Aston Martin Vanquish: The First Generation

LOCATION SPOTTED: Pierre's Restaurant

LOCATION SPOTTED: Pierre’s Restaurant (Bridgehampton)

Performance Data:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60: 4.7 sec
  • Braking 60 to 0: 115 feet
  • Quarter Mile: 13.1 sec
  • Skidpad: 0.93 g
  • Slalom: TBD

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a very interesting car, it doesn’t really need an elaborate description of how it’s styled, but here it goes. Because the elegantly styled V12 Vanquish was designed largely by Ian Callum, who also penned the DB7 Vantage, there’s a strong resemblance between the two sports cars. With side vents and a larger grille that is flanked by bold auxiliary driving lamps, the V12 Vanquish looks a bit more muscular. The front fenders and hood panels incorporate finely detailed compound curves that sweep back to steeply raked windshield pillars and a low, curving roofline. Deeply sculptured sill and door panels accentuate the classic profile, and larger trapezoidal taillights sit in a slightly higher, arching tail. A chrome, racing-style fuel filler is used.

The car is obviously a much more competent car than the old DB7. No one can mess with this car. It is car that could very well be from as far back as 2001. A car that did 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds was a car to be reckoned with back in the day. Sporting a 460 horsepower V12 (10 more than even the 2005-2008 DB9), this car was fast enough (and indeed badass enough) to make into a James Bond film Die Another Day, after two of the preceding films featured only BMWs (a terrible Z8, and an even worse Z3).

I’m happy to see that whoever owns this car can appreciate what it stands for for Aston Martin and still drives it in 2013. This is nice. Most Hamptons drivers get rid after just a few years. Keep it and maintain it.

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