Aston Martin’s Vantage has always been about a well built body powered by one of the most powerful engines from Aston Martin’s stables and with the 2015 V12 Vantage S, the iconic British major continues with the tradition. This is the winning combination that Aston has been using for the Vantage and with the 2015 iteration, the car sets a new benchmark.
Starting with the engine first, as the car’s name suggests, it is powered by a powerful V-12 engine with a displacement of 6.0 litres. This mill produces a peak power of 573 PS (565 bhp) arriving at 6,750 rpm while the peak torque of 620 Nm (457 lb ft) is available at 5,500 rpm – an improvement of 55 horsepower and 50 newton meter over the previous version. With that power the car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and is capable of reaching 205 mph.
That is not the end of the story as the improvements stretch up to its transmission. Unlike the first V12 Vantage which was only available with a six speed manual transmission but, gladly, things have changed now and customers now will only get the V12 Vantage S with a Sportshift III seven speed automated manual transmission featuring an electronic shift-by-wire control system. The suspension system does not remain untouched too, and now comes with an adaptive damping system featuring Normal, Sport, and Track settings. The same settings also adjust the power steering settings.
Working alongside the new adaptive damping system is a new ‘Sport’ mode for which a button has been provided on the center console. Push the button and the car immediately alters the throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and most importantly, the exhaust note.
Coming to the exterior of the car, the most noticeable change is the car’s grille that now features a new carbon fibre arrangement available in sporty black carbon fibre or titanium silver mesh. Other changes include new lightweight forged alloy ten-spoke wheels, new exterior graphics pack that includes black painted roof and part-painted boot panel.
The inside of the car is just as refreshed as its exterior. Changes include new-style seating with Sport and carbon fibre Lightweight seat options, revised stitching and welt detailing, two leather grade options – Luxmill and semi-aniline, and the possibility to include Alcantara.
The pricing of the V12 Vantage S starts from $184,995.