2006 Aston Martin VanquishS
Year of manufacture2006
- Notable and coveted serial no. 007
- One of only 326 examples delivered to the U.S.
- Presented in Jet Black over Iron Ore leather
- Highly desirable “2+0” seating configuration
At the 2004 Paris Motor Show, the car billed as the “fastest production model ever to be built by Aston Martin” was unveiled: The Vanquish S. While this honor has since been ceded to the One-77 and the V12 Vantage S, the Vanquish S’ maximum speed of 200 mph was jaw-dropping at the time (and remains so today). In order to reach the magical 200 mph mark, its 6.0-liter V-12 engine was fitted with new cylinder heads featuring fully machined inlet ports and combustion chambers to improve airflow, revised engine mapping, and new fuel injectors. The result was an increase in power output to 520 bhp and 425 lb-ft of torque.
In addition to the engine upgrades, the Vanquish’s optional Sports Dynamics package was fitted as standard on the Vanquish S. Upgrades included stiffer springs and dampers and shorter steering arms. Revised steering geometry provided a 20-percent quicker response, allowing the driver to apply more precise input and receive more accurate feedback from the chassis. The brakes on the Vanquish S were upgraded to account for the higher performance; larger six-piston calipers were fitted, and the rear discs were wider to improve heat dissipation. A new brake-pedal assembly enhanced feel.
The changes made to the Vanquish S were not just mechanical. A redesigned boot lid improved balance and stability and achieved a lower coefficient of drag. The revised front grille given a deeper profile and sported six horizontal slats instead of the previous nine; an added splitter improved high-speed stability. At the rear, the larger windscreen improved visibility.
This Jet Black over Iron Ore example offered here is one of just 326 chassis delivered new to the United States. Although 2+2 seating was standard, this example was specified in the far more sporting two-seater “plus zero” configuration. Standard accouterments presented on this Vanquish S include the six-speed automated manual transmission, leather and anodized aluminum trims, full-color navigation display, alcantara headliner, and staggered 19-inch forged alloy wheels. Included is a clean Carfax report, service book, two sets of keys, Vanquish car cover, Aston Martin battery tender, Lamy pen, and original umbrella. Further, the car recently received a major dealer service costing approximately $10,000.
The pinnacle of the first generation of Vanquish, the Vanquish S is a quintessentially British grand tourer and the last of the truly hand-built Aston Martins. This special example, with its notable serial no. 007 and spectacular colors, is one not to be missed.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo20.