A meaner look and more power gives the model a proper send-off
Possibly called the Vanquish S, the new model features aggressive additions to the body, including larger intakes in front and new splitters at the corners. The side sills appear a little lower, too. The changes are more obvious at the rear where Aston Martin installs a sharp-edged diffuser and a pair of dual-exit exhausts. The parts give the coupe a meaner attitude, but it still looks quite handsome. Earlier spy shots also showed a droptop Volante under development.
More power is a very safe expectation for this final evolution of the current Vanquish. Aston Martin already turns up its 6.0-litre V12 to 592 horsepower in the Vanquish Zagato, so look for at least that much in the S.
The Vanquish S might not be on the market very long. Time is running out for a debut in 2016, and Aston Martin’s product strategy schedules the next-gen model for 2018. The new platform would come from the DB11, and the coupe would reportedly have a tuned version of the brand’s biturbo V12 with as much as 820 horsepower, according to one rumour.
The standard Vanquish last received a major upgrade in 2015 when Aston Martin added its Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox. The upgrade and a few more horsepower from the V12 sliced half a second off the sprint to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour).