Vantage Point: Aston Martin Vantage V12 prototype spied

Automotive paparazzi have spotted the first piece of evidence verifying that Aston Martin is indeed going ahead with production, however limited, of the outrageous V12 Vantage RS. The concept was first shown when the newly-independent Aston cut the ribbon on its new facility in Gaydon, where the exclusive V12 Vantage RS is anticipated to be produced sometime next year.

The test mule seen in spy shots is wearing largely unmodified bodywork from its standard V8 Vantage counterpart, with a rear diffuser standing out as the only obvious modification. Although the show car's hood had more slats than the back of an A/C unit, the mule's hood has only the standard louvers from the V8 version, which makes us wonder how much of the ventilation was required and how much was for show. Although the concept featured a full-fat 600-hp V12 from the DBR9 racer, the production version is expected to be slightly de-tuned to 550, which will still make it the most powerful production Aston ever made, beating out the 520-hp Vanquish S and the current 510-hp DBS flagship, while being both smaller and lighter than those cars as well, we presume.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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