of precision and immediacy," adds Aston Martin, while the new model not only improves high-speed handling via aero upgrades noted earlier, but also from a retuned suspension, modified damper internals, revised spring rates, and new anti-roll bar bushings.

As with all Aston Martins the Vanquish S comes fitted with a level of luxury few peers can match, some highlights including an available Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre centre stack panel, Filograph quilted leather upholstery, or Bridge of Weir Caithness leather. Of course, the headrests are embroidered with the "Vanquish S" nameplate.

Starting next month both coupe and Volante convertible Vanquish S body styles will be available from your local Aston Martin dealer.
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