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2002 Aston Martin Vanquish

  • 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      460/400
    • ENGINE
      5.9L V12
    • MSRP
      $228,000
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2002 Aston Martin Vanquish Review

A stylish British supercar more than able to keep up with those produced on the continent.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Aston Martin Vanquish is an all-new supercar for the 2002 model year. The launch of the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish saw the introduction of a grand tourer coupe that was designed by Ian Callum and manufactured by Aston Martin. The 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish is the new flagship car for the company and comes in either a two-passenger or 2+2 passenger layout with a V-12 under the hood.

The Range

Body styles: two-door coupe
Engines: 5.9-liter V-12
Transmissions: clutchless six-speed manual transmission
Models: Aston Martin Vanquish

What's New

The 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish is a brand new supercar that has a design that focuses on the most advanced technology, as well as keeping the unique look of all Aston Martin cars. A drive by wire throttle system and a clutchless six-speed manual transmission with fingertip paddles are used to drive the car, while the driver is seated in a Connolly leather cockpit.

Exterior

The carbon-fiber, aluminum, and composite exterior of the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish has been designed to show that this is a supercar that means business. The design is similar to the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, as both were created by the same designer, but subtle changes give the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish a more aggressive look. A larger grille, side vents, and modified front fenders and hood draw the eye up and over the low roofline. Sculpted doors and sills enhance the profile of this supercar. The materials used to build the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish mean that it is lighter, stiffer, and stronger, and provides better crash protection, than those supercars built using conventional methods.

Interior

The interior of the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish is as modern and aggressive looking as the exterior. Connolly leather and aluminum trim adorn the English cockpit style seating. A deep center stack separates the two front passengers and holds the red starter button, as well as the controls for the Alpine audio system. The instruments are white faced, and a message center can provide information in 11 different languages. Bolstered bucket seats are firm enough to provide support and yet remain comfortable.

There are two seating options for the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish. Drivers can choose between a two-seater version with just the front bucket seats, or the 2+2 layout that includes a small rear passenger seat. The space in the rear is limited both in legroom and headroom due to the steeply angled rear window, so the rear seat is really only good for small children as most adults will not be able to sit there even for the shortest drives. Choosing the two passenger-only layout will mean that cargo space can be increased significantly. For most people, the two-seater version will be the optimal choice.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish is powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 engine that provides 460 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The sole transmission is a clutchless six-speed manual transmission that has paddles mounted on the steering wheel to allow fingertip gear shifting. The electronics of the transmission are highly advanced and allow near immediate gear changes. The transmission is equipped with automatic and winter program modes.

The fine-tuned suspension and perfectly balanced weight of the car mean that the ride is smooth and controlled while handling is precise. There is little body lean, and the car remains firmly on the road, even while performing maneuvers at speed. Off the line, the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish is fast, and it continues to provide plenty of power for extra thrust when already travelling at speed. The brakes are firm and communicative, and the steering column is quick to respond making this an exciting car to drive.

Safety

Anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution and traction control are standard safety equipment for the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish. The stiff platform and rigid body materials have provided the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish with excellent crash test scores.

EPA Fuel Economy

Aston Martin Vanquish: 11/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-12 engine
  • Excellent steering and handling
  • Unique style and high quality interior
  • Exclusive ownership

You Won't Like

  • Limited production run makes it hard to obtain
  • Steep angle of windscreen and rear window can obscure visibility
  • Love or hate interior finish
  • Gas mileage

Sum Up

A stylish British supercar more than able to keep up with those produced on the continent.

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