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2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black – Click above for high-res image gallery

Aston Martin has finally put a U.S.-approved sticker onto the V12 Vantage, and if you're aching to get into the 510 horsepower coupe, you'll need to set aside $179,995 for the "base" model.

Included in the kit is the DB9-sourced V12 powerplant putting out the aforementioned 510 ponies and 420 pound-feet of torque, capable of scooting the svelte coupe to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 190 mph.

If the standard V12 Vantage is just too plebeian for your tastes, you can option up for the Carbon Black Edition – an exclusive trim for the States – which includes black metallic paint, carbon fiber accents, a reworked grille, 10-spoke black wheels and a host of interior appointments.

Pricing for the Carbon Black model comes in at a cool $194,995 (undercutting both the DB9 and DBS), and both prices include the $3,000 gas guzzler tax and $1,350 destination charge. If that's too rich for your blood, just enjoy the high-res pics in the gallery below.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      So gorgeous that I need 2 towels [giggity]
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a BMW fan and though Astons are gorgeous, the design is beginning to feel dated no matter how aggressive they make it i'm afraid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. The hood and grill just feel too busy.

        I'd much rather have the sleek DBS, if my wallet allowed it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could do without the hood louvers, but still a good looking car. Were I rich I'd go with the Carbon Black version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Absolutely beautiful

      Astom Martin is one brand where each car looks as good as the other.

      Unless you go beyong the skin, u might like one more than the otehr. Otherwise I would pretty much be happy with ANY Aston. LOL.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @chconline: all the stars and green to you, brother.

        A V12 Aston with a manual for less than $200K. Aston and Ferrari have always battled for my affection (not in reality, but in my mind). Ferrari always seemed to edge out AM due to it's longer history, but AM has now officially eclipsed them (again, in my mind).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I once had a 2-hour conversation with an avid car collector (owned 20+ of 6-digit price tagged cars), and he was telling me that he and his friends never buy Astons out of the showroom (or any supercar to be honest). The depreciation was so much that just waiting for any Aston to be 1-2yrs off the lot saved them tens of thousands of dollars. So... Steep price tag but be patient.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And the fact that they rarely exceed 10,000 miles or driven daily and rarely abused by the previous owners. Beats buying a used Honda Civic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The caption under that picture is wrong, that is not the Carbon Black, this is: http://www.astonmartin.com/eng/thecars/carbonblack/v12vantagecarbonblack
      • 4 Years Ago
      uh... no thanks... I'd rather buy a rental house with that money...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The pretty little carbon fiber splitter on the chin is gonna be toast in no time flat. I know a guy with a Vantage. I've driven it. It's ALWAYS catching its chin on little dips and rises.
      • 4 Years Ago
      0-60 in 4.2 ???
      $180k ?????

        • 4 Years Ago
        If you have to post that comment, you won't get it.

        It is a smaller, V8-based 2-seat car, the smallest in Aston's range.

        Conversely, they've stuffed the biggest engine in the lineup into it.

        Classic hot-rod theory, applied to luxury Grand Sport motorcars.

        DBS is not as small, nor as light as the 2-seat, 3-door Vantage body.

        And for all the detractors to the vents... they have to extricate the hot air around that V12 engine somehow, to allow airflow through the radiator. A static bubble of hot air in the engine bay, with little spare volume to flow, with little space to escape, just pushes, and diverts the airflow that would otherwise cool the radiator, by flowing through it, instead of being pushed over or around the car like an aerodynamic plow.

        Considering the limited edition nature, and likely the increasing need for hand-fitting and particular attention to building a V12 Vantage, over it's V8 alternative, and the added CF materials and added active aero device on the back, a healthy premium for both technical and subjective desirability seems appropriate.

        If I were in the market for that sort of premium coupe... I would be very tempted. An AWD R8 GT would be another interesting choice in that market....

        hmmm.... front engined, rwd 3-door V12... or mid-engined AWD V10.

        Heck, as long as I'm dreaming, I'll take one of each. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        "is a smaller, V8-based 2-seat car, the smallest in Aston's range.

        Conversely, they've stuffed the biggest engine in the lineup into it."

        Yup, that's why we all got stoked the moment the news popped that they were building it, that gnarly insanity is exactly why :P.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're looking at purely 0-60 times, just go buy a Camaro SS and call it a day. This is an Aston Martin, not something you go drag racing with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Serious questions...

      Does this car compete with the DB9? 180k for the V12 vantage vs. 195k for the DB9

      What is the difference between the two? as somebody who is currently looking at buying a DB9, why would I buy the v12 vantage instead. $15k is not a big difference in this price range.

      Is the V12 vantage going to replace the DB9?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I never asked the dealer about this car. I didn't even know they were making a v12 vantage until I saw this article. I have been deciding between a DB9 and Continental GT for some time now. I have been leaning towards the GT and haven't spent much time with an Aston Martin dealer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you're not serious. if you were serious your dealer would have already patiently explained it to you, quite intent to make a sale. it's faster to sixty, better power to weight, smaller, more modern looking, not too hard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        two different animals, GT's pretty delightful, kinnda opposite eds of the GT spectrum :). either aston's plenty quick and a little bit specialer than the GT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ronzorelli :

      To each his own

      200k is a Nice Aston to somewhile maybe a fleet of cars - boats - RVs to a family while its a condo to others and a Nice mansion to some.

      You're comparing a rental house witha depreciating asset.
      A house with a car.

      I am not sure where u're going with that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If that were true, everyone would live in Vegas. And, I'm not saying you'll get a horrible property, but come on $200,000 mansion? It just sounds silly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Being in LA, I see RR Phantoms- Aston Martins - Lambos each atleast once a week.

        However lower that bbracket to 100- 200k car mainly S63 AMG, S65 AMG, Alpina B7, Bentleys, M6 - M5 almost once a day or more.

        180k is nothing. especially parked outside 2 million dollar homes..chump change for many.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fordalltheway, with all due respect, please dont be so narrow minded or visioned.

        This car will be sold all over the world. Did you get the Hint? There are many places in the world where $200K will get you a nice mansion.

        Also when the car is sold in places like India and China you'll see Aston charging close to 350 - 400k (thanks to duty and excise taxes).

        Just saying.

        But 200K even in some parts of US get you some NICE properties. just came back from Vegas , 200k gets a 4000 sqft property built over 1 acre overlooking lake.

        peace out
        • 4 Years Ago

        A $180k sports car (or any $180k car) is a toy for high rollers swimming in money. Not someone who buys $180k investment properties.
        • 4 Years Ago
        USCGTO - since when does 200k buy you "a nice mansion"? 200k gets you a small town home in the suburbs of nowhere.
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