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The Aston Martin Vanquish is a grand tourer introduced by British luxury automobile manufacturer Aston Martin in 2001 as a successor to the ageing Virage range.

Aston Martin Vanquish
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Aston Martin Vanquish S
ManufacturerAston Martin Lagonda Limited
Production2001–2007 (first generation)
2012–2018 (second generation)
AssemblyUnited Kingdom:
DesignerMarek Reichman (second generation)
Ian Callum (first generation)[1]
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
RelatedAston Martin DB9
PredecessorAston Martin Virage
SuccessorAston Martin DBS V12 (first generation)
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera (second generation)

The first-generation of the V12 Vanquish, designed by Ian Callum and unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, was produced from 2001 to 2005. The prototype, built by the Ford Motor Company and Indian designer Dilip Chhabria, was driven by James Bond in the 2002 film Die Another Day. In 2004, a more powerful version called the Vanquish S became the marque's flagship, followed by the DBS in 2007.

The second-generation of the Vanquish was introduced in 2012, followed in 2017 by the Vanquish S with a more powerful engine and improved aerodynamics.

The Vanquish was succeeded by the DBS Superleggera in 2018.[2]


First generation (2001–2007)Edit

First generation
  • Vanquish: 1,492 units
  • Vanquish S: 1,086 units
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupé
2-door 2+2 coupé
PlatformVH Generation I
RelatedAston Martin DB7 Vantage
Engine5,935 cc (5.9 L; 362.2 cu in) V12
Transmission6-speed electrohydraulic manual
Length4,665 mm (183.7 in)
Width1,923 mm (75.7 in)
Height1,318 mm (51.9 in)
Curb weight1,835 kg (4,045 lb) (Vanquish)
1,875 kg (4,134 lb) (Vanquish S)

V12 Vanquish (2001–2005)Edit

Rear 3/4 view

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was designed by Ian Callum and drew inspiration from the DB7 Vantage. However, the car had a strong influence from the Project Vantage Concept which debuted with a V12 engine at the North American International Auto Show in January 1998. Underneath, the car featured a strong aluminium/carbon fibre composite chassis with a 5,935 cc (5.9 L; 362.2 cu in) V12 engine. It was available in 2+0 and 2+2 seating configurations and a coupé bodystyle.

The naturally aspirated 60° DOHC 4 valves per cylinder V12 engine with a bore x stroke of 89 mm × 79.5 mm (3.50 in × 3.13 in) has a power output of 466 PS (343 kW; 460 hp) at 6,500 rpm and 400 lb⋅ft (542 N⋅m) of torque at 5,000 rpm.[3] It is controlled by a drive-by-wire throttle and driven by a 6-speed Electrohydraulic manual transmission. The standard Vanquish model had 355 mm (14.0 inches) drilled and ventilated disc brakes with four-pot calipers, ABS, with electronic brake distribution.

The V12 Vanquish featured in Die Another Day

Its appearance in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day[4] earned the V12 Vanquish the number three spot on the list of Best Film Cars Ever,[5] behind the Minis from The Italian Job, and DB5 from Goldfinger and Thunderball. The car also appears in the video games namely Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, James Bond 007: Nightfire, and James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.

The Vanquish was the basis of two concept cars, both shown at the International Geneva Motor Show in 2004, the Zagato Roadster (a 2-seat, open-top roadster) and the Bertone Jet 2 (a 2-door shooting brake).[6][7]

Vanquish S (2004–2007)Edit

Aston Martin Vanquish S

The Aston Martin Vanquish S debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, with increased engine power output and slight styling revisions. The engine displacement remained at 5,935 cc (5.9 L; 362.2 cu in), but power increased from 466–527 PS (343–388 kW; 460–520 hp). Visual changes included new wheels, a slightly different nose shape, a new raised bootlid with a larger integrated spoiler incorporating the third high level brake light (in the rear window on the original Vanquish), a Vanquish S badge on the bootlid (the original Vanquish had no rear model designation) and the addition of a small front splitter (although this was mainly done for aerodynamic reasons). As part of its improvements, the Vanquish S had a slightly improved drag coefficient of Cd=0.32 (from Cd=0.33 of the Vanquish), with help from a redesigned splitter and boot lid. Its front and rear track measured 1,524 mm (60.0 in) and 1,529 mm (60.2 in), respectively.

The car also incorporated the features of an optional Sports Dynamic Package (available for the Vanquish for the 2004 model year), which incorporated sportier suspension, steering, and brakes. This model was sold for the 2005 (alongside the base Vanquish) and 2006 (as a stand-alone) model years in the United States with only minor changes; it was not sold in the United States for 2007 model year. The Vanquish S has larger brakes than the V12 Vanquish; 378 mm (14.9 in) front discs with six-piston callipers and 330 mm (13.0 in) rear discs with four-piston callipers.

With a top speed exceeding 322 km/h (200 mph), the Vanquish S was (as measured by top speed capability) the fastest Aston Martin automobile ever produced until the One-77 was introduced in 2008.

End of productionEdit

The end of the Vanquish's production run was celebrated with the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition. Aston Martin announced that the last 50 cars built would have a new 'Ultimate Black' exterior colour, upgraded interior, and personalised sill plaques.

The production of the Vanquish ended on 19 July 2007, coinciding with the closing of the company's Newport Pagnell factory after 49 years of operation. Production totalled to 2,578 units.

Technical specificationsEdit

Model Year Engine displacement Transmission Max. power (at rpm) Max. torque (at rpm) Max. speed Acceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph)
Vanquish V12 2001–04 5.9 litres (5,935 cc) 6-speed automated manual 466 PS (343 kW; 460 hp) at 6,500 542 N⋅m (400 lbf⋅ft) at 5,000 306 km/h (190 mph) 5.0 seconds
Vanquish S 2004–07 5.9 litres (5,935 cc) 6-speed automated manual 527 PS (388 kW; 520 hp) at 6,500 576 N⋅m (425 lbf⋅ft) at 5,000 322 km/h (200 mph) 4.8 seconds

Second generation (2012–2018)Edit

Second generation
Body and chassis
Body style
PlatformVH Generation IV
RelatedAston Martin One-77
Aston Martin DB9
  • 5.9 L AM28 V12 (2012–2014)
  • 5.9 L AM29 V12 (2014–2018)
Transmission6-speed ZF 6HP26 (Touchtronic II) automatic (2012–2014)[8]
8-speed ZF 8HP70 (Touchtronic III) automatic (2014–2018)
Length4,720 mm (185.8 in)
Width1,905 mm (75.0 in)
Height1,280 mm (50.4 in)
Kerb weight1,739 kg (3,834 lb)

Project AM310 Concept (2012)Edit

The second generation of the Vanquish started life as the Project AM310 Concept that was unveiled at the 2012 Concorso D'Eleganza at Villa D'Este held on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. The concept car was based on the fourth generation of the VH platform. It included a tweaked version of Aston Martin's familiar grille and headlight design and a more pronounced bulge in the bonnet – with One-77-inspired flourishes saved for the sides and the rear, the side vents run almost to the door handles (shared with the One-77), new rear light design shared with the One-77, and a 5.9-litre V12 engine that has a power output of 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp).[9] Aston Martin later announced that the concept would be put into production as the all new Vanquish.[10][11][12]

Vanquish (2012–2018)Edit

Rear 3/4 view

The exterior styling of the Vanquish is an evolution of the DBS with many styling cues such as the elongated side strakes being inspired by the One-77. The boot lid included an integrated rear spoiler designed to look as if it is impossible to make; this was done on the orders of the then Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez. The car has an exposed carbon fibre side skirt showing its all carbon fibre body. The Vanquish uses the new VH Generation IV platform which is lighter and uses more carbon fibre components than the VH Generation II platform used in the DBS.[13]

The car featured an all new interior based on the one found in the exclusive One-77. The standard interior was upholstered in hand stitched leather and Alcantara and was available in a range of colours. The centre console has an revised infotainment system as opposed to the one found in the DBS.[14] The car was available as either a 2-seater or 2+2.[15]

The Vanquish used an upgraded version of Aston Martin's flagship 5.9-litre AM11 V12 engine called the AM28 with a power output of 573 PS (421 kW; 565 hp) at 6,750 rpm and torque of 620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft) at 5,500 rpm. The Vanquish can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 295 km/h (183 mph). Like most modern Aston Martin automobiles, the engine is front mid-mounted for better weight distribution, with the power going to the rear wheels. The Vanquish has 51/49 front/rear weight distribution, and a kerb weight of 1,739 kg (3,834 lb). It uses a fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves. The car uses an updated Touchtronic II six-speed automatic gearbox. It was the first Aston Martin model to be available with launch control.[15] The combined space of cabin and a boot that, at 368 litres, is more than 60% larger than that of the DBS.

The braking system uses ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398 mm (15.7 in) six-piston callipers in the front and 360 mm (14.2 in) four-piston callipers in the rear. The suspension is a lightweight aluminium front subframe with hollow castings with independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar, and monotube adaptive dampers in the front and independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar, and monotube adaptive dampers in the rear. It has a three-stage adjustable adaptive damping system including normal, sport and track modes. The tires are Pirelli P Zeros, 255/ZR20 in the front and 305/30 ZR20 in the rear.[16]

The Vanquish was unveiled in the London Film Museum, Covent Garden,[17] followed by the 2012 Monterey Car Week.[18] Deliveries to UK and Continental Europe began in late 2012.[19]

In August 2014, Aston Martin revealed technical modifications to the Vanquish. The changes include a new eight-speed Touchtronic III gearbox and upgraded AM29 V12 engine that has a power output of 576 PS (424 kW; 568 hp) and torque of 465 lb⋅ft (630 N⋅m). The changes greatly enhanced performance, with an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) being achieved in 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 324 km/h (201 mph).

Vanquish Volante (2013–2018)Edit

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

In 2013, Aston Martin unveiled a convertible variant of the Vanquish, called Volante. The Volante has a full carbon fibre body, triple-skin lightweight fabric roof, 50% larger boot than its predecessor and the third generation Brembo 398 mm × 36 mm (front) and 360 mm × 32 mm (rear) Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brake discs with six-piston front and four-piston rear brake callipers. The Vanquish Volante is 13% torsionally stiffer than the outgoing DBS Volante.


The Volante was unveiled at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.[20] Deliveries to Europe began in late 2013,[21] with deliveries to the US starting in early 2014.[22]

Vanquish S (2017–2018)Edit

On 16 November 2016, Aston Martin announced the new Vanquish S model. The Vanquish S features the same AM29 V12 engine, with power now increased to 603 PS (444 kW; 595 hp), and a new aerodynamic package. The Vanquish S can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds but the top speed remains unchanged at 201 mph (324 km/h). The car's deliveries started in December 2016.[23] Aston Martin also unveiled a convertible version of the Vanquish S called the Vanquish S Volante in 2017.[24]

Technical specificationsEdit

Model Year Engine displacement Transmission Max. power at rpm Max. torque at rpm Max. speed Acceleration 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph)
Vanquish Coupé 2012–14 5.9-litre (5935 cc) V12 6-speed automatic 573 PS (421 kW; 565 hp) at 6,750 620 N⋅m (457 lbf⋅ft) at 5,500 295 km/h (183 mph) 4.1 seconds[25]
Vanquish Volante 2013–14 5.9-litre (5935 cc) V12 6-speed automatic 573 PS (421 kW; 565 hp) at 6,750 620 N⋅m (457 lbf⋅ft) at 5,500 295 km/h (183 mph) 4.3 seconds[26]
Vanquish Coupé 2014–18 5.9-litre (5935 cc) V12 8-speed automatic 576 PS (424 kW; 568 hp) at 6,650 630 N⋅m (465 lbf⋅ft) at 5,500 324 km/h (201 mph) 3.6 seconds[27]
Vanquish Volante 2014–18 5.9-litre (5935 cc) V12 8-speed automatic 576 PS (424 kW; 568 hp) at 6,650 630 N⋅m (465 lbf⋅ft) at 5,500 317 km/h (197 mph) 3.8 seconds[28]
Vanquish S Coupé & Volante 2017–18 5.9-litre (5935 cc) V12 8-speed automatic 603 PS (444 kW; 595 hp) at 7,000 630 N⋅m (465 lbf⋅ft) at 5,500 324 km/h (201 mph) 3.5 seconds[29]

Special editionsEdit

Vanquish Centenary Edition (2013)

The Centenary Edition is a limited edition of the Vanquish limited to 100 units commemorating 100 years of the Aston Martin company, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.[30] Changes include unique graduated paint finish, solid sterling silver Aston Martin wing badges with tailored 'trans flux' enamel inlay, a special Aston Martin hallmark, leather interior upholstery from Aston Martin One-77 with contrasting silver stitching, a silver thread embroidery of the Aston Martin wings in the head restraints, solid sterling silver sill plaques individually numbered with an Aston Martin hallmark, a unique presentation box containing a number of exclusive gifts to mark the first 100 years of the company (two glass keys, two bespoke key pouches made from leather matching the car's interior trim, solid silver cufflinks featuring the Aston Martin script, solid silver Rollerball pen, Bang & Olufsen headphones and a silver polishing cloth).[31][32]

Vanquish Volante Neiman Marcus Edition (2013)

The Neiman Marcus edition is a limited edition of the Vanquish limited to 10 cars named after the US department store Neiman Marcus. Based on the US market Vanquish Volante, the bespoke features of the car are designed by the company's bespoke customisation arm; Q by Aston Martin. The design was inspired by the 1969 DB6 Volante owned by HRH Prince of Wales. The car was unveiled at the 2013 Pebble Beach Automotive Week, followed by the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show[33] with delivery scheduled for early 2014.[34]

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato (2017)
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster

Aston Martin announced a limited series production of the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato; the latest creation from its long-standing partnership with the prestigious Italian design-house Zagato. The Vanquish Zagato Concept was unveiled to great acclaim at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Como, Italy in May 2016. The Vanquish Zagato is available in 4 body styles - coupé, convertible, speedster, or shooting brake. 99 each were built of the coupé, convertible, and shooting brake, while a mere 28 speedsters were made, for a total of 325 cars.[35] The Vanquish Zagato features the same AM29 V12 from the Vanquish S, which has a power output of 603 PS (444 kW; 595 hp) and 630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft) of torque, allowing the Vanquish Zagato to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 324 km/h (201 mph).[36]


As part of Aston Martin's 100th anniversary celebration, a Vanquish was airlifted onto the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 17 January 2013.[37][38]


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