• Dec 11, 2007
UPDATE: New

Good keeps getting better over at Aston Martin, who never seem to tire of making their sports cars faster and faster. The latest in the speed wars from their new headquarters in Gaydon is this adrenaline-dripping special-edition V12 Vantage RS.

Into what could very well prove to be the fastest, hottest Aston Martin yet, the newly independent British automaker has dropped the V12 reactor not from the recently demised Vanquish, nofrom the road-going DB9 or Bond-tastic DBS derivative, but from the DBRS9 race car. With somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 horsepower (!) pushing 3500 lbs, the V12 Vantage RS is anticipated to clock a 0-60 time in the 3's on its way to a 200-mph top speed. Performance target: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. That's highly ambitious, considering that the Fiorano is widely acclaimed as one of the most competent supercars on the planet, but with that kind of juice in such a brilliant package as the Vantage's, it might not be so far-fetched.

At the time of writing, AutoWeek was the only source carrying the information, and we hope to have more details soon on the special Vantage which was unveiled earlier today on the occasion of the company's new design center. Although it was launched as a concept, sources suggest it could very well find its way into limited production and slot into the Aston Martin line-up above the current flagship DBS. We certainly hope so.

[Source: AutoWeek]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      Fantastic! Now how about magnetic suspension and carbon ceramic breaks to make it the most unstoppable piece of sex on wheels to be imported to the states in a long time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Freakin amazing! The best looking car combined with one of the best V12s. Some Lambos and Ferraris just went flying out of my dreams.
      Carlos
      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't realize the British were into hot rodding lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      You guys do realise you could do this whenever you wanted to from the factory right? It's called the Works Service division and they'll hot rod your Aston any way you want it. As much money as there is in your wallet, there are dreams they can fulfill.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To Dereck C you raise a good point. I know the performance on this V12 Vantage will be outrageous but this would screw-up the whole model order. This is like the recent test o f the DBS on Top Gear. Clarkson loved it the car but couldn’t justify the added cost of the DBS over the reg. DB9.
      • 7 Years Ago
      autoweek pulled it... I guess that's about as good a confirmation as they get =)
        • 7 Years Ago
        topgear.com has the Vangage RS as their featured article. In it Aston boss Dr Ulrich Bez is quoted saying,"We'll listen to feedback on this and if there's sufficient demand, then we'll seriously consider a low volume production."
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it was R&T this month that compared an AMV8 Vantage against a C6 'Vette, Audi R8, and a Ferrari F430. In the article, they praised it's interior as having many British quirks, something that gives this car a personality, something the R8 sorely lacks.

      I think with this V-12 iteration, "British Quirks" has a new meaning.

      Long live the engine-swap shoehorn!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lol, I love it, really, with the best interior of any car in it's class, the fact that it's screwed together with the utmost precision makes it lack character. Not to self, various ford parts smattered about the interior provide 'character', yet another reason to read British articles about British cars, at least their press is a little more self critical of the meh nature of Aston's interiors.

        Interior aside, WOW. That car, that body, 600hp V12? Astounding. Utterly astounding proposition.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! What a car! :P

      Aston is doing what Porsche hasn´t got the balls to do, that is to give serious power to it´s "cheapest" model.

      I would love to see a 600hp Cayman S, but I know It´s not gonna happen anytime soon...perhaps never.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think you should say it other way around. Coz DB9/Vantage's rear lights were introduced before the current Eclipse.
        • 7 Years Ago
        not forgetting that Porsche's cheapest model is less than half the price of Aston's... So i'd say more around 400bhp for the Cayman as a fast, fast version, not 600bhp, that'd be ridiculous (and pointless).
      • 7 Years Ago
      If its above the DBS it is going to have a price tag to match those HP numbers
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can someone please finally ban Priusguy, or at least his ability to post links? At this point, shouldn't he owe AOL money for his advertisement links?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally!! an aston martin that isn't weak!

      love the styling of the current generation of astons, but they make significant sacrifices in the speed department. Not this car.
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