Preview: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S –

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Preview: 2015 Aston V12 Vantage S

PALM SPRINGS, .—Aston Martin promised very special offerings in of the centennial anniversary of its inception. to form, the British luxury car has delivered.

The V12 Vantage S arrives as the road-going Aston Martin offered (save for the One-77). its 565 hp and 457 lb.-ft. of torque (up from 420 in the previous iteration), this boasts a top speed of nearly 330

It also features the seven-speed III automated manual transmission, drivers who love the complete of a stickshift may see as a detriment.

Truly, though, this unlocks and makes more a level of performance that few otherwise attain — and lightens the car as well.

Perhaps to make up for the of manual transmission, there are features designed to let the driver with the car and customize the driving at the touch of a button.

There’s a powertrain setting that the transmission calibration and delivers shifts, higher top-end and more responsive throttle

And, for the first time in the range, the V12 offers three-stage damping — normal mode for cruising, sport mode to up the dampers slightly for a bit of fun, and mode for when you’re to get serious.

The steering adjusts at the time to give the car the optimal for each setting.

Put that with a great set of Pirellis and you get a car can transform from daily to a track-ready beast with a throaty roar, adhesion to the that doesn’t quit, and a heart-racing ride that leave you reminding yourself to

The beauty is in the details, and interacting this car delights the senses on all

The curves and stance are meticulously The suede seats and steering connect the driver to the car nearly as as the tires connect with the

The interface is user-friendly, both at a and in motion. And there’s an optional Bang Olufsen sound available for when you want to your eardrums.

Downsides are minor.

For example, as most sports cars, need to pull over to a coffee. There are two cup holders, but if using this car in even the intended fashion, you’re likely to wind up wearing any stored in them.

And between a glove box, thin pockets, and a trunk that a mid-sized suitcase at best, space is at a premium.

Perhaps the worst news is have to wait. Because the year on this car is 2015, can’t start until 2014.

But if you want to place a under the tree for the car enthusiast on gift list, don’t This one will be worth the


Price : $195,941 base, as tested

Engine : 6.0 L V12

consumption L/100 km : 18 12.4 hwy. (estimated, premium fuel)

Power/torque hp/457 lb.-ft.

Competition F12berlinetta

What’s best and grip that just quit.

What’s worst : A fix will require a rest since venti lattes are to end up in your lap.

What’s : First in the Vantage range to three-stage adaptive damping.

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