Aston Martin V12 Vantage Review | Cars | CNET UK

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage


In this review

Aston V8 Vantage, with its relatively body and huge V8 engine, is a car at times. But, in the face of extreme competition, mere just doesn’t cut it. As a result, the chucked in an engine with more cylinders.

This, has transformed what was already a of a supercar into one of the angriest, spiteful vehicles that — £130,000 specifically can buy: the V12 Vantage.


‘Angry’ is perhaps the way to describe the V12. It appears with everyone and everything the moment you start its engine. Aston Martin’s ’emotional unit’ (a key that doubles as a button when placed a docking station in the dashboard) and the V12 with a din that will old ladies — and you, for matter.

When idling, it like a rabies-ridden pit bull until you blip the throttle and snarl gives way to an ill-tempered It’s not very subtle, but it is .

If looks could …

The car’s looks aren’t subtle, either. The large vents, which are necessary to the huge engine cool, come across well in See and hear a V12 Vantage in the metal, and suddenly those vents total sense.

They’re much a part of this fiery personality.

There can be no regarding the rest of the car’s The curvy rear end, haunches and purposeful silhouette breathtaking in pictures, but even so in the flesh. It’s small that James Bond was a hit with the ladies.

Rab C Nesbitt have pulled just as if he’d had one of these.


The interior of the V12 is basically identical to of the epic Aston Martin except the leather and Alcantara of our car were dyed in the blood of a virgins. That’s our hunch, They had a deep red colour, the cabin a part boutique, slaughterhouse appeal that complemented the murderous vibe of the

It’s not perfect in there, The flyaway, rally-style handbrake to the right (not the left) of the is unusual at best and a pain in the at worst. It always returns to its flat position instead of into place as you lift it, it difficult to know when the is engaged.

Disengaging it is even trickier. do it incorrectly at least once a particularly during hill when there’s a strong you’ll stall the car, backwards into traffic and make a fool of yourself, no how good a driver you are. You can get this to some extent by unusually high revs to out the possibility of stalling, but applying revs to this car’s furious V12 engine is like out loud in a library — will think you’re a

Evil genius

The V12’s cabin is surprisingly non-murderous. Having our rag with some of the tech in the we half expected this car to be as frustrating. But all of its gizmos worked as if belonged in a car that’s far more than this. The sat-nav, an that’ll be familiar to Volvo now accepts full seven-digit entry, which those in DBS models didn’t.

Also, when dynamically routes due to excess traffic, it a full appraisal of how much or shorter the new route will be.

The Olufsen audio system, an extra, is well worth in. It was impressive in the DBS, but sounds better here due, to the V12’s smaller cabin. The acoustic lenses (tweeters) and fall from the dashboard in fashion; the subwoofer enclosure the driver and passenger booms and the mid-range speakers positioned behind your head, in the panels, and by your feet music with precision and — a rare combination.

logic got to do with it?

Anyone ever sat inside an Aston will tell you that the interface is appalling. The primary buttons, splayed across the and centre console, are beautiful to at, but they’re so impossibly small, and the of their operation so nonsensical, even working the stereo is sitting a Mensa exam.

What does the ‘T1/T2′ on the radio do? Why are the buttons that the cabin ceiling lights directly below the eject on the CD player and not near the lights Why, when the car has an enormous (6-inch) sat-nav display, is all the information shown on a tiny (2.5-inch) LCD strip next to the

Anger management

Bizarrely, harder to drive the V12 at a low speed it is to drive it quickly. Whereas you may be to fiddle with the stereo or at low speeds, none of those are of any concern when driving the car on a track or B road.

In such situations, the V12 engine walks the walk. the throttle, and it’ll emit a scream before flinging you the horizon in a spectacular fashion. Its time of 4.2 seconds isn’t quick on paper — not compared to the 3.7 seconds of the Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE — but you’ll every shred of its acceleration in the pit of your stomach.

And then you’ll press the marked ‘sport’.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

On many the ‘sport’ button is installed for purposes, but not here. With the it turns what is already an car into one with an insatiable that can only be quenched by Hit sport, even while 30mph in fourth gear, and the V12 lurch forward as if it’s scent of wounded prey.

without additional pressure on the it’ll pick up speed as you sit there, clutching the steering in astonishment.

Handle with

The car’s handling is terrific Our test car shipped with tyres, which means grip like a breast-feeding orang-utan in the dry, although they’re useless in wet conditions. Throw the car at a and the grip is exceptional, with hint of understeer.

Those enough to find themselves on a will find it difficult to unleashing every last of horsepower, because the reward is beyond measure.

Don’t get us — there are a few issues prevent this car from truly perfect. The steering and driver seat seem out of giving the impression that you to a degree, sitting sidesaddle as you The manual six-gear gearbox be smoother, too.

The gear lever itself is too far and a paddle shifter in a good system, such as the one in the Ferrari is miles better than a H gate — no matter your grandad says.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage is a car. Other manufacturers and will continue, to make more advanced vehicles, but we get the the V12 will always remain in a of its own. It’s mesmerisingly hugely rewarding to drive and deservingly be considered one of the most supercars ever created.

Martin V12 Vantage stats

Top 190mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 4.2

Max power: 510bhp

Economy: (combined cycle)

Price: (starting price)

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