When Aston Martin first confirmed that the V12 Vantage was returning to the marketplace, the company made it clear that not only would this be the final chapter of the V12, but that it would be the most hardcore iteration of the Vantage yet. A new teaser gives us a glimpse of the rear end and it appears that the new model will have the beauty to back up its brawn.
Vantage F1 Edition Donates To The Cause
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At first glance, it appears that the new model will use some of the bodywork that already sees duty in the Vantage F1 Edition. The rear has a high-mounted rear wing and there also appears to be a double style diffuser in play.
The front fascia retains the Vantage’s core DNA but a larger front grille and intakes help the V12 gulp plenty of cold air while smaller pieces of trim further prove that this flavor of Vantage is a much meaner animal when compared to the V8.
Velvety Muscle Still Eager To Please
Aston Martin has still not revealed what kind of numbers the V12 engine will be producing but looking at the past does provide a good benchmark for what’s coming. The last two flavors of Vantage with this engine were potent beasts in their own right with the 2nd version producing 563 hp (568 hp in select versions.)
Look for the third chapter to potentially cross the 600 hp barrier with rumors suggesting it will produce 670 hp. If that figure holds, it would be 20 horses less than the Vantage Speedster, but it would also be a whopping 40 hp gain over a V12 equipped DB11. As for transmission choices, look for this one to be an automatic exclusive which is a shame since early versions of the first-gen V12 Vantage could be equipped with a manual transmission.
The third generation V12 Vantage will make its debut sometime in early 2022 with more teasers emerging after the holiday season. Aston’s tagline “Never Leave Quietly” could be a sign that the V12 is on its way out to pasture with the other ICE engines following suit in production models as Aston transforms into an all-electric company. The lone exception would be in the racing world where specialized ICE builds will still exist. Electrification is still going through teething pains at the race track, and Aston does not want to jeopardize sales to those customers by doing an abrupt shift
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.