Aston Martin V12 Vantage Review Australia

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

IT#39;S LIKE STAMPING ON Slam the boot to the floor in Martin ’s sublime V12 and you open a door into world.

The urgency of the launch and the howl that accompanies it is intoxicating.

This is a car that grown men dribble and wring hands like little “Can I play with it? Can I,

This car, like the DBS. and like the Vantage V8 our review here ), has scribblers wetting themselves in torrents of And Clarkson? He who can curl his lip at a Ferrari as if a mouldy custard tart “It#39;s superb,” quoth he.

It is a fantastic car: fantastic to at and fantastic to drive. It is also, for of us, simply the stuff of fantasy. The north of $400,000 by the time you get it on the is in such rarified air that the very lucky, the very or the exceedingly well-born need

With a 5.9-litre V12 engine 380kW and 570Nm of torque and a top speed of 305km/h, it is a most sporting drive.

We had the six-speed This is the one you’d order if you allowed just one car in your worlds.

The Aston Martin V12 is powered by a 380kW 5.9 litre

Do you need me to tell you how competent it is, how powerful, how it can … the doors off anything, and how, should you put it the whip, you feel as if your might bleed? Possibly so much of its reputation as a supercar it.

But there are a couple of things you may not Like how forgiving it is to drive and how it is to live with. Provided the is dry that is (we#39;ll discuss in a moment).

So let’s start those first few seconds as you and settle yourself behind the

The first thing you will besides the muscular artistry of its is how low and small it is relatively. It’s but, as we noticed when the V8, the Vantage V12 at 4438mm long is 240mm longer tip-to-tail a Volkswagen Golf (at 4199mm).

The V12 Vantage gets 360mm at the rear and 398mm discs up

But it is all sublime style: Aston#39;s missile is the perfect iteration of the sporting classic. You can pick the V12 the V8 by the carbon-fibre bonnet flutes, and discrete but effective changes to the air-intake, front splitter and diffuser.

It also carries pronounced side-skirts and bigger and alloys. But otherwise it’s a

The wide-opening doors cant as they open, protecting lower lips from kerbs and footpaths.

It#39;s so you fall in rather than but there is ample room to swing the legs over the no graceless contortions necessary to get set at the

The leather interior, hand-stitched everywhere and gorgeous grey-blue in Vantage, is flawless, sumptuous, and premium fare. And, their sportscar moulding, the framed seats are brilliantly (and remain so even a longish day in the saddle).

Not so appealing, at to these eyes, is the off-white headlining. It looks a bit naff I as though Aston didn#39;t to waste some of the cow; a textile would be better.

loaded with toys of Do I really need to list There is a premium Bang 13 speaker/1000w audio system, USB Bluetooth as well as sat-nav, control, air-bags all round all those other things expect in an exclusive, cosseting ride).

Press the starter and it to life with an urgent bark. When the magnificent V12 under the long fluted settles, you will notice at it#39;s quieter mechanically its V8 stablemate.

There is not the same whirl that accompanies the V8; but changes the moment you open the even if just a little. you#39;re aware of the thunder

You need a little care it into the street because the splitter is low. It is flawlessly carbon-fibre, and God knows what it cost to replace.

In those few minutes at the wheel, because numb with expectation, and shedless that some dimwit is going to rub up against you in an EA stationwagon, you can be slow to appreciate the place you have found

How do you relax in a $400,000 car that can you, in the space of a rabbit#39;s straight into the licence-shredder? all a bit overwhelming, until you notice how it is to drive.

The steering is weighted right#39;: light-enough and precise at low (despite the massive boots) and delivering more feel as rise. The clutch too is nicely not too firm, and it is easy to snick and forth through the six-speed even in urban traffic.

you can adjust to sitting as low as a dachshund and mind peering over a and largely invisible bonnet, and having the explosive power of V8 lurking at the toe, the V12 Vantage is effortless to poke around

We spent a day or so with it in the city took it for a country lash, far the rude intrusions of zero-tolerance and the dismal tut-tutting of the sanctimonious.

on a swift loping run through the volcanic plains and undulating west of Melbourne, you can uncover the of the beast.

It is riotously fast if upon, will haul in any gear with an intense howl to its 7000rpm cut-off, and has astonishing cornering grip and balance.

Press the #39;sport#39; button, and get even more urgent. button, best left to work, sharpens throttle alters the mapping of the engine and amplifies the action of the accelerator effect of the pedal travel is by a factor of four).

Button and the V12 Vantage will leap 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of

It#39;s agility and cornering thanks to its near perfect balance, the tuning of the double front and rear, and the massive Corsa tyres, is simply

Braking performance is equally so: 360mm ventilated discs at the and 398mm ventilated discs up jump on them and you#39;ll like you#39;ve lassoed a More to the point, the precise and pedal-feel means that you can enormous speed into a and wash it off effortlessly as you set up for exit.

Few offer such visceral at the wheel. It is, as we mentioned at the outset, a machine.

Ok, so if we were complete and wanted to complain about what would we find with?

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Well, yes, the

When we picked up #39;our#39; we were advised by our friends at to be “very careful” in the wet.

The V12 comes with track-style Corsa tyres, they#39;re and they don#39;t much the wet (especially with a gazillion trying to force the issue.)

The streets being awash, we it kind-of steady, and, can confirm that there#39;s not grip at hand. Under wet you could easily find unintended.

Later, and next things cleared, the road and the sticky rubber came its own. But it#39;s not as if you can dial up the and slip in for a set of #39;wets#39; everytime the threaten.

And the prospect of inserting new $400,000 Aston into grandad in a Maxima just you hit a puddle is not likely to be on your #39;things-to-do#39; list.

So, really, if you are to drive on the road (and hard to think of anywhere you might sensibly want to change the tyres. Better maybe Aston could of some more suitable boots for its monstrously powerful

We would also, strangely find fault with the of the truly sensational gear-shift. Few feel as good; strange that it#39;s not quite in the place. It is mounted too far rearward too close to the elbow and it cramps you up a awkwardly in changing to 2nd, 4th and

And last of the things we might the fuel consumption.

We were it a bit of nudge for most of the time we had the car how we not? – and had a full day of commuting. But there were some longer, and significantly sedate, country #39;travel#39;

Our city/country driving average in at 23.2 l/100km, and that was feathering the throttle most of the way to town to try to improve the average. I guess, if you can peel off 400 big ones for the you#39;re not likely to shed any at the bowser.

Our verdict

The V12 Vantage is it is pointless saying anything

Would we buy it ahead of the Vantage V8? Who both are intoxicating, both powerful, both exquisitely and both an absolute hoot at the

And, here#39;s the rub, are docile enough and well-mannered to be considered as a #39;daily driver#39;.

I while we#39;re playing it would have to be the V12.

Because it has four extra because it costs more premium models are always the desirable), and because the subtle changes and even the OTT flutes in the give it a little more appeal.

Who wouldn#39;t want to the astonishing V12 Vantage their There is one up for grabs now at Trivett in for $435,250. With #39;AM#39; plates, it#39;s a snip.

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