ASTON MARTIN is taking sports car performance to extremes with the announcement of the new 205 mph V12 Vantage S. It replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage in markets around the world and, with the exception of the One-77 ‘hypercar’, arrives as the fastest road-going
Aston Martin yet offered. Its 0-60mph time has not been officially confirmed yet, but Aston expects it to be under four seconds.
The car is equipped with the new 573 PS Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation Bosch engine management.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “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.” No price has been published yet but it is expected to start at around the €165,000 mark.
Race car technology runs right through the DNA of the V12 Vantage S with, for instance, CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts just two examples of track technology feeding through to the road.
Another example is the new gearbox. The Sportshift III AMT (automated manual transmission) is a major development of the automated manual gearbox that appears in the current V8 Vantage S.
It provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance. This race-derived and motorsport proven technology – used routinely in Aston Martin Racing’s race-winning Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars – provides for great driver control and swift gear changes.
Working alongside the extended adaptive damping system is a ‘Sport’ mode, controlled via a button on the centre console that alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and even the exhaust note.
The ZF Servotronic power assisted steering is new, too. With a quicker 15:1 ratio, it is linked to the adaptive damping button and offers two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the ‘Sport’ or ‘Normal’ settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System.
The V12 Vantage S has been restyled to reflect is position as the flagship of the new Vantage range.
Most noticeable, perhaps, is the car’s grille that does away with the famous aluminium vanes – replacing them with a new carbon fibre arrangement that also includes sporty black carbon fibre or titanium silver mesh.