Hammond’s icons: Aston Martin Vanquish S
It may be heavy, it may be expensive, but the Aston Vanquish is still a thing of beauty
Posted: 03 Apr 2012
Designed by Ian Callum, it's bloody gorgeous to behold: lithe, curvy, a bit kinky here and there and quietly, sensuously muscular under the surface. It's Angelina Jolie with a wheel at each corner. And you certainly can't complain about the noise. The 6.0-litre V12 in the S makes 514bhp and a soulful, glorious, trouser-tickling howl while it goes about it. And just because it arrived in 2004, let's not go thinking it's an aged simpleton. Underneath is an extruded aluminium and carbon-fibre monocoque.