ASTON MARTIN ENDS ITS LEGENDARY RUN OF VANQUISH MODELS WITH THIS ULTRA STYLIZED ULTIMATE S EDITION
BY EVAN MONROE
One of the world’s great super GTs and considered by many the quintessential Aston Martin, the Vanquish enters the final phase of its 17 year production with a redesigned and special edition Vanquish S Ultimate.
Released this spring and with a total of just 175 made available worldwide, the Ultimate is available in Coupe or Volante versions, and in a choice of three exterior color schemes and a suite of details unique to the model, including carbon fiber side strakes with rose gold decals, carbon fiber tread plates, an “Ultimate” sill plaque, and special stitched quilting on the seats (with headrest model identifier).
Seen here is Ultimate Black paintwork, a nod to the first generation Vanquish S Ultimate Edition, for which the color was first created. Detailing includes black exhaust tailpipes, brake calipers, window trims, and five spoke wheels, plus extensive use of carbon fiber for the hood louvers, front grill, and side strakes. The interior features Obsidian Black leather with Chestnut Tan stitching and twill fascia (other options are Xenon Grey with contrasting Cobalt Blue graphics and cool White Gold paintwork with Warm Bronze graphics).
Powered by Aston Martin’s legendary naturally aspirated 6 liter, 595 horse power V12 hitched to an 8 speed Touchtronic III automatic transmission, the Ultimate leaps to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds (a third of a click faster than the non S Vanquish), though it reaches peak power at 7,000 RPMs, so you have to work a bit to find the heart of the motor. Inside, a 1000 watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13 speaker audio system is almost as thrilling as the exhaust notes. Cabin tech is augmented by a 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes iOS and Android integration and Apple CarPlay3.
And yes, this is a swan song, but no tears just yet; set to take the Vanquish’s place in 2019’s lineup is the DBX the first ever Aston Martin luxury crossover. Base price for the Ultimate is just a hair over $300,000.
F.C. Kerbeck Aston Martin
100 Route 73 North, Palmyra
855.332.3008 / fckerbeckastonmartin.com