Aston Martin announced the availability of a V12 version its Vantage sports car. It produces almost 700 horsepower and can reach speeds of 200 mph.
The car is limited to 333 examples worldwide, with orders already filled. It also features an aggressive stance with a body widening and track increase of 40mm, large rear wings, and extensive use of carbon fiber on its front splitter and hood.
Aston claims that this will be the last Vantage-engined V12 Vantage. This car has proven since its conception 15 years ago that there is a demand for its most powerful motor, which can be squeezed into a smaller vehicle.
This limited-run Vantage is the fastest and most powerful ever made. It produces 690 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 555 lb ft torque between 1,800 and 6,000 rpm. The Vantage’s top speed is 200mph, and the sprint from 0-60 mph takes just 3.4 seconds. According to Aston, the V12 Vantage’s high use of lightweight materials has given it a power-toweight ratio of 385 horsepower per tonne, more than 20% higher than the V8-engined Vantage.
Tobias Moers is chief executive officer at Aston Martin. He said, “Every great sports car manufacturer has a hero vehicle. In recent years, the V12 Vantage has been Aston Martin’s hero car. Our customers and fans all over the globe fell in love with our idea of fitting our largest engine into our smallest, most sporty model from the moment it was first shown in 2007.
Moers stated that the Vantage models with V12 engines will no longer be available.
In addition to the carbon items mentioned, weight saving can be achieved by using carbon front fenders, side sills and composite rear bumper, deck lid, lightweight battery, unique twin-exit exhaust, and a centrally mounted, carbon rear bumper. This particular component is made of 1mm stainless steel, and it saves nearly 16 pounds over the V8 Vantage system. Aston claims that the V12 Vantage will have a voice to match its performance and looks.
A new transmission calibration is available to increase shift speeds. The suspension also features an adaptive damping system that includes new anti-roll bars and bushes as well as spring and damper assemblies. To maintain driver comfort, the suspension is stiffer in all directions. However, a secondary tender spring has been added to the rear. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard on the vehicle. This improves stopping power and stiffness, while also increasing body stiffness.
You can choose from two new 21-inch alloy wheels for the V12 Vantage, available in satin black or satin Black Diamond Turned. An optional lightweight wheel is also available in satin black and saves 18 pounds.
The car’s rear wing and carbon aeropack produce almost 250 pounds of downforce at its 200mph top speed. This is why it’s more interesting to see through the eyes of the driver than from their seat.
The V12 Vantage’s interior features a new carbon fibre seat with an exposed shell and a manual six-way adjustment.
Aston Martin has yet to disclose the cost of the V12 Vantage, but given that all 333 examples have been sold, it is unlikely they will. The delivery of these cars is expected to start in the second quarter 2022.