Although the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was held over a month ago, Aston Martin has only just released this video of the its latest flagship, the reborn Vanquish, being driven on the scenic roads of Northern California.
Like all Aston Martin automobiles, its appearance is shaped along familiar lines, yet the car is easily discernible from the DBS it replaces. With the end of One-77 production, the Vanquish now sits atop the Aston Martin lineup.
Power comes from a reworked 6.0-liter V-12 engine, now rated at 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. That’s sent to the rear wheels only, via a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic gearbox, and (sadly) no manual transmission will be offered. From what we understand, no dual-clutch automatic is in the works, either.
As equipped, the Vanquish will sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 183 miles per hour. In its role as “The Ultimate Super Grand Tourer,” perhaps no other choice of gearbox is really needed; after all, it’s likely that Vanquish buyers who enjoy track days have a dedicated car (or cars) for that purpose.
The Vanquish will debut as a 2014 model in early 2013, priced from $279,995 including both destination charges and the requisite gas-guzzler tax. Look for our driving impressions of the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish next week.