Now that the Aston Martin One-77 supercar has ended production, the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish claims the spot atop the brand’s product line. While the new Vanquish, which revives an iconic name from Aston Martin’s past, is a fast and capable car, its purpose isn’t lapping a track in the lowest elapsed time.
Instead, Jay Leno describes the Vanquish as “the classic example of what a grand touring car should be.” While it’s quite capable of turning high-speed laps, it doesn’t punish its occupants on the way to and from the track, which gives the Aston Martin a “Jack of all trades” appeal that other range-topping sports cars may lack.
Under the Aston’s shapely carbon fiber hood lurks a normally-aspirated 6.0-liter V-12, rated at 565 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The sole gearbox offering is a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic, and critics are quick to point out that this transmission lacks the number of clutches or gears necessary to make it cutting-edge.
Nonetheless, the Vanquish is still capable of dashing from 0-60 mph in just over four seconds, on its way to a top speed of 183 mph. While it may not be the quickest or fastest sports coupe on the road, the Vanquish remains, by anyone’s standards, an exceptionally fast automobile.
Leno praises the Vanquish for its club-room interior quality (though its back seat is, as we also point out, little more than a parcel shelf), its usable trunk space and its glorious exhaust note that manages to hit “just the right pitch.”
The comedian even goes so far as to call the Vanquish a “beautiful piece of kinetic sculpture,” a compliment to its designer, Marek Reichman. While it may not excel in any given area, it’s pretty clear that Leno is smitten with the complete package.