The Aston Martin V12 has always been at the forefront of coach built super car performance. The first of the modern Astons to be V12-powered was a special edition Vantage from 1999 to 2003. Then, in 2001 up until 2007, the flagship Aston Martin Vanquish wore a V12 badge and made around 450 HP. The Aston Martin V12s that are still in production today include the DB9 2+2 which was powered by a 470 HP twelve cylinder from 2003 to the present. From 2007 on, the DBS V12 (racing DB9 on steroids) has made the best use of the 6.0 Liter V12 putting down a total of 510 HP and 420lb.-ft. of torque mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Aston Martin will be celebrating the iconic DB4GT Zagato’s 50th anniversary with a new concept car developed in collaboration with the Italian design house Zagato. The concept car made its first appearance at the Villa D’Este Concours on May 21st, 2011 and will make its racing debut at Nürburgring on May 28th.
Dr. Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive said: "The DNA of both Aston Martin and Zagato has combined successfully to make some of the world’s most desirable collector cars in the past and in this special anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato it is appropriate to explore a modern collaboration. Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time."
The original Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato made its first appearance in 1960 at the London Motor Show. It was essentially a much lighter DB4 GT that got worked on by the Italian Coachbuilder to include a 3670 cc straight-6 DOHC engine that produced 314 HP with a top speed of 154 mph.
UPDATE 07/01/2011: The V12 Zagato has finally been listed on the Aston Martin web page, giving us an official confirmation that it will soon go on sale. According to the web site, "only a strictly limited run of road going cars will be built" and we will get more details about in the next few weeks.
UPDATE 07/0711: Now this is what we’re talking about! Aston Martin has finally given the pricing for the V12 Zagato. But that’s where the good news ends, at least as far as those that will have a hard time affording it. Anybody who wants to score this limited edition piece of beauty will have to shell out £330,000, which is around $528,000 based on current exchange rates. Gulp.
UPDATE 08/12/11: Aston Martin announced today that the V12 Zagato concept next with the One-77 supercar will make their American debuts in Monterey from August 17th to 21st. The V12 Zagato will debut in the evening of Wednesday August 17th at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and Aston Martin has confirmed once again that a strictly limited production run of the V12 Zagato will commence in summer 2012.
"Guests will be given the rare opportunity to test drive our latest model range, including the new Virage and Vantage S, as well as the four-door Rapide" commented Julian Jenkins, Vice President Aston Martin the Americas. "We are very excited about the program this year including the debut of the V12 Zagato, and we look forward to welcoming current owners, new customers and automotive enthusiasts to share our celebrations at The Aston Martin Estate."
Hit the jump to read more about the new V12 Zagato endurance racer concept.
Here at Topspeed, we love to keep our readers as involved in our pieces as possible and we figured there was no better way to do that than by engaging in a good ’ol hypothetical game of "Car-In-Your-Garage." Okay, so the game is completely made up, but it’s still something that gets us in the mood to think of five cars we’d love to have in our garages. As with any other game of this magnitude, though, there are some rules that we need to follow:
First, the price total of all five cars combined should not exceed $500,000.
Second, at most you can only pick up to two supercars. Third, you need to have FIVE cars on your list in the interest of variety and back-and-forth discussion. Fourth, you don’t have to hit the $500,000 limit exactly. If you’re happy with $300,000 worth, then that’s your call. You’ll be wasting $200 grand in fake money, but who’s really counting, right?
Once you’ve figured out your list, indulge all of us and put it down in the comments section below. If you feel the need to explain why you picked the car, feel free to elaborate.
One of the most impressive commercials ever have been brought to our attention today. It is called Aston Martin ’Reverie’ and was made by Gentleman Scholar, a multimedia production studio based in Los Angeles. As you guessed it the video is about an Aston Martin model, but not any Aston Martin: a V12 Vantage .
The idea behind this commercial was to create something that encapsulated the ’power’, ’beauty’, and ’soul’ of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. And they did. Next to speed and energy, the production company added stunning visual-effects, heavy explosions and morphing buildings, impressive landscapes and artistically lit cityscapes and they have created something that really manages to bring to our attention the essence of the V12 Vantage.
"From there we began to build our shots; moving cameras, animating the car, figuring out what and where our environments should be and look like. Our references introduced the car at dusk with a storm building on a desert horizon – taking on a sense of danger and anticipation. The use of CG allowed our imaginations to run free in terms of elegant camera moves and story-telling perspectives without worrying about the expense of helicopter shots and process trailers."
A Danish coachbuilder that call themselves HBH is reportedly working on a new concept model based on the V12 Vantage, the exact same model the Zagato Concept is based on. Details behind this new coachbuilt V12 Vantage are still murky at this point, although there seems to be growing sentiment that the people behind the project - Jesper Hermann, Christian Brandt, and Torben Hartvig make up the brain thrust of HBH - are looking into giving the car a bespoke chassis.
The car is expected to be a one-off model that will be built for a single customer similar to Michael Stoschek’s New Stratos . No word yet on when the car is going to be ready to make its first appearance but fortunately, HBH was nice enough to roll out a teaser image of this new mystery coachbuilt Aston Martin V12 Vantage supercar.
Aston Martin is helping to draw more attention to itself with the release of a video detailing the similarities between their famous V12 Vantage road car and their Aston Martin LMP1 race car . It may be a little cheesy and predictable, but at least it’s better than the negative attention other automakers are dealing with for all of their recalls.
The basis of the video is to inform all who care of the big 6.0L V12 engine that sits in about every Aston Martin, except for the V8 Vantage, of course. The stars of the video - the V12 Vantage and the LMP1 - do their part by taking what looks to be the scenic route to their destination.
The V12 Vantage arrived onto the market in 2009 before making its way over to the States in 2010. That same year, the V12-engined DBR1-2 LMP1 was fairing well in competition with a 2009 win in the LeMans series and three podium finishes in 2010. Both cars are seen in this video, helping Aston Martin drive their point home...literally.
One of the main segments of the second episode featured an American shakedown of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and its V12 big brother. Hosted by Rutledge Wood, the whole segment was very informative, which, you know, is pretty important, so we’re going to give the producers a pat on the back for that. Americans don’t know enough about Aston Martin except that it has co-starred in a lot of Bond movies, so to show off the car in a different light – exotic, powerful, and luxurious - to an audience that lacks knowledge about the car’s history and heritage was a nice touch.
How it all played out on TV though, is an entirely different matter. For starters, it seemed a little too theatrical, which, would have been fine if Rutledge Wood wasn’t such a stiff during the whole ten-minute segment. Watch how he talks to the camera and you can tell that he’s either reading from a canned script or there’s just not appeal there whatsoever. Don’t get us wrong, we like Rutledge, but he should try loosening up a little.
After all, you’re driving an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Mr. Wood. Act like it means something because it most definitely does. And calling the Brits ’liars’ given the context? We’d be careful the next time around, although it did attract the attention we’re sure it was meant to.
Before we even begin to go into the second episode of Top Gear USA, we have to admit that we had to set an alarm to remind ourselves to watch it. That doesn’t exactly say much about the show’s first episode, but we actually did see some sort of improvement with this one.
This episode was a little different than the first one as Adam Ferrara kind of took a back seat to Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust. That wasn’t exactly a bad thing considering that the actor/comedian was bland and uninspiring during the first episode. The chemistry was better between the three, but the music still sucked.
Enough about all that, let’s move on to the actual meat and potatoes of the show. In this episode we got to see Wood take on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage , Tanner Foust put two skiers to the test while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution , and all three men learn a little something about drifting in a Nissan 370Z . Yes, Tanner Foust is a drift champion, but that may or may not help him during this challenge. Oh yeah, and some British guy takes on the Suzuki SX4 .
Hit the jump to check out the details of Top Gear USA, Episode Two.
Is there anyone you would like to be more than Jay Leno? Think about it; the guy has boatloads of money and spends his time tinkering with some of the most fabulous cars on the planet. He can basically drive whatever car he chooses without so much as uttering a full sentence to convince the auto brand to let him and then he gets paid to tell people what he thinks about them. Not a bad gig at all.
For his latest endeavor, the King of Late Night got to take a spin in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage . The V12 Vantage can hit a top speed of 190mph and can make the 0-60mph sprint in 4.2 seconds, so getting the chance sit behind this wheel is definitely a thing to cherish.
During his turn in the British supercar, Leno described the Aston Martin as "almost the perfect combination of hardcore track sports car and GT car." During the video, he turns the car over - something we would never do - to British racing driver Justin Bell who puts the car through its paces at Willow Springs track.
Aston Martin has unveiled a new video of theV12 Vantage as it elegantly parades around the circuit. It’s not the most exciting video you’ll ever watch, but it does allow you to appreciate the V12 Vantage for all of its beauty and grace, unless you fall asleep to the soundtrack first.
The V12 Vantage is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 510 HP and 570 Nm of torque. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 190 mph. Prices for the 2011 Aston Martin Vantage -which will be limited to 1,000 units - have already been announced with the standard version starting at $179,995. If you have the extra cash and would like a classier version, the Carbon Black edition is priced at $194,995.
But before you rush and place your order, just take a minute and watch the video!
Despite being two years late to the party, nobody is really blaming the Aston Martin V12 Vantage for only coming to American shores now. The important thing is it’s coming and that bodes well for those who’ve been waiting since 2007 for the Aston supercar to arrive in America.
Of course, having about $180,000 - or more - in your bank account helps too. Powered by that gargantuan 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces over 500 horsepower, the V12 Vantage is no ordinary Aston exotic. If it were, we probably would have gotten tired of it a long time ago. However, with a combination of high-end performance capabilities and rare exclusivity, the V12 Vantage has become quite a ’unicorn’ of a supercar - those models that are so rare it’s hard to catch one, let alone own one.
That tag will almost certainly be dropped once the V12 Vantage makes its way to the US. And to tease what we’re in store for, the folks of Aston have released a quick look at the supercar in all its stupendous glory. The wait is finally over. The countdown for its arrival is on like Donkey Kong.