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PROS

  • Beautiful styling
  • Craftsmanship quality
  • Sonorous V12 engine

CONS

  • Doesn’t look as muscular as before

Verdict

Latest in a long line of exquisite British supercars is the second generation of Aston Martin Vanquish coupes, which arrived on the market at the start of 2013.

Powered by a front-mounted V12 engine, the latest Vanquish offers performance as intoxicating as its looks are beautiful.

Not that the Aston Martin has it all its own way in this rarefied segment of the market. Enormously expensive alternatives include the Ferrari F12berlinetta and Lamborghini Aventador, although the latter’s power unit sits immediately behind the cabin rather than in front.

Lightweight but luxurious

There’s little surprise that the Aston Martin Vanquish’s styling is a further evolution of that used to great effect elsewhere in the marque’s range, but with added curvature and swooping lines. There’s elegance where its predecessor championed muscularity.

Once again, construction uses lightweight materials, aluminium and carbon fibre in particular, while the cabin majors on luxurious craftsmanship as opposed to cutting edge design.

Depending on your requirements, you can specify your Vanquish as a 2+2 seater (essentially two adult chairs up front, with two, smaller, child-friendly seats behind). If weekends away are more your thing then order it with a luggage shelf in place of the rear seats, or as Aston Martin amusingly refers to it, the 2+0 version.

There’s also a convertible alternative, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, should you wish to experience more of the elements.

Strong V12 performance

Nestled beneath that elongated bonnet is a 5.9-litre V12 engine, already familiar from a number of larger Aston Martins.

At the time of launch, 565bhp propelled the Vanquish to 183mph and reaching 60mph from a standstill in four seconds flat.

Barely 18 months into its life and the mechanical elements were improved, with a revised eight-speed Touchtronic III gearbox – including an altered ratio for a higher 201mph top speed – a modest power increase to 568bhp and 630Nm of torque, an boost of 10Nm. The dart to 60mph was shaved to 3.7 seconds.

Efficiency also became (slightly) more palatable too, with claims of 31mpg on the official test and CO2 emissions of 298g/km.

Special editions

In addition to the ‘standard’ Aston Martin Vanquish coupes, the firm has so far released three limited edition versions.

The first celebrated the company’s centenary, while the second marked Aston Martin Works Service’s 60th anniversary, with interior details fashioned from pistons from historic models. Just six were produced.

More recently a limited run of seven cars produced by the firm’s Q personalisation service and featured interwoven carbon fibre bodywork.

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