Earlier today, Aston Martin revealed the most noble version of its Vantage: the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Sadly, this news is not especially a good one: dusk is starting on the V12 at Gaydon, UK (Aston Martin’s HQ). Not only it ends the most highbred engine architecture seen in an Aston Martin, but it also ends the V12 Vantage era; a bold, and brave initiative from Aston Martin. Text: Luca W. © Images: Aston Martin ©

Hopefully, we – car enthusiasts – still have a chance to afford a V12 in 2022, in an era where “EV” and “Hybrid” badges are almost mandatory for every car that gets out of a factory. And who better than Mercedes-AMG to actually develop a twin-turbo V12 engine? Well, nobody actually. Because, no one else produces one.

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2022 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

This is what we don’t get here. The Vantage is a Grand Tourer, and so the V12 Vantage should be one. Aston Martin missed the opportunity to deliver the ultimate, elite Grand Tourer, with the Lord of Engines, embodied with pure, and clear lines. No, we were not expecting – and even wishing for – a big, useless wing, nor the front carbon fiber splitter, nor the hood. Aston Martin designers and engineers had the opportunity to make a bold statement again: the V12 propelled, elegant Grand Tourer is not dead yet.

Don’t get us wrong, our eyes aren’t rattling by watching pictures of it, but we feel like designers just missed the boat with that wing. And luckily, customers will be able to get rid of it.

Anyway, they still get a V12 Vantage. A V12 engine.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage engine

Under the hood lies the last V12 engine to ever sit in an Aston Martin Vantage, and making it the most powerful Vantage ever made. Developing 690 hp and 753 Nm of torque, the 5.2-liter Twin Turbo V12 offers staggering numbers: 0-100 kph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 322 kph.

2022 Aston Martin V12 Vantage engine

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Of course, we wished to get a naturally aspirated engine, just like the one fitted in its predecessor, but the race for power and low emissions took the advantage of what gathers us all: passion. However, we believe this Twin Turbo just gets the job done, and more than that, offering comfort and performance. To end with numbers, note that this engine provides a 385hp-per-ton power to weight ratio.

A lighter Vantage

Power to weight ratio is not that impressive without the extensive use of light materials for weight savings. In fact, carbon fiber sports the body from the front bumper to side sills (including a beautiful clamshell hood). With a light-weight battery and a new exhaust system (7.2 kg lighter), carbon ceramic brakes (23 kg lighter) the car “only” weighs 1,795 kg. Bear in mind, there’s a 5.2-liter V12 engine sitting up front.

2022 Aston Martin V12 Vantage side vents

Is it a Vantage GT12?

Revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motorshow, the GT12 was meant to compete with the Porsche GT3 and, with high hopes, the GT3 RS. The new V12 Vantage recalls that, on paper. Watching the technical sheet provided by Aston Martin, mentioning higher spring rates (50% at the front and 40% at the rear), stiffer anti-roll bars at the front and softer at the rear, increased body stiffness and so on, it looks like they want to fight.

Yet, using a ZF8 transmission, using a torque converter – used in every mid-range sports car like the latest Toyota Supra –, reminds us that it is still a Grand Tourer, on steroids.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage price and units

333. This is the number of cars that Aston Martin will build. At the time of the writing, some cars are still looking for a great owner, taking delivery in Q2 2022. Aston Martin has not revealed the V12 Vantage price yet, but we believe it will easily reach $200,000 (€180,000, £152,000, CHF188,000). In the meantime, you may have fun using the Aston Martin configurator.

2022 Aston Martin V12 Vantage rear

Aston Martin V12 Vantage specs

Engine5.2-liter Twin-Turbo V12
Power/torque690 hp / 753 Nm (555 ft-lbs)
Weight1795 kg (3957 lb)
Power/weight ratio2.6 kg/hp (5.73 lb/hp)
Fuel consumptionTBC
Transmission8-speed automatic gearbox (ZF8)
Top speed322 kph (200mph)
Acceleration (0-100 kph / 0-62 mph)3.5 seconds
PriceTBC

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