The V12 Vantage is the ultimate sports car rendition using the V/H platform. Born of the hugely potent V12 Vantage RS Performance concept car, the car is truly deserving of the “Vantage” label.
The V12 Vantage RS concept was launched at the opening of the Aston Martin Design Centre at Gaydon on December 11th, 2007. The car was based on the V8 Vantage with a few exterior but functional styling differences: extra vents in the bonnet to assist in cooling and reduce front-end lift, an automatically deployable spoiler in a carbon fibre rear deck to provide extra downforce at speed, a carbon fibre front splitter married to a rear diffuser to improve handing further, wide sills similar to those on the Vantage N24 race car, and front cooling ducts for the carbon ceramic brakes taken from the DBS. While the exterior changes hinted at a more aggressive vehicle, the observer was given no doubt of the potential of the car having considered the engine and drive train changes taken from the DBRS9 race car – the dry sump V12 with tuned exhausts claimed to produce 600 BHP, some 375 BHP-per-ton providing 0-to-60 acceleration times not seen in a road going Aston Martin since the aftermarket V600 upgrade to the twin supercharged 1990s Vantage.
The RS was built as a one-off concept, an example of the potential and flexibility of the VH platform. Aston Martin had no firm plans to put the car into production, but did suggest these plans may be revised on a favourable reception.
Interest in the RS concept was great.