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, was unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show and was produced from 2001 to 2005. It was 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 exterior styling of the Vanquish is an evolution of the DBS with many styling cues such as the elongated side strakes being inspired by the One-77. The boot lid includes an integrated rear spoiler designed to look as if it is impossible to make; this was done on the orders of Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez. The car has an exposed carbon fibre skirt showing its all carbon fibre body. The Vanquish uses the new Generation 4 VH chassis, which is lighter and uses more carbon fibre than the Generation 2 VH used in the DBS.
The car features an all new interior based on the one found in the exclusive Aston Martin One-77. The standard interior is trimmed in hand stitched leather and alcantara available in a range of colors. The center stack features an improved infotainment system over the one found in the DBS. The car is available as either a 2-seater or 2+2.
The Vanquish uses an upgraded version of Aston Martin’s flagship AM11 V12 engine with a power output of 573 PS (421 kW; 565 bhp) at 6,750 rpm and torque of 620 N·m (457 lb·ft) at 5,500 rpm. Like most Aston Martins, the engine is front mid-mounted with the power going to the rear wheels. It uses a fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves. The Vanquish has an updated Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox, is the first Aston Martin available with launch control.
The brakes are ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398 mm (15.7 in) six-piston callipers in the front and 360 mm (14.2 in) four-piston callipers in the rear. The suspension is a lightweight aluminum front sub-frame with hollow castings with independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar, and monotube adaptive dampers in the front, and independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar, and monotube adaptive dampers in the rear. It has a three-stage adjustable adaptive damping system including normal, sport and track modes. The tires are Pirelli P Zeros, 255/ZR20 in the front and 305/30 ZR20 in the rear.
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