Aston Martin

Ned Jasper | 2017 Vanquish S – The last proper Aston Martin?

The greatest noise from Aston Martin this year has, understandably, been all about the new DB11. Does it mean time is up for the naturally aspirated V12 creations? Ned Jasper takes a look at the latest Vanquish S.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S

Now, I don’t usually tend to comment on a car manufacturers yearly model alterations. The changes from the previous year are minor and, for the most part, insignificant. For me to write about a new brake light cluster or centre console alterations is, to say the least, boring. You’d probably enjoy reading about them as much as a vegetarian enjoys a bacon sandwich. But, when Aston Martin announced they were adding the Vanquish S to their range next year, I just had to do something.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S

This is it. At a glance it looks much the same as a ‘normal’ Vanquish. That is, effortlessly pretty. Somehow, Aston manages to do something to its cars – something indescribably special. (The fact that you’re reading this means we probably share the same passion, and that you completely understand what I mean. It’s like Aston sprinkles a little bit of magic in with every car that leaves the production line. The bodywork manages to catch the light in ways that you never thought were possible. The paint’s so deep, and so rich, you could almost waste an afternoon getting lost in the colour. Then there’s the noise, a deep, baritone, soulful howl that couldn’t be more Aston if it tried. All of this is true for a normal Vanquish, so what about the ‘S’?


Editorial – Feeding the troll

Has our world truly become one where sensationalism, and the condoning of criminal behaviour, passes as news? Does it say more about those writing it, or those who read it? ESM’s editor discusses.Some keys, yesterdayI didn’t particularly want to write this article as, at some level, it plays entirely into the hands of the person responsible for its inspiration. I’m sorry. However, the context to it is fairly simple to explain. In a recent piece, The Herald journalist Catriona Stewart proffers the following statement:

‘I often feel like keying swanky cars. I particularly feel like keying high-performance cars’

This is in response to the recent event of an Aston Martin being keyed outside a Tesco in Hackney. Stewart believes the man responsible, Gary Brissett, deserves a medal – not a prison sentence – for the admitted act of criminal damage that caused thousands of pounds worth of destruction. Her justification being that it’s societies fault for people owning a car worth more than a house, and that all those who drive fast cars do so aggressively and antisocially. As such, it’s karma.

The last time I checked we still lived in a modern, capitalist, democratic country that allowed people to earn and spend money as they wished. In addition, that all performance car owners drive with little regard for anyone else, is a horrible stereotyped generalisation. It’s almost as bad as the implication that only men drive performance cars. Spoiler alert Catriona – this is 2015. Women own fast cars too.

At its core, this terrible article suggests two things. Firstly, that our media attention span has sunk to a level shorter than an X-Factor contestants career, and secondly that our respect for the property of others is at some kind of sub-human level. (more…)

Geneva 2015 news and photos – Aston Martin Vulcan

At the moment, there’s a sense of ‘opening all your presents before Christmas Day’ about the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. We’ve already had the Ferrari 488 GTB, Volkswagen has shown off the new Touran, and now Aston Martin gives us the Vulcan. At this rate there’ll be no surprises left.

015 Aston Martin Vulcan_01The phrase ‘track-only supercar’ is certainly becoming a trend in the automotive industry. Take a normal, already hugely fast and powerful supercar, strip out all the road legal-ness, bolt a spoiler to the rear, and then charge a load of money for it. For an added bonus, be sure to include special, exclusive, track-day events for the few fortunate enough to buy one. Oh, and make them part of a ‘development programme’ so they feel important. (more…)

Geneva 2015 – Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

Ignore the fact the basic car first went on sale almost a decade ago Instead, look at the mental riot of a beautiful road car married to genuine race car inspired enhancements, with performance to match.

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3_001It might seem a cheap shot poking fun at the age of the Aston Martin Vantage, but there’s no escaping the ‘heritage’ of the VH platform. What this does mean is Aston, and their hugely successful GT racing project, have amassed knowledge on how to make the most extreme version of the V12 Vantage to date.

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3_003Ignore the striking – clearly ESM inspired – orange spoilers and splitters for a moment. Underneath the chiefly carbon fibre bodywork is a version of the glorious 5.9 litre V12 engine producing almost 600 bhp, with 460 lb-ft of torque. Befitting the GT3’s motorsport pedigree is a saving of 100 kgs, dropping the kerb weight to 1,565 kgs. As a result, the performance is impressive – 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and a predicted top speed of 185 mph. Whilst the latter figure may not seem so amazing, the GT3 will be producing substantial downforce from the aerodynamic appendages at that speed. A seven-speed automated manual – read paddle shift – gearbox feeds the rear wheels, using a special magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre prop shafts.

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3_004

Because race car.

Contributing to the GT3’s diet is the extensive use of carbon fibre, with the lightweight material used for the widened front wings, bonnet and door casings. A carbon fibre roof is on the options list (tick it), along with polycarbonate rear windows should you really want to up the race car ante. Naturally, the prominent rear spoiler, diffuser and extended front splitter are all made from carbon fibre, with titanium used for the exhaust system. (more…)

Friday Photo – Q by Aston Martin at Pebble Beach

Following on from McLaren’s two Special Operations offerings for the Pebble Beach Automotive Week , Aston Martin has gone further by planning to show off four bespoke cars in California. Like we said earlier in the week, if you’re a British manufacturer custom is seemingly the way to go at the minute.

2014 Q Aston Martin Vanquish 000

Commissioned with the help of the Galpin Aston Martin dealership, the four models are meant to showcase the possibilities available through Q – Aston’s bespoke personalisation service.

Q by Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

It’s orange – Abor Orange in fact – a new colour exclusively for the Q range. EngageSportMode approves of its hue. The carbon fibre twill used is also twice the normal size, making the weave look more apparent than normal. There’s also a rather cool ‘Helix’ design printed onto the leather covering the headlining and door cards.

Q by Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

2014 Q Aston Martin Vanquish Volante 001