V12 Vantage

V12 Vantage Description

In production: April 2009 – date

Chassis numbers: S00001 – onwards

The production V12 Vantage was formally announced in February 2008 and launched to the public at the Geneva Salon on 3rd March a month later. The exterior styling was faithful to the RS concept save for the rear deck where the deployable spoiler was replaced by a fixed extended lip. The carbon fibre louvred bonnet was carried over from the RS, as were the sills, the carbon fibre front splitter and the rear diffuser. The dimensions of the vehicle remained the same as the V8 Vantage and although the V12 engine (taken from the DBS) weighed 100 kg more than the V8, the V12 Vantage was only 50 kg heavier having benefited from the weight-saving systems used in the DBS such as Brembo carbon ceramic brakes (some 12.5 kg lighter than those of the V8), thin-spoked forged alloy wheels (5 kg weigh saving), lightweight rear inner quarter panels, and optional lightweight seats saving another 12 kg per car. Clear lens rear lights and the use of black-backed Aston Martin wings differentiated the V12 Vantage further still from the V8 Vantage of the time.

The engine produced the same 510 BHP as the DBS, with a revised wet sump oil system and rear-mounted engine and transmission oil coolers, giving the V12 Vantage a 21% increase in both peak power and peak torque over the V8 of the time. The manual-only transaxle transmission, a significant contributor to the near-perfect 51:49 front:rear weight distribution (a significant achievement for a front-engined V12 car), was identical to that of the DBS, and the lowered final drive ratio compared to the V8 enabled the V12 Vantage to reach a top speed in excess of 300 km/h. The driver was aided by a three-stage dynamic stability control system where the driver could select various levels of automatic throttle and brake intervention on the encounter of under and over-steer situations. Extensive suspension changes over the V8, including a lowered ride height, stiffened spring rates and stiffened roll bars which helped deliver the significant power increase to the road and improved handling and dynamic stability.

The V12 Vantage's interior was similar to that of its V8 and DBS siblings, with all but the DBS's semi-aniline leather available. Carpet that was only two-thirds the weight of the standard was available but only in one colour.

At introduction it was made clear that the car could not be sold in North America which was a cause of great dismay in AML’s largest export market. Demand there was such that, AML spent more than a year re-engineering the car for sale in the US and Canada which mostly involved changes to the front crash structure. Sales in North America began late in 2010 and at the same time, the plan to limit production to just 1000 examples was quietly dropped.

The V12 Vantage has been entered twice in the ADAC Nürburgring 24 hour race by AML . In 2009, a near standard blue car achieved 21st overall and 1st in the SP8 class. In 2010, another V12 Vantage, this time in green achieved 34th overall and 2nd in SP8 class.

The effective installation of the DBS drivetrain into the V8 Vantage package created a critically acclaimed vehicle. The combination of V12 power and running gear providing a level of grip unsurpassed in the Aston line-up had by many accounts produced Aston Martin's best handling and potent sports car.

V12 Vantage Derivatives

V12 Vantage Carbon Black

In production – February 2010 onwards. Chassis Numbers – S00404 onwards within V12 Vantage range

Shortly before Christmas 2009, AM announced a pair of similar special editions based on the V12 Vantage and DBS Coupe. The Carbon Black models featured bespoke metallic paint especially formulated with a subtle metallic twist to create a deep rich patina. For the V12 Vantage the iconic Aston Martin side strake was fashioned from real carbon fibre backed by a black mesh and complemented with gloss black 10 spoke diamond turned alloy wheels. A bright finish grille and front parking sensors (normally an option) completed the exterior detailing.

Inside, owners were greeted to swathes of Obsidian Black leather highlighted with a contrast silver coarse stitch. Lightweight carbon fibre and Kevlar seats were fitted as standard (except in North America) saving 17kg over the standard seat. The interior featured Piano black facia trim, centre stack and centre console, anodised black tread plates and unique sill plaques building on the carbon theme. The Aston Martin 700w Premium Audio System was fitted as standard in the V12 Vantage

Customers who ordered a Carbon Black Edition V12 Vantage were given the opportunity to experience Aston Martin’s renowned Performance Driving Course free of charge. The Carbon Black V12 Vantage was offered at around 5% over the base price for a V12 Vantage.

V12 Vantage Specification

Body / Coachwork
Two door coupe with tailgate (boot lid) and 2+0 seating.
Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure. Aluminium, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body. Extruded aluminium door side impact protection beam.
Xenon high Intensity discharge (HID) front projector headlamps (halogen full beam) with integrated LED direction indicators. LED rear lamps.
Heated, electrically adjusted powerfold door mirrors
Reversing parking sensors, front parking sensors optional
Heated rear screen
Interior
Leather and fabric interior trim with formed aluminium facia.
Polished aluminium and painted alloy details
Clear sapphire backlit docking station to take the glass Emotion Control Unit (ECU)
ports seats with 10 way electric adjustment, including height, tilt and lumber adjustment. Optional heating
Optional lightweight carbon-fibre and Kevlar seats with six way adjustment and manual lumber adjustment. Side air bags and passenger airbag cut-off switch deleted so not available in North America
Organic electroluminescent (OEL) in white
CFC free automatic air conditioning, Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags
160W Audio system with radio and six CD auto-changer, USB port, iPod port and an Auxiliary socket. Optional 700W Audio System with Dolby Pro Logic II.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13 speaker audio system with radio, 6CD autochanger and 1000W power output optional from 2010MY
Full colour Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Satellite Navigation system
Hands-Free Bluetooth Phone system
Security system interacting with the central locking system and PATS immobiliser system.
Engine
Front mid-mounted all aluminium alloy 60° V12. Quad overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder. Engine number prefix AM10/
Bore 89 mm. Stroke 79.5mm. Capacity 5935cc. Compression ratio 10.7:1
Max power 510bhp @ 6500 rpm
Max torque 420lb/ft @ 5750 rpm
Fuel System & Ignition System: Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection system. ’Coil on Plug’ ignition system
Stainless steel exhaust system with by-pass valve , 2 three-way catalytic converters
Transmission
Rear mounted Graziano Six speed manual with integrated shifter bellcrank system (cable operated), hydraulically operated twin plate clutch, 228mm
Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft, rear wheel drive
Final Drive, limited slip differential. Ratio 3.70:1
Steering
ZF Rack and pinion , power assisted, 2.8 turns, lock-to-lock
Column tilt and reach adjustments
Wheels and Tyres
Unique forged Aston Martin 10 spoke aluminium alloy wheels, 9J x 19 front and11J x 19 rear
Pirelli P Zero Corsa255/35 ZR19 front, Pirelli P Zero Corsa 295/30 ZR19 rear to approved AM specification
Suspension
Front: Forged aluminium independent double wishbone, coil over aluminium, monotube dampers with anti-roll bar.
Rear: Forged aluminium independent double wishbone, coil over aluminium, monotube dampers with anti-roll bar.
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
Brakes
Front: Brembo 398mm ventilated carbon ceramic discs with six piston monoblock calipers
Rear: Brembo 330mm ventilated carbon ceramic discs with four piston monoblock calipers. Independent handbrake calipers on rear disc
Anti Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Traction Control (TCS) and Positive Torque Control (PTC)
Dimensions
Length 4385 mm
Width 1865mm excluding wing mirrors
Height 1250 mm
Wheelbase 2600mm
Front Track 1570 mm
Rear Track 1575mm
Kerb Weight 1680kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 litres (78 litres usable)
Boot Volume 239 litres
Performance
Maximum speed 190mph
Acceleration 0-62mph 4.2 seconds
O2 Emissions 388g/kg
Price at launch
2009 (2010MY) £135,000
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