The exceptional sports car, an impressive new halo for the Aston Martin range, left the brand’s global HQ at Gaydon in Warwickshire on Monday bound for the recently-redeveloped Aston Martin Works dealership in nearby Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, and its first stop.
Aston fans keen to catch a glimpse of the new £190,000 super GT actually on the road will have to wait a little longer, though, as the display car is travelling from city to city in a specially-created truck complete with exclusive Aston Martin Vanquish branding.
The brief tour includes invitation-only customer preview events at which guests will have the chance to see the Vanquish close-up and place orders for the new car. It comes just ahead of the car’s global media launch which takes place within the next few weeks.
Visiting dealerships as far afield as Edinburgh to the north and Jersey in the south, the whirlwind tour takes place over just 26 days and will see the new super GT clock up thousands of miles on UK roads – in its bespoke chauffeured truck, of course.
Power and performance
Those lucky enough to see the Vanquish will preview a new Aston Martin featuring the next generation of the renowned VH architecture as well as the new AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine that is considerably more potent than before.
With 573 PS available at 6,750 rpm, 620 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm, a 0-62 mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph, the Vanquish is a fully paid-up member of the supercar club.
Yet as well as boasting more power and performance, the Vanquish is also a practical grand tourer.
Mark Kenworthy, Aston Martin’s general manager of sales and aftersales in the UK, said: ‘I’m sure those lucky enough to see the new car close up over the coming days will be thrilled by it.’
Those who miss out can still get involved. Simply by tweeting an image of the truck using the hashtag ‘#vanquishtour’ they will receive a ‘follow’ from the official Aston Martin twitter account.
Selected images and tour updates will then be featured on the Aston Martin website as the tour progresses.
Priced from £189,995, first deliveries of the Vanquish will begin in the UK late in 2012.