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Barely legal Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

By Imran Malik
Added 00:00 | June 7, 2013
  • The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage.

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  • The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S will be the quickest road-legal Aston offered by the British carmaker.

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  • In case you’re wondering what makes the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S so quick, well that’s because it’s been stuffed with racecar technology.

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  • Packing an AM28 6.0-litre V12, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S promises to deliver exceptional performance.

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  • The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S produces an astonishing 565bhp. It has a peak torque of 620Nm available at 5,750rpm.

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  • The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S also features new lightweight forged 10-spoke alloys.

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The new V12 Vantage S packs racecar technology. That explains why it’s so fast

As promised last week, we now have full details of Aston Martin’s new V12 Vantage S — and boy, is it impressive.

It replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage and apart from the manic One-77 hypercar, it’ll be the quickest road-legal Aston offered by the British carmaker. Packing an AM28 6.0-litre V12, the newbie promises to deliver both exceptional performance and incredible refinement.

The V12 produces an aston-ishing (see what we did there!) 565bhp and features the latest generation Bosch engine management, meaning the S can reach a dizzying top speed of 330kph. It has a peak torque of 620Nm available at 5,750rpm — that’s 50Nm more than the V12 Vantage — while low rev torque measured at just 1,000rpm is up from 440Nm to 510Nm. Translated into simple English: this thing is bonkers fast!

In case you’re wondering what makes the S so quick, well that’s because it’s been stuffed with racecar technology. It boasts CNC-machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts, while the new Sportshift III AMT (automated manual transmission) is used in Aston Martin Racing’s race-winning Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars. Now you can have the same gearbox for the road.

It’s a much lighter unit than the previous six-speed manual (25kg lighter in fact) and promises to provide lightning-quick shifts with only milliseconds of torque interruption as well as decent fuel-efficiency.

Also making its debut is a three-stage adaptive damping. Normal, Sport and Track modes give the S a far more dynamic character, particularly the latter, and the system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered. Speaking of which, the ZF Servotronic has a quicker 15:1 ratio, while a whole new exhaust system, derived from the One-77, is offered and it’ll sound even better than the outgoing car. It’s lighter, smaller and by all accounts, will leave your ears twitching for more.

Last but not least, it’s been tweaked on the looks front. We love the new carbon-fibre grille, which has been created to maximise airflow to the massive V12. We also like the new lightweight forged 10-spoke alloys, while the black painted roof and boot look a treat.

The interior has also been refreshed. It gets carbon-fibre, lightweight seats with revised stitching and two leather grade options — Luxmill or semi-aniline. You can even spec them with Alcantara. There’s an optional Carbon Fibre Interior Pack and this adds the magic-weave to the car’s facia and door pulls.

Dr Bez calls it, “the most extreme Vantage to date.” He isn’t kidding.