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2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S makes Australian debut in Sydney

The stunning new Aston Martin Vanquish S made its Australian debut in Sydney yesterday, at the VIP unveiling of the Vantage S Red Bull Racing Edition (report coming soon).

Aston Martin says it has received unprecedented demand for the new Vanquish S, following its international debut in November last year. The new model features a number of exquisite highlights, with this show car showing of the naked carbon fibre bodykit.

You can spot the front lip extensions on the S, made from carbon, as well as the extended side skirts also made from carbon fibre, while around at the back is a chunky diffuser complete with carbon fibre fins. A carbon fibre roof completes the theme.

Under the bonnet sits a tweaked version of the company’s long-used 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12, with power output now reaching 442kW, up from 422kW in the regular Vanquish. Aston Martin implemented a higher-flowing intake manifold to help the engine breathe, thus creating more power.

The suspension is also fettled for the S and comes equipped with sportier dampers and revised spring rates for finer handling, and new stabiliser bar bushes for improved body control. Aston Martin says despite the changes comfort has not been compromised.

Inside is just as beautiful as the exterior, featuring the company’s traditional ‘Bridge of Weir’ leather which comes from highland cows in Scotland. It’s said that these cows are less prone to receiving scars and marks on their skin due to long hair protecting them from the elements. Some carbon fibre trimmings are also used to match the S personality.

With this model on show being the first example in the country, customers are eagerly anticipating local orders to arrive next month. Prices start at $489,950 (excluding on-roads). Speaking about the car, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said:

“We are thrilled to reveal the new Vanquish S to the Australian market. We are already experiencing unprecedented demand for Vanquish S in Australia, reaffirming the strong affinity for Aston Martin in Australia.”

Aston Martin sees Australia as a showcase market thanks to our diverse population and large tourism industry. Australia is currently the second most popular market for Aston Martin per market volume, only behind the UK. In terms of sheer sales, locals bought 115 units in 2016, down from 130 in 2015. However, the drop in sales is being put down to the DB9 going out of production and the pending arrival of the DB11 during mid-year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.