Icon – Aston Martin Vanquish

James Bond's signature motor has been upgraded for 2012. Bumper-mounted machine guns are not on the options list

Pay attention, 007...

Yes, yes, we get it – James Bond drives Aston Martins. But even he hasn't got his hands on the Vanquish, the successor to the DBS. It's based on Aston Martin's One-77, with a carbon fibre body over a 6-litre V12 that pumps out 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic sequential gearbox applies that power to the road, while carbon ceramic brakes and a dynamic stability control system should stop you wrapping yourself around any lampposts.

And has Q branch fitted any gadgets?

Well, you get adaptive suspension with Normal, Sport and Track settings, with launch control helping it get from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds. You also get an overhauled cabin interface, with navigation, phone and stereo controls on a flip-up LCD. Sound is, as with other Aston Martins, furnished by Bang & Olufsen – with an optional 1,000w, 15-speaker BeoSound audio system. Other options include a Garmin sat-nav and a Wi-Fi hub.

That's me sold. What's the damage?

You will, unfortunately, need Goldfinger's Midas touch if you want to get your hands on the Vanquish – prices will start at a whopping £190,000 when it goes on sale later in the year.

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