We haven’t seen the next-generation Aston Martin Vanquish on the roads too often, but these latest spy shots make up for that. This thinly disguised Vanquish was caught resting while undergoing cold weather testing in northern Finland, where the temperature was said to be bracing -26ºC. That didn’t stop the photographer from getting up close for the clearest look we’ve had so far, which shows us that there are still quite a few concealed elements on the car that wouldn’t necessarily be spotted with just a quick glance on the move.
The tail lights are still at least partially disguised, though we suspect they will resemble the single thin strip seen on the new Vantage. There are also panels and tape blocking details of the Vanquish’s front spoiler, not to mention additional square panels disguising the air intakes on the bonnet. Still, we get a decent impression of what the new Vanquish will look like, and it looks good.
We also know that performance should be brisk. In fact, the new Vanquish could be one of the quickest ever road cars from the venerable car maker, with Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer saying it’s designed to compete with the Ferrari 812 Superfast. For the record, that car has 789bhp and can hit 221mph – quite a benchmark for Aston Martin to reach with the new Vanquish. Still, if Andy says the Vanquish is going to be 'bloody good' then who are we not to believe him?
So we can expect the range-topping GT to deliver 650 to 700bhp at the very least, using a version of the 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 currently found in the DB11. Aerodynamic changes from the current Vanquish should help with managing the extra speed, as will the car’s underpinnings which stem from DB11’s platform.
The new Vanquish should be revealed at some point in 2018, with sales beginning in 2019.