Aston Martin has always occupied a unique position in the pantheon of high-performance cars. Usually not the absolute fastest cars available, Aston’s combined effortless performance with bespoke style and comfort for a singular experience that made them unique from the Germans and other British brands. It’s no wonder Aston Martin has been associated with suave British secret agent James Bond for nearly five decades. Channeling the gentlemanly silver-screen mystique of Bond, Justin Bell takes a closer look at Aston’s newest supercar.
In this episode of “World’s Fastest Car Show,” Bell dissects the Vanquish’s aggressive styling, from the curves of the fenders, to the LED accents, and the stylish, yet functional carbon fiber exterior accents. Moving on to the interior, Bell quotes Aston Martin’s interior design philosophy by saying, “modern technology and performance can co-exist perfectly with the best in bespoke craftsmanship.” He then demonstrates the Vanquish’s unique center-mounted key fob receiver, which fires up the 565 hp, 457 lb-ft V-12, which he demonstrates at the Southern California La Mirage Salt Flats by getting the Vanquish up to an indicated 150 mph.
But the test of any true sports car is not only straight-line performance, but how it handles the corners. Bell takes the Vanquish to the track, where it lives up to its reputation as a gentleman’s tourer, surging out of the corners fluidly but forcefully. If you want to put a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish in your garage, it’s yours for a mere $282,110.