The phrase "Gran Turismo" may be most closely associated with a certainby many members of the PlayStation generation, but the term harkens back to the proper concept of grand touring. That is, covering big miles with style, with performance, and with luxury. Those directives are often contradictory, and so we see some GT cars that are as razor-sharp as the (video) and some as cossetingly smooth as the .
In many ways, the Aston Martin brand typifies the gran turismo concept, with nearly all of its cars slotting somewhere in the middle of that broadly defined genre. For years, the Aston DBS had been the quintessential GT. The Vanquish is that car's sportier successor, familiar in many ways but new, with a lightweight carbon fiber body, completely refreshed interior, smarter infotainment options, and a bigger trunk to boot. Oh, and it's absolutely lovely to behold.
Is this the new grandest of grand tourers? Let's find out.
The Good The 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe is a lovely thing that sounds amazing and provides a good blend of sporting nature and comfort. The new interior is clean and stylish as well.
The Bad While a nice upgrade from previous Astons, interior tech is still lacking. The Garmin navigation system feels dated.
The Bottom Line The 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe is an amazing engine in a package full of soul, but as ever lacking a bit on the tech side. Buy it with your heart, not your head.
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