Aston Martin has finally released photos and details of its long-awaited new 310 Vanquish, which will become the flagship of the brand.
Labeling it a Super Grand Tourer, the company says the new Vanquish represents the zenith of current Aston Martin design and engineering.
Built on the next generation of Aston's VH architecture, it features a significantly upgraded, and more powerful, 6.0-litre V12 engine and its design represents the latest take on the historic brand's iconic visual language.
Styling cues such as a pinched waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are derived from the limited-production One-77 supercar, much of which was engineered and built by the Canadian firm Multimatic, in Markham, Ontario.
Unmistakably an Aston Martin, the design shows a clear and coherent lineage from its heritage while providing an equally clear pointer to the luxury car brand’s vibrant future, the company says.
According to Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez: "The AM 310 Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability. It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise."
Noting that it wears the same name as the iconic AM V12 Vanquish of yore, Bez described the new AM 310 Vanquish as being, "the latest incarnation of everything we know, informed and developed from One-77."
A concept car called the AM 310 made a brief appearance at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy. The Vanquish name has been added since then.
The new Grand Tourer is powered by a revised, naturally-aspirated, 6.0-litre V-12 engine mated to a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox. Its power peak of 565 horsepower makes it Aston Martin’s most potent current production model, and second ever only to the limited edition One-77 supercar, which is no longer produced.
The silky-smooth V-12 engine boasts 457 lb ft of torque at 5,500 rpm and can propel the new Vanquish from 0-to-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 294 km/h.
Hand-built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire, England the new Vanquish, is available as a strict two-seater or as a 2 2. It sits atop a broad line-up of Aston Martin sports cars including the DB9, V8 Vantage and four-door Rapide.
Deliveries are expected to begin across the Americas in early 2013, beginning in the U.S. where pricing will begin at (US) $279,995. Further details on Canadian pricing will follow closer to the delivery date.