The new car replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage in markets around the world and, with the exception of the One-77 hypercar, is the fastest road-going Aston Martin yet offered.
Aesthetically, the most noticeable feature is the car’s grille, where the aluminum vanes are replaced with a new carbon fiber arrangement that includes sporty black carbon fibre or titanium silver mesh.
Created to maximize airflow to the V12 engine, the new grille is inspired by that of the CC100 Speedster Concept, nicknamed DBR100, which debuted at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring earlier this month and signals a new era of Aston Martin design language.
Other clues that single out the car as new include the debut of new lightweight forged alloy ten-spoke wheels, and a distinctive exterior graphics pack that includes black painted roof and part-painted boot panel.
The new V12 Vantage S retains the same compact proportions and muscular stance as its predecessor, while features such as the pronounced bonnet vents and flared wheel arches underscore its sporting abilities.
Inside, new-styled seating can be customized with an array of trim choices, including Sport and carbon fiber Lightweight seat options, revised stitching and welt detailing, two leather grade options – Luxmill and semi-aniline – as well as Alcantara.
The optional Carbon Fibre Interior Pack adds the material to the car’s facia and door pulls.
The new V12 Vantage S is powered by the new Aston Martin AM28 6.0-liter V12 engine, delivering 573 PS and 620 Nm and allowing a top speed of 205 mph.
Compared to the outgoing V12 Vantage, the engine delivers 50Nm more and the low rev torque – measured at 1,000 rpm – leaps from 440 Nm to 510 Nm, thus significantly improving drivability.
The V12 unit is coupled with the all-new Sportshift™ III hydraulically-actuated AMT (automated manual transmission), a major development of the automated manual gearbox that equips the current V8 Vantage S.
Another technical highlight is the three-stage adaptive damping suspension with three operating modes (‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’)
An additional ‘Sport’ mode, controlled via a button on the centre console, alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note.
The new exhaust system – derived from that of the One-77 hypercar is lighter, smaller and more sonorous than that of the outgoing car.
(Source: Aston Martin)