Aston Martin V12 Vantage S makes 565-hp and tops 330 km/h

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Ford might be stealing Aston Martin's key design elements as it remakes its image, but no matter how much the Dearborn giant tries to ape the legendary sports car maker with me-too styling there's no way a new Fusion is going to perform anywhere near as well as anything wearing the vaunted AM wings, especially the new V12 Vantage S.

"The new V12 Vantage S is, simply, pure Aston Martin," said Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ulrich Bez. "It is extreme in its nature yet truly timeless in its design language."

The source of this new model's sporting edge is the new AM28 V12, an evolution of Aston's much-lauded 6.0-litre 12-cylinder now incorporating CNC-machined combustion chambers and hollow camshafts, pure racecar technology.

"Learning from our successes on the track feeds the development of this type of car and I'm proud to launch such an exciting sports car in this, our centenary year," added Bez.

Maximum output is 565-horsepower, up 50-horsepower over the outgoing mill, while 475 lb-ft of torque shows a significant 37 lb-ft gain. Even more important to overall drivability, the low-rev torque improves from 324- to 376-lb-ft at 1,000 rpm.

The new V12 Vantage S, which replaces the V12 Vantage, can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a hair over four seconds (lopping 0.2 seconds off the old car's time), while its top speed now eclipses 330 km/h (205 mph), an improvement of 25 km/h (15 mph).

The sound from its tailpipes should be sonorous as the V12 Vantage S pulls exhaust components from the fabulous One-77 supercar, the only vehicle Aston produces that can outrun this newcomer.

Shifting all the power to the road is a modified version of the same Oerlikon Graziano-developed paddle-actuated seven-speed Sportshift III AMT automated manual transmission as in the V8 Vantage S, up one gear over the V12 Vantage box and 25 kilos (55 lbs) lighter.

A three-stage adaptive suspension offers Normal, Sport and Track settings while further adjusting the quicker-turning (15:1) ZF Servotronic steering system's power assistance. Aston has included a secondary Sport setting for the gearbox, throttle response and exhaust note.

Stylistically, when compared to the outgoing V12 Vantage the S replaces the now classic aluminum grille vanes with a new carbon fibre arrangement that gets a choice of black carbon fibre or titanium silver mesh grille inserts, the look inspired by the CC100 Speedster concept (nicknamed DBR100) that debuted at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in May, while the roof is painted black and rear trunk lid partially painted black. Additionally, the V12 Vantage S rolls on a new set of 10-spoke, 19-inch lightweight forged alloy rims.

Inside, this new Aston gets updated sport seats upholstered in two leather grade options including a standard Luxmill and semi-aniline combo or available Alcantara, while both feature unique stitching and welt detailing.

Of course, it wouldn't be an Aston Martin without myriad opportunities for factory personalization. To that end the V12 Vantage S can be had with an optional Carbon Fibre Interior Pack that adds a carbon fibre fascia and door pulls plus special black foot pedals, which is a first time addition for the storied British brand.

"The new V12 Vantage S is our most extreme Vantage to date – engineered to bring race car performance and technology to the open road," continued Bez. "It is our most powerful engine in a beautifully tailored suit. It is elegant, yet brutal, and it is at the same time easy to control. It has everything that sums up Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul!"
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Aston Martin, 2014, 12 Vantage S, $99,999+,

Organizations: Aston Martin

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