Aston Martin itself said that the Vanquish was 鈥榤ore GT than super-GT鈥? With the arrival of the company鈥檚 DB11 stepping on its toes in several areas, it was obvious that the GT needed to become more super-GT. Hence the revised Vanquish S.
The changes aren鈥檛 huge, but that doesn鈥檛 mean they haven鈥檛 required huge amounts of work by Aston to achieve them, and it doesn鈥檛 mean those small changes only add up to a small benefit.
For example, the power is up from 565bhp to 592bhp, with torque the same although now spread over a wider band. That鈥檚 a useful increase, and you鈥檙e aware of it. The 5.9-litre V12 makes an even more delicious noise pretty much throughout the range, and most definitely around the 3000rpm mark where the eight-speed gearbox makes most of its changes.
If you need more, it鈥檚 there, accessed through a crisper-feeling transmission, but you hardly ever need to push this huge V12. And it doesn鈥檛 feel as if you鈥檙e pushing the chassis much either.
Handling is better. Spring rates have been tweaked, the dampers retuned, and the whole change step engineered to ensure the handling is improved but there are no negative consequences for the ride quality.
The nose turns in easier, and then you feel the whole car roar into life as you press the throttle to exit the corner. It feels seriously gorgeous, and the steering just adds to the pleasure. That鈥檚 a pleasure squared, although whether you really want a four-sided steering wheel is another matter.
This feels like a classic Aston, meaning it feels classy, sophisticated and really rather grand. Only now that grand touring deserves the S tag. The DB11 does show up how a very modern take on this sort of motoring really can be a step forward, which makes the Vanquish S seem a touch old-fashioned.
But this is no fuddy-duddy. This is a graceful and powerful grand tourer that will comfortably take you wherever you want to go very quickly indeed.
Aston Martin Vanquish S
Location Warwickshire On sale Now Price £199,950 Engine V12, 5935cc, petrol Power 592bhp at 7000rpm Torque 465lb ft at 5500rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 1739kg 0-62mph 3.5sec Top speed 201mph Economy 21.6mpg (combined) CO2/tax band 302g/km, 37%