Aston Martin’s New V12 Vantage is the Send Off it Deserves
Aston Martin’s new 2023 V12 Vantage has been given a full reveal in a five minute video, detailing technical specs and showcasing stylistic changes for its final iteration.
Yes, as of December 2021, Aston Martin has confirmed this to be the finale to the 15 year legacy of the V12 Vantage. While the Vantage namesake is not necessarily disappearing, this will be the final time Aston’s roaring 5.2-liter twin turbo V12 engine will be mounted inside one. And as a proper send off, Aston Martin claims this final V12 Vantage to be “the fastest, fiercest and most dynamically accomplished of them all.”
Making this statement true is the titular V12 engine, capable of 700 metric horsepower (690 horsepower) and 753 newton meters (555 lb-ft) of torque. Aston claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds, accelerating beyond that to a top speed of 200 mph. The transmission paired to the 5.2-liter powerplant is a rear mid-mounted eight-speed automatic; the vehicle’s performance is also credited to weight saving materials, such as carbon fiber, used throughout the vehicle to achieve a power-to-weight ratio of 390 metric horsepower (384 horsepower) per ton.
In order to firmly put power down to the pavement, the new V12 Vantage is outfitted with a special aerodynamic package and a widened stance. The aero-pack includes track amenities like a larger front splitter (made of carbon fiber, naturally), a unique rear diffuser to maintain aerodynamic balance, and a large rear wing to create extra downforce-- 204kg (449 lbs), to be exact. This rear wing, however, can be optioned off.
Stylistically, aside from the wider stance, the 2023 V12 Vantage is spearheaded by a larger front grille, improving engine/radiator cooling. A distinct “horse shoe” designed engine vent has also been added to the bonnet (hood, for us Americans) which, too, increases engine cooling. The aforementioned rear diffuser, composed of more carbon fiber, sheaths a center mounted dual-tip exhaust. The final V12 can ride atop one of two sets of special 21-inch alloy wheels, offered in satin black or satin black diamond turned, plus an optional lightweight set finished in satin black.
Those wheels are wrapped by Michelin Pilot 4S tires-- a fan favorite for performance vehicles-- 275/35 R21 fronts and 315/30 R21 rears. Either wheel choice hides a new adaptive damping suspension system. Said system incorporates greate spring stiffness, new anti-roll bars, bushes, and spring and damper assemblies. Road feeling is further tuned by a new steering calibration and standard Carbon Ceramic Braking.
The interior features a recognisable layout; the V12’s sport seats are trimmed in full semi-aniline leather, though a new carbon fiber seat option can be selected instead. Every V12 interior can be personally tailored by the automaker’s personalization service, Q by Aston Martin. Some options include leather or Alcantara seats, trim inlays, anodised center console rotary dials, and body-matched bits and pieces. The exterior, by the way, can be covered in a series of graphics and liveries available in a variety of colors.
Production of the final V12 Vantage will be limited to just 333 global units, with deliveries expected to reach dealerships sometime this spring.