Automotive, Cars

British Tourer Anyone

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It’s hard to argue with beauty. So how do you tell beauty it’s got broccoli in its teeth? Aston Martin introduces its NEW Vanquish and has done so in remarkable fashion. The newest version of the car has really adopted a weight loss program over its five year absences from public view. Over 75% of the car incorporates new parts. Designed to replace the DBS, this version is lighter and 25% more rigid, through the use of an aluminum frame and carbon fiber body panels. In fact, the front chassis structure is a full 13% lighter than that of the DBS and allows for the engine of the car to sit 19mm lower within the body. Meaning a lower center of gravity thus making the car more agile. Add this to the most aggressive face in a long while and you have mean looking tourer – notice we didn’t say race car.

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Keep in mind it is no LFA, but this car does introduce carbon fiber like it’s going out of fashion. Carbon fiber is easily seen from all angles which gives this tourer a sporty appeal. The general theme is to surround the car with a thin layer of carbon all around – the front bumper, side skirts and rear all displaying carbon fiber. It is probably best to think of purchasers of this car as early adopters as they are helping to bring carbon fiber to the mass market.

The overall exterior styling of the car is beautiful. The balance is visible from the profile view, which highlights the aggressive front end and steep angled rear, exposing just the necessary amount of tailpipe. With the new design, 85% of the car’s weight sits between the front and rear wheels of the vehicle. If you decide to follow the roofline you’ll end at a perfectly usable rear lip spoiler which continues on the trend from the DBS and is similar to likes found on the BMW CSL, Dodge Viper, and Maserati Grand Turismo.

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Overhead the car shares the body shape of a Porsche – the narrow front and wide hips hiding those 11.5” wide rims giving it an aggressive stance for exceptional mechanical grip. Nothing to complain about here, except we wonder how owners who actually drive this car will deal with the excessive rock chips that build on the rear fender. Oh the issues to worry about.

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The Vanquish pushes the performance power to the rear wheel by a significantly revised naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine mated to the proven Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox and the rear-wheel-drive coupe is fitted with a mechanical limited-slip differential. You need the limited-slip diff, as it makes all the difference in the world. Specifically, it pushes 565 HP at 6,750 RPMs making it Aston Martin’s most powerful mainstream production model (excluding the limited edition cars). Pound-feet of torque registers at a whopping 457 at 5,500 RPM. This is plenty to get you going down the highway at 70 MPH. The downside is that drivers will need to find stretches of road clear enough to allow the engine to really “stretch its legs” (we have a feeling most cars will never see 7,000 RPMs besides first gear).

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Interior wise, this is where the customer can create their dream ride. Right when you open the door you will be greeted with a custom interior (bespoke for those who truly want to go all out), fine quality stitching, followed by a redesigned waterfall center console linked to a finely designed armrest. In fact the interior of the Vanquish has 140% more storage space than the DBS. If a customer is purchasing this car brand new they will have a plethora of customization options. This includes the option for either a 2+0 or 2+2 seating configuration.

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But with all the good, we need to address the bad. Like we mentioned above there is a huge piece of broccoli stuck in the teeth of this beauty queen. While still glancing at the interior you will be confronted by an awkward looking seat patterns (depends on who you ask) and the major culprit – a dinner serving dish they call a steering wheel. Of all things, this car struggles in the steering wheel department. It’s a huge let down that doesn’t seem to fit the car. The wheel appears to be rectangular with it running longer vertical than horizontal and on top of that, its over-sized. We are fairly sure that if we owned this car the steering wheel would probably be overlooked. However, every minute you walk up to the car and open the door you would be again being faced with eyesore. Its really not something we would appreciate for a car of this caliber.

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Regardless the car is still epic. Considering this is England’s last big automotive company they are well on their way of continuing to deliver monstrous cars of desire.  The attention to detail with carbon fiber and overall exterior styling is fantastic. We agree that it’s a strong contender for our garage space. Yet, something tells us we’ll have to try hard to get over that steering wheel. That’s what happens when you focus on the all the details and you miss one – just spoils everything else.

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