KBB Editors' Overview
By Micah Muzio
- Updated Date: 2/17/2014
Here's some KBB buying advice: If you're going to spend nearly $300,000 on a car, make sure it's something special. With a 565-horsepower V12, advanced carbon-fiber construction and intensely seductive body lines, the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish is undeniably special. Offered as a coupe and a convertible (that's "Volante" in Aston-speak) the Vanquish is an elite grand tourer built more for pleasurable motoring than pure performance, though it's certainly no slouch when the mood strikes. Similarly lofty competitors include the Bentley Continental GT Speed, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT. Cars this grand might seem excessive, but for one-percenters who relish stellar craftsmanship, timeless style and reserved, confident class, it's hard to imagine a finer automotive match than the Aston Martin Vanquish.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you appreciate a British approach to affluence with an emphasis on class over flash, the Aston Martin Vanquish might be the car for you.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While clearly quick, the 2014 Vanquish is not the ultimate expression of performance. Consider the following – for the price of a single Vanquish you could instead buy a Nissan GT-R AND a Porsche 911 Turbo S, both cars capable of sub-3-second 0-60 sprints. Just saying...
What's New for 2014
New for 2014 is the addition of the Vanquish Volante convertible model.
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.
For high rigidity, low weight and general performance-car credibility, it's hard to top carbon fiber. Making the Vanquish's entire body out of the stuff was a bold move. Leaving key areas unpainted to show off the wonder material was a no-brainer.
BANG & OLUFSEN AUDIO SYSTEM
I could try to convey in words the glorious sounds produced by this 1000-watt, 13-speaker system but suffice it say, it revealed details previously unnoticed in tracks I love. Listen and you too will believe.
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