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.


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      Damian Holmes
      • 2 Years Ago
      The blue doesn't work - reminds me too much of the Porsche blue. Silver but the best color is black to blend out the lower fascia skirt.
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Damian Holmes
        It's close to what might be considered "Porsche Blue" but depending on the light it might be more similar to Gulf Blue, which is a color worn famously by Porsche but also lots of other car makers, including Aston Martin.
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the rest of the car is as gorgeous as ever, but I simply can NOT warm up to that lower fascia.
      Nuke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it hilarious that you can get 2 Mercedes CLS 63AMG's for less and they carry twice the people and are still faster. And you would still have about 50K left over for grins. Why does Aston insist on being behind the curve and charging twice their worth?
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nuke
        Because obviously they can . . . if you want an Aston, you want an Aston.
          Jason
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jason
          @RocketRed -- that is not a logical conclusion to draw from my original comment at all. Aston can charge what they do for their cars because people are buying them at that price. When one has nearly a $300,000 budget for a car, I highly doubt the major deciding factors are how many other cars of lesser price one could have for the single $300,000 car. When you are shopping in that price range, you most definitely buy what you personally want, regardless of if it does 0-60 in 4.1 or 3.3. If someone wants an Aston, they simply want it and will pay the necessary price for it, most assuredly never thinking before signing the sales certificate, "hmm, well, I could get two CLS 63AMGs instead...."
        adam1keith1980
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nuke
        You can also get a minivan that can carry even more people. What's your point? It's a ASTON MARTIN, and you are thinking like a poor person.
          Nuke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @adam1keith1980
          Ur right. A minivan is probably faster that an Aston.
        MikeT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nuke
        Because they can.
        Jai302
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nuke
        Loser mercdes fanboy it it isnt in the same league as an aston. Never will be. Yoi can get a merc for less than $30k theyre cheap cars now stfu
      Matt Farah
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really nice of you guys to give The Smoking Tire credit for the video, thanks for that. Oh wait, you didn't.
        Joseph 76
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Farah
        Said the guy who regularly admits to using Autoblog as a source of information for his own blog and never credits autoblog for anything...pot, kettle...black!?
          Matt Farah
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joseph 76
          I said i use it as a resource for information, I never, ever post content off Autoblog on my site. We avoid mainstream news whenever possible.
        Aaron C
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Farah
        Maybe they don't want to be associated with someone who makes durogatory comments lol I tried saying that first sentence in a little less PC way, and Auto Blog wouldn't let me post it. This makes me think that maybe they really don't want to be associated with you. Thanks for the video, and love the podcast man!
        Aaron C
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Farah
        Maybe it's because your a racist lol love the podcast man!
      Buckus Comments
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry. I can no longer distinguish 2-door Aston Martin models from each other. They have all sort of melded into one ambiguous blob.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see the knew steering wheel. What did it know?
      Tom Bryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      such bullshit. I love Aston but if they wanted to revive the Vanquish, the car that restarted their modern popularity, they should have done MUCH better than this. It looks like...EVERY OTHER ASTON but of course with and extra bulge or intake. The One-77 was much more worthy of the Vanquish name.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Moron revving the crap out of a car that is cold(notice the condensation being shot out). Moron.
        mcheddadi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        that moron is Aston Martin's CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez. who are you?
      Vision7
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can you please hire me as your copy editor? The current one on your staff is asleep at the metaphorical wheel. The typos I consistently find on a daily basis are downright embarrassing.
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The carbon fiber piece on the lower front fascia looks out of place but the rest of the car looks good. I just wish they would get serious with bringing out a new engine instead of using the same engines over and over again though
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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really really don't like that carbon fiber piece on the front, it just does not look right and ruins the car, it should be optional. It just does not have that clean beautiful front end that the DBS has. Other than that the car is fine and sounds great. If i had a DBS though I probably would not be running to trade it in for this.
        spinftwin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        I agree 100%. It makes it look like it is wearing a frilly scarf or something. I also don't like the body-color strips underneath all the carbon fiber on the front and back valences.
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