The Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been teased, promising to deliver extra power wrapped in a classic body.
In the teaser image posted online overnight, the new V12 Vantage is pictured with two of its forebears.
We can see the new V12 Vantage will have a classic egg crate-style grille with chromed slats rather than V8 model’s overtly aggressive blacked out unit that blends into its front splitter. This is complemented by a new front bumper treatment.
Thanks to the car’s placement in the shadows, it’s unclear whether it will have any other cosmetic changes.
We can’t tell, for instance, whether there are revisions to the bonnet. Given the refined look of the front, we expect the design of the side and rear to be toned down too.
In an announcement at the beginning of December, Aston Martin confirmed the upcoming car will be known as the V12 Vantage Final Edition.
Given the automaker’s push towards electrification — in line with industry trends and regulations in Europe — it will probably be the last V12-powered Vantage model.
The name has also led to speculation it could be end of the line of company’s in-house V12 engine, or even the current Vantage range. The latter seems unlikely, though, given the current generation only debuted in 2018.
Today’s teaser contrasts quite significantly with spy photos taken in August, which show a prototype with aggressive front and rear aprons, centrally-mounted exhausts, and wider wheel arches.
That vehicle likely previews a more track-focussed variant, possibly powered by the flat-plane crank V8 from the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
At present the Vantage is only available with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. Sourced from Mercedes-AMG, the V8 endows the Aston Martin’s smallest model with 375kW and 700Nm.
The V12 Vantage is expected to use the same 5.2-litre twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine employed by the DB11. In its bigger brother, the V12 mill develops 447kW and 700Nm in standard guise. The DB11 AMR bumps the power output to 470kW.
In the limited-edition V12 Vantage Speedster, the 5.2-litre V12 was retuned to develop 522kW and 752Nm.
In all three of these V12 models, the V12 is hooked up to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.