Aston Martin has revealed details of the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. The result, as you’ve guessed, is just a bit mad.
Instead of using the old V12 lump, the bonnet now hides the next-gen AM28 6.0-litre V12 ─ and that means oodles more grunt. Power takes a hike from 510bhp to 565bhp and torque is now 620Nm, an increase of 50Nm over the outgoing S model. Impressively, the Vantage S boasts 510Nm of torque from just 1,000rpm, up from the still impressive 440Nm at the same engine speed.
The new V12 Vantage S offers even faster acceleration, an even louder soundtrack and a top speed of 205mph, just in case 183mph was too slow for you. Although no 0 to 62mph time is given, the heavier Vanquish manages it in 4.1 seconds so the Vantage S should give it more than a run for its money.
The V12 Vantage S gets a few hand-me-downs from Aston Martin’s racing division, including CNC machined combustion chambers, hollow cam shafts and the Sportshift III AMT automated manual paddle-shift gearbox borrowed from the V8 Vantage S. Because it’s lighter than the typical 6-speed manual, 25kg of weight is saved.
Like the new Jaguar F-Type, the V12 Vantage S comes with adaptive damping of the three-stage variety. Normal should provide the most refined ride while Sport and Track govern just how badly you want to be shaken to bits go around corners.
The new V12 Vantage S has two settings for its ZF Servotronic power assisted steering – Sport or Normal – as well as a brand new exhaust system derived from the One-77 that’s lighter, smaller and promises to produce a ‘sonorous’ note.
In terms of aesthetics, expect a new carbon fibre grille and unique ten-spoke alloy wheels that complement a paintjob of your choosing, exterior graphics, a black painted roof and part-painted boot.
On the inside, Aston Martin has added two new leather options – Luxmill and semi-aniline – alongside revised stitching and the choice of either sport or carbon fibre seats, depending on how much weight you want to save and how deep your pockets are. The Carbon Fibre Interior Pack adds yet more of the good stuff at a price.
No word yet on a price (think expensive) or release date (think soon).
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