Aggressive, but delectable: First pictures of the new Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin Vanquish 2013The wait is over for Aston to reveal its latest flagship supercar, previously known as Project AM310 and recently spotted without its pre-release camouflage, as pre-orders are now being taken for the stunning new Vanquish.

It has been built around the company’s new VH Gen4 aluminum platform, and for the first time has a body made solely from carbon fiber. This has resulted in a 30-percent stiffer body than the car it replaces at the top of the range, the DBS.

At the business end sits a 6-liter V12 engine, developing 565 horsepower and 457 pounds-feet of torque, which has been treated to several updated components, including dual variable valve timing, larger throttle bodies and new air boxes. Keeping your foot to the floor will see the Vanquish reach 183 miles-per-hour, with 0-60 disappearing in 4.1 seconds.

Other goodies include adaptive suspension, launch control and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Describing the car’s design, Aston’s Mark Reichman told CAR Magazine said “it’s about the message of power, but in a restrained way,” although from where we’re standing, there’s nothing very restrained about the deep, carbon front spitter, the 20-inch rims, or that elongated slash cut down the side. Take a look at the rear too, where you can spot the boomerang LED lights inspired by the limited edition Aston Martin One-77.

Aston Martin Vanquish Rear 2013

Inside, Aston has worked with Garmin on the navigation system, Bang & Olufsen on the 1000-watt audio system, and introduced a series of glass, touch sensitive controls with haptic feedback.

It’ll be available as a standard two-seater, or if you have small children or vertically challenged friends, a 2+2 version too. Aston has increased the trunk space by 60% to 368-liters, which is more than a VW Golf. Who said supercars aren’t practical?

The price though, isn’t quite as reasonable as a Golf, and if you’re about to add your name to the waiting list, you’ll need £189,995/$298,000 sitting in the bank. Deliveries could begin around the end of this year, and a convertible Volante version will follow in 2013.

Aston Martin has put together a short video on the new Vanquish, for which you’ll need to turn up the volume on your speakers and prepare to have a little “moment” while viewing, as the majority of the audio is of that glorious V12. Not screaming down the road, just gently flexing its muscles, and it sounds absolutely wonderful.

Time to do the lottery, perhaps?

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