Preview: Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

By John Beltz Snyder

May 29, 2013

We’ve spent a lot of digital ink on Aston Martin recently, with our recent drive of the Vanquish, news of the hydrogen-powered Rapide S racecar, the Vantage GT3’s hot Bilstein livery, Astons on ice, and, most recently, the CC100 Speedster Concept. Now, the British automaker deserves even more attention with the announcement of its second-fastest road-going car ever (bested only by the rare One-77), the new V12 Vantage S.
The V12 Vantage S employs the new AM28 6.0-liter engine, which produces 565 horsepower at 6750 rpm, and 376 pound-feet of torque from just 1000 rpm. It uses the new SportShift III automated manual transmission, equipped with paddle shifters, to swap cogs. This also saves 55 pounds over the outgoing six-speed manual.
Top speed of the V12 Vantage S now perches at a lofty 205 miles per hour.
The new V12 Vantage S introduces three-stage adaptive damping with Normal, Sport, and Track modes to tune the suspension, throttle response, transmission timing, steering, and exhaust note to the task at hand. The exhaust is derived from the One-77 hypercar, and offers an aggressive soundtrack, as you’ll hear in the video below. The steering ratio is quickened to 15:1, and the power assistance is dependent on the damping control modes.
The new grille does away with the aluminum vanes for a carbon fiber interpretation, and is visually suggestive of the recently debuted CC100 Speedster Concept. The new V12 Vantage S rides on lightweight, forged alloy, 10-spoke wheels, and features a black roof, part-black trunk panel, flared wheel arches, and other sporty visual cues.
Inside the car, we see new seating (with Sport and carbon fiber options), stitching, and detailing, with two leather options plus an available Alcantara interior package.
We’re happy to welcome the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S to the top tier of cars we cant’ wait to drive. Whether we had the opportunity to try this out on the track, or take it on a short road-trip, we have no doubt, based on our previous experiences, that this car would make for both a refined and exciting companion.
With this new step forward from the V12 Vantage S, as well as the other recent debuts and milestones in design, motorsport, and production cars, it’s clear that Aston Martin is energized, and is innovating with some momentum behind the brand. While we can’t wait to see what it comes up with next, we’re happy to take some time to appreciate this new offering.
Scroll down past the video for more information in the official press release.

V12 Vantage S: Aston Martin takes Vantage to extremes 
·      New AM28 engine generates more power than ever: 573 PS at 6750 rpm
·      Debut of new seven-speed Sportshift™ III AMT transaxle
·      Top speed climbs to 205 mph  
Aston Martin is taking sports car performance to extremes with the announcement of the new V12 Vantage S.
The new car replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage in markets around the world and, with the exception of the One-77 hypercar, arrives as the fastest road-going
Aston Martin yet offered.
Providing the most visceral yet engaging sports car experience in the British luxury car maker’s current range, the new V12 Vantage S delivers exceptional sporting agility underpinned by admirable long distance refinement.
Equipped with the new 573 PS Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching
205 mph.
Peak and low rev torque improves appreciably, too. With 620 Nm available at 5,750 rpm – up from 570 Nm previously – the V12 Vantage S is not to be found wanting. Crucially, too, low rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – leaps from 440 Nm to 510 Nm. This serves to both flatten and fatten the torque curve, thereby significantly improving driveability. 
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The new V12 Vantage S is, simply, pure Aston Martin. It is extreme in its nature yet truly timeless in its design language.
“Learning from our successes on the track feeds the development of this type of car and I’m proud to launch such an exciting sports car in this, our centenary year.” 
Race car technology runs right through the DNA of the V12 Vantage S with, for instance, CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts just two examples of track technology feeding through to the road.
Another clear example is the new car’s new gearbox. The Sportshift™ III AMT (automated manual transmission) is a major development of the automated manual gearbox that appears in the current V8 Vantage S.
Designed and engineered to exploit the full sporting potential of the V12 engine, the new Sportshift™ III hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery and efficiency. The unit is also appreciably lighter than the outgoing six-speed manual gearbox – saving 25 kg.
This race-derived and motorsport proven technology – used routinely in Aston Martin Racing’s race-winning Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars – provides for great driver control with only milliseconds of torque interruption and delivers precise and swift gear changes.
The Sportshift™ III transaxle, from transmission experts Oerlikon Graziano, joins an extensive array of new sport- and track-focused developments that ensure the
V12 Vantage S is fully equipped to exploit the huge performance potential of its 6.0-litre naturally aspirated AM28 engine.
The debut of three-stage adaptive damping – another ‘first’ for the Vantage family – allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character. ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic performance that can be tuned to better suit the driver’s requirements. The system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered.
Working alongside the extended adaptive damping system is a ‘Sport’ mode, controlled via a button on the centre console, that alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car to the driver’s requirements.
A whole new exhaust system – derived from that of the One-77 hypercar, no less – is lighter, smaller and, crucially, even more sonorous than that of the outgoing car.
The ZF Servotronic power assisted steering is new, too. With a quicker 15:1 ratio, it is linked to the adaptive damping button and offers two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the ‘Sport’ or ‘Normal’ settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System.
Pure power, beautifully presented
The V12 Vantage S has been restyled to reflect is position as the flagship of the new Vantage range.
Most noticeable, perhaps, is the car’s grille that does away with the famous aluminium vanes – replacing them with a new carbon fibre arrangement that also includes sporty black carbon fibre or titanium silver mesh. Created to maximise airflow to the V12 engine, the new grille is inspired by that of the remarkable new CC100 Speedster Concept, nicknamed DBR100, which debuted at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring earlier this month and signals a new era of Aston Martin design language.
Other clues that single out the car as new include the debut of new lightweight forged alloy ten-spoke wheels, and a subtle yet distinctive exterior graphics pack that includes black painted roof and part-painted boot panel.
The new V12 Vantage S of course retains the same compact proportions and
muscular stance as its predecessor, while features such as the pronounced bonnet vents and flared wheel arches underscore its sporting abilities.
Inside, as out, the new car has been styled to reflect its powerful nature. New-style seating with Sport and carbon fibre Lightweight seat options, revised stitching and welt detailing, two leather grade options – Luxmill and semi-aniline – plus the possibility to include Alcantara, present V12 Vantage S buyers with an exciting array of trim choices.
The optional Carbon Fibre Interior Pack, which adds the material to the car’s facia and door pulls, plus the availability for the first time in a V12 Vantage S of black pedals, further enhances personalisation options for those in search of a truly bespoke sports car.

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Dr Bez added: “The new V12 Vantage S is our most extreme Vantage to date – engineered to bring race car performance and technology to the open road.
“It is our most powerful engine in a beautifully tailored suit. It is elegant, yet brutal, and it is at the same time easy to control. It has everything that sums up
Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul!”