24 September 2004

Aston Martin is adding a 520bhp S model to its Vanquish range, which becomes the fastest-ever production Aston. To make the most of hefty 60bhp power and 25lb ft torque increases to the 6.0-litre V12, the Vanquish S will also feature revised gearing, stiffer suspension and be distinguished from the standard car (right) by a new grille and front spoiler.

Tweaks including new cylinder heads with bigger inlet ports, revised combustion chambers, remapped engine management and fuel injectors, are said to give the Vanquish S a maximum speed 'in excess of 200mph'.

The 0-62mph time drops 0.2sec to 4.8sec, helped by a shortened final drive ratio that also speeds up in-gear acceleration, for example shaving two seconds off the 50-70mph time in sixth gear to 6.5sec.

'This is not only the fastest Aston Martin ever, but also the best-handling ever,' says CEO Ulrich Bez, 'it is the ultimate high-performance Aston Martin.'

Underpinning the handling improvement is Sports Dynamics suspension with stiffer springs and dampers and shorter steering arms. Revised geometry improves steering response by 20 per cent and takes the ratio down to a super-quick 2.1 turns lock-to-lock.

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