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Aston Martin's New Flagship Is Good For 205 MPH V12

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On: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 1:48PM | By: Teddy Field


Aston Martin's New Flagship Is Good For 205 MPH V12

Every car to wear an Aston Martin badge is somehow special. But Gaydon's latest creation is sure to vault the boutique GT builder to new heights of performance. Not since the One-77 hypercar has Aston Martin dared to offer a car that was this powerful, or this fast. Production of the One-77 was limited to just 77 units, and it carried an equally exclusive seven-figure price tag. The 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, on the other hand, is a serial production model, and it starts at a more reasonable $184,995. Mr. Bond, your new whip has arrived.

All of Aston Martin’s vehicles share the modular VH platform, which provides tremendous structural rigidity, through the use of bonded aluminum and magnesium alloy. Once the platform has been configured for a specific model, unique body panels are used to give each model an unmistakable look. In the case of the new V12 Vantage S, composite and steel bodywork is used to create a menacing presence. The familiar Aston front grille is framed in black carbon fiber, and 007 can choose between a black or titanium silver mesh insert. To further distinguish the S from its V8-powered twin, there're subtle body graphics, a black-painted roof, and a bespoke set of lightweight 10-spoke forged alloy wheels.

To backup its monstrous demeanor, Aston fitted the V12 Vantage S with an entirely new AM28 6.0-litre V12. But extracting 565-hp didn't 'just happen'. AM engineers had to employ racing technologies like CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow camshafts (this engine has four overhead cams). A state-of-the-art Bosch engine management system is used to facilitate the 205 mph top speed. An incredible 376 of the engine's 457 lb-ft of torque are available at just 1,000 rpm. And that instantaneous surge of torque allows AM's new performance flagship to reach 60 mph in a scant 3.7 seconds. Goldfinger's Rolls won't stand a chance.

Over the years, Aston Martin Racing has successfully campaigned the Vantage in GT3, GT4, and GTE competition. Like Ferrari, AM's factory racing team doubles as the R&D department. Lessons learned on the race track are applied to their road cars. New components are designed, then tested on race tracks across Europe. If a part can survive the rigorous conditions of 24-hour races like Le Mans, it can certainly withstand a fat lawyer driving to the country club.

An example of this race-bred technology is the new Sportshift III 7-speed automated manual transmission. Racing demands immediate responses, so this hydraulically actuated gearbox was designed to swap cogs in milliseconds. Steering wheel paddles allow the driver to shift gears without letting go of the tiller, and lightweight components cut the transmission's weight by 55 lbs (compared to the old 6-speed transmission).

Once illegal speeds have been attained, the new V12 Vantage S can help MI6's favorite agent avoid prosecution by quickly scrubbing off speed with race-proven carbon-ceramic brakes. An active suspension can tailor the ride and handling to match Mr. Bond's driving style. And, of course, no Aston Martin would be complete without a dizzying array of exotic leathers, contrasting stitch colors, and other expensive interior fitments. This is a gentleman’s supercar after all.

If you're tired of the usual scissor doors and huge wings, the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S offers supercar performance, with a side of proper British luxury. Plus, you know James Bond would drive one... if he were real.

All of Aston Martin's vehicles share the modular VH platform, which provides tremendous structural rigidity, through the use of bonded aluminum, and magnesium alloy. Once the platform has been configured for a specific model, unique body panels are used to give each model an unmistakable look. In the case of the new V12 Vantage S, composite and steel bodywork is used to create a mincing presence. The familiar Aston front grille is framed in black carbon fiber, and 007 can choose between a black or titanium silver mesh insert. To further distinguish the S from its V8-powered twin, there's subtle body graphics, a black painted roof, and a bespoke set of lightweight 10-spoke forged alloy wheels.

To backup its monstrous demeanor, Aston fitted the V12 Vantage S with an entirely new AM28 6.0 litre V12. But extracting 565-hp didn't 'just happen'. AM engineers had to employ racing technologies like CNC machined combustion chambers, and hollow camshafts (this engine has 4 overhead cams). A state of the art Bosch engine management system is used to facilitate the 205 mph top speed. An incredible 376 of the engine's 457 torques are available at just 1,000 rpm. And that instantaneous surge of torque allows AM's new performance flagship to reach 60 mph in a scant 3.7 seconds. Goldfinger's Rolls won't stand a chance.

Over the years, Aston Martin Racing has successfully campaigned the Vantage in GT3, GT4, and GTE competition. Like Ferrari, AM's factory racing team doubles as the R&D department. Lessons learned on the race track, are applied to their road cars. New components are designed, then tested on race tracks across Europe. If a part can survive the rigorous conditions of 24-hr races like Le Mans, it can certainly withstand a fat lawyer driving to the Country Club.

An example of this race-bred technology is the new Sportshift III 7-speed automated manual transmission. Racing demands immediate responses, so this hydraulically actuated gearbox was designed to swap cogs in milliseconds. Steering wheel paddles allow the driver to shift gears without letting go of the tiller, and lightweight components cut the transmission's weight by 55 lbs (compared to the old 6-speed transmission).

Once illegal speeds have been attained, the new V12 Vantage S can help MI6's favorite agent avoid prosecution by quickly scrubbing off speed with race-proven carbon-ceramic brakes. An active suspension can tailor the ride and handling to match Mr. Bond's driving style. And of course, no Aston Martin would be complete without a dizzying array of exotic leathers, contrasting stitch colors, and other expensive interior fitments. This is a gentleman’s supercar after all.

If you're tired of the usual scissor doors, and huge wings, the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S offers supercar performance, with a side of proper British luxury. Plus, you know James Bond would drive one...if he were real.


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