You’d think the team at Aston Martin would look at the Vanquish and go “yeah, we’ve done a rather splendid job there.” But they didn’t. Instead, they got together, had a chat and decided that more power was needed. Bonkers, but brilliant. Don’t ever change, Aston.

The result of that get together is this, the new Vanquish S. It’s tighter, meaner and of course, faster. And that’s never a bad thing. Oh, and it’s still incredibly beautiful. But honestly, would you expect anything less from this formidable force of luxury sports cars? No, you wouldn’t.

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That’s a hell of a sight in your rear view mirror…

So what makes it so special? Well, let’s talk about the engine first. As that’s the crucial element. The naturally-aspirated 6.0 V12 no kicks out 600PS. That’s a big leap from the 573PS of old. It enjoys sensational throttle response, thanks to a revised, freer-breathing intake system. These larger volume inlet manifolds allow a greater volume of air to flow into the engine at high revs, creating a relentless power delivery and a stronger feel all the way to the redline.

Though all that power is worthless without a means to get it to terra firma. Luckily, Aston has that covered, too. The calibration of the 8-speed Touchtronic III transmission has been revised to deliver faster gearshifts and greater refinement at low speeds for a greater sense of precision and immediacy. Basically, it’s a bit racier.

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Can we have a go please?

The suspension has been given some love, too. Not that it was bad to begin with. The suspension, damper internals, spring rates and anti-roll bar bushes have been re-tuned to give the Vanquish S a keener edge in the more sporting suspension modes, without compromising its ability to deliver supple ride quality on demand. It’s firmer than the Vanquish, but not detrimentally so.

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Brakes. Handy things to have

Then of course, there’s the look of the thing. New options for the trim are available, including more carbon fibre than you can shake a stick at. Plus, a new front splitter and rear diffuser give a meaner look. While being functional, too. New wheel options, new graphics options and uprated trim also feature. Though let’s be honest, you only want this for the glorious V12. And for £199,950, you can have one. If you don’t have that, may we suggest a well-worded letter to Santa?