Aston Martin Vanquish Origins
Originally introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2001, the Aston Martin Vanquish was introduced as a successor to the Aston Martin Virage, one of the brand's signature models during the 1990s. However, the Vanquish represented a step forward for the revered British manufacturer of high-end, high-performance sports cars, particularly in the technological sense.
About the Aston Martin Vanquish
Once the brand’s flagship model, the Aston Martin Vanquish played an integral role in helping the esteemed British carmaker regain its commercial footing in the 21st century. During its half-decade run of production, the Vanquish helped Aston Martin revitalize itself and prove that it wasn't just some quirky little English motor brand that was fading away with the bygone days of the British empire. The Vanquish was a sleek, modern looking update of the classic Aston Martin, and while the Vanquish upheld the lineage of classic Astons from the 1960s, at the time of its release it was arguably the most technologically sophisticated car the company had ever produced.
Like any good Aston Martin, the Vanquish was jaw-drop stunning to look at, could accelerate effortlessly, and took corners like a greyhound rounding a dog track. The Vanquish was loosely based on the Virage V8 platform; however it featured a massive V-12 engine and was loaded with modern technology that had, until that time, been noticeably absent from Aston's vehicle offerings.
Even the design and construction of the Aston Martin Vanquish's body was modern and sophisticated. The Vanquish used aluminum sections that were bonded and riveted around a central carbon-fiber tunnel for the transmission. The Vanquish also utilized carbon-fiber A-pillars and a lightweight aluminum suspension. Aluminum body panels played a further part in keeping the Vanquish as light, fast, and nimble as possible—although, it's worth noting that despite these efforts, the Vanquish still weighed upward of two tons.
While the Vanquish may no longer be in production, it can take its rightful place in the Aston Martin lineage as the car that helped the brand find its way again.
Aston Martin Vanquish Evolution
In the final year of the Vanquish’s existence, the only model available was the Vanquish S variant. The 2006 Vanquish S could manage zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and was capable of hitting a top speed of 200 mph, making it the fastest model ever produced by Aston Martin.
The Vanquish S had a V-12 engine that was capable of generating 520 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque. The Vanquish S was also the most technologically advanced model, boasting such features as an onboard navigation system, Bluetooth capabilities, and multilevel heated seats, and performance-minded extras such as Sports Dynamic suspension, steering, and braking packages.
In terms of appearance, the S variant differed slightly from the V12 Vanquish. It had larger wheels and a slightly different shape to its nose, along with a raised trunk lid and a larger spoiler, which integrated a third high level brake light. In 2005, the S variant was sold alongside the V12 Vanquish; however, in 2006, it was the only version of the model available on the U.S. market.
The standard Vanquish featured a six-liter V-12 engine that, in this case, was capable of generating 460 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. It was equipped with an F1-style semi-automatic transmission, 19-inch wheels, and performance tires. Interior features included power seats and an audio system with 10 speakers and a dash-mounted CD changer.
Style-wise, the V12 Vanquish featured a fine leather interior with a customizable array of color options. While later models of the Vanquish featured a center control stack that's more in line with the current Aston Martin models, earlier editions borrowed from Jaguar and were therefore less ergonomic. During its run, the Vanquish was available as either a 2+2 or a two-seater. In comparison to similar high-end sports cars, the Vanquish provided ample legroom.