Published on March 17th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Debuts. 333 Models, All Sold Before Launch
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been added to the lineup, and it’s already sold out.
Aston Martin now offers its 2-seater performance car, the Vantage, with a V12 engine. At launch, the new Vantage was offered solely with a V8. The range was previously expanded to include a performance-oriented Vantage AMR with a manual gearbox and a lifestyle-oriented Vantage Roadster with a convertible roof.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage is being marketed as strictly limited edition performance car with only 333 examples being made. Every single one of these has been sold before the car’s launch.
The engine in here is manufactured by Aston Martin. The 5.2L V12 Twin Turbo develops 700PS at 6,500rpm and 753Nm of torque between 1,800rpm and 6,000rpm. This engine gives the Vantage as top speed of 320km/h and allows it to complete the century sprint in just 3.4 seconds. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF-sourced 8-speed conventional automatic and the V12 Vantage gets a mechanical limited slip differential. The V12 Vantage has a power-to-weight ratio of 390 metric horsepower per tonne, which is 20% higher than the standard V8 Vantage.
To achieve this power-to-weight ratio, several weight-saving measures have been implemented. This includes the use of a carbon fibre for the front bumper, clamshell bonnet, front fenders and side sills. There’s also a composite rear bumper and deck lid as well as a lighter battery and a special centre-mounted twin-exit exhaust system made of 1mm stainless steel, which is 7.2kg lighter than the standard exhaust system.
The V12 Vantage also gets a new adaptive damping suspension system with new anti-roll bars, bushes, and spring and damper assemblies. Spring rates on this model are up by 50% at the front and 40% at the rear with top mount stiffness up by 13% and new anti-roll bars 5% stiffer at the front and 41% softer at the rear. A secondary tender spring has been introduced at the rear with a lower spring rate than the main spring for enhanced ride comfort for the driver.
Overall body stiffness has been upped by 8% and lateral stiffness is also increased by 6.7% with additional front and rear shear panels. Bodywork has been widened by 40mm using carbon fibre parts for the new wide track chassis. The front bumper has been redesigned and a new full width front splitter has been added. Airflow has been improved thanks to a 25% larger front grille with a distinct new ‘horse shoe’ engine vent on the hood.
Aston Martin has also recalibrated the steering and fitted carbon ceramic brakes as standard. The 2 new 21″ alloy wheel designs are complemented by an optional lightweight version and are wrapped in Michelin Pilot 4S tyres.
Inside, Sport Plus Seats come wrapped in full semi-aniline leather with new carbon fibre performance seats as a lightweight option.