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Aston Martin Vanquish in the driving report: Respectable

Arturo Rivas
Aston Martin Vanquish in the driving report
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E in the Aston Martin key is a bit of sunshine in every dark pocket. This natural phenomenon goes back to 1913, when Messrs Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin started their sports car manufacture. So next year the 100th birthday of automobile production will be celebrated, and since today's Aston Martin boss Ulrich Bez has probably been thinking with horror about the guest gifts that might come up for months, he made a morning gift himself in the style of the house: the The new Aston Martin Vanquish presented here.

The aluminum coupé with the carbon fiber body is starting with an unladen weight of 1,739 kilograms and will be available as a pure two-seater or 2 + 2-seater upon request. The Aston Martin Vanquish will replace the DBS as a tempting top model in the portfolio of the British luxury brand at the end of the year.

573 PS well out of the Six-liter V12

According to project manager Ian Hartley, his six-liter V12, which was developed “with a new block, new heads and double variable valve control”, now generates 573 hp at 6,750 rpm. The power flows via an encapsulated carbon fiber cardan shaft to the six-speed gearbox of the Aston Martin Vanquish, which is locked to the rear axle and shifted automatically or by hand paddle. It is understandable that so much steam needs to be trained to behave well on the road by a host of electronic helpers such as dynamic stability control or torque control.

That bit of sunshine in your trouser pocket is also the key to a great natural theater . If the cut crystal trapezoid is pressed into its mount on the dashboard of the Aston Martin Vanquish, the starter tears the V12 through briefly, then a start program lets it spin up spontaneously until the first powerful roar, and only then does the light metal unit turn into a smoky sounding Idle babble. For inexperienced minds, that would be enough as an Aston Martin experience that can hardly be topped.

But the visit to the Aston Martin voting camp does not end there. We are not yet allowed to drive the Aston Martin Vanquish ourselves, but Hartley takes us on one of the last voting laps on Sella della Croce, between Badia Valley and Corvara in the Dolomites. This is where the supplying specialists from Conti workmeticulously tuned the brake system, which comes up with the carbon-ceramic discs from the limited special model One-77. In plain language: Six pistons bite into two internally ventilated discs with a diameter of 398 millimeters without fading.

Exuberant braking power of the Aston Martin Vanquish

This braking system is the reason why the Vanquish -Prototype does not have a liquid-cooled passenger seat after the test ride. The sweat of fear prepares itself after every straight, no matter how short, to jump out of all pores and flood the comfortable, well-directed sports seat. But after just a few of the tight and confusing bends, which are often peppered with oncoming cyclists, one thing is clear: the brakes have a good grip on the exuberant performance of the Aston Martin Vanquish.

The chassis layout and tuning - we're driving in sport mode between normal and track of the three-stage damper control - seems successful Tight, but not uncomfortably hard. Instead of lapsing into the understeer expected before every second bend and folding the new, artfully hollow-cast aluminum front chassis onto one of the boulders typical of the region, the Aston Martin Vanquish takes the targeted line obediently and without tire squeaks. In order to actually explore the limits of the chassis, the coupé would have to make a short journey: from South Tyrol out onto the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The editorial team is eagerly awaiting the first test car.

In addition to the clean, streak-free and easy-to-control handling, the processing quality of the body is impressive. The central monocoque structure is made of aluminum sheets that are bonded using the latest aircraft technology method. This is not an invention of Her Majesty's secret agent, but the connection of two aluminum parts using an epoxy resin. The result, according to project manager Hartley, 'is a 25 percent higher torsional strength of the Aston Martin Vanquish compared to the DBS'.

Aston Martin Vanquish as a respectable testimony

The calling card, the new one Aston Martin Vanquish gave on first meeting is a good appetizer. For around 250,000 euros, not only will the “new peak of British sports car construction” (Bez) take off, but also a serious competitor in the luxury class beyond Porsche Turbo or Mercedes SLS AMG. The Aston Martin Vanquish, in German the conqueror, has a contemporary advantage through its brand image: unlike some top-class competitors, an Aston Martin was almost never considered an aesthetic or pecuniary provocation, but always as a respectable testimony to British craftsmanship, soaked in an envy-free one Solution from elegant understatement.

Craftsmanship in detail: The carbon fiber elements are finished with a fineGlass fiber layer coated to provide the perfect base for the immaculately reflective paintwork And then there is the part that could not actually be made: the rear hood and wing of the Aston Martin Vanquish consist of only one piece, according to Boss Bez. “For that,” Hartley groans, “we had to develop a new lamination process.” Fortunately, Aston Martin only celebrates a birthday like this every 100 years.


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