The new car replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage and will be the fastest car (bar the One-77 hypercar) that Aston Martin has ever produced.
It’s a sensational-looking thing and easy to spot the differences compared to the outgoing model. The grille is different, as are the changes to the rear. What strikes you most are the new forged-alloy ten-spoke wheels and massively flared wheel arches.
The V12 S is equipped with a new 421kW/620Nm AMG 6.0-litre engine. It’s mated to an uprated Sportshift automated manual transmission as found in the V8 Vantage. Aston claims this paddle-shift box is optimised for performance delivery and efficiency. The unit is also appreciably lighter than the outgoing six-speed manual gearbox, saving 25 kg. A whole new exhaust system, derived from the One-77 hypercar, means this thing will make a noise that will have any petrolhead fainting at the side of the road.
A new three-stage adaptive damping system also makes its debut in the V12 S. It allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character. Normal, Sport and Track modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic performance that can be tuned to better suit the driver’s requirements. The system also governs the level of power-steering assistance offered.
The interior features new-style seating with sport and carbon-fibre lightweight options, revised stitching and welt detailing, two leather-grade options and the possibility to include Alcantara.
The optional Carbon-Fibre Interior Pack, which adds the material to the car’s facia and door pulls, plus the availability of black pedals, further enhances personalisation options to the discerning customer this car caters to.