The Aston Martin V12 Vantage has recently returned for the second generation and reporters have just had the opportunity to test it both on track and on the road.
Only 333 examples of the new V12 Vantage are being made, and on paper, it looks like the perfect Aston Martin. Most notably, it features the same 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 as the almighty DBS SuperLegera, although somewhat de-tuned so it now delivers 690 hp and 555 lb-ft (753 Nm). It still grants a hefty amount and gives the car more than the 187 hp and 50 pound-foot (68 Nm) V8 Vantage.
One would expect the V12 Vantage to be fast and this is exactly what these reviews reveal. It can strike at 60 mph (96 km / h) and 200 mph (322 km / h) in 3.4 seconds.
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Perhaps our favorite review of the bunch came from Steve Sutcliffe on Evo. The veteran journalist first drove to a racetrack before heading to some of the more beautiful seats in Wales. On the track, the V12 Vantage performed very well, although Sutcliffe noted that the transmission was not as fast as it would have been had it not been for shifting gears.
When he gets the car on the road, Sutcliffe says he didn’t win the car completely. He notes that the suspension is too hard for the road, even in its softest setting. In addition, he thinks the steering wheel seems a little too heavy and mentions that while the V12 sounds good, it can give a more hellish roar.
The dramatic styling of the car is also a matter of controversy. One of the most compelling features of the flagship Vantage is the bold carbon fiber rear wing and it provides 204 kg (450 lb) of downforce at 200 miles per hour.