Aston Martin Carbon Black Edition V12 Vantage and DBSEnlarge Photo
Nelson Ireson over at our sister site, Motor Authority has gotten word that Aston Martin will start to bring the Aston Martin V-12 Vantage here to America. The car was rumored would be available here, according to a piece by Car and Driver in September, 2009, but it has officially been confirmed.
The V12 Vantage is a factory hot rod by definition. They took the smallest car in the lineup, the Vantage, and shoehorned in the5.9L, 510hp V-12 out of the larger, more expensive DBS. The results are 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph, not to mention offering one of the best exhaust notes for a current production car.
Like most “normal” cars with a special engine worked into it, most potential buyers want to differentiate themselves from the less expensive cars. The car gets a special, speed-sensitive spoiler, rear defuser, and a carbon fiber trunk and vented hood. To counter act the added weight of the V-12, the Vantage gets carbon-ceramic brakes.
The car is apparently so good, that filming the Top Gear review of the Aston Martin, Jeremy Clarkson, who almost always does commentary, barely said a word.
Ireson is reporting that the first V-12 powered cars in the U.S. will be the Carbon Black edition, which is even more limited than the limited V12 Vantage production. The Carbon Black Edition will get a special paint job and extra carbon-fiber goodness.