Road Tests and reviews' road trip with the Aston Martin's Ultimate GT, Vanquish S
Jeremy Webb reviews Aston Martin’s Vanquish S. He finds It takes GTs to a new level and the marque has produced a Super Grand Tourer, which takes on other manufacturers and Triumphs over them.
In fact Aston are calling it the ultimate Grand Tourer, and I would not disagree.
It is a Two-door coupe body style with tailgate and 2 sports seats which at a push can take an adult over short distances.
Performance is truly awesome with top speed 201 mph, and 0-60 mph
in a blink of an eye at 3.6 secs.
568 BHP is produced from the AM29 V12 engine making it the most powerful GT engine,
Aston martin have ever produced.
The DB11 is a GT but the Vanquish S is another level up. Combining the immense power
with the most advanced gearbox AM have manufactured. Touchtronic III transmission delivers the staggering BHP to the wheels, via eight gears , changing in 130 milli seconds.
An alloy torque tube with Carbon Fibre propeller shaft Reduces weight
which allows the shaft to turn faster, putting more useable power to the wheels.
The driver has more control over the gear changing via the intelligent shift by wire system. Paddles on the steering wheel are ergonomically positioned so the driver is always in full control over gear changing and direction.
The responsive from the accelerator is immediate and putting your foot down
brings a great big push forward and a huge smile from all occupants.
The noise that comes with this is music to any petrolhead, with the V12 engine
growling harmoniously. A True Euphony of cylinders working hard together.
The Vanquish is a real head turner and People stop to look at it. Other drivers
Put thumbs up or gesture with an ok sign. Very pleasing.
It is a beautiful car with curves in all the right places. Rear spoiler perfectly
Moulds into the boot seamlessly.
The test car came with carbon fibre detailing and a mint green inlay.
Hundreds of options are available for trim outside and in.
Craftsmanship is seen throughout with hand stitched upholstery, marble affect
control panel and in all parts of the car.
The Vanquish hugs the road superbly, so the driver can enter both tight or sweeping corners faster, knowing the car will stick to the route taken. Then on exit they can put the power on quicker and allow the wheels to push the car faster. Grip is amazing.
You feel safe yet entertained when taking corners at speed, so much so that
you take longer routes to places so you can use B roads.
When you want to just go from A to B and use motorways or A roads, the Vanquish
will do this brilliantly too. Suspension can be changed to meet the driving style and road
conditions. Hence this is the Ultimate GT, as it will transport you over long distances
Ideal for Autobahns and more than a match for other manufacturers
GT models. Sports Mode can also be engaged for louder engine noise and better performance, than standard drive mode. See photo above showing the buttons on steering wheel which allow you to change suspension and driving mode whilst moving.
I would love to take the Vanquish on a European trip, combining Autoroutes and
those lovely French National roads, lined with trees. This car is perfect to arrive
in St Tropez or Monte Carlo.
To sum up if you have nearly 200K and are looking for a car you can use comfortably everyday and
Then take on a business trip or holiday hundreds of miles away, then seriously test
A Vanquish S. It will not disappoint, in fact it will grab you like an old friend and welcome you.
Model driven was the Volante. Aston Martin’s label for their convertible cars.
All content copyright Jeremy Webb 2017.
Film review is on Youtube MrJezwebb and more photos on instagram @jemweb
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