The bad news first: The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage (vehicles are not for sale, homologation pending)². there is no manual transmission. This is a setback, especially for the real cast-iron ones, because both predecessors could be ordered with a manual seven-speed gearbox, which made the twelve-cylinder even bigger exotic than they already were with their 6.0-liter engine.
Performance explosion: the naturally aspirated engine is replaced by a biturbo engine
But the Brits have a hot potato in the fire when it comes to the selling points: performance, performance and more performance. Because the old 6.0-liter V12 naturally aspirated engine was retired, instead the heart of its big brothers snakes under the hood of the new compact super sports car. And that is now double forced ventilation.
The 5.2-liter V12 biturbo achieves unbelievable performance values. 700 hp at 6,500 rpm is one thing, a wall of 753 Newton meters from 1,800 rpm up to 6,000 rpm is something completely different. With full performance, you should be happy about the ZF eight-speed automatic, because the brain should only have little capacity to switch, given the gigantic driving performance.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage is a member of the 200mph club
The country road sprint is completed in just 3.5 seconds and the top speed is 322 km/h, which makes the Biturbo Vantage a member of the coveted 200 miles per hour club (over 320 km/h). In order to remain stable on the road at such high speeds, the chassis has been extensively revised and the aerodynamics have also been adjusted.
Many components come from the F1 edition of the V8 Vantage, which is something like the sports model of the range. The springs are about 50 percent stiffer at the front and rear, and the top mounts are also a little tighter. Exciting: The rear stabilizer has been made significantly softer. In combination with the revised locking differential, this should benefit traction. The significantly widened track with the flared fenders and the wild aerodynamic add-on parts in the form of a front splitter and a fixed rear spoiler clearly characterize the V12 Vantage.
Ceramic brakes are part of the extensive standard equipment
In addition to carbon ceramic brakes, other premium ingredients are part of the standard repertoire of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. For example, a special contrast stitching on the sports seats, which can be exchanged for carbon bucket seats if desired. If that’s not enough for you, you can have almost anything installed in the “Q” special request department that isn’t listed on the factory price list.
Market launch and price
However, this no longer applies from now on. Because the 333 copies of the last Aston Martin V12 Vantage are already sold out. So far, the parties have agreed not to disclose the price. (Text: Fabian Mechtel | Images: manufacturer)