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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish: The Next Ruler Of All The Lands

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On: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 2:40PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish: The Next Ruler Of All The Lands

The king is dead, long live the king!  For those of you who can afford the most expensive cars in the world, you might find yourself chanting this same mantra when it comes to the newest Gran Turismo. Of course, you could just be like us and like to keep up with the current world of extreme automotive luxury and performance cars, even if they may still be just a bit out of our price range. That being said, whether it comes as simply news, or a change in your next purchase considerations, Aston Martin has decided to axe their flagship DBS model and replace it with a name from the not-so-distant-past, the Vanquish.  

In typical Aston Martin style, they've taken the former model, and made it into a car that is bigger, badder, and bolder than ever before. Borrowing extensively from the One-77 show car that made its rounds on just about every circuit in the world, the new Vanquish is a bit sleeker, while accentuating its aggressive rear fenders, while trumping the outgoing DBS in length, height, and width. Of course, that is not necessarily a good thing when it comes to being a car, but thankfully physical dimensions are not the only realm the Vanquish bests the DBS.

The 6.0-liter V12 is better than before, pumping out a healthy 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque thanks to things like an improved intake manifold, bigger throttle bodies, variable valve timing, and a higher flowing fuel pump. Also improved is the 6-speed Touchtronic II transmission. This single-clutch tranny is said to be able to shift 37-percent faster than the model in the DBS.

Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber for all of the body panels, even though the Vanquish is bigger than the DBS, weight is not expected to go up by much at all. The chassis is comprised of an aluminum/composite structure that is incredibly stiff (about 30% better than the DBS), which inside drivers are treated to even more room and luggage space than before. Inside of that space, there is plenty of aluminum, leather, and Alcantara to surround occupants in the style they are accustomed to being in.

Other options include a ridiculous 15-speaker 1,000 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system replete with a Garmin satellite-navigation system. The biggest option however, is the choice of either a two-passenger coupe or a 2+2 setup, which should give the big Aston some advantage over a few of its competitors.

Thanks to big Pirelli P Zero tires -- 255/35ZR20 front and 305/30ZR20 rear tires as well as Aston's first offering of launch control, the new Vanquish can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and through the quarter mile in just 12.5 seconds at 116 mph, and sports a top speed of 183 mph. Not bad for a big GT, huh? Of course, the Vanquish is not just a straight-line runner, oh no! Engineers have tweaked the steering ratio to give the Vanquish a quicker turn-in. The ceramic brakes have also been improved to provide even better stopping distances than before.

All of these upgrades, and yet the new Vanquish comes in at just $279,995 (yes, we used the word "just" to describe nearly 300 grand). But, with prices like this, you have to grade on a bit of a curve. In terms of ultra-luxury, 280k is actually not a bad deal. Aston Martin could have easily bumped the price up from the DBS, citing many of the improvements and their concurrent costs, but they did not, and that is good news at least for some lucky few out there. This will be the last year of the DBS, and the new Vanquish will go on sale in early 2013. The king is dead, long live the king!

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