The year 2000 witnessed the end of an era for Aston Martin, as the last of the V8 models rumbled out of the Newport Pagnell works. In their place comes the company's most ambitious car yet, the V12 Vanquish. Derived from the Project Vantage concept car designed by DB7 stylist Ian Callum, the Vanquish combines classic styling with the latest in car design technology.
The Vanquish will use a tuned version of the same V12 built by Cosworth for the DB7 Vantage and is expected to deliver between 450 - 470bhp and be able to reach a top speed of 190mph. The body is constructed around an alloy "tub" and uses carbon fibre and aluminium in its body structure. Standard equipment will included a paddle-shift manual gearbox with full automatic mode.
No price or launch date has been set by Aston yet, around 300 cars will be built in Newport Pagnell every year with around a third of those cars going to the USA.