Aston Martin V12 Vantage Origins
The Aston Martin Vantage was powered by a V-8 engine that was capable of outputting an already impressive 380 horsepower. But in 2007 Aston unveiled the V12 Vantage as a concept car, featuring the V-12 engine from the Aston Martin DBS. Various development prototypes of the vehicle were introduced throughout 2008, but it wasn't until 2009 that the vehicle was officially unveiled as the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. While the V12 Vantage has been available in the UK since that time, it has only been available in the U.S. market since 2011.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Models
They say less is more; that's apparently not true in the case of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. The car features a massive, roaring V-12 engine that's been wedged under the hood of a reasonably lightweight sport coupe, one that was originally engineered for V-8 power. The result is a stunning sports car that's remarkably fast, even by the rarified standards of an Aston Martin.
The V12 Vantage still looks like the V8 version of the Vantage; however, it's distinguishable by the extra louvers on the hood that allow room for the additional four cylinders. The V12 version also includes a rear diffuser and a rear wing that can be lowered or raised to increase or decrease drag. In an effort to further decrease the V12 Vantage's weight, both the trunk and hood lid are made of carbon fiber.
With such massive engine power contained in a relatively compact body, the V12 Vantage could easily be regarded as extravagant. But being an Aston
Martin, the car manages to maintain its class through the brand's signature blend of performance, elegance, substance, and style. There are few high-end sports cars available today that are capable of equaling the V12 Vantage's combination of unbridled power, capable performance, opulent comfort, and stunning good looks.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Products and Technologies
The 2012 model is essentially unchanged from the previous version. The 2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage is powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 engine and is capable of producing 510 horsepower. The car accelerates effortlessly from zero to 60 in less than five seconds. Transmission options are limited to a six-speed manual gearbox, linked to the rear wheels.
The current model of the V12 Vantage is available in two different trim levels: a base model and the top-of-the-line Carbon Black edition. The base model V12 Vantage boasts a generous list of standard features such as 19-inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes, xenon headlights, and rear parking sensors. Interior amenities include tailored leather upholstery, automatic climate control, power seats, Bluetooth capability, and a hard-drive-based navigation system, and for audio, the Vantage has a 160-watt stereo system with a six-CD changer, iPod interface, and auxiliary audio input.
The Carbon Black edition of the V12 Vantage boasts extra styling details and a premium surround sound stereo system complete with satellite radio.
On the inside, the V12 Vantage has a lot in common with the Aston Martin DBS. Like the DBS, the V12 Vantage features leather and Alcantara upholstery, genuine carbon fiber trim, and a crystal ignition key. From an interior perspective, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage provides one of the most opulent and luxurious driving experiences on the road.
Automotive experts and critics agree that the Aston Martin V12 Vantage is as much of a pleasure to drive as it is to gawk at. And like all Aston Martins, the 2012 V12 Vantage offers drivers an unmatched combination of elegance, style, performance, and power.