Today it became official: Aston Martin V12 Vantage is coming to the United States!Based on the hugely successful V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage will feature a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque with a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 kp/h) time of 4.2 seconds.
The latest incarnation of the Vantage family has been designed to provide a unique character, appealing to different driver tastes and complementing the other models in the current Aston Martin line-up. The original V12 Vantage concept was unveiled to guests at the opening of the Aston Martin Design Studio in December 2007.
Continuing the marque’s impressive record of bringing concepts through to production, Aston Martin engineers have brought the V12 Vantage to market in an incredible 12 months.
Within just 12 months after unveiling the original V12 Vantage concept at the Aston Martin Design Studio in December 2007, the carmaker once again made an impressive move by launching its production version.
According to Aston Martin chief executive Ulrich Bez, the production version of the V12 Vantage illustrates one of the carmaker’s key strengths – its ability to quickly transform concepts and ideas into reality. During the development of the V12 Vantage, Aston Martin focused on creating a vehicle that could offer pure driving enjoyment.
Thus, the carmaker used race-developed materials and components as well as lightweight carbon fiber to turn the V12 Vantage into a potent machine with superb performance and agility. To properly express the V12 Vantage’s potent road dynamics, Aston Martin created a purposeful stance through improved aerodynamics as well as cooling aids that visually widen the vehicle.
Aston Martin also endowed the V12 Vantage with an indulging interior that does not only provide the much wanted comfort and luxury but also urge drivers to optimize the car’s performance. More importantly, the V12 Vantage features an engine that provides much wanted power and torque at all engine speeds, thereby ensuring that the car is as responsive wherever it is driven.
Bez described the V12 Vantage as the “ultimate performance interpretation” of the Vantage range as it combines the carmaker’s most agile model and its most powerful engine. He referred to the V12 Vantage as a representation of the definitive driving package, primarily because it merges spectacular performance and everyday driving functionality.
Aston Martin’s CEO remarked that the V12 Vantage dons a unique character unlike the carmaker’s other cars. He noted that they expect the V12 Vantage to appeal to different people with different tastes. Aston Martin will build the V12 Vantage at its state-of-the-art production facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire using only high-tech manufacturing processes with traditional hand-craftsmanship.
Only 1,000 examples will be produced over the life span of the V12 Vantage. Aston Martin will start deliveries of the ordered units in the third quarter of 2009 and will be announcing its pricing at the Geneva motor show.