The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S has been unveiled – it replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage and, with the exception of the limited-run One-77 is the fastest road-going Aston Martin ever.
Power for the new model comes from the latest version of Aston Martin’s 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine. It develops 565bhp – a 55bhp increase over the current V12 Vantage’s engine – and 457lb ft of torque, an increase of 37lb ft.
Drive is to the rear wheels through a new seven-speed transmission, which replaces the previous model’s six-speed manual gearbox. It uses the same twin-plate clutch as the One-77 and gives hydraulically actuated manual shifts via paddle shifters.
Another new feature is a three-stage adaptive damping system, with Normal, Sport and Track modes. As well as adjusting the car’s suspension, the system also governs the level of power steering assistance.
A new (One-77-derived) exhaust system is smaller and lighter than the current car’s, while the steering system is also new, and has a quicker ratio for a more responsive feel. Exterior changes are limited, but the V12 Vantage S gets a new front grille similar to the recently unveiled CC100 Speedster Concept’s.
In place of the previous model’s aluminium vanes it has a black carbon-fibre or sliver finish, while there’s a space between the grille surround and main bodywork, to give a “floating grille” effect. Aston Martin says that it signals a new Aston Martin design language.
The V12 Vantage S also has new ten-spoke alloy wheels, and black-painted roof and boot panels.
Inside, there are new seats, two leather grade options, an optional carbon-fibre interior pack and “revised stitching”.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S goes on sale later this year.