28 March 2013

The new Aston Martin Vanquish is a real delight, but how does it fare against the brutal original. Has time been kind to the old car? Can its charms compete with the brillance of the new car? Steve Sutcliffe finds out.

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28 March 2013

Nice vid,but i prefer certain aspects of the older car,the old car from the front has more character, an old fashioned statement i know,yes, there's been refining of the looks,but maybe a bit to Digital if you know what i mean,kind of clinical, the interior is light years ahead of the older car, but, you'd expect that,power isn't an issue,both handle as you would expect from £100K+ cars is looks great,but, if i could,would i have one?.....eh,no, but that's another story.

Peter Cavellini.

28 March 2013

Good vid but I think we do AM a dis-service drifting..these are GT cars with the ability to cover ground quickly and effortlessly. They aren't proper supercar quick despite costing Ferrari FF money.

29 March 2013

I used to love the old Vanquish, but tbh compared to the new one its looking like a bit of an old dog. I don't think its aged well at all, especially the cabin. The new one does look amazing and on looks alone it would have to be considered against the Ferrari.

30 March 2013

No, Steve should drift it, because any remotely sporty car for this money should be dynamically resolved. And he didn't drift the old dinosour, probably for a reason.

And it wasn't even a dirty drift really, it was a turn taken in elegant oversteer without excessive amounts of angle, looked very, very good. I always see small loose edges on Steve's drifting - oops, oversteering, but this was perfection, fluid and controlled. This vid lifted AMs dynamic standing a lot here.

Now since this is a GT car, a comment concerning comfort would have been appreciated though, but it looks just fine...

31 March 2013

Stupid, stupid, stupid gearbox on the original. Sadly, the rest of the car was also as unreliable as can possibly be for a modern car. But absolutely stunning to look at, epic to listen to, and wonderful to be in.  

New one much better sorted and has good elements from the One-77.


Now the DBS is half the price of the new Vanquish, which is quite manly and sorted mechanically (so it would appear).  Now, that would be my choice. 


31 March 2013

You may remember the unfortunate Top Gear producer who had an accident on Park Lane in a Ferrari. Well if the gods had been against me, there could have been another tale of 'tv producer smashes supercar' that you would have woken up to ten years ago.

I was working for a show on the other side and not more than five minutes aft picking the Vanquish up from Newport Pagnall, I was heading sideways towards a hedge just outside the town. Needless to say, my passenger and I took stock of the situation, took five to calm down, said nothing, waited for the shakes to disappear before we headed off again.

those next few days were a mixture of love and frustration. Cruising was a dream, a few twists were thrilling but by old that gear shift was an absolute dog. Finding reverse was a nightmare, hill starts in traffic were nail biting and for someone of 6'4" in stature the cabin and seats were cramped and uncomfortable. 

That said, having that amount of power under the right foot was mind blowingly mental and there's not many people can say they had a few days with an AM. I was in ownership of it as the Bond franchise declared they would be returning to AM's after the BMW years for Goldeneye so you can imagine the looks I got cruising back through London on the way home to the roller shuttered former bakery residence I was renting in Brixton at the time.

the best thing was, after three days blasting around Hertfordshire and the Midlands, the programme bosses didn't like the director's vision for the film so poor old me had to get back in that cramped cabin and head out to mid Wales for a few more days dancing with the extremities of my driving capabilities.

There was another incident, more extreme than the first but I won't go into that.

6 April 2013

The new Vanquish is in my view the best Aston ever ....period.

Yes it doesn't have the 8 speed  double clutch box and even the garmin infotainment centre is inferior to an upper end Nissan but this car is beautiful in the flesh and the tech is all there from the all carbon fibre panels to the supreme handling and the feisty new V12 which delivers the best sounding sonics of any production car to date. Oh and the B and O sound system is as good as you can get in terms of in car hi fi.

I totally disagree with Peter Cavellini who seems to diss Aston on every review he does - has this guy ever owned or ever driven one?? Surprised he hasn't lauded Ferrari as usual over Aston in his review LoL

Anyway the bottom line is this British GT is a truly superb piece of engineering art and I suspect will become a classic Aston

Biased ?  You bet ... I actually own one of these hand built beautys - have had it for a week and it is ..just ...BRILL and a real head turner - it is a better looking car than the F12 Berlinetta and that is some achievement

It is fast as *** and handles superbly, The interior is Aston at its best - in other words unsurpassable.

As for comfort - limousine like in normal handling ( you have three adaptive damper settings - normal, sport and track) and you can set the throttle and gearbox to Sport independently of the damper setting, which means you get all the sonics, rapid throttle and a ride quality akin to an Merc saloon

The final thing I should mention is that they hand build this beauty with your peronalisation as far as you want to go - mine is the heritage Pentland Green which is a sort of metallic British Racing Green with a Winter Wheat interior - it's stunning and is going to feature in the new Q brochure 

Viva Aston Martin !!





8 April 2013

Sad to see the old Vanquish looking this dated. The exterior is still OK I guess, but nowhere near as pretty as the new car. The inside? Well, you don't need reminding how dated that looked. Yes it's a twelve year old car now, but it looked every bit as old as that, perhaps more. I feel the contemporary Ferrari 550/570M Maranello has aged a lot better. It's cheaper to buy now too. Pistonheads show 550's between £36k-70k. Vanquishes range from £45k-£100k.  If I was looking at both cars then I'd go with the Ferrari. Also, when are we going to see a new Vanquish S model, if at all? The Ferrari F12's powertrain seems much more potent and spectacular than the one in the Vanquish, plus it can still do the GT thing if needs be - although perhaps not ultimately as well. There's no doubting this new Aston looks and sounds good, goes well enough, but somehow doesn't seem as thrilling as the Ferrari - from what I've read, at least.

12 April 2013

Surprised to say I really rather like the new Vanquish, and I say that as someone who has terrible trouble with the 'all look the same' thing. 


But dear me, I hope that current interiors don't age like the old ones.  And that is nothing compared to the DB7.  Autocar describes the car as 'breathtakingly beautiful' (which I really can't see) but please don't look inside unless you have to...



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