Aston Martin Vanquish S
|Assembly||Newport Pagnell, England|
|Engine||V12, 5,935 cc (5.9 L; 362.2 cu in)|
|Transmission||6-speed manual gearbox with Auto Shift Manual/Select Shift Manual (ASM/SSM) electro-hydraulic control system|
|Length||4,665 mm (183.7 in)|
|Width||1,923 mm (75.7 in)|
|Height||1,318 mm (51.9 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,875 kg (4,134 lb)|
The Aston Martin Vanquish S debuted at the 2004 Paris Auto Show, with increased power and performance and slight styling revisions. The engine displacement remained at 5,935 cc (5.9 L; 362.2 cu in), with power increased from 450 to 520 hp (340 to 390 kW). Visual changes included new wheels, a slightly different nose shape, a new raised bootlid with a larger integrated spoiler incorporating the third high level brake light (in the rear window on the original Vanquish), a Vanquish S badge on the bootlid (the original Vanquish had no rear model designation) and the addition of a small front splitter (although this was mainly done for aerodynamic reasons). As part of its improvements, the Vanquish S featured a slightly improved coefficient of drag of 0.32 (from 0.33), with help from a redesigned splitter and boot lid. Its front and rear track were 1,524 mm (60.0 inches) and 1,529 mm (60.2 inches), respectively.
It also incorporated the features of a 2004 option package, the Sports Dynamic Pack, which incorporated sportier suspension, steering, and brake features. This model was sold for the 2005 (alongside the base Vanquish) and 2006 (as a stand-alone) model years in the United States with only minor running changes; it was not sold in the United States for 2007. The Vanquish S featured larger brakes than the V12 Vanquish; 378 mm (14.9 in) front discs with six-pot calipers and 330 mm (13.0 inches) rear discs.
The end of the Vanquish's production run was celebrated with the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition. Aston Martin announced that the last 50 cars built would have a new 'Ultimate Black’ exterior colour, upgraded interior, and personalised sill plaques.
The Vanquish production ended on 19 July 2007, coinciding with the shutting of the company's Newport Pagnell factory after 49 years of operation. With a 200 + MPH top speed, the Vanquish S was the fastest Aston Martin ever until the V12 Vantage S was introduced in May 2013. Considered by Aston Martin enthusiasts as the last proper Aston ever.