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Aston Martin farewells V12 Vantage with final edition

For fifteen years the V12 Vantage has boldly represented Aston Martin’s passion for performance. Fast and fierce in equal measure, successive iterations of these great cars have formed an iconic bloodline.

It’s one built around the premise of fitting the most compact and driver-focussed model with the largest and most potent series production engine. With this unique lineage nearing its end, Aston Martin is celebrating with one last V12 Vantage.

With production of the V12 Vantage strictly limited to 333 examples globally, this final edition celebrates the end of an epic era in fitting style, with blistering straight-line speed and scintillating handling.

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So enticing is it, that since V12 Vantage was confirmed in December last year, Aston Martin have seen unprecedented demand for this future icon, with all examples sold ahead of release and an oversubscribed register of interest eagerly waiting in the wings.

The engine is the heart of every Aston Martin, but never more so than in this, the fastest and most powerful Vantage ever built. Developing 515kW of power and 753Nm of torque, the quad-cam 60-deg 5.2-litre V12 sprints to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds.

Weight saving measures have made it lighter than the V8 version too, thanks to a carbon fibre front bumper, clamshell bonnet, front fenders and side sills, composite rear bumper and deck lid, lightweight battery and a special centre-mounted twin-exit exhaust system.

The power is fed through a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and mechanical limited-slip diff, mounted at the rear of the car. The V12 Vantage receives a unique transmission calibration to enhance shift speeds and driver interaction too.

This specially calibrated software delivers a level of shift refinement which is beyond that seen on dual clutch gearboxes. The car is also equipped with a new adaptive damping suspension system including anti-roll bars, bushes, and spring and damper assemblies.

Body stiffness has been increased with additional front and rear sheer panels, a rear suspension tower strut brace and fuel tank bracing as well. These changes are also supported by a new steering calibration, and improving steering feel.

For stopping power that’s more than a match for its performance, the V12 Vantage features a carbon ceramic braking system as standard, with 410mm x 38mm discs with 6-piston callipers up front, while rear 360mm x 32mm discs are paired with 4-piston callipers.

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Inside the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Final Edition

Completing the V12 Vantage dynamic package are a choice of two new designs of 21-inch alloy wheels offered in satin black or satin black diamond turned, plus an optional lightweight choice.

Michelin Pilot 4S high performance tyres – 275/35 R21 front and 315/30 R21 at the rear – are standard fitment on all rims. Such an uncompromising pursuit of performance and driving pleasure demands an equally uncompromising aesthetic.

While spectacular from any angle, it is when viewed from the front that the V12 Vantage is at its most dramatic. A distinct ‘horse shoe’ design engine vent has been integrated into the bonnet, enhancing cooling and echoing the character of the magnificent Vantage GT12.

The assertive design continues along the side profile with a new sculpted single-piece sill also inspired by motorsport. At the rear a new and unique bumper with integrated diffuser maintains aerodynamic balance from front to rear.

Moving to the interior, the V12 Vantage retains the instantly recognisable layout of the current model, while signifying its halo positioning with a Sports Plus seat trimmed in full semi-aniline leather featuring ‘wings’ quilt and perforation pattern as standard.

There is also a new carbon fibre performance seat with exposed twill carbon fibre shell and manual 6-way adjustment available as an option, offering a supportive seat design for those enhanced driving dynamics and a distinct design character.

Striking exterior graphics and liveries are available to select in a range of colourways, as well as a selection of coloured brake callipers and painted wheel finishes. Options are equally distinctive inside the car.

Woven leather or Alcantara seat inserts, trim inlays and the anodised rotary dials found in the centre console can be coloured in a way to match or contrast with the exterior body or graphic colour, providing a more subtle injection of colour inside the cabin.

Production of the V12 Vantage – the order book for which is already closed due to unprecedented demand – is due to commence in Q1 of 2022, with first deliveries scheduled to begin during Q2 2022.

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