The recent speculation about the anniversary V12 Vantage model has proved to be true just partially. The Company has actually introduced a new version of the model which received the S prefix. This car will replace the regular V12 Vantage on the conveyor. The S series is not limited with cosmetic changes of the interior and exterior, it also has a new engine and gearbox, more power and less weight and modified steering system, braking system, suspension and aerodynamics.
The renewed V12 Vantage got a new 6.0 liter V12 engine with AM28 index. Its power compared to the previous model increased by 11% (up to 573 hp of capacity). The maximum torque has increased by 9% (up to 620 N • m). The curb’s weight was reduced by 15 kg and now is 1665 kg. As a result, the new vehicle is able to accelerate to 330 km/hour instead of the previous 305 km/hour.
Such change in dynamic characteristics of the car owes to new Sportshift III transmission, designed and built in cooperation with Oerlikon Graziano Company. This is a seven-stepped robotic double clutch with electronically controlled gearshift paddles which respond to gentle pressure. British manufacturers promise a smooth gear change that takes less than 70 milliseconds. Other improvements include a new brake system with carbon-ceramic disks. And a new power-assisted ZF Servotronic steering wheel is installed in the new model.
The information about the new Vantage S dynamics is still unrevealed, but it’s easy to assume that it has significantly improved, at least by 10%. The previous version of the car gained 100 km/hour speed in 4.2 seconds. But these are just numbers, what matters the most is the general impression the car lives to the public. Ulrich Bez, the General Director of Aston Martin, said in his recent interview that the new V12 Vantage S is a pure Aston Martin. It has an extreme nature and timeless design and he, Ulrich Bez, is proud to be launching such an exciting sports car while the Company is celebrating its 100th birthday.