Hot on the heels of the upcoming V8 Vantage, the Vanquish will feature in Aston’s model blitz as a harder, faster V12 model
The new Aston Martin Vanquish will be revealed and go on sale next year, company boss Andy Palmer has confirmed.
Palmer said that it is a car that has been «developed to compete with the Ferrari 812 Superfast«.
His comment confirms Aston Martin’s intention to edge the Vanquish away from traditional luxury rivals such as the Bentley Continental GT and towards sharper performance models such as the 812 Superfast.
Palmer also confirmed that a convertible version, the Vanquish Volante, will follow.
The grand tourer will adopt the turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine used by the DB11 but is set to produce considerably more than the 600bhp offered by that car. The current Vanquish S uses a 6.0-litre V12 unit with 595bhp.
Palmer told Autocar that development of the car, seen testing in the above pictures, is almost complete. He described the new Vanquish as “bloody good”.
He added: “The majority of product investment [for Vanquish] is finished. What’s left is preparation of manufacturing the car rather than preparation of the car itself.
“We are making more prototypes to make sure we’ve got production ready to go.”
Aston Martin engineers have been using a DB11 mule to test the next Vanquish’s underpinnings for several months but, since the start of October, tests at the Nürburgring have included the fitment of new bodywork. This includes a lip spoiler, suggesting the final car’s bodywork will generate significantly more downforce than the DB11.
The Vanquish will use its own version of the DB11’s structure, which will also underpin the next Vantage.
Due to its harder focus, the Vanquish’s underpinnings will be the most aggressive, as illustrated by the spotted development car, which clearly sits lower and corners with less body roll than the DB11.
Palmer has previously emphasised the progress made with the new structure, telling Autocar that the cars it is spawning will help the brand shed «perceptions of old technology, old platforms and the question of whether we can survive as an independent manufacturer».
Before the Vanquish is revealed next year, Aston Martin will focus on the launch of the new Vantage, which will be unveiled later this month.
Also planned is the DBX SUV in 2019, to be built at Aston Martin’s new factory in St Athan, Wales. In addition, there will be two Lagonda models; likely a saloon in 2020, followed by an SUV in 2022.
The new cars will sit beneath the brand’s halo model, the Valkyrie hypercar.
This week, Aston Martin revealed the Vanquish S Ultimate, a swan-song model for the outgoing Vanquish.