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My unplanned encounter with the Vanquish almost distracted me from my obsession with the DB9 and my almost love affair with the DB11 as not only it is a head turner but with all the characteristics of becoming a modern icon.

It certainly has propelled Aston Martin from an era of hand-built cars to one where craftsmanship and technology is combined to create a new kind of great British GT with significant engineering advances, an all-carbon fibre bodywork and sharper contemporary styling.

Aston Martin has this time turned up the heat on it’s ultimate Super GT to create the new Vanquish S. One that originated from Aston Martin’s legendary Works in Newport Pagnell and has proudly served as standard bearer for the marque’s sporting and stylistic values since 2001.

The second generation Vanquish’s evolution to S specification shows that careful attention has been paid to the engine, chassis and aerodynamics to create a machine honed to deliver more intense thrills and even more scintillating performance.

Noteworthy is the naturally-aspirated 6.0 litre V12 engine, which now produces up to 600PS (up from 573PS) and enjoys sensational throttle response, thanks to a revised, freer-breathing intake system. These larger volume inlet manifolds allow a greater volume of air to flow into the engine at high revs, creating a relentless power delivery and a stronger feel all the way to the redline.

Building on this increased intensity, the calibration of the 8-speed Touchtronic III transmission has been revised to deliver faster gearshifts and greater refinement at low speeds for a greater sense of precision and immediacy.

The new Vanquish S is readily distinguished by a new aerodynamic package. Fashioned from exposed carbon fibre, this revised front splitter and rear diffuser combine to deliver a meaningful reduction in frontal lift with a minimal penalty in additional drag. Combined with visually striking new quad exhaust outlets the Vanquish S has more aggressive appearance, entirely fitting for Aston Martin’s most overtly sporting GT production model.

Inside, the Vanquish S can be further personalised with a choice of spectacular new ‘Filograph’ quilted leather and the use of new materials and finishes, such as the Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre fascia panel. Sumptuous Bridge of Weir Caithness leather offers an added touch of luxury and tactility, while Vanquish S embroidery on the headrests provides a crafted finishing detail.

Overall the car stands out with the carbon fibre bonnet louvres, new forged 5-spoke diamond turned wheels and a choice of striking painted graphics packs. A new Vanquish S badge sits proudly on the tailgate as the perfect piece of jewellery.

Undoubtedly every aspect of the car makes the Vanquish S a gorgeous machine that stays loyal to the values that has made Aston Martin great amongst its peers in the automotive industry.