By Stewart Smith on 2016-11-16 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
breathes more fire
ASTON Martin has turned up the heat on its ultimate super GT to create the new Vanquish S.
This latest fire-breathing, flying machine from Aston is set apart by a significant boost to the naturally-aspirated six litre V12 engine, which now produces up to 600PS (up from 573PS) and enjoys greater throttle response, thanks to a revised, freer-breathing intake system.
Added to this, the calibration of the 8-speed Touchtronic III transmission has been upgraded to deliver faster gearshifts and greater refinement at low speeds for a greater sense of precision and immediacy.
Under the skin, 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.
It also comes with a new aerodynamic package including a new front splitter and rear diffuser which combine to deliver reduction in frontal lift with a minimal penalty in additional drag.
Inside, the Vanquish S can be further personalised with a choice of new ‘Filograph' quilted leather and the use of new materials and finishes with Bridge of Weir Caithness leather offering an added touch of luxury.
Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president & CEO says: "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."
The Vanquish S is available in both Coupe and Volante variants and will set punters back a mere £199,950 in "standard" form when deliveries start next month.
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