Aston Martin has started to release details of its new flagship model and the first surprise is that it’s not going to be called Vanquish. The Vanquish name was originally used in 2000 for the utterly gorgeous Ian Callum-designed GT, but while I loved the car, I’ve never got on with the name. I understood the precedent to create another ‘V’ car but to me ‘Vanquish’ sounded contrived and, when uttered in the heavy accent of the company’s then German CEO, rather rude too.
Thank Frankel it's Friday: The story of Aston Martin Superleggera
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.