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Crossing continents in style and comfort with Aston Martin's Vanquish S

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The new Aston Martin Vanquish S
The new Aston Martin Vanquish S
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The new V12 Vanquish S sticks with natural aspiration 
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The new V12 Vanquish S sticks with natural aspiration 
Carbon fiber abounds on the V12 Vanquish S
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Carbon fiber abounds on the V12 Vanquish S
The V12 Vanquish S now makes 600 PS, 27 PS more than the standard car
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The V12 Vanquish S now makes 600 PS, 27 PS more than the standard car
Refreshed suspension tuning should make the V12 Vanquish S handle flatter than before
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Refreshed suspension tuning should make the V12 Vanquish S handle flatter than before
The new Aston Martin Vanquish S
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The new Aston Martin Vanquish S
The V12 Vanquish S has a refreshed aerodynamic package
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The V12 Vanquish S has a refreshed aerodynamic package
The Vanquish S is one of the most beautiful cars on the market
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The Vanquish S is one of the most beautiful cars on the market
The Vanquish S features quilted leather bucket seats in the cabin
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The Vanquish S features quilted leather bucket seats in the cabin
Owners will be able to customize the interior of the Vanquish S
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Owners will be able to customize the interior of the Vanquish S
A new, carbon fiber trim is available in the Vanquish S
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A new, carbon fiber trim is available in the Vanquish S
With no turbos to muffle the sound, we're expecting a good noise to come from here in the Vanquish S
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With no turbos to muffle the sound, we're expecting a good noise to come from here in the Vanquish S
Carbon fiber detailing on the Aston Martin Vanquish S
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Carbon fiber detailing on the Aston Martin Vanquish S
Carbon fiber detailing on the Aston Martin Vanquish S
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Carbon fiber detailing on the Aston Martin Vanquish S
New wheels on the Aston Martin Vanquish S
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New wheels on the Aston Martin Vanquish S
Carbon fiber detailing on the Aston Martin Vanquish S
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Carbon fiber detailing on the Aston Martin Vanquish S

Aston Martin took a huge step forward in Geneva earlier this year, finally replacing the long-serving DB9 with a modern replacement. Although the DB11 is faster and more economical than its predecessor, purists will bemoan the move away from natural aspiration. But there is still a big Aston Martin with a naturally aspirated V12 under the hood. That car is the freshly updated Vanquish S.

Like every Aston Martin launched in the last 15 years, the refreshed Vanquish is very handsome. Marek Reichman and the design team in Gaydon haven't messed with the profile of the car, but it has tweaked the front splitter and rear diffuser to provide more downforce without impacting top speed. There's also a new exhaust setup for even more noise from the 6.0-liter V12 up front.

The Vanquish S has a new suspension setup. The dampers, spring rates and anti-roll bars have all been revised, with the goal of delivering sharper handling in sportier drive modes. Although that should make the car better on the track, it also hasn't changed the fact it is still primarily a big, comfortable grand tourer, albeit one with a whopping great V12.

Refreshed suspension tuning should make the V12 Vanquish S handle flatter than before
Refreshed suspension tuning should make the V12 Vanquish S handle flatter than before

You can buy a Ferrari or McLaren if you want to shatter lap records, the Vanquish S is angled at crossing continents in unmatched comfort. There's still 600 hp (447 kW) on tap though. A revised intake system with larger volume inlet manifolds has freed up 27 hp (20 kW) more power than you get in the standard Vanquish, and the car's eight-speed gearbox has also been worked over for faster, smoother changes.

Like any good grand tourer, the Vanquish is kitted out with every possible luxury you can imagine. The seats are trimmed in soft, quilted leather, and the headrests are finished with special embroidery. If that still isn't special enough, the dashboard can now be covered in a unique satin chopped carbon fiber.

The Vanquish S will be offered as a Coupe and Volante, with pricing starting at US$312,950. Deliveries start in December.

Source: Aston Martin

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Rocky Stefano
Now that's a car, eat your heart out Tesla!