By Stewart Smith on 2017-03-06 - 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.
Vanquish S heads
ASTON Martin has turned up the heat on its ultimate Super GT to create the new Vanquish S which is being showcased at the Geneva Motor Show.
Sharper styling, greater power and increased athleticism define this latest evolution of an illustrious model line.
In this, the second generation Vanquish S specification, attention has been paid to the engine, chassis and aerodynamics to create a machine honed to deliver more intense thrills and even more exciting performance.
Central to this is the naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine, which now produces up to 600bhp (up from 573bhp) and greater throttle response, thanks to a revised, freer-breathing intake system.
The calibration of the eight-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.
The suspension, dampers, 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.
As far as outward appearance goes the Vanquish S can be distinguished by a new aerodynamic package.
Fashioned from exposed carbon fibre, this revised front splitter and rear diffuser combine to deliver a 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.
The look can be further improved with a range of new options. These include carbon fibre bonnet louvres, new forged five-spoke diamond turned wheels and a choice of painted graphics packs. A new Vanquish S badge sits on the tailgate.
Inside, the Vanquish S can be personalised with a choice of new quilted leather and the use of new materials and finishes, such as the satin chopped carbon fibre fascia panel. Bridge of Weir Caithness leather offers an added touch of luxury.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and chief executive said: "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."
The Vanquish S is available in both Coupe and Volante body styles and recommended retail price starts from £199,950 in the UK.
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