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Aston Martin V12 Vantage Confirmed for the Americas

* Aston Martin's most exhilarating sports car comes to the North and South American market in an exclusive production run
* Fastest and most agile Vantage ever; ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range
* Purposeful, striking and functional styling signalling performance capabilities
* Available as a limited Carbon Black special edition from launch

Gaydon, 7 May 2010 - In response to unprecedented customer demand, Aston Martin has confirmed that the V12 Vantage – the most potent production sports car in the marque's 96-year history - will be made available in North and South America from later this year.

Based on the hugely successful V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage features a 6.0 litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 420 lb ft (570 Nm) of torque with a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 4.2 seconds.

Originally launched in 2009, the V12 Vantage has quickly established itself as a firm favourite with enthusiasts and media observers alike, winning a series of accolades and praise around the world and proving a huge sales success for the British marque.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "This is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range, combining our most agile model with our most powerful engine. It represents the definitive Aston Martin driving experience; providing spectacular performance to ensure a dynamically thrilling drive in a highly exclusive package."

Although the originally small anticipated level of demand from the Americas meant that the car would not be homologated for the market, unprecedented demand from customers prompted an engineering study into potential feasibility; with the strict brief that any changes could not impact on the overall design of the car. Now just six months later, a series of engineering refinements have been introduced to satisfy the specific requirements of the American market.

Benefiting from the modular nature of the VH architecture, the Aston Martin engineering team were able to review the virtual and physical testing data for all modern era Aston Martins. Following this study a detailed Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) analysis resulted in the development of an alternative load transfer path, incorporating an innovative version of the structure at the front of the car, which now satisfies North and South American requirements.

Aston Martin Chief Commercial Officer, Michael van der Sande commented: "We are very pleased to be able to respond to customer demand and launch this car in the Americas – still our biggest market globally.

"This illustrates one of Aston Martin's key strengths – the ability to act quickly and turn concepts and ideas into reality, giving our customers what they want."

For launch in the Americas, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage will also be available in a highly desirable and strictly limited Carbon Black special edition.

This new special edition adds a typically understated flair to V12 Vantage. On the exterior, the car features a bespoke Carbon Black metallic paint with a subtle metallic twist to create a deep rich patina; painstakingly created through a hand painting process taking 50 man hours. The iconic Aston Martin side strake has been fashioned from real carbon fibre backed by a black mesh and complimented with gloss black 10 spoke diamond turned alloy wheels. A bright finished grille and front parking sensors (normally an option) complete the exterior detailing.

Inside, owners will be greeted to swathes of Obsidian Black leather highlighted with a contrast silver coarse stitch all hand stitched by the craftspeople at Gaydon – Aston Martin's global headquarters in England. Also featured are a Piano black facia trim, centre stack and centre console, anodised black tread plates and unique sill plaques build on the carbon theme. The normally optional Aston Martin 700w Premium Audio System is delivered as standard equipment.

Designed for the focused driver, every component of the V12 Vantage has been honed with pure driving enjoyment in mind. Benefiting from race-developed materials and components; performance and agility have been tuned to perfection.

The latest incarnation of the Vantage family has been designed to provide a unique character, appealing to different driver tastes and complementing the other models in the current Aston Martin line-up.
Visually enticing, the V12 Vantage expresses its performance potential through its purposeful stance created by enhanced aerodynamic and cooling aids optically widening the car, while retaining traditional understated Aston Martin design. Equally inviting, the cosseting interior permits the driver to extract maximum performance ability from the car while also enjoying customary levels of Aston Martin comfort on longer journeys. High levels of power and torque are available at all engine speeds making the V12 Vantage responsive and tractable in any driving situation.

The V12 Vantage is as at home on the track as it is on the road; last year as the final engineering durability test for the car, a near-standard specification V12 Vantage competed in the gruelling Nürburgring 24-hour race driving to a class victory at the hands representatives from the company's engineering team, including CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. A similar V12 Vantage is set to compete in the 2010 race on 15/16 May.

The V12 Vantage is built at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire joining the DBS, DB9 and V8 Vantage model lines which are built in the state-of-the-art production facility combining hi-tech manufacturing processes with traditional hand-craftsmanship.

The V12 Vantage is available to order now and deliveries to the Americas are expected to commence during quarter four 2010 with prices to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
 

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Now that is a stunning car. The DB9 always felt too big, too long, too diluted. The V8 Vantage distilled the best aspects. Then, to shove a massive V12 in the Vantage seemed like a madman's dream. Well, they've done it!

Too many caffeinated teas one afternoon in rainy England, I assume. I can just see it. They pounded a hot pitcher of tea. Then a second one. The caffeine finally kicked in and the pacing and ranting began. Then the brain storming. A short break to the loo. After that, the engineers got to work.

Glad they are bringing their master piece to the States. Boys, call the sheriff 'cause I'm going to do something I may regret...pedal to the medal to get me a V12 Vantage.
 

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I placed my order in June. My build date is the week. I expect my car in mid November. It is the first at my dealer and only that will be delivered this year. I'm not sure of others but I have heard that there is a Carbon Black Demo car available in Florida right now.
 

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I drove the Carbon Black demo car that is doing the rounds at Foreign Cars Europa in Greensboro, NC last week. It is phenomenal! The wife is not happy as I am contemplating upgrading my current 07 Vantage at a cost of $130,000.
 

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Can anyone advise the base price for the V12 Vantage here in the US and any must have options ???

Thanks in advance....
 

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Thanks, I am stuck between a rock and a hard place...... trying decide between a second hand DBS (2009 $200-220k), a Vantage V8 already on the dealers floor or a special order for a Vantage V12.

Of course the only downside on the V12 is the wait compared to the other options which would pretty much allow me immediate delivery.

Outside of the Aston Martin cars I keep having thoughts creeping into my head about a 911 Turbo S or the Ferrari California.... decisions decisions ....
 

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I hear you. I don't know if you need a back seat or not but most of the cars you've listed have that so I'm not sure if that's a necessity for you. I've also toyed around with the California but I just can't get pass the rear of that car. It's gorgeous to me up to the rear...at which point it gets to big and bubbly. I also thought about waiting a few years for a 458.....but it's a bit out of my price range and I still love shifting gears myself. So I decided back in July to get on the list and order a V12V in July 2011 for November 2011 delivery. Now if I could just decide on color combos........:)
 

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Can anyone advise the base price for the V12 Vantage here in the US and any must have options ???

Thanks in advance....
My car optioned out to 189. I have up charges on paint and hide. The 700 watt stereo is a must but I wouldn't go for the B&A which was around 9000 alone. Other than that destination and parking sensors and heated seats. The car is pretty much everything you would want in terms of engine, suspension and looks. If you like standard colors in and out you will probably get away with 5-6K over the 180.
 

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My car has left the Kingdom and will arrive in the US early next week. I expect a week or so in customs and dealer detailing so I think by December 8, I will have my V12.
 

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My car has left the Kingdom and will arrive in the US early next week. I expect a week or so in customs and dealer detailing so I think by December 8, I will have my V12.
That's awesome Jaymoney!!! I can only imagine how excited you must be. Just looked at the date and the 8th is tomorrow. Hopefully, you can find some time to share some pics with us!!!
 

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Well, here she is. I picked her up on Friday. I am just amazed. The car is fantastic. It is not a better version of the V8. It is a completely different vehicle. The acceleration is unreal. There are traction issues when launching if you try to get to aggressive. The steering is fantastic. There is a bit of oversteer if you're to far on the throttle in a turn but if you stay even on the gas it will stick like glue. There is immense power in every gear. The sport button ups the torque and becomes a little scary if you're not ready for it. It's gotten cold in a hurry hear in the northeast and I have worked every day that i have owned the car. I am looking forward to having a whole day with the car this weekend. I will post more when I get the chance to drive the car more. If you have the opportunity to drive one of these take it.
 

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Jaymoney!!!! She is beautiful!!! So....is that lightning silver with red leather? I can't tell if that is chestnut tan or the red leather. Either way...it looks awesome!!! Congrats on your car!! After driving the tungsten car last weekend I really cannot wait for July to get here so I can order mine.
 
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