When it debuted, Aston Martin referred to the V12 Vantage as an “unprecedented engineering achievement”. Later, the automaker observed that they could have stopped there but they instead took their imagination a little bit further and went on to craft a more powerful variant of the V12 Vantage that features a lighter chassis and a more responsive transmission. The result is the V12 Vantage S which Aston Martin refers to as “the most ferocious Aston Martin” to ever come out of their factory. For 2017, Aston Martin has even gone old school to keep the model fresh in the minds of its enthusiasts.
The new 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S comes with a manual gearbox but I can’t help but wonder why they didn’t bring the manual gearbox when the Vantage S was introduced in 2013. In fact, the Vantage S is the only V-12 powered car with a manual transmission. The reason behind the manual offering is so that drivers can get to enjoy driving the vehicle more, something that automatic transmissions rob the driver.
2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Exterior
The exterior look of the V12 Vantage S comes unchanged from that of the 2016 model, reason being Aston Martin doesn’t want to fix something that is not broken.
However, the automaker has added aerodynamic improvements to the model. These improvements include a huge front splitter, a sporty diffuser, sturdy side skirts and a host of carbon-fiber components. The result is a very light vehicle but not as light as its track-variant, the GT12. This excellent exterior design though crafted in
This excellent exterior design though crafted in the early 2000 still looks fresh even in the midst of the new design language as showcased by the new DB11. Nonetheless, buyers looking for a more modern touch will love the optional Sport-Plus Package which features an option of five body colors. The package also features accent colors on the side sills, front grille, mirror caps and the rear diffuser.
This adds to the regular white and black accent colors currently offered. The Package also comes with an option for 10-spoke Graphite finished alloy wheels.
2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Interior
Like the exterior, the cabin is also largely unchanged from the 2016 model. Almost all surfaces are wrapped in premium leather. The seats are also wrapped in leather but there is an option for Alcantara. The steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara.
Buyers can select either Light weight bucket-style design for the seats or a sports design. Buyers can also opt for one or a combination of the 20 contrast stitching colors offered. Its wide range of a whopping 31 hues and 16 extra shades makes for infinite color combinations meaning buyers can customize the cabin to suit their unique tastes and preferences.
New for 2017 is an AMi III infotainment system which offers better graphics, advanced traffic information, improved voice commands, faster loading times and updatable maps. The system is also integrated with a new satellite navigation system. The system also integrates Apple CarPlay which enables integration of Smartphone functions to its inbuilt display.
Engine Specs and performance
As you have already imagined, the V12 Vantage S is motivated by a V-12 engine. The mill is a 5.9 L, naturally aspirated engine which comes good with 565 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. However, as I said earlier, the engine comes with a new manual gearbox.
In addition to the regular 7-speed Sportshift III automatic transmission, there will be a 7-speed manual gearbox. What’s more, the system now features a dogleg 1st gear position that groups regularly used gears in a double H pattern which provides for quick shifting. The system also features the AMSHIFT, a system that uses gear position, clutch as well as the prop-shaft sensors to mimic heel-and-tow downshifts and full throttle up shifts which results in minimal interruption in acceleration.
All these tunings help the model hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It has a top speed of 205 mph.
Price and release date
Only a limited number of the V12 Vantage S will be offered in the US, 100 units to be specific and according to credible reports, all the models have already sold out. This is despite the $ 199,995 starting price tag. It remains to be seen whether the performance-focused variant, the Vantage GT12 will be offered for the 2017 model year.
The 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S will do battle with Porsche 911 Turbo and Jaguar F-Type SVR.