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.
Next to the four-door sedan Rapide, Aston Martin will also race a V12 Vantage at this weekend’s Nürburgring 24-hour race. The car will be driven by Peter Cate (GB), Oliver Mathai (D), journalist Richard Meaden (GB), and Chris Porritt.
The V12 Vantage Nurburgring car adds new aerodynamic enhancements to the original car which saw off a field of largely specialist race cars in the SP8 class last year. The race spec version of the Rapide wouldn’t be too far off of the production version with the only noticeable differences between the two being the addition of race safety modifications and the elimination of all the interior trims and features found in the production version in an effort to reduce the car’s overall weight. The car is intended as a technical exercise to allow the Aston Martin engineering team to explore further performance potential in the V12 Vantage with the new aerodynamic aids providing greater downforce through the Nürburgring’s myriad of corners and undulating surfaces.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Nurburgring, as well as many others, will have a practice session this morning followed by a nighttime qualifying session tonight at 5:15 CET. The daytime qualifying session will be held on Friday at 12:45 CET with the 38th ADAC Nurburgring 24-HR race beginning at 3:00pm on May 15, 2010.
Just to give all of the folks in America what they’re in store for when Aston Martin’s most powerful production car, the 2010 V12 Vantage, hits US shores, Aston Martin has prepared a little promo video to further hype up the car in anticipation of its US arrival. Not that it needed any more promotions, in our opinion.
Nevertheless, the 6.0-liter V12 engine supercar has received such a surprising - and unprecedented - customer demand across the pond that the 96-year old British marquee was forced to bring back its previous statement that the V12 Vantage wouldn’t be making its way to America. Watch the video and find out what the whole fuss behind the V12 Vantage is all about. Chances are, you’ll be wanting one of your own even before the video ends.
Black is the color that will always be in fashion. And when you combine Carbon Black with Aston Martin models you get the perfect sports car. To celebrate the enormous success of the DBS and V12 Vantage, the British company has revealed the DBS and V12 Vantage Carbon Black Special Editions, that according to the company will be price approximately 5% over current base prices.
Both models come painted in Carbon Black metallic paint especially formulated with a subtle metallic twist to create a deep rich patina. The exterior look is completed by a bright finished grille and front parking sensors (normally an option). The interior is finished in Obsidian Black leather highlighted with a contrast silver coarse stitch.
There are also lightweight seats formed from Carbon Fibre and Kevlar that help saving 17 kg from the total weight. The Aston Martin 700w Premium Audio System is delivered as standard in the V12 Vantage while the DBS boasts the Bang & Olufsen Beosound DBS audio system as standard.
The high performance English coachbuilder Aston Martin has announced that after competing in the 37th Nürburgring 24 hour race this past May, the V12 Vantage muscle car is also slated to compete in the upcoming Shelsley Walsh National Hill Climb Festival that will take place soon on August 15-16.
This beautiful blue Aston Martin not only receives the 6.0 Liter V12 from the larger Aston Martin DBS, but also a pair of really cool rally inspired driving lamps in the grill and an interesting wheel and tire combination, that judging from the photo varies from front to rear. This Nür spec Vantage almost certainly has a few more than the standard versions 510 HP resting underneath that wonderfully vented hood and should also be able to better the production version’s 4.2 second 0 to 60 MPH time, but where they might have gotten close to the roadgoing car’s 190 MPH top speed on the back straight at the Nordshleif, it’s doubtful that they will get anywhere close on the hill.
U.K. motoring journalist Richard Meaden is scheduled to drive the V12 Vantage up the hill. This accredited racer formed part of the driver lineup that piloted the car to victory at the Nürburgring only three months ago. Meaden will be joined by fellow writer Matt Prior from Autocar Magazine when they face the narrow stretches at Shelsley.
Top Gear’s ringleader, Jeremy Clarkson took full advantage of the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage. This particular Vantage follows the traditional muscle car formula of putting your largest engine into a midsize automobile, unfortunately this kind of power mad car building could be coming to an end soon. So like Mr. Clarkson says, these types of machines should be enjoyed while we still can.
The vented bonnet wearing V12 Vantage is powered by 510 HP 6.0 Liter V12 from the much larger DBS. This kind of power is capable of propelling the Vantage to a top speed of 190 MPH and go from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 4.2 seconds.
Recently Britain’s who’s who of motoring professionals turned television hosts at Fifth Gear got their hands on an Aston Martin V12 Vantage and took it for a few laps around their test track with Tiff behind the wheel. The Prodrive owned coachbuilder shoehorns their 6.0 Liter V12 engine into the nimble Vantage chassis creating a handling package that produces 510 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque and go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.2 seconds. Given enough road, this English super car is capable of hitting a top speed of 190 MPH.
Top Speed has brought you a lot about the amazing Aston Martin DBS Volante. Well, the English sports car builder took a page out of American automotive history and shoehorned the 6.0 Liter 510 HP V12 into into their smallest body, effectively creating a muscle car. Here it is, the 2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage in action, simply mazing!
Top Speed has just added 70 new high resolution images to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage gallery. Check it out and you will treat your eyes to the new 12 cylinder sports car in four awesome exterior colors: Titanium Silver, Magma Red, Mako Blue and Hardly Green.
Just to remind you why you will be looking, the V12 Vantage makes 510 HP, can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 190 MPH. The vehicle will be produced in short supply, only 1000 examples will be hand built by Aston Martin.
Stay tuned to Top Speed for a closer look at this amazing Aston Martin, because the super car coach builder is making a stop in Miami to let us have a closer look this Friday.
Our friends from across the pond at AutoCar get to have all the fun. at least they are kind enough to share it with the rest of us. This time they are pitting the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and the Porsche GT2 in a head to head battle. Watch the video to see who won, you might just be surprised.
Aston Martin has essentially made a hot rod out of their Vantage model, by taking the 6.0 Liter V12 out of the larger DBS and shoehorned it into the smaller Porsche 911 sized Vantage. See what Driver’s Republic had to say when they tested the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage.