Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish Revealed
|   Thursday, June 21, 2012
Having just hit the Internet, the new flagship from Aston Martin bears the name AM 310. We must say farewell to the One-77 supercar and prepare to throw our money on this new beauty (those who have 190,000 British Pounds or 300,000 dollars to spare, that is). Unlike the exclusive One-77 or the Zagato V12, this AM 310 will take on a more mainstream approach. While this may seem a departure from tradition, the company is keen to stress out that this new car is indeed faithful to its principle of evolution, not revolution.


Thus we have the Vanquish name carried out, as well as construction techniques. Naturally, they have been improved upon. The new car gets a ‘Generation 4' version of the highly adaptable VH bonded aluminum monocoque chassis, the one which arrived together with the Aston Martin DB9 in 2003. The V12 engine displacing 6 liters has received a complete overhaul with variable valve timing, new heads, bigger inlet valves and throttle bodies, and new manifolds that boost power and torque. More than that, the Most importantly, the revised engine will respect the upcoming clean-air legislation in the US. The outer panels will be carbon fiber at origin, marking a premiere for Aston Martin.

Translated into numbers, the above looks like this: horsepower count will indicate 565 while torque stays at 457 lb-ft. Power will be send to the rear wheels, a task for which the Touchtronic 2 6 speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is responsible. Acceleration from a standstill to 62 mph will take 4.1 seconds, and top speed will be capped at 183 mph. So far, things are looking very bright.

The use of carbon fiber leads to a high strength-to-weight ratio, at the same time improving torsional rigidity by as much as 25 percent. Needless to say that reduced weight (1739 kg which is 56 kg lighter than the DBS it replaces) will have an effect on fuel consumption.

Miles Nurnberger, Aston's chief exterior designer, says the raised waist shape of the Vanquish's 2+2 body and the extra sculpting will make the car look unique from every other Aston Martin out there. At the same it retains the brand's fundamental image and spirit. Wheelbse stands at 2740 m, the same as the DB9 and DBS.

Going on the inside of the car, we find a few elements that seem to be drawn directly from the One-77, such as the central console. Its design is almost unchanged from what the One-77 has. Previously, the 2+2 configuration was mentioned, but a 2 seating configuration is also available. Supposedly, the in the back we will get more space than the DBS: about 13 cubic feet of space, up by 60 percent.

The pricing has already been announced and it is a lot cheaper than the 1.2 million pounds you would have to spend on a One-77. The first cars will arrive sometime late this year in Europe with the US most likely following next year. And it seems reasonable that a Volante version will be launched in the future too. Looking forward to it.
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