Aston Martin Vanquish I

Aston Martin Vanquish I

Year of production 2001 - 2007


Category: Newport Pagnell era

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a grand tourer that was introduced in 2001 as a successor to the ageing Virage range. The first-generation V12 Vanquish, designed by Ian Callum and Dilip Chhabria , was unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show and was produced from 2001 to 2005. It featured as the official James Bond car in the film Die Another Day. The Vanquish S was unveiled in 2004 with a more powerful engine and improved aerodynamics. The Vanquish S and V12 Vanquish were replaced by the DBS in 2007. In 2012 the Vanquish name was revived for the successor to the DBS.

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was designed by Ian Callum and bore a large resemblance to the production DB7 Vantage. However, the car had a strong influence from the Project Vantage Conceptprototype which debuted with a V12 engine at the North American International Auto Show in January 1998. As underneath the car featured a strong aluminium/carbon composite construction, bonded chassis with a 5,935 cc (5.9 L; 362.2 cu in) V12 engine. It was available in 2+0 and 2+2 seating configurations.

The 48-valve 60° engine produces 456 PS (335 kW; 450 bhp) and 540 N·m (400 lb·ft) of torque. It is controlled by a drive-by-wire throttle and a six-speed Electrohydraulic manual transmission.The standard Vanquish model had 355 mm (14.0 inches) drilled and ventilated disc brakes with four-pot calipers, ABS, with electronic brake distribution.

Its appearance in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day) earned the V12 Vanquish the number three spot on the list of Best Film Cars Ever, behind the Minis from The Italian Job, and DB5 from Goldfinger & Thunderball. This car also appears in the video games Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 and James Bond 007: Nightfire.

The Vanquish was the basis of two concept cars, both shown at the International Geneva Motor Show in 2004, the Zagato Roadster (a 2-seat convertible) and the Bertone Jet 2 (a 2-door shooting brake).

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced cars in the world in its day. Built at Newport Pagnell, the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was the Aston Martin's flagship model and second V12 model in the line-up along with Aston Martin DB7 Vantage.

In conjunction with the electronic drive-by-wire throttle system which is fitted to the second generation 460 horsepower 6.0 litre V12 Aston Martin engine, finger tip controlled Formula 1 style paddles enable almost imperceptible gear changes to be completed in under 250 milliseconds - less than the blink of an eye. Advanced electronics also permit the close ratio six speed manual transmission to be programmed to operate automatically with the added facility of a special programme tailored to winter driving conditions.

The main body structure utilises carbon fibre, extruded aluminium and composite materials bonded together to form a central monocoque safety cell with additional deformable composite structure energy absorbent zones at both front and rear. It provides high standards of efficiency, structural integrity, torsional rigidity and occupant crash protection.

International award winning designer Ian Callum's elegant, classic body design which reflects the pedigree, heritage and tradition of Aston Martin is both bold and dynamic with finely detailed features for the interior and the exterior.

With the capacity to continue to turn heads the design of the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is already established as a modern classic. Perfectly proportioned from every aspect, Ian Callum's design confirms the promise of outstanding "Supercar" performance and the impeccable pedigree of the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish as the new flagship of Aston Martin. Every carefully detailed feature provides graphic evidence of the painstaking craftsmanship and quality which is invested in its construction.

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.

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is available as either a two or two plus two seat coupe with each and every model hand-built, finished and equipped to the exact and individual requirements of its customer. The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish benefits from a comprehensive and exhaustive test programme with 50 prototypes covering more than 1.6 million kilometres (1.0 million miles). Components and systems were subjected to a series of exhaustive trials on test rigs in Ford Research and Development Centres in Britain, mainland Europe and the United States. In order to assess the integrity and durability of the bonded body structure an environmental wind tunnel was employed to subject a Aston Martin Vanquish body to extremes of temperature ranging from minus 40°C to plus 81°C.

At the concept stage the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was previewed at a series of international motor shows in North America and Europe during the first half of 1998. Such was the response to Project Vantage that immediately following its public unveiling at the North American International Auto Show in January 1998 the decision was taken to proceed with production.

The Body Structure

The main body structure of the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish including the floor and the front and rear bulkheads is formed from extruded aluminium sections bonded and riveted around the central transmission tunnel which is constructed entirely from carbon fibre.

Single piece composite inner body side sections with carbon fibre windscreen pillars are also bonded to the central structure to create a high strength safety cell.

The precise, computer controlled, manufacturing processes which have been developed in Cupertino with Ford Research Laboratories and Nottingham University for the construction of the composite sections and the carbon fibre windscreen pillars are unique to the production of this latest Aston Martin.

Immediately ahead of the driver and passenger compartment a steel, aluminium and carbon fibre subframe carries the engine, transmission and front suspension and is bolted directly to the front bulkhead. There is a further deformable composite structure which employs the distinctive Aston Martin mesh air intake grille as a stressed member located ahead of the engine and front suspension to provide additional crash protection and accommodate the engine, transmission and air conditioning radiators and intercoolers. A completely flat surface has been developed for the underbody enabling air to be channelled into a Venturi section at the rear to assist high speed aerodynamics.

At the rear the composite floor, parcel shelf and side rails of the luggage compartment are also designed to provide additional deformable crash protection together with the extruded aluminium side impact beams located in the doors.

All of the exterior panels, including the roof, bonnet, boot lid, front and rear wings and doors are produced from "super-plastic-formed" and pressed aluminium. However each individual panel is tailored and bonded to the central structure by hand to ensure a perfect fit and finish.

Technical Specifications

  • Engine
    • All alloy twin overhead cam 48 valve 5935cc 60° V12
    • Maximum power: 343kW (460 bhp) @ 6500 rpm
    • Maximum torque: 542 Nm (400 lb. ft) @ 5000 rpm
    • Compression ratio 10.5:1
    • Visteon twin PTEC engine management controlling fuel injection, ignition and diagnostics
    • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system
  • Transmission
    • Six speed manual gearbox with Auto Shift Manual/Select Shift Manual (ASM/SSM) electro-hydraulic control system
    • SCP/CAN interface to engine management control system
    • Limited slip differential 3.69:1
  • Steering
    • Rack and pinion, variable power assistance 2.73 turns lock to lock
    • Column tilt and reach adjustment
  • Brakes
    • Front - Ventilated cross drilled steel discs 355mm diameter with four piston service caliper
    • Rear - Ventilated steel discs 330mm diameter with four piston service caliper
    • Conti Teves vacuum assisted anti-lock braking system
    • Electronic brake and engine intervention traction control system
  • Suspension
    • Front - Independent double aluminium wishbone. Coil springs, monotube damper and anti-roll bar
    • Rear - Independent double aluminium wishbone. Coil springs, monotube damper and anti-roll bar
  • Body
    • Two door style with 2+0 or 2+2 seating
    • Extruded aluminium and carbon fibre bonded monocoque
    • Composite front and rear crash structures
    • Aluminium skin panels
    • Extruded aluminium door side impact protection beam
    • Blade mounted washer jets
    • Boot space of 0.24 cu m
  • Wheels and Tyres
    • Lightweight forged aluminium alloy wheels 9J x 19 (front), 10J x 19 (rear)
    • Yokohama 255/40 ZR19 tyres (front), 285/40 ZR19 (rear)
  • Length: 4665mm
  • Width: 1923mm
  • Height: 1318 mm
  • Kerb Weight: 1835 kg
  • Wheelbase: 2690 mm
  • Fuel tank capacity: 80 litres, 95 RON unleaded fuel only
  • 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) 5.0 seconds
  • Top speed: 306 km/h (190mph)
modelyearengine displacementTransmissionmax. motive power @ rpmmax. torque @ rpmmax. speedacceleration 0-60
Vanquish V12 2001-07 5.9-litre (5935 cc) V12 6-sp automated man 460 bhp (343 kW; 466 PS) @ 6,800 542 N·m (400 lbf·ft) @ 5,500 306 km/h (190 mph) 4.5 secs
Vanquish S 2004-07 5.9-litre (5935 cc) V12 6-sp auto 520 bhp (388 kW; 527 PS) @ 7,000 577 N·m (426 lbf·ft) @ 5,800 321 km/h (199 mph) 4.6 secs

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Year Engine code Fuel [ccm] Cylinders [kW] [Nm] No. of
2001 2007 AM03 gasoline 5 935 12 / Furcate 343 kW 542 Nm 48
2004 2007 S AM06 gasoline 5 935 12 / Furcate 388 kW 577 Nm 48

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