Aston Martin Vanquish
Aston Martin is known for its high-end cars many of which have featured in several of the James Bond movies over the years.
The Vanquish is arguably Aston Martin's flagship coupe and it has recently had a modest makeover to increase its already strong appeal.
This quintessentially British car has stayed true to its sports heritage, with Aston Martin keen not to exploit an already over populated SUV crossover market.
The new model will be available only in limited supply to preserve its sought after status.
The Vanquish sports a 576 hp front fitted engine and a new eight speed gearbox leading to lower carbon emissions and better fuel consumption. The Vanquish can squeeze out 7.8 km per liter as compared to the previous model’s 6.9 km. There have been some improvements to the suspension also. The engine is a 6.0-liter V12 power plant that can provide up to 630 Nm of torque. The Vanquish is capable of 0 - 100 kph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 323 kph using a rear wheel drive train.
The tyres fitted as standard are 255/35 ZR20s and 305/20 ZR20s. Wheels sport a double 5-spoke design in an aluminum and black finish.
The Vanquish comes with a sports button that will enable you to crank up the power and enjoy lower gear driving. The Launch Control feature remains in the latest model of the Vanquish, and assists with acceleration from a stop point. Adjustable suspension comes as standard boasting Bilstein dampers
The Vanquish handles very well even on winding roads and still preserves a comfortable ride with the slightly firmer suspension not really spoiling things. It is only noticeable at high speeds and here it is highly advantageous to have in place.
The 2+2 coupe has limited rear space so a 2+0 option is worth considering. You can personalize the Vanquish from the factory to get a unique look. Something you might well expect for the 25 million baht price tag.
Aston Martin Vantage GT
The Aston Martin Vantage GT series starts at $100,000, around 3.2 million baht. With options you may find that expanding your expectations to around 4 million baht would be sensible.
The Vantage GT will need to be imported from the U.S. as it is billed as a U.S. model but nonetheless it is an Aston martin and it can be bought for less than the price of a mid range Mercedes or BMW car. And with build quality in mind you would be forgiven for thinking that the Vantage GT is a much more expensive car than it actually is.
The Vantage GT is powered by Aston Martin’s 4.7 liter V8 engine that provides 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque, slightly more than its predecessor, the Vantage S.
It can move from 0 to 100kph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 306 kph, specs not too far from the Vanquish. The Vantage GT weighs in at 1610 Kg and comes with a six speed manual gearbox. A seven speed sequential gearbox operated by paddles is available as an optional extra, but many would no doubt prefer the non-sequential nature of the 6-speed unit. Side air intakes adorn the upper front wings in a way that makes them pleasing to the eye but also highly functional.
Externally there are some nice design touches such as accents around the rear lights and front air intake. Five colors are available namely, Speedway White, Jet Black, Mariana Blue, Sky Fall Silver and Alloro Green.
The boldly marked GT signature is easily visible at the lower door line on the rear of the vehicle. Yellow flashes adorn the roof line, the front grill and the exposed break pad enclosures giving the Vantage a fiery look especially when traveling at high speeds. Inside, a high tech dashboard and leather-clad steering wheel await. Bright flash stitching marks the boundaries of the centre console and other elements as well as featuring prominently on the seams of the front seats.
Arguably the pricing of the Vantage means that the car is firmly pitched against competitive offerings such as the Porsche 911 Carrera or the F type Jaguar. Yet for many just owning an Aston Martin maybe enough to tip the scales, since these have been rare cars of late and this makes them all the more sought after.