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Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Thank God For The British (And By I Mean Aston Martin And

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been driving a lot of eco-minded lately.

Chevy Volt. Leaf. solar car. fry car –all done and done.

And I appreciate the need to wean off fossil fuels, I must a sense of relief as I eased into something more Namely, new offerings from Martin and Bentley.

Days after I had tooled in the Leaf, Aston loaned me a V12 for the weekend. As their pricing and economy might attest, the between the two couldn’t have more pronounced. The V12 goes zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, has a 510 bhp 6-liter and pulls 570 Nm of torque with a top of 190 mph.

Don’t drive it unless you to make a statement.


The V12 Vantage is different in several from the Vantage V8 that out in 2005. It rides lower (so low I had to some garage inclines at an to avoid scraping the bottom) and the trunk flip and rear fiber diffuser give it attitude. The special edition black paint job, hood vents and chrome-clad also add to its unique persona.

I would call this beautiful, but it’s much too for that. Dangerously handsome is a descriptor.

Vantage has a thick, steering wheel, heavy and shifter, and optional carbon and Kevlar composite seats. all very no-nonsense inside. Martin calls it “the environment for the focused driver to the very best from element of the car.”

This is Aston’s largest engine on its smallest chassis, and you can it when you drive. The car has two drive “sport” and “normal,” which drivers to choose between responses and exhaust notes, in both modes the voracious V12 bounds to the slightest press of the gas

The handling is agile, the response of the ceramic brakes refined. A manual gearbox comes

Bottom line: In spite of trimming inside and comfortable, seating arrangements, this is a fling, not a daily driver. It all of your attention, every you drive. You walk away hyped up.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage


Engine: Mid-mounted 48 5935cc V12

Transmission: 6-speed rear-wheel drive

Horsepower: 510 bhp

570 Nm

Weight: 3,704 pounds

172.5 inches

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