Aston Martin Vanquish S

Aston Martin Vanquish S front Aston Martin Vanquish S back

The fastest production model ever to be built by Aston Martin is making its world debut at the Paris Motor Show on September 23, 2004.

With a maximum speed in excess of 200mph (321km/h) and a 6.0 litre V12 engine developing 520 horsepower, the Vanquish S has been designed to deliver even greater performance, complemented by subtle suspension and steering changes and a number of interior and external style revisions.

''The Vanquish is our flagship model and the standard 460bhp will continue to be built,'' said Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez. ''However, this derivative makes the car even more exceptional. The latest Vanquish S is not only the fastest Aston Martin ever, but it is the best handling too. It is the ultimate high-performance Aston Martin.''

The Vanquish S has received subtle but effective changes to complement its elegant muscular body. The famous Aston Martin grille has a new rounded and more open appearance for better cooling, and an aerodynamic splitter improves high-speed stability.

At the rear, a redesigned boot lid featuring a new high mounted stop lamp reduces lift and improves balance and stability, helping to achieve an impressive Cd figure of 0.32.

These differences on the Vanquish S not only improve the appearance but also enhance performance. All the exterior body panels are constructed from aluminium with each individual panel hand tailored to the central structure to ensure a perfect panel fit. Every carefully detailed feature provides graphic evidence of the painstaking craftsmanship and quality, which is invested in its construction at Aston Martins Newport Pagnell site in Buckinghamshire.

Revised steering geometry provides a 20% quicker response, allowing the driver to apply a reduced input for required steering response. This enables the driver to be more precise with inputs - especially on winding roads - and more accurate feedback from the chassis.

The Sports Dynamics suspension, steering and braking package is now standard on the Vanquish S. This includes stiffer springs and dampers and shorter steering arms.

The brakes have been upgraded to incorporate larger six piston calipers and larger grooved and ventilated front discs. The rear discs are 2mm wider for improved heat dissipation. The use of floating discs ensures the driver has consistent pedal feel under heavy braking whilst a new brake pedal assembly reduces travel and enhances pedal feel.

Further development of Aston Martin's low emissions, all alloy, quad-overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 6.0-litre V12 engine has generated an increase in power from 460bhp to 520bhp (388kW) @ 7000rpm and torque is boosted to 425lb ft (577Nm) @ 5800rpm.

Engine enhancements include new cylinder heads with fully machined inlet ports and combustion chambers to improve airflow, revised engine mapping and new fuel injectors.

The overall interior design is a subtle blend of traditional, classic and modern materials with Bridge of Weir leather upholstery matched to contemporary metal interior fittings and finishes. A number of detailed improvements have been made to the interior of the Vanquish S to enhance the overall appeal.

The luxurious but purposeful two seat or optional 2+2 cabin now features supportive all leather trimmed sports seats with many additional and exquisite detail touches which amply demonstrate the truly special nature of this unique hand crafted sports car.

engine Aluminum Alloy, V12
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed Fuel Injection
displacement 5935 cc / 362.2 cu in
bore 89 mm / 3.5 in
stroke 79.5 mm / 3.13 in
compression 10.5:1
power 387.8 kw / 520 bhp @ 7000 rpm
hp per litre 87.62 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 277.33 bhp per weight
torque 577 nm / 425.6 ft lbs @ 5800 rpm
drive wheels RWD w/LSD
body / frame Aluminum & Carbon Fibre
front brakes Vented Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
f brake size 378 mm / 14.9 in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
r brake size 330 mm / 13.0 in
front wheels F 22.9 x 48.3 cm / 9.0 x 19.0 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 25.4 cm / 19.0 x 10.0 in
front tire size 255/40ZR19
rear tire size 285/40ZR19
steering Rack & Pinion w/Variable Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
weight 1875 kg / 4134 lbs
wheelbase 2690 mm / 105.9 in
length 4665 mm / 183.7 in
width 1932 mm / 76.1 in
height 1318 mm / 51.9 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual w/Paddle Shifting
top speed 323.5 kph / 201.0 mph
0 - 60 mph 4.7 seconds
drag 0.32 Cd