Vanquish Thy Enemy, Only $299,000

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

If you are seeking to conquer, subjugate, crush, annihilate, subdue, rout, defeat thy enemy on track, or, preferably, Autobahn, then collect all your pennies and buy the car that is synonymous for all that vehicular domination: The Aston Martin Vanquish, the car formerly known to a high net-worth clientele as the AM310. Yesterday, the Kuwaiti-held purveyor of handmade super cars finally unveiled its new flagship.

Powered by a 6 liter V12 engine, the car is said to be good for 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph / 295 km/h.

For the price ($299,000 base) one would expect speeds beyond 300 km/h to assure reliable vanquishification, but I guess you can’t have everything.

The body is made from bonded aluminum with snazzy carbon fiber body panels. More specs are here.

Deliveries will commence in late 2012 in Europe.


Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href="http://www.tomokoandbertel.com"> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href="http://www.offshoresuperseries.com"> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • Tjh8402 Tjh8402 on Jun 20, 2012

    That it is slower than the original Vanquish is baffling considering the supposed march of progress and the fact that it is more powerful. On the other hand, the noise, oh the noise...god bless Aston Martin for sticking with the normally aspirated V-12. Personally, I'd probably go for a V-12 Vantage with a proper manual and pay whatever they asked to get them to bump the engine up to this specification.

  • El scotto El scotto on Jun 20, 2012

    Unobtanium for us mere mortals. For 300k it better need mortgage insurance. Glad they make cars like this to inspire lust in gear heads.

  • Wjtinfwb Funny. When EV's were bursting onto the scene; Tesla's, Volt's, Leaf's pure EV was all the rage and Hybrids were derided because they still used a gas engine to make them, ahem; usable. Even Volt's were later derided when it was revealed that the Volt's gas engine was actually connected to the wheels, not just a generator. Now, Hybrids are warmly welcomed into the Electric fraternity by virtue of being "electrified". If a change in definition is what it takes, I'm all for it. Hybrid's make so much sense in most American's usage patterns and if needed you can drive one cross-country essentially non-stop. Glad to see Hybrid's getting the love.
  • 3-On-The-Tree We also had a 1973 IH Scout that we rebuilt the engine in and it had dual glass packs, real loud. I miss those days.
  • 3-On-The-Tree Jeff thanks. Back in 1990 we had a 1964 Dodge D100 with a slant six with a 3 on the tree. I taught myself how to drive a standard in that truck. It was my one of many journeys into Mopar land. Had a 1973 Plymouth duster with a slant six and a 1974 Dodge Dart Custom with 318 V8. Great cars and easy to work on.
  • Akear What is GM good at?You led Mary............................................What a disgrace!
  • Randy in rocklin I have a 87 bot new with 200k miles and 3 head gasket jobs and bot another 87 turbo 5 speed with 70k miles and new head gaskets. They cost around 4k to do these days.
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