2006 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Coupe
  • Combined MPG:
    14 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    520-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Heritage
  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential
  • Luxury fittings

The Bad

  • Price
  • Limited number of dealers
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features of the 2006 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

  • 520-hp V-12
  • Formula One-style paddle shifting
  • Bonded body construction

2006 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Overview

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Vehicle Overview
In addition to the DB9 model that debuted for 2005, Aston Martin continues to offer the more expensive Vanquish. The high-dollar coupe joined the lineup of this legendary British sports car maker in 2002. Headquartered in Buckinghamshire, England, Aston Martin is owned by Ford Motor Co.

The automaker introduced a high-performance Vanquish S coupe at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. Approximately 300 S editions were to be built per year. Each holds a 6.0-liter V-12 that's tuned to deliver 520 horsepower.

Only the Vanquish S is offered for 2006. A navigation system and a new audio system are installed, and the Vanquish can communicate with Bluetooth-enabled phones. New standard equipment includes rear parking sensors, heated front seats, power-folding side mirrors and a garage-door opener.


Exterior
The elegant Vanquish was designed largely by Ian Callum, who also designed the now-departed DB7 Vantage. The Vanquish has a shorter hood and a wider, lower air intake than the less costly DB9. Bold auxiliary driving lamps flank its grille.

The front fenders and hood panels incorporate finely detailed compound curves that sweep back to steeply raked windshield pillars and a low, curved roofline. Deeply sculptured sill and door panels accentuate the classic profile, and large trapezoidal taillights sit in an arching tail. A chrome racing-style fuel filler is used. Nine-spoke alloy wheels measure 19 inches in diameter.

Carbon fiber, extruded aluminum and composite materials ar...
Vehicle Overview
In addition to the DB9 model that debuted for 2005, Aston Martin continues to offer the more expensive Vanquish. The high-dollar coupe joined the lineup of this legendary British sports car maker in 2002. Headquartered in Buckinghamshire, England, Aston Martin is owned by Ford Motor Co.

The automaker introduced a high-performance Vanquish S coupe at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. Approximately 300 S editions were to be built per year. Each holds a 6.0-liter V-12 that's tuned to deliver 520 horsepower.

Only the Vanquish S is offered for 2006. A navigation system and a new audio system are installed, and the Vanquish can communicate with Bluetooth-enabled phones. New standard equipment includes rear parking sensors, heated front seats, power-folding side mirrors and a garage-door opener.


Exterior
The elegant Vanquish was designed largely by Ian Callum, who also designed the now-departed DB7 Vantage. The Vanquish has a shorter hood and a wider, lower air intake than the less costly DB9. Bold auxiliary driving lamps flank its grille.

The front fenders and hood panels incorporate finely detailed compound curves that sweep back to steeply raked windshield pillars and a low, curved roofline. Deeply sculptured sill and door panels accentuate the classic profile, and large trapezoidal taillights sit in an arching tail. A chrome racing-style fuel filler is used. Nine-spoke alloy wheels measure 19 inches in diameter.

Carbon fiber, extruded aluminum and composite materials are bonded together to form a central safety cell in a process also used in the aerospace industry. Aston Martin says it's lighter, stiffer and stronger than conventional body construction and provides improved crash protection. Built on a 105.9-inch wheelbase, the Vanquish measures 183.7 inches long overall and stands 51.9 inches tall.


Interior
The Vanquish is available with or without a small backseat. Prospective owners are invited to visit Aston Martin's Newport Pagnell factory to select both the body color and a Connolly leather upholstery scheme. White-faced instruments greet the driver, and a message center can provide information in 11 languages.

Under the Hood
The Vanquish's V-12 produces 520 hp and 425 pounds-feet of torque. The close-ratio six-speed-manual transmission uses fingertip-actuated Formula One-style paddles to produce gear changes; the gearbox also has an automatic mode. A special shifting program is tailored for winter driving.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are installed.


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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The V12 Vanquish received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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