In a world of downsized turbocharged engines and clever four-wheel drive systems, the Aston Martin Vanquish stands out as something of a dinosaur. With a front-mounted 5.9-litre V12 powering the rear wheels only, it’s very much an old-school grand tourer.
Yes, a Ferrari F12 may come from a similar recipe, but that has far more power and feels a lot more ‘high-tech’. You could even argue that Aston’s own DB11 looks similar on paper, although on the road there are significant differences in the way the Vanquish drives. With an engine you need to work hard and a firmer ride, it’s a lot more focused than the DB11. Even so, the Vanquish has appeal in spades.
If you do decide that it is the car for you, there are more interior and exterior options than you can shake a brontosaurus bone at. Read on for our comprehensive review with driving impressions, what it’s like inside and even what it’ll cost (spoiler alert, it’s an awful lot).