|Aston Martin unleashed the V12 Vantage S at the end of November which was subsequently showcased at the Guangzhou Auto Show, the third major Chinese motor show after Beijing and Shanghai. Alongside the V12 Vantage S, the luxury sports car makers also exhibited the exclusive and limited production Centenary Edition Vanquish, the Rapide S, the GT DB9, and the iconic One-77 hypercar.|
As this year marks Aston Martin’s centennial anniversary, the marque has big plans for the Chinese market; particularly with the V12 Vantage S. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage in markets around the world and, with the exception of the One-77 hypercar, arrives as the fastest road-going Aston Martin to date.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S replaces its V12, V8 siblings at major Chinese market
Equipped with the new 573 PS AM28 6.0-liter V12 engine, featuring latest generation Bosch engine management, the super sports is capable of reaching 205 mph. Peak- and low-rev torque improve appreciably, too. With 620 Nm available at 5,750 rpm – up from 570 Nm previously. Crucially, too, low-rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – leaps from 440 Nm to 510 Nm. On top of that, a new, lighter and compact exhaust system has been incorporated – derived from the One-77 – for the V12 Vantage S. Aside from that, there is the ZF Servotronic power-assisted steering with a quicker 15:1 ratio, adaptive damping switch and two-mode steering assistance.
The debut of three-stage adaptive damping – another ‘first’ for the Vantage family – allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character. Normal, Sport and Track modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic performance that can be tuned to better suit the driver’s requirements.
Race car technology runs right through the DNA of the V12 Vantage S with, for instance, CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts just two examples of track technology feeding through to the road. Another clear example is the new car’s updated gearbox – the Sportshift III AMT. The automated manual transmission is a major development that appears in the current V8 Vantage S. This 25kg lighter, paddle-shift enabled gearbox replaces the outgoing 6-speed manual gearbox. Combined with the 6.0l powerplant, the V12 Vantage S goes from 0 – 100km/h in about 3.9 seconds.
Next Aston Martin highlight at the Guangzhou show was none other than the Centenary GT Vanquish. This exclusive edition premiered in China for the first time, featuring a unique graduated paint finish, solid sterling silver Aston Martin wing badges with tailored ‘trans flux’ enamel inlay and a special Aston Martin hallmark. Exterior-wise, it depicts the marque’s exclusive celebration of the century mark. While the interior takes up Semi-Aniline Chancellor Red leather with contrasting silver stitching, a special silver thread embroidery of the Aston Martin wings in the head restraints and solid sterling silver sill plaques individually numbered with an Aston Martin hallmark. Other Aston Martin variants to bear the centennial mark are the V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide S and Vanquish.
At Aston Martin Racing, the team led a total of five championships after finishing in first and second place in the GTE pro class and third in the GTE Am class at the penultimate WEC (World Endurance Championship) 6-hour round at Shanghai on 9 November.
Aston V12 Vantage S price and availability for China
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is now available to order in China at a suggested retail price (MSRP) of 3,468,800 RMB.