Power, beauty and soul–three words to describe the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, which packs the latest version of Aston’s universal 6.0-liter V12 from the new Vanquish. With 55 more horsepower and a 205 mph top speed, this car proves to be brutal but elegant.
It has a new seven-speed sequential transmission instead of the six-speed manual, cutting 25 kg off the car’s curb weight. It’s also got three-stage adaptive damping, a new steering system and a sport mode to tighten up throttle response. The new V12 Vantage S is visually distinguished by a new carbon-fiber grille inspired by the CC100 Speedster concept, ten-spoke alloys, black roof and rear panel.
Zero to 60 mph times haven’t been released yet, but something below four seconds is likely a safe estimate. Torque is up from the standard V12 Vantage’s 420 pound-feet as well, to 457 pound-feet of torque in the S. Inside, the new V12 Vantage S gets revised Sport seats, with a choice of Luxmill or semi-aniline leathers, optional Alcantara upholstery and an optional Carbon Fibre Interior Pack. The carbon pack adds carbon fiber trim elements to the door pulls, dash and black pedals.