Aston Martin V12-Vantage Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  July 5, 2013


The V12 Vantage, which gained shape as the advanced version of V8 Vantage, has been chiseled brilliantly with upgrades and modifications that improve dynamics of the sports car compared to its younger sibling. These design traits which improve dynamics is more a necessity for this automobile since it hides a mammoth 12-cylinder engine under its hood which generates a mighty power of 510 bhp. With the muscular engine and an aerodynamic design, the car stands more agile and confident, breaking the laws of physics on every inch of the track. Designers have made sure to inculcate all dynamism in a sculpture which takes every opportunity to show off its passion towards luxuriousness and its elegance through pure form.

The standard variant of Aston Martin V12 Vantage embodies almost all components which are connected to performance while the optional features are inclined more towards beauty and luxuriousness of the cabin. There is a Carbon Black Edition of this sports car which customises the vehicle to mould a sportier and distinguishable personality for it.

Powertrain & Performance

The V12 powertrain of Aston Martin is designed marvellously to react to every situation where more power and torque is desired. There is a special ———by-pass——— intake port incorporated in the engine which opens at 5500 rpm to strengthen the power delivering characteristic of the unit. The air inlet ports too are carefully carved to let optimum air flow possible at different engine speeds. The 5935 cc engine has an ability to generate a maximum of 510 bhp @ 6500 rpm while the peak torque produced is 570 Nm @ 5750 rpm. This powerhouse combines meticulously with a 6-speed manual transmission unit which greatly enhances the cars driving limits. The top-speed of the vehicle with this well armed powertrain is 305 km/h and it does 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds from a standstill position.

Independent double wishbone type suspensions with anti-dive, anti-squat and anti-lift geometry work wonderfully to strengthen dynamics of the automobile. Monotube dampers of rear heighten driving comfort and help deliver better stability.

Build & Styling

Aston Martin V12 Vantage dominates every breathtaking drive through its splendid dynamics and attitude of the powertrain. To arrive at this personality, engineers have worked on race inspired concepts and have moulded these ideas together to come out with a design which adheres to the ground firmly while letting the driver explore the physics of high speed driving. The front splitter directs air to disc brakes and radiator unit for better cooling while working on better down force. Side sills counter act to reduce rear lift. Carbon bonnet louvres not only cool the engine but also give an aggressive impression of the automobile which further gets transformed to sporty appeal through splitter, sills and attractive alloy wheels. The headlamp uses halogen projectors for better visibility and has attractively assembled for that classy finish.

The two-seater cabin of Aston Martin V12 Vantage constitutes rich materials and equipment, mould in one of the finest ways through hand-made craftsmanship. The seats are electrically operable to make adjustments in 10 different ways, giving the most convenient seating position to each individual. Both the gear knob and control buttons of equipment which includes 160W Aston Martin audio system and automatic AC are ergonomically placed. Organic Electroluminescent Display system gives better visibility of information to please the consumer. Commuters can simply layback and enjoy the drive in a hand fabricated nest which employs a range of technological gadgets for greater pleasure.

For a 510 bhp sports car, Aston Martin V12 Vantage equips ample safety equipment. An enthusiast can test his passion for speed with greater confidence when the Dynamic Stability Control system controls various aspects to give better driving stability. Powerful disc brakes with ABS, EBD and EBA improvise handling while the structure constitutes of side impact beams to give greater strength to the body. Dual stage airbags for both the commuters deploy based on the level of impact of a collision protecting them from severe injuries.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Alloy wheels
    •  DSC
    •  Automatic AC
  • Cons

    • Expensive