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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish: What the critics say

How did the new Vanquish fare with the critics? The price starts at $279,995.

Bloomberg.com
Aston Martin’s new top-of-the-line grand tourer isn’t going to outsprint any of its supercar rivals. A four-second time in the zero-to-60 mph dash rates as “positively bovine” in comparison with a Ferrari’s three. But James Bond’s favorite automaker builds cars that make stopwatches irrelevant. “Aston Martins are pitter-patter, be-still-my-beating-heart beautiful,” both to look at and to drive. The new Vanquish is “a wicked, pretty thing”—a jewel that deserves a space in any collector’s garage.

The Wall Street Journal
“The sheer horsey power of the thing” could make you giddy. Equipped with a spruced-up 565-hp V-12 engine, the Vanquish is at “its absolute best tracking straight and true at high speed.” Steering is “keen and responsive,” though, and the ceramic disc brakes “would stop a train.” Inside, a cheap navigation display screen remains the one dissonant element in a cabin that’s otherwise “just insane” with luxury detailing.

Jalopnik.com
Some have complained that all Aston Martins look the same, but “why keep swinging when you’ve already hit a home run?” The brand has a “brilliant” flagship in the Vanquish. It has “thousands of watts of charisma,” it’s “one of the most dynamic-to-drive grand touring cars in the world,” and it’s also “the best Aston ever built.”

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