PHOTO SPECIAL: Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish - a tourer de force
It is fair to say that Aston Martin is pretty proud of the firm's new sports car, the AM 310 Vanquish.
"Sitting proudly at the pinnacle of the luxury British car maker’s sports car line-up, this breath-taking new super grand tourer represents the zenith of current Aston Martin design and engineering," it proclaimed on Thursday as it unveiled the car to the world.
It's big words given the incredible pedigree of the firm, having produced some of the most iconic sports cars of the past 50 years or so.
However, one look at the photos here and it's hard not to agree as AM 310 Vanquish is a stunner.
It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.0l V12 engine, while the styling, such as the new waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades, are derived from the One-77 supercar.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “AM 310 Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability. It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise.
“Bearing the same name as the iconic AM V12 Vanquish that did so much to cement Aston Martin’s reputation as a maker of great GT cars in the modern era, I believe the car unveiled today once again puts this great British brand at the top of its class."
He added: "It is the ultimate Super Grand Tourer."
The V12 engine’s power peak of 565bhp makes it Aston Martin’s most potent production model yet, outmuscled only by the strictly limited edition Dhs7 million One-77, and it can go from zero to 100kph in 4.1 seconds and has a topspeed of more than 290kph.
Inside, it is true to the gran turismo philosophy, with 60 per cent more room than the DBS.
Hand-built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon in the United Kingdom, the new Vanquish will be available as a 2+2 or 2+0.
Priced about Dhs1 million, the first deliveries of the new sports car are expected to begin in Europe later this year.