Aston Martin Vanquish S (3)

It’s hard to believe that the second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish first debuted way back in 2012. Since that time, the Gaydon-based carmaker has churned out many variations of the two-door grand tourer, including a drop-top Volante and many other special edition versions.

With the new DB11 already out in the open, it has been rumoured that the Vanquish is due for a full model change soon. However, before that happens, Aston Martin looks set to introduce a more potent version of the current model, possibly called the Vanquish S. This is similar to what was offered with the first-generation Vanquish, which came with aero upgrades and a bump in horsepower.

The prototypes you see here was captured by our spy photographers near the Nurburgring recently, and it appears that the Vanquish S will be available for both the coupe and Volante models. On both test mules, the only noticeable difference up front is the wider lower intake compared to the standard car.

Everything else looks pretty much unchanged until we reach the rear, where a significantly more aggressive diffuser has been added. Joining it are a set of quad-exhaust tips, which replace the dual-tip setup on the regular Vanquish.

Under the hood, expect a few tweaks to the Vanquish’s AM29 5.9 litre V12 engine to bring power output closer to the 600 hp mark. Left untouched, the AM29 in the Vanquish coupe and Volante generates 568 hp and 630 Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Touchtronic 3 automatic gearbox.