Aston Martin takes Super GT to new level

  • Six-litre V12’s power increased to 450kW
  • Suspension honed to even greater precision
  • Carbon-fibre splitter/diffuser, quad exhausts
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin

GAYDON, England – Aston Martin has turned up the heat on its Super GT to create the Vanquish S with, the automaker says, sharper styling and greater potency.

This the second-generation of the Vanquish’s evolution to S spec has been given careful attention in regard to the engine, chassis and aerodynamics.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin

“The result,” Aston Martin said, “is a machine honed to deliver more intense thrills and even more scintillating performance.”

The six-litre V12 engine now makes 450kW (from 430kW) after revisions to the air-intake plumbing: larger inlet manifolds allow a greater more air through to the engine at high speed engine revolutions.

“That,” AM says, “creates relentless power delivery and a stronger feel all the way to the red line.”

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The calibration of the eight-speed Touchtronic III transmission has been revised to deliver faster gear-shifts and greater refinement at low speed “for a greater sense of precision and immediacy”.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin

The suspension, shock-absorbers, spring rates and anti-roll bar bushes have been re-tuned to give the Vanquish S a keener edge without compromising its ability to deliver a supple ride.

The Vanquish S can be distinguished by the new carbon-fibre aerodynamic package involving a revised front splitter and rear diffuser combine, AM says, “to deliver a meaningful reduction in front lift with a minimal penalty in additional drag”.

This overall look can be further enhanced with a range of new options. These include carbon-fibre bonnet louvres, new forged five-spoked, diamond-turned, wheels and a choice of striking graphics packs.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin

The cabin cab be personalised with a choice of quilted leather and new materials and optional finishes that include a new style of facia panel, Scottish leather for the upholstery which will have a Vanquish S logo stitched into the head restraints.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s president and CEO, told The Corner in a media release: “From the moment the original Vanquish was launched it became an icon. It propelled the brand from an era of hand-built cars to one in which craftsmanship and technology combine to create a new kind of great British GT.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin
2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Image: Newspress / Aston Martin

“The second generation the Vanquish maintained that momentum with huge engineering advances such as its all-carbon fibre bodywork and compelling styling. The Vanquish S takes things a step further, confidently asserting itself within the Aston Martin range and distinguishing itself from the new DB11.

“The Vanquish S, a spectacular machine in every sense, is a magnificent addition to our range.”

The new model is available in both Coupe and Volante versions and the recommended retail price (guidance only for South Africa) starts at £199 950 (about R3.5-million) in the United Kingdom.

Deliveries in Europe will start in December 2016.

  • For more accurate pricing and more information contact you local South African Aston Martin showroom in Cape Town or Gauteng.
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