Aston Martin’s most powerful, top-of-the-line, flagship model is none other than the One-77 hypercar. Sadly like its name suggest, only 77 of them were ever made and is hardly what you call a high-volume production model. So One-77 hypercar aside, this new V12 Vantage S will be Aston Martin’s fastest road-going sports car.
The ‘S’ nomenclature is no stranger in Aston Martin’s latest model range. There is the Vantage S and also the Rapide S, and just like the Rapide S the V12 Vantage S will be replacing the current Vantage V12 and will be substantially revised with more power and improved mechanical parts…
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Let’s start with the engine. Powered by Aston Martin’s signature 6.0 liter V12 petrol engine, it now produces 55 more horsepower at 565 hp and 50 Nm more torque at 640 Nm. All this means a higher top speed of course, and the V12 Vantage S is now capable of maxing out at 205 mph (330 km/h) instead of “just” 190 mph (305 km/h) of the now-defunct V12 Vantage.
Changing the gears will now be done by the new Sportshift III hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission which is 25 kg lighter than the outgoing six-speed manual gearbox.
New for the V12 Vantage S also includes adaptive damping which now allows the privileged driver to choose from ‘normal’, ‘sport’, and ‘track’ mode which will adjust the stiffness and handling of the ride.
Another interesting fact is the new exhaust system. Its mufflers are the exact same one you will find in the One-77 hypercar, and Aston Martin described its new exhaust note as a “savage rasp”. Stopping power will be supplied by Aston Martin’s 3rd generation carbon ceramic brakes which provides “the largest braking surface ever used on an Aston Martin“.
Showing off those huge brakes discs and calipers are new lightweight forged rims which weighs around 1kg lighter per rim and will be wrapped with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres as standard.
As for the exterior, you will notice the new carbon fiber front grille which is designed to improve cooling and airflow around the car. Other than that, the black painted roof and part-painted boot panel are the other tell-tale signs which distinguishes the V12 Vantage S from the outgoing V12 Vantage.
Interior wise, you will get a pair a newly-designed seats with Sport and carbon fibre Lightweight seats as an option. The interior will also be more refined as there are more surface insulation covering 33% more cabin area than the outgoing car.
The surface insulation are made of 80% recycled materials and Aston Martin claims it reduces up to 30% of road noise, allowing you to enjoy the V12 symphony even better.
Prices have not yet been announced but expect it to cost more than the outgoing V12 Vantage. The V12 Vantage S might just be the Vantage’s final iteration before getting replaced by an all-new model in a few years time.
So what do you think of the car? I would definitely say that Aston Martin has made their already desirable V12 Vantage even more desirable with this ‘S’ version. The black painted boot section may not be to my taste, but I still want one badly!