Aston Martin says goodbye to its V12 Vantage nameplate with a swansong model that’s faster than ever
The legendary V12 Vantage name has been revived by Aston Martin for a commemorative, limited-edition version of its two-seater coupe, with a substantial performance boost over the standard V8 car. The company will build just 333 examples of the newcomer, all of which are pre-sold despite a starting price of £265,000.
This latest model represents the third and final V12-engined Vantage that Aston Martin will ever build. It uses the same 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine as the current DB11 and DBS but in a bespoke state of tune, with 690bhp and a torque figure of 555lb.ft – enough for a 200mph top speed, with 0-60 in 3.4 seconds.
The eight-speed automatic gearbox is carried over from the standard Vantage but recalibrated to give faster shift times. The car is also noticeably stiffer, with spring rates that are increased by 50 per cent at the front and 40 per cent at the rear, while its track has been widened by 40mm each end to improve cornering stability. Styling-wise, the V12 Vantage benefits from a redesigned front-end featuring a bespoke (25 per cent bigger) grille and full-width splitter.
Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers has hailed the V12 Vantage as the perfect final outing for the name: “It’s time to bring this bloodline to a close, fittingly with the most spectacular example yet – the fastest, most powerful and most dynamically capable V12 Vantage ever.”