Aston Martin’s third generation Vanquish has surfaced during testing at the Nurburgring. The Gaydon-based manufacturer is yet to announce a release date for the new model, although we don’t expect it to arrive until 2019. In spite of that, there’s little in the way of disguise for the body here, save a coat of matt black paint to conceal the finer details of this prototype.
The Vanquish is integral to the first phase of the marque’s Second Century Plan, which also includes the current DB11, forthcoming Vantage and the DBXcrossover before 2020.
The exterior is clearly influenced by Aston Martin’s latest design language, as introduced with the DB11. The bonnet’s wide power dome features the same sharp creases and relationship to the Aston grille as the DB11, while the oval-shaped headlights help distinguish the new car.
Most noticeable is the bluff front end, with a taller mesh grille incorporated into the front valance between two side air intakes. A discrete chin spoiler, sitting lower than the equivalent part on the DB11, betrays the big GT’s greater focus on performance.
From the side, the clearly defined crease over the front wheel arch and muscular rear haunch evoke memories of the original Vanquish and the tension of its curves compared to the flatter aesthetic of subsequent versions. The signature curlicue vents that relieve air pressure in the front arches have been carried over from the DB11, as has the pronounced tightening of the waist aft of the doors.
At the rear, the design is similar to that of the DB11, but the twin-exit, quad exhaust pipes and a pronounced rear diffuser indicate the model’s high performance sporting brief. The rear lights have been partially masked to hide their true design.
Naturally, there’s no word on performance figures yet, but we do know the engine used will be an uprated version of the DB11’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12. The current Vanquish S produces 595bhp from the ‘old’ 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12, 5bhp down on the DB11, so the new Vanquish should be considerably more potent.
Given the forthcoming Bentley Continental GT and Ferrari 812 Superfast develop 626bhp and 789bhp respectively, the Vanquish will surely offer performance somewhere between the two. Dynamically, expect the new Vanquish to be a more focused drive than the DB11. With the forthcoming Vantage replacement being the first Aston to benefit from the full attention of chassis guru Matt Becker, by the time the Vanquish arrives we should have a better idea what a ‘Becker era’ Aston drives like.