Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Four More CylindersS

Here it is, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, and it's coming to Geneva to bring the Vantage RS Concept to life. Thanks to the good folks at Drivers-Republic, we've got an exclusive first-hand look below.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Four More CylindersS

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Four More CylindersS

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Four More CylindersS

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Four More CylindersS

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Four More CylindersS

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Four More CylindersS

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Four More CylindersS

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Four More CylindersS


While not overly different-looking from the V8 Vantage, this high-powered 6-liter V12-engined monster gets all new front and rear bumpers, front splitter, sills, rear diffuser, hood and trunklid to differentiate itself from its lower-powered sibling. The splitter and hood vents are carbon fiber to aid in minor decreases to weight.

But the heart of this more muscular Vantage is the 6-liter V12 engine. We'll let Driver's Republic take over from here:

Apart from a bespoke throttle map it’s standard DBS, which means 510bhp at 6500rpm and 420lb ft of torque at 5750rpm. No, that isn’t a match for the RS Concept’s feral 600bhp, but lest we forget that car was powered by one of Aston Martin Racing’s DBRS9 motors, which had a dry sump (rather inconveniently located in the boot), no catalytic converters and a rather relaxed attitude to emissions. It also needed an engineer with a laptop to fire the thing up, and had a hair-trigger throttle. In short it was never going to make production.

Aston plans to reveal pricing details at Geneva, although we’re expecting it to be in the region of £140,000, neatly positioning it beneath the range-topping DBS and standing it toe-to-toe with the Ferrari F430 and Gallardo LP560. Head on over to find the rest at Driver's Republic. [via Drivers-Republic]