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2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S


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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.

Exterior

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

When viewed from the side, you will easily notice that the new V12 Vantage S received a new grille inspired by the CC100 Speedster Concept. Also, the aluminum vanes were replaced with a new carbon-fiber arrangement that also includes sporty black carbon fiber or titanium silver mesh.

From its predecessor, the model retained the pronounced bonnet vents and flared wheel arches, and combined them with a distinctive exterior-graphics pack that includes black painted roof and part-painted boot panel.

Standard Exterior Features:

  • Two-seat, two-door coupe body style
  • Extruded bonded aluminum VH body structure aluminum, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body
  • Extruded aluminum door side-impact beams
  • Halogen projector headlamps (main beam)
  • High Intensity Discharge headlamps (dipped beam)
  • Black headlamp bezels
  • LED rear lamps
  • Clear rear lamps with a black border
  • Carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser

Dimensions:

Length4,385 mm (172.63 inches)
Width2,022 mm (79.60 inches)
Height1,250 mm (49.21 inches)
Wheelbase2,600 mm (102.36 inches)
Curb weight1,665 kg (3,670 pounds)

Interior

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

For the interior, Aston Martin prepared new style seating with sport and carbon-fiber seat options, revised stitching and welt detailing, and two leather grade options – Luxmill or semi-aniline. Customers can also opt for an Alcantara trim.

As an option, Customers can order the Carbon Fiber Interior Pack, which adds carbon fiber on the fascia and door pulls, plus black pedals - a first for the V12 Vantage.

Standard Interior Features

  • Full-grain leather interior
  • Piano Black facia trim, centre stack and door pulls
  • Alcantara-trimmed sports steering wheel with black airbag ring
  • Electrically adjustable Sports seats with side airbags
  • Memory seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)
  • Dual-stage driver/passenger front airbags
  • Carbon fibre front grille
  • Titanium side strake mesh
  • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
  • Trip computer
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth® telephone preparation
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
  • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with garage door opener
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring1
  • Alarm (with volumetric and tilt sensor) and immobiliser
  • Remote-control central door locking and boot release
  • Glass ECU
  • Glass switches
  • Tracking device (UK only)
  • LED map-reading lights
  • 160W Aston Martin audio system with six-CD autochanger
  • DAB radio
  • Integrated Apple iPod® connector
  • USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility

Drivetrain

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Under the hood, the new V12 Vantage S is powered by a AM28 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

The engine is mated to a new Sportshift™III AMT (automated manual transmission) that offers motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery and efficiency. Also, when compared to the previous six-speed manual, the new gearbox is about 55 pounds lighter.

There is also a new exhaust system derived from the One-77 supercar that is lighter, smaller and even more sonorous than that of the outgoing car.

All these new features have help the new V12 Vantage S to hit an incredible top speed of 205 mph. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes just 3.7 seconds, making it the brand’s fastest-accelerating production car to date – with the exception of the limited-edition, and sold-out, One-77 hypercar, which needed only 3.5 seconds for the sprint.

EngineAM28 all-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 5,935cc, V12
Max power573 PS (565 hp) at 6,750 rpm
Max torque620 Nm (457 lb-ft) at 5,750 rpm
0 to 60 mph3.7 seconds
Max speed (estimated)330 km/h (205 mph)

Suspension and brakes

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

For the new V12 Vantage S, Aston Martin developed a new three-stage adaptive damping system that allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character. This system includes three driving modes - "Normal", "Sport" and "Track" - and governs the level of power steering assistance offered.

The car sits on a set of 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels in a ten-spoke design and wrapped in either Pirelli P Zero Corsa dry-weather, or P Zero all-weather tires.

Wheels & tires

  • 19-inch, 10-spoke forged alloy Graphite-painted wheels with diamond-turned finish
  • Front wheel: 9J x 19”
  • Rear wheel: 11J x 19”
  • Front tire: Pirelli P Zero Corsa 255 / 35 ZR19
  • Rear tire: Pirelli P Zero Corsa 295 / 30 ZR19
  • Tire repair kit

Steering

  • Rack and pinion, power-assisted steering
  • 2.6 turns lock-to-lock
  • Column tilt and reach adjustment

Brakes

  • Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398 mm diameter with six-piston monobloc calipers
  • Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360 mm diameter with four-piston monobloc calipers
  • Black painted brake calipers
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with track mode
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction control (TC)

Suspension

  • Three Stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes
  • Front: Independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers
  • Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, dual-rate coil springs and monotube dampers

Prices

The new V12 Vantage S will be put on sale at the end of 2013. Prices for the U.S. market will start at $184,995.

Competition

Audi R8 V10 Plus

Audi R8 V10 Plus

The R8 Plus is the most powerful R8 ever built. It is powered by a 5.2 liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and a peak torque of 398 pound-feet of torque. With the S tronic, the R8 V10 Plus will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196.97 mph, and with the manual gearbox, the new Plus version will go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, up to a top speed of 198.22 mph.

On the U.S. market the model is priced at $170,545 for the manual version and $179,645 for the S tronic version.

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Porsche 911 Turbo

Recently dropped on the market the new Turbo S is also the most powerful Porsche Turbo ever developed. It is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 197 mph.

On the U.S. market the model is priced at $182,050.

Conclusion

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

With all the updates the new V12 Vantage S received, it is one of the coolest Vantage models ever launched. Also, you can see that it is quite fast when compared to most of competition, so it will surely be quite a smash in the luxury sports car realm.

LOVE IT
  • Looks great
  • Very powerful engine
  • Quite fast
LEAVE IT
  • Pretty pricey

Press Release

Aston Martin is taking sports car performance to extremes with the announcement of the new V12 Vantage S.

The new car replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage in markets around the world and, with the exception of the One-77 hypercar, arrives as the fastest road-going Aston Martin yet offered.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Providing the most visceral yet engaging sports car experience in the British luxury car maker’s current range, the new V12 Vantage S delivers exceptional sporting agility underpinned by admirable long distance refinement.

Equipped with the new 573 PS Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching 205 mph.

Peak and low rev torque improves appreciably, too. With 620 Nm available at 5,750 rpm – up from 570 Nm previously – the V12 Vantage S is not to be found wanting. Crucially, too, low rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – leaps from 440 Nm to 510 Nm. This serves to both flatten and fatten the torque curve, thereby significantly improving driveability.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The new V12 Vantage S is, simply, pure Aston Martin. It is extreme in its nature yet truly timeless in its design language.

“Learning from our successes on the track feeds the development of this type of car and I’m proud to launch such an exciting sports car in this, our centenary year.”

Race car technology runs right through the DNA of the V12 Vantage S with, for instance, CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts just two examples of track technology feeding through to the road.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Another clear example is the new car’s new gearbox. The Sportshift™III AMT (automated manual transmission) is a major development of the automated manual gearbox that appears in the current V8 Vantage S.

Designed and engineered to exploit the full sporting potential of the V12 engine, the new Sportshift™III hydraulically-actuated automated manual transmission provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery and efficiency. The unit is also appreciably lighter than the outgoing six-speed manual gearbox – saving 25 kg.

This race-derived and motorsport proven technology – used routinely in Aston Martin Racing’s race-winning Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars – provides for great driver control with only milliseconds of torque interruption and delivers precise and swift gear changes.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The Sportshift™III transaxle, from transmission experts Oerlikon Graziano, joins an extensive array of new sport- and track-focused developments that ensure the V12 Vantage S is fully equipped to exploit the huge performance potential of its 6.0-litre naturally aspirated AM28 engine.

The debut of three-stage adaptive damping – another ‘first’ for the Vantage family – allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character. ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic performance that can be tuned to better suit the driver’s requirements. The system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered.

Working alongside the extended adaptive damping system is a ‘Sport’ mode, controlled via a button on the centre console, that alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car to the driver’s requirements.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

A whole new exhaust system – derived from that of the One-77 hypercar, no less – is lighter, smaller and, crucially, even more sonorous than that of the outgoing car.

The ZF Servotronic power assisted steering is new, too. With a quicker 15:1 ratio, it is linked to the adaptive damping button and offers two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the ‘Sport’ or ‘Normal’ settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System.

Pure power, beautifully presented

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The V12 Vantage S has been restyled to reflect is position as the flagship of the new Vantage range.

Most noticeable, perhaps, is the car’s grille that does away with the famous aluminium vanes – replacing them with a new carbon fibre arrangement that also includes sporty black carbon fibre or titanium silver mesh. Created to maximise airflow to the V12 engine, the new grille is inspired by that of the remarkable new CC100 Speedster Concept, nicknamed DBR100, which debuted at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring earlier this month and signals a new era of Aston Martin design language.

Other clues that single out the car as new include the debut of new lightweight forged alloy ten-spoke wheels, and a subtle yet distinctive exterior graphics pack that includes black painted roof and part-painted boot panel.

The new V12 Vantage S of course retains the same compact proportions and muscular stance as its predecessor, while features such as the pronounced bonnet vents and flared wheel arches underscore its sporting abilities.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Inside, as out, the new car has been styled to reflect its powerful nature. New-style seating with Sport and carbon fibre Lightweight seat options, revised stitching and welt detailing, two leather grade options – Luxmill and semi-aniline – plus the possibility to include Alcantara, present V12 Vantage S buyers with an exciting array of trim choices.

The optional Carbon Fibre Interior Pack, which adds the material to the car’s facia and door pulls, plus the availability for the first time in a V12 Vantage S of black pedals, further enhances personalisation options for those in search of a truly bespoke sports car.

Dr Bez added: “The new V12 Vantage S is our most extreme Vantage to date – engineered to bring race car performance and technology to the open road.

“It is our most powerful engine in a beautifully tailored suit. It is elegant, yet brutal, and it is at the same time easy to control. It has everything that sums up Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul!”



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