Aston Martin last week took the wraps off its latest model – with James Bond likely to be salivating at the prospect of his next company car.
The Vanquish is the replacement for the outgoing DBS, the car of choice for Daniel Craig in his first two Bond movies.
Under the bonnet of the new product is a 6-litre V12 engine which develops 565bhp and 457lb/ft of pulling power.
This gives the Vanquish, which uses a six-speed paddleshift gearbox, a 0-62mph time of just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183mph.
In terms of outright performance, the Vanquish lags behind its Ferrari rival, the FF, but it is the car’s looks which are likely to appeal to well-heeled customers.
Billed as “the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos”, the Vanquish takes inspiration from the One-77, a limited edition model which cost customers £1.2 million.
Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, claims the Vanquish will offer “luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise”.
He added: “This is the latest incarnation of everything we know, informed and developed from One-77.
“It is the ultimate Super Grand Tourer – confident and assured – and is the newest representation of Power, Beauty and Soul.
“I believe the car unveiled today once again puts this great British brand at the top of its class.”
The new Vanquish is available to order now for £189,995 with first deliveries expected by the end of the year.