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You only turn 100 years old once… if you’re lucky. Aston Martin built a special design study to celebrate its centenary. Called the CC100, the car connects with the company’s heritage and hints at where it’s going in the future.
Keeping its entry sports car current, Aston Martin has announced the most comprehensive enhancement program for the V8 Vantage since 2008.
For hardware, the latest V8 Vantage will retain its six-speed manual transmission but will receive an all-new Shortshift II seven-speed automatic designed and manufactured specifically for Aston Martin. According to Aston Martin, an additional gear will provide the new Vantage with closer ratios, lower final drive, and a quicker, more refined shift quality.
Other upgrades include a refined chassis, quicker steering, bigger two-piece six piston brakes, and wider tires by 10mm. As for appearance, the V8 Vantage gets a Vantage S treatment with a lowered front bumper with aero splitter that features a larger air intake that feeds the engine and front brakes. Finally, sculpted side sills and a new drag-reducing rear diffuser are also added to complete the look.
Next, the V8 Vantage S remains the top of the line Aston Martin V8, producing 430-hp and 361 lb.-ft of torque. The Vantage S further differentiates itself by receiving a louder sports exhaust system unique to the S in order to further define its sporting nature. As for its exterior treatment the S receives a carbon fiber motorsport-derived aero package.
Finally, the Vantage S interior will feature luxurious hand-stitched leather upholstery. Moving on the the V12 line-up, the V12 Vantage remains unchanged and will be joined by the latest V12 Zagato exotic, created as an homage to the DBGT Zagato made 50 years ago. Now less than 12 months from official release, the stunning V12 Zagato will debut at extremely limited availability. Be sure to check out the official unveiling of the new Aston Martin Vantage line-up at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
GALLERY: 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
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Aston Martin’s mighty, magnificent V12 Zagato comes with a $525,000 price tag—a bargain, if there ever was one.
After all, you’d have to pay three times as much for the even mightier Aston Martin One-77, and even more for the time machine you’d need to use to go back to 2010 and get on the waiting list, before all 77 snatched up. No word on how many Zagatos will be built, but Aston says it is on “a strictly first-come first-served basis.” Hey you keep buying them, and they’ll keep building them.
And they’ll start building them next year in Aston’s home of Gaydon, for the car that CEO Ulrich Bez calls “the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin.” It will be based on the V12 Vantage, and for some will serve as a perfect dinghy to their Rapide. Call it an escape pod if you like.
[Source: Inside Line]
It’s hardly news, but it is worth a watch. Aston Martin has just released another glam video highlighting the connection between its street and race cars.
The short video, featuring both the V12 Vantage and the Gulf DBR1-2 Le Mans race car puts the focus on the British automaker’s big 6.0-liter (actually a 5.9-liter) V12 engine, that powers both machines. Plus, it’s used in every other Aston Martin model, with the exception of the V8 Vantage.
The V12 Vantage only recently went on sale in the U.S., using the smaller V8 Vantage body but upping horsepower from 420-hp to 510-hp. As for the DBR1-2 racer, it is soon set to be phased out in favor of a newer model that is designed to better compete with the diesels of Audi and Peugeot. Still, despite its gasoline disadvantage, it still managed to win the Le Mans Series in 2009 and took three podiums in 2010.
Check out the video after the jump:
It’s here. Yes, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been confirmed for North America and to help promote the car (as though there was any need), the British automaker has released a short video of the super sports car. For those who don’t know, the V12 Vantage takes the already impressive V8 Vantage and ups the power significantly thanks to a 5.9-liter V12 engine borrowed from some of the other Aston models. In the Vantage it makes 510-hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque. That’s good for a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds and a 190-mph top speed. Plus, the V12 Vantage gets other goodies like a vented hood. Oh, and poseurs need not apply as the big dog V12 comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission.
In the U.S., buyers can opt for a standard V12 Vantage priced at $179,995, or choose the “murdered out” limited edition Carbon Black model for $194,995.
The video (found after the jump) features plenty of shots of the car, and there’s even some great race footage on a track-prepped model. Aston stands behind its products and a mostly stock V12 Vantage placed first in the SP8 class at the Nürburgring 24 race in both 2008 and 2009.
See the video after the jump:
Pricing for the Aston Martin V12 Vantage has just been announced for the U.S. market and it’s a serious jump over the standard V8-powered model. With a V8 Vantage priced from roughly $120,000, the V12 model commands a serious premium at $179,995.
The new engine produces 510-hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque, enough to accelerate the Vantage to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 190-mph.
Those looking for an even more exclusive ride can opt for the “murdered out” Carbon Black edition V12 Vantage at $194,995. It gets black metallic paint, carbon fiber detailing, a new front grille and 10-spoke black wheels.
GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Close on a year after first reports that Aston Martin would bring its V12 Vantage super sports car to North America, the regal British automaker has confirmed as much. Originally slated for the European market, Aston Martin has said that due to overwhelming demand, it has decide to offer the car in not only North America, but also South America. Currently Aston sells the V8 Vantage in North America as the brand’s entry-level sports car. Powered by a 4.7-liter V8 it makes 420-hp.
As the name suggests, the V12 Vantage gets the company’s big twelve cylinder engine. In fact, it’s the same powerplant found in the DB9 and the company’s flagship DBS model. It produces 510-hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque for a 0-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. The car also gets a long list of light-weight components to ensure the weight gain from the massive V12 is just 110 lbs.
Aston Martin has said the V12 Vantage is available for order now with deliveries starting in the fourth quarter of this year.
GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin is planning to offer its amazing V12 Vantage model in the United States. Aston’s CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez told the folks at Car & Driver that plans to homolgate the car for use on U.S. roads is already under way and that the initial planned production run of 1,000 units will be increased.
Currently Aston sells the V8 Vantage in North America as the brands entry-level sports car. Powered by a 4.7-liter V8 it makes 420hp. As the name suggests, the V12 Vantage gets a twelve cylinder engine under the hood. In fact, it’s the same powerplant found in the DB9 and the company’s flagship DBS model. It produces 510h and 420 ft-lbs of torque for a 0-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph.
The car also gets a long list of light-weight components to ensure the weight gain from the massive V12 is just 110 lbs.
We can’t wait!
GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Vantage
[Source: Car & Driver]
Just 1,000 of the 510hp British exotics to be built
You’ve got to hand it to those guys over at Aston Martin, they just keep coming up with ideas that seem too good to be true, and then deliver on our wildest dreams by making them a reality. Case in point: the V12 Vantage that the company will officially unveil at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show
Just yesterday we reported the rumor that the V12 Vantage RS Concept car would see production and today Aston has confirmed the news. The super-Vantage will be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine and make 510hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque. Aston Martin claims a 0-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph.
The body of the car will use significant amounts of carbon fiber and judging from the photos, the V12 Vantage will also make use of carbon-composite brakes.
“This is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range, combining our most agile model with our most powerful engine,” says Dr. Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Officer. “It represents the definitive driving package; providing spectacular performance to ensure a dynamically thrilling and everyday useable driving experience.”
“The V12 Vantage has a unique character, one unlike our other cars. This will appeal to different people with different tastes, allowing more people to enjoy the Aston Martin experience.
“This also illustrates one of Aston Martin’s key strengths – the ability to act quickly and turn concepts and ideas into reality.”
How right Dr. Bez is. When the V12 Vantage RS concept car came out it seemed too-good-to-be-true and yet Aston Martin is making dreams a reality. To insure exclusivity, just 1,000 models will be built.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage:
Official release after the jump: