When Aston Martin released their previous iteration of Vantage way back in 2005 it was their answer to a ‘more affordable’ baby Aston Martin, an everyday sports car blending their refined luxury with a more regularly usable format. With a 4.3 V8 engine packaged with a classic two-seat layout, as well as a more reasonable price tag, for many it represented a more accessible way into the brand. For driving enthusiasts, although the rumbling noise from the V8 was ever present, it seemed to lack the power they had come to expect from an Aston Martin.
By shoehorning a monstrous 520 bhp 5.9 V12 from the DBS under the Vantage’s bonnet, Aston Martin certainly solved the issue of many wanting more power. Not content with leaving the power crazy satisfied there though, Aston then unveiled the V12 Vantage S in 2013. Producing 565 bhp from a revised 5.9 litre V12 engine, the car could accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds and onward to a top speed of 205 mph, making the V12 Vantage S the fastest mainstream production car that Aston Martin had ever produced, equal to the £1.2m limited run One-77 model. With carbon ceramic brakes as standard, lightweight forged wheels, a carbon fibre grille surround to go with the carbon bootlid and vented bonnet, a black roof and rear boot grille, the V12 Vantage S was even more track focused than the ‘standard’ V12.
You would think that that would surely be enough for anyone, yet Aston Martin also offered their customers the option of a Performance Pack too. For the princely sum of £16,000 customers get a titanium exhaust system from the manifolds onwards, with the inlet manifolds themselves being upgraded to magnesium. Incorporated in the upgrade is a new design muffler using technology from the GT12 to improve gas flow and achieve maximum torque and power outputs. Overall, the titanium system saves 14kg over the standard steel system, with a further weight reduction coming from the magnesium manifolds. This, combined with the power increase of around 30 bhp, makes the car even more responsive and eager to exploit the supercar performance. Cosmetically the performance pack also includes a carbon fibre rear lower diffuser, using vertical vanes to manage the airflow underneath the car and smoothing the air exiting around the titanium muffler to reduce both drag and turbulence.
Our 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S has the rare Performance Pack upgrade, being the only privately owned car at the time to be fitted with the option. As well as this, it comes with the 19” lightweight wheels in satin black, carbon fibre side strakes, a black mesh grille, black textured tailpipe finisher and is finished in Q Special Paint Veridian Green. Inside the superb exhaust noise can be drowned out by the premium 700W audio system if required, and the luxuriousness is complemented by heated seats, contrast stitching in matching Veridian Green to the Obsidian Black Caithness leather and Aston Martin wings embroidered into the headrests.
This stunning example has been cherished by one fastidious private owner, who not only ensured a full Aston Martin service history, but also requested the very same Aston Martin specialist technician who fitted the Performance Pack upgrade was the one to work on the car each time. This car is a very special example indeed and a custom creation of an already very special model.
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