2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

  • 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Base Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      17
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      510/420
    • ENGINE
      5.9L V12
    • MSRP
      $180,535
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2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Review

With an appeal all its own, perhaps James Bond would choose it as well.

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Overview

The 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been described as the fastest and most agile Vantage ever. It is equipped with the same engine as its flagship DBS and the engine is packed in tight underneath the hood. The six-liter V-12 puts out 503 horsepower, spiriting the V12 Vantage to top speeds of 190 mph.

The Range

Body Styles: Coupe
Engines: 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: V12 Vantage, V12 Vantage Carbon Black

What's New

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage made its debut in the 2011 model year.

Exterior

With a flair for the dramatic, Aston Martin creates the V12 Vantage to answer the image-conscious driver’s need for thrills. The 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage has a luscious body that also maintains a healthy dose of gusto. The car’s bulging vented hood and side skirts with exaggerated styling give an authoritative appearance. This two-seater hatchback coupe is available in a myriad of color choices for the base model. The Carbon Black model is decked out in a selection of blacks from the Aston Martin palette of colors. The Carbon Black also gets diamond-turned gloss-black wheels, a chrome finish grille, piano-black interior trim, and a variety of other premium upgrades.

Interior

As long as you don't look behind you, you might very well think you're sitting in the Aston Martin DBS. Leather and faux suede covers most of the surfaces. Trim is a tasteful alloy; the piano-black trim is optional, but you’ll be missing out if you don’t go for it. Most of the center console buttons are made from glass and are arranged in a user-friendly and logical manner. The navigation system, however, doesn't quite make the grade, proving to be a bit finicky and difficult to use.

The gauges look divine, but the rotation of the speedometer and tachometer in opposite directions is a point of contention. They are also a bit hard to read, and you'll find yourself relying on the backup digital readout on the trip computer.

The eight-way adjustable driver's seat cradles your body and is extremely comfortable. A memory function ensures you will find just that right setting waiting for you when you return. The passenger seat is only four-way adjustable, but it is still very comfortable. The car’s standard leather covered tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth®, hard-drive-based navigation system and 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround sound audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer and auxiliary audio jack and an iPod® interface, not to mention the dual vanity mirrors, door pockets, cup holders, 12-volt power outlets, and climate control, all come together to ensure a very pleasant road trip or a simple drive to the office.

Performance & Handling

Whether grabbing attention in parking lots or speeding on the open road, the 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage can be counted on for delivering a roar and acceleration when you press down on the accelerator. The big V-12 engine under the hood powers the Vantage and spews out an impressive 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.

Zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds feels right, but the typical Sunday afternoon drive is a pleasure as well. The V12 Vantage offers excellent handling and the smoothest of rides.

Safety

Equipped with carbon-ceramic disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and brake assist, the 2011 Aston Martin V12 keeps drivers safe on the road. The car also features traction control and stability control, as well as all the airbag safety you'd expect, including side airbags to protect from head and torso injury.

EPA Fuel Economy

V12 Vantage: 11/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • V-12 performance
  • Luxurious interior
  • Highly customizable
  • Admiration of onlookers

You Won't Like

  • Handling not quite up to competitor's levels
  • Navigation system is finicky

Sum Up

With an appeal all its own, perhaps James Bond would choose it as well.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Audi R8
  • BMW M6
  • Jaguar XKR
  • Maserati GranTurismo
  • Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S

See the New 2015 V12 Vantage.

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