Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate edition to give V12 GT a fitting send-off

Aston Martin announces the Ultimate edition run-out version of the Vanquish S before the flagship GT is replaced.

Aston Martin will produce a final-run of Vanquish S Ultimate edition cars signalling the end for the current Vanquish. 175 Ultimate edition, coupes or Volantes, will roll off the Gaydon production line due for delivery in 2018.

The Vanquish S Ultimate Edition coupe is priced at £211,995, the Volante a bit dearer at £223,995. The special models will round-off production of the second generation Vanquish, marking the end of the naturally-aspirated era at Aston Martin.

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Three separate Ultimate edition packages pair exterior finishes with interior trims in distinctly different combinations. All cars come with a unique ‘Ultimate’ quilting design and headrest embroidery, Carbonfibre side strakes, carbonfibre treadplates and an Ultimate sill plaque.

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The first of the three trim packages features copper-coloured bordering to define the front air intake, side sills and sculpted rear diffuser to contrast with the black body work. Black exhaust tips, brake calipers and window-trims also feature, while the carbonfibre grille, side strakes and bonnet louvres blend discreetly into the dark ensemble. Inside, the Kestrel Tan-stitched, black leather seats face towards the carbon trimmed fascia.

Less covert is the sportswear inspired trim theme that adds flecks of Cobalt Blue to the Zenon Grey body colour. Yellow-painted brake calipers also hide behind five-spoke alloy wheels while yellow accents, blue stitching and grey leather upholstery create a diverse palette of colours in the cabin.

The last design scheme puts bronze and black gloss graphics and carbonfibre against a White Gold body. The interior is punctuated by black accents while a unique cuprum carbonfibre finish trims the centre console. Should you want to mix and match one exterior package with a different interior finish, Aston Martin will accommodate.

The naturally-aspirated V12 powerplant is untouched on the Ultimate edition cars. As ever, it sends 595bhp via an 8-speed automatic transmission to the rear-axle. Tasked with hauling the GT down from it’s 201mph top speed are vented-carbon rotors, 398mm up front and 360mm out back. Execute a clean getaway and the Vanquish will surge to 62mph in 3.5sec, helped by 465lb ft of torque from the 6-litre motor at 5500rpm.

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