Aston Martin Celebrates 20 Years Of The Epic V12 Vanquish

Of course, we have to spend some time on the engine. With two overhead camshafts, 48 valves, and six liters of displacement across 12 cylinders, the engine’s specs read like an engineer’s pornographic novel. It developed 460 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 410 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm, allowing it to reach a top speed of 190 mph. Better than the V12 in the DB7 of the time, this engine received a long list of new goodies: inlet manifolds, camshafts, valve gear, crankshaft, and exhaust system – all of which helped increase power by 7%. Interestingly, while Aston is proud of the whole package, its in-house heritage center and new car dealership, Aston Martin Works, offers a manual conversion for those who don’t like “flappy paddles.”