Meet the more powerful, faster, more stylish 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S!

Article by Christian A., on November 24, 2016

Sitting at the top of the Aston Martin model range, the Vanquish is British carmaker’s ultimate Super GT (Grand Tourer), representing the acme of its design and craftsmanship as well as engineering and technology. But before Aston Martin launches a new generation of the Vanquish in late 2018, it is first taking its ultimate GT to a whole new level by creating an astonishing performer in the guise of the new Aston Martin Vanquish S.

Earning the “S” badge means a lot has been tweaked or modified to make the Vanquish S boast of higher levels of performance and sportiness as well as stylishness and elegance. These revisions include those made on its AM29 V12 engine, chassis and aerodynamics, which means greater degrees of thrill and athleticism. Once piloted, its driver will definitely feel that the Vanquish S is not just the typically amazing GT, but an ultimate super GT.

Ensuring that the new Vanquish S offers smooth and comfortable ride during any trip is a suspension system that includes re-tuned independent double wishbone, coil springs, anti-rollbar and adaptive dampers -- both on the front and rear -- as well as by a Retuned Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with normal, sport and track modes.

Interior Design

On the other hand, the Strathmore enhanced-grain leather interior of the Vanquish S features sports seats in Primary Alcantara with Vanquish S embroidery on the headrest, an infotainment system (AMiIII) with capacitive switching and all-new satellite navigation as well as a 6.5-inch LCD screen.

The lavish interior of the Vanquish S also includes 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen 13-speaker audio system and a black round leather steering wheel.

Powertrain

A typical Vanquish is powered by what is considered as the most powerful GT production engine in the carmaker’s history – the AM29 V12 engine. It is able to deliver 424 kW (568 bhp / 576 PS) of output and 630 Nm (465 lb ft) of torque, allowing the Vanquish to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 201 mph. Now, this engine has been tuned to provide more output and torque on the coupe-styled Aston Martin Vanquish S.

This 48-valve six-liter V12 engine could now provide 444 kW (595 bhp/ 603 PS) of output at 7,000 rpm and 630 Nm (465 lb ft) of torque available at 5,500 rpm, allowing the Vanquish S to be quicker in the sprint by 0.1 seconds at in 3.5 seconds.

Thanks to larger volume inlet manifolds, more air could be directed into the engine at high rpm, which means continuous power delivery. Top speed remains at 201 mph (323 km/h). In addition, its eight-speed Touchtronic III transmission has been re-calibrated for quicker gearshifts and greater refinement at low speeds.

Price

Interested buyers could avail of the new Aston Martin Vanquish S in both Coupe and Volante variants at starting retail prices (recommended) of £199,950 in the United Kingdom, EUR262,950 in Germany and $312,950 in the US. Aston Martin will start deliveries of the new Vanquish S next month.

Press Release

VANQUISH S TAKES ASTON MARTIN’S ULTIMATE SUPER GT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Aston Martin has turned up the heat on it’s ultimate Super GT to create the new Vanquish S. Sharper styling, greater potency and increased athleticism define this latest evolution of an illustrious model line. One that originated from Aston Martin’s legendary Works in Newport Pagnell and has proudly served as standard bearer for the marque’s sporting and stylistic values since 2001.

In this, the second generation Vanquish’s evolution to S specification, careful attention has been paid to the engine, chassis and aerodynamics to create a machine honed to deliver more intense thrills and even more scintillating performance.

Central to this is the naturally-aspirated 6.0 litre V12 engine, which now produces up to 600PS (up from 573PS) and enjoys sensational throttle response, thanks to a revised, freer-breathing intake system. These larger volume inlet manifolds allow a greater volume of air to flow into the engine at high revs, creating a relentless power delivery and a stronger feel all the way to the redline.

Building on this increased intensity, the calibration of the 8-speed Touchtronic III transmission has been revised to deliver faster gearshifts and greater refinement at low speeds for a greater sense of precision and immediacy.

Likewise, the suspension, damper internals, spring rates and anti-roll bar bushes have also been re-tuned to give the Vanquish S a keener edge in the more sporting suspension modes, without compromising its ability to deliver supple ride quality on demand.

Visually the Vanquish S can be readily distinguished by a new aerodynamic package. Fashioned from exposed carbon fibre, this revised front splitter and rear diffuser combine to deliver a meaningful reduction in frontal lift with a minimal penalty in additional drag. Combined with visually striking new quad exhaust outlets the Vanquish S has more aggressive appearance, entirely fitting for Aston Martin’s most overtly sporting GT production model.

This look can be further enhanced with a range of new options. These include carbon fibre bonnet louvres, new forged 5-spoke diamond turned wheels and a choice of striking painted graphics packs. A new Vanquish S badge sits proudly on the tailgate as the perfect piece of jewellery.

Inside, the Vanquish S can be further personalised with a choice of spectacular new ‘Filograph’ quilted leather and the use of new materials and finishes, such as the Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre fascia panel. Sumptuous Bridge of Weir Caithness leather offers an added touch of luxury and tactility, while Vanquish S embroidery on the headrests provides a crafted finishing detail.

Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President & CEO said: “From the moment the original Vanquish was launched it became a modern icon. It propelled Aston Martin from an era of hand-built cars to one where craftsmanship and technology combined to create a new kind of great British GT.

“In its second generation the Vanquish maintained that momentum with huge engineering advances such as its all-carbon fibre bodywork and compelling, contemporary styling. Now, the Vanquish S takes things a step further, confidently asserting itself within the Aston Martin range and distinguishing itself from the new DB11. A spectacular machine in every sense, the Vanquish S is a magnificent addition to our range.”

Vanquish S is available in both Coupe and Volante and recommended retail price starts from £199,950 in the UK, €262,950 in Germany and $294,950 in the US. Deliveries will commence in December 2016.

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