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2012-06-21 12:10

SUPER CAR PRICE TAG: Priced at the equivalent of R2.4-million, sales of the new Vanquish are expected to begin in the UK and Europe later in 2012.

Earlier in June 2012, we reported on Aston Martin's next sports car undergoing testing. Now the British automaker has officially announced the revival of its Vanquish moniker!

Designed and hand-built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire, UK, the new Vanquish is available as either a 2+2 or a simple two-seater and sits atop a broad line-up of sports cars including the exquisite DB9, Vantage and four-door Rapide

The new model is powered by a revised normally aspirated 6-litre V12 petrol engine mated to the proven Touchtronic 2 six-speed auto. The engine is capable of 421kW (up from 380kW in the previous DBS) at 6750rpm and 620Nm at 5500rpm.


Aston Martin claims its latest Vanquish will rocket from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 293 km/h.

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Each body panel on the car is constructed from carbon fibre and torsional rigidity is improved by more than 25%.

The design represents the latest take on Aston Martin’s iconic visual language. The British automaker says its new Vanquish is the perfect vehicle for cruising a city or countryside.

Aston Martin chief executive officer, Ulrich Bez said: “Today’s 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.

“The new Vanquish mixes beautiful design with impressive technology such as the superb new infotainment system. This is the latest incarnation of everything we know, informed and developed from One-77. It is the ultimate Super Grand Tourer – confident and assured – and is the newest representation of Power, Beauty and Soul.

Bez said: “The Aston Martin range is stronger now than at any time in our 99-year history. The new Vanquish represents the perfect way to signal the beginning of our centenary celebrations in 2013.”

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