A Masterful Blend of Art and Technology
After years of service to the Aston Martin brand and for its ability to excite so many automobile fans year after year, the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S deserves a proper send off. Its life may have been cut short by advancing technology, superb engineering and even air quality regulations, but this is a vehicle that deserves its place in Aston Martin, if not automotive, history. It is a legend that may be replicated but never replaced. The 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S is an instant classic…two decades in the making.
Most of the focus of the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S is on its naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12. It will soon be replaced by a new twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine, which is what, in part, makes this Aston Martin so special. While some automobile makers tune their engines to purr quietly, or roar proudly, this V-12 has a natural scream to it, a growl with a tenor that changes as it is urged along.
Large volume intake manifolds spoon more air into the engine which is then converted into 580 hp at 7,000 rpm. Torque is rated at 465 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm. Aston Martin says the top speed for 2018 Vanquish S is 201 mph and will climb from zero to 60 in just under 3.5 seconds. An upgraded 8-speed transmission delivers shifts that are smoother and more refined. Numbers aside, what will draw many to this Vanquish S is the unique sound of “that engine”. For the Aston Martin fan, it is audibly delicious.
Connected to the Road
Aston Martin has made adjustments to the chassis of this Vanquish S, increasing spring rates and improving the tuning of its shocks. They have stiffened the rear anti-roll bar just a bit giving it a firmer ride that doesn’t impair the quality. While the Vanquish S looks substantial, at about 3,830 lbs., it is surprisingly agile.
Aston Martin refers to the Vanquish S as its ultimate super GT. Stunning design and good looks are complemented by an interior that is impeccably augmented in fine, stitched leather. Driver and passengers alike are embraced in racing style seats in a cockpit that leaves no room for misinterpretation. This is indeed the automaker’s ultimate super GT. It is and will be respected as one of a kind.
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