They say all Aston Martins look alike, but as the stunning new Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish clearly shows, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. According to the British automaker’s CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, the new “Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability.” The premium sports car replaces the DBS.
The Vanquish is a testament to Aston Martin’s engineering and styling know-how, adopting many of things the company has learned over the years. Thanks to the use of carbon fiber in each body panel, torsional rigidity has been improved by more than 25%. Compared to the DBS, passenger space has increased by more than 60 percent.
The premium sports car can be had with either a 2+2 or 2+0 seating configurations, packs a front-mid mounted engine and rear-mid mounted transaxle that provide a near perfect weight distribution, rides on new 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels fitted with a new generation of Pirelli’s P-Zero tires that have been developed especially for the car and sports the latest Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) system.
Power is provided by a 6.0 liter V12 engine that makes 565-hp at 6,750 rpm and 457 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. Using a 6-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic/sequential manual gearbox, a run from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) is completed in 4.1 seconds, while top speed is capped at 183 mph (295 km/h).
As with all Aston Martins, the Vanquish isn’t for the Average Joe, at least in regards to affordability. It will have a starting price of £189,995 when it goes on sale in Europe (first launching in the UK) in late 2012. North American sales are expected to begin in early 2013 with prices starting around $280,000.