Limited edition Aston Martin models are always exciting. That’s not to say that a standard model isn’t exciting, but the iconic British sports car company goes all-out for their limited runs. Things like the One-77, Valhalla, and Valkyrie stand out in a big way. As they should, because they all cost over a million dollars. However, there’s a new limited-edition Aston that won’t run quite that much.
2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage comes with over 700 horsepower and track-ready suspension
Though the older generation Vantage was regularly available with a V12, the current one is not. According to Car and Driver, Aston Martin is only making 333 of these mighty V12 powerhouses. Don’t bother calling a dealer, either; they’re already sold out. Although there’s no advice for getting your hands on one, there’s still a great opportunity to drool over the specs. So let’s do it!
The 2023 V12 Vantage comes with the same twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 found in the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. However, while it makes the same horsepower figure of 690, it has quite a bit less torque at 555. That being said, it’s certainly not an underwhelming torque number. Aston Martin says the V12 Vantage will have a 20 percent higher power-to-weight ratio than the standard V8 Vantage. Considering the V8 version can already sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds, we can only imagine the V12 is going to be lightning quick.
Unlike the V8 version, the V12 Vantage is not available with a manual transmission. Instead, it comes solely with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power makes its way from the trans to the rear wheels exclusively, where a true mechanical limited-slip differential selectively distributes the power between the two rear wheels. This comes as a bit of a surprise, as automatic V8 Vantage models use an electronic LSD.
The new V12 Vantage is a track-day hero
Aston Martin did some extensive overhauling to the Vantage chassis for this V12 iteration. The company’s CEO, Tobias Moers, told Car and Driver that the changes are significant enough for it to be considered a different model.
The first major change is a complete suspension overhaul. Aston bumped the spring rate by 40 percent up front and 50 percent in the back. Additionally, they changed the top mounts, revised sway bars, and added a second spring to the rear axle for comfort. Finally, they added a rear strut brace to stiffen the chassis and improve handling.
Outside, the V12 Vantage is 1.6-inches wider than the standard Vantage and features a handful of carbon fiber components, including the exuberant rear wing. Additionally, the V12 Vantage has 21-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and carbon-ceramic brakes to help slow down after using all the power on tap. For cooling, it has a massive hood vent and a radiator grille 25 percent larger than the standard Vantage.
Inside, the V12 shares most of the same components as the standard Vantage model. However, buyers can select lightweight bucket seats with carbon fiber shells to save 16 pounds. Every bit counts!
While it isn’t set to be quite as pricey as the above-mentioned limited Aston Martin examples, Car and Driver say the expected price before options in the U.S. will be over double the standard Vantage price point, coming in around $300,000. According to Aston Martin, this is the last time a Vantage model will ever have a V12 engine. So, those lucky enough to make the limited list of buyers have something extraordinary indeed.