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The history of the Aston Martin Vantage began back in 2005 with the unveiling of the V8 version. Then in 2009, the model expanded with the addition of a V12 version. After a series of technological updates received in 2008, the model has now been revised once again. The updated Vantage will be displayed this year at the Geneva Motor Show next to the recently announced Zagato version.

Most changes have been made to the V8 version, while theV12 model continues unchanged. For the V8 model Aston Martin has replaced the optional six-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission with a new seven-speed Sportshift one. Also, a series of updates have been made to the car’s chassis and a new braking system has also been added.

As for the exterior and the interior updates, most changes have been inspired by the Vantage S and N400 limited edition and make the car looking more aerodynamic and sportier.

UPDATE 04/11/2012: Aston Martin has announced the US prices for the new V8 Vantage model. The coupe version will be priced at $118,370 while the roadster version goes up to $132,870. We are still waiting to see how much we will have to pay for the V12 version.

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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

The Aston Martin Vantage is the smallest car in the current Aston range and it was created to be a more entertaining sports car with a cheaper price point when compared to the GT cars like the DB9. The car was lauded for its looks and handling abilities, but many felt the standard V-8 lacked the proper grunt for a car like this. Aston Martin rose to the challenge and created the V12 Vantage by cramming the 12-cyliiunder engine from the DB9 into the engine bay of the smaller car. Just last year, Aston turned up the wick even farther with a faster, lighter, and more exciting V12 Vantage S model. The big issue with the V12 Vantage S is that is only available in hardtop form, not the seductive roadster. Until now, anyways.

That’s right, Aston has just announced a drop-top version of the V12 Vantage S, and it is as amazing as it sounds.

Functionally the new V12 Vantage S Roadster is identical to its hard-top sibling. That means powerful V-12 engine, reduced weight, increased torque, and a top speed of more than 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster.

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Video: Aston Martin Represents in GRID 2

Video: Aston Martin Represents in GRID 2

Don’t be mistaken by GRID 2’s standing in the hierarchy of car racing video games. It doesn’t hold the cache of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsports. Nor does it have the history of Need for Speed.

What it does have is a pretty good video game, one that’s now made even better with the presence of Aston Martin. Specifically, three of the finest Astons to have ever been built: the One-77, the V12 Zagato and the new Vanquish.

If for nothing else, Aston Martin’s presence in Grid 2 is a perfect marketing collaboration for the two companies. But even that pales to what the possibilities could be once you get to play the three exotics in the game.

GRID 2 isn’t scheduled to hit shelves until later this year, but we’re already excited to see how these three Astons fare in the world of GRID 2.

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2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Race Car

2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Race Car

This weekend, the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring (N24) in Germany takes place and Aston Martin will be on-hand to join in on all the fun.

The British automaker recently announced that it will bring three very different race cars to the event. Two of them, the championship-winning V12 Vantage GT3 and the record-breaking Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S, are particularly noteworthy for pretty different reasons.

The third and last one, a close-to-production specification 2013 V12 Vantage, probably won’t get as much attention as the other two. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to show it the love it deserves.

This is the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Race Car and it was designed and developed particularly for this weekend’s race. Far more than just being dressed for the party, the V12 Vantage Race Car also comes packed with a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a stout 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, good enough to allow it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and go up to a top speed of 190 mph.

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2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Bilstein

2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Bilstein

Aston Martin, and the damping and suspension specialist, Bilstein, have been partners for a long time and now, the British automaker is paying homage to its long-standing partners with the unveiling of a special Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3.

It’s safe to say that Bilstein’s iconic blue and yellow colors fit the V12 Vantage GT3 to a tee the same way its dampers do on all of Aston’s road cars. It’s a tie-up that seems natural too, considering the history between the two companies.

And let’s not forget; the V12 Vantage GT3 is a pretty fantastic race car, too, one that is a direct line to Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage road car, sharing the same chassis and a modified version of the 6-liter V-12 engine. This is capable to deliver more than 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, but due to race regulations the output has been restricted to to approximately 550 horsepower.

With the Bilstein and Aston Martin tie-up, we can only expect big things to come for this car in 2013.

The Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3 will first be seen in action at the ADAC Westfalenfahrt four-hour race (VLN1) on March 23rd before proceeding to the ADAC ACAS H&R Cup (VLN3) on April 27th in preparation for the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour race on May 19th and 20th.

UPDATE 05/15/13: The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 is ready to rumble out on the track after the British brand officially announced plans to compete in this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hour race. Best of luck, fellas!

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Aston Martin will Race in North America Next Season

Aston Martin will Race in North America Next Season

Aston Martin and TRG (The Racers Group) have just signed a partnership that will bring the famous British sports car to a North American racing series starting next season. TRG will receive a total of 10 race cars that will be seen in competitions like the Twelve Hours of Sebring, Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, The Grand American Rolex Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series.

The first model we will see on the race track is the Vantage GTE. It will be unveiled at the Sebring winter test session on February 7th and then raced in the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March. The TRG-AMR Vantage GT3 will be raced in competitions like The Grand American Rolex Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series, while the V8 Vantage GT4 will be raced in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The GTE version and the GT4 are based on the production version Vantage V8 and are powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine producing 420 horsepower, while the GT3 is based on the V12 Vantage and will be offered with a 6.0-liter V-12 engine.

"We are delighted to form this innovative new partnership with TRG which presents great potential across a variety of racing competitions. In TRG we have a proven race partner who clearly knows how to be competitive and win races, helping us achieve new levels of success in North American motorsport for Aston Martin," said John Gaw, Managing Director of Aston Martin Racing.

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2010-2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Recalled

Quality and safety took a hit this week as a number of vehicles are headed back to the dealer for some much needed repairs. It started with 432 units of the 2013 SL-Class recalled due to an air-conditioner refrigerant line before the Toyota whammy of 7.4 million units recalled because of a potential malfunction with the power window systems.

Today, the recall affects a total of 169 Aston Martin V12 Vantage coupe models produced between 2010 and 2012. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those models have failed to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 138, "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems." "On these vehicles, the low tire pressure warning light will not illuminate until the tire pressure in the front tires is more than 25% below the recommended cold tire pressure." Under certain situations, this problem could lead to tire failure and a possible crash.

From the 169 units, only 148 were delivered to customers, while the other 21 units are being put on hold until the problem is solved. The owners who have received their models are being asked to take their vehicles to the nearest dealer where their car will have the software for the tire pressure monitoring system reprogrammed free of charge.

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2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Back in 2011, Aston Martin introduced the V12 Zagato Concept to the world, a supercar that was born from the creative minds of Aston Martin and Italian coachbuilder, Zagato. The overwhelming popularity of the concept prompted the folks over at Aston to expedite the release of the production car and lo and behold, the production car was supposed to make an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

But what we saw at Frankfurt appeared to be the same one we saw at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este, albeit with a new trunk lid as opposed to the huge spoiler we saw before.

The ’production version’ of the V12 Zagato was one of the highlights of Aston Martin’s booth at Frankfurt, where it was joined by the pair of V12 Zagato race car variants that participated at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring - ’Zig’ and ’Zag’ - as well as the One-77 supercar and the newly released Virage and Vantage S. Now, Aston Martin has finally revealed all the goods for their exquisite super car.

UPDATE 07/23/12: Aston Martin has announced that only 101 units of the V12 Zagato will be produced, making an already exclusive car that much more limited. The number is also 49 less than what the British automaker initially suggested so keep this new update in mind when you’re thinking of making a purchase.

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2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

After being rumored for about three years now, the new V12 Vantage Roadster is finally here! Aston Martin hasn’t released any details on it just yet, but the first official images and specs have already surfaced the web. Before you get too excited, we have to tell you that this news comes with a dark side: the new V12 Vantage Roadster will be limited to only 101 units making it almost as exclusive as the One-77 and the V12 Zagato supercars.

Just like the coupe version, the V12 Vantage Roadster will be powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine that delivers an amazing 510 HP and 420 lbs-ft of torque. Unlike the coupe, however, the new roadster has received a few updates: a revised rear deck lid with a re-designed spoiler, a redesigned front air gurney, and modified front and rear suspensions. These changes were made in order to ensure that the open-top version would have the same aerodynamic results as the coupe.

UPDATE 07/11/2012: Aston Martin has unveiled a new set of images for the V12 Vantage Roadster and have also confirmed that the model will only be available in select markets as a limited edition. For the massive group of us that will more than likely never be able to own one, revel in the new images of the V12 Vantage Roadster in the gallery provided.

Hit the jump for the full review on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster.

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2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

Aston Martin will be entering the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours for the seventh successive year. On May 19, 2012, a total of eight Vantage racers will line up for the start, with the most impressive being the V12 powered Vantage GT3.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 will carry the iconic #007 designation, and will be driven by Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck (A) – sons of triple Nürburgring 24 Hour winner Hans-Joachim Stuck – alongside Dennis Rostek (D) and Aston Martin Racing factory driver Darren Turner (GB). According to Aston Martin, the company did everything possible to keep the racing car as close to the production version as possible, except of course for the aerodynamic package needed and a few changes to the technical parts of the vehicle to adapt the car to the circuit.

David King, Aston Martin’s Head of Motorsport, said: "The Nürburgring 24 Hour race is the most important 24-hour race in the world for GT cars. The quality of the entry in the GT3 class and throughout the field is truly impressive. It is a hugely important step for us to be challenging in the SP9 class, with a top class partner team and a fine driver line up. The V12 Vantage GT3 has a direct line to our V12 Vantage road car, sharing the same chassis and base engine, and I know all the fans will love to see and hear these cars hopefully running near the front of the pack."

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2013 Aston Martin Vantage

2013 Aston Martin Vantage

The history of the Aston Martin Vantage began back in 2005 with the unveiling of the V8 version. Then in 2009, the model expanded with the addition of a V12 version. After a series of technological updates received in 2008, the model has now been revised once again. The updated Vantage will be displayed this year at the Geneva Motor Show next to the recently announced Zagato version.

Most changes have been made to the V8 version, while theV12 model continues unchanged. For the V8 model Aston Martin has replaced the optional six-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission with a new seven-speed Sportshift one. Also, a series of updates have been made to the car’s chassis and a new braking system has also been added.

As for the exterior and the interior updates, most changes have been inspired by the Vantage S and N400 limited edition and make the car looking more aerodynamic and sportier.

UPDATE 04/11/2012: Aston Martin has announced the US prices for the new V8 Vantage model. The coupe version will be priced at $118,370 while the roadster version goes up to $132,870. We are still waiting to see how much we will have to pay for the V12 version.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Aston Martin Vantage.

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Video: Forza 4 March Pirelli Pack features V12 Zagato

Video: Forza 4 March Pirelli Pack features V12 Zagato

Turn 10 Studios has announced the launch of the new Forza 4 March Pirelli Pack on March 6th. The new pack will add ten more cars to your Foza 4 garage, including the new Aston Martin V12 Zagato.

As the V12 Zagato will be limited to only 150 units this might be your only chance to actually drive it. The car is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission for a total output of 510 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque.

Next to it the pack will also include: 1971 Ferrari #2 Ferrari Automobili 312 P, 2012 Ultima GTR, 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 396, 2010 Renault Clio RS, 1966 Ford Country Squire, 1995 BMW 850C Si, 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6, 2011 Wiesmann GT MF5, 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza.

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Production model of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato set to be revealed in Kuwait

The highly-talked about Aston Martin V12 Zagato has been a source of great interest from all four corners of the auto industry since it was first revealed last year.

Now it appears that we’re headed closer and closer to the production version’s official world debut at the Kuwait Concours d’ Elegance this coming February 15. While it appears curious for Aston Martin to pick Kuwait to reveal their new supercar, such a decision was made in large part because it’s the only event of its type in the Middle East, which is a burgeoning market for Aston Martin.

"We are excited to show the new V12 Zagato for the first time in production form at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance," said Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin.

"Over 50 years since the introduction of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated to create this modern interpretation which remains true to the original focus of craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity."

Aston Martin has yet to announce any modifications - if there are any - for the production version, so you can expect it to be as awesome as the dynamic concept seen in May 2011 which packed a walloping 6.0-liter V12 engine that developed 510 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque.

Only 150 units of the carbon and aluminum supercar will be built with an expected price tag of around £330,000 - that’s about half-a-million greenbacks - making it a hefty purchase for even the most financially-endowed auto enthusiast.

Check out Aston Martin’s press release after the jump.

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Gran Turismo 5: 2.03 upgrade now available for download

Gran Turismo 5: 2.03 upgrade now available for download

The first downloadable package for the new Gran Turismo 5 became available back in October, followed by a second upgrade package for December, and now GT5 honchos have come up with a third update to to add to the collection. Think they’re overdoing it a bit? Yeah, so do we, but making money is always at the forefront of these decisions.

The new 2.03 update package includes 12 new home themes and wallpapers, better tire wear prediction in B-Spec races, and adjustments to the Chaparral 2J race car’s performance point index. Gamers can also choose between two different packages. Car Pack 3 includes models like the Nissan Leaf, the 2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage, the 2011 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, the 2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman, and the classic Volkswagen Beetle. Price for this package is $5.99.

The second update package choice is called the Speed Test Pack and includes an 18.82 miles long track where you can test models like the Red Bull X2011. The price for this package is $3.99.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Concept of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Concept of the Year

There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.

Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.

From three different, color coordinated layers of information to V12 engines with spectacular power outputs, concepts have a way of getting underneath our skin and staying there until the production model is attained. This year, our choices are unmistakable and in no particular order: the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept, the Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept, and the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept.

Hit the jump for details on each of these imaginative concepts.

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2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT3

2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Aston Martin will be going to the races in 2012 with a new Vantage GT3 race car, which was just unveiled by the British automaker. The new model will join the current Aston Martin racing line-up that includes the Vantage GT2, GT4, DBR9 GT1, and AMR-One LMP1.

John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Managing Director said: "The DBRS9 has been a very successful GT3 racing car and, despite being more than six years old, is still competitive today. However, the competition has moved on and we needed to create a new car that combines our six years’ experience in this category with the latest race technology to continue Aston Martin’s success in GT3 for many years to come."

The new Vantage V12 GT3 is based on the V12 Vantage production car that’s already out in showrooms and its addition to the line-up of other Aston Martin race cars makes the British brand the only automaker to have a specific race car for every GT class.

UPDATE 11/21/2011: Aston Martin has announced that it has started testing the new V12 Vantage GT3 3 at Brands Hatch in Kent this week, covering almost 1000 kilometers in just two days with factory driver, Darren Turner, behind the wheel. John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Managing Director, said: “The testing of the new V12 Vantage GT3 has gone really well. We haven’t had any significant issues with the car, despite having covered close to 1000 kilometers, exceeding all our expectations in the car’s first track test.

UPDATE 11/25/2011: If a few days ago we have reported that Aston Martin started to test the new V12 Vantage GT3 race car, now is time to actually see the car in action. After watching the video we can tell you one thing for sure: that car is fast! See for yourself!

Find out more about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 after the jump.

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2013 HBH Bulldog GT

2013 HBH Bulldog GT

The Aston Martin V12 Zagato has had its time to shine and Danish coachbuilder, HBH, is ready to step into the spotlight with their response to the vehicle. After months of trickling rumors about a new supercar, the company has finally revealed their new Bulldog GT, based off of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

HBH may not be a well known company, but their work done on the insane Zenvo ST1 supercar - they created the design - is enough to pump us up about their new project. The Bulldog GT pays tribute to the legendary 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog, a one-off test vehicle produced by Aston Martin. It is powered by the V12 Vantage’s 6.0-liter V12 engine coupled to a twin-supercharger system to achieve 666 HP. Unfortunately, its top speed falls just a bit short of the original Bulldog (186 mph vs 191 mph), but we’re still hoping it gets past the testing phase.

Hit the jump to read more about the new HBH Bulldog GT.

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2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage AMWH by Galpin Auto Sports

2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage AMWH by Galpin Auto Sports

For all the excitement surrounding the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, the lack of European exotics present is one of the things that we think should be changed. For their part, Galpin Auto Sports - yeah, those boys from Pimp My Ride - want to change that, or at least hope to, by bringing a tricked out version of one of Britain’s best supercars, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage AMWH, to Las Vegas.

As one of a total of 12 vehicles being brought by GAS, the V12 Vantage AMWH comes with a bevy of exterior modifications, to go with a subtle performance upgrade. To begin their project, GAS dressed the British supercar in a flat-matte paint finish with matching black-painted trim pieces on the grille and the window surrounds. The American tuner also gave the car plenty of carbon fiber material, including on, but not limited to, the mirrors, the rear diffuser, the interior door panels, climate-control vents, and strut braces. Rounding out the exterior modifications for the V12 Vantage are a new set of 20" matte black wheels.

In terms of the slight performance improvement, GAS added a Flowmaster exhaust system that added 10 horsepower to the V12 Vantage’s 517-horsepower 6.0-liter V12 engine. Do the math and that totals to 527 ponies for the stealthy British exotic beast.

UPDATE 12/10/11: A new batch of photos of the Aston Marting V12 Vantage AMWH have been released by Galpin Auto Sports. Check out the British supercar in its new digs in the gallery below!

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Video: The Toyota-Aston Martin CEO Supercar Swap

Video: The Toyota-Aston Martin CEO Supercar Swap

Company CEOs usually have a kind of competitive understanding of each other. There’s nothing personal about; it’s just the way business works.

In the case of Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda and his Aston Martin counterpart Ulrich Bez, the truth couldn’t be any further from the truth. After already establishing a mutual working relationship between the two companies - the most recent of which was sharing the Toyota iQ platform with the Aston Martin Cygnet - Toyoda and Bez have become closer to each other than most CEOs that consider themselves competitors, albeit in a slightly stretched manner.

The latest collaboration between the two doesn’t involve a new auto partnership but instead, swapping race cars during the VLN auto series with Toyoda driving the Aston Martin V12 Vantage ’Zig’ and Bez manning the wheels of a Lexus LF-A Gazoo Racing.

Whether this video is merely a publicity stunt or it’s really a genuine show of competitiveness between the two is unknown, but the fact that you have the CEOs of two of the most accomplished auto brands in the country speaks to the ever-growing relationship between Aston Martin and Toyota.

Check out the video to see how the two CEOs fared in riding the race cars of their contemporary.

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2014 Aston Martin Vantage

2014 Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin is preparing to offer a facelift version for every model in the line-up thanks to that high interest loan they just secured from global investors. There’s already been talk of what will happen to the future DB9 debuting sometime next year, as well as a new DBS in late 2012. Now spy photographers have caught the future Vantage model testing near the Aston Martin technical center in Germany. The vehicle is still in the early stages of development, but it already hosts a number of changes that will significantly change the vehicle’s overall look.

The Aston Martin Vantage will not be a completely new vehicle as previously thought, but a facelift version including new and wider skirts and major changes in the body panels. That being said, these additions could have just been added to hide any changes made to the chassis of the vehicle. No other details have been offered, but it is believed that the exterior design will take its inspiration from the One-77 supercar with its borrowed bonnet, sides, and cooling vents, in an attempt to make the car look more aggressive and sporty. These changes may also supply a decrease in weight, by about 350 lbs.

The 2014 Vantage will more than likely be powered by the same 4.7-liter V-8 and 6.0-liter V-12 engines currently found in the sports car, possibly tweaked to deliver more power, better fuel economy, and lower emissions.

Expect to see the new Aston Martin Vantage in late 2013.

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2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racer

2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racer

We haven’t even gotten around to digesting the full breadth of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato and we’re already getting a close look at the race-spec version of the new Aston supercar. Or at least something like it.

In preparation for the car’s racing debut at the Nurburgring later this week, Aston Martin gave the eager public a first-hand look at the race-spec version of the V12 Zagato. It might only be a rendering of the car, but at the very least, it gives us an idea on what to expect when the car officially makes its track debut on May 28, 2011 at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race.

Judging from the rendering, the race-spec V12 Zagato looks pretty much like the street-version with a couple of notable additions, including the prominent rear wing, the table-top front lip, and the black wheels.

That’s as much as Aston is willing to share for now. But at least the wait won’t be that long before we see the race-spec version in the flesh. Good timing too, considering that the 24 Hours of Nurburgring is scheduled for June 25 and 26, 2011 and Aston Martin will be fielding two V12 Zagatos in the annual endurance race.

UPDATE 07/14/2011: Aston Martin has unveiled a new official video in which they reveal the two V12 Zagato racers at the Nurburgring 24hr race. Check out the two cars as they take part in a grueling test of endurance, engineering, and driver skill. Enjoy!

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Aston Martin V12 Zagato limited to 150 units, priced at $530k

Aston Martin V12 Zagato limited to 150 units, priced at $530k

Aston Martin has official confirmed on their Italian Facebook page that the V12 Zagato will be put into limited production. There will be only 150 units built, each priced at about $530,000. This confirmation comes after last week the car has been officially listed into the Aston Martin web page.

The new Aston Martin Zagato is the perfect combination between technology, tradition and exclusivity. The car has been designed in collaboration with the legendary Italian design studio and features a lightweight aluminum body built by hand, with carbon fiber panels and is equipped with excellent performance and road handling, proven by the success on the track. The V12 Zagato is the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin.

The V12 Zagato is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and 420 lb ft of torque. Performance numbers haven’t been announced just yet.

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2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept

2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept

Aston Martin will be celebrating the iconic DB4GT Zagato’s 50th anniversary with a new concept car developed in collaboration with the Italian design house Zagato. The concept car made its first appearance at the Villa D’Este Concours on May 21st, 2011 and will make its racing debut at Nürburgring on May 28th.

Dr. Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive said: "The DNA of both Aston Martin and Zagato has combined successfully to make some of the world’s most desirable collector cars in the past and in this special anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato it is appropriate to explore a modern collaboration. Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time."

The original Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato made its first appearance in 1960 at the London Motor Show. It was essentially a much lighter DB4 GT that got worked on by the Italian Coachbuilder to include a 3670 cc straight-6 DOHC engine that produced 314 HP with a top speed of 154 mph.

UPDATE 07/01/2011: The V12 Zagato has finally been listed on the Aston Martin web page, giving us an official confirmation that it will soon go on sale. According to the web site, "only a strictly limited run of road going cars will be built" and we will get more details about in the next few weeks.

UPDATE 07/0711: Now this is what we’re talking about! Aston Martin has finally given the pricing for the V12 Zagato. But that’s where the good news ends, at least as far as those that will have a hard time affording it. Anybody who wants to score this limited edition piece of beauty will have to shell out £330,000, which is around $528,000 based on current exchange rates. Gulp.

UPDATE 08/12/11: Aston Martin announced today that the V12 Zagato concept next with the One-77 supercar will make their American debuts in Monterey from August 17th to 21st. The V12 Zagato will debut in the evening of Wednesday August 17th at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and Aston Martin has confirmed once again that a strictly limited production run of the V12 Zagato will commence in summer 2012.

"Guests will be given the rare opportunity to test drive our latest model range, including the new Virage and Vantage S, as well as the four-door Rapide" commented Julian Jenkins, Vice President Aston Martin the Americas. "We are very excited about the program this year including the debut of the V12 Zagato, and we look forward to welcoming current owners, new customers and automotive enthusiasts to share our celebrations at The Aston Martin Estate."

Hit the jump to read more about the new V12 Zagato endurance racer concept.

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The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

Here at Topspeed, we love to keep our readers as involved in our pieces as possible and we figured there was no better way to do that than by engaging in a good ’ol hypothetical game of "Car-In-Your-Garage." Okay, so the game is completely made up, but it’s still something that gets us in the mood to think of five cars we’d love to have in our garages. As with any other game of this magnitude, though, there are some rules that we need to follow:

First, the price total of all five cars combined should not exceed $500,000.
Second, at most you can only pick up to two supercars. Third, you need to have FIVE cars on your list in the interest of variety and back-and-forth discussion. Fourth, you don’t have to hit the $500,000 limit exactly. If you’re happy with $300,000 worth, then that’s your call. You’ll be wasting $200 grand in fake money, but who’s really counting, right?

Once you’ve figured out your list, indulge all of us and put it down in the comments section below. If you feel the need to explain why you picked the car, feel free to elaborate.

Happy fake car shopping everyone!

Check out my list after the jump.

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Video: Aston Martin 'Reverie' commercial

Video: Aston Martin ’Reverie’ commercial

One of the most impressive commercials ever have been brought to our attention today. It is called Aston Martin ’Reverie’ and was made by Gentleman Scholar, a multimedia production studio based in Los Angeles. As you guessed it the video is about an Aston Martin model, but not any Aston Martin: a V12 Vantage.

The idea behind this commercial was to create something that encapsulated the ’power’, ’beauty’, and ’soul’ of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. And they did. Next to speed and energy, the production company added stunning visual-effects, heavy explosions and morphing buildings, impressive landscapes and artistically lit cityscapes and they have created something that really manages to bring to our attention the essence of the V12 Vantage.

"From there we began to build our shots; moving cameras, animating the car, figuring out what and where our environments should be and look like. Our references introduced the car at dusk with a storm building on a desert horizon – taking on a sense of danger and anticipation. The use of CG allowed our imaginations to run free in terms of elegant camera moves and story-telling perspectives without worrying about the expense of helicopter shots and process trailers."

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HBH teases new mid-engined Aston Martin V12

HBH teases new mid-engined Aston Martin V12

With the recently launched Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept drawing the auto world’s attention these days, a new development out on the Danish front could make for an interesting new coachbuilt Aston Martin V12.

A Danish coachbuilder that call themselves HBH is reportedly working on a new concept model based on the V12 Vantage, the exact same model the Zagato Concept is based on. Details behind this new coachbuilt V12 Vantage are still murky at this point, although there seems to be growing sentiment that the people behind the project - Jesper Hermann, Christian Brandt, and Torben Hartvig make up the brain thrust of HBH - are looking into giving the car a bespoke chassis.

The car is expected to be a one-off model that will be built for a single customer similar to Michael Stoschek’s New Stratos. No word yet on when the car is going to be ready to make its first appearance but fortunately, HBH was nice enough to roll out a teaser image of this new mystery coachbuilt Aston Martin V12 Vantage supercar.

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Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Gulf LMP1 race car do some promo work

Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Gulf LMP1 race car do some promo work

Aston Martin is helping to draw more attention to itself with the release of a video detailing the similarities between their famous V12 Vantage road car and their Aston Martin LMP1 race car. It may be a little cheesy and predictable, but at least it’s better than the negative attention other automakers are dealing with for all of their recalls.

The basis of the video is to inform all who care of the big 6.0L V12 engine that sits in about every Aston Martin, except for the V8 Vantage, of course. The stars of the video - the V12 Vantage and the LMP1 - do their part by taking what looks to be the scenic route to their destination.

The V12 Vantage arrived onto the market in 2009 before making its way over to the States in 2010. That same year, the V12-engined DBR1-2 LMP1 was fairing well in competition with a 2009 win in the LeMans series and three podium finishes in 2010. Both cars are seen in this video, helping Aston Martin drive their point home...literally.

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Video: Top Gear USA goes Aston Martin Vantage testing

Video: Top Gear USA goes Aston Martin Vantage testing

We don’t know about any of you, but as far as we’re concerned, the second episode of Top Gear USA fared better than the pilot episode – but not by much.

One of the main segments of the second episode featured an American shakedown of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and its V12 big brother. Hosted by Rutledge Wood, the whole segment was very informative, which, you know, is pretty important, so we’re going to give the producers a pat on the back for that. Americans don’t know enough about Aston Martin except that it has co-starred in a lot of Bond movies, so to show off the car in a different light – exotic, powerful, and luxurious - to an audience that lacks knowledge about the car’s history and heritage was a nice touch.

How it all played out on TV though, is an entirely different matter. For starters, it seemed a little too theatrical, which, would have been fine if Rutledge Wood wasn’t such a stiff during the whole ten-minute segment. Watch how he talks to the camera and you can tell that he’s either reading from a canned script or there’s just not appeal there whatsoever. Don’t get us wrong, we like Rutledge, but he should try loosening up a little.

After all, you’re driving an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Mr. Wood. Act like it means something because it most definitely does. And calling the Brits ’liars’ given the context? We’d be careful the next time around, although it did attract the attention we’re sure it was meant to.

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Top Gear USA: Episode 2

Top Gear USA: Episode 2

Before we even begin to go into the second episode of Top Gear USA, we have to admit that we had to set an alarm to remind ourselves to watch it. That doesn’t exactly say much about the show’s first episode, but we actually did see some sort of improvement with this one.

This episode was a little different than the first one as Adam Ferrara kind of took a back seat to Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust. That wasn’t exactly a bad thing considering that the actor/comedian was bland and uninspiring during the first episode. The chemistry was better between the three, but the music still sucked.

Enough about all that, let’s move on to the actual meat and potatoes of the show. In this episode we got to see Wood take on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Tanner Foust put two skiers to the test while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and all three men learn a little something about drifting in a Nissan 370Z. Yes, Tanner Foust is a drift champion, but that may or may not help him during this challenge. Oh yeah, and some British guy takes on the Suzuki SX4.

Hit the jump to check out the details of Top Gear USA, Episode Two.

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Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage Stops By To See Jay Leno

Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage Stops By To See Jay Leno

Is there anyone you would like to be more than Jay Leno? Think about it; the guy has boatloads of money and spends his time tinkering with some of the most fabulous cars on the planet. He can basically drive whatever car he chooses without so much as uttering a full sentence to convince the auto brand to let him and then he gets paid to tell people what he thinks about them. Not a bad gig at all.

For his latest endeavor, the King of Late Night got to take a spin in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. The V12 Vantage can hit a top speed of 190mph and can make the 0-60mph sprint in 4.2 seconds, so getting the chance sit behind this wheel is definitely a thing to cherish.

During his turn in the British supercar, Leno described the Aston Martin as "almost the perfect combination of hardcore track sports car and GT car." During the video, he turns the car over - something we would never do - to British racing driver Justin Bell who puts the car through its paces at Willow Springs track.

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Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage on the circuit

Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage on the circuit

Aston Martin has unveiled a new video of theV12 Vantage as it elegantly parades around the circuit. It’s not the most exciting video you’ll ever watch, but it does allow you to appreciate the V12 Vantage for all of its beauty and grace, unless you fall asleep to the soundtrack first.

The V12 Vantage is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 510 HP and 570 Nm of torque. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 190 mph. Prices for the 2011 Aston Martin Vantage -which will be limited to 1,000 units - have already been announced with the standard version starting at $179,995. If you have the extra cash and would like a classier version, the Carbon Black edition is priced at $194,995.

But before you rush and place your order, just take a minute and watch the video!

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Video: Two minutes of Aston Martin V12 Vantage goodness

Despite being two years late to the party, nobody is really blaming the Aston Martin V12 Vantage for only coming to American shores now. The important thing is it’s coming and that bodes well for those who’ve been waiting since 2007 for the Aston supercar to arrive in America.

Of course, having about $180,000 - or more - in your bank account helps too. Powered by that gargantuan 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces over 500 horsepower, the V12 Vantage is no ordinary Aston exotic. If it were, we probably would have gotten tired of it a long time ago. However, with a combination of high-end performance capabilities and rare exclusivity, the V12 Vantage has become quite a ’unicorn’ of a supercar - those models that are so rare it’s hard to catch one, let alone own one.

That tag will almost certainly be dropped once the V12 Vantage makes its way to the US. And to tease what we’re in store for, the folks of Aston have released a quick look at the supercar in all its stupendous glory. The wait is finally over. The countdown for its arrival is on like Donkey Kong.

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2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage pricing announced

2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage pricing announced

The great British supercar manufacturer Aston Martin has wowed us with their recent designs. From the old DB9 to the gorgeous DBS, but now, there is a new kid on the block. Welcome to the $179,995 Aston Martin V12 Vantage for 2011.

Though the V12 Vantage has been out for awhile in Europe, Aston has just recently announced that the supercar will be heading to U.S shores.

The Vantage will get the usual V12 motor under the hood that will crank out 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The Aston will be able to hit 60 mph is just 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 190 mph. Peak power is reached at 6500 rpm, so the car isn’t a loud screamer like the Ferrari 612 or the BMW M5. Instead, the V12 Vantage is a relaxed grand touring car.

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2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Nurburgring

2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Nurburgring

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage promo video

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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.

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2010 Aston Martin DBS and V12 Vantage Carbon Black

2010 Aston Martin DBS and V12 Vantage Carbon Black

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Hill Climb

2009 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Hill Climb

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Top Gear drives the Aston Martin V12 Vantage

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.

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Video: 5th Gear drives the Aston Martin V12 Vantage

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.

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Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage makes music

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!

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage - new image gallery

Aston Martin V12 Vantage - new image gallery

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.

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Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage vs. Porsche GT2

Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage vs. Porsche GT2

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.

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Video: first Aston Martin V12 Vantage test drive

Video: first Aston Martin V12 Vantage test drive

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.

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Aston Martin is looking for friends on Facebook for the 2010 V12 Vantage

Aston Martin is looking for friends on Facebook for the 2010 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.

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster spy shots

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster spy shots

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.

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2009 Aston Martin V12 Vantage N24

2009 Aston Martin V12 Vantage N24

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage in detail

Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage in detail

The gentleman from the British magazine i Motor Mag had the chance to get face to face with the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. What did they think about the new car? Click above to find out.

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2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS spied at Stelvio Pass

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS spied at Stelvio Pass

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 theV12 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.

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Aston Martin Vantage V12 spy shots

Aston Martin Vantage V12 spy shots

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.

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Aston Martin Vantage V12 RS new spy shots

Aston Martin Vantage V12 RS new spy shots

Just a few days we brought you the first spy shots of the new baby Aston Martin, and now here it is again, at Nurburgring of course, but this time in blue and pulling out of Jaguar’s test center. The Vantage V12 RS is the production version of the V12 Vantage RS Concept unveiled in December 2007.

Aston Martin registered the car as a V12. That’s the 6.0-litre V12 we’ve already seen in use in the DB9 and DBS - but expected to be in a different state of tune for the Vantage road car.

The Vantage V12 RS will debut sometime in 2009 and will be priced around £140,000.

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS spy shots

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS spy shots

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.

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS will go into production

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS will go into production

When Aston Martin launched the V12 Vantage RS Concept they said it was a design study more than a concept. In an interview at the Geneva Motor Show, Ullrich Bez, Aston Martin CEO, said that next year we will see a production version of the concept. Of course will be a limited edition.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS is a 600 hp supercar powered by a 6.0 liters V12 engine recently used in the DBS. It can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 186 mph.

Unfortunately Ullrich Bez gave no details about the price, technical details or the number of units that will be brought on the market. Instead he gave another good new: DBS will also see a Roadster version! It will be available in mid 2009.

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2008 Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Concept

2008 Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Concept

At the official opening of Aston Martin’s first ever dedicated design centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, on Tuesday 11 December, Dr Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive Officer, thrilled an audience of more than seven hundred VIP guests with a surprise unveiling of a stunning new 600bhp performance concept car; the V12 Vantage RS.

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