Aston Martin will improve its £163,000 flagship model with a power hike and new interior later this year. The revamp will freshen the 2+2 and stimulate interest in the Vanquish in the wake of the excellent new DB9.
Aston is targeting a power hike of 10 per cent for the 460bhp 5.9-litre V12 – taking peak power to around 510bhp, possibly enough to drag the 0-60mph time down to 4.0sec and nudge the top speed beyond 200mph. The original Autocar road test back in 2001 rated the Vanquish’s top speed at 196mph.
‘It’s no good doing something like a three per cent hike, it has to be a more substantial increase,’ said Aston boss Uli Bez.
Aston is also going to uprate the braking system and add chassis improvements to boost the handling dynamics.Dealers have already approached customers around the UK to assess the likely demand for an improved Vanquish and have mentioned a power hike to ‘between 510 and 530bhp’.
Aston tested the feasibility of fitting the DB9’s centre console into the Vanquish with the Bertone Jet 2 concept (pictured right) shown at Geneva last week. It fitted beautifully and is a marked improvement on the current Vanquish’s pared-down fascia, created in an era when cash was much tighter.