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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Revealed

Taking the Vantage to Even Higher Levels of Performance

Toni Avery
Jun 5, 2013

Aston Martin is best known for creating beautiful and wonderful sounding sports cars, with each model seemingly slightly more beautiful than the last. Creating a car that looks stunning even in yellow like the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S shown here is almost impossible. But give the British sports car maker credit, they pulled it off and put together an even better performing model than before.

Performance and engine specifications:

The newest V12 Vantage S takes the 'out with the old and in with the new' approach, replacing the outgoing V12 Vantage. With the exception of the incredible One-77, it is Aston's fastest road-going car.

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Pushing this Vantage S to the limit is a version of Aston's AM28 6.0-liter V12 engine with 565hp and 457lb-ft of torque. Improved from the previous Vantage, low torque rev comes in earlier with 376-lb ft. available at 1000rpm. All that horsepower can push the Vantage S up to 205mph, according to Aston.

Drawing from the brand's racing pedigree, the Sportshift III AMT (automated manual transmission) replaces the current transmission in the V8 Vantage S. But just because this flappy-paddle gear box saves 55-pounds and is all around more efficient doesn't mean we wouldn't appreciate the feel of a traditional manual. With a car designed around performance and driving pleasure it would only make driving one that much more rewarding.

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Another example of Aston's racing heritage is the CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts. But Aston is also all for implementing 'firsts' into the new V12 beast. This includes the use of three-stage adaptive damping, which is a first for the Vantage lineup. This allows the driver to determine more dynamic performance and the level of power steering assistance offered. 'Normal,' 'Sport' and 'Track' modes offer the driver more options of dynamic performance to choose from. 'Sport' is located on the center console and alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust.

The ZF Servotronic power assisted steering in also a new addition to the Vantage S, best used during the operation of 'Sport' and 'Normal' modes with a quicker 15:1 ratio.

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Exterior and Interior styling:

If you are familiar with Aston's previous Vantage cars, you will notice some obvious styling changes. For example, the famous front grille no longer uses the aluminum vanes and instead replaces them with black carbon fiber or titanium mesh. But this change is not entirely aesthetic, rather this new grille maximizes airflow and is inspired by the CC100 Speedster Concept.

The hood is also differentiated by pronounced vents, while the aggressive styling is carried through to the flared wheel arches exposing lightweight forged alloy ten-spoke wheels. The aggressive styling is finished off by a subtle graphics package including black painted roof and part-painted trunk panel.

The interior is full of new and unique styling features. Seating is offered in several variations including Sport and carbon fiber lightweight seats, two leather grades, revised stitching and welt detailing, and possibly Alcantara. And for even more personalization is the optional Carbon Fiber Interior Pack, which includes carbon fiber dash and door pulls. For the first time ever, black pedals will be offered in the Vantage S, only adding to the personalization of this powerful and beautiful machine.

By Toni Avery
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