Aston Martin Vanquish
|Aston Martin V12 Vanquish|
|Production|| 2001 - 2007|
S: 2004 - 2007
|Class||Grand Touring Supercar|
|Body Style||2-door, 2 or 2+2 seat Front Engined Coupe|
|Length||184 in (4666 mm)|
|Width||76 in (1923 mm)|
|Height||52 in (1318 mm)|
|Wheelbase||106 in (2690 mm)|
|Weight||4045 lb (1835 kg)|
|Transmission||6-speed paddle shift semi-automatic, RWD|
|Engine||5.9 litre (5935 cc) 60° V12 engine|
|Power|| 460 hp @ 6,800 rpm, 400 lb-ft of torque|
S: 520 hp @ 7000 rpm, 426 lb-ft of torque
|Similar||Ferrari 575M Maranello|
The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is a supercar manufactured by Aston Martin since 2001. It rose to fame after being featured as the official James Bond car in Die Another Day, the twentieth James Bond film. In the film, the Vanquish has the usual Bond film embellishments, including active camouflage which rendered the vehicle virtually invisible.
The Vanquish is powered by a 5.9 L (5935 cc) 48-valve 60° V12 engine, which produces 460 PS (343 kW 454 bhp) and 542 N·m (400 ft·lbf) of torque. It is controlled by a fly-by-wire throttle and a 6 speed 'paddle shift' or semi-automatic transmission. A special V12 Vanquish S debuted at the 2004 Paris Auto Show with the power upped to 521 PS (388 kW 514 bhp) and 577 N·m (426 ft·lbf).
The Vanquish's V12 engine shares some components and design elements with the 3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 from parent-company Ford. It even shares the same bore and stroke dimensions. For this reason, many people incorrectly dismiss the Aston Martin V12 as merely "two Duratecs linked together."
The V12 engine in the Vanquish was designed at Ford Research in the USA. Cosworth Technologies was originally contracted to manufacture the engine, but had no involvement with the design. Previous articles which correctly recount this engine's development have appeared in Automotive Industries magazine.
It is correct that the AM V12 shares components with the 3.0L 'Duratec' V-6 engine used in the Ford Taurus, but it is not possible to simply put two V-6's together to make a V12. The bank offset for a V12 is equal to one rod bearing width, whereas the bank offset for a 60-degree V-6 is significantly longer than one rod bearing width, thus it is necessary to design a V12 as a totally new engine.
The Vanquish S features larger 378 mm (15 in) front and 330 mm (13 in) rear brake rotors.
- Coefficient of drag: 0.31
- Front track: 1524 mm (60 in)
- Rear track: 1529 mm (60 in)
|Vanquish||460 PS (343 kW 454 bhp)||5.0 s||190 mph (306 km/h)|
|Vanquish S||521 PS (383 kW 514 bhp)||4.8 s||200 mph (322 km/h)|
V12 Vanquish Safety
The 2005 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, a carryover of the 2004 model, is a 2-door luxury sports car, and is available as a Coupe. Every Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is individually built by hand. The design team spent many hours in the wind tunnel honing the car’s profile to ensure stability throughout its speed range and adequate airflow for power and cooling; utilizing a complementary aerodynamic ‘splitter’ at the front which helps improve high- speed stability. The specially developed braided carbon fiber used for the ‘A’ posts and the engine bay cross brace result in an immensely strong yet light structure capable of withstanding the force of a crash or rollover. The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is dynamically safe providing incredibly fast stopping power. The front and rear discs are mounted on a patented floating mechanism to maintain pedal feel for very heavy braking. The antilock brake system re-balances front and rear braking forces depending on the load.
The Vanquish has drawn criticism for a number of weaknesses in its design. In particular, some interior materials have been cited as unfit for a car of this price and prestige. Much of the aluminum trim is actually plastic and several of the instruments are visibly related to items from less exotic Ford Motor Company products. Additional concerns of owners and testers include the weight and apparent cooling system deficiencies of the car. Despite Aston's materials innovations that include epoxy bonding and composite structural members, the Vanquish is a heavy car. It weighs well over two tons with driver and fuel. Even by the standards of this premium supercar class, in which weight continues to escalate, the Vanquish is a very heavy car. The car's sporting aspirations are drawn into question by this excess weight and a cooling system that reportedly fails to support sustained track activity in warm weather. Prior to the release of the Vanquish S, there had been critics who felt the Vanquish was not adequately differentiated from the DB9, a $160,000 Aston that featured less weight, less damage to the consumer's wallet, virtually the same engine, and similar power. The main criticism has been the paddle-shift gearbox's ability to operate smoothly and correctly.
In popular culture
- The 2005 song Don't Cha by Pussycat Dolls features Busta Rhymes rapping about the Aston Martin Vanquish on the third verse of the song.
- The Transformers: Energon character "Hot Shot" transforms into a Vanquish (slightly modified for legal and play purposes).
"The last of the old-school Astons, built by men with body odour and hammers. And it shows. It costs more than other Astons yet is no quicker: its paddle shift gearbox is hilariously bad and its interior looks glued together from the Ford parts bin. It's like opting for a rusty saw with leeches in the age of laser-guided brain surgery. Who is Aston kidding?" Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear
"What a great gearbox. What a wonderful action. Well done whoever thought about this. WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH A MANUAL? WHY DO WE HAVE TO HAVE THIS?" Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear
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