Their words, not ours.
Iconic British sports car makers Aston Martin are hard at work on their model lineup, quickly going through the range and replacing models one-by-one, doing their best to quell marque stereotypes as they go. The DB11 and the V8 Vantage have gone to great lengths to address criticisms that Astons are just old cars in new frocks, and so the next model due to make way for a new standard-bearer is the Vanquish.
The flagship V12 will, reportedly, distance itself from its distinctively luxurious predecessors that traditionally went up against cars like the Bentley Continental GT by offering a sharper, and more focused experience, in the same vein as contemporaries like the Ferrari 812 Superfast. The Vanquish is in the final stages of testing at the time of writing, and is expected to debut in September.
Shaping the new Vanquish as a more driver-involving drive is something that brand boss Andy Palmer has reiterated time and time again to UK publication Autocar. The rather excitable Palmer also revealed that the Vanquish Volante, a dramatic cabriolet variant of the V12, would follow not long after the coupe.
“The majority of product investment for the Vanquish is finished. What’s left is the preparation of manufacturing the car, rather than preparation of the car itself. We are making prototypes to make sure we’ve got production ready to go.” — Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin
The Vanquish is confirmed to utilise the same 5.2-litre V12 motor as seen in the DB11, though the biturbo mill will be tuned to put out far more than the 447kW the DB11 produces in top form. The Vanquish will utilise the same structure as the DB11 too but with significant revisions, and it’s tipped to offer even more significant aerodynamic wizardry too, as evidenced by a rather innocuous lip-spoiler on test mules.
The Aston Martin Vanquish is expected to hit the market in September this year, as the next step in the marque’s lineup refresh. Next year will herald the arrival of the Aston Martin DBX SUV, followed by two Lagonda models, namely a saloon in 2020 and an SUV in 2022. A mid-engined supercar model that’ll go against cars like the McLaren 720S is also expected to join the ranks in 2021.