Aston Martin V12 Vantage confirmed for the Americas
10th May, 2010
- Aston Martin’s most exhilarating sports car is heading to the North and South American market in an exclusive
- Fastest and most agile Vantage ever; ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range
- Purposeful, striking and functional styling signalling performance capabilities
- Available as a limited Carbon Black special edition from launch
In response to unprecedented demand, Aston Martin has confirmed that the V12 Vantage – the most potent production
sports car in the marque’s 96-year history - will be made available in North and South America from later this year.
Based on the hugely successful V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage features a 6.0 litre V12 engine producing 380 kW and 570
Nm of torque with a top speed of 305 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of a mere 4.2 seconds.
Originally launched in 2009, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage quickly established itself as a firm favourite with
enthusiasts and media observers alike, winning a series of accolades and praise around the world and proving a huge
sales success for the British marque.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “This is the ultimate performance interpretation of the
Vantage range, combining our most agile model with our most powerful engine. It represents the definitive Aston Martin
driving experience; providing spectacular performance to ensure a dynamically thrilling drive in a highly exclusive
Although the originally small anticipated level of demand from the Americas meant that the car would not be
homologated for the market, unprecedented demand from customers prompted an engineering study into potential
feasibility; with the strict brief that any changes could not impact on the overall design of the car. Now just six
months later, a series of engineering refinements have been introduced to satisfy the specific requirements of the
Benefiting from the modular nature of the VH architecture, the Aston Martin engineering team were able to review the
virtual and physical testing data for all modern era Aston Martins. Following this study a detailed Computer Aided
Engineering (CAE) analysis resulted in the development of an alternative load transfer path, incorporating an
innovative version of the structure at the front of the car, which now satisfies North and South American requirements.
Aston Martin Chief Commercial Officer, Michael van der Sande commented: “We are very pleased to be able to respond
to customer demand and launch this car in the Americas – still our biggest market globally.”
“This illustrates one of Aston Martin’s key strengths – the ability to act quickly and turn concepts and ideas into
reality, giving our customers what they want.”
For launch in the Americas, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage will also be available in a highly desirable and strictly
limited Carbon Black special edition.
This new special edition adds a typically understated flair to V12 Vantage. On the exterior, the car features a bespoke
Carbon Black metallic paint with a subtle metallic twist to provide a deep rich patina; painstakingly made through a hand
painting process taking 50 man hours. The iconic Aston Martin side strake has been fashioned from real carbon fibre
backed by a black mesh and complimented with gloss black 10 spoke diamond turned alloy wheels. A bright finished grille
and front parking sensors (normally an option) complete the exterior detailing.
Inside, owners will be greeted to swathes of Obsidian Black leather highlighted with a contrast silver coarse stitch
all hand stitched by the craftspeople at Gaydon – Aston Martin’s global headquarters in England. Also featured are a
Piano black facia trim, centre stack and centre console, anodised black tread plates and unique sill plaques build on the
carbon theme. The normally optional Aston Martin 700w Premium Audio System is delivered as standard equipment.
Designed for the focused driver, every component of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been honed with pure driving
enjoyment in mind. Benefiting from race-developed materials and components; performance and agility have been tuned to
The latest version of the Vantage family has been designed to provide a unique character, appealing to different
driver tastes and complementing the other models in the current Aston Martin line-up.
Visually enticing, the V12 Vantage expresses its performance potential through its purposeful stance provided by
enhanced aerodynamic and cooling aids optically widening the car, while retaining traditional understated Aston Martin
design. Equally inviting, the cosseting interior permits the driver to extract maximum performance ability from the
car while also enjoying customary levels of Aston Martin comfort on longer journeys. High levels of power and torque
are available at all engine speeds making the V12 Vantage responsive and tractable in any driving situation.
The V12 Vantage is as at home on the track as it is on the road; last year as the final engineering durability
test for the car, a near-standard specification V12 Vantage competed in the gruelling Nürburgring 24-hour race
driving to a class victory at the hands representatives from the company’s engineering team, including CEO Dr Ulrich
Bez. A similar V12 Vantage is set to compete in the 2010 race on 15th-16th May.
The V12 Vantage is built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire joining the DBS, DB9 and
V8 Vantage model lines which are built in the state-of-the-art production facility combining hi-tech manufacturing
processes with traditional hand-craftsmanship.
The V12 Vantage deliveries to the Americas are expected to commence during quarter four 2010.