Aston Martin has released a new model with an old name, the 2013 Vanquish. As you might expect, it uses the DB9’s VH modular architecture an 6.0-liter V12 as the foundation. In fact, it looks to share just about everything else as well. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Aston claims the Vanquish’s styling was inspired by the ultra-rare One-77, as in One million dollars and only 77 copies made. Details like the aero duct on the rear deck, a slender waist and LED light blades in the taillights certainly evoke the essence of the supercar, while underneath the all-carbon bodywork sits a retuned version of the company’s stalwart V12 that produces 565 naturally aspirated horsepower. Mated to a second-gen version of the Touchtronic six-speed automatic, the Vanquish shoots to 60 mph in right at four seconds.
The interior features a redesigned center stack and leather seating finished in a diamond-quilted pattern on the bolsters, also reminiscent of the One-77. The cabin has grown substantially in length and width to accompany front seat occupants more comfortably. Cargo space has also been increased by 60 percent compared to the DB9. The Vanquish can be had as either a pure two-seater or as a 2+2 coupe. If we were to hedge our bets, we’d guess there will be a Vanquish Volante ’round about this time next year.
The 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish goes on sale this fall, effectively toppling the DBS at the top of the pyramid. Pricing hasn’t been set yet, but if you have to ask…