Unveiled in 2000 as Aston Martin’s flagship vehicle, the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was based on an earlier project known as ‘Project Vantage’. The V12 Vanquish was initially met with mixed reviews by press and dealers, with criticism mainly aimed at there being no option for a manual gearbox.
Instead the Aston Martin Vanquish was only available with a 6 speed clutchless sequential manual transmission.
Aston did address these criticism’s toward the end of the Vanquish’s run by releasing the Vanquish Ultimate Edition, which saw the V12’s paddle shift gear box replaced by a manual along with having an upgraded, bespoke interior.
2005 saw the release of the Vanquish S, which had originally debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The S model came with uprated power, with Aston’s 5.9-litre (5935cc) V12 lump now pushing out 520 horsepower and capable of reaching 62mph in a little over four seconds before going on to a top speed claimed to be 200mph. The Aston Martin Vanquish S also included, as standard, the Sports Dynamic Pack, an optional extra on previous models. This pack contained sportier suspension, brakes and steering, adding more credibility to the somewhat heavy Vanquish.
Despite rumours and the release of 2 Vanquish based concepts (the Zagato 2 seater roadster and the Bertone Jet2, both shown at 2004’s Geneva Motor Show), Aston never built a Vanquish roadster in answer to competition from the likes of Ferrari’s 550 Barchetta. Instead those interested in buying a convertible Aston Martin are catered for with the V8 Vantage Roadster and the DB9 Volante.
In 2012 the Vanquish named was brought back for Aston Martin’s volume-car flagship and successor to the DBS. It produces around 565bhp from its 5.9-litre V12.