Aston Martin unveils Centenary Edition Vanquish
By David Szondy
January 21, 2013
Last week, on January 15, Aston Martin celebrated its centenary. To mark the occasion, the car maker unveiled its Centenary Edition Vanquish. Billed by Aston Martin as the “ultimate GT car,” this bespoke version of the luxury coupe will be available worldwide, though only 100 vehicles will be built. The company has also announced that similar centenary editions of the V8 Vantage, DB9 and Rapide are in the offing.
The main appeal of the Centenary Edition Vanquish is aesthetic. The interior is dominated by black leather with silver stitching previously only available in the One-77 hypercar, and there’s special silver embroidery of the Aston Martin wings in the head restraints. Going further with the motif, there’s also solid sterling silver sill plaques individually numbered with an Aston Martin hallmark.
According to Aston Martin, the purchaser also gets a presentation box containing two glass keys with leather key pouches that match the interior leather, solid silver cuff links featuring the Aston Martin script, a solid silver Rollerball pen, a pair of Bang & Olufsen headphones and a silver polishing cloth to buff up the badges and plaques.
The company notes that some specification details will vary from market by market, but they’ll all enjoy a special Centenary Edition paint finish, which adds an average of 18 hours to the painting process that already takes more than 50 hours to complete. This bespoke process involves building up a graduated finish by adding special “tinters” to create the darker inner color and is applied by hand with a “special mini-jet spray gun.”
Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman said that the paint job was almost like a makeup chart. “The team has looked closely at the individual contour lines of each of the cars to determine not only the right colors and shades, but also to create a template by which the paint changes from dark to light and where the graduated effect sits.”
Even without the special paint job and the silver cuff links the Vanquish isn't anything to sneeze at. The body is of bonded aluminum, magnesium alloy and carbon fiber composites and the engine is a 48-valve 5.9 liter V12 with independent quad variable camshaft timing punching 565 bhp (421 kW) and 457 ft lb (620 Nm) of torque. It does 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, on the way to a maximum speed of 183 mph (295 km/h). There’s also a six-speed touchtronic 2 automatic gearbox, limited-slip differential, and electronically controlled rack and pinion power-assisted steering.
The suspension is a lightweight aluminum front subframe with hollow castings and front independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers. In the rear, there are independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry. These are backed up by a three-stage adjustable adaptive damping system with normal, sport and track modes and ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes front and rear with an anti-lock braking system.
The Centenary Edition Vanquish is now available for orders. The price has not been mentioned, but when the company is handing out goodie bags with sterling silver accessories in them, it is definitely not going to be cheap.
The video below is Aston Martin's introduction to the Centenary Edition Vanquish.
Source: Aston Martin