Aston Martin V12 Vantage S debuts with 565 bhp, 205 mph top speed

Article by Christian A., on May 29, 2013

Aston Martin unveiled its fastest regular production car in its history: ladies and gentlemen, this is the V12 Vantage S. As its name says it, the car is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine delivering 565 bhp and 457 lb ft available at 5,750 rpm. Although the official numbers were not released, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is expected to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than four seconds.

Top speed is limited at 205 mph or 330 km/h. The engine uses a race-derived Sportshift III hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission that provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes.

Moreover, the new transmission is also lighter than the six-speed manual gearbox, saving 55 lb. The V12 Vantage S also features a three-stage adaptive damping, a first for the Vantage family, which allows the driver to tailor the car’s dynamic character.

'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Track' modes provide a broad swath of dynamic performance that can be tuned to better suit the driver's requirements. Aston Martin installed new Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes that were adapted from the exclusive One-77 supercar.

In terms of design, the V12 Vantage S comes with a new front grille inspired by the CC100 Speedster Concept that made its debut at the Nurburgring 24 Hours earlier this month, but also new carbon fiber side strakes, revised rear bumper and a new optional exterior graphics pack that paints the roof and bootlid pack.

The interior was also upgraded and we find carbon fiber, Alcantara and leather. Pricing was not released yet, but the V12 Vantage S is expected to be more expensive than the standard V12 Vantage.

Aston Martin Product Development Director Ian Minards admits that it has been a challenge for their engineering team to ensure that the sheer, raw power of the AM28 engine is harnessed in the most coherent and engaging way, and that they have successfully done as evidenced by the acceleration figures that it has demonstrated – more than what was expected.

The British automaker has since experienced huge success in the motorsport arena, bagging wins at the Silverstone WEC and its outstanding performance at the recent Nürburgring 24 Hour race. With the Le Mans just around the corner, it is rather fitting for Aston Martin to bring in their ‘A’ game with their most extreme, street-legal Vantage, producing a monstrous acceleration record.

The new car is equipped with technology that delivers accurate tuning in terms of ride and handling in the most “nuanced” and potent way possible. It features a three-stage adaptive damping which allows the driver to manipulate the car’s dynamic character and explore its performance potential at their own choice. It also offers three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Track – offering various range of dynamic capability while the system controls the level of power steering and assistance needed.

Along with its adaptive damping system is the so-called ‘Sport’ mode which is accessible with one push of a button on the center console. It functions by altering throttle response, gearshift speed and timing while tuning the car’s character according to the driver’s specifics.

In line with the car’s sporting pedigree and working alongside its adaptive damping button is the new ZF-ServotrobicTM power assisted steering, delivering a nimbler 15:1 ratio. A two-mode steering assistance is also available and is said to best match either the Sport or Normal Adaptive Damping System setting.

Press Release

V12 Vantage S: blast-off for fastest Vantage yet

• 0-60 mph time confirmed at 3.7 seconds
• Fastest accelerating Aston Martin to date, with exception of One-77 hypercar
• Pricing confirmed as $184,995 in the United States

Aston Martin's most extreme sports car, the new 2015 V12 Vantage S, is today confirmed as the brand's fastest accelerating production car to date – with the exception of the limited edition, and sold-out, One-77 hypercar.

Taking just 3.7 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph the new sports car underlines its position as not only the brand's fastest accelerating production car, but also the most potent Vantage in Aston Martin's glittering 100-year history.

Equipped with the new 565bhp AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation engine management, the car is capable of reaching 205 mph making it, also, the fastest sports car to wear the iconic Aston Martin wings – One-77 excepted.

With 457 lb ft of torque available at 5,750 rpm the V12 Vantage S is as flexible as it is powerful. Low rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – stands at 376 lb ft and, driving the rear wheels through the new SportshiftTM III AMT (automated manual transmission) ensures the car boasts true sporting driveability.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The new V12 Vantage S brings our winning GT3 race formula to the road. It's a car for those customers who want superior sporting performance in a 'gentleman's suit'. It's the most pure, yet understated, driving machine we can imagine today."
As might be expected of such a potent machine, race car technology features throughout the V12 Vantage S. Aside from significant development time spent lapping the 'green hell' of Germany's infamous Nürburgring to hone its dynamic capabilities and, of course, that
motorsport-derived paddle shift gearbox, the new car includes such track-inspired components as CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts.

Ian Minards, Product Development Director at Aston Martin, said: "Harnessing the sheer, raw, power of the AM28 engine – ensuring it is delivered in the most coherent, engaging way – has been a challenge for the Engineering team, but this record acceleration figure ably demonstrates that it is one we have more than met.

"With great motorsport successes already under our belt such as the WEC win at Silverstone and our superb showing at the recent Nürburgring 24 Hour race, plus the excitement of Le Mans just around the corner, it seems fitting that our most extreme road-going Vantage yet claims this acceleration record now."

Nuanced, as well as potent, the new car includes technology which allows its driver to accurately tune its ride and handling. Three-stage adaptive damping means the driver can more precisely tailor the car's dynamic character and exploit its clear performance potential. 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Track' modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic capability, while the system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered.

Working alongside the extended adaptive damping system is a 'Sport' mode, controlled via a button on the centre console, which alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car to the driver's requirements.

The new ZF-ServotronicTM power assisted steering boasts a quicker 15:1 ratio, in line with the car's sporting pedigree, linked to the adaptive damping button. It offers two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the 'Sport' or 'Normal' settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System.

Pricing for the new 2015 V12 Vantage S is also confirmed. In the United States the new car is available from (USD) $184,995 MSRP and at (CAD) $195,950 MSRP in Canada. Deliveries are expected to commence early next year across the Americas.

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