Limited to only 14 units

Aston Martin just redesigned the Vantage for 2018, replacing the previous model after no fewer than 13 years on the market. But, in a surprising turn of events, the British firm revived the old model for a limited-edition run called the Vantage V600. Built by the company’s Q division, the V600 was designed on request and will be produced in only 14 units, split between seven coupes and seven convertibles. The Vantage V600 pays tribute to the original V8 Vantage V600 that Aston Martin introduced in 1998.

Based on the Virage model sold between 1989 and 2000, the previous V600 was the most extreme iteration of the Vantage model. Powered by a 600 horsepower supercharged engine (remember, that was in 1998!), the first V600 was one of the most powerful sports cars of its time. Come 2018, and Aston Martin is sending the VH-platform Vantage into the history books with a similar model. Although not as extreme as its predecessor, the new-old V600 marks the official retirement of the iconic VH platform in two-door Aston Martins.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600.

What Makes the Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Special?

- * Carbon-fiber body
- * AMR grille
- * New engine hood
- * Wider fenders
- * Carbon rear diffuser
- * Carbon-fiber interior trim
- * Anodized aluminum inserts
- * New upholstery pattern
- * Beefed-up V-12 engine
- * 592 horsepower
- * Likely quicker than the standard model
- * Dated VH platform

2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Exterior
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The standard front grille was replaced by the bigger one from the Vantage AMR

While based on the 13-year old Vantage, the V600 looks significantly different compared to the sports car that Aston Martin discontinued a while back. That’s because the standard front grille was replaced by the bigger one from the Vantage AMR. The intake stretches closer to the ground and features a fine mesh instead of the usual horizontal slats. The lower bumper was revised to include beefier side panels, a slimmer grille, and a sporty splitter. Both grilles have a darker finish that matches the grey paint on the body. The new front fascia is finished off with a massive bulge on the engine hood and circular vents on each side.

The profile boasts dramatic changes too, thanks to the beefed-up fender flares and the bigger front fender strakes. Aston Martin also added new wheels with a center-lock design. The forged and machined rims are painted black and feature an intricate double-spoke design. The rear fascia carries over unchanged above the bumper, but the latter was redesigned to include a more menacing diffuser. The carbon-fiber element now includes a quad-exhaust layout. Finally, the entire body is made from carbon-fiber for added exclusivity and reduced curb weight.

2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Interior
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The interior looks like a race-spec Aston Martin thanks to the copious amount of carbon-fiber

The interior of the V600 looks like a race-spec Aston Martin thanks to the copious amount of carbon-fiber used on the center console, center stack, and door panels. The lightweight material is complemented by anodized aluminum trim, while the sporty, heavily bolstered seats have a new perforation pattern. There’s also a hand-crafted, saddle leather center armrest, a new gear shifter machined from a solid block, and bespoke dials in the instrument cluster.

The Vantage V600 gets its juice from the same 5.9-liter V-12 engine in the old Vantage S, but output has been increased from 565 to 592 horsepower. That’s just as much as the Aston Martin Vanquish and makes the V600 the most powerful Vantage of its generation. No word on torque specs, but it’s safe to assume that the V-12 generates the same 457 pound-feet.

2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Exterior
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Output has been increased from 565 to 592 horsepower

If you’re a fan of Aston Martin’s Sportshift III automatic gearbox, you’ll probably be disappointed to learn that the V600 is sold with the seven-speed manual transmission only. The row-your-own box was introduced in 2016 and features a classic dog-leg first gear position that ensures the gears used most frequently are located in a double H pattern like that of a conventional six-speed manual. The unit also uses AMSHIFT, a driver selectable system that uses clutch, gear position and propshaft sensors to mimic the technique of heel-and-toe downshifts.

Aston Martin has yet to release performance specs, but given the extra oomph and the lighter carbon-fiber body, the V600 should be quicker than the standard V12 Vantage S. The latter needs 3.9 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start, so the V600 could achieve the benchmark in around 3.7 seconds. Top speed likely remains unchanged at 205 mph, which is nothing to sneeze at. The V600 rides on a dual independent wishbone suspension front and rear for a comfortable ride in all conditions.

Pricing remains a mystery as of this writing, but expect the V600 to cost notably more than the standard V12 Vantage S, which retails from around $190,000. Given the AMR-inspired updates, the carbon body, and the limited production run, I’d say that the V600 could fetch around $250,000. The sports car is available on request with deliveries set to begin in the third quarter of 2018.

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Two-door body style 2+0 seating

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.

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Press release

Spirit of the 1998 V8 Vantage V600 breathes again in a limited run customer commission V12 Vantage V600
‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ to produce strictly limited run of seven coupes and seven roadsters
V12 Vantage V600 equipped with 600PS naturally-aspirated V12 & seven-speed manual gearbox
Last of the ‘VH’ Gaydon two-door sportscars
Wednesday 9 May 2018, Gaydon: The legendary Aston Martin Vantage V600 has been reborn in the form of a customer commissioned limited run of all-new breathtakingly beautiful Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600s, inspired and influenced by the original V8 Vantage V600.

In 1998, Aston Martin offered its customers the most extreme iteration of its Vantage sportscar, the supercharged V8 Vantage V600. Delivering 600bhp, the model was one of the most powerful sports cars of its time, a car of extremes.

Fast forward 20 years and the luxury British carmaker’s unique personalisation service Q by Aston Martin received a customer commission for a strictly limited run of 14 new Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600s. Split between seven coupes and seven roadsters and dubbed the ‘Triple V’, this unique series of manual V12 V600s have been commissioned, designed and handcrafted without compromise.

Underpinned by the previous-generation ‘VH’ Vantage, the 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 combines the modern performance of a muscle sportscar with timeless styling, creating the ultimate analogue Vantage.

Marek Reichman, Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Aston Martin said, “This is precisely why we created our ‘Q by Aston Martin - Commission’ service. Our customers can create truly bespoke sports cars by personally collaborating with myself and Aston Martin’s design team. The V600 name remains a classic in Aston Martin’s heritage and I’m proud to see it adorn the V12 Vantage V600 once again”.

Powered by an upgraded version of Aston Martin’s impressive 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, producing 600PS, the Vantage V600 is designed to excite the senses. A 7-speed manual transmission provides an engaged driving experience, while the front and rear dual independent wishbone suspension - featuring 3-stage adaptive damping - produces a sublime ride in all conditions.

The V12 Vantage V600 has commanding road presence and utilises aggressive styling cues across its full-carbon fibre exterior. Like the 90s classic, the V600 utilises a re-imagined side-strake and a bulging bonnet that hints towards the power that lies underneath. A unique darkened grille provides maximum air and cooling to the model’s characterful V12, while the car’s rear continues to signal towards the car’s powerful nature.

An all-new carbon fibre diffuser provides the backdrop for an attention grabbing quad exhaust system. The external look of the V600 is further distinguished by bespoke centre-lock forged and machined aluminium wheels.

The interior of the Vantage V600 is a study in the beauty of carbon fibre and dark anodised aluminium. The lightweight seats have an all-new perforation pattern, carbon fibre centre console and bespoke driver information dials. A hand-crafted saddle leather centre armrest provides comfort and style within ergonomic reach of the machined-from-solid gear shifter.

The 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 is available on request with deliveries taking place in Q3 2018.

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