Greetings, dear readers. I give you the reason I should quit my day job and become a spy – the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish. Some critics call this gorgeous copper-colored coupe more evolutionary than revolutionary, but, in my humble opinion, Aston Martin’s a staid brand, and such a stiff upper lip about change is another thing that makes this car so endearingly British. The machine delivers power to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with a 5.9 liter DOHC V12 generating 565 brake horsepower and and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet. These numbers decrypt to a 4.1 second sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) and a blistering 183 mph (295 km/h) top speed. While these numbers aren’t the best in the vehicle’s $279,995 USD price bracket (£189,995 GBP in the UK), Aston Martins have never been all about speed – they’re true GT cars, and the Vanquish carries this tradition forward.