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A New Prototype Suggests Aston Martin Is Doing Unthinkable Things to the Vantage

An aggressive-looking Test Mule suggests Aston Martin is shoving their Twin-Turbo V-12 into the Vantage

Aston Martin is one of the more enigmatic brands that we occasionally remember is up to something. That said, the British brand, like others, has a certain pattern in which it does things. When the previous-generation Vantage came out, it was equipped with a 4.3-liter V-8. It later grew to a 4.7-liter, but performance was still "meh" compared to some Ferrari or Porsche offerings. That said, in 2009, the entry-level Aston Martin got a V-12. Now, it seems Aston Martin is about to do the same thing to the current Vantage.

A New Prototype Suggests Aston Martin Is Doing Unthinkable Things to the Vantage Exterior Spyshots
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A more agressive front end
The fascia is dominated by a bigger grille that expands down towards the new splitter

Putting a big engine in a small car used to be reserved for American carmakers. Of course, this is no longer the case and recent spy footage suggests that Aston Martin could, once again, be giving the small Vantage a big V-12 engine. The 5.9-liter naturally-aspirated engine was retired some time ago, which means it’s going to be the 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 powering the small coupe.

We can clearly spot the flared fenders, no doubt, in order to free more space in the engine bay, for the big V-12 lump. There’s also a more aggressive front fascia with a larger grille and a more pronounced front splitter.

The cover on the front hood suggests the addition of heat extractors or air inlets, depending on the design. In both cases, their purpose will be better engine “breathing”.
A New Prototype Suggests Aston Martin Is Doing Unthinkable Things to the Vantage Exterior Spyshots
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The tapered back end seems relatively unchanged, apart from the added rear spoiler on top of the integrated ducktail, which could be retractable. In addition, we spot centrally-positioned dual exhaust tips, although there are openings on the side, suggesting that the production version could have its exhaust tips in the original location.

Aston Martin had previously confirmed that the V-12 is able to fit in the current Vantage. However, there will surely be a lot of chassis optimization, as the big unit is sure to mess with the balance of the car.

A New Prototype Suggests Aston Martin Is Doing Unthinkable Things to the Vantage Exterior Spyshots
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Center exhaust tips
Those might not make it on the production car, as we see holes in the original positions

So far, the test mule seems to follow a similar formula to the previous-generation V-12 Vantage S, even down to the positioning of the hood vents. The current Vantage is up for a facelift for 2022/2023, which is when we could expect to see a production-ready V-12 Vantage.

Aston Martin Vantage V-8 specifications
Engine 4.0 liter twin turbo V-8
Horsepower 503 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 505 LB-FT @ 2,000-5,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 195 mph
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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