Aston Martin has built a fine reputation of making classy but potent production sports cars. The 2010 V12 Vantage is the cream of the crop in the Aston Martin range producing a lot of power and sticking to the Aston Martin style we have all come to love.
Based on the hugely successful Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage will feature a 6-litre V12 engine producing 380kW and 570Nm of torque. The generous amount of power for a fairly high number production sports car (1000 to be exact) gives it a top speed of 305km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds.
Designed for the focused driver, every component of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been honed with pure driving enjoyment in mind. Benefitting from race-developed materials and components, and featuring lightweight carbon fibre; performance and agility have been tuned to perfection.
Visually enticing, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage expresses its performance potential through its purposeful stance created by enhanced aerodynamic and cooling aids optically widening the car, while retaining traditional understated Aston Martin design. Equally inviting, the cosy interior permits the driver to extract maximum performance ability from the car while also enjoying customary levels of Aston Martin comfort on longer journeys.
Unique to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage is a “Sport” button which allows the driver to choose between two powertrain modes. The default “Normal” provides a more comfortable urban drive where the “Sport” mode delivers a sharper throttle response together with a sportier exhaust note, no doubt each having their place in everyday driving.
Although the V12 engine weighs 100kg more than the standard cars’ engine, intelligent use of lightweight materials and components including carbon ceramic brakes, lighter forged aluminium wheels, lightweight inner rear quarter panels and optional lightweight seats have resulted in the overall kerb weight being only 50kg heavier than its V8 sibling.
Near-perfect weight distribution is achieved with a transaxle-mounted 6-speed gearbox which sees 85% of the cars’ weight lying between the front and rear axles. Aston Martin engineers have positioned the engine as far back and as low as possible in the car to contribute to the 51:49 weight distribution.
On the suspension front, the ride height of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage has also been lowered by 15mm, while the spring rates have been stiffened by 45% and the anti-roll bars are 15% (front) and 75% (rear) stiffer than the standard car. This makes the car incredibly low and almost removes all body roll felt during high speed cornering.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage comes as standard with Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes, providing immense stopping power. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage’s CCM discs are 398mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear while the brake callipers feature six pistons at the front, four at the rear and have a larger brake pad area compared to the V8 Vantage.
In line with the character of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, a revised Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system permits the driver, through three modes of operation, to manage how the system intervenes during more challenging driving situations. In default operation, the DSC is automatically switched on. Depressing the DSC button for two seconds selects “track mode” which raises the manner and threshold at which the system intervenes allowing the driver to explore the limits of the car’s considerable handling capabilities. Depressing the button for four seconds will switch off DSC completely.
Much like the V8 Vantage, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage subtly hints at its sporting intent with its controlled aggression and lower, purposeful stance. While the external dimensions of the V8 Vantage remain unchanged, the internal front structure has been extensively revised forward of the suspension towers to house the larger engine, brake cooling system, and twin air intake system.
The interior of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage provides the ideal environment for the focused driver to extract the very best from every element of the car. The extensive use of high quality materials with exceptional attention to detail placed throughout the cabin results in an unparalleled level of finish. The instrument cluster has been revised with even clearer dials to allow the driver to completely focus on the information being relayed from the car.
The optional carbon fibre and Kevlar® composite seats hug the driver providing support during spirited driving while remaining comfortable on long journeys. A surprising feature on the V12 Vantage is its 300 litres of storage space making it a high performance car that you can tour in.