Ladies and gents, meet the production-spec Aston Martin Vanquish. Sure you got a sneak peek earlier today, but we now have a complete gallery with high resolution photos, a video and of course, the full details on the car that replaces the DBS.
The key word to remember with the new Vanquish is evolution as the name may have changed, but the rest of the car is closely related to the DBS.
That doesn't mean Aston Martin hasn't made important changes to the Vanquish that borrows its name from the DBS' predecessor built between 2001 and 2007 starting with the stiffer, fourth generation VH bonded aluminium monocoque chassis.
According to the British marque, the updated platform's torsional rigidity is improved by more than 25 percent over the DBS’s, while its also lighter as a result of the use of carbon fiber in the rear structure and hollow-cast aluminum instead of solid cast aluminum at the front end.
Aston Martin says that the front chassis structure is a full 13 percent lighter than that of the DBS. Furthermore, most of the Vanquish Mk2's body panels are constructed from carbon fiber.
At 4,720mm long (185.8”), 2067mm wide and 1,294mm tall, the Vanquish has the same length (and 2,740mm wheelbase) with the DBS, but is 5mm wider and 14mm taller than the car it replaces.
All said, the new Vanquish is around 55 kg or 120 pounds lighter than the DBS tipping the scales at 1,739kg or 3,834 pounds. Aston Martin states that it has a 50/50 weight distribution.
The Vanquish is fitted with a revised version of the DBS' naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12 petrol engine that gains an extra 55hp and 50Nm for a totall output of 565hp (573PS) at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 620Nm (457 lb-ft) at 5,500 rpm.
The front-mounted V12, which is positioned 19mm lower than before, drives the rear wheels through the same Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox found in the DBS.
The British supercar accelerates to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.1 seconds and can attain a top speed of 295km/h (183mph), versus the outgoing DBS' 4.3 seconds and 305km/h (190mph) respectively.
The Vanquish is fitted with new generation Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires that have been developed especially for the car, along with new 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
The car's braking system features third generation Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes. The front brakes use 398 mm x 36 mm CCM discs with larger front brake pads and six-piston brake callipers from the One-77, while the rear brakes use 360 mm x 32 mm CCM brake discs with a four-piston calliper.
The Vanquish gets the latest iteration of Aston Martin’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS) that allows the driver to switch between three distinct damping modes: Normal, Sport and Track, which instantly adjust the car’s ride and handling characteristics.
It also boasts a plethora of dynamic aids including Dynamic Stability Control and Positive Torque Control.
As we've said multiple times in the past, the exterior design of the Vanquish is an evolution of the DBS which itself is an evolution of a previous design etc., etc., and that it draws its inspiration from the One-77 supercar.
Previous and current Aston Martin owners will also feel right at home inside with the Vanquish keeping the same basic design and layout with the DBS, but with a more futuristic look. For example, the controls are all-new and include touch-sensitive pads on the center console.
The Vanquish will be offered in either 2+0 or 2+2 seating configurations. According to Aston Martin, the new car has more space both for passengers and their belongings in the cabin. In particular, legroom is said to be up 37 mm, shoulder room by 25 mm, elbow room extends by 87 mm while knee room is boosted by 50 mm. And all this, as the dash surface is moved forward 20 mm, too.
The boot space has been significantly improved as well as at 368 liters, it's more than 60 percent larger than that of the DBS.
The new Vanquish will reach European dealerships in late 2012 with UK prices starting from £189,995, while first deliveries in the U.S. will begin in early 2013 with prices to start from US$279,995 MSRP.