Before the V12 Vantage line was discontinued by Aston Martin, the brand launched a completely new limited edition with a bold aerodynamic design and improved power output. The all-new, limited-production V12 is known to be the fastest and most powerful Vantage ever created.
The Coupe is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 engine, producing 690 horsepower and 753 Nm of torque. Compared to the V8 Vantage model, the V12 Vantage version is 187 horsepower stronger, with a torque difference of 68 Nm. With this power, the car can accelerate from 0 – 96 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of up to 322 km/h.
In addition to increased power output, the new V12 Vantage also incorporates a number of weight-saving measures to give the car a power-to-weight ratio of just 385 horsepower per tonne, 20% higher than the regular version.
To achieve this impressive proportion, the car has been equipped with a number of new carbon fiber details such as the hood, front bumper, front wheel covers and tire covers on the body. The rear bumper and trunk lid are made of composite materials, the battery pack is made to be lightweight and the dual exhaust system is placed in the middle. The latter is made from stainless steel and is about 7.2 kg lighter than the conventional equipment on the Vantage.
The final member of the V12 Vantage family is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission inherited from the V12 Speedster and Vantage F1 Edition models. This automatic transmission is equipped with unique calibration features by Aston Martin to help improve responsiveness and interaction with the driver. This gearbox has also been carefully tuned to help shift gears faster and more accurately, thereby providing an impressive, smooth driving experience. This version has also been equipped with a new adaptive damping suspension system with stiffer springs that help the ratio increase by 50% front and 40% rear.
Because sports cars require good underpinnings, body stiffness has been tweaked to increase by 8% while side stiffness is increased by 6.7%. This is achieved thanks to the brand adding a rear strut tower brace and fuel tank brace. Other highlights equipped on this high-performance model include a limited-slip differential and a recalibrated steering system, which improves feel and responsiveness.
Engineers also equipped the car with a carbon ceramic braking system, which saves 23 kg and can also withstand temperatures up to 800 degrees. This system has six-piston brake calipers on the 410 mm front disc, the rear is equipped with four-piston brake calipers that come with smaller 360 mm brake discs. The brand has designed the car with a 25% larger radiator to improve cooling.
The car’s front bumper is also equipped with two vertical air vents on both sides of the car, and the front tire is lengthened. The body of the car has also been modified with a large air vent, and the rear bumper has a large, sophisticatedly designed diffuser that both brings aerodynamic advantages and improves the overall aesthetics of the car. Equipped with a large rear spoiler, the car’s pressure increases to 204 kg when operating at maximum speed. If the user does not like this spoiler, Aston Martin can “please” the user and remove this detail from the car.
The car is equipped with a set of 21-inch multi-spoke sports wheels finished in satin black or glossy black. Furthermore, the brand also offers the option to equip a set of lightweight wheels that help save 8 kg of overall vehicle weight.
The interior compartment of the V12 Vantage is almost no different from the regular Vantage. However, the brand has equipped the car with the V12 logo on the center console as well as Sports Plus seats covered in aniline leather with heating and 16-way electric adjustment. The car is also equipped with a sports steering wheel, glossy black interior details, an Alcantara headliner and an infotainment system with an 8-inch screen.
Customers can also choose to equip many options such as a premium sound system, carbon fiber trim and carbon fiber sports seats with six-way manual adjustment. With the carbon racing seat option, the overall weight of the vehicle can be reduced by an additional 7.3 kg while still ensuring comfort for the occupants.
Aston Martin will produce a limited number of 333 units globally, but this number has now been acknowledged by Aston Martin as not enough to meet user demand. Currently, the brand has recorded a very long waiting list for orders and currently only lucky customers have the opportunity to own this car. The first V12 Vantages will be delivered in the second quarter.