After recently teasing a mystery Aston Martin V12 Vantage model a few days ago, Aston Martin has officially taken the wraps off the brand new 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, a car which is actually Aston Martin’s fastest production car this side of the Aston Martin One-77. It was announced a few weeks back that Aston Martin was ending the production run of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, and the 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is the perfect send-off for a truly brutal British supercar.
Powering the 2014 Aston Martin Vantage S is an uprated version of the normally-aspirated 5.9-liter V12 AM28 engine which is actually the fifth generation of Aston Martin’s 5.9-liter V12 engine. In 2014 Aston Martin Vantage S guise, this powerplant delivers a total of 565hp therefore matching the power produced by the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish from the same engine. This horsepower figure then represents a 55hp gain over the regular Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
In addition to the increased horsepower, the 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage now produces 457lb-ft of torque, which is a 37lb-ft gain over the regular V12 Vantage. This powerful engine is then mated to a seven-speed automated manual transmission taken from the V8 Vantage and outfitted with a longer drive ratio for higher top speeds. The transmission is operated via steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
Unfortunately, the 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S will only be available with this transmission and not the six-speed manual found in the regular V12 Vantage. Aston Martin has yet to release final performance figures for the 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S but it’s expected to hit 62mph in less than 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 205mph, making only the One-77 faster in a straight line.
The 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S then weighs 15kg less than the standard V12 Vantage, tipping the scales at 1665kg. The car also debuts a new three-stage adaptive damping suspension setup from Bilstein which hasn’t been seen on any other Vantage models to date. The suspension setup offers three driving modes; Normal, Sport and Track.
Stopping power then comes in the form of Brembo carbon-ceramic discs adapted from those fitted to the Aston Martin One-77.
From a design standpoint, the 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S features a new front bumper and front grille inspired by the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster revealed recently. Additionally, the car features more pronounced side skirts, an optional exterior graphics pack and a revised rear bumper.
Deliveries of the 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S are expected to take place at the end of this year. Pricing details haven’t been released just yet.