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Aston Martin reveals the AM310 Vanquish

More power, stunning looks, what's not to like?...

The car you see above must have the most photographed test car in the history of spy shots. Every week we saw a new set of images of a mystery Aston Martin wearing random body panels, bits of plastic and swirly patterned vinyl graphics.

Well after a very long wait, Aston Martin has finally revealed the production version of the DBS successor - the AM 310 Vanquish.

Sitting at the top of the famous British marque's sports car range (One-77 notwithstanding as it is now sold out), the AM 310 Vanquish features next generation of their long serving VH architecture. As a change from the DBS, the Vanquish’s body panels are made from carbon fibre which improves body shell torsional rigidity by more than 25 percent.

Aston Martin have also significantly upgraded the 6.0 litre V12 engine so that it now produces 565 bhp and 457 lb/ft of torque via a Touchtronic 2 6-speed automatic gearbox. 0-62 mph arrives in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 183 mph. We hope that the carbon body panels mean that the weight of the Vanquish has been improved over the DBS as well, though AM didn’t provide this info.

Power is all very well and good, but the one area where Aston Martins have always stodd head and shoulders above the competition is design. The current V8 Vantage/Virage/Rapide range is arguably the most beautiful range of cars for many decades, so the new Vanquish had to be something special. Still looking very much the part of the current family, the Vanquish uses Virage style headlights to flank the familiar Aston grille, below which sits a controversial carbon fibre splitter and front bumper. It’s certainly a striking design, though one that we aren’t yet fully convinced by.

You can take a detailed look at the Vanquish in Aston Martin's press video below. What we love is that for the majority of the film, they don't bother with music, you just get the incredible sound of the V12 as a background. Delicious.

The sides get One-77 influenced extended side strakes and the rear wheelarches are a nod to the original Vanquish with their bold creases and raised profile. The rear gets the most radical departure for Aston Martin though, with an ‘Aero Duct’ spoiler incorporated into the bootlid and boomerang LED rear lights much like the One-77. A carbon fiber diffuser sits below, while there is the option for the carbon fibre roof panel to be lacquered instead of painted.

The interior of the Vanquish again takes design influence from the One-77 with a new angled centre console that sweeps backward. It certainly looks a lot more modern that that in the current Virage et al.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said, "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 Soul."

Available as a 2+2 or 2+0 where small storage areas replace the rear seats, the AM 310 Vanquish is priced from £189,995. First deliveries are planned to begin in the UK and Continental Europe in late 2012.

Images and video courtesy of Aston Martin

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more