Aston Martin Vantage V12 is amongst one of the best versions of this range. Not only is the 2014 V12 Vantage S the most powerful member of its venerable family, it’s also said to be the fastest Aston Martin ever built—with the notable exception of the ultra-rare One-77.
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If compared with the Vantage V12, power is up 11 per cent to 565bhp, torque progresses nine per cent to 620Nm, leading directly to a lower 0-60mph time of 3.7seconds (4.2secs for the standard V12) and pushing the top speed to 205mph from 190mph. This is the fastest version of Aston Martin you can buy.
The V12 S is around 20kg lighter than the Vantage coupe it replaces, almost all of which is thanks to the new, lighter Sportshift III gearbox. This seven-speed automated manual is the only gearbox available on the Coupe, the manual only sitting behind the engine in the V12 Roadster. Sportshift III boasts gear-swapping times of less than 70 milliseconds via the steering column-mounted paddles.
The third-gen carbon ceramic brakes now have the largest braking surface ever used on an Aston Martin, and the new 10-spoke wheels are 1kg lighter apiece than the standard V12 Vantage hoops. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, which are almost as sticky as an F1 tyre, just with a slightly better life expectancy, are fitted as standard.
The furrowed hood of the new model continues to hide a naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 engine with modest roots—it’s assembled on the premises of Ford’s production facility in Cologne, Germany. Power increases from 510 horsepower at 6500 rpm to 565 horses at 6750 rpm. Peak torque jumps from 420 lb-ft to 457, with max twist arriving at 5750 rpm. The former model’s six-speed manual transmission, a smooth-enough unit; is replaced by a seven-speed, single-clutch automated manual transmission called Sportshift III. It’s derived from the ’box found in the V8 Vantage S, and supplied by Graziano.
Most observers will find it difficult to distinguish the 2015 model from last year’s car, as the two appear nearly identical from anything more than 50 yards. The easiest way to differentiate it from its predecessor is to peer closely at the Aston’s signature front grille. While the outgoing car featured six horizontal aluminum vanes, the new models wear carbon fiber or titanium mesh with or without body color accents. The 10-spoke alloy wheels are also a fresh addition, and discriminating eyes may note a host of subtle changes to some of the trim and color combinations.
At £138,000 the V12 Vantage is far from cheap, but competitors such as the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren 12C cost a lot more. The Aston isn’t as classy and elite as those two, but it proves that the British brand – despite concerns over its financial future – can still make a convincing and engaging sports car when it wants to. Hurry up and Buy!