One sure-fire way of telling whether a new car is any good is by judging how well it has moved to cover its predecessors’ shortcomings. By this measure, the new Aston Martin Vanquish is a terrific piece of work.

Without chucking out any of the marque’s best bits, or blurring any of its distinguishing features, Aston Martin has produced a new model which deals firmly with the “issues” that always emerge as a new car moves through its life - dealing with new pedestrian protection law, finding a clean exhaust solution for the venerable V12 (via variable valve timing), progressing the bonded aluminium monocoque chassis Astons started using 10 years ago, and expressing Aston’s well-known styling features with new emphasis so as to give the car a fresh look and stance. 

This last achievement banishes, at least for now, the too-frequent comment made about the DB9, DBS and Vantage, that they look so similar on the road that it’s hard to tell them apart.