2017 Aston Martin Vanquish

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2017 MODEL
$287,650 - $312,950 See Inventory Prices

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A lot of good things happened in the year 2017, for a man changed the Hollywood sign to say Hollyweed, Moonlight won the best picture, and Aston Martin launched the all-new Vanquish. The British marquee aimed to make a lot of wrongs rights with the 2017 Vanquish, and honestly, they ended up with a perfect car, albeit with an absurd price tag.

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Pros

Excellent ride and handling

Elegant interior

Zest acceleration

Cons

Outdated infotainment features

Lack of active safety features

Doesn't makes up for the price

What's New?

New infotainment system

All new Navigation and Standard Apple CarPlay

An all-new Vanquish S version


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$287650

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

188 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

362 cu. in.

horsepower

568 hp @ 6650 rpm

torque

465 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.7 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

107.9 in.

length

184.7 in.

width

75.2 in.

height

50.9 in.

curb weight

3834 lbs.

ground clearance

5.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

78 cu ft.

cargo volume

5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/16/21 mpg

highway range

430.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

3 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

10 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish in Lightning Silver color  2017 Aston Martin Vanquish in Stratus White color  2017 Aston Martin Vanquish in Jet Black color
Lightning Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Base

Base

power
568 hp @ 6650 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$287,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (5.9L 12cyl 8A) Starting at $287,650 MSRP (13/16/21) 568 hp @ 6650 rpm, 5.9 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA

 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S

S

power
580 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
N/A

$312,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 2dr Coupe (6.0L 12cyl 8AM) Starting at $312,950 MSRP N/A 580 hp @ 7000 rpm, 6 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial May 18, 2019

The 2017 Vanquish Coupe is powered by a 6.0L V12 engine, which is mated to a 8-Speed automatic transmission. The engine cranks out a maximum power of 568 hp and 465-pound feet of torque.

One would potentially say that the Vanquish is an aged car, and we agree to it. While the exterior and interior is obsessive, it lacks in functionality. The infotainment is obsolete and lacks the necessary smartphone integration features like Android Auto. But all of this is pushed aside, when the glory of the V12 encourages the Vanquish to duel with the extreme cars like the McLaren 570GT and the Audi R8.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Features

With a sticker price of $287,650, the Aston Martin Vanquish coupe is available in coupe and convertible forms. Since we decided to stick with the 2 door coupe for this review, let the emphasis be on that. It is powered by a 6.0L V12 engine mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. You don’t have much choice with the trims and Vanquish, and once can buy it as the company offers. What’s intriguing though, is the fact that Aston Martin offers a ton of customization options with this car. One can have it in multiple body shades and there further are options for the choice of interior leather, a way to make the Vanquish truly exclusive. To make things even better, the car comes standard with some mouth-watering features like Cruise Control, Automatic Temperature Control and 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13-speaker audio system.

Trim Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe
MSRP $287,650
Key Features
  • Satin chrome jewellery pack
  • Power folding exterior heated mirrors
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Remote controlled central door locking and boot release
  • Automatic temperature control
  • 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13-speaker audio system
  • Infotainment System (AMi) with capacitive switching
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation
  • 6.5” LCD Screen
  • Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators
  • LED light blade tail-lamps

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The 2017 Vanquish is available in both Coupe and Convertible forms, and furthermore, both the forms come in sole trims only. For the coupe, you don't have much of a choice for the trim. Howewver, you can personalise the Vanquish through Aston Martin's bespoke Q program. From body shade to choice of interior leather to choice of headliner material, one can customise their Vanquish as per their needs or requirements. 

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Engine

“It feels very lively during sporty driving, smooth around town, and always pleasant and engaging to operate, whether you’re driving in automatic mode or using the paddle shifters.”- The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

In the times of downsizing engines, Aston Martin bravely sticks with the tire-smoking 6.0L V12 engine. This gigantic powerplant generates 568 hp of power and 468-pound feet of torque. The engine’s full potential is unlocked through a new 8-speed automatic transmission, which is super-slick and aggressive with shifts.  

Models Aston Martin Vanquish McLaren 570GT Audi R8
MSRP $287,650 $198,950 $162,900
Engine 6.0L,V12 engine 3.8L,Twin Turbo V8 engine 5.2L, V10 engine
Transmission 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 568 hp 562 hp 540 hp
Torque 465 lb-ft 443 lb-ft 398 lb-ft

This aggressive machine is a specimen of its own, but not just for the power or the handling but at a dream-shattering price. The V8 on the McLaren 570GT churns out identical power followed by the Audi R8, albeit with a few ponies less.

Acceleration

Even on a feather throttle, your eardrums will vibrate with the engine’s soundtrack, such is the impact of thisV12 behemoth. As you accelerate, the Vanquish will pin you back with its 3.5-second performance from 0 to 60 mph speed. The 12.1 second-quarter mile run might not seem intriguing for the class but is enough to vacuum you in.

Models Aston Martin Vanquish McLaren 570GT Audi R8
0-60 MPH 3.5 sec 2.9 sec 3.5 sec
Quarter mile 12.1 sec 10.8 sec 10.6 sec
Engine 6.0L 3.8L 5.2L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 11.1 N/A 10.4

The Vanquish matched the R8’s performance as you propel from 0 to 60 mph but failed to do the same with the McLaren. Again, both the R8 and the McLaren reached a quarter of a mile in less time than the Vanquish, ironically making it look slow in the class.

Ride and Handling

The Vanquish does not end with just good looks and features, the V12 embodies the sports car spirit and delivers a nimble handling. The adjustable dampers iron out rough pavements and increase traction as well. The square engine resembles the Aston Martin one-77 but unfortunayely, does not share the same sporty steering. Overall as a buyer, you will get a car with a potent engine, grippy handling, and gurgling sound, good enough to make one fall in love with the Vanquish.

Braking

The Carbon ceramic brakes does its magic on the Vanquish’s braking system. From a speed of 60 mph, the car can come to a grinding halt at a competitive distance of 104 feet. The brake pedal is stiff and easy to control, impressive for a car carrying so much weight. 

Model Aston Martin Vanquish McLaren 570GT Audi R8
Brake Front (in.) 15.7 14.6 14.4
Brake Rear (in.) 14.2 13.8 14.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3834 3296 3649
60-0 MPH (ft.) 104 95 103

The McLaren and the R8 are considerably lighter cars than the Vanquish. Where the R8 matched the Vanquish with its 103 feet performance, the McLaren was way ahead of the 2 with its 95 feet halt.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Fuel Economy

With such a gigantic powerplant and an aggressive machine, its thirst for fuel is merely quenchable.  You cannot expect much efficiency for a car of this stature, the fuel-gulping V12 on the Vanquish will deliver as much as 13 mpg in the city driving cycle, and about 21 mpg out on the highway. The car has a combined fuel economy of 16 MPG.

Model Aston Martin Vanquish McLaren 570GT Audi R8
MPG (city) 13 16 14
MPG (highway) 21 23 22
MPG (combined) 16 19 17

Turns out the Vanquish took the edge on efficiency this time. Where the McLaren and Audi R8 delivered 19 mpg and 17 mpg of combined mileage, the Vanquish is the least efficient of all. No susprises here! 

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Interior

“The car's interior is similarly elegant, with a long "waterfall" dash cascading down the middle, where the Vanquish's signature gear selector and crystal ignition button are displayed. Quilted or stitched leather, solid metal trim, and carbon fiber make up the materials array. While the styling of the interior is growing a bit dated in some Astons, the Vanquish looks the part of the modern super-GT”- The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The interior is nothing less than opulent on the 2017 Vanquish. Sit inside, and the first thing you notice is the cascading dash featuring the key fob and a bunch of other buttons. The beautifully stitched leather seats are fully power adjustable and comfortable enough for long country drives. At the front, you get 36.2 inches of headroom, just is nice and decent followed by a spacious 42.7 inches of legroom space, enough to accommodate taller passengers.

Model Aston Martin Vanquish McLaren 570GT Audi R8
Passenger capacity 2 2 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.2/54.8/42.7 N/A 38.5/55.1/40.9

Vanquish features a distinct flavor in the interior, something very exotic and not like your usual sports car. Although the seating on the Vanquish is capacious, it is an inch or two shorter than the R8.

Infotainment

Its really a shame when you spend something more than a $300,000 and still didn’t get the infotainment right. The central waterfall console might look elegant and simple to use but compared to the R8 it feels a little obsolete. The 6.5-inch touchscreen AMI III system isn’t the most intuitive system in the world, the only good thing about the screen is its foldable transformation to become the dash. The 15 speaker sound system is crisp, the front tweeters rise from the dash as you hit play.

Speaking of play, the Apple Car play comes standard on the Vanquish, however, there was no space for Android Auto on this year’s Vanquish.

Cargo volume

The limited 13 cubic feet of cargo space annihilates practicality on the Vanquish. Though you can replace the vestigial back seat with a much functional cargo latched with a net harness to enhance the in-cabin utility.

Model Aston Martin Vanquish McLaren 570GT Audi R8
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 13.0 12.0 8.0

It's not that compelling but surprisingly, the cargo space you get on a Vanquish is the best you have in the market. Both the McLaren and the R8 feature a much smaller boot.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Exterior

“Clearly, there is no effort within the Aston Martin design team to brew up the flavor of the moment. Instantly recognizable as an Aston, the Vanquish is finely drawn to reflect an unerring salute to the timelessness of the marque’s heritage. This car would have looked great decades ago and will still look great a century from now”- KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The exterior of the Vanquish might not be luscious as an R8 or charismatic as a Huracan but it has a personality of its own. Minor changes in the front bumper and numerous choice in color really sets it off. The 2017 Vanquish is considerably longer, wider and larger than its competition. Its 184.7 inches of long length is character defining, the 75. 4 inches of width and 50.9 inches of height contributes to a roomy cabin and decent headroom.

Model Aston Martin Vanquish McLaren 570GT Audi R8
Curb weight (lbs.) 3834 3296 3649
Length(in) 184.7 178.4 174.3
Width(in) 75.2 82.5 76.4
Height(in) 50.9 47.3 48.8
Ground clearance (in) 5.7 N/A 6.3
Wheelbase (in) 107.9 105.1 104.4
Track width (in) F/R N/A 65.9/63.7 64.5/63.0

This may come as a surprise, but the Vanquish is actually longer than both the R8 and the McLaren, but only slightly. In terms of width, the Vanquish is parallel to the R8 but falls short in front of the McLaren, and not just that it features the widest wheelbase of them all too.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Safety

The active safety features on the Vanquish surely ensures safety but judging safety merely on the Aston Martin poise won’t be a wise thing. The car hasn’t been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS, but the safety featured on the predecessor is exactly the same so you can expect a similar level of optimum safety.

Safety Features

  • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags 
  • Curtain side head airbags Pelvis and thorax seat mounted airbags
  • Seat belt dual pre-tensioners and digressive load limiters
  • Rear parking assist camera
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning 

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Competition

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish vs 2017 Mclaren 570 GT

Every hero needs a villain, Batman needed the Joker, Thor needed Loki, and the Superman needed Lex Luthor. Just like them, the 2017 Vanquish needs the McLaren 570 GT. The McLaren 570GT is largely known for its power and acceleration while the Vanquish is identified with its V12 engine line. Also, the engine’s gurgle on the Vanquish is more aggressive and the interior has that upmarket feel which is slightly better than the McLaren.

 

Everything the makers did strike the bullseye, they corrected all the wrongs and enhanced the rights but all of it was not worth the expensive price. The McLaren delivers everything the Vanquish promises but at a reduced price.

 

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish vs 2017 Audi R8

Without a shadow of a doubt, the Audi R8 is one of the greatest creations in sports car automation. Its power and character is something exotic, you might not see such a curvaceous sportscar in the history again. Both the R8 and the Vanquish churns out similar power and efficiency. The cargo space is parallel as is the spacious cabin space.

 

Unfortunately, the buyer will feel at ease with the R8 since the $162,900 price tag is roughly half the price for the 2017 Vanquish.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Final Verdict

Despite the tedious approach of revamping the Vanquish, Aston Martin didn’t quite get it right. The dinosaur surely healed a couple of wounds by featuring a classy interior, crisp transmission and a pinch of more practicality. Even the V12 sounds mental and handling is direct and precise, the way all sports car should be. But the stone age infotainment and lack of active safety features seem like you are driving a 2007 sports car.

Well, no matter what the critiques say the last thing which strikes a deal is the price, and the Vanquish will take a toll on your wallet. It seems painful to pay double the price for which you get to buy an equally competitive car.