THE NEW ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE
The V12 Vantage could be thought of as Aston Martin’s take on the classic Detroit muscle car formula. The car was created when Aston Martin stuffed its largest, most powerful V12 motor into the engine compartment of its smallest sports car, the v8 vantage. The result is a straight-line monster but also, unlike many muscle cars of yore, a nimble machine in the corners.
The V12 Vantage has a 5.9-liter V12 that cranks out 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and helps the car sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds. The engine features a by-pass’ engine air intake port that opens up at 5500 rpm.
Although the V12 engine weighs 220 pounds more than the standard car’s engine, the vehicle’s overall weight only increases 110 pounds. This is possible due to widespread use of lightweight materials, including carbon ceramic brakes, forged aluminum wheels, lightweight rear quarter panels, and optional lightweight seats. Weight distribution is a near-perfect 51:49.
The V12 Vantage’s Carbon Ceramic Matrix discs are 398 mm in diameter at the front and 360 mm at the rear while the brake calipers feature six pistons at the front, four at the rear and have a larger brake pad area compared to the V8 Vantage. Air ducts positioned within the lower front grille feed air directly onto the discs to aid cooling.
Unique to the V12 Vantage is the ability to toggle button between two powertrain modes. The default normal’ provides a more progressive, throttle response, suited to more everyday situations. Selecting Sport’ mode delivers a sharper throttle response together with a sportier exhaust note. In default operation, the Dynamic Stability Control is automatically switched on. Depressing the DSC button for two seconds selects track mode’ which raises the manner and threshold at which the system intervenes allowing the driver to explore the limits of the car’s considerable handling capabilities. Depressing the button for four seconds will switch off DSC completely.
Major options on the V12 Vantage are limited to 700-watt stereo with Dolby Surround Sound; the car has the wide range of standard, coddling luxury features one would expect at the price point.
Aston Martin offers a special Carbon Black edition of the V12 Vantage for customers desiring for their car to have a unique aesthetic treatment. Featuring bespoke Carbon Black metallic paint especially formulated with a subtle metallic twist to create a deep rich patina., each car will undergo 50 man-hours of hand painting followed by stringent quality checks.
Inside, owners will be greeted by swathes of Obsidian Black leather highlighted with a contrast silver coarse stitch all hand stitched by the craftspeople at Gaydon – Aston Martin’s global headquarters in England.