Aston Martin unveiled its new V12 Vantage S last month, and while the Gaydon firm dumped on us a lot of knowledge about its updated 12-cylinder sports car at the time, a couple key specs were left out: price and the quickness. Aston Martin corrected those omissions today, announcing that the V12 Vantage S will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds and arrive in US dealerships early next year with a starting price of $184,995.

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.
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V12 Vantage S: blast-off for fastest Vantage yet

• 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.


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      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm, what is the trend with yellow sports cars that have black vents accelerating to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds on Autoblog today? I know people buy the AM for much more than performance, but I think an article like this shows how much of a deal the C7 is. $184k for the AM, $55k for the Vette.
      PoMoMangler
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just want to point out that the title of the article looks like it says that the V12 Vantage ***** 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
      rjbx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give me one, give me one...In that blue color.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know why AB won't post my comment. But if you go to the Aston Martin website and configure this car you will see why they charge so much. You have so many options and so much freedom to dictate every little detail it's obscene. I don't think anyone short of Bentley and Rolls Royce give you that much control in the styling and accessorizing of your car.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S configurator is fun to play with. They really let you customize every detail in the interior. That's what I like most about Aston Martin. That attention to detail and the freedom of the customer to detail the car exactly how they want it. That's why you pay more for one. http://www.astonmartin.com/en/cars/the-vantage-range/v12-vantage-s/v12-vantage-s-configure
      Dennis
      • 1 Year Ago
      An audi S8, full size luxury sedan, does it in 3.5
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dennis
        In what world do you live? S8 with 240in3 and twin turbos is still 4.0 seconds. And you have to wonder, as always, how long the transmission will last. A new 2014 Corvette will do it in 3.9 at much less cost.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dennis
        AWD, with launch control and all that stuff. Doesnt help as much at higher speeds, and the Audi wont handle nearly as well.
          Dennis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k_m94
          not talking about higher speeds or handling. the headline had an acceleration time, and i found it ridiculous how that time is SLOWER than a massive luxury sedan.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k_m94
          Or look as good doing it...
        KAG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dennis
        3.9 but yeah, nice interior and sleeper looks is something to dig http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixyh0bqpDYw&safe=active
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's slower and more expensive than the new Corvette... Who cares.
        Stang70Fastback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        Good. I don't want someone like you buying an Aston.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        As much as I love the Corvette, you're wrong. The Corvette is 3.8 seconds to 60 and it's not nearly as luxurious or customizable. The Aston has a massive options list and you can choose every last detail about the car. The Corvette is more sporting but the Aston is more about fashion. I don't think the same kinds of people will be shopping for both cars.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          Your list sentence hits the nail on the head. An Aston owner isn't going to care that a Vette owner paid that much less for the same performance. They obviously could have put a whole garage full of Vette's if they wanted to.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          last**
        KAG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        If you are just wanting speed then you wouldn't understand a Aston Martin.
      Fat man
      • 1 Year Ago
      i dont see no one on this post complaining about the aston's gaudy black vents......AB bloggers are so one sided.....bunch of GM haters
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fat man
        You can legitimately put a few more vents when your car has a V12, and they actually do something. Not the same thing as putting fake ones on a clapped-out Honda or Buick.
      Malhaar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aston Martins have never been the best performing cars out there, so I don't know why so many are complaining about the price lol They're GT cars, and you pay for the prestige this car comes with and the sheer customization that's possible. I am pretty sure no two V12s will be the same, each person will have their own individual one. The new Vette is indeed great bang for your bucks performance and it does look fantastic, but it won't have the individuality or prestige an Aston Martin has, thats what makes Astons so appealing to many :)
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the most beautiful cars in the world.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      You might see hundreds of vettes rolling around your town, you might see only one or two Aston Martins, or none. That is what you are paying for, exclusivity and low production numbers, end of story.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to wonder how much longer Aston can continue to ride out this platform. The reality is that they need a partner to develop something new, and if they don't do it soon, they risk obsolescence.
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