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Video Review: Aston Martin Vanquish
Is it the best Aston ever assembled?

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I got a taste of the new Aston Martin Vanquish during a sopping wet day on a racetrack outside of New Orleans. The car was impressive but my time with the Brit-bred brute was far too brief. I needed more time. I needed to more deeply sample the new seats. I needed time to experience the revised center stack with its haptic-feedback buttons. Most importantly though, I needed time to get more closely acquainted with the 565-horsepower 6.0-liter V12 engine mounted under the sultry carbon fiber nose of this grandest of tourers.

I got more time…

[Disclaimer: Aston Martin let me borrow the Vanquish for a weekend, and included a full tank of gas. I said goodbye to my wife and dogs on Friday only to reemerge with a British accent on Monday morning.]

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  • PotbellyJoe ★★★★☆

    Is there a decidedly amazing Aston Martin that is delivered with "Some assembly required"? Because I could appreciate the argument that this as the best Aston ever.

    If money were no object, it wouldn't be the one I would buy, but the 1977-89 V8 Vantage will always hold that spot in my heart regardless of how amazing the new ones look.
    <img src="http://assets.hemmings.com/uimage/14548730-700-0.jpg&quot; width=550>

  • RichardKopf

    Well, it's no Lagonda. I expect my Astons to have a CRT screen. And 90° angles.

  • Lotte

    <img src="http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/7777/jeffandcatrinel.jpg&quot; width=500>
    "…and these seats are, uh, made of a nice, uh, texture, and uh…"
    "Concentrarsi solo sulla revisione, compagno."

  • Very well done Jeff. I enjoyed it thoroughly…nothing quite sounds like an Aston V12.

  • Van_Sarockin

    That blue sucks; neither fish nor fowl. The engine bay also looks far less like sculpture than prior models. I'm glad they've sorted out their buttons and controls, but if you're buying this car for the digital interface, then you're truly hopeless. The cost makes the DB5 a total steal. You can give me the blue one.

  • RobbyDeGraff

    Awesome, great video and review

  • Ray

    Header intakes???? 1:47

    • misspoke… I don't have a script, which is evident at 1:47.

      • Vairship

        As long as you don't crack the welds on them, we'll forgive you.

  • Xedicon

    This is nitpicking to be sure but… that has to be the tiniest NAV screen available in a new car today. Also I'd be curious to know how it's worth over twice as much as a fully loaded Viper GTS which by all accounts is a seriously awesome car to drive both on and off the track, has better infotainment, an actual manual transmission, 75 more HP, 143 more lbs / ft of torque, bigger rear tires, certainly would have better handling as it's also meant to be a track car, also makes use of a lot of carbon fiber (not as much I admit) and while I know this is subjective I think the Viper is better looking.

    Yes the interior of the Aston is nicer but not by a margin of roughly $150,000 – I find the price of the Aston to be totally insane (but I'm sure they'll sell all of them).

  • sport_wagon

    I'll be honest with you. I usually can't stand American car review videos. Somehow car videos just don't seem right unless the reviewer has a British accent and uses phrases like "properly quick." But this. THIS. You have the gift, my man. Your passion for automobiles shines. Your delivery is spot on. I thoroughly enjoyed this vid. Keep making them. And the bozos who run Top Gear USA should hire you so they can have a GOOD show.