Citing the increase in fuel price, more and more premium automakers are looking for an alternative to the venerable V12 engine–not Aston Martin, however, as the supercar builder officially unveiled the new V12 Vantage S. A replacement to all outgoing V12 Vantage models, the V12 Vantage S is to feature a new powerplant, the AM28 6.0-liter V12 engine. With its CNC-machined camshafts and combustion chambers, the AM28 can easily put out 565 horsepower, about 50 horsepower more than its predecessor. Together, with an increased torque of 620 Nm at 5,750 rpm, the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S can pull away from 0 to 60 mph in just under 4 seconds.
From lessons learned on the race tracks, Aston Martin’s engineers re-fashioned the current Sportshift III automated manual transmission to take on seven speeds while still weighing 25 kg less than the previous six-speed version. Coupled with the new ZF Servotronic power assisted steering, the coupe can corner at higher speed in optimal time.
To ensure it will outperform all other vehicles on the Vantage line, with the exception of One-77, Aston Martin created several stringent weight-saving measures. In place of its famous aluminum vanes, the front grille now features a carbon fiber/titanium version. Another is the introduction of the new forged alloy ten-spoke wheels. There is even an option to customize the entire cockpit in carbon fiber. But if creature comfort is on the top of your list, Aston Martin offers two leather options in luxmill and semi-aniline with Alcantara as the third.
No words on pricing or actual availability date, though with the past as an indicator, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is likely to cost around $200,000 USD.