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TMR Team | May, 29 2013 | 0 Comments

Out with the old, in with the... massively updated.

This is the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. Teased in a short video last week, the S replaces the existing V12 Vantage globally, and what a replacement it is.

It's not all-new, but it's not short on appeal either. Powered by Aston's uprated V12 engine, the S is now the fastest series production Aston ever, with a top speed of 330km/h.

Aston isn't yet saying how quickly it'll get there, though. Nor is it divulging the hot coupe's 0-100km/h time - but putting your money on a figure below four seconds would seem a safe bet.

As it does in the new Vanquish, the 6.0 litre V12 engine delivers 421kW and 620Nm of torque - up from 380kW and 570Nm in the outgoing model. (See our review of that one here.)

You'll get more at the bottom end, too, with torque at the crucial 1000rpm point now up to 510Nm, compared to 440Nm previously.

Among the V12 Vantage's updates are the Sportshift III automated manual transaxle (AMT) - updated from that found in the V8 Vantage S - and Aston promises faster and more confident shifts. It's also 25kg lighter than the outgoing six-speed manual.

Yes, no manual option with this one.

There's enough here to help you let that slide however (and perhaps stop the coupe from sliding), including Aston's new three-stage adaptive damping system.

Modes include Normal, Sport and Track, switching driving feel from a passenger-friendly plush ride to a firm and handling-focused setup.

The system controls throttle response, shift timing and speed, steering, and exhaust note. The exhaust system also comes from the One-77 hypercar, cutting weight and space further.

Electric assisted steering is also on-board, using a ZF servotronic system and offering a 15:1 ratio.

"The new V12 Vantage S is our most extreme Vantage to date - engineered to bring race car performance and technology to the open road... It is our most powerful engine in a beautifully tailored suit," Aston CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said.

"It is elegant, yet brutal, and it is at the same time easy to control. It has everything that sums up Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul."

On the styling front, the V12 Vantage gets new carbon-fibre and titanium highlights, along with a new grille frame inspired by the recent CC100 Speedster concept.

In the cabin, there's updated sports seats with Luxmill or semi-aniline trim, and an optional carbon-fibre pack, adding highlights to the door pulls, dash and pedals.



The V12 Vantage is due in Australia late in the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing and details will be revealed closer to launch.

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