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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S or the Maserati Granturismo?

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Aston Martin has given its Vanquish S a more extensive facelift for the 2017 model year. This was done during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the Vanquish S was showed with notable updates on the outside, as well as a more powerful engine under the hood.

According to a report, the updates on the exterior make the Aston Martin Vanquish S stand out from the current model, which will bow out after this upgraded version. The most noticeable change is the new aerodynamic package that includes an exposed carbon-fiber front splitter and rear diffuser. There’s also a new quad exhaust outlets, a new Vanquish “S” badge on the tailgate, carbon-fiber hood louvres, forged five-spoke “diamond-turned” wheels, and “striking painted graphics.” The paint job combines yellow stripes over green paint, red over white, and orange over blue.

In terms of designs, this is going to compete with the Bentley Continental GT Speed and the Ferrari F12berlinetta.

Aston Martin also upgraded the V-12 engine to produce 592 horsepower, the exact same output by the limited edition Vanquish Zagato. What Aston did here is to upgrade the Vanquish’s 5.9-liter engine to Zagato specs. It now has an extra 24 horsepower while the torque will remain at 465 pound-feet of torque.

This upgrade enables the Vanquish S to go 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed, however, remained at 201 mph. Aston Martin also tweaked the 8-speed Touchtronic III transmission. It can now deliver faster gearshifts and greater refinement even at low speeds.

The new Vanquish S will be sold for £199,950 in the United Kingdom, €262,950 in Germany, and $294,950 in the United States. Deliveries of the car will begin this December.

Maserati Granturismo

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Although launched in 2007, the Maserati Granturismo can still compete well with the Vanquish S. It gets its power from a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, with the most powerful version able to churn out 453 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 188 mph.

It is not as fast as the Vanquish, but it can certainly challenge it when it comes to craftsmanship, luxury and options. The Granturismo is also more affordable at $150,570.

Aston Martin Built Vanquish Zagato; Now Sold Out

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If you’re one of the very few who were able to get their hands on the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato, then count yourself very lucky. At the same time that Aston Martin announced its plan to build a limited-edition car, the company also said that all units had been sold out.

The Vanquish Zagato concept was first shown at the Villa D’Este concours in Italy last month. Aston Martin said there will only be 99 units built, and that they already have buyers for every last one of them. This, of course, is despite the fact that the price for this car would probably be way up there.

The last Z-badged Aston Martin was the V12 Zagato, which cost more than $500,000 back in 2011. Add to that five years worth of inflation, a lower production run, and the Vanquish’s standard high price, then you’ve got yourself something not mere mortals can afford.

The Vanquish Zagato is based on the modified version of the mechanical package of the Vanquish. It, however, receives a unique carbon-fiber bodywork, as well as a “double bubble” roof. Supposedly, the “double bubble” will allow drivers to wear a helmet while driving the Vanquish Zagato.

Other features of this supercar are the front fenders with venturi-shaped air channels, bladed taillights at the back like the ones found on the Aston One-77 megacar, and a diffuser with quad exhaust pipes.

US buyers will have to content themselves with the V-12 engine similar to the one under the hood of the Vanquish. That means 576 horsepower that powers the Vanquish Zagato to go 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. The rest of the world would get the 600-horsepower version of the Zagato.

Deliveries of the Vanquish Zagato will begin in the first quarter of next year. Of course, we’re only speaking to those who actually ordered it.

Aston Martin To Overhaul Lineup With Seven-Model Range

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Aston Martin said it’s not overhauling its lineup, but it sure looks like it since it announced that it is looking to build a seven-model lineup. It will mark a new era for the British luxury car brand.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told Car & Driver that the new model range will begin with replacing the already existing V8 Vantage. It will still be called the same and is expected to be launched next year.

It will use the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin turbo V-8 engine, marking the first time the brand is using this specific powertrain. Drivers can choose between a manual and automatic transmission. There’s a rumored V-12 version of the Vantage, but Aston Martin hasn’t announced plans yet for that. It hasn’t even confirmed if it is even building one.

As soon as the replacement Vantage comes out in the market, Aston Martin said it will start working on a new Vanquish, which is scheduled to come out in 2018. There are no details yet about the supercar, although Palmer said the Vanquish will likely have the technologies that is coming out in the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing partnership.

Apparently, the new Vanquish might come with structural carbon fiber and KERS technology.

Aside from the two initial models, Aston Martin is also preparing the DB11, which was first seen during the Geneva Auto Show. A replacement for the DB9, the DB11 will come with the newly developed 5.2-liter turbocharged V-12 engine. It will arrive around the same time as the Vantage. There would also be a V-8 version, but there are no specific plans yet for that.

To round up the models are two others we already heard about—the Lagonda SUV and the DBX electric crossover. There are also other possibilities such as the RapidE Concept, the V-12 version of the Vantage or the V-8 version of the DB11.

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