For years now, we have been told by car companies that the end is near for the production of gas guzzling, V12 supercars even though they don’t seem to want to stop – and we are not complaining! The latest is the new (and said to be the last) V12 Vantage from Aston Martin. Teased for a while now, it has finally been unveiled yesterday so let’s take a look at what it’s got: 
 
Produces 690bhp. 
0-60mph Dealt With in 3.4 Seconds. 
A Top Speed of Over 200mph. 
Power-to-Weight Ratio of 385bhp-per-tonne. 
 
The new variant of the ‘baby’ Aston Martin houses their 5.2l twin-turbo V12 under the bonnet and it’s tuned 8-speed automatic gearbox sends all of the power to the rear wheels. Compared to the V8 model, the new vantage is stiffer, wider and, although the power-to-weight ratio has improved by 20%, it is also heavier – but then what do you expect when you drop a V12 in it. 
 
 
In terms of looks, the vantage’s body has had a pretty radical overhaul. The V12 car comes with a new, larger front grill as well as a new, noticeable splitter running all the way along the front. At the back, it has a new rear wing with a very stand out rear diffuser which surrounds the new centre-mounted twin exhausts. The last stand out external feature is the huge air intake curving across the whole bonnet which must be feeding that new engine. Overall, the styling has gave the vantage a very angry look to go with its new V12 howl. 
 
The exact price of the new car is hard to work out as Aston say that the V12 version has so many different customisation options that it is possible that no two will look the same. However, suggestions are that customers will be paying upwards of £270K for them. So, do you like the sound of owning a V12 vantage and can afford that price tag? Well unfortunately, as it stands only 333 units will be made and each one is considered sold already – sorry! 
 
Regardless of availability, we would still love to hear your thoughts on the little car with the big engine rolling out of Aston Martin this year! 
 
 
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