Give it up one last time for Aston Martin, with its V12 Vantage!
The British automaker has once again teased its upcoming V12 Vantage supercar ahead of the global reveal on March 16.
It’s unclear at this stage but it’s expected the V12 Vantage will use the same 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine used in the DB11. Power and torque figures are still unclear though.
In its bigger brother, the V12 develops 447kW of power and 700Nm in standard guise, whereas the DB11 AMR bumps the power output up 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, power is sent to the rear wheels only through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Currently, the Vantage is only available with a Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 375kW and 700Nm.
This new Aston Martin V12 Vantage is slated as “the last heir” according to the British automaker and it “marks the end of an era”.
It’s not 100 per cent clear what the V12 Vantage will be farewelling, but it could be the current Vantage model, or the V12 engine itself.
In an announcement at the beginning of December 2021, Aston Martin confirmed the upcoming supercar 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’ll most likely be the last V12-powered Vantage model.
On its British website, Aston Martin uploaded an image of the V12 Vantage draped in a translucent Union Jack flag partially showcasing the front three-quarter profile of the supercar.
From what can be seen, the V12 Vantage maintains the classic silhouette but has a large rear spoiler in addition to the ducktail spoiler that’s present on the regular Vantage models.
If you click the ‘Hear It Coming’ button on the webpage, a short looping video plays showing the rear of the V12 Vantage and there are sound bites of the car starting up and revving.
The sound in this video is very similar to the teaser video uploaded by Aston Martin in December 2021.
At the climax of the looping video it shows the rear of the V12 Vantage clearly, which allows us to get a proper look at the rear spoiler.
There are also a series of artsy videos uploaded to Aston Martin’s Twitter that show small snippets of the V12 Vantage.
In particular, there’s an extremely short shot of the V12 Vantage’s white-painted brake calipers, and a shot of the Aston Martin badge on the front.
Throughout its teaser content, Aston Martin has used the slogans, “Leave with poise – but never quietly,” and, “Always leave the party in style.”
A previous teaser image also showed the front of the V12 Vantage alongside its two predecessors.
The front has a grille with chromed slats rather than the V8 model’s overtly aggressive blacked-out unit that blends into its front splitter. This is complemented by a new front bumper treatment.
The V12 Vantage was a much-loved member of the previous-generation Vantage range.
Launched in 2008, it evolved in the V12 Vantage S, the Zagato, the GT12 special edition, the AMR, and finally the Vantage N600.
For now we’ll just have wait a few more hours until we get a proper look at the Aston Martin V12 Vantage at its official reveal.