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This Aston Vanquish S Ultimate is the last Vanquish S

Run-out, limited-edition Vanquish is a £212k farewell to the V12-engined Aston

Published: 31 Oct 2017

This is it. The last of the Aston Martin Vanquish S cars. A big, £211,995-shaped farewell to Aston Martin’s V12-engined super-coupe. Say a brief hello – and a fond goodbye – to the Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate.

Yep, Aston is wrapping up production on the current Vanquish S, and has decided to send out the big lug with a trim special. There are three ‘Designer Themes’ you can choose from (paintwork and interior selections), along with carbon-fibre side strakes, rose gold ‘Ultimate’ decals, carbon-fibre treadplates and special seat stitching.

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The first of the ‘Designer Themes’ you can view above: it’s called Ultimate Black, and features, um, black paintwork, copper bronze graphics, black exhaust tips and calipers, and new five-spoke alloys.

Then come the lashings of carbon fibre used for the bonnet louvres, grille and side strakes (as mentioned). Inside, it’s a case of black leather with tan accents, with a carbon-fibre twill fascia.

The other ‘Designer Themes’ comprise a grey exterior matched with blue graphics, and a grey leather interior featuring yellow and blue detailing. The third features ‘white gold’ bodywork with bronze graphics, against a tan leather interior with black accents.

Aston also helpfully mentions that “customers can elect to combine any exterior scheme and interior package as a no-cost option”. So, y’know, go nuts.

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Elsewhere, it’s a ‘regular’ Aston Vanquish S: 595bhp, 6.0-litre V12, a soundtrack to make your heart stop, eight-speed auto ’box, rear-wheel drive, carbon-ceramic brakes, three-stage adaptive damping and a body shape that – to this day – remains utterly, utterly gorgeous. No argument.

Just 175 cars will be built globally, split across Coupe and Volante versions. The Ultimate Coupe costs £211,995, while the convertible costs £223,995. Go for the Volante if you must, if only to better hear the naturally aspirated V12 in all its naturally aspirated glory.

“As the much-loved Vanquish S nears the end of production,” says Aston’s chief sales officer, Christian Marti, “we wanted to celebrate its success with a limited run of very special cars.”

Yep, it’s the end for this line of Vanquish cars, but don’t fret: Aston is on course to deliver a new one, which you’ll see next year. Which is when, incidentally, first deliveries of this Ultimate Vanquish will commence...

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