In August, spy photographers al Nurburgring made photo of an Aston Martin Vantage mule making hard turns. The black primer test car sported an extra wide body, a large V-shaped mesh mesh on the hood that likely hid heat extractors, a huge grille with extra outlets along the sides, and dual pipes protruding from the center of the rear diffuser. It seemed like Aston Martin he had put his 5.2 liters V12 in an advantage engine bay, and ear-to-ground reports said it sounded like that too. Remember, last year’s Aston Martin Speedster was based on the Benefit chassis and was powered by that 5.2-liter V12, an engine not available in Vantage series production.
In the Speedster, that engine produced 690 horsepower and 555 Nm of torque. The supercar blog relationships that its sources say a reborn V12 Vantage could have its engine limited to 670hp. That seems like a logical number, perhaps putting the V12 Vantage a noticeable step back from 715hp DBS and the 690 hp Speedster special edition. If he gets 670 hp, that figure would put him 40 ponies ahead of the DB11 with the same V12, but TSB reports that the V12 Vantage will be a limited edition. Expected to arrive for model year 2023 as part of the standard Vantage model update, sources say only 299 will be produced.
The last time Aston Martin put its largest engine in its smallest car, the result was arguably the best and most fun car in the automaker’s range. We have the same expectation this time. Unlike last time, however, there will be no manual transmission in the menu; Rumor has it that the updated Vantage will only go with the eight-speed automatic. Now that the Vantage F1 Edition starts at over $ 160,000, a V12 Vantage could start over $ 190,000 and even crawl over $ 200,000.
Company CEO Tobias Moers said he expects 10 derivatives of existing models by 2023, so it seems likely that this won’t be the only special edition of Vantage to come.