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Aston Martin's V12 Vantage meets the Gulf LMP1 racecar – Click above to watch video after the jump

Aston Martin may offer a car with eight cylinders, but the automaker's heart truly lies within those machines powered by 12. The Vantage was recently given a full injection of awesome when the folks in Gaydon decided a power upgrade was in order. The V12 Vantage is loud and proud thanks to its 6.0-liter V12 that churns out 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That same 6.0-liter unit can be found in the DB9, Rapide, DBS and even the ultra-exotic One-77, and it's also the mill that powers Lola-Aston Martin B09/60, better known as the Aston Martin DBR1-2 LMP1 racecar.

The 510 hp in the V12 Vantage is certainly impressive, but the DBR1-2's power output is raised to around 650 hp for racing duty. That 140-hp advantage is stretched much further when you factor in the weight difference between the two cars – the V12 Vantage weighs 3,700 pounds and the DBR1-2 tips the scales at just 2,000 pounds.

Still, these two Astons pump fuel through similar hearts, and the automaker put together a short video clip that shows the two coming together on a rain-slicked country road. Hop the jump to see the V12 Vantage meet the DBR1-2 LMP1 racecar.

[Source: Aston Martin via YouTube]

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Gaydon, 23 December 2010.

The Aston Martin V12 engine sits not just at the heart of the One-77, DBS, DB9, Rapide and V12 Vantage but also the 2010 DBR1-2 Le Mans race car.

The V12 Vantage was launched to critical acclaim in 2009, and in 2010, it arrived in the US. It is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range featuring a 6.0 litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS) and 570 Nm (420 lb.ft) and has been dynamically honed to deliver an unparalleled driving experience.

The V12 engined DBR1-2 is an Aston Martin LMP1 race car which competed throughout 2009 and 2010. It won the Le Mans Series in 2009 and achieved three podiums in 2010.

It is this revered engine that sits at the heart of these evocative driving machines.

This unique footage captures these two iconic road and race cars in action for the first time in an unconventional road setting.

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      ... I conquered!
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      I'll be in my bunk..
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      Dealership near me just got a black V12 Vantage.
      It just looks awesome and mean.
      I dare say it looks better than the Rapide that was sitting next to it.

      It must be a devil of a time making a decision which Aston to buy.
      You have the Rapide, the DB9 and the V12 Vantage all at the same price point and with V12s and even a little more money will bump you up to a DBS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I alone in wanting them to build a road legal version?
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      Sounds perfect! I love AM so much, what an elegance car!
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      I'd love to hear that without the music but what a glorious noise that V12 makes, to be honest the V8 sounds great as well.
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        If you go on www.autocar.co.uk there is a racing version of the Aston Rapide!
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      I saw...
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      well done as is
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      Note to makers of car videos:

      Whenever filming an exotic car running or accelerating, cease the music. Music is allowed during still shots or scenes with the car off.

      Thank you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its a bit like canned laughter in a TV comedy show, you either get the joke or not. If you want a good engine sound track but no music type 'Rendezvous car chase' into youtube!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Both sound epic in Forza 3, sans music.

      I'm privileged to have lived in a time before the V12 is an outlawed anachronism. Thank god for that.
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