2015 Aston Martin
"Vanquish Carbon Edition"
Configuration: Longitudinal front-engine
Displacement: 366 cu. in./ 6L
Horsepower: 567hp at 6,750 RPM
Torque: 465 lb. ft. at 5,500 RPM
Max RPM: Approx. 7,500 RPM
Transmission: 8-speed automated paddleshift
A Little History
The Aston Martin Vanquish was originally introduced in 2001 as the successor to the fading Virage model. The first generation, the V12 Vanquish, manufactured from 2001 to 2004, gained notoriety from being the official James Bond car in Die Another Day (2002). The car in the movie was actually a prototype designed as a collaboration between Ford Motor Company and Indian designer Dilip Chhabria. The mass-production model was designed by Ian Callum and debuted at the 2001 Geneva Auto Show. The Vanquish S, the second generation of the Vanquish line, debuted at the Paris Auto Show in 2004 and was manufactured until 2007. The Vanquish model stopped production with the closing of the Newport Pagnell Factory in 2007, and was replaced by the DBS, until 2012, when the Vanquish name was revived once again.
The Vanquish Carbon Edition design includes, as expected, has many parts composed of exposed carbon. For example, it bears a carbon fiber chin spoiler, side skirts, sideview mirrors, and accents, as well as a rear diffuser. It also has a herringbone-style carbon fiber backed center console. The rest of the interior bears factory-option black-on-black stitching and door inserts, the more angular Formula-1 style steering wheel, as well as two back seats. However, there is only about 6 inches of leg room in the back, so it is not very comfortable to ride in!
Did you know?
- The convertible style of the Vanquish is actually called the “Volante.”
- The Vanquish V12 was made specifically for Die Another Day, and only mass-produced after it was so well received.
- None of the Daniel Craig-era Bond films feature a Vanquish, but rather the DBS V12 in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the vintage 1963-1965 DB5 in Skyfall, and a 1 of 2 prototype called the DB10 for the most recent Spectre, designed specifically for the movie.