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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Debuts


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Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S makes its formal debut on Tuesday, signaling a return of the exotic car after what will amount to a two-year gap.
  • The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S will arrive in showrooms in early 2014 with a price tag under $200,000, Aston Martin spokesman Matthew Clarke told Edmunds.
  • The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S will have a top speed of 205 mph, the company said.

GAYDON, England — The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S made its formal debut on Tuesday, signaling a return of the exotic car after what will amount to a two-year gap.

The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S will arrive in showrooms in early 2014 with a price tag under $200,000, Aston Martin spokesman Matthew Clarke told Edmunds. "It was never going away really," Clarke said. "(It was) just a slight gap."

Aston Martin temporarily discontinued the V12 Vantage after the 2012.5 model year. The new version had been teased in two YouTube videos touting an "extreme" Aston Martin. The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S targets the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT.

"The new car replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage in markets around the world and, with the exception of the One-77 hypercar, arrives as the fastest road-going Aston Martin yet offered," said the company in a statement.

The 2015 V12 Vantage S will be equipped with a new 565-horsepower 6.0-liter V12 engine and features the debut of the new seven-speed Sportshift III AMT transmission. AMT stands for automated manual transmission. Aston Martin says the unit is "appreciably lighter than the outgoing six-speed manual gearbox."

The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S will have a top speed of 205 mph, the company said.

The car features the debut of three-stage adaptive damping, described as "another first" for the Vantage family. It allows the driver to choose among Normal, Sport and Track modes and governs the level of power steering assistance offered.

The V12 Vantage S also has a new exhaust system derived from the One-77. Aston Martin calls it "lighter, smaller and crucially, even more sonorous than that of the outgoing car."

Exterior details include a new grille that replaces the aluminum vanes with either black carbon fiber or titanium silver mesh. Aston says the V12 Vantage S's grille is inspired by the recently released CC100 Speedster Concept.

The V12 Vantage S gets new lightweight forged alloy 10-spoke wheels, along with a black painted roof.

New sport seating and an optional carbon-fiber interior pack dresses up the car's interior. Black pedals are a new option.

Edmunds says: There will be a bit of a wait for the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S — but fans of the car should be glad to hear of its revival.

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