Aston Martin Looks to the Future at Paris Motor Show


October 2, 2014 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 5, 2015

In a year that has witnessed unprecedented investment in its business, along with the appointment of new CEO Andy Palmer, Aston Martin is now turning its attention to the glamour and excitement of the Paris Motor Show which opens to the public on Saturday, 4 October.

The luxury British sports car company will be, once again, commanding attention with a European show debut for the exceptional new V12 Vantage S Roadster alongside the public unveiling of the highly desirable new Vanquish Coupe Carbon Black special edition.

Palmer began his tenure at the head of the iconic marque on Wednesday 1 October by addressing the workforce at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire before heading to Paris. He described joining Aston Martin as a decision of both the head and the heart. He said: “Aston Martin is an iconic brand with tremendous global recognition and potential. The company is at a significant point in its development. Building on our contemporary and relevant product line, we will work hard to extend the company’s global presence while preserving its British heritage and craftsmanship.”

Fresh from the global media launch of the new 15MY Vanquish and Rapide S – which have been roundly praised for their combination of breath-taking performance, head-turning style and effortless luxury – Aston Martin arrives in Paris with a show stand that’s sure to be a favourite among the expected 1.2 million-plus visitors to the event who will make it the world’s largest tier one motor show by attendance.

V12 Vantage S Roadster

Available now, the V12 Vantage S Roadster is Aston Martin’s most potent, quickest and fastest-accelerating series production convertible yet.

Delivering the most engaging open-top experience in the current range, the V12 Vantage S Roadster offers sporting agility underpinned by an enviable ‘soundtrack’ generated by its naturally aspirated V12 engine and expertly-tuned sports exhaust.

Equipped with the latest 565 bhp (573 PS) Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring state-of-the-art Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching 201 mph and sprinting from rest to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h 4.1 seconds).

The car on show in Paris showcases not only these exceptional engineering achievements, but also a number of bespoke styling additions by the brand’s blossoming personalisation programme: Q by Aston Martin.

An expertly tailored Diavolo Red exterior paint colour gives way to an interior that includes a full carbon fibre centre stack, exquisite saddle leather detailing and the now synonymous Q by Aston Martin badges.

Vanquish Coupe Carbon Black special edition

Offering Aston Martin’s desirable Carbon Black, or Carbon White, special edition treatment to the Vanquish – the brand’s ultimate GT – creates a sports car with a powerful road presence to match its 200 mph-plus performance.

The Carbon Black special edition to be unveiled in Paris perfectly accentuates the Super GT nature of Vanquish through a strong dark theme, underpinned by a unique combination of lightweight carbon fibre as standard.  The contemporary Carbon White special edition, meanwhile, also creates a dramatic visual appeal, contrasting the carbon fibre and dark elements against eye-catching Stratus White paint.

Striking new features available as standard for both Carbon Black and Carbon White editions include black window surrounds and ten-spoke gloss black non diamond turned alloy wheels. Inside, the theme continues with a choice of accent colours and materials that showcase a combination of standard carbon fibre features and black hardware.

Other eye-catching models sharing the limelight in Paris include the sporty V8 Vantage N430 and luxurious Rapide S four-door sports car, the latter also featuring more elegant additions via Q by Aston Martin.

The arrival of new cars such as the V12 Vantage S Roadster, special edition models and 15MY Vanquish and Rapide S comes as the £500m product investment programme announced earlier in the year – Aston Martin’s largest new car development spend in its 101-year history – gets into its stride.

Welcoming the bold showing in the French capital Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer added: “A busy show stand at Paris typifies the strength and optimism to be found throughout the Aston Martin business worldwide.

“The news of major investment, key technical alliances, new sports cars and the growing desire for more Q by Aston Martin personalisation gives everyone associated with the great British brand both deep pride in the present and real confidence for the future.”

Aston Martin is located in Pavilion 1, stand 520, at the Paris Motor Show, which is open to the public from Saturday 4 October to Sunday 19 October.

Technical Specification – Vanquish Carbon Black & White – Coupe & Volante

Body

  • Two-door Coupe body style with 2+0 seating or Volante body style with 2+2 seating
  • Extruded aluminium and Carbon Fibre bonded VH body structure
  • Carbon Fibre body panels
  • Lightweight multi-layer Volante Black fabric roof
  • Cast-magnesium door structures
  • Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators
  • LED light blade tail-lamps
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre splitter, diffuser and sill blade 

Engine

  • All alloy quad overhead cam 48-valve 5935 cc V12
  • Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with cross pipes
  • Compression ratio 11:1
  • Dual variable camshaft timing
  • Knock-sensing
  • Fully CNC machined combustion chambers
  • Maximum power 424 kW (568 bhp / 576 PS) at 6650 rpm
  • Maximum torque 630 Nm (465 lb ft) at 5500 rpm
  • Coupe Acceleration 0-60 mph in 3.6 sec; 0-100 km/h in 3.8 sec
  • Volante Acceleration 0-60 mph in 3.8 sec; 0-100 km/h in 4.0 sec
  • Coupe maximum speed 201 mph (324 km/h)
  • Volante maximum speed 197 mph (317 km/h) 

Transmission

  • Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic III’ eight-speed automatic gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system
  • Alloy torque tube with Carbon Fibre propeller shaft
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Final drive ratio 2.73:1
  • Launch control 

Steering

  • Steering rack with 15:1 steering ratio
  • Speed-dependent rack and pinion power-assisted steering,
  • 2.6 turns lock-to-lock
  • Column tilt and reach adjustment 

Wheels & Tyres

  • 20” 10-spoke forged gloss black painted alloy wheels
  • Front Pirelli P-Zero 255/35 ZR20
  • Rear Pirelli P-Zero 305/30 ZR20 

Suspension

  • Front independent double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar and adaptive dampers
  • Rear independent double wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar and adaptive dampers
  • 3-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes 

Brakes

  • Front ventilated CCM brake discs 398 mm diameter with six-piston calipers
  • Rear ventilated CCM brake discs 360 mm diameter with four-piston calipers
  • Brake caliper finish – choice of Black, Grey, Red or Yellow
  • 3-stage Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction Control (TC)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Positive Torque Control (PTC) 

Standard Specification – Interior

  • Full-grain Obsidian Black Luxmill leather interior
  • Pure Black Alcantara® headlining on coupe and Black Rökona and Alcantara® headlining on Volante
  • Electrically operated front seats with side airbags
  • Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three memory positions)
  • Coupe 2+0 seating configuration with flexible rear environment storage, Volante 2+2 seating configuration
  • Headrest embroidery – Aston Martin Wings or Vanquish logo
  • Heated front seats
  • Shadow bronze jewellery pack
  • Centre stack facia Carbon Fibre 2×2 Twill
  • Black hardware pack
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Curtain side head airbags
  • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
  • Pelvis and thorax seat mounted airbags
  • Seat belt dual pre-tensioners and digressive load limiters
  • Trip computer
  • Aston Martin Tracking by Cobra (UK only) 1,3,5
  • Laminated windscreen with clear noise-insulation layer
  • Glass ECU
  • Heated rear screen
  • Black gearshift paddles with colour-keyed leather trim
  • Rear parking assist camera 

Standard Specification – Exterior

  • Black bonnet and side strake meshes
  • Black front grille
  • Black textured tailpipe
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre roof panel 6
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre door mirror caps
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre side strakes
  • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Alarm and immobiliser
  • Remote control central door locking and boot release 

In-Car Entertainment

  • 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13-speaker audio system
  • Infotainment system (AMi) with capacitive switching
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation 1,2
  • 6.5” LCD Screen
  • DAB radio 1
  • AM/FM radio 1
  • USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
  • A2DP Bluetooth® audio 

Exterior Options

  • 10-spoke forged alloy wheels –
    o   Gloss Black painted with diamond-turned finish
  • Machine forged Aston Martin Wings badges
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre door handles
  • Protective film 

Interior Options

  • Black Luxmill leather part Alcantara® steering wheel 6
  • Black One-77 leather steering wheel with black Alcantara® inserts 6
  • Full Carbon Fibre gearshift paddles
  • Auto-dimming mirror with garage door opener
  • Heated and ventilated seats
  • Perforated leather door inserts
  • Smokers’ pack
  • Second glass ECU
  • Alarm upgrade (Volumetric and tilt sensors)
  • Toolkit
  • 6-CD auto-changer
  • First-aid kit 

Dimensions

  • Length 4692 mm (184.7”) 4728 mm (186”) (including number plate plinth)
  • Width 1912 mm (75.2”) (excluding door mirrors)
  • 2067 mm (81.3”) (including door mirrors)
  • Height 1294 mm (50.9”)
  • Wheelbase 2740 mm (107.9”)
  • Fuel tank capacity 78 litres (17.2 Imp. Gal. /20.5 US Gal)
  • Coupe Weight: 1739 kg (3834 lb) and Volante weight 1844 kg (4065 lb)
  • Weight Distribution 51%/49% (Front/Rear) 

Fuel consumption litres/100 km (mpg)

  • Urban 19.3 (14.6)
  • Extra urban 9.1 (31.0)
  • Combined 12.8 (22.1) 

Gas mileage

  • City 13 US mpg
  • Highway 21 US mpg
  • Combined 16 US mpg 

CO2 emissions

  • 298 g/km

1 – Not available in all markets
2 – Includes Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) in Continental Europe
3 – Complies with UK Thatcham Category 5 requirements. Excludes subscription. Standard in UK
4 – iPod® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries
5 – Requires 3G USB dongle
6 – Not available on Volante