Its sub-four-second 0-60 time makes the V12 Vantage S the quickest car in Aston Martin's current lineup, and second quickest of all time behind only the limited edition One-77 supercar. Credit the updated 6.0-liter AM28 V12 engine for the boost in urgency. The new mill outputs 565 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque, increases of 50 and 37, respectively, over the twelve-cylinder it replaces. Likewise, the new seven-speed automated manual transmission, which can also be found in the V8 Vantage S as well as Aston's FIA GT racecars, deserves some credit for having brought an extra gear and 55 fewer pounds to the party.
As for the price, $184,995 might seem like a 401k-cracking amount to us mere middle class citizens, but it's actually a reasonable increase over the prior V12 Vantage starting price of $180,600. Considering the laundry list of mechanical improvements that Aston has made, all of which are chronicled here, it's actually quite the bargain. Seriously, it's like Aston Martin is daring you to buy it. Scroll down below for the official press release.
• 0-60 mph time confirmed at 3.7 seconds
• Fastest accelerating Aston Martin to date, with exception of One-77 hypercar
• Pricing confirmed as $184,995 in the United States
Aston Martin's most extreme sports car, the new 2015 V12 Vantage S, is today confirmed as the brand's fastest accelerating production car to date – with the exception of the limited edition, and sold-out, One-77 hypercar.
Taking just 3.7 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph the new sports car underlines its position as not only the brand's fastest accelerating production car, but also the most potent Vantage in Aston Martin's glittering 100-year history.
Equipped with the new 565bhp AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation engine management, the car is capable of reaching 205 mph making it, also, the fastest sports car to wear the iconic Aston Martin wings – One-77 excepted.
With 457 lb ft of torque available at 5,750 rpm the V12 Vantage S is as flexible as it is powerful. Low rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – stands at 376 lb ft and, driving the rear wheels through the new SportshiftTM III AMT (automated manual transmission) ensures the car boasts true sporting driveability.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The new V12 Vantage S brings our winning GT3 race formula to the road. It's a car for those customers who want superior sporting performance in a 'gentleman's suit'. It's the most pure, yet understated, driving machine we can imagine today."
As might be expected of such a potent machine, race car technology features throughout the V12 Vantage S. Aside from significant development time spent lapping the 'green hell' of Germany's infamous Nürburgring to hone its dynamic capabilities and, of course, that
motorsport-derived paddle shift gearbox, the new car includes such track-inspired components as CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts.
Ian Minards, Product Development Director at Aston Martin, said: "Harnessing the sheer, raw, power of the AM28 engine – ensuring it is delivered in the most coherent, engaging way – has been a challenge for the Engineering team, but this record acceleration figure ably demonstrates that it is one we have more than met.
"With great motorsport successes already under our belt such as the WEC win at Silverstone and our superb showing at the recent Nürburgring 24 Hour race, plus the excitement of Le Mans just around the corner, it seems fitting that our most extreme road-going Vantage yet claims this acceleration record now."
Nuanced, as well as potent, the new car includes technology which allows its driver to accurately tune its ride and handling. Three-stage adaptive damping means the driver can more precisely tailor the car's dynamic character and exploit its clear performance potential. 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Track' modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic capability, while the system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered.
Working alongside the extended adaptive damping system is a 'Sport' mode, controlled via a button on the centre console, which alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car to the driver's requirements.
The new ZF-ServotronicTM power assisted steering boasts a quicker 15:1 ratio, in line with the car's sporting pedigree, linked to the adaptive damping button. It offers two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the 'Sport' or 'Normal' settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System.
Pricing for the new 2015 V12 Vantage S is also confirmed. In the United States the new car is available from (USD) $184,995 MSRP and at (CAD) $195,950 MSRP in Canada. Deliveries are expected to commence early next year across the Americas.