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May 29, 2013

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Takes Performance Trackside

By Chris Boyle

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish S

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Replacing the outgoing V12 Vantage in markets around the world, the V12 Vantage S, with the exception of the One-77 hypercar, arrives as the fastest road-going Aston Martin ever offered; providing a visceral yet engaging sports car that captures the pinnacle of British luxury.

Equipped with the new 565bhp Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation of Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching top speeds of 205 mph. Peak and low rev torque improves appreciably, too. With 457 lb ft available at 5,750 rpm – up from 420 lb ft previously – the V12 Vantage S is not to be found wanting.

Off the dyno, the V12 Vantage S’s performance has elicited reactions to match its numbers, prompting Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez to say, “The new V12 Vantage S is, simply, pure Aston Martin. It is extreme in its nature yet truly timeless in its design language.”

Race car technology courses through the V12 Vantage S DNA, boasting, for instance, CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts as well as the Sportshift™ III AMT (automated manual transmission), an updated version of the gearbox that appears in the current V8 Vantage S that shaves 55 lbs off of the outgoing six-speed manual transmission.

This race-derived and motorsport proven technology – used routinely in Aston Martin Racing’s race-winning Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars – provides unparalleled driver control, especially when utilized in conjunction with its adaptive damping modes, offering selectable settings for track work, sport touring, and leisurely Sunday drives alike.

There is certainly more than enough to beauty to go the V12 Vantage S’s brains, however, as the car has been restyled to reflect its flagship status. Most noticeable, is the car’s grille that does away with the famous aluminum vanes – replacing them with a new carbon fiber arrangement that offers black carbon fiber or titanium silver mesh options. Created to maximize airflow to the V12 engine, the new grille is inspired by that of the remarkable new CC100 Speedster Concept, which debuted at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring earlier this month, and signals a new era of Aston Martin design language.

“The new V12 Vantage S is our most extreme Vantage to date – engineered to bring race car performance and technology to the open road.” Dr.Bez added. “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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