In the beginning of May, we told you that the new Aston Martin was coming, but it would not be called the DBS…
Well, at Villa D’este in late May, Aston Martin who have a penchant for winning concept car prizes, displayed their latest ‘concept car’- project AM 310. The prize they were going for, best concept car, was something they had won in 2010 with One-77 and in 2011 with the Aston Martin Zagato, the Vanquish however was pipped at the post by Alfa Romeo’s stunning 4C concept due out next year.
The AM310, technically a concept was widely known already as the replacement to the DBS, but Aston Martin had decided to re-introduce a name still fresh in everyone’s mind’s, such is the lack of imagination in the Aston name department, the Vanquish.
Car Finders were among the privileged few to view at the car at the factory in Gaydon in the beginning of May, to have a VIP launch, we had a good look around the car, were told some of the figures and details and i can say, on the face of it, I was impressed. I loved the styling on the car, which takes a lot from the beautiful One-77, especially the rear of the car, the stance looked a lot more vanquish than DBS, much meaner, with the dramatic rear arches.
I was also very impressed with the scale of personalisation, on the first cars, the options available will be limited, however the customisation division at Gaydon ‘Q’ can help do almost anything and we understand a full bare carbon fibre car, will not be off bounds. The normal options list will include things like carbon mirrors, full bar carbon roof, carbon air intakes and the colours list will be unlimited. The seating position of the car is very good and it has a lot more luggage space than a DBS, with lessons learnt from the Rapide.
I was disapointed however, with the front spoiler, it comes standard, finished in bare carbon, but it looks a bit aftermarket, almost as if Aston Martin are trying to prevent Mansory from doing the job, my advice would be to finish the front spoiler the same colour as the body.
The performance figures are as you would expect, better than the DBS, but it has the same Aston 6.0L V12 that they have been using for some time now. They have managed to get 565bhp out of the V12 and made it 55kg lighter than the DBS with the Vanquish’s full carbon fibre body.
The car will be priced around £190,000 basic, with a good specification being around the £220,000 and customer cars arriving this December/January, Car Finders have secured a very early VIP slot, so should you wish to be one of the first recipients please contact us.