The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a car that removes the smooth, silky Aston Martin veneer and shows it true self – an angry, shouty driving machine.
On 28 May 2013, Aston Martin announced the V12 Vantage S – a sportier version of the V12 Vantage supercar that it is replacing.
The V12 Vantage S produces 565 hp (421 kW) and 457 lb·ft (620 N·m) of torque from a newly designed 5.9-liter (5935cc) V12 engine called the AM28, which they will use as a base for future engines. The power will be transferred to the rear wheels using a new seven-speed Sportshift III automated manual with no option for a manual transmission, which weighs 55 pounds (25 kg) more than the Sportshift III.
The exhaust on the V12 Vantage S was developed from the company’s own One-77 supercar, and promises to give the car a sound unique to the new model.
Although specific performance details are yet to be released, the V12 Vantage S is claimed to reach a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), making it the fastest production Aston Martin in history.
The V12 Vantage S is 15 kilograms (33 lb) lighter than the V12 Vantage, features new three-stage adaptive damping for the suspension, new carbon ceramic brakes, and a unique track-mode to help drivers who want to take their car to the track.
Styling and aerodynamic changes include a new carbon fiber front grille, black roof and rear grille, lightweight forged alloy wheels, and new finishes on the interior seats, doors and controls.