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Aston Martin Vanquish 25
enowned designer Ian Callum designed the original V12 Aston Martin Vanquish back in 2001 when Aston Martin was under Ford ownership, and his new design company CALLUM, in partnership with R-Reforged, has announced an updated, heavily revised version – the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM
“It’s rare that a designer has the chance to retell the story of one of their own cars. I’ve wanted to do that for some time and with R-Reforged we could do something special,” says Ian Callum CBE, Design Director. “Materials and technologies have advanced, allowing us to introduce these along with new ideas that weren’t feasible when the car was launched.”
The Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM retains the iconic silhouette while benefitting from over one hundred design changes, each offering form and function benefits. The car sits 10mm lower on custom forged 20” rims, for increased stability. Reprofiled front and rear carbon fibre bumpers lift the visuals and increase aerodynamic efficiency, and new high-intensity LED head and taillights are fitted
“We’ve addressed many of the individual areas we feel deserved a second look,” adds Callum. “The overall effect, including the stance, gives the car a new lease of life. Applying our design philosophy of balancing form and function has resulted in what we feel is the ultimate Vanquish.”
Vanquish 25 rides on custom 20" forged wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tyresBespoke rear diffuser with integrated exhaust boxBespoke rear diffuser with integrated exhaust boxBridge of Wear leather interiorBridge of Wear leather interiorInstrument cluster by Bremont with a removable pocket watch<>
The focus of the engineering team, led by Adam Donfrancesco, was to create a supple and comfortable ride that’s responsive and a chassis that is supportive but not harsh. Stiffer anti-roll bars, tuned dampers, custom springs and lower ride height, have increased steering response and reduced roll; but crucially allowed the damping to ‘breathe’ a little more.
Engineers worked closely with partner Michelin at its Ladoux test facility to select the optimum Pilot Sport tyres and settings for the custom 20” forged wheels, which, thanks to diameter and offset changes, now fill the Vanquish arches.
Brakes have also been upgraded with the latest Aston Martin carbon ceramic discs, cooled via 3D printed air ducts. New race-spec hub bearings improve brake pedal feel, an Achilles’ heel of the original car. The 5.9 litre V12 now delivers an extra 60bhp over the original 520bhp with new carbon induction and exhaust systems. And for those owners who prefer the effortless nature of a true automatic, a six-speed torque convertor transmission is available as an option.
The interior has also been significantly updated with a carbon fibre dash and centre console that houses an integrated eight-inch display featuring Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The luxury British watch manufacturer Bremont has designed the instrument cluster, together with a removable mechanical pocket watch that can be used in and out of the car. Neat, although I don't know anyone under the age of about 90 who would confess to having a pocket watch these days.
New sport seats allow for a lower and more cosseting seating position. Combined with a thinner steering wheel and revised paddle-shifters, these transform the levels of comfort and usability. Interior trim features sumptuous Bridge of Wear leather carrying a design described as Ian Callum’s "fresh take on tartan".
If this new, improved Vanquish sounds like the thing for you, then check it out at www.r-reforged.com. You better have deep pockets though, as the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM is available to order from £550,000, plus local taxes, including an original vehicle sourced by R-Reforged. Current owners of a Vanquish can choose to upgrade their existing car, presumably for slightly less dosh.