German sport-auto ( issue 01/2003 "The Premium Bond car") tested the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife: 8.17 min and at Hockenheim: 1 min 17.2 sec .....not bad for 1888 kg empty weight. According to Horst von Saurma "a breathtaking performance".

Some other data:

engine: V12, 5935 cm3
469 HP (they got this wrong, should be 460)
torque 542 Nm at 5000 RPM
0-100 km/h = 5.4 sec
0-200 km/h = 15.6 sec
max speed 322 km/h
price 245 kEUR

It was compared with the new Ferrari F 575M Maranello, which has abt. 100 kgs less weight, 55 more HP and therefore finished slightly in front.

(fanch: you need to buy this issue)