The Vanquish originally went for sale in 2001 as Aston Martin’s flagship V12 supercar before becoming the Vanquish S with production finally ending in 2007. The DBS took over the realms as the flagship car until 2012 when Aston Martin decided to revive the Vanquish name altogether for it’s DBS replacement.
The original Vanquish bore much resemblance to the DB7 Vantage of it’s time which itself was replaced by the DB9. So it’s fitting really that the all-new Vanquish still lends much of it’s structure and style from the VH platform that the DB9 created back in 2004. Now in it’s 4th generation the VH platform has proven so successful in modern Aston’s and the powers that be have decided they don’t want to branch too much away from it’s winning formula. The car has though evolved so much since then and the new Vanquish is considered the best modern car Aston Martin have built.
The DBS was much-loved and is still a great car for sale but the Vanquish has improved the car in many ways. With it’s full carbon fibre body the Vanquish features a 25% stiffer chassis than the DBS with handling becoming much smoother and the superb traction providing the driver a more controlled driving experience. The 5.9L V12 engine powers it’s rear wheels much like it’s predecessors but provides an increase of 55bhp over the DBS. Aston are still reliant on it’s Touchtronic 2 automatic gearbox which provides fast gearshifts and quick response.
It says a lot that the Vanquish has been heralded as a better all-round car to drive than the £1million limited edition One-77 that it takes it’s styling cues from. It features a refreshed interior which is more spacious and focused than the DBS with levels of refinement and comfort not available in other supercars for sale in it’s class. The result is one of the best looking cars on the market and is a worthy British rival to the likes of the more powerful F12 Berlinetta or perhaps more similarly the Mercedes SLS AMG. Unlike the previous Vanquish, the new model does feature a convertible named the Vanquish Volante which was introduced late 2013.