2016 Aston Martin V12 Vantage 2dr Cpe S

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2016 Aston Martin V12 Vantage 2dr Cpe S
  • MSRP:
    $186,295

    Invoice Price:N/A
  • Fuel Economy:
    12 MPG city / 18 MPG hwy
  • Engine:
    Premium Unleaded V-12, 6.0 L/362
    565 hp @ 6750 rpm
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2016 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Overview

The Vantage lineup is offered in V12 Vantage S and V8 Vantage versions, and can be had in either coupe or roadster form.

The base V8 Vantage includes a 4.7L V8 making 420 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. It comes with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed auto-shift manual. V8 Vantage S and Vantage GT models feature a 430-horsepower version of the V8, with torque upped to 361 pound feet. V12 Vantage S versions come with a 6.0L V12 engine that makes 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed single-clutch system that can be shifted via steering wheel paddles or, new for this year, a 7-speed manual transmission.

V12 models can be spotted mostly through their additional hood venting; there are few other changes on the outside. Roadsters come with a power soft-top arrangement, as well as a different rear damper and spring setup. V8 Vantage S models offer a sports suspension upgrade that includes some of the V12 Vantage changes, with a revised rear anti-roll bar, different shocks and uprated springs. Both models ride on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, and stopping power is provided by Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes.

There are two user-selectable driving modes in the Vantage S. The Normal mode softens throttle response and switches to a somewhat quieter, more refined exhaust note. Switch over to the Sport mode, and response gets sharper, plus an exhaust bypass opens at a certain level of accelerator travel to create a sportier, more "raw" exhaust note.

Compared to the coupe, Vantage roadster models get a different trunk lid, including more of a flip up at the back, for aerodynamics, as well as a different lower front air intake. The roadster's soft top fits under a metal tonneau.

The Vantage is nearly 173 inches long, or about the same length as a compact sedan. The Vantage is a two-seater, with plenty of space even for taller adults to sprawl out -- although there isn't a lot of headroom to spare.

In coupe and roadster models, the carbon fiber front splitter and diffuser are hand-made. Inside, there are real glass switches in the center stack, while interior trim pieces are made of carbon fiber.

Equipment on all Vantage models includes automatic climate control, full power accessories, a trip computer, reverse parking sensors, power seats with lumbar support, variable intermittent wipers and headlight washers.

Carbon fiber lightweight seats are an option, bringing 6-way adjustable seats with fixed backrests, trimmed with full leather and an exposed carbon-fiber frame. Standout options include front parking sensors, cruise control, satellite radio and a 13-speaker, 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system, with Alcantara trim, polished alloy treadplates, an umbrella with built-in holder and all sorts of custom color combinations for the carpet, upholstery and headliner. Those who like the look of carbon-fiber trim might also want to consider either the Exterior Carbon Pack (rear light housing, side strakes and mirror caps) or the Interior Carbon Pack (dash, shifter and door pulls).

2016 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Model Changes

The Vantage remains unchanged for 2016 though a manual transmission has been added for the V12 Vantage S. The manual unit is unusual in that it has a full seven gears and features a dogleg first gear. This means that first is off by itself, back and to the left, while gears two through seven are arranged in the same way a standard 6-speed would arrange gears one through six. The advantage can be seen at the racetrack, where first gear is seldom used and the more frequently used gears two through seven are arranged in a handy (and somewhat more standard) H pattern. Of course, with an extra gear comes more closely spaced ratios, which ultimately means more acceleration.

2016 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Value

The Vantage is the most affordable car from Aston Martin, and it is neither a light-and-lean roadster nor a performance-oriented grand touring coupe. Rather than taking on other exclusive high-performance cars, it's positioned against other sport-touring models like the BMW M6, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and Jaguar XKR-S.

A simplified, more "honest" driving experience is one argument for the Vantage, in this age of seemingly endless custom settings in some models for driving characteristics. EPA fuel economy ratings for the V8 Vantage, at 13 mpg city, 19 highway, aren't bad, considering this car's performance focus and traditional V8 engine.

2016 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Strengths

Mighty powertrains with strong acceleration; opportunities to customize; a shape that looks great in coupe or roadster form


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