2018 Aston Martin Vanquish: Ferrari 812 Superfast rival spotted testing in UK
Hot on the heels of the upcoming V8 Vantage, the Vanquish will feature in Aston’s model blitz as a harder, faster V12 model
Aston Martin’s engineers were quick to take advantage of Britain’s recent snowy weather to test their upcoming supercar in cold climates. The new V12 model, due to go on sale in September, is being developed to edge away from its forebear’s traditional luxury rivals such as the Bentley Continental GT and towards sharper performance models like Ferrari’s 789bhp 812.
Company boss Andy Palmer recently stated his intentions for this harder Vanquish to Autocar alongside confirmation that a convertible version, the Vanquish Volante, will follow.
Both versions of the next-generaion grand tourer will adopt the turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine used by the DB11 but is set to produce considerably more than the 600bhp offered by that car. The current Vanquish S uses a 6.0-litre V12 unit with 595bhp.
Palmer told Autocar that development of the car, seen testing in the above pictures, is almost complete. He described the new Vanquish as “bloody good”.
He added: “The majority of product investment [for Vanquish] is finished. What’s left is preparation of manufacturing the car rather than preparation of the car itself.
“We are making more prototypes to make sure we’ve got production ready to go.”
Aston Martin engineers have been using a DB11 mule to test the next Vanquish’s underpinnings for several months but, since the start of October, tests began at the Nürburgring with a car wearing new bodywork. This includes a lip spoiler, suggesting the final car’s bodywork will generate significantly more downforce than the DB11.
Due to its harder focus, the Vanquish’s underpinnings will be the most aggressive, as illustrated by the spotted development cars, which clearly sit lower and corner with less body roll than the DB11.
Palmer has previously emphasised the progress made with the new structure, telling Autocar that the cars it is spawning will help the brand shed “perceptions of old technology, old platforms and the question of whether we can survive as an independent manufacturer”.
As part of its product offensive, Aston Martin will also launch the DBX SUV in 2019, to be built at Aston Martin’s new factory in St Athan, Wales. In addition, there will be two Lagonda models; likely a saloon in 2020, followed by an SUV in 2022.
The new cars will sit beneath the brand’s halo model, the Valkyrie hypercar.
Source: Autocar Online