Its now official and weâ€™ve got the photo gallery to prove it! First details of Astonâ€™s V12 Vantage RS filtered through yesterday after its debut at the opening of Aston Martins new design centre. Yes, it is a concept but as is usual for Aston Martin it is a fully functioning car that has been built to determine public interest in a possible production version â€“ so if your in the market â€“ get interested!
It does feature the 447kW/600bhp 6.0-litre race-derived V12 with its dry sump lubrication system, tuned length exhaust manifolds, forged pistons and steel con-rods, revised lift and duration camshafts and modified cylinder heads. Peak power is achieved at 6250rpm and peak torque of 690Nm is at 5000rpm.
Itâ€™s a little slower than first reports have indicated (but still damn quick) with 0-100km/h being taken car of in 4.0 seconds dead according to AM and 160km/h coming up in 8.5 seconds.
The bonnet and boot lid are formed in weight saving carbon fibre along with the new chin spoiler. The rear features a retractable spoiler to aid high speed downforce and there are plenty of louvres to aid engine cooling. The interior is a sea of alcantara.
The only dissapointment is the colourâ€¦for such a tough car why did they choose baby blue? Picture it in Silver, Black or British Racing Green and then give Aston a call and make an expression of interest so that this beautiful monster can become a production reality.