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2015 Aston Martin V12 S [UPDATE]

The V12 Vantage S first on the scene in early summer the British automaker boasted the of the fastest road-going Aston yet. After reading the release, it was obvious that the in Gaydon had taken advantage of an old s old trick – they had dropped most powerful engine their smallest chassis.

observers will find it to distinguish the 2015 model last year s car.

all Aston Martins today, the V12 S rides on an all-aluminum monocoque that the automaker calls its VH The lightweight framework is rigid and and it is far from showing its age. Aston offers the chassis a variety of skins (the features carbon fiber panels), the Vantage S arrives a mix of aluminum (doors, hood and and composite (front quarter

Most observers will it difficult to distinguish the 2015 from last year s as the two appear nearly identical anything more than 50 The easiest way to differentiate it from its is to peer closely at the Aston s front grille. While the car featured six horizontal aluminum the new models wear carbon or titanium mesh with or body color accents.

The alloy wheels are also a addition, and discriminating eyes may a host of subtle changes to of the trim and color combinations a painted black roof is now

Aston hasn t left the alone either. Inside the the standard chairs have Alcantara on the seating surface and stitching patterns. There is upholstery detailing on the doors, and are offered more choices in of options (a new Carbon Fiber Pack and lightweight sport seats, for example).

It is the fastest street-legal sports car the has ever sold – with the of the sold-out One-77.

The outgoing was fitted with a naturally 6.0-liter V12, rated at 510 and 420 pound-feet of torque – it was the automaker s regular production engine at the Aston recently upgraded the now called the AM28, with variable valve timing, throttle bodies, a revised manifold, fully machined chambers and an improved fuel The result is a solid bump of to 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and 457 pound-feet of at 5,500 rpm.

While its was only available with a six-speed manual gearbox in the chassis, the new car loses the traditional in favor of a standard Sportshift III AMT – a single-clutch automated manual with electronic shift-by-wire According to Aston Martin, the new V12 S will sprint to 60 miles per in 3.7 seconds and not run out of steam until it 205 mph (the V12 Vantage 6MT did the same run in seconds flat and topped out at 190 It is the fastest street-legal sports car the has ever sold – with the of the sold-out One-77.

Another difference is found with the double-wishbone suspension. Last s V12 Vantage had fixed-rate dampers, but the model has been fitted Aston Martin s three-stage Damping System (ADS). To the damping, the driver uses a on the top of the console to switch between modes (Normal, Sport and an action that also the amount of power steering going through a new quicker-ratio hydraulic system.

The 2014 model has been with Aston Martin s Adaptive Damping System

The brakes are carried forward Up front are massive ventilated/drilled ceramic discs (15.7 in diameter) with six-piston The rear brakes are only smaller ventilated/drilled carbon discs (14.2 inches in with four-piston calipers.

The aluminum wheel size is 19-inches in diameter, with wrapped in a Pirelli PZero rubber (255/35ZR19 up front and at the rear).

In the morning of the drive, Martin handed me the keys to a Blue V12 Vantage S in the heart of Springs, with instructions to for lunch at the Anza-Borrego Visitor The destination was due south, about 50 away, with a mile-high of mountains blocking the direct The circuitous drive to the desert cover double the miles, but was the automaker s objective – much to my

Sitting in the right seat was uncomfortable.

The seats have been tweaked cosmetically the years, meaning the driving hasn t changed. This my six-foot, two-inch frame fit in the driver s seat and there was room for my legs, outstretched and plenty of headroom. Moving the into an agreeable driving was easy, thanks to power-operated and bottom cushions. Unfortunately, won t find the accommodations nearly as as Aston Martin has not fitted an bottom cushion to their

This deliberate omission on the bulky occupant sensors work with the airbags), with a shortened footwell forces everyone s legs to bent, meant sitting in the seat was downright uncomfortable.

Unlike the Vanquish, which from the upgraded instrument the Vantage carries forward the older Aston Martin that is best described as a of buttons, dials and switches. The is odd, and unfamiliar to the uninitiated, but who has spent some time behind the wheel will exactly how to reset the trip (the small button to the of the radio volume dial) and on the overhead dome lights small buttons just the fan dial). It all makes sense.


The 6.0-liter V12 roars to and then quickly settles a silky idle.

Instantly however, is the power emanating under the aluminium hood the crystal key is pressed into the of the dashboard. The 6.0-liter V12 roars to and then quickly settles a silky idle. I immediately the Sport button, to the left of the key and left its red LED illuminated the whole This control, common to all Aston Martins, sharpens the quickens throttle response and a bit more vitality into the Aston Martin uses buttons (RND) on the top of the console for gears, with a hand-operated brake at the driver s left to hold the vehicle still parked.

Pull up and release on the and then press the D button to get

I m no fan of single-clutch automated gearboxes I have never come one that works particularly – and Aston Martin s Sportshift III AMT no exception. Like similar from other high-end rivals, the transmission is clunky and around town and only moderately bearable when in manual mode with a lift before requesting the gear. Downshifts, on the other are quick and smoothly executed by the

With 55 more horses at its the new V12 Vantage S finally runs the fast players in the segment.

quirkiness aside, the V12 is a jewel of a Naturally aspirated engines are a breed, and Aston Martin makes one of the best on the market. the tachometer needle counter-clockwise its dial is an effortless exercise the accelerator pedal is planted, and the at the backside is accompanied by a wondrous note from the twin

Last year s V12 Vantage was quick, but with 55 more at its disposal, the new V12 Vantage S finally with the fast players in the The seat-of-the-pants difference between the two is extraordinary.

And the Aston will no trouble keeping up in the corners The adaptive damping delivers a ride customized for the road Part of my route included Valley Road (County S22), which culminates a spectacular curvy drop to the floor. Its fresh asphalt is smooth, so I switched to Sport for the descent. Later in the afternoon, traversing broken decades-old I switched back to the softer and was rewarded with a noticeably ride.

The new steering may give up a bit of sensitively compared to the old system, but I little to complain about. It accurate, stable, nicely and mechanically connected to the front (that can t be said about of today s new electrically boosted

Nothing short of a race is required to exceed its cornering – posted legal speeds won t warm its tires.

Pirelli Corsa rubber is by many nothing more a street-legal grooved slick, and its rating of just 60 (most summer tires are in the 140-200 promises plenty of grip at the of longevity. Nevertheless, I d stick them for the ownership duration as meaty contact patches the V12 Vantage to corner at obscene The coupe is low and wide, and it hunkers with a solid demeanor coaxed into a curve.

its first-rate tire and adaptive combination, nothing short of a track is required to exceed its capabilities – posted legal won t even warm its tires.

part of the car that isn t fully on US public roads is the carbon-ceramic which are designed to absorb the from blistering 200-mph I pounded them hard at multiple times, just to see how reacted. They responded hauling the two-seater down to a without any unnecessary wandering, or fade. Early carbon were fraught with including lackluster stopping when cold and an annoying

Not anymore.

It is by all counts a tremendous car.

Including the round drive from Palm to the desert, and adding in a few more for off-site photography, I put about hours in the driver s seat and an entire tank of premium (it holds slightly more 21 gallons). While most of it was a heavy right foot, between the accelerator and brake there were also periods of steady cruising at speeds. It was an excellent drive – one let me put the talented Brit though its

Overall, the Aston Martin me speechless with its gorgeous and dazzled by its brilliant performance – praise, indeed – and it is by all counts a sports car. But, to my original question, does the new remain one of my favorites?

Dropping the manual gearbox (it really was a and replacing it with a mediocre automated transmission was a painful in the eyes of this enthusiast, but it t appear to have crippled the new car considered as a complete package. In from the driver s seat, the V12 S emerges with more than ever before. A at its performance, or a stint behind the reveals that the S model is faster and more agile its predecessor could ever be.

And the welcomed cosmetic enhancements, luxury and new technology, I am led to believe few in this rarefied segment ever miss the effort of their own gears.

UPDATE . Martin has informed us that the new V12 S will actually be sold as a model year vehicle, than a 2014 model.


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