Aston Martin adds V12 power to Vantage coupe

The V12 engine installed in the Vantage is the same 510hp (380kW) unit found in the DBS flagship

The V12 engine installed in the Vantage is the same 510hp (380kW) unit found in the DBS flagship

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Aston Martin will unveil one of the fastest production cars in its 95-year history at next month’s Geneva Motor Show in the form of the new V12 Vantage coupe. The latest addition is based on the current V8 model but Aston Martin engineers have managed to shoehorn the mighty 6.0L V12 engine from the DBS flagship into the Vantage engine bay.

Output has been left untouched, which means the V12 churns out up to 510hp (380kW) and 420lb-ft (570Nm) of torque. This is enough to propel the car from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds – 0.1 seconds quicker than the DBS – and allow it to reach a top speed of 305km/h. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six speed manual gearbox.

Designed for the focused driver, numerous components from the standard V8 Vantage were either replaced or enhanced for application in the V12 model. For example, engineers have added a new limited slip differential, a final drive ratio of 3.71:1, and an alloy torque tube with a lightweight carbon-fiber propeller shaft.

Engine airflow is improved by an intake bypass that opens up at 5,500rpm, along with a revised induction system and re-profiled inlet ports. The V12 unit is 100kg heavier than the V8, but thanks to all the weight saving measures the car’s kerb weight has only increased by 50kg and comes in at 1,680kg.

The suspension consists of independent double wishbones front and rear, new coil springs, an anti-roll bar and monotube dampers. This sits on a set of 19in forged alloy wheels wrapped with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. Stopping power comes from ventilated carbon-ceramic discs with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston biters at the back.

Changes to the standard body include a bevy of enhanced aerodynamic and cooling aids, such as the new front splitter, bonnet louvers, a small boot lid spoiler, and an aggressive rear diffuser.

The V12 Vantage will be built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, UK, alongside the DBS, DB9 and V8 Vantage model lines. Deliveries of the car are expected to start during the third quarter of the year and pricing will be revealed at next month’s Geneva event. Production will be limited to less than 500 units per year. Sadly, U.S. customers are likely to miss out as AutoWeek is reporting that legal issues for the engine and crash safety have ruled it out.
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Comments (7)
  1. Also heard they are going to do a droptop DBS

  2. yea ive seen images of the droptop dbs testing in the snow. this vantage wuld be crazy if they do this.=D

  3. they should supercharge the standard vantage

  4. that would be cool actually. that v8 sounds sooo good i would hate to see it not being used at its full potential. im up for the supercharge!

  5. shoehorning the v12 into the vantage shell....

    just because they can doesnt mean they should. by having the exact engine from the DBS it devalues that car and its exclusivity, seeing as it is basically a DB9 with a bigger better engine and cleaner interior and suspension.

    i think this is a poor decision for the purist, but the bean counters will be rubbing their hands in glee.

  6. Dont like the fact that a Vantage will have the same engine as the DBS! Ruins the exclusivity of the DBS, IT WILL EVEN BE SLOWER! Dad has been pestered by the local dealership to test drive the DBS which he has finally agreed to this coming wednesday. I doubt that he will by it as he doesnt seem interested in a DBS, the standered DB9 is enough for him at cheaper. But this just adds to the pointlessness of the DBS, I love the car i really do but it is the flagship for speed and a vantage should not be faster!

  7. Thanks Azlan. Yer it is a good idea. The Vantage with a supercharged V8 would defeat the need to stick the V12 in there and keep the DB9/DBS special and exclusive.

    The DBS loses its credibility as a flagship and they should have just called it the DB9S and brought out another care or called this V12 Vantage the DBS.

    The range just doesn;t make sense any more and is a mess. What they need to do is take the DBS north of 600bhp, allowing it to be much better than the DB9 which should be more of a GT than the DBS - this should be the nailing GT for hamering point A-B, have the V12 Vantage some 50bhp less. Supercharge the V8 Vantage and call that the Vantage S and then have the standard Vantage.

    Vantage £70k 400bhp sports car
    Vantage S £90k 450bhp faster sports car
    DB9 £110k 450bhp luxury GT
    V12 Vantage £130k 550 bhp mental go-kart
    DBS £160k 600bhp stripped out lighter not so GT - GT

    that's how their model range should look

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