Aston Martin Unveils AM 310 Vanquish, Successor to the DBS

On Tuesday, Aston Martin released images and details of the AM 310 Vanquish, a V-12-powered supercar to sit atop the company’s range when it goes on sale next year at a projected price of $280,000.

The release of the Vanquish is neatly timed to coincide with the automaker’s centenary. The car was previewed as a barely disguised concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza last month.

Available in two-passenger or 2+2 format, the car rides on what Aston refers to as the next generation of its VH platform. Like the extremely rare, expensive and discontinued One-77 limited-edition coupe, the Vanquish incorporates a significant amount of carbon fiber in its body panels and tub. Aston Martin claimed in a media release that torsional rigidity was improved by more than 25 percent, thanks to lessons learned from developing the One-77.

The shape falls squarely within the Aston family of coupes, which also includes the Virage, Vantage and DB9, though the profile is leaner and sharper than those designs. LEDs feature prominently in the headlights and taillights.

Under the hood is the automaker’s standby six-liter V-12 engine, rated here at 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque peaking at 6,750 r.p.m. and 5,500 r.p.m., respectively. The One-77 notwithstanding, the new Vanquish is the most powerful series-production car built by Aston Martin, the brand said. Even so, a projected zero-to-62-m.p.h. run in 4.1 seconds is surpassed by any number of desirable European coupes at less than half the price.

Power to the 3,613-pound Vanquish is delivered to the rear wheels and managed through a six-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission. In a James-Bond-like plot twist, Aston said emissions and fuel economy were improved, but no numbers were divulged.

Among the utilitarian considerations made by Aston’s engineers, the trunk’s capacity has been increased 60 percent compared to the DBS. The center console borrows heavily from that of the One-77, retaining its gear-selector buttons but adding a more refined, user-friendly version of Skyships, the brand’s infotainment system. Full leather, an Alcantara headliner, polished black surfaces and a 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system further reinforce Aston’s flagship language.

Presumably, Aston’s engineers will have paid particular attention to the air vents on the new Vanquish. Production of the previous car to carry the Vanquish name, built from 2001 to 2007, was delayed several months because Ulrich Bez, the company’s chief executive, did not care for the air vents, which according to Automobile magazine came from a Ford Ka. Aston, now owned by a consortium of primarily British and Kuwaiti interests, was owned at the time by Ford.