Aston Martin V12 Vantage revealed ahead of Geneva

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 4, 2009

The latest Aston Martin V12 Vantage, which will be debuted this coming March at the Geneva Auto Show and will be on sale by May, has been dubbed as the most powerful sports car in Aston Martin's 95-year car manufacturing history.

There will be about 1000 units planned by Aston, the price of which has not been finalized as of yet, but expect a $140,000 price tag to come with the AM V12 Vantage. The sports car comes with a 6-speed manual V12 which can generate 510bhp and 420lb-ft of torque on tap from its 6.0-liter powerplant.

The acceleration claimed for the car is 4.1 seconds from 0-60mph and a 190mph maximum speed. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage has a hardcore appearance and specs but is looked upon as quite different from the DBS and V8 because it is more focused on the driver while remaining usable and takes advantage of outstanding levels of grip.

The V12 Vantage concept, which initially came out in December of 2007, has received wide-ranging styling modifications, as well as a fresh engine lid, grill, front splitter, sill extensions, rear bumper and trunk cover.The greatest challenge the project encountered was the installation of the longer and heavier V12 powerplant onto the smaller V8 chassis.

This resulted in the relocation of the cooling pack, and changes to the powerplant and structure of the chassis in front of the front suspension towers. The lower hood line and ride height compared to the DB-series was achieved by slimming down the sump depth by 15mm. The internal baffles of the sump were also reengineered to compensate for the Vantage's ability to pull 1.2 to 1.3 lateral g-forces during hard driving.

Although a bigger engine in a smaller compartment would have resulted in overheating, a combination of the vents on the hood and the absence of an undertray helped in making heat management less of a problem. Furthermore, changes in the castings in the front end of the chassis were modified to provide more space and permit extra cooling for the carbon-ceramic brake discs plus a grill that comes with lesser slats.

Spring rates for the V12 Vantage have been increased by 80 and 45 percent for the front and rear, respectively. The Vantage received a larger oil cooler for the transmission mounted at the back and cooling is enhanced further by the new rear-end air diffuser. With experience accumulated from running the N24 race cars at the Nurburgring, exterior design functionality is improved with the use of a trunk mounted spoiler that improved downforce by 47 percent at a speed of 150mph with an overall total of 64 percent at the same speed.

Press Release

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Fastest and most agile Vantage ever; ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range

• Purposeful, striking and functional styling signalling performance capabilities
• Everyday usability associated with a modern Aston Martin
• Race-derived technology used throughout

Gaydon, Warwickshire, Wednesday 4 February 2009. Aston Martin will present the most potent production sports car in the marque’s 95-year history at the Geneva motor show on 3 March. 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.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “This is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range, combining our most agile model with our most powerful engine. It represents the definitive driving package; providing spectacular performance to ensure a dynamically thrilling and everyday useable driving experience.

“The V12 Vantage has a unique character, one unlike our other cars. This will appeal to different people with different tastes, allowing more people to enjoy the Aston Martin experience.

“This also illustrates one of Aston Martin’s key strengths – the ability to act quickly and turn concepts and ideas into reality.”
Designed for the focused driver, every component of the V12 Vantage has been honed with pure driving enjoyment in mind. Benefitting from race-developed materials and components, and featuring lightweight carbon fibre; performance and agility have been tuned to perfection.

Visually enticing, the V12 Vantage expresses its performance potential through its purposeful stance created by enhanced aerodynamic and cooling aids optically widening the car, while retaining traditional understated Aston Martin design. Equally inviting, the cosseting interior permits the driver to extract maximum performance ability from the car while also enjoying customary levels of Aston Martin comfort on longer journeys. High levels of power and torque are available at all engine speeds making the V12 Vantage responsive and tractable in any driving situation.

The V12 Vantage will be built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire joining the DBS, DB9 and V8 Vantage model lines which are built in the state-of-the-art production facility combining hi-tech manufacturing processes with traditional hand-craftsmanship. Production will be limited up to 1,000 examples over the life span of the car, making the V12 Vantage a truly exclusive driver’s car.

Deliveries of the V12 Vantage are expected to commence during quarter three 2009 with prices to be confirmed at the Geneva motor show.

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