Aston-Martin Vanquish Coupe
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Review Of The Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe
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The new Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe is powered by a massive V12 engine that delivers ferocious performance. But despite all the feral savagery on offer, this revered British thoroughbred makes for a comfortable cruiser and can boast excellent ride quality.
Has Britain produced anything better than Aston Martin? There are two main reasons we buy cars like this: Image and performance. Looking every inch like God’s gift, the pristine Vanquish has got its looks all sorted. It’s ostentatious, sexy and classically Aston Martin. It’s the perfect car for the perfect gentleman who wants to feel like 007. All that’s missing is your red carpet, and, of course, your woman.
All that sense of power and prestige comes with a huge price tag, though. But we all deserve something nice. OSV takes a closer look at what it’s all about with our 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe review.
On The Road
The 6.0-litre V12 engine is an absolute beast that delivers up to 568bhp in the standard car. All that power ensures that it can launch you from a standstill to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds before maxing out at over 200mph. The engine is set low down, which means that handling is surprisingly very stable.
There are a few things about this car which are a bit dated (more on this later), but the 8-speed transmission is brand new. As such, it feels sharp, smoother and shifts much quicker than its predecessor. The suspension has been made firmer, which is a bit of a bold move.
[vc_single_image image=”61246″ img_size=”article-image”]It’s resulted in better handling, while the brakes have also been shored up. The performance on offer is already hefty and if bottled for a couple of years, it would eventually smash the bottle and create a new Universe. But to get the absolute maximum out of it, you’ll need to make use of the launch control mode that keeps wheel spin in check, allowing out to rocket yourself from rest to 62mph with as much acceleration as possible.
The steering wheel comes with a sport button which, when pressed, sharpens the throttle response. It also tweaks the exhaust so that you get to hear it in all its V12 glory. It’s a sound that makes you proud to be British.
There is also a Vanquish S version available, which delivers an intimidating 595bhp. However, once you’ve fired the car up, you won’t feel all that intimidated, despite the possibility of being able to get from a standstill to 62mph in a matter of 3.5 seconds. The reason for this is that the power is delivered predictably, meaning there are no nasty surprises. If you want to relax, it makes for a very good cruiser.
Interior, Design & Build
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Ride quality is good. You can flick the suspension from Normal, Sport and Track, which means that you can soften or firm things up as much as you want. It can quite literally transform from a monster to a sedate cruiser with the flick of a switch.
The lush interior is luxurious and comes with Aston Martin’s timeless design. However, this is not a fresh interior, and compared to rivals it does show signs of its age. Still, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if you’ve always enjoyed Aston Martin’s princely, handmade interiors, you’ll fall in love with this one – and so will your passengers.
Still, it isn’t immune from criticism. The switch-gear is dated and lacks quality, while the infotainment system is just not as good as its rivals. The sat nav is also old and needs replacing. All of this is rather hard to stomach when you consider that Aston Martin have partnered up with Mercedes to actually improve their cars. This one has missed out on better materials, though we can admire the handiwork.
You might not care too much about practicality. But just in case you do, it’s worth knowing that the new Vanquish Coupe is more usable than its predecessor. There is more space up front, while the 368-litre boot is positively huge in this class. There are rear seats, but only kids will find them comfortable.
Equipment & Safety
Standard kit is decent, and includes full leather interior, satellite navigation and a top quality stereo. On the list of optional extras are 20” alloys, a rear view parking camera, and more carbon-fibre trim.
Two things have always dogged Aston Martin: Bankruptcy and reliability issues. While we’re not going to pass comment on the brand’s financial affairs, we will point out that the reliability of its machines has got better as the years have passed.
Each Vanquish Coupe is built individually and takes up to 300 hours. As a result, the quality is always going to be high. So far, there have been no major recall issues, and we expect that to continue.
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Costs Of The Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe
Prices for the new car start out from around £193,000. If you prefer to lease, and would like more information on our leasing deals, you can check out our page here.
The costs for this car can really escalate, and they certainly don’t slow down once you’ve got the keys and fired it up. To keep it scorching the tarmac, you’ll need to be able to deal with average fuel economy returns no better than 22.1mpg. Meanwhile, emissions stand at 298g/km of CO2. If you get it registered before April this year, your annual tax bill will be £450 – as opposed to £515.
Servicing and repair costs will be expensive, too.
Pros and Cons Of The Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe
This is a thing of beauty. Surely a thousand years from now, people will look back at this with the kind of wonder we look back at a Michelangelo sculpture.
The interior might lack the kind of contemporary design its rivals are boasting, but it’s exquisitely hand-crafted by the best design team that money can buy.
This Aston Martin is on song. The fierce exhaust noise will create shivers.
Not As Modern Inside As Rivals
The cabin is handcrafted, but it’s beginning to look dated when compared to rivals.
The costs just seem to tot up and up.
Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe vs Bentley Continental GT Coupe vs Mercedes S Class AMG Coupe
Let’s see how the car gets on against its rivals in the comparison section of our 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe review.
Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe vs Bentley Continental GT Coupe
The new Bentley Continental GT Coupe is one of the most photogenic cars around right now. It’s so beautiful, even God tried claiming credit for it. It’s got as much heritage as the Vanquish, and just as much performance.
It can also boast an extraordinary amount of pleasure.
When you first feast your eyes on the Continental GT, it looks fairly heavyset. It looks as though it would lug its way up and down roads the way a weighty Mike Tyson struggling to keep up in the ring. However, this is a very quick car, and it moves with as much blinding speed as Ali in his prime.
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The V8 engine is the smallest in the range, but backed by a twin turbo 4.0-litre unit and 507bhp, it can launch you from a standstill to 62mph in 4.6 seconds.
After that, the W12 6.0-litre unit – which sounds more like a warship than a car engine – may seem like too much. However, if you live by the principle that big equals better, this lightning quick engine should be right up your street. It’s a powerful model that can get you from a rest to 62mph in 4.3 seconds, before maxing out at 198mph.
However, if you feel you can handle even more power, the SuperSports model sits at the top of the range. This King Kong of engines develops a chest-beating 700bhp, and can roar its way from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds. Wow.
The Continental GT Coupe is cheaper to run than ever, but that isn’t saying a lot. Thanks to cylinder-deactivation technology, the V8 and W12 engines can achieve fuel economy returns of 26.6mpg on a good day – ergo, if you drive sensibly.
Like the Vanquish Coupe, the Bentley benefits from a handcrafted cabin that is draped in opulence. Only the finest plump chairs, hand-stitched leather and polished wood surfaces will do for Bentley buyers, and while this can sound like overkill, it’s all tastefully done.
As you can tell just by looking at a photo of it, this car is large. However, despite being home to a 2+2 layout, it’s still a two-door coupe. As a result, the rear seats are just not big enough, though the 360-litre boot is decent. There are plenty of useful storage spaces for all your bits and bobs, while space upfront is good.
Aston Martin – £190,000 +
Bentley – £140,300 – 169,000
Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe vs Mercedes S Class AMG Coupe
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The new Mercedes S-Class AMG Coupe can offer you luxury, good handling, and good performance. It’s a bit extravagant – but which car isn’t in these pages?
The wheelbase has been shortened so that the car is sharper than last time out. It’s also generally more fun – in fact, it’s easily one of the most entertaining cars to drive in this class. Like the Bentley, it’s heavy but all that weight is complemented by some seriously astonishing power.
And despite tipping the scales at beyond 2,000kg, handling is good. The ride quality is limo-like – which is hugely impressive and is helped by the addition of Active Curve Tilting, a feature that adjusts the suspension whenever the car detects some nasty lumps and bumps in the road ahead.
The S65 AMG model is backed by a 6.0-litre engine that delivers up to 630bhp. That’s enough to get you from rest to 62mph in just over 4.0 seconds. Power is available on tap, though we’d argue that the S-Class in its standard form is just as thrilling – and it’s cheaper.
There are actually two AMG models available – S63 and S65. There isn’t much between the two when it comes to performance, but the S65 demands a huge premium over the latter. In terms of running costs, the S63 is capable of achieving fuel economy returns of 28mpg, while the S65 can return 23.7mpg off a sensible ride.
The S-Class saloon is a classy car with a classy interior, and it’s a similar story here. Air suspension guarantees you’ll be driving around in comfort, and the contoured leather seats are a highlight. The dashboard is elegant and cleanly designed, and it’s a much more modern affair than the one in the Aston Martin. It’s very much 2017.
For a coupe, the Mercedes S-Class AMG is practical. Space up front is excellent, while two adults can now sit fairly comfortably in the rear. This is something that the outgoing model didn’t cater for. Accessing the rear isn’t easy, though, but head and legroom are good enough. The boot, meanwhile, measures an impressive 400-litres.
Mercedes – £98,000 – £185,500
Verdict Of Our 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe Review
Another year, another glamorous car from Aston Martin. In fact, this is probably the brand’s most glamorous car on the road right now. The styling is inspired and timeless as always, the interior is as close to a penthouse as a car can get, and the power on offer is glorious.
It’s a roaring, magnificent machine that’s testament to what the human mind can achieve. A car for the ages, investing in the new Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe is expensive – but surely worth it.
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