2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
The official performance figures have been released for the New 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and it is now officially the fastest accelerating car that the British sports car maker has ever made. Well, that is almost true as the one exception is the extremely limited edition One-77 that only had 77 car produced (hence the name). None the less the new Aston Martin is very fast, but still as luxurious as ever.
The new model is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and will keep going until the top speed of 205 mph. To accomplish this performance a 6.0-liter V12 engine outputting 565 horsepower is put in the car. The cost for all this performance and luxury will start at $184,995. So, unless you live in Beverly Hills, don’t expect to see too many of these sports cars driving around town.
It is interesting to note that from 0 to 60 mph the V12 Vantage S is just a tenth of a second faster than a 2014 Corvette Stingray. While the Aston Martin has a much faster top end speed, on the road don’t expect to go all that much quicker than a car that starts at over $130,000 less.
While you won’t be able to blow the American sports car away while getting on the freeway, you’ll have a much more luxurious experience driving quickly. After all, it costs to have all that leather, that badge, famous grille and to feel like you are a certain spy.
Aston Martin’s most extreme sports car, the new V12 Vantage S, is today confirmed as the brand’s fastest accelerating production car to date – with the exception of the limited edition, and sold-out, One-77 hypercar.
Taking just 3.7 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph (3.9 seconds 0-100 km/h) the sports car underlines its position as not only the brand’s fastest accelerating production car, but also the most potent Vantage in Aston Martin’s glittering 100-year history.
Equipped with the new 573 PS AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation engine management, the car is capable of reaching 205 mph making it, also, the fastest sports car to wear the iconic Aston Martin wings – One-77 excepted.
With 620 Nm of torque available at 5,750 rpm the V12 Vantage S is as flexible as it is powerful. Low rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – stands at 510 Nm and, driving the rear wheels through the new Sportshift™III AMT (automated manual transmission) ensures the car boasts true sporting driveability.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The new V12 Vantage S brings our winning GT3 race formula to the road. It’s a car for those customers who want superior sporting performance in a ‘gentleman’s suit’. It’s the most pure, yet understated, driving machine we can imagine today.”
As might be expected of such a potent machine, race car technology features throughout the V12 Vantage S. Aside from significant development time spent lapping the ‘green hell’ of Germany’s infamous Nürburgring to hone its dynamic capabilities and, of course, that motorsport-derived paddle shift gearbox, the new car includes such track-inspired components as CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts.
Ian Minards, Product Development Director at Aston Martin, said: “Harnessing the sheer, raw, power of the AM28 engine – ensuring it is delivered in the most coherent, engaging way – has been a challenge for the Engineering team, but this record acceleration figure ably demonstrates that it is one we have more than met.
“With great motorsport successes already under our belt such as the WEC win at Silverstone and our superb showing at the recent Nürburgring 24 Hour race, plus the excitement of Le Mans just around the corner, it seems fitting that our most extreme road-going Vantage yet claims this acceleration record now.”
Nuanced, as well as potent, the new car includes technology which allows its driver to accurately tune its ride and handling. Three-stage adaptive damping means the driver can more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character and exploit its clear performance potential. ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic capability, while 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, which alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car to the driver’s requirements.
The new ZF-Servotronic™power assisted steering boasts a quicker 15:1 ratio, in line with the car’s sporting pedigree, linked to the adaptive damping button. It offers two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the ‘Sport’ or ‘Normal’ settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System.
Pricing for the new 2015 V12 Vantage S is also confirmed. In the United States the new car
is available from (USD) $184,995 MSRP and at (CAD) $195,950 MSRP in Canada. Deliveries are expected to commence early next year across the Americas.