2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish - Road Test Specs

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

(5.9L V12 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 Aston Martin Vanquish 2dr Coupe (5.9L 12cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeRWD 2dr 4-passenger coupe
Base MSRP$282,110
Options on test vehicleBlack/Satin-Finish 20-Inch Wheels ($4,545); Exposed Carbon-Fiber Roof Panel ($3,190); Carbon-Fiber Interior Pack With Herringbone Fascia ($3,190); Black Mesh/Carbon-Fiber Ground Effects ($1,500).
As-tested MSRP$294,535
Assembly locationGaydon, England


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V12, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,935/362
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)Not indicated
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)565 @ 6,750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)457 @ 5,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic; push-button gear selector and steering-column-mounted paddle shifters
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.46
Differential(s)Rear: limited-slip


Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double wishbones, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0
Tire make and modelPirelli P Zero
Tire typeAsymmetrical and directional summer (36 psi cold front, 38 psi cold rear)
Tire size, front255/35ZR20 97Y
Tire size, rear305/30ZR20 103Y
Wheel size, front20-by-9 inches
Wheel size, rear20-by-11.5 inches
Wheel materialForged aluminum alloy
Brakes, front15.6-inch ventilated and cross-drilled carbon-ceramic disc with six-piston fixed caliper
Brakes, rear14.2-inch ventilated and cross-drilled carbon-ceramic disc with four-piston fixed caliper

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.8
0-45 mph (sec.)2.9
0-60 mph (sec.)4.2
0-75 mph (sec.)5.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.3 @ 115.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.9
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.2
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.5
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.3
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)12.5 @ 115.0
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)105
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)72.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON70.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.96
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.93
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsTried default Drive, Sport and Launch transmission modes. I don't believe it's possible to completely defeat traction control, or maybe the P Zeros are so sticky that they prevent wheelspin(?). At any rate, the quickest run was with Launch Control and traction control in Track mode. There's a fairly cryptic engagement procedure ensuring you know what you're doing, but it works very well: It briefly hangs the revs then drops the hammer and the rears struggle for traction. In this mode, it auto-upshifts 1-2, but requires the driver to manually upshift thereafter (without an indicated redline, but a shift light). Shifts are nearly seamless, but slightly longer than we've witnessed with automated manual transmission cars. Sounds and feels faster than the clock reports.
Braking commentsSoft pedal, and the brakes like some heat for maximum effectiveness, but the results are indisputable and seemingly unrelenting. First stop was "longest" at 114.6 feet, and the last two stops of seven were the shortest at 105 feet. Little dive in Normal suspension damping mode; zero in Track damping mode. Some expected/typical scuffing noise from the front brakes (carbon-composite at all corners).
Handling commentsSlalom: Track mode ESC is "off" enough to be considered off, but technically it's still lurking waaay back there. Essentially, as long as the driver is in control (using effective throttle/steering input) and staying ahead, it'll allow the proper amount of slide to be useful. That said, what a wonderful car: What feels a little ponderous at low speeds shrink-wraps and becomes a precise and predictable sports car with added speed. What's more, it has an effortless competence and a gracefully predictable manner at the limit. The only other car that comes to mind with similar attributes is the McLaren MP4-12C. Front end is obedient and tactile until super-mild understeer creeps in, then throttle manipulation produces the kind of understeer/oversteer trade-off one hopes to receive. There's a slight throttle closure at exit, but there's also some sort of limited-slip differential at work that helps straighten the car out. Magic and rewarding and confidence-inspiring. Skid pad: Again, with the ESC Track mode, there's mild understeer on the limit and the threshold for intervention is just outside an ideal amount of slip, so it's essentially off. Steering is very informative. With ESC on, it takes throttle away slightly below the limit.

Testing Conditions

Test date1/8/2013
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.4
Relative humidity (%)18.1
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.89
Wind (mph, direction)8.7, crosswind
Odometer (mi.)4,407
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/38

Fuel Consumption

Edmunds observed (mpg)11.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionBang & Olufsen BeoSound 13-speaker audio with AM/FM/satellite radio (no CD player)
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard USB input
Satellite radioStandard
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard, includes audio streaming
Navigation systemStandard hard-drive-based Garmin navigation system with 6.5-inch display (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Parking aidsBack-up camera, front/rear sonar
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,884
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,908
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51.1/48.9
Length (in.)185.8
Width (in.)75.2
Height (in.)50.9
Wheelbase (in.)107.9
Seating capacity4 (optional; two-passenger configuration is standard in U.S.)
Trunk volume (cu-ft)13.0


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/Unlimited mileage
Powertrain3 years/Unlimited mileage
Corrosion10 years/Unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years/Unlimited mileage

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