2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin gave the 2013 Vanquish its North American debut yesterday evening at the McCall Motorworks Revival ahead of this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. With blue paintwork that looks good enough to eat and plenty of carbon fiber trim work inspired by the similarly delicious One-77, the newest version of the Vanquish looks like it will fit comfortably into the company's stable.

Engineers manage to stiffen the aging VH platform by around 25 percent, though forward thrust still comes from the tried-and-true 6.0-liter V12 with 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque on tap. Aston Martin says the 2013 Vanquish is good for 0-60 sprints in the 4.1-second range regardless of whether the buyer opts for the 2+2 or 2+0 seating configuration.

Speaking of the cabin, designers borrowed heavily from the halo One-77 with LED lighting treatments throughout. Expect to see a knew steering wheel and a significantly larger trunk as well. How large? Aston says the cargo area can now stash more goods than that of Volkswagen Golf. If you want a 2013 Vanquish to call your very own, get ready to pony up $279,995. Check out the full press release below, as well a video of Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez revving the engine.

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ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH SET TO STAR IN MONTEREY

Irvine CA, 6 August 2012 – Aston Martin's stunning new luxury sports car; the Vanquish is set to make its American debut at a series of celebratory events around the globally renowned Monterey automotive week in California, from 15-19 August.

Aston Martin will commence the celebrations on the evening of Wednesday 15 August at McCall's Motorworks Revival, where the new Vanquish will make its American debut. 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.

As well as attendance at Quail: A Motorsports Gathering (17 August) and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (19 August), Aston Martin will host guests at The Aston Martin Estate over the weekend. This exquisite private venue, situated high above Carmel with panoramic views across the Monterey Bay, will provide the perfect backdrop for showcasing Aston Martin's latest sports car to customers and friends of the brand for the first time. This grand estate will also serve as the location for a myriad of exclusive events including private viewings for customers of the new Vanquish with Design Director Marek Reichman and dynamic test drives of Aston Martin's award-winning line-up of current, handcrafted high performance sports cars.

"We are very excited about the Monterey program this year and the opportunity to showcase Vanquish at a series of events which are now firmly established as some of the most captivating of the year for automotive enthusiasts from around the world," said Julian Jenkins, Vice President, Aston Martin The Americas.

He added: "Along with our partners, we look forward to welcoming current owners, new customers and automotive enthusiasts to share in our celebrations at The Aston Martin Estate throughout the weekend."

In addition to fine hospitality and exhilarating driving experiences, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with various partners including Davidoff, Jaeger LeCoultre, Louis Roederer, Lugano Diamonds, Timothy Oulton, Vizio and William Grant & Sons. Vanquish is a new Aston Martin developed using the latest engineering methods and innovative technologies coming together with typically understated classic British design to produce a true super GT. Vanquish features the next generation of Aston Martin's renowned VH architecture, a comprehensively revised 6.0-liter V12 engine and an entirely carbon fiber body.

The design represents the latest take on Aston Martin's iconic visual language. Vanquish unquestionably sees the brand continue its enviable tradition of producing some of the most beautiful sports cars in the world. Styling cues such as the elegant new waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are derived from the sold-out One-77 supercar.

The iconic V12 petrol engine mated to the proven Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox offers suitably impressive performance figures. The V12's power peak of 565 bhp makes it Aston Martin's most potent production model yet, outmuscled only by the strictly limited edition One-77 supercar.

Priced from (US Dollar) $279,995 MSRP (CAD $296,000) first deliveries of the new Vanquish will begin across the Americas in early 2013.