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Aston Martin Vanquish spied again – details continue to emerge

evo staff
14 Dec 2017

Aston Martin’s new front-engined flagship spotted winter testing reveals further details


Aston Martin is in the midst of one of its biggest model revamps in recent history, with the all-new DB11 and recently revealed Vantage both poised to form the centre point of the brand’s push into the next decade. But Aston Martin is not resting on its laurels, nor indeed just these two models, as it looks to diversify its model range from next year, starting with this, an all-new Vanquish.

The previous, second generation Vanquish arrived quite late in the original VH-platform’s life cycle, replacing the DBS as Aston Martin’s performance flagship in 2012. This time around, Aston Martin isn’t wasting any time getting a new one together, spied here with what looks like a near-production body featuring Aston Martin’s latest design language. 

Sharing much of its body-in-white with the DB11, the new Vanquish is expected to take the GT bent of that car and turn it into something all together more aggressive. Straight away, the Vanquish’s splitter and front intakes have been enlarged, adopting a deep single frame grille opening as seen on Aston’s AMR models, bookended by tall cooling ducts.

> Click here for more on the all-new Aston Martin Vantage

The reformed aero continues along the flanks too, with larger skirts and redesigned curlicue arch vents. The DB11’s hollow C-pillars are also visible, although the tail has been given a shapely redesign, looking tighter and more compact than the slightly bulbous DB11. Underneath the new, more Vantage-like tail lights sits an aggressive rear diffuser punctuated by four exhaust outlets, yet another clue into the new Vanquish’s place at, or near, the top of Aston Martin’s mass production model range. 

While the new GT isn’t expected on sale until 2019, Aston Martin doing little to disguise the prototype other than applying a matt black paint finish. There’s no word on pricing, but the outgoing Vanquish on release was just short of £200k, so we’re expecting the new car to exceed the £200k mark.

> Click here for our Aston Martin DB11 review

Naturally, there’s no word on performance figures yet, but we do know the engine used will be an uprated version of the DB11’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12. The current Vanquish S produces 595bhp from the ‘old’ 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12, 5bhp down on the DB11, so the new Vanquish should be considerably more potent.

Given the forthcoming Bentley Continental GT and Ferrari 812 Superfast develop 626bhp and 789bhp respectively, the Vanquish will surely offer performance somewhere between the two. Dynamically, expect the new Vanquish to be a more focused drive than the DB11. With the forthcoming Vantage replacement being the first Aston to benefit from the full attention of chassis guru Matt Becker, by the time the Vanquish arrives we should have a better idea what a ‘Becker era’ Aston drives like.


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