After a quick teaser video that basically told us what we were looking at, Aston Martin revealed the new 2015 Vanquish Carbon models. Available in both coupe and Volante (Aston speak for convertible), this sinister-looking special edition adds on some added aesthetic appeal and retains the awesome, new powertrain that the Vanquish just received.
Let’s start off with what remains the same. Under the hood, the Vanquish Carbon features the 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that produces 568 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. The engine mates to the rear, mid-mounted Touchtronic III gearbox that delivers power to the rear wheels via an alloy torque tube and a carbon-fiber propeller shaft. This combo allows the Vanquish Carbon to hit 60 mph in a scant 3.6 seconds in its coupe form and 3.8 seconds in the Volante model. Respectively, top speed rests at 201 mph and 197 mph.
On the outside, the Vanquish Cabon receives a good bit of updates. There are two versions of the Carbon models, Carbon White and Carbon Black, with the main difference between the two being that one has a black body and the other is in a stunning Stratus White. The Aesthetic modifications on these models include black window surrounds, 10-spoke alloy wheels with accent-colored calipers peeking out, an exposed carbon-fiber roof on the coupe, carbon-fiber strakes, mirror caps and mirror arms, carbon-fiber “Wings” emblem, and black headlight eyebrows.
Inside the cabin, the upgrades continue with black rotary dials mounted on a Herringbone carbon-fiber panel, Black Anodized speaker grilles, machined carbon-fiber door-sill plaques, Obsidian Black quilted-leather seating and door panels, black gearshift paddles, and a Bang & Olufson audio system.
Aston Martin has long been one of the best at making subtle additions stand out, and these Carbon Edition models are a great example of this. They are not overly done, but just enough to know that there is something different.