04 October 2004
04 October 2004
The fastest production model ever to be built by Aston Martin made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show last week.
With a maximum speed in excess of 200mph (321 km/h) and a 6.0 litre V12 engine developing 520 horsepower, the composite bodied 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 is our flagship model and the standard 460bhp will continue to be built,"" said Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez. ""However, this derivative makes the car even more exceptional. The latest Vanquish S is not only the fastest Aston Martin ever, but it is the best handling too. It is the ultimate high-performance Aston Martin.""
Subtle 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.
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.
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 body is an extruded aluminium and carbon fibre bonded monocoque with composite front and rear crash structures and aluminium skin panels.
""The Vanquish S V12 is a combination of state-of-the-art aerospace technology and hand craftsmanship,"" said Dr Bez. ""It is the flagship model of a confident and growing company that is proud to display its heritage but is also determined to make the most technologically modern and inspirational sports cars in the world.""
With the capacity to continue to turn heads, the design of the Vanquish is already established as a modern classic. Since its launch in 2001, the Vanquish has proved to be a huge success for Aston Martin with over 1500 cars built.
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