Given its looks, it's easy to imagine guiding the Aston Martin Vanquish along some meandering ocean view road, sensing the tarmac through the steering wheel, and enjoying the forces that...
... press you into the side bolsters. Yeah, it does that stuff really well, but the Vanquish really impressed us with its day-to-day livability, where it moves with a relaxed ease perfectly befitting its "grand touring" mission statement. It's also powerful, which has benefits on magical mountain roads as well as in the real world. Is that a van
veering into your lane? No worries, just nudge the throttle and the Vanquish launches to safety, all the while belting out wonderful sounds from its 565-horsepower V12. If there's a shortcoming in the grand Aston's powertrain equation it's the clutch-pedal-free 6-speed automated manual transmission, which changes gears less gracefully than a modern dual-clutch or a traditional automatic.