2014 Matte Orange Aston Martin Vanquish
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how many fast's does that thing go?
With launch control -- an Aston first -- the Vanquish reached 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds at 116.2 mph. Its best lap around the figure eight -- 24.6 seconds -- was 0.1 second slower than the most recent DB9 we tested, which had less power and was 7 pounds lighter. We attribute this performance to the Vanquish's softer setup, even with the three-stage adjustable dampers in Track mode -- a setting with dubious merit--and an unexpected amount of mid-corner understeer, the onset of which the car communicates clearly. It makes for remarkably easy limit handling, but not necessarily the most exciting driving experience. Fortunately, committing to the throttle locks the diff and produces some of the smoothest, most relaxed drifts any V-12 Grand Touring car could hope to execute.