Reviewed: the Aston Martin Vanquish

Salma Awwad is blown away by the UK luxury car maker's latest offering

As I watched the video for Aston Martin’s Vanquish special pick up service to Burj Al Arab, my fantasies about being in one of those iconic cars started projecting in a bubble that floated on top of my head.

I imagined myself letting the hand break down and gliding away in the streets of Dubai as I pop the infamous AM butterfly doors open Daniel Craig style and step out in a jet black tux.

The fact of the matter is, whether I tell this as “how my Aston got towed” story, or as the tale of “The most epic valet moment in history”, I think it is apparent that Aston continues to raise its bar amongst the most prestigious, exclusive and desirable car clubs.

2013 is already a memorable car year, and we’re not even half way past it yet, whether it’s the Lamborghini Veneno presented in the company’s 50th year anniversary, or the unveiling of laFerrari, the highest output car in Ferrari history yet.

It is made clear with Aston’s centenary and the revealing of the Vanquish, that the One-77 is not their flagship car as many believe, which also happened to be the latest addition to Dubai’s Police super trooper squad. 

Many may argue that the Vanquish is in a different ballgame all together away from its peers mentioned above, given the fact that it sits in the GT category.  Boasting its most powerful production engine in Aston’s history producing 565Hp and 620Nm of torque delivering a staggering 4.1s 0-100km, may not stack up next to the Lambo’s raging bull, or LaFerrari’s panting animal under its hood.  However, buying an Aston was never about the numbers. 

Far from it actually, buying the AM Vanquish is a full 360 emotional experience, that can be enjoyed from the outside by gazing on its delicate LED Eyelashes indicators, or the inside being behind its outstandingly awkward squarish wheel that somehow blends in with the aesthetics in surprising manner. 

Most importantly though is the overwhelming feeling that possesses you by the slightest association with the car, even if it’s just holding its ravishing key, of being a mysterious international MI6 agent.

Bottom line, it can be its sheer roaring symphony, its hand built menacingly rugged looks, or the undeniable secret agent persona, this is definitely a personal favourite, and I have no doubt we will hear about more news on Aston as it celebrates its centenary in more jaw dropping ways.

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Posted by: Glen K

Great Review on the Aston, a true Gents car and show of British engineering. Makes me proud to be a Brit when I see moments like that day here in Dubai.
Aston should be marked as one of the top manufacturers here in the UAE, where I feel they still have a little way to go before they make a true inpact on the ME Market.

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