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Aston Martin Vanquish S

2014-04-07 Read: 341x

The fastest production model ever to be built by Aston Martin made its world debut at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. With a maximum speed in excess of 200mph and a 6.0 litre V12 engine developing 520 horsepower, the Vanquish S has been designed to deliver even greater performance, complemented by subtle suspension and steering changes and a number of interior and external style revisions. The Vanquish S has received subtle but effective changes to complement its elegant muscular body. The famous Aston Martin grille has a new rounded and more open appearance for better cooling, and an aerodynamic splitter improves high-speed stability. At the rear, a redesigned boot lid featuring a new high mounted stop lamp reduces lift and improves balance and stability, helping to achieve an impressive Cd figure of 0.32.

These differences on the Vanquish S not only improve the appearance but also enhance performance. All the exterior body panels are constructed from aluminium with each individual panel hand tailored to the central structure to ensure a perfect panel fit. Every carefully detailed feature provides graphic evidence of the painstaking craftsmanship and quality, which is invested in its construction at Aston Martin's Newport Pagnell site in Buckinghamshire.

Revised steering geometry provides a 20% quicker response, allowing the driver to apply a reduced input for required steering response. This enables the driver to be more precise with inputs - especially on winding roads - and more accurate feedback from the chassis. The Sports Dynamics suspension, steering and braking package is now standard on the Vanquish S. This includes stiffer springs and dampers and shorter steering arms. The brakes have been upgraded to incorporate larger six piston calipers and larger grooved and ventilated front discs. The rear discs are 2mm wider for improved heat dissipation. The use of floating discs ensures the driver has consistent pedal feel under heavy braking whilst a new brake pedal assembly reduces travel and enhances pedal feel.

Further development of Aston Martin's low emissions, all alloy, quad-overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 6.0-litre V12 engine has generated an increase in power from 460 bhp to 520 bhp @ 7000rpm and torque is boosted to 577 Nm, @5800rpm. Engine enhancements include new cylinder heads with fully machined inlet ports and combustion chambers to improve airflow, revised engine mapping and new fuel injectors.The overall interior design is a subtle blend of traditional, classic and modern materials with Bridge of Weir leather upholstery matched to contemporary metal interior fittings and finishes. A number of detailed improvements have been made to the interior of the Vanquish S to enhance the overall appeal. The luxurious but purposeful two seat or optional 2+2 cabin now features supportive all leather trimmed sports seats with many additional and exquisite detail touches which amply demonstrate the truly special nature of this unique hand crafted sports car.

Specifications

Engine
Configuration 60º V12
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction alloy block and head
Displacement 5.935 liter / 362.2 cu in
Bore / Stroke 89.0 mm (3.5 in) / 79.5 mm (3.1 in)
Compression 10.8:1
Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Visteon Fuel Injection
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 520 bhp / 388 KW @ 7000 rpm
Torque 577 Nm / 426 ft lbs @ 5800 rpm
BHP/Liter 88 bhp / liter
Drivetrain
Chassis unitary steel
Suspension (fr/r) double aluminium wishbones, coil springs, mono-tube dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering rack-and-pinion, power assisted
Brakes ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox 6 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive
Dimensions
Weight 1875 kilo / 4133.7 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4665 mm (183.7 in) / 1923 mm (75.7 in) / 1318 mm (51.9 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2690 mm (105.9 in) / 1572 mm (61.9 in) / N/A
Performance figures
Power to weight 0.28 bhp / kg
Top Speed 321 km/h (199 mph)
0-60 mph 4.7 s

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