Aston Martin V12 Vantage
British automaker Aston Martin has applied the primary moniker of Vantage to numerous models since the 1977-1989 V8 Vantage. Others include the V8 Vantage Volante (1986-1989), the V8 Vantage Zagato (1988-1990), the V8 Vantage Virage (1992-1999), the 1998 Project Vantage Concept, the DB7 V12 Vantage (1999-2003), the second version of the V8 Vantage (2005-2017), the V12 Vantage (2009-2018) and a third version of the V8 Vantage introduced as a 2019 model roadster. Early variations include the DB2 Vantage (1951-1953), the DB4 Vantage (1961-1963), the DB5 Vantage (1963-1965) and the DB6 Vantage (1965-1969).
History Of Aston Martin Vantage
In late 2007, as a part in the opening of Aston Martin’s own design studio, the Aston Martin Vantage RS was introduced as a concept vehicle. Showcasing the 5.9-liter V12 engine from the Aston Martin DBS, the Aston Martin Vantage RS claimed 510hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque as well as a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 4.2-seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. Other upgrades to the Vantage V8 would include lightweight body panels of carbon-fiber, a redesigned rear diffuser, a retractable rear wing and high-performance carbon-ceramic brakes.
In 2008, Aston Martin confirmed production of the Aston Martin Vantage V12 RS for mid-2009. As promised, the production version of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage was introduced in 2009 – this time without the RS. The famous British television show host Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear described the car as, “Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful” after a few laps around the track.
Later that year, the Aston Martin CEO announced that the V12 Vantage would be coming to America. Although small structural changes to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage would be required for the car to pass muster in North and South America, a Carbon Black version was added specifically for the U.S. market.
In 2013, an even more capable version of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage was introduced. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S was equipped with an upgraded 5.9-liter V12 that could make 565hp and 457 lb.-ft. of torque. Using a new 7-speed Sportshift III automated sequential transmission and an exhaust system derived from the Aston Martin One-77, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8-seconds and had a top speed of 205 mph.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster was revealed in 2014 and a 7-speed dog leg manual transmission was finally offered for production in 2016. Only 100 manual transmission cars were produced for sale in the U.S. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S remained in production until 2018. It was succeeded by the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which remains in production at the time of this article.
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