17 September 2014 – Hot on the heels of the successful introduction of the sought-after new 15 Model Year Vanquish, Aston Martin is revealing two new special edition versions of its ultimate GT: The Vanquish Carbon Black and Carbon White.

Offering Aston Martin’s desirable Carbon Black, or Carbon White, special edition treatment to the Vanquish Coupe or Volante creates a sports car with a powerful road presence to match its 200 mph-plus performance.

A Carbon Black special edition will be one of the stars of the Aston Martin stand at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show and the car on display perfectly accentuates the Super GT nature of Vanquish through a strong dark theme, underpinned by a unique combination of lightweight carbon fibre as standard.

The contemporary Carbon White special edition, meanwhile, also creates a dramatic visual appeal, contrasting the carbon fibre and dark elements against eye-catching Stratus White paint.

Striking new features available as standard for both Carbon Black and Carbon White editions include black window surrounds and ten-spoke gloss black alloy wheels. Inside, the theme continues with a choice of accent colours and materials that showcase a combination of standard carbon fibre features and black hardware.

However the key to these monochrome special editions is the ability to add highlights of colour; through an accent brake caliper, or an accent stitch or welt, giving the customer the freedom to decide how much accent colour to use.

Eye-catching features distinguishing the Carbon editions from their standard Vanquish siblings include an exposed carbon fibre roof panel (coupe only), carbon fibre side strakes and carbon fibre mirror caps and arms. Meanwhile a machined carbon fibre ‘wings’ badge is available for the first time as an option on the special edition cars.

Some of the distinguishing features inside the Carbon special editions include machined carbon fibre sill plaques with Carbon Black or Carbon White logos; a herringbone Carbon fibre facia; black anodised centre stack rotaries; Obsidian Black leather with optional contrast stitching in accent colours and black gearshift paddles with accent coloured leather tips.

Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman said: “I’m sure the Vanquish Carbon special edition models will generate a huge amount of interest, and desire, among existing and prospective Aston Martin customers.

“The emphasis on predominantly monochrome design, with subtle accent colours, and the relatively extensive use of exposed carbon fibre perfectly showcases the authenticity and purity of Aston Martin design and engineering.”

Vanquish Carbon Black or Carbon White special edition models are available to order now via Aston Martin dealers in most major markets worldwide.


Technical Specification – 2015 Vanquish Carbon Black & White – Coupe & Volante


  • Two-door Coupe body style with 2+0 seating or Volante body style with 2+2 seating
  • Extruded aluminium and Carbon Fibre bonded VH body structure
  • Carbon Fibre body panels
  • Lightweight multi-layer Volante Black fabric roof
  • Cast-magnesium door structures
  • Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators
  • LED light blade tail-lamps
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre splitter, diffuser and sill blade



  • All alloy quad overhead cam 48-valve 5935 cc V12
  • Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with cross pipes
  • Compression ratio 11:1
  • Dual variable camshaft timing
  • Knock-sensing
  • Fully CNC machined combustion chambers
  • Maximum power 568 bhp (424 kW / 576 PS) at 6650 rpm
  • Maximum torque 465 lb ft (630 Nm) at 5500 rpm
  • Coupe Acceleration 0-60 mph in 3.6 sec
  • Volante Acceleration 0-60 mph in 3.8 sec
  • Coupe maximum speed 201 mph (324 km/h)
  • Volante maximum speed 197 mph (317 km/h)



  • Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic III’ eight-speed automatic gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system
  • Alloy torque tube with Carbon Fibre propeller shaft
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Final drive ratio 2.73:1
  • Launch Control



  • Steering rack with 15:1 steering ratio
  • Speed-dependent rack and pinion power-assisted steering,
  • 2.6 turns lock-to-lock
  • Column tilt and reach adjustment


Wheels & Tyres

  • 20” 10-spoke forged gloss black painted alloy wheels
  • Front Pirelli P-Zero 255/35 ZR20
  • Rear Pirelli P-Zero 305/30 ZR20



  • Front independent double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar and adaptive dampers
  • Rear independent double wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar and adaptive dampers
  • 3-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes



  • Front ventilated CCM brake discs 398 mm diameter with six-piston calipers
  • Rear ventilated CCM brake discs 360 mm diameter with four-piston calipers
  • Brake caliper finish – choice of Black, Grey, Red or Yellow
  • 3-stage Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction Control (TC)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Positive Torque Control (PTC)


Standard Specification – Interior

  • Full-grain Obsidian Black Luxmill leather interior
  • Pure Black Alcantara® headlining on coupe and Black Rökona and Alcantara® headlining on Volante
  • Electrically operated front seats with side airbags
  • Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three memory positions)
  • Coupe 2+0 seating configuration with flexible rear environment storage, Volante 2+2 seating configuration
  • Headrest embroidery – Aston Martin Wings or Vanquish logo
  • Heated front seats
  • Shadow bronze jewellery pack
  • Centre stack facia Carbon Fibre 2×2 Twill
  • Black hardware pack
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Curtain side head airbags
  • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
  • Pelvis and thorax seat mounted airbags
  • Seat belt dual pre-tensioners and digressive load limiters
  • Trip computer
  • Aston Martin Tracking by Cobra (UK only) 1,3,5
  • Laminated windscreen with clear noise-insulation layer
  • Glass ECU
  • Heated rear screen
  • Black gearshift paddles with colour-keyed leather trim
  • Rear parking assist camera
  • Auto-dimming mirror with garage door opener
  • Alarm upgrade (Volumetric and tilt sensors)


Standard Specification – Exterior

  • Black bonnet and side strake meshes
  • Black front grille
  • Black textured tailpipe
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre roof panel 6
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre door mirror caps
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre side strakes
  • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Alarm and immobiliser
  • Remote control central door locking and boot release


In-Car Entertainment

  • 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13-speaker audio system
  • Infotainment system (AMi) with capacitive switching
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation 1,2
  • 6.5” LCD Screen
  • DAB radio 1
  • AM/FM radio 1
  • USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
  • A2DP Bluetooth® audio


Exterior Options

  • 10-spoke forged alloy wheels –
    • Gloss Black painted with diamond-turned finish
  • Machine forged Aston Martin Wings badges
  • Exposed Carbon Fibre door handles
  • Protective film


Interior Options

  • Black Luxmill leather part Alcantara® steering wheel 6
  • Black One-77 leather steering wheel with black Alcantara® inserts 6
  • Full Carbon Fibre gearshift paddles
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Perforated leather door inserts
  • Smokers’ pack
  • Second glass ECU
  • Toolkit
  • 6-CD auto-changer
  • First-aid kit



  • Length 4692 mm (184.7”) 4728 mm (186”) (including number plate plinth)
  • Width 1912 mm (75.2”) (excluding door mirrors)
  • Width 2067 mm (81.3”) (including door mirrors)
  • Height 1294 mm (50.9”)
  • Wheelbase 2740 mm (107.9”)
  • Fuel tank capacity 78 litres (17.2 Imp. Gal. /20.5 US Gal)
  • Coupe weight: 3834 lb (1739 kg) / Volante weight: 4065 lb (1844 kg)
  • Weight Distribution 51%/49% (Front/Rear)


Gas mileage

  • City 13 US mpg
  • Highway 21 US mpg
  • Combined 16 US mpg


CO2 emissions

  • 298 g/km

1– Not available in all markets

2 – Includes Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) in Continental Europe

3– Complies with UK Thatcham Category 5 requirements. Excludes subscription. Standard in UK

4 – iPod® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries

5 – Requires 3G/4G USB dongle

6– Not available on Volante


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