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.