The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
May 29, 2013
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S has been revealed, it is powered by a 565 brake horsepower V12 engine that has been sourced from the Aston Martin Vanquish. 

The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is faster than any production vehicle Aston Martin have ever made, apart from the exclusive £1,000,000 One-77 hypercar, with a 205 mile per hour top speed. That is 15 miles per hour faster than the standard Vantage model, this has been achieved by Aston Martin fitting the 6.0 litre V12 engine from the Vanquish, which delivers 55 brake horsepower more than the V12 Vantage, at 565 brake horsepower. 

Aston Martin has also added a new engine management system and an exhaust made out of stainless steel, as well as replacing the old manual six speed gearbox, with a third generation, automated seven speed manual transmission. 

There were no extra tweaks with aerodyanmics needed for the Vantage S model, so Marek Reichman, designer instead focused on making sure the styling of the vehicle shows a clear link between the road and the race track. There have been black alloys and a special black graphic added to the roof to make the model look wider and lower than the regular V12 Vantage model. 

The newly featured floating grille is inspired by the CC100 concept, this allows more cooling air to be fed into the engine at higher speeds. It also incorporates carbon elements that mirror the bonnet vents and the rear diffuser, completing the look of the car is a very distinctive S feature on the boot. 

The changes are a little more restrained on the inside, with a black layout that features Alcantara trimmed seats along with yellow racing stripes, there is also the option of carbon fibre for the dashboard and the gearshift paddles. 

Ian Minards, Aston Martin Product boss explained that this model is not only meant to be faster, it has been designed to be more usable aswell. He went on to say that he has never met anybody who has driven a V12 Vantage and didn't like it, however it wasn't for everybody. So for this vehicle Aston Martin wanted to broaden the appeal of the vehicle. 

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