The aggressive new Aston Martin Vanquish S is a 600 HP GT that follows a more traditional path unlike its younger sibling, the DB11.
Aston Martin Lagonda over the last few years have undergone multiple changes to keep up with the trying times. Introducing a turbocharged V12 motor in the DB11 and outsourcing the engine building responsibilities to AMG for the Vantage series are the first of many steps. However, the folks at Gaydon haven’t forgotten about their flagship car, the Vanquish. To make sure that it maintains its rightful place, they’ve given the old girl a thorough revamp.
To start things off, the Vanquish S retains the atmospheric naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 motor. Power is up by 27 HP, resulting in a net output of 595 HP and an unchanged torque figure of 630 Nm. The 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox gets a few software tweaks for quicker shifts. The new Vanquish S therefore completes the sprint to a 100kph in 3.5 seconds, making it four tenths quicker than the more powerful DB11. Top speed of the Vanquish S is 320kph, exactly the same as the standard Vanquish.
The new Vanquish S has undergone some major cosmetic changes. The gorgeous and proportionate arrow head silhouette remains untouched, leaving room for an updated body kit that features an obscene amount of naked carbon fibre. The carbon front splitter complements the signature Aston grille. The raised tail sits tight above a massive rear diffuser hosting four humongous tailpipes. Aggression and elegance neatly wrapped in a GT package. Aston Martin doing what they do best.
The suspension on the Vanquish S has been sharpened for a more engaging drive. This has been achieved thanks to revised damper settings, spring rates and anti-roll bar bushes. The carbon fibre bodied Vanquish S therefore is a razor sharp GT car that offers near thoroughbred levels of feedback and handling, thus further distinguishing itself from its more subtle and softer younger sister, the DB11.
Like all Aston’s, the interiors on the Vanquish S are stately and opulent to behold. The leather and sophisticated stitching patterns offer a luxurious and sophisticated feel. A 1000w Bang & Olufsen stereo comes as standard along with Apple Car Play. Aston also offers the front fascia in a slab of satin carbon fibre.
Prices in the United Kingdom start at 199,000 pounds. We sadly don’t expect to see the Vanquish S in India, although the DB11 has already made it to Indian shores. The new Vanquish S is beautiful, enchanting and looks purposefully aggressive, reassuring you with it’s operatic naturally aspirated soundtrack that the world is still worth living in.