Aston Martin has teased its upcoming V12 Vantage engine once again – this time revealing the reveal date and a short clip of its engine.
In the official video, we also see the phrase ‘Never go quietly’, alluding to The Gaydon brand focuses on making more electric cars Future.
The new V12 Vantage front end has been revealed to a certain extent, revealing a wider grille to accommodate the cooling demands of the new V12 engine. There are also some new cooling vents in the bonnet to remove excess heat from the engine compartment, and an active splitter underneath.
Our spy photographers have previously discovered Aston Martin V12 Vantage is in its development program, revealing twin tailpipes placed in the center – instead of the V8’s wider setup. The prototype car also had a small downforce gurney flap on the ducktail spoiler, presumably to simulate the modified aero package of the final car during testing. We also expect a redesigned diffuser.
While we don’t have confirmation yet which engine will power the next V12 Vantage, we expect it to be the brand’s familiar twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12, found in DB11 and DBS Superleggera. Limited edition Aston Martin, derived from Vantage V12 Speedster also uses the same engine, albeit tuned to 690bhp.
The new V12 Vantage probably won’t have as much power V12 Speedster. Output is likely to be close to the 600bhp offered in the DB11 – and that should offer plenty of performance due to the Vantage’s smaller size and lighter weight.
To build the roofless Speedster from the existing Vantage platform, Aston borrowed the A-pillar front chassis structure from the flagship DBS Superleggera to pack a larger engine. We can see a similar solution for V12 Vantagewill also use a more robust chassis system to make it more suitable for use on the track.
In an earlier trailer for the new V12 Vantage, the British brand also released an extremely succinct statement: “You’ve heard about it. You will definitely hear it coming. V12 Vantage. It’s not just a limited edition, it’s a final release. Come back in 2022.”
This shows that Aston Martin will make the next V12 Vantage the ultimate vehicle, with tightening emissions regulations forcing the company to move towards electrification and downsizing the petrol engine.
The arrival of this powerful Vantage could follow a complete makeover of the standard model. The two will form part of a branding assault, called “Project Horizon”, which will include a coupe-SUV variant of the DBXrecently announced Valhalla Supercar and the potential to hybridize the entire Aston Martin line-up.
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