New Aston Martin V12 Vantage S revealed

Ooh look. It's the fastest, yellowest Aston Martin ever*

By Tim Kendall | 21st June 2013

New 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage: the fastest accelerating Aston Martin ever*

Aston Martin has launched its fastest accelerating car outside of the strictly limited One-77 hypercar. This yellow peril sports some impressive stats – it hits the magic number in just 3.7 seconds and will storm on to a heady top end of 205mph.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. More power. More yellow.

2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: what’s under the bonnet then?

Under that shapely nose lies the AM28 6.0-litre V12 from the latest Vanquish, pushing out an ample 565 horses and a rather chunky 510NM of torque from just 1,000 rpm, swelling to 620NM at 5,750rpm.

Aston says that harnessing all that power was something of a challenge for its engineers, who spent a significant amount of time honing the new V12 Vantage S at the Nürburgring. Well, someone has to do it. Tough job and all that…

Anything else to know about the new V12 Vantage S?

That grunt is fed through Aston’s paddle-shift automated manual gearbox, or ‘Sportshift III AMT’ as Aston snappily calls it. The ride and handling is quite tweakable thanks to three stage adaptive damping with ‘normal’, ‘sport’ and ‘track’ modes, each of which also alters the level of steering assistance. Meanwhile there’s a ‘sport’ button on the dash to make throttle response, steering and the exhaust note a little sharper for the keener wheelmen and women amongst us.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Banana-Drama. 565bhp of it…

So who’s this Vantage with brass knobs on aimed at then?

Well, over to you, Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez: “The new V12 Vantage S brings our winning GT3 race formula to the road. It’s a car for those customers who want superior sporting performance in a ‘gentleman’s suit’. It’s the most pure, yet understated, driving machine we can imagine today.”

So there you have it, the new 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. Suits you Sir.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: need to know:

  • Price: £138,000
  • Power: 6.0-litre V12, 565hp
  • Performance: 0-60mph 3.7 seconds, top speed 205mph

*except for the One-77, obviously. But  that doesn’t count apparently.

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By Tim Kendall
21st June 2013

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