The 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage closes

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There’s one thing that supercar companies sometimes do as a mic drop, in that they announce they’re building their next Super Machine and, wow, it goes really fast and looks great and also, huh, they are all already sold out! Aston Martin’s new V12 Vantage is the latest marketing exercise of its kind.

There’s also kind of an existential question embedded here, like, if a car manufacturer makes a car that you or I will never drive, and maybe neither will its owners, because Aston only makes 333 of them, Aston has made a car at all? If a V12 roars and there’s no one around to hear it, has it really made any noise?

You are free to ponder these questions as we go through the details of the V12 Vantage, which Aston says is the “final” for the car, uh “the lineage”. Here is, I will quote at some length, a part of a press release that you will never read again:

The engine is the heart of every Aston Martin, but never more so than in this fastest and most powerful Vantage ever built. Developing 700 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 753 Nm of torque from just 1,800 rpm to 6,000 rpm, the 5.2-litre, 60-degree quad-cam V12 offers a heady combination of gorgeous low-end muscularity. and midrange with blistering peak power. With a top speed of 200 mph, the V12 Vantage hits 0-60 in just 3.4 seconds. Thanks to the propulsion efforts of this magnificent powertrain – and the extensive use of weight-saving materials throughout the car – the V12 Vantage has a power-to-weight ratio of 390 bhp per tonne; an increase of over 20% over the V8-powered Vantage.

These weight saving measures include a carbon fiber front bumper, clamshell hood, front fenders and side sills, composite rear bumper and trunk lid, lightweight battery and system center-mounted special twin-outlet exhaust. Tuned to ensure the V12 Vantage has a voice to match its appearance and performance, this new exhaust system is made from lightweight 1mm stainless steel, saving approximately 7.2kg compared to to the system installed on the Vantage.

Power is fed through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and a mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) mounted at the rear of the car. The V12 Vantage receives a unique transmission calibration to improve shift speeds and driver interaction, with lessons learned from the V12 Speedster and Vantage F1® Edition models. This specially calibrated software offers a level of shift refinement and feel that exceeds that seen on dual-clutch transmissions. The transmission’s adaptive software is designed to assess the conditions the car is operating in, as well as the demands of the driver, to ensure the car is in exactly the right gear at the right time, delivering a truly connected driving experience.

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Suspension spring rates have been increased by 50% in the front and 40% in the rear, combined with 13% higher mounting stiffness and new anti-roll bars that are 5% stiffer in the rear. front and 41% softer in the rear. To maintain driver comfort, a secondary soft spring was introduced at the rear. The soft spring offers lower spring rate than the main spring, providing improved ride comfort without affecting dynamic performance.

Body stiffness is increased with additional front and rear shear panels, rear suspension tower strut reinforcement and fuel tank bracing, increasing body stiffness (kNm/Deg) by 8% and lateral stiffness (kNm/mm) of 6.7%, giving the optimum stiffness platform for driving dynamics.

These changes are also supported by a new steering calibration, improving steering feel and providing crisper response – and in turn, an improved driving experience.

For stopping power to match its performance, the V12 Vantage comes standard with a Carbon Ceramic Braking System (CCB) – front, 410mm x 38mm discs with 6-piston calipers , while at the rear 360mm x 32mm discs are paired with 4-piston calipers.

Offering increased braking performance and a significant reduction in unsprung mass, these CCB rotors maintain consistent braking performance at high temperatures and have been designed to resist brake fade in temperatures up to 800 degrees, helping the V12 Vantage unleash its full performance potential while giving the driver maximum confidence and precise control.

This CCB technology also saves 23 kg of weight compared to steel brakes. Plus, because that mass is unsprung, the weight savings further contribute to the V12 Vantage’s ride quality and dynamic character.

These are, indeed, impressive specs, although Aston also says that every V12 Vantage buyer can, and probably will, customize their V12 Vantage to their liking, so if you ever come across any of these things in the wild , it is probably a unique example. Hope you come across one, anyway, and Aston says deliveries will start this spring; the point of buying a car like this is really a public service, so when you’re stuck in traffic in Monte Carlo and other outsiders can admire your purchase, a much like one might see art in a gallery.

Meanwhile, Car and Driver says it starts at around $300,000, which, again, is debatable as Aston says they’ve all been sold out already. It is perhaps a measuring stick, however, for when they will eventually be resold, probably marketed then too, as the last of a dying breed.

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