2012 Aston Martin Vantage – Kelley Blue Book

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Aston Martin Vantage

2012 Aston Martin Vantage

When thinking of the 2012 Aston Martin Vantage. the term trophy wife comes to mind. That’s not to say the Vantage is all looks with no substance #8211; after all, even trophy wives can earn PhDs and have loads of personality #8211; but it’s this Aston’s aesthetics that undoubtedly draws the most attention. On paper, comparing the Vantage coupe or convertible to cars like the Audi R8.

Porsche 911 Carrera S, Maserati Gran Turismo and Jaguar XKR might make it seem like a bit of a socialite outcast at a country club, but while this beauty may not steal hearts right off the bat, it sure will steal a lot of looks. Opting for the V12 trim, however, levels the performance on the playing field.

The Aston Martin Vantage is a fast sports car regardless of which trim level you choose, but unfortunately, there are faster cars #8211; like the Porsche 911 Carrera S and even the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 #8211; that carry cheaper price tag.

For the 2012 model year, the base Aston Martin V8 Vantage gets the automated manual transmission, steering gear, larger brakes and wider tires that were previously only found on the higher-trim Vantage S. Other changes are limited to a revised navigation system that’s easier to use.

and is comfortable enough for lengthy highway cruises. We credit the Vantage#39;s responsive steering feel to its newly acquired upgrades and applaud its ability to effectively blend racecar driving dynamics with overall easy-to-drive comfort. Praises aside, we found the automated manual transmission#39;s shifts a little rough, especially at slower speeds.

One thing that more than makes up for this is the remarkable exhaust note, which almost negates the need for an in-cabin sound system.

Under the Hood

The Aston Martin Vantage is available with 3 different engine choices depending on the trim level. The base V8 trim comes with a 4.7-liter V8 engine that can be connected to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an automated transmission with six or seven gears. The higher-trim Vantage S houses a revised V8 underhood, which puts out 10 more horsepower and 15 more lb-ft of torque and can only be had with the 7-speed automated gearbox.

And the top-trim V12 Vantage comes with #8211; you guessed it #8211; a 6.0-liter V12 engine that’s only available with a 6-speed manual for a truly visceral driving experience.

4.7-liter V8

420 horsepower @ 7,300 rpm

346 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 mpg (manual), 13/20 mpg (6-speed automatic), 14/21 mpg (7-speed automatic)

Aston Martin Vantage

4.7-liter V8

430 horsepower @ 7,300 rpm

361 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21 mpg

6.0-liter V12

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