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 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.
Times are changing, we are now in the cyber age, thanks to computers and the internet the world has become a smaller place, one where information travels at the speed of light. This day in age, instead of spending their advertising dollars on full page spreads in the New York Times, companied are looking towards social media web sites, even the most prestigious of automakers are adapting in order to reach the masses. The English super car builder Aston Martin has just released a never before seen image gallery of the new 2010 V12 Vantage, on Facebook of all places. The V12 Vantage has a top speed of 190 MPH and can go from 0-60 MPH in under 4.2 seconds.
The English super car builder Aston Martin unveiled the coupe version of their V12 Vantage back at Geneva, and very shortly there will also be a roadster. The official debut for the drop top Bond car is likely to take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and should be limited to a very lucky 500 individuals.
The Vantage Roadster is be powered by a 6.0 Liter V12 that produces 510 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. The open air Aston can go from 0 to 60 MPH in only 4.2 seconds and doesn’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 190 MPH.
If Aston Martin is going to install its largest engine in its smallest car, then of course it will the car racing. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage got a few minor tweaks to get ready for the Nürburgring 24 hour race on May 23 and 24.
Aston says the V12 Vantage race car will be close to production model, with only essential safety modifications, reduced weight and re-tuned suspension. The car has not had any additional aerodynamic enhancements.
It will be powered by the same 6.0-liter V12 engine that can be found in the road-going V12 Vantage and the DBS. It produces 510 hp and 420 lb.ft of torque, which is a 100 hp improvement over the V8 N24.
Aston Martin is performing a magic trick. It is plucking the 6.0-liter 510 hp engine out of the DBS, and is stuffing it in the smaller, lighter Vantage. Poof: the V12 Vantage is born. But don’t get too excited just yet. Like most magic tricks, everything is not a whole as it seems. The addition of four cylinders to the Vantage has made the crash protection area too small to meet U.S. standards.
So we will be a little sad when we see the car in-person for its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. For everyone who is lucky to live in outlaw country, the V12 Vantage has a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 kp/h) time of 4.2 seconds. These figures are made possible not only from the bigger engine, but also a serious diet of lightweight material including a carbon fiber driveshaft.
Even for those who live in countries where the V12 Vantage is legal, it may still be hard to get. Only 1,000 examples total are scheduled to be built.
Updated 06/02/2010: Aston Martin announced US prices for the 2011 V12 Vantage that is now available for order. Prices for the standard version will start at $179,995, while the Carbon Black edition is priced at $194,995. Both prices include a $3,000 gas-guzzler tax and $1,350 destination charge. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.
UPDATE 06/04/2010: Aston Martin has released a new video for the Aston Martin V12 Vantage to celebrate the release of the supercar into the U.S. market. Check it out by clicking on the image above.
UPDATE 05/27/2011: We have added a new commercial to our review. It is called Aston Martin ’Reverie’ and it is all about energy and speed. Very suitable for an Aston Martin model. Enjoy.
The Aston Martin Vantage RS was caught testing on some of the winding roads at the infamous Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps. We originally saw this car as the V12 Vantage RS concept at the Geneva Auto Salon in March.
The production version will be limited to only a few units, and from spy shots, it looks it will stay fateful the concept. The Vantage RS will be powered by a V12 engine that will deliver 600 hp and will debut in early 2009.
Aston Martin unveiled the V12 Vantage RS Concept at the end of 2007 and announced a production version will soon follow. First rumors suggest that it will make its world debut this year at the British Motor Show, but considering the car is still under development we won’t see it until early 2009.
AutoCar’s sources said that the production version will stay faithful to the concept as much as possible, but will be changed so it can be homologated for real-world use.
Under the hood there will be a 6.0-litre V12 engine that will produce around 550 hp. The Vantage V12 production version will also borrow bigger carbon ceramics brakes from the DBS.
Just a few days ago we were reporting that the V12 Vantage RS will go into production and now we bring you the proof: CarMagazine caught it testing. The production will begin in the first quarter of 2009.
The V12 gets its name from the 6.0-litre unit shoehorned under the bonnet. The production version will have an output of about 550 hp and not 600 hp like the concept version.
The V12 should also get new wheels, not the bling aftermarket items seen on the static car. The V12 Vantage RS Concept is available in Mako Blue colour and it is expected that this will also be offered for the production version. Production itself will probably be at Gaydon, and the price is expected to be in excess of £150,000.