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Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

S – More Power Kit For Aston’s Perky Pocket Rocket

James Allen / June 01, 2013

It seems Aston Martin can’t get enough of launching new models and special editions this year to commemorate the marque’s 100th Anniversary.

First we had the ‘Centenary Editions’, then the CC100 Speedster was unveiled last week at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race. And now we’ve got the fastest ever “baby Aston”: the V12 Vantage S.

Building upon what quite a few motoring critics reckon was already one of the finest cars ever to have that famous winglet badge stamped onto the boot lid, the V12 Vantage S features quite a few noteworthy improvements to what was already quite an exceptional package.

For instance, this is the first Aston to ever come with three-way adjustable dampers, with varying levels of stiffness, depending on whether the driver’s selected the “Normal”, “Sport” or “Track” mode for the drivetrain.

As innovative as they are for Aston Martin, though, we’ve seen this sort of stuff before on other high-performance cars, so we won’t dwell on them for too long.

Nor will we spend much time going over the new carbon-ceramic brakes that features on the V12 Vantage S, which seemingly have less assistance from the ABS anti-lock software when the car’s in the aforementioned “Track” mode.

Or, indeed, the variety of optional extras available on the new Vantage flagship, such as the more sporting buckets and the “Carbon Fibre Interior Pack” for the V12 S’s cabin.

Instead, we’ll be glossing over what really matters, especially in a car that’s practically had a great big V12 shoehorned into an engine bay that wasn’t originally designed to accommodate it: the performance.

According to the stat sheets, the V12 Vantage S comprehensively trumps the regular V12 Vantage – with an increase in power from 510hp to 570hp, top speed is increased from 190mph to 205mph, which comfortably makes the V12 S the fastest production Aston to date.

And, whilst no official acceleration figures have been released, it’s safe to assume the new sevenspeed paddleshift transmission will ensure the Vantage S’s 0-62mph run will be a shade quicker than the stock V12 Vantage’s time of four seconds.

As far as the other modifications to the Vantage package goes, the most are either minor tweaks (marginally faster steering rack, lighter and redesigned exhaust system to make that V12 sound even more glorious than it already does), or slight cosmetic upgrades, like the new forged alloy wheels and the carbon-fibre vanes in the front grille.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

All in all, then, nothing too drastic for the Aston’s coachwork. Given the V12 Vantage is already one of the most handsome cars on sale today, though, that’s perhaps a rather wise move by Aston Martin’s design department.

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Available: Later this year (No specific date mentioned)


With the Vantage platform getting on a bit now, and all the stock V12 Vantage and V12 Zagato models being catered for, we wouldn’t be surprised if the V12 S ends up being the last chance anyone will get to buy Aston’s pocket rocket brand new from their nearest official dealer.

If that does end up being the case. well, you can’t deny it’s a pretty awesome way to bid bon voyage to one of the most celebrated model lines in Aston Martin’s recent history.

It’ll be interesting to see how much entry into V12 S ownership will cost (the standard V12 Vantage retailed for approx. £130,000, so expect the final figure to be at least a tad higher for the V12 S), but – based on what the critics have made of the other big-power Vantage variants to date – it’s safe to assume it’ll be worth every penny!

Check out our full buying guide to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage with reviews, user reviews, photos, videos and stats.

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