In 2022, the hardcore V12 Vantage will return to the Aston Martin lineup. The company clarifies that this is not a limited edition, but a Final Edition, a “farewell version”, that is, the supercar will probably mark the end of the era of twelve-cylinder engines, after which the British manufacturer will seriously engage in the electrification of its entire lineup. According to unconfirmed information, the new product will get the engine from the limited V12 Speedster supercar.
Traditionally, the most powerful modifications of “Aston Martins” were named after Vantage. The first such car, the DB2 Vantage coupe, appeared in 1951 and was equipped with a 2.6 inline-six. The Vantage became an independent model only in 1977, but even then the V8 5.3 from Lagonda was installed on it, developing from 380 to 457 forces in different years. The V12 unit “tested” only the DB7 Vantage (1999). The 5.9-liter engine produced 426 horsepower and 542 Nm of torque, giving the car uncommon dynamics at that time: five seconds to a hundred with “mechanics” and 5.1 – with an automatic machine.
In 2009, the V12 Vantage was released with an upgraded 5.9 engine (517 forces and 570 Nm), accelerating to “hundreds” in 4.2 seconds. These figures were interrupted in 2013 by the V12 Vantage S. The atmospheric engine on the coupe produced 573 horsepower and 620 Nm, so that the spurt from zero to one hundred took 3.7 seconds for the car.
The current Vantage was presented in 2018, and so far it is available only with a V8 4.0 biturbo engine with a capacity of 510 forces and 685 Nm of torque (625 Nm for the AMR version). Acceleration to 100 kilometers per hour for such a car lasts 3.7 seconds. The maximum speed is 314 kilometers per hour.
The new V12 Vantage, due to hit the market next year, is rumored to be powered by a limited-edition V12 Speedster and will mark the end of the twelve-cylinder era at Aston Martins.
On the barquette, the V12 5.2 biturbo engine produces 700 forces and 753 Nm, which go to the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and a limited slip differential. Up to a hundred V12 Speedster accelerates in 3.5 seconds and develop a maximum speed of 300 kilometers per hour.
Aston Martin has already announced that the successors of the Vantage and DB11 models will lose gasoline engines and switch to electrified power plants. The company intends to use Mercedes-AMG hybrid units, as on the DBX Straight-Six, and will release its full-fledged electric car after 2025.