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Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black – Click above for high-res image gallery

Aston Martin has finally answering your prayers... assuming that you, like us, have been offering up daily supplications asking that the crew from Graydon to send over its V12 Vantage to those of us living in the good ol' United States of America.

Specs? Here goes: 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 510 horsepower, and 420 pound-feet of torque with a top speed of 190 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds. Not bad. But Aston is also claiming that its newly muscled Vantage is also "our most agile model with our most powerful engine," adding that it "represents the definitive Aston Martin driving experience."

According to the automaker, some subtle changes were necessary to the structure of the car in order for it to meet North and South American regulations. In addition to these enhancements, Aston has also announced that it will be adding a new Carbon Black version of the V12 Vantage exclusively for the American market.

Included in the dark and sinister makeover will be "a bespoke Carbon Black metallic paint with a subtle metallic twist to create a deep rich patina; painstakingly created through a hand painting process taking 50 man hours." Further, the side strake will be fashioned from carbon fiber, wheels will be gloss black 10-spoke diamond-turned alloys and a bright finished grille will be featured up front.

Inside, you'll see plenty of Obsidian Black leather highlighted with contrasting hand stitching in silver. Piano black interior trim will join black tread plates and unique sill plaques, and a 700w Premium Audio System will be standard equipment. Ordering begins right about now and initial deliveries are slated for fourth quarter of 2010. Want to know more? Check out our high-res image gallery below and then hit the jump for the press release.

[Source: Aston Martin]
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage Confirmed for the Americas

* Aston Martin's most exhilarating sports car comes to the North and South American market in an exclusive production run
* Fastest and most agile Vantage ever; ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range
* Purposeful, striking and functional styling signalling performance capabilities
* Available as a limited Carbon Black special edition from launch

Gaydon, 7 May 2010 - In response to unprecedented customer demand, Aston Martin has confirmed that the V12 Vantage – the most potent production sports car in the marque's 96-year history - will be made available in North and South America from later this year.

Based on the hugely successful V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage features a 6.0 litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 420 lb ft (570 Nm) of torque with a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 4.2 seconds.

Originally launched in 2009, the V12 Vantage has quickly established itself as a firm favourite with enthusiasts and media observers alike, winning a series of accolades and praise around the world and proving a huge sales success for the British marque.

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 Aston Martin driving experience; providing spectacular performance to ensure a dynamically thrilling drive in a highly exclusive package."

Although the originally small anticipated level of demand from the Americas meant that the car would not be homologated for the market, unprecedented demand from customers prompted an engineering study into potential feasibility; with the strict brief that any changes could not impact on the overall design of the car. Now just six months later, a series of engineering refinements have been introduced to satisfy the specific requirements of the American market.

Benefiting from the modular nature of the VH architecture, the Aston Martin engineering team were able to review the virtual and physical testing data for all modern era Aston Martins. Following this study a detailed Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) analysis resulted in the development of an alternative load transfer path, incorporating an innovative version of the structure at the front of the car, which now satisfies North and South American requirements.

Aston Martin Chief Commercial Officer, Michael van der Sande commented: "We are very pleased to be able to respond to customer demand and launch this car in the Americas – still our biggest market globally.

"This illustrates one of Aston Martin's key strengths – the ability to act quickly and turn concepts and ideas into reality, giving our customers what they want."

For launch in the Americas, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage will also be available in a highly desirable and strictly limited Carbon Black special edition.

This new special edition adds a typically understated flair to V12 Vantage. On the exterior, the car features a bespoke Carbon Black metallic paint with a subtle metallic twist to create a deep rich patina; painstakingly created through a hand painting process taking 50 man hours. The iconic Aston Martin side strake has been fashioned from real carbon fibre backed by a black mesh and complimented with gloss black 10 spoke diamond turned alloy wheels. A bright finished grille and front parking sensors (normally an option) complete the exterior detailing.

Inside, owners will be greeted to swathes of Obsidian Black leather highlighted with a contrast silver coarse stitch all hand stitched by the craftspeople at Gaydon – Aston Martin's global headquarters in England. Also featured are a Piano black facia trim, centre stack and centre console, anodised black tread plates and unique sill plaques build on the carbon theme. The normally optional Aston Martin 700w Premium Audio System is delivered as standard equipment.

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; performance and agility have been tuned to perfection.

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 current Aston Martin line-up.
Visually enticing, the V12 Vantage expresses its performance potential through its purposeful stance created by enhanced aerodynamic and cooling aids optically widening the car, while retaining traditional understated Aston Martin design. Equally inviting, the cosseting interior permits the driver to extract maximum performance ability from the car while also enjoying customary levels of Aston Martin comfort on longer journeys. 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 is as at home on the track as it is on the road; last year as the final engineering durability test for the car, a near-standard specification V12 Vantage competed in the gruelling Nürburgring 24-hour race driving to a class victory at the hands representatives from the company's engineering team, including CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. A similar V12 Vantage is set to compete in the 2010 race on 15/16 May.

The V12 Vantage is built at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire joining the DBS, DB9 and V8 Vantage model lines which are built in the state-of-the-art production facility combining hi-tech manufacturing processes with traditional hand-craftsmanship.

The V12 Vantage is available to order now and deliveries to the Americas are expected to commence during quarter four 2010 with prices to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm still baffled by those "louvers" or what have you on the hood. Do the folk at Aston really think that's attractive? They couldn't figure out another way to cool the engine?
        • 5 Years Ago

        I don't think those louvers are there for show. A V12 engine in a bay designed for a V8. That's going to produce some heat when pushed hard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a stunning looking automobile. I would if I could.
      • 5 Years Ago
      V8 or V12 doesn't matter... cause that's one puuuuuurdy kitty!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh excellent. I had just found an extra quarter-mil in a drawer and I had no idea what I'd do with it.

      Now I can order one of these.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too bad most petroheads only have two kidneys. But hey, you can surve on only a portion of your liver!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, I think what we - mere working schlubs, that is - are praying for is more in the way of a monetary windfall than another bauble for the haves to flaunt at the country club.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hm.. yeah, i don't think they're gonna make their CAFE numbers in 2016.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could be a good choice for the rich people.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For the umpteenth time I'll say it

      Astons don't do anything for me.

      But, this time, it does SOMETHING. Not a lot, but something. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why do you feel the need to say that umpteen times?

        If you don't like it, or don't care, what relevance does your comment have to say that you don't care, let alone saying it several times?

        As if your not caring has some over-riding authority over the validity of the topic as a whole...

        I don't dispute your capability and permission to make the statement... I just wonder why you bother belaboring it, if you seem to be annoyed at imposing upon yourself to do so.

        Is it hard to grasp that someone else, or many other people might like a gorgeous family of sporting cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      YES! YES! Aston Martin, I think I love you!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aston Martins aren't sinister, it's just not possible. It's like putting fangs and horns on Jessica Alba and expecting her to be sinister.

      Now, if you're talking about the DBRs that they field.. those have potential (but only inasmuch as putting a tail on the same woman mentioned above).
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know how heavy that 6.0 V12 is compared to the 4.3 V8, but unless their engineers got mad skills, there's no way the V12 Vantage will handle better than the V8 Vantage, strictly looking at the weight increase.

      I guess I should say that given the same suspension tuning, the V8 should do better since there's less weight up front.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Cue the Halleluja Chorus!

      There is now some sort of chance that maybe someday in the far future, I might be able to come across one of these things somewhere in the vicinity of my location and regional travels.

      Is the picture above the article a Carbon Black version of it? It looks sinister. I'd rather have blue and titanium silver/white, for my own example, though.
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