Aston Martin has launched its new V12 Vantage S, which it claims offers the carmaker’s most “visceral” driving experience yet. The new vehicle replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage around the world and, with the exception of the One-77 hypercar, is the fastest road-going Aston Martin made to date.
Capable of reaching 205 mph, the car is equipped with the new 573 PS Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine. While the car is noticeably faster than its predecessor, the real change is felt with the massively increased torque. Some 620 Nm is available at 5,750 rpm, up from 570 Nm previously. Crucially, low rev torque leaps from 440 Nm to 510 Nm, flattening the torque curve for improved driveability.
Aston Martin chief executive officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The new V12 Vantage S is, simply, pure Aston Martin. It is extreme in its nature yet truly timeless in its design language. Learning from our successes on the track feeds the development of this type of car and I’m proud to launch such an exciting sports car in this, our centenary year.”
It’s clear the track has played a more important role this time around. Indeed, the firm says race car technology runs right through the DNA of the V12 Vantage S, with CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts just two examples of track technology feeding through to the road.
The new gearbox is another example of racing influencing the road. The Sportshift III AMT (automated manual transmission) is a major development of the automated manual gearbox that appears in the current V8 Vantage S.
Dr Bez added: “The new V12 Vantage S is our most extreme Vantage to date – engineered to bring race car performance and technology to the open road.
“It is our most powerful engine in a beautifully tailored suit. It is elegant, yet brutal, and it is at the same time easy to control.”
In the meantime, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster Special Editions 2dr is available to lease from UK Carline. Or for a smaller carbon footprint without giving up any Aston Martin luxury, the Cygnet Hatchback 1.33 3dr CVT is also available on car leasing deals.
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