THE MOST AGGRESSIVE VARIANT OF THE VANTAGE
As its name suggests, the most aggressive variant of the Vantage range features the manufacturer’s renowned V12 engine – as well as performance and looks to match the 510bhp the motor produces. Compared to the athletic but subtle looks of most Aston Martins, the V12 Vantage has an unapologetically belligerent appearance.
The clearly visible carbon fibre diffusers at the front and rear, the large air intakes on the front bumper, and the wasp-waisted side panels are notable stylistic differences from the V8 Vantage models. These modifications, however, have not simply been made for appearance’s sake; each one provides an incremental boost that maximises the vehicle’s performance.
The V12 Vantage is available as both a Coupé and a Roadster. The two variants are slightly different in terms of 0-62mph acceleration (4.2 seconds for the Coupé, 4.5 seconds for the Roadster), due to the extra 80kg of weight added by the Roadster’s roof and modified suspension. There is no difference, however, in the maximum speed of 190mph.
As well as vast reserves of horsepower, the 6.0-litre V12 engine delivers maximum torque of 570Nm at 5750rpm. The throttle response is therefore instantaneous in any gear, particularly when travelling on roads fast enough to make “Sport Mode” feasible.
The V12 Vantage’s leather, Alcantara and carbon fibre interior cossets you from bumps and potholes. The 300 litres of boot space is also a notable achievement, considering that this is a compact sportscar just over four metres in length.