This charismatic sports car by Aston Martin thrives on understated commitment, yet crucially not demanding it, and offers high aesthetic values without compromising the thrilling driving experience of a powerful rear-wheel-drive sports car.
A thoroughbred sports car with a racer’s edge, the V12 Vantage S demands respect. In return it delivers unmatched satisfaction. On the road this means huge reserves of performance, high levels of mechanical grip and the reassurance of finely tuned multi-stage traction, stability and anti-lock systems to maintain a high yet non-intrusive safety margin.
An advanced engineering story told by monumental numbers, the Vantage S is 15 kg lighter than the V12 Vantage and packs 563 bhp of power and 620 Nm peak torque. Under the hood, the new-generation AM28 engine pushes the V12 Vantage S to a top speed of 205 mph. Although the V12 Vantage S packs a powerful punch and focuses on driving thrills, it does not compromise on driver comfort. As is characteristic of Aston Martin, this translates into an interior boasting impeccable quality, style and craftsmanship of the highest order.
Retaining the classic Vantage shape fused with unique new materials and striking new styling features, the V12 Vantage S maintains the iconic beauty of the Aston Martin Vantage, but adds more aesthetic elements, such as a bold new carbon-fibre front grille, available with a painted option. The grille is honed to optimise the car’s aerodynamic balance and increase cooling airflow to the engine. Additionally, all exterior brightwork can be specified in a purposeful black finish to complement the carbon-fibre exterior detailing.
Optional lightweight alloy wheels are available in silver or satin black, reducing unsprung weight at each corner and further sharpening the looks, while striking paint and graphic options emphasize its extreme character and racing roots, making the V12 Vantage S a dramatic statement of intent.
Balancing its exterior, the V12 Vantage S boasts an interior studded with discreet, distinguishing details. There are two styles of seat – sport and lightweight – and a choice of Luxmill leather or Alcantara and a dramatic range of panel, stitch and stripe designs for the seats and door panels to accentuate its dynamic character.
The V12 engine, seven-speed Sportshift III automated manual transmission fuses the poise, precision and control of a modern racer with the visceral rush and unfiltered tactility of a classic driver’s car. Powered by this beast, the V12 Vantage S reaches a top speed of 329 km/h, making it one of the fastest series production models in the brand’s 100-year history. The key to this sensational uplift in performance is the unique combination of its cutting-edge 6.0-litre V12 engine and seven-speed Sportshift III automated manual transmission.
When coupled with the immediacy and perfectly spaced ratios of the paddle-shift gearbox, the V12 Vantage S results in explosive acceleration – zero to 60 mph takes just 3.7 seconds (zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) – and an intoxicating sense of boundless power.
Every element of the V12 Vantage S has been carefully matched to ensure it is the ultimate in performance and capability. Likewise, the agility and directness of its precisely honed steering and suspension has been complimented by traction, stability control and ABS systems that are perfectly in tune with the car’s heightened responses.
As you would expect, there is a raft of advanced technology to provide an invisible safety net, but the uprated DSC and ABS systems operate discreetly – their intervention thresholds are precisely calibrated to remain very much in the background until their help is required. This approach acknowledges that it is you and not the car that has control, leaving you free to enjoy a uniquely organic, tactile driving experience that places you at the epicentre of the action.