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2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Review
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The 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage is not the flagship model for Aston Martin, but it probably should be. The Aston Martin DBS continues to be top of the heap at Aston Martin, although the V12 Vantage provides a quicker, better handling vehicle, albeit with a little less luxury inside. The V12 Vantage makes up for that by costing roughly 60 percent of what the DBS runs. The V12 Vantage does run in to some issues in comparison to its competition, with companies like Audi and Porsche providing better performance at a lower price point while Mercedes-Benz provides greater performance and greater luxury for not all that much more out of the pocket. What the V12 Vantage does provide is competence and performance clad in a handsome, distinguished body.
New For 2013
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage received a midyear redesign in 2012, and as such, they have not tweaked or updated anything for the 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
It’s hard to find fault with the exterior of the 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage. With a great deal of aluminum and magnesium components, and put together with advanced adhesives instead of welding, the frame is light and has great vibration damping. The body is clean, sleek, and low, with flared fenders and vents and bulges in all the right places to create a handsome yet aggressive look. The grille furthers this, being low and wide, with a gaping air inlet underneath. There is plenty of standard equipment on the exterior to further the styling, including 19-inch wheels with high-performance tires. In the back, an integrated deck lid spoiler and twin exhaust pipes give the V12 Vantage a muscular rear end. Aston Martin provides a wide palette of color choices, which is increased with the Carbon Black package that allows for choosing from a variety of blacks. The Carbon Black package also adds on diamond-turned gloss-black wheels and a chrome finished grille for a fierce yet debonair package.
Interior & Cargo
The inside of the 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage is relatively spacious for a car that borders the supercar segment, with plenty of room for a driver and passenger of average size as well as over 10 cubic feet of space in the trunk for cargo. Larger drivers and passengers may have issue with the seats and footwells being on the narrower side. Not only is there a good amount of head and leg room, there are also some quality amenities that come standard. These comforts include a full-grain leather interior, an Alcantra-trimmed steering wheel, electronically adjustable sport seats with memory, climate control, cruise control, and a satellite navigation system with Bluetooth compatibility. The handsome center console that controls performance and entertainment options, including the audio system, is clad in piano black and graphite but is also busy and complicated. The displays are refined and upscale, easy to read and handsome. The Carbon Black package adds lightweight seats as well as Obsidian Black leather and sill plaques inside. The materials used inside of the V12 Vantage are of the highest quality and Aston Martin provides a number of small yet important details to maintain the luxury of the interior. The firm suspension produces a slightly bumpy ride that is not great for long trips.
The 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage has plenty of safety features, although many of them are aimed at keeping the driver out of trouble to start with. Anti-lock brakes are aided by electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist to bring the car to a stop quickly. Traction control and an electronic stability system keep the Vantage upright and connecting with the road. Driver and passenger airbags, side-impact airbags, and head-protection airbags incorporated into the seats cushion the occupants in the case of an accident.
It is clear, simply starting with the name, that the 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage is all about performance, centered on the massive V-12 engine underneath the hood. Attached to a six-speed manual transmission, the 6.0-liter engine has an output of 510 horsepower, while producing 420 lb-ft of torque, good for a zero-60 time of 4.1 seconds. The maximum speed of the V12 Vantage is 190 miles per hour. Two engine modes are available through a button, with the Sport mode delivering better throttle response as well as opening up the exhaust for a louder, more muscular sound.
The Vantage has always been the best-handling Aston Martin, and the V12 Vantage retains those abilities even with the more powerful engine. Steering is precise and responsive, and the suspension is sporty, providing great feedback to the driver as far as road conditions and car responses are concerned. Carbon-ceramic brakes coupled with a number of braking assists allow the V12 Vantage to come to a stop nearly as quickly as the V-12 engine can get it up to speed.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Aston-Martin V12-Vantage
- Audi R8 5.2
- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
- Porsche 911 Turbo S