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New Vanquish a pricey
but refined offering
Skilful refinement: The
Aston Martin Vanquish
6.0-litre all-alloy V12 front mid-mounted drives rear wheels via six-speed auto, 421kW at
6750rpm and 620Nm at 5500rpm, independent double wishbone suspension front and
rear with adaptive dampers and normal, sport and track modes plus limited slip diff,
carbon ceramic brakes with ESP and ABS, tows N/A, 14 litres per100km. Length 4692
millimetres, width 1912mm, height 1294mm, wheelbase 2740mm, kerb weight 1739kg.
Points out of 10: 9. Also consider: Maserati GranTurismo S, Bentley Continental GT
Pluses: Fast, handsome, great-handling comfortable and refined GT
Minuses: To get all that combined costs a lot of money.
with Jacqui Madelin
Niche brand Aston Martin survives in
part because of its evolutionary policy
that applies incremental developments
to incoming models, rather than
producing a succession of all-new cars.
Hence the new V12 Vanquish, successor
to the DBS, best known to most as
James Bond s car.
Where the One-77 uses a carbon fibre
monocoque chassis and aluminium skin,
the Vanquish reverses it, the bonded
aluminium chassis stiffer than the DBS
and housing a more powerful, more
efficient normally-aspirated V12 engine,
with 421kW and 620Nm put to the rear
wheels via a six-speed auto transmission
to propel this mighty car from zero to
100km/h in 4.1 dramatic seconds.
The drama comes not just from its power
but the soundtrack. Press the sport
button to access increased vigour and
open valves in the exhaust that deliver a
heady shot of testosterone to the
Given this is a GT car -- designed to
deliver distance-eating comfort in a
sporty package rather than hard-core
sports performance -- it s no surprise
that Vanquish feels more refined than
the DBS. But it also handles better, the
suspension coping with the big hits of
our luridly bumpy test route, all but
erasing the sharp ones and adding
phenomenal grip to handle corners with
confidence-inspiring surety. Carbon
ceramic brakes haul you up with neck-
snapping force but without the aural
drama of earlier generations.
There was plenty of show at the
international launch, set at the privately-
owned Tyringham Hall, with its team of
butlers and cooks, and its fabulous
collection of art. Parked round the oval
driveway s fountain were six of the
$430,000 cars, each with a route book
taking us through 150 kilometres of back
lanes to lunch at Newmarket s jockey
club, before an equally challenging
Then there s the car itself. A single
unpainted version revealed the full
carbon fibre shell in all its highly-
lacquered glory, complete with a rear
boot-top duct that resembles a spoiler
but is part of the one-piece moulding to
help create downforce at speed.
Inside, there are lashings of leather,
blissfully comfortable seats further
developed from the Rapide s, an
extensive specification list and a
gorgeous glass-smooth dash into which
you insert the glass key -- and yes,
fingerprints do accumulate fast.
Aston s designers and engineers must
walk a fine line to create a car that feels
both devastatingly quick and
comfortable over long distances. The
carbon skin saves 6kg and allows the
shaping of one-piece panels which
couldn t be built of sheet metals; the
engine-bay cross-brace is now one piece,
not two; a double-clutch auto would add
30kg and an eight-speeder feel too busy,
while this car needs just second-to-
fourth gears to access the meat of the
torque for smooth and rapid delivery.
Small improvements on each model are
used to help develop the next,
simplifying the process for a small
company that relies on an exclusive
flavour for part of its appeal.
To Aston s design team for creating a
faster, stiffer, more powerful, better-
handling car that s also more
comfortable and refined, a difficult
balance to achieve. As is the
combination of quiet cabin while
cruising, and testosterone-addled roar
The car costs $430,000 in New Zealand
-- at that price it should be good.
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