2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S Preview Dec 2, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The Aston Martin Vanquish was brought back to life in 2012 and has received a comprehensive rejuvenation this year as the Vanquish S. Aston Martin used the “S” to designate midlife improvements, and this year the automaker revamped the suspension, speed, shape, and interior. This makes sure that the refreshed model stands on its own. As always, the Vanquish S is for a very specific type of driver; it has a starting MSRP of $287,650.
Still recognizable as the sleek Vanquish, the new trim has a meaner front fascia along with a racier rear diffuser. Both of these features reduce frontal lift while featuring exposed carbon fiber. There are also new black quad exhaust pipes in triangular cutouts. There are even more available options to enhance the style, like newly available diamond-tuned wheel designs and carbon-fiber engine louvers. There are also various painted graphics packs available.
The Aston Martin Vanquish S runs on a 6-liter V12 that now has 580 horsepower, an increase of 12 from the previous version. The breathing intake is freer, and the inlet manifolds have grown. The eight-speed Touchtronic III transmission feels refined. Aston Martin also made changes to the suspension, helping those who plan to put all that power to use. This extra power lets the Vanquish S go from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than before. This acceleration is largely thanks to the 465 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. The top speed is still 201 mph, but you are unlikely to wish it could go faster.
Simply sitting still in the cockpit of the Vanquish S will give you plenty to enjoy with its waterfall center console composed of chopped carbon fiber and a satin sheen. The new “Filograph” seats are quilted and feature Bridge of Weir leather. This dark leather features white contrast stitching, and you will notice Vanquish S embroidery on the headrests. Those are essentially the only interior changes for the new Vanquish S, so you can also expect familiar features. There are still thirteen speakers in the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system as well as a 6.5-inch LCD screen to control the Ami III infotainment system along with USB, Bluetooth, AM/FM radio, DAB radio, and satellite navigation. Drivers can bring their Vanquish S to the next level with perforated leather door inserts, carbon-fiber shift paddles, black hardware, steering wheel finishes, personalized sill plates, and more.
If you happen to have the money on hand for a new Aston Martin Vanquish S, you should be able to find one in the United Kingdom in December 2017 and the United States starting in April 2017. The Coupe will start at $297,775 while the convertible Volante will start at $315,775. Of course, with the various personalization options, you can easily spend more for a unique and beautiful grand tourer.