Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

  The Aston Martin Vantage comes with a V8 and with a V12 engine. It was reintroduced into the market in 2005. The Vantage is the smallest and cheapest sportscar in the Aston line up and the ‘Sports’ variant competes with the likes of the Porsche 911. The three variants of the Vantage that are sold in India are the V8, the V8 roadster and the V12.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is one of the sickest luxo-performance rigs available. With 565 horsepower at the beck and call of your right foot and 457 pound-feet of torque ready to break those tires free, what more could you ask for? How about a little ice to help you free up the back end?

That’s exactly what these fellas did over in Switzerland, as they took this powerful beast out on a sheet of ice for some sweet drifting action. What’s more, they posted a video of this action on YouTube, and we have it here for your weekend enjoyment.

Not that it was able to do this on that sheet of ice, but the V12 Vantage S hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.

Check out the above video to see all of the slippery action, and to get a nice listen to that 6.0-liter V-12 clear its throat.

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It is officially Valentine’s Day and that means that quite a few of you are planning some great romantic evening with the man or woman of your dreams. Well we hate to burst your bubble, but unless you are dating Elon Musk and he is taking you into space, there are a few cars that will definitely be more exciting than what you have planned tonight.

From supercars to quick convertibles to hot hatches , we have something here that is sure to press your buttons.

We have gathered a list of five cars that are more exciting than your Valentine’s Day plans.

When you get done going through the list, feel free to let us know if we missed your favorite car. If you actually have a Valentine’s Day extravaganza that you thinks beats one of our cars, let us know that too. We will be sure to praise you for coming up with something more amazing than any of us could.

Hit the jump to see what we picked.

Chris Harris and the Drive crew are at is again, and this time, they are pitting the Porsche GT3 , Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series against each other. I’d gladly take either of the three, but Chris got to push each one on a racetrack to see which one he preferred — poor guy...

The clip starts off with the Drive boys deciding which car each one gets to drive to the racetrack. Chris, of course, pulled his "power" card and decided to drive the Aston Martin . Judging by the windy mountain road that they had to travel, it is no surprise he picked the most luxurious car of the bunch — not that the Aston Martin isn’t quite the sports car too.

Once the boys got to the track and started their tests, the rain came and Harris got the chance to get some serious tail wagging going on. Again, poor dude...

Check out the above video to see what Chris and the Drive folks had to say about each car.

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What do the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series , Jaguar XKR-S GT and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S have in common? Pretty much nothing at a first look: one comes from Germany, two from the UK; one gets a supercharged V-8, one a V12 and one a naturally aspirated V-8 engine.

Still, the guys over the British magazine AutoCar wanted to see how the three cars will behave one next to the other and prepared a very cool test drive. From the beginning Autocar’s judge Steve Sutcliffe admits that the C63 AMG Black Series is his favorite super coupe is the C63 AMG Black Series and wants to see if the other two are powerful or delicate enough to unseat it and make him change his mind.

Check out the video to see if Sutcliffe changes his mind, or if the Mercedes sports coupe remains his favorite car!

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They are both British, they are both sporty, they both deliver great performance figures! So, what’s the difference between a 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT ? In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago from Motor Trend tries to find out the answer to this question.

But first, let’s take a look at the similarities between these two models. The two model share similar base prices. and their power ratings are similar. Additionally, both models offer carbon-ceramic brakes, adjustable dampers and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. What’s even more odd is that the two are built just 37 miles away one from the other.

But there must me something to differentiate them and it must be more than the logo on the grille, right? Check out the video to see if Lago managed to find the difference between the two sports cars .

Until he does, we have to let you know that we prefer the Jaguar XKR-S GT, and that’s not only because of its recent jab at Mercedes.

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Every Monday, Motor Trend rolls out a new episode of its Ignition show and the latest one brings into focus a great sports car: the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S .

Carlos Lago checks out the V-12-powered sports car to see if it is really worthy of all the praise that is heaped upon it. He also checks out just how well the Vantage V12 S performs, relative to Aston Martin’s claim that this model is indeed the second-fastest-accelerating car the company has produced. This is where Carlos got to have all the fun in the world, as he pushed the Aston to its limits. Lago also lets us in on whether or not the controversial single-clutch automated manual transmission really hampers the performance of the Vantage.

As a reminder, the V12 Vantage S is powered by an AM28 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 3.7 seconds — Lago noted a much slower time — and up to a top speed of 205 mph.

Tragedy struck the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the weekend after Aston Martin Racing driver, Allan Simonsen, lost his life following a devastating crash while driving the No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE .

The 34-year-old racer was making a pass at the Tertre Rouge when he lost control of the racecar, crashing into the barricades that ultimately cost him his life. Simonsen was pronounced dead due to sustained injuries at the Circuit Medical Centre.

“On behalf of all of us at Aston Martin Racing, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the individuals, and families whose friends or loved ones were involved in today’s terrible tragedy,” Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw said in a statement.

On behalf of everyone here at TopSpeed, we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Allan Simonsen. Our words may ring hollow, given the shock of losing Allan, but rest assured, our thoughts are with the family as they try to recover from this devastating news.

Click past the jump to read about Allan Simonsen’s racing career and Aston Mastin’s press release of the driver’s tragic passing

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As you likely already know, Chris Harris is certainly one of the best in the biz at video reviews various sports and super cars. Well, Mr. Harris is at it again with this latest video (above).

Harris put face to face three of the greatest drop-top sports cars out there. The list includes a Jaguar F-Type V8 S , an Aston V8 Vantage Roadster and a Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible . In total the three sports cars develop a total of 1,315 horsepower (495 for the F-Type, 420 for the Vantage and 400 for the Carrera S).

Just the cars alone make the 24-minute-long video enticing, but getting to watch Chris beat the daylights out of them around whatever random track he happens to be on today. Needless to say, there is plenty of drifting going on and lots of beautiful engine noise.

So, which one does Chris prefer? Well, we’re not going to spoil the surprise for you; you’ll have to watch the video yourself.

A few months ago, Aston Martin and Gulf decided to hold a competition, encouraging aspiring auto designers to design one of the cars that the British automaker will be enter in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.

It took some time for a winner to be announced, but now the British marque has one after naming Jonathan Wesley from Kettering, UK, as the ultimate winner.

The Gulf livery designed by Wesley on the #97 Vantage GTE will be used to compete at Le Mans this weekend. As part of design triumph, Wesley will be invited by Aston Martin to be a VIP guest during the famed race.

If it isn’t enough for Wesley to have front row seats to watch Le Mans, he gets to do so while watching the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, whose livery he himself designed, compete in race’s 90th installment.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Vantage GTE

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In the past few daysAston Martin teased a new model two times, but each time the video was revealing pretty much nothing on this car. Today, however, the company decided to surprise us with the unveiling of the new V12 Vantage S. Despite our expectations the new model will not be offered as a last edition for the current V12 Vantage , but it comes simply to replace it.

The new V12 Vantage S is using racing technologies from models like Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars. These technologies include a damping system developed by Bilstein, Brembo brakes and a two-stage Dynamic Stability Control by Continental can be completely turned off.

Aston Martin is also installing a new grille inspired by the new CC100 Speedster and a new Sportshift III AMT gearbox.

The new V12 Vantage S will be put on sale at the end of 2013.

Updated 06/20/2013: Aston Martin confirmed today that the new V12 Vantage S is the fastest-accelerating Aston Martin to date, except the One-77 supercar, of course. See how long it takes to go from 0 to 60 mph after the jump. We also have the price list for the new sports car.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.


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