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Aston Martin calls the Vanquish a “super grand touring” machine, not a super sports car, but it’s so beautiful that we don’t care what Aston calls it. Yes, its sonorous V-12 makes it fast, but many rivals easily out-accelerate it. Standard models make 568 hp, while the upcoming Vanquish S gets boosted to 580 hp. Like to drive topless? Opt for the Vanquish Volante for a truly rare ride. As with all Astons, its little flaws are forgivable since it is one of the loveliest things on four wheels.

The Aston Martin Vanquish S seats two, rips across the pavement with V-12 power, and coddles its passengers in a cocoon of ultra-luxury finishes. It’s just what we hope feeling rich will feel like. Once we get there, that is. Aston’s top sports car has more power this year, a revised suspension, and new bits borrowed from the Vulcan. It is offered as a coupe or a convertible called Volante. Beautiful, fast, loud, and a dynamic performer!

With its evolution to S spec, the Vanquish’s naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V-12 increases from 568 to 580 horsepower while torque remains the same at 465 pound-feet. The 8-speed automatic transmission is updated to deliver faster shifts and better refinement at low speeds, and the suspension is upgraded with new tuning for the dampers, new spring rates, and revised sway bar bushings, all for sharper handling.

The most obvious changes are to the outside, where an exposed carbon-fiber front splitter and rear diffuser inspired by the Vulcan give the car a more aggressive look. New exterior options include carbon-fiber hood louvers, new forged five-spoke diamond turned wheels, and a range of painted graphics packs.

The Vanquish S is a higher-end model based on the aluminum-intensive last-generation platform that it shared with the DB9. Unlike the DB9, however, the Vanquish S uses carbon fiber for the body panels and some of the trunk structure, and the Vanquish S comes only with a V-12 engine instead of a V-12 and a V-8.

The V-12 is a raucous piece of machinery that can push this car to speeds in excess of 200 mph and launch it from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. It also offers the lusty engine note that has become a signature of Aston Martins. On the road, the Vanquish S is an accomplished grand tourer. It handles well, and adaptive dampers help keep the firm ride from becoming harsh.


Tommy Milner, Corvette Racing Driver, 24 Hours of Le Mans Champion & Win Your New Car Spokesperson