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Aston Martin Vanquish starts our engines in green (pictures)

The 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe is a looker in any hue, but we found it particularly head-turning in this shade of green, dubbed "Appletree."

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

This is the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe, which starts at an eye-watering $279,995.

Read CNET's full review of the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

These lovely, diamond-turned 20-inch wheels will set you back an additional $3,975.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Composite brakes, however, are standard.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Raw carbon fiber highlights are everywhere on this car, making a strong performance statement.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Mirrors, too, are carbon.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Flared fenders are a strong hint at the power delivered through the rear wheels.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

The color is called "Appletree Green," and we're quite fond of it.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Functional hood vents give the 6-liter V-12 a little more room to breathe.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Taillights are carved into the bodywork.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

The 6-liter V-12 is hand-built, and situated rearward in the engine compartment for better weight distribution.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

It looks like it shouldn't fit.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Doors open with an upward sweep, as on other Astons.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Seats are comfortable, but not the sportiest.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

The rear seats are best used by those who are extremely vertically challenged.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Interior design is clean and simple.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

This (optional) wheel is shared with the One-77, a $1,020 option. We like the materials, but not the square shape.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Simple and clear traditional dials for speed and engine rpm.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Small, inset LCDs provide more information.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Buttons on the left for making calls, and for tweaking suspension settings.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

On the right, cruise control and the ubiquitous "sport" button.

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The center console looks very sophisticated.

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The upper display swivels out of the dash on engine start, here showing the rearview camera.

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Tweeters arise from the dash as well.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

LC stands for Launch Control, a first for Aston Martin.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

These flat buttons feature a vibrating haptic effect that we weren't particularly fond of.

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Transmission is shifted using the four buttons along the top, or paddles behind the wheel.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Charging options aplenty, with two USB ports and two lighter-style power outlets.

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The interface is simple and very limited in functionality.

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Two sets of golf clubs? Should be no problem.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

Just in case you've forgotten.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

The classic Aston Martin badge, with a trunk release below.

Read CNET's full review of the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe.

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