Once Aston Martin’s flagship sports car, the Vanquish is a naturally-aspirated V12 monster with features that would leave even James Bond impressed.
The Aston Martin Vanquish has been two generations of cars, and all set to vanquish the likes of Ferraris and Lambo with its new avatar said to be out in 2024. It is dubbed as one of the most badass Aston Martin sports cars ever.The car first replaced the Aston Martin Vantage and the aging Virage series, debuting in 2001, and became one of the most beautiful sports cars in the world soon after. Designed by Ian McCallum, the first concept of the Vanquish was actually called Project Vantage and made by Ford Motor Company along with car craftsman Dilip Chhabria.
When the Vanquish V12 was officially launched, it bore a striking resemblance to the Project Vantage. It is a beautiful car, has been driven by James Bond and costs a bomb. And now, there are plans to make the third generation after a hiatus of six years.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Rode On Aluminum
The V12 Vanquish looked great as it seemed to stand for all that a new millennium was bringing with it, in terms of superior design, styling, and performance. Other than the looks, the car also bore something rather special underneath.To handle the power of that naturally-aspirated 5.9-liter V12, the Vanquish rode on a specially-made bonded aluminum composite chassis that had a carbon fiber frame that Aston Martin developed in partnership with Lotus. Plus, it boasted advanced independent suspension.
A Flashy Engine & Interiors
The V12 engine had four valves per cylinder and gave out a massive 460 horses, coupled with an impressive 400 ft-lb torque. No ordinary throttle could manage this which is why it used a drive-by-wire electro-mechanical technology for superior performance.
The interiors were pretty cool as well with top-of-the-line electronics, full instrumentation, and leather upholstery that was pretty plush and came with metallic accents, a deliberate step away from the wood trim in the DB7. The car looked like a streak of lighting as it ran.
The Four-Year Fixer-Upper
The Aston Martin Vanquish V12 came in 2001, and on the heels of its success, came the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 S. The engine for the Vanquish V12 S remained the same 5.9-liter one, but now boasted a higher output of 520 horses and a higher torque of 425.While the 2001 model sprinted 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, the 2004-model shaved off milliseconds and ran the same in 4.6. The sports dynamic package rode on a beefier suspension, better brakes, and far more responsive steering as well.
They Were All Handmade
Whether it was the V12 Vanquish or the more advanced V12 Vanquish S, all cars were made by hand and despite big demand and ongoing interest, the last Vanquish rolled off the proverbial ramp on July 19, 2007.The reason was the closing of the Newport Pagnell factory after 49 long years, and since these cars were all made by hand, production had to remain limited. That said; this era of the Vanquish boasted more plastic than carbon fiber on the insides, although the upholstery was hand-stitched.