Aston Martin engineers are busy testing the next Vanquish, which will be the brand’s hardest and fastest series grand tourer model, with intentions for it to reach showrooms this September.
Following the hype of its first product in collaboration with Daimler, the twin-turbocharged V-12 DB11, Aston Martin wanted to remind people that the Vanquish still exists. The British firm added another number to the power dial, tightly relaced the car’s underpinnings, and fitted some figurative cuff links and a pocket square to brighten its look a bit.
Aston says the new shapes provide a “meaningful reduction in frontal lift,” although it did not specify real numbers. The Brits also added a dual twin-tip exhaust setup and optional carbon-fiber hood louvers, five-spoke 20-inch diamond-turned wheels, and painted graphics packages.
Under the hood, the naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 remains, but it has been squeezed to make a claimed 580 horsepower at 7000 rpm, 12 more than before, thanks to larger intake manifolds. The twelve-cylinder puts down 465 lb-ft of torque at 5500 rpm, helps the car jump from zero to 62 mph in a claimed 3.5 seconds, and has its sights set on a target max speed of 201 mph. That’s three-tenths quicker to 62 mph than Aston’s claim for the non-S Vanquish. (In our hands, the 568-hp Vanquish sprinted to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.)