The 2016 Aston Martin Vanquish, a show-stopper coupe or Volante convertible, has a price that can buy decent housing in most zip codes in this country. Only a few people can lay down 300 grand for a car like most of us buy a T-shirt, so this thing better be special. The stunning looks alone can justify the cost; add a 5.9-liter 568-horsepower V12 (enough to handle most traffic), fastidious detailing, superb ride and handling, an impeccably wrought interior that defines “magnificent” and a historic name and heritage, and call the deal even. Possible competition in this rarefied atmosphere is either dead-serious or irrelevant, depending upon one’s viewpoint, but might include the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, Ferrari F12berlinetta -- or a dinner date with Jennifer Lawrence.
The 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish's V12 has been updated to increase power while reducing emissions and improving fuel economy. Also, last year's 6-speed automated manual transmission has been replaced by an 8-speed automatic.