This car is a mess great. Too big to be really posh and sporty, versatile too little for a Grand Touring coupe, Aston Martin as this… It is not powerful enough not to compete with the supercars peak. In sum, the second Vanquish name is the crossroads … Just like the DBS it replaces.
Vanquish is a household name. Remember, in 2000, discovered a sculptural GT whose profile signed Ian Callum announced the following models. DB9, Virage, DBS … Resume Today the surname of the hinge model is a symbol: the Vanquish 2013 may be the Aston Martin of renewal. On paper maybe, but in reality, no upheaval in sight.
On the drawing board, he spent yet things. Was forced draft, highlighted the wasp waist and fall of kidney typically muscular Aston. At the same time, some of the effects of original style appeared. The integrated rear trunk spoiler and front bumper apparent carbon bring a heavy dose of sportiness to this profile, always balanced … There are even a few One-77, the taillights and the marked edges that highlight his profile.
The influence of the ultra-exclusive supercar bodes well. Just like what follows, pushing the traditional key “crystal” that awakens the familiar 5.9-liter V12 … A rocky rumble, deep, filled the cabin. Apparently, the exhaust has been a big acoustic work.
After the start, the 12-cylinder 573 hp (56 hp more than the DBS) takes a more subdued voice. The first kilometers of highway strung smoothly, Touchtronic 2 gearbox (an evolution of the old box DBS) are comfortable with fast driving, but casting and without abruptness.
Inside, too, found Aston tics. The through center console, dressed in carbon and leather stitching, the splendid reverse instrumentation or the hand brake on the left, these are classics of the house.
Furniture, remarkably neat at first, smells craftsmanship in every corner. A little too much in places: some seams and approximate adjustments remain. And surprisingly, there is no glove box (the dashboard has been advanced to support the interior) … To compensate, use the rear seats (optional), barely enough to settle there a human being across but perfect as a storage. Some elements, such as GPS or older inept multimedia interface on a modern GT disappoint. Face it, we have had treatment.
This Vanquish is not so modern, in fact. Let the hull entirely of carbon is a novelty, and aluminum and composite structure is announced stiffer than 25% compared to the DBS. 13% lighter in the engine cradle, too … but heavier than the DBS, with 1739 kg 1723 kg against advertised! Actually, this platform (VH), is the ultimate evolution of the DB9 / DBS , introduced in 2003.
The same goes for the big aspirated V12 of 5.9 liters, which accuses 13-year career without major changes.
V12 Spectacular “Ordinary” Lap
To swallow the long sweeping curves, the Vanquish reveals an impressive expertise. Seated on his feet, the English assure its stability at high speed. One great advantage of the extension of the V12, torquey as desired (620 Nm at 5500 r / min and 500 Nm already at 1000 r / min!), To get his 573 hp at 6750 rev / min.
Still no direct injection or regenerative braking or other optimization to improve efficiency. Cosworth engineers and Aston Martin have essentially reworked intake and … adopted a timing variable cam shafts, a commonplace technology today, previously absent from the venerable V12.
Come on, pulling on the rope, this big heart can still survive for a few years … Hopefully, because his temperament has something to forget his performance and its performance in removing most of the queens of the current GT billed at the same rate or almost (from € 251,000). With 573 hp, it is far from 740 hp Ferrari F12, or a 700 hp Lamborghini Aventador. At least, this block offers a stamp of its own. Hoarse, then it becomes metallic, always serious. Nothing like a screech trans. Here, the melody is raw, punctuated by impressive returns gas deceleration.
Not important where his times stagnated compared to the DBS (0 to 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds against 4.3 s). The speed even declined slightly, now at 295 km / h against 307 km / h. In return, the engine made it a great tool to emotion.
GT Sports or Supercar: Midwater
On the roads of Cotentin, near the Cap de la Hague, landscapes resemble Cornwall. The Vanquish is almost home, on the narrow winding roads on the side of rugged hills. Yet this land is not really his cup of tea. Comfort has certainly progressed, compared to DBS and DB9 we knew. Alas, in Normal, the most comfortable of the three available settings mode, the suspension is controlled soft hair. Where movements unsightly box.
Left to be shaken as well stay in Sport mode, much firmer. More importantly, it takes advantage of the music V12, valves wide open … The converter box, very sweet but quite slow in Normal, also becomes more responsive Damage:. Still feeling it when the rate increases, the report reluctant to hire or password the next too soon. The great English do not like being bullied. Even taking control pallets (too small), a response time remains.
As in Track mode, we forget: to book the track, which is not where the Vanquish best flourishes. The woman accuses more than 1, 8 ton with your servant, and braking does not offer a very appealing feel. The carbon-ceramic discs (with 6 and 4 piston calipers) held in time, but the lack of attack discourages abuse.
Finally, what of the English who refuses to sport, and spares no occupants outside the highways? This lack of consistency is relative: in general, we are conditioned by the large GT sanitized stars (Bentley Continental) or monstrous efficiency (Ferrari F12). Perhaps this and a true Grand Touring car must design: very elegant, even in the course of action, and too bad for hunting tenths.