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. ?Providing the most visceral yet engaging sports car experience in the British luxury carmaker’s current range, the new V12 Vantage S delivers exceptional sporting agility underpinned by admirable long distance refinement. ?Equipped with the new 565 bhp Aston Martin AM28 6.0-liter V12 engine, featuring latest generation Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching 205 mph.
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. 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.
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. Most noticeable, perhaps, is the car’s grille that does away with the famous aluminum vanes – replacing them with a new carbon fiber arrangement that also includes sporty black carbon fiber or titanium silver mesh. Created to maximize 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.
Inside, as out, the new car has been styled to reflect its powerful nature. New-style Sport seating, 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 Fiber Interior Pack, which adds the material to the car’s fascia and door pulls, plus the availability for the first time in a V12 Vantage S of black pedals, further enhances personalization options for those in search of a truly bespoke sports car.