Paul Maric road tests and reviews the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish.
It’s often said that Aston Martin makes the most beautiful cars on the road. There’s no arguing that fact and up until the latest Vanquish was released, nobody thought they could look any better. Perched on the pinnacle of the Aston Martin range, the Vanquish enters a new internal and external design era for the British manufacturer.
Enter the cabin and a new design layout consolidates buttons and makes critical functions easy to find. Buttons with haptic feedback control audio and climate, while the driver uses a Sapphire encased key for starting and driving the car.
Even the seats benefit from weight reduction by virtue of a Kevlar and carbon-fibre construction. The weight saving is so significant that 17kg is shed from the weight of the car. Thankfully the seats don’t lose creature comforts such as seat heating and electric adjustment.
To ensure strength, every exterior panel of the Aston Martin Vanquish is constructed with the most advanced carbon-fibre available. This alone ensures the car has an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, which cements it as a bona fide sports car.
When you turn the Vanquish over its 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine fires to life and emits an almighty bellow. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine produces a mammoth 422kW and 620Nm of torque. This allows the Vanquish to move from stand still to 100km/h in just 4.1-seconds.
The direct steering and impeccable brake pedal feel sets the Vanquish aside from its competition. This level of control in addition to the stunning engine and exhaust note leaves you wanting more each time you drive.
As you would expect, the $472,840 Vanquish can be customised to the nth degree. Everything from exterior colour matching to interior stitch customisation can be chosen by the customer, making the Vanquish a truly individual experience.
Despite a fairly high fuel consumption figure of 14.4L/100km, the Aston Martin Vanquish cannot be faulted on its design, drive-ability or engine. The only thing missing is one with my name on it!
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 5.9 litre V12 petrol developing 420kW and 620Nm
Transmission: Six-speed sports automatic
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Three years
Origin: United Kingdom