최고출력이 558마력으로 오르고 앞뒤 세부 디자인을 바꾼 2013 애스턴마틴 라피드 S 원본 사진들
The stunning new Aston Martin Rapide S is making its debut with yet more luxury and yet more power on offer in its quintessentially elegant four-door silhouette.
The iconic British car maker’s new luxury GT has been sympathetically redesigned andpainstakingly re-engineered to reassert its position as the world’s most beautiful, and beautifully balanced, four-seat sports car.
Aside from the extensive design and engineering improvements, the luxurious new Rapide S – which replaces the outgoing Rapide in markets worldwide – is now even more refined thanks to a range of additions to the four-seater’s sumptuous interior.
Still instantly recognisable as an Aston Martin, of course, the new Rapide S now boasts an imposing and assertive new ‘face’, created by virtue of the impressive and striking new full grille.
Imbuing the new car with an even more sporting, forceful demeanour, the revised front end design is matched at the back by a striking new rear deck profile which includes a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip’. The aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades both reinforce the sporting nature of new Rapide S and work to counteract lift at higher speeds.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The Rapide S is to me, without doubt, the most beautiful four-door sports car on the market today. This is, very clearly, the power of luxury in action.
“The car’s stunning visual appeal is now matched by a much more powerful and yet more efficient engine – our exceptional new AM11 V12 – which increases massively both the excitement and performance potential of the Rapide S.
“It is a four-door sports car that uniquely combines luxury, style and sporting excitement in Aston Martin’s most flexible and accommodating silhouette. Purity of proportion and exceptional elegance are mixed with truly sensational dynamic performance – this is the four-door sports car in its most versatile form and I am sure our customers around the world are going to love it!”
Engineered to excel
Changes under the new Rapide’s skin are comprehensive, with a version of the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 powerplant delivering unprecedented power and improved in-gear acceleration.
Power from the new engine jumps significantly versus that of its predecessor: up by 17% or a massive 81 PS from 477 PS at 6,000 rpm to a now very substantial 558 PS at 6,750 rpm.
Peak torque increases, too, up from 600 Nm to 620 Nm at 5,000 rpm. Meanwhile an even more marked improvement in torque occurs lower down the rev range, as pulling power rises by more than 40 Nm between idle and 4,000 rpm with an additional 50 Nm available at 2,500 rpm.
Naturally, increases in power and torque lead to even swifter performance as befits a four-door sports car. New Rapide S shaves 0.3 seconds off its 0-62 mph time, which drops from the 5.2 seconds of the current car to just 4.9 seconds for the new model. Top speed climbs, meanwhile, to 190 mph.
The 5,935 cc naturally aspirated V12 boasts race car technology – developments derived directly from Aston Martin Racing’s successful WEC GT campaign – to maximise both performance and efficiency. The new AM11 engine thus boasts fully CNC machined combustion chambers and lighter, hollow, cam shafts.
Dual variable camshaft timing, knock sensing, even the fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system – these are all engineering advances developed to preserve the V12’s position as a mainstay of the Aston Martin range.
The engine is now even more efficient, too. Despite the very significant increase in peak power and torque, the Rapide S is appreciably more economical than before. CO2 emissions drop by seven per cent – from 355 g/km to 332 g/km – while fuel economy now stands at 19.9 mpg on the official EU combined cycle.
A product of the latest generation of Aston Martin’s world-renowned VH engineering philosophy, which debuted in 2003, the new car of course benefits from many elements of the current Gen4 VH architecture.
The carefully conceived engineering changes continue as the new Rapide now offers even sharper agility and even quicker responses to driver input. The new AM11 engine – a key Gen4 component – has been lowered by 19 mm versus the position of the powerplant in the previous car, with a corresponding reduction in the sports car’s centre of gravity.
The changes also lead to a tangible improvement in front end turn-in – no mean feat for a car that was already acknowledged as a leader in dynamic performance.
Aston Martin engineers at the company’s global HQ in Gaydon have worked to revise the car’s dynamic stability control (DSC) in line with its significant increases in both power and torque.
As befits the more sporting nature of new Rapide S the car benefits from the latest Gen4 iteration of Aston Martin’s hi-tech Adaptive Damping System (ADS). The system now offers three distinct settings: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’, with the character of each being tailored to the nature of Rapide S.
The ADS automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the driver has high levels of control at all times, with the ability to respond quickly to different driving conditions. The different damping modes help to significantly broaden the character of the Rapide S, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s precise requirements. Thus it can be a luxurious GT car in Normal mode with the capacity to morph into a more assertive sports car in Sport and Track modes.
The damper settings are determined by an electronic control unit which takes sensor readings from the car’s systems, including throttle position, brake position, steering wheel rotation and vehicle speed. This data establishes the prevailing driving conditions and the demands the driver is making on the car.
Head of Product Development at Aston Martin, Ian Minards, explains: “Growing the power in a luxury sports car is all very well, but maximising control and ‘usability’ of that increased power is, just as much, the engineers’ challenge.
“Balance, poise and control are the keys to a successful sports car and the dynamic improvements we have made with Rapide S showcase our efforts to make this not just the most beautiful, but also the most beautifully balanced, car in its class.”
He added: “Transmission calibration, ADS refinement, braking capability and engine output optimisation are among the many ‘ingredients’ which the team here at Gaydon have used to create a sports car of unerring quality and excitement.”
Meanwhile, as with the new DB9, the new Rapide S achieves compliance with the latest European pedestrian protection regulations courtesy of its innovative new front grille design.
The lowered engine, new bonnet, new front bumper construction and new grille combine to deliver a uniquely innovative approach to pedestrian impact protection.
The patent-pending design – which features a unique ‘keystone’ construction – enables the grille to move rearwards on impact, whilst the central and outboard chin stiffeners give rigidity to the lower structure and support achievement of the leg impact regulations. Cut-outs on the front wing catwalks contribute to the achievement of the headform regulation.
The solution means Aston Martin can remain true to its design ethos, and avoid the use of plastic grilles and nose cone bumpers that stretch up in front of the bonnet.
First class cabin
As luxurious as it is thrilling, the new car now boasts a host of new luxury- or sports-orientated options, allowing buyers to more precisely tailor the car to their specific style.
The new optional Carbon Exterior Pack, for instance, immediately dials up the Rapide’s sporting attitude. Front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills all fashioned from carbon fibre clearly signal the sporting nature of this 558 PS four-seater.
More pronounced luxury, on the other hand, comes from the new piano black interior pack that adds a deep, rich, mirror-like shine to the facia, transmission tunnel centre plate and door handles of the Rapide S. A darker surround in the instrument binnacle and steering wheel with black horn-push surround round off the pack’s sumptuous additions. Luxurious blend headlinings in either tan or grey emphasise the luxury still further inside.
As would be expected of a modern Aston Martin, handcrafting is the order of the day in the Rapide S with the standard-fit pure glass transmission selector switches in the centre console one small yet important example of the truly authentic, bespoke, nature of the car’s cabin.
However those with a desire for a more sporting ambience in their sports car will not be disappointed. Optional duotone perforated red and black leather makes its Aston Martin debut here – delivering a captivating visual combination that’s unique to the new Rapide S.
Luxury is enhanced by the removal of extraneous ‘noise’ and the enhancement of desirable ‘sound’ – a fine distinction but one that helps the new car deliver an aural experience like no other. Improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics are derived from the likes of the new bonnet lining and revised windscreen cowl.
Flexibility comes in the form of four seats – the rearmost two capable of accommodating adults in a uniquely sporting setting – while at the touch of a button the individual back seats fold down to almost triple the Aston Martin’s load space.
Options to further enhance the luxurious look and feel of the Rapide S include, subject to market, a reversing camera and twin screen rear seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, remote control and six-disc DVD changer.
Those seeking the ultimate in luxury and personalisation can also consider the ‘Q by Aston Martin’ service which offers uniquely-tailored options for individualisation. The Q service focuses on fashioning colour and materials with limitless boundaries precisely to customer choice and specification, enabling owners to give free rein to the creativity and indulge their desire for bespoke luxury.
The new Aston Martin Rapide S will be available to order through the brand’s 146 dealers worldwide next month with prices confirmed closer to the on-sale date.
Aston Martin is today unveiling a stunning new luxury sports car – the Vanquish.
Sitting proudly at the pinnacle of the luxury British car maker’s sports
car line-up, this breath-taking new super grand tourer represents the zenith of
current Aston Martin design and engineering.
Vanquish points to an exciting and confident future for the historic
Vanquish is a new Aston Martin featuring the next generation of the renowned
VH architecture as well as a significantly upgraded 6.0-litre V12 engine that
is considerably more potent than before.
The design represents the latest take on Aston Martin’s iconic visual
language. Vanquish unquestionably sees the brand continue its enviable tradition
of producing some of the most beautiful sports cars in the world. Styling cues such
as the elegant new waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are
derived from the One-77 supercar.
Unmistakably an Aston Martin, the design shows a clear and coherent
lineage from its heritage while providing an equally clear pointer to the luxury
car brand’s vibrant future. Closer inspection reveals details such as the
stunning new Aero Duct on the rear boot lid. This elegantly devised passive
engineering feature, which counteracts lift at the car’s rear when travelling
at speed, is a triumph of both design and technical ability.
Performance, presence, style and great British craftsmanship – the new
Vanquish has all these traits in abundance.
Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “Today’s Vanquish is the
ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and
technical ability. It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure
driving excitement without compromise.
same name as the iconic original Vanquish that did so much to cement Aston
Martin’s reputation as a maker of great GT cars in the modern era, I believe the
car unveiled today once again puts this great British brand at the top of its
Vanquish mixes beautiful design with impressive technology such as the superb
new infotainment system. This is the latest incarnation of everything we know,
informed and developed from One-77. It is the ultimate Super Grand Tourer –
confident and assured – and is the newest representation of Power, Beauty and
on the streets of a bustling city as it is carving through the countryside or long
distance motorway touring, the Vanquish offers a thoroughbred British luxury sports
car that’s also suited to everyday use.
by a significantly revised naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine
mated to the proven Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox, the new car
offers suitably impressive performance figures. The V12’s power peak of 565 bhp
(573 PS) makes it Aston Martin’s most potent production model yet, outmuscled
only by the strictly limited edition £1.2m One-77 supercar.
statistics speak for themselves: 573 PS at 6,750 rpm, 620 Nm of torque at 5,500
rpm, 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph place the Vanquish firmly
into supercar territory. Yet the brand’s team of engineers have been working
towards economy and emissions improvements, too.
latest engineering methods, innovative technologies and typically understated classic
British design come together to make the muscular new Vanquish a true super GT.
For instance, each body
panel on the car is constructed from carbon fibre because of its high
strength-to-weight ratio and flexibility of form. Meanwhile torsional rigidity is improved by
more than 25%.
improvements such as a newly designed and significantly more spacious cabin and
a boot that, at 368 litres, is more than 60% larger than that of the DBS,
ensure the new Vanquish can carry sufficient luggage for even the most
ambitious grand tourist.
and hand-built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire
the new Vanquish, available as a 2+2 or 2+0, sits atop a broad line-up of
world-class sports cars including the exquisite DB9, sporty V8 Vantage and
luxurious four-door Rapide.
Dr Bez said: “The Aston Martin range is stronger now than at any time in
our 99-year history. The new Vanquish represents the perfect way to signal the beginning
of our centenary celebrations next year.”
Priced from £189,995 RRP first deliveries of
the new sports car are expected to begin in the UK and Continental Europe late
Attachment 1: Technical Specification
Attachment 2: Design
Attachment 3: Performance
Attachment 4: Control
Attachment 5: Quality
Martin Vanquish Specification
·Two-door coupe body style with 2+0 or optional 2+2
·New generation bonded aluminium and carbon fibre VH
·Aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre
·Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
·LED light blade rear lamps and LED side repeaters
·All-alloy, independent quad variable camshaft
timing, 48-valve, 5,935 cc V12
·Compression ratio 11.0:1
·Front-mid mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
·Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with
active bypass valves
·Six three-way catalytic convertors
power: 573 PS (565 bhp) at 6,750 rpm
torque: 620 Nm (457 lb ft) at 5,500 rpm
km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds
·Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
Wheels and Tyres
·Front: 9J x 20’’ Pirelli P
Zero 255/35 ZR20
·Rear: 11.5J x 20’’ Pirelli P Zero 305/30 ZR20
·Speed-dependent electronically controlled rack and
pinion power-assisted steering, 2.62 turns lock-to-lock. Column tilt and reach
·Lightweight aluminium front subframe with hollow
·Front: Independent double wishbone incorporating
anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
·Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat
and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive
·Three-stage adjustable Adaptive Damping System
(ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes
·Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398mm
diameter with six-piston calipers
·Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360mm
diameter with four-piston calipers
·Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
·Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
·Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
·Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
·Positive Torque Control (PTC)
4720mm (inc. front number plate plinth)
2067mm (inc. mirrors)
Fuel tank capacity:
78 litres (17.2 Imp.galls, 20.5 US galls)
·Full-grain leather interior
·Electrically operated front seats
·Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three
·2+0 seating configuration with flexible rear
·Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
·Front and rear parking sensors
·Tyre pressure monitoring
·Alarm and immobiliser
·Remote-control central door locking and boot
·Automatic temperature control
·Heated front seats
·Curtain side head airbags
·Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
·Pelvis and thorax seat mounted airbags
·Seat belt dual-pretensioners and digressive load
·Tracking device (UK only)
·Laminated windscreen with clear noise-insulation
·Titanium bonnet and side strake meshes
·Bright aluminium front grille
·Chrome side strakes and tailpipe trim
·Heated rear screen
·New infotainment system with capacitive switching
·1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 15-speaker audio
·Garmin satellite navigation system*+
·6.5” LCD Screen
·iPod® and iPhone® Integration and USB playback
·Satellite radio system (USA only)
·A2DP Bluetooth® audio and phone streaming
·Ten-spoke alloy wheel in a Graphite finish
·20-spoke alloy wheel in a Liquid Silver, Silver
finish with diamond turning, Graphite finish with diamond turning, Gloss Black
with diamond turning and Satin Black with diamond turning
·Magnum Silver or Black Mesh finish
·Matt black textured tailpipe
·Black, blue, yellow or red calipers
·Exposed carbon fibre roof panel
·Exposed carbon fibre door mirror caps
·Exposed carbon fibre side strakes
·Exposed carbon door handles
·Black Luxmil Leather and part-Alcantara steering
·Colour-Keyed Luxmil Leather steering wheel
·Black One-77 leather steering wheel with black
·Colour-Keyed One-77 Luxmil leather steering wheel
with black leather inserts
·Centre stack facia in carbon fibre 2x2 twill, carbon
fibre 2x2 fishbone, Piano Red, Piano Black or Piano Ice mocha.
·Headrest embroidery – Aston Martin wings or
·Black hardware pack
·Full carbon fibre gearshift paddles
·Personalised sill plaques
·Rear parking assist camera
·Auto-dimming mirror with garage door opener
·Heated and ventilated seats
·Second glass key
·Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensors)
*+ Includes Traffic Messaging
Channel (TMC) in Continental Europe
** Complies with UK Thatcham
Category 5 requirements. Excludes subscription. Standard in UK
1 Not available in all markets
2 iPod® is a trademark of Apple
Inc., registered in the US and other countries
Martin Vanquish: Design
Aston Martin is renowned in the motor industry
for the supreme beauty of its cars. The visual language of a modern Aston
Martin is highly distinctive, yet timelessly attractive.
The design team at the company’s global HQ in
Gaydon, Warwickshire, is led by Design Director Marek Reichman and, together,
they have developed an unmistakable visual interpretation of the brand’s ethos.
When the commission for new Vanquish arrived
Marek and his team set about working to hone the flowing exterior lines of a
classic Aston Martin GT and to create a modern day interpretation of the
Drawing inspiration not least from the iconic
One-77 supercar, the team worked to evolve that design language and create a 21st
Century successor worthy of sporting the Vanquish moniker.
They worked to stay faithful to the original Vanquish
inspiration – so beloved of Aston Martin fans worldwide – while introducing new
aspects that debuted in the One-77.
The result is a new Vanquish that very clearly
retains the presence of its forebear, yet offers it in a much more refined and
functional package. Sporting the assertive body language for which the previous
Vanquish was renowned, today’s GT is more lean and elegant – highlighting its
improved agility and dynamics.
With the exception of the now sold-out One-77
supercar, and limited edition V12 Zagato, the new Vanquish sits atop Aston
Martin’s model range. Understandably, therefore, it boasts design language derived
from the One-77 such as the elegant and flowing waistline, elongated side
strakes, curvaceous, taut, form and LED light blade rear clusters, as well as entirely
new design ideas such as the remarkable rear Aero Duct. Blending the aggressive
lines of the One-77 with the elegant shape of the DB9 and Rapide, the new
Vanquish sets the visual standard for today’s luxury GT cars.
It has amplified gestures – in the form of
bonnet vents, side strakes and a sculpted roof – that accentuate the car’s extra performance and edgier character.
The car has a more assertive stance, yet is not overtly aggressive.
ring of exposed carbon fibre features at the base of the car in the form of a
carbon fibre splitter, light-catching carbon fibre side skirts and imposing carbon
fibre rear diffuser. This accentuates the car’s sporting dynamics, as well as
making it appear more planted.
Each body panel on
the new Vanquish is also constructed from carbon fibre, because of its high
strength-to-weight ratio and flexibility of form. This not only reduces mass
but means that fewer individual body panels are required. For instance, the
panel gap on the C-pillar joint is no longer necessary.
The designers have worked hard to pay
attention to the finer details of all the materials used, with the carbon fibre
weave direction a good example of this. It has been designed, and is
constructed, to flow precisely with the car’s elegant shape.
Just as with the exterior, the design team
were tasked with redesigning the Vanquish’s interior to give it a more complete
and high quality finish. The result is an all-new interior that is more roomy,
comfortable and luxurious than ever.
Again drawing inspiration from the One-77, the
design team have emulated the flowing lines, quality and craftsmanship while
introducing significant refinements over DBS to improve ergonomics and
Showcasing the vast selection of materials and
finishes that are now available on the Vanquish, the interior trim is available
in a wide range of materials including fine Bridge of Weir Luxmil Leather,
Semi-Aniline Leather and Alcantara, all expertly hand-stitched by some of the
world’s most experienced craftspeople.
Elsewhere inside, the new instrument panel is
a refinement of the One-77’s, with new detailing and improved ergonomics.
The new design is sleeker with a more elegant
finish to complement the rest of the interior. It features new elements that
convey a powerful and assertive attitude, and a new Driver Information Module
(DIM) that the Vanquish shares with the One-77. The new DIM retains the classic
Aston Martin style, but with a more futuristic typeface. The digital displays
have been revised following feedback from existing owners, now permanently
showing a digital speedo and a trip computer, which details the remaining range
and the odometer.
Perhaps one of the most striking new interior
design elements, though, is the new centre stack with refinements providing a
more elegant form that is also more intuitive and accessible for both driver
and front seat passenger.
A direct descendent of the One-77 centre stack,
the Vanquish set-up retains familiar elements such as the ECU engine start
button and gear selection buttons, while introducing a new infotainment system
and a significantly more user-friendly design.
The facia trim now stretches down the whole
centre stack and is manufactured from a single piece of material, giving a
uniform finish with, obviously, no panel gaps.
The user interface has been completely redesigned,
with a more user-friendly and ergonomic layout as well as technological updates
that make it one of the most advanced in-car systems available.
Aston Martin’s trademark glass starter module
and gear mode selection buttons have been retained while all-new capacitive
glass buttons with illumination and haptic feedback have been introduced for
the rest of the centre stack’s switchgear.
Haptic feedback is more commonly found in
touch-screen mobile phones and Aston Martin becomes among the first significant
luxury car manufacturers in the world to use the technology in a series production
Importantly, of course, the new car has more
space both for occupants, and their belongings in the cabin. In fact the
interior of the Vanquish has 140% more storage space than the DBS. The cubby
box has been redesigned with a stylish armrest lid and now offers more than
three litres of storage space and an integrated USB and AC point for portable
There is further storage space at the base of
the centre stack, with more than two litres of storage, generously sized
cupholders and a mobile phone holder, as well as additional USB and AC points.
Other storage spaces are dotted handily around the car, too, with more than
three litres in the door bins and seat pouches alone.
Occupant space grows in all axes versus DBS
with, in essence, the interior ‘pushed’ outward. Legroom is up 37 mm, shoulder
room grows 25 mm, elbow room extends by 87 mm while knee room is boosted by 50
mm. All this, as the dash surface is moved forward 20 mm, too.
The Vanquish is available with either 2+0 or 2+2
Martin Vanquish: Performance
all Aston Martin sports cars, the need for perfect balance, high-performance
stability, nimble handling ability and minimised kerb weight define the new
Vanquish. The comprehensive use of carbon fibre body panels for the first time
in an Aston Martin underline the new Vanquish’s credentials as a truly innovative
efforts have been made to limit the new car’s weight, contributing to its
impressive performance, handling and significantly improved power to weight
ratio. The combination of controlled weight, near-perfect 50:50 weight
distribution, a powerful new V12 engine and a performance-honed six-speed
transmission combine to make the Vanquish as rewarding and engaging on the move
as it is elegant standing still.
heart of the new car is the latest iteration of Aston Martin’s a 6.0-litre V12
engine. Significant re-engineering of this iconic V12 includes a revised block
and new head including the debut of dual variable valve timing, uprated fuel
pump, enlarged throttle bodies, a revised ‘big wing’ intake manifold and fully
machined combustion chambers help the engine to a peak power output of 573 PS
(565 bhp) at 6,750 rpm.
too, the unit has been tuned specifically to deliver greater torque low down
the rev range to make the car feel even more willing and muscular from very low
revs. The result, predictably perhaps, is an improved 0-100 km/h time of 4.1
seconds. The top speed, where legal, is 295 km/h (183 mph).
As is the
modern custom with all Aston Martin sports cars the engine is hand-assembled at
the dedicated Aston Martin engine plant in Cologne, Germany.
Vanquish uses the latest generation of Aston Martin’s class-leading VH
(Vertical Horizontal) architecture, a lightweight bonded aluminium structure
that provides outstanding strength and rigidity. In this iteration, the
Vanquish tub now includes the addition of significant carbon fibre components,
as well as the use of bonding derived directly from the latest aerospace
has been re-engineered to control weight and improve packaging. With 75% new
parts, the depth of re-engineering to achieve major packaging improvements
cannot be overestimated.
have employed the extensive use of advanced materials and processes – some
derived direct from the aerospace industry – to control weight and optimise the
new car’s driving experience.
first time in an Aston Martin, carbon fibre is used to make every external
panel. The race car-inspired technology gives benefits for weight and body
stiffness but, more importantly, has been essential in realising the design of
Vanquish. Two notable components are the door skin and boot lid – neither of
these unbroken surfaces would have been possible without the use of carbon
are no restrictions on form or shape when using carbon fibre,” says Marek
Reichman, Aston Martin’s Design Director, “and the material allowed us to wrap
bodywork around the 20-inch wheels and maintain the precise relationship
between the wheel and the bodywork.”
panel has been carefully sculpted to direct the airflow around the car, into
the engine and to help cool the braking system. The carbon fibre elements are
produced using advanced manufacturing techniques developed from the aerospace
and motorsport industries.
procedure also delivers an exceptional surface finish. The application of a 200
micron layer of epoxy and glass to the panel delivers a class-A surface that is
in line with Aston Martin’s tradition of high-quality finishes. Inside the car,
the weave patterns on the exposed carbon fibre elements have been carefully
selected to present the most harmonious surfaces.
Martin Vanquish: Control
as being light, strong and flexible in its application, the latest generation
VH architecture is also extremely stiff. The new Vanquish
is, in fact, 25% torsionally stiffer than the outgoing DBS making it highly
resistant to flex and allowing for responsive and predictable handling.
This rigid and stiff structure also provides
an ideal foundation from which the suspension can control the vehicle
effectively, further highlighting the importance of the body structure and the
effect it has on the dynamic performance of the car.
Martin’s engineering teams have worked particularly hard to minimise the weight
outside the wheelbase of the new car to reduce yaw inertia. As a result, carbon
fibre has been used extensively in the rear structure and the weight of the
aluminium front structure has been reduced significantly.
chassis structure is a full 13% lighter than that of the DBS – a direct result
of using hollow cast aluminium rather than solid cast aluminium. It has also been
redesigned to allow for a lowering of the engine. Now 19 mm lower within the body, the
repositioned engine improves both the Vanquish’s agility and its handling.
front-mid mounted engine and rear-mid mounted transaxle ensuring a near perfect
weight distribution: 85% of the car’s weight is positioned within its
full advantage of its precise and rigid new architecture, the Vanquish employs
a battery of sophisticated technologies including, for the first time on an
Aston Martin, a motorsport-derived Launch Control system. This works to deliver
the optimum take-off from a standing start – balancing throttle, gearbox and
various traction aids to deliver a perfect ‘launch’.
the move, the Vanquish boasts a plethora of dynamic aids including Dynamic
Stability Control and Positive Torque Control to help harness its fearsome
potential and deliver a rewarding, controlled, refined Grand Tourer experience.
latest iteration of Aston Martin’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS) allows the
driver to switch between three distinct damping modes: Normal, Sport and Track,
delivering instant adjustment of the car’s ride and handling characteristics.
automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the driver has high
levels of control at all times, with the ability to respond quickly to
different driving conditions. The different damping modes available help significantly
broaden the Vanquish’s character, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s mood
and requirements. Thus it can be a cruising GT car in Normal mode with the
capacity to morph into an assertive sports car in Sport and Track modes.
damper settings are determined by an electronic control unit which takes sensor
readings from the car’s systems, including throttle position, brake position,
steering wheel rotation and vehicle speed. This data establishes the prevailing
driving conditions and the demands the driver is making on the car.
is fitted with new generation Pirelli P-Zero tyres that have been developed
especially for the car, along with new 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
braking system features third generation Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM)
brakes to deliver shorter stopping distances with resistance to fade in even
the most demanding driving conditions. CCM brakes are also lighter than a
conventional system, reducing the weight of the car overall and, in particular,
the unsprung weight and rotational masses, further enhancing the performance of
brakes use 398 mm x 36 mm CCM brake discs with larger front brake pads and six-piston
brake callipers from the One-77, while the rear brakes use 360 mm x 32 mm CCM
brake discs with a four-piston calliper.
Martin Vanquish: Quality
Craftsmanship, attention to detail and
ingenious design and engineering techniques combine in the Vanquish to deliver
a GT of exceptional quality.
It takes, for instance, more than 70 hours of
expert handcraftsmanship to build and trim one interior. Seven leather hides are
used in each Vanquish to create the sports car’s luxurious ambience.
The new car also benefits directly from the
experience of creating the One-77 supercar and features new design highlights such
as quilted material as a result. The quilting uses detailing not seen on any
other car and is delivered via a state-of-the-art machine developed specially
for Aston Martin. It produces a finish of rare quality and complexity, with around
one million separate stitches used in each new Vanquish quilted leather interior.
Designers at Aston Martin are renowned for paying attention to every minute
detail on the brand’s sports cars, with numerous examples of this on the
Vanquish. One such case is the removal of the towing eye from in the bumper to
improve aesthetics. Now positioned hidden away in the front grille, this
results in a bumper with less clutter that gives the Vanquish a much cleaner
face. And on US-spec cars, the side markers have also been incorporated into
the head and tail lamps, again removing clutter from the bumper.
and craftsmanship come together in the Vanquish’s new Aero Duct on the deck (boot)
lid. This elegantly devised passive engineering feature is included to counteract
lift at the car’s rear when travelling at speed.
The challenge from CEO Dr Ulrich Bez was to create a part that was
“impossible to make”. This naturally generated some huge headaches for the
design, engineering and manufacturing teams, but the result is a look of
unrivalled beauty, form and function. It takes one person two days to construct
this one-piece carbon fibre moulding, while the Aston Martin paint team created
unique paint guns and polishing tools to be able to finish the decklid to the
same glass-like finish as the rest of the car.
The fact that this part has no joint lines is a true testament to the
ingenuity, dedication and meticulous attention to detail of the car’s designers,
engineers and craftsmen.
Testing is, of course, fundamental to the
quality and longevity of an Aston Martin and the Vanquish has undergone an
exhaustive series of examinations. Digital modelling analysis, bench tests and,
of course, thousands of hours of real-world testing around the globe have
produced the most comprehensively engineered GT ever to leave Gaydon.
For instance the engineering team carried out more than 5,000 km of
durability and high speed testing at the Nardo Ring in northern Italy alone.
The circuit is one giant loop that stretches for 12.5 km (7.8 miles), so is
perfect for high speed testing, allowing the driver to examine the car at high
speed without having to brake for corners. This test puts high levels of stress
on all systems and helps to prove out high speed durability.
Following this, a Vanquish prototype was sent to the Aston Martin test
centre at the Nürburgring for yet more intense limit handling work. The notorious
German track is an ideal place to test and refine the new Vanquish as it is
regarded as the most demanding race circuit in the world. There the new car underwent
more than 10,000 km of testing to prove-out the car’s durability, brakes, DSC
system, tyres and chassis set-up.