Based on the V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage features a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 380 kW of power at 6500rpm, and 570Nm of torque at 5750rpm, with a top speed of 305 km/h and 0-100 km/h time of 4.2 seconds. The engine is mated with a rear mid-mounted six-speed manual gearbox.
The latest incarnation of the Vantage family has been designed to provide a unique character, appealing to different driver tastes and complementing the other models in the Aston Martin line-up.
The original V12 Vantage concept was unveiled to guests at the opening of the Aston Martin Design Studio in December 2007. Continuing the marque's impressive record of bringing concepts to market in their original form, Aston Martin engineers have brought the V12 Vantage to market in just 12 months.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "This is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range, combining our most agile model with our most powerful engine. It represents the definitive driving package; providing spectacular performance to ensure a dynamically thrilling and everyday useable driving experience.
"The V12 Vantage has a unique character, unlike our other cars. This will appeal to different people with different tastes, allowing more people to enjoy the Aston Martin experience."
Designed for the focused driver, every component of the V12 Vantage has been honed with pure driving enjoyment in mind. Benefiting from race developed materials and components, and featuring lightweight carbon fibre; performance and agility have been tuned to perfection.
The V12 Vantage rides on a independent double wishbone front-suspension set-up that uses anti-dive geometry, coil springs, an anti roll bar and mono-tube dampers.
The rear has independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, dual-rate coil springs, an anti-roll bar and mono-tube dampers.
The front 19-inch alloy wheels are nine inches wide and shod with Pirelli P Zero Corsa 255/35 ZR19 tyres. The rear wheels are a beefy 11-inches wide and their tyres are Pirelli P Zero Corsa 295/30 ZR19s.
Needless to say a car with the Vantage's performance credentials needs brakes to match and the car is equipped with 398mm ventilated carbon-ceramic discs with six-piston calipers at the front and 360mm ventilated units with four-piston calipers at the rear.
Driver aids include dynamic stability control with track mode, ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and emergency brake assist and traction control.
Standard equipment includes carbon-fibre door pulls, memory seats and exterior mirrors, sports seats with 10-way electric adjustment, dual stage driver and passenger front airbags, side airbags, automatic temperature control, a trip computer, cruise control, a hard disc satellite navigation system, Bluetooth phone preparation, a 160W audio system, MP3 player compatibility, rear parking sensors, an alarm and immobiliser and remote central door locking and boot release.
Visually enticing, the V12 Vantage expresses its performance potential through its purposeful stance created by enhanced aerodynamic and cooling aids optically widening the car. High levels of power and torque are available at all engine speeds making the V12 Vantage responsive and tractable in any driving situation.
The V12 Vantage will be built at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire joining the DBS, DB9 and V8 Vantage model lines which are built in the modern production facility. Just 300-500 examples of the V12 will be built each year, making the V12 Vantage a truly exclusive driver's car. Deliveries of the V12 Vantage will commence third quarter this year.