The 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S buries one of the common criticisms of the standard V8-powered Vantage — a lack of performance in comparison to like-minded sports cars — by stuffing the V12 from more expensive Astons under the hood. Set up as the top of the Vantage food chain, the V12 Vantage S is loaded with features and is sold in a single trim level in coupe and convertible body styles.
As the name implies, the V12 Vantage gets a 5.9-liter V12 producing 563 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. A generous list of standard features makes the Vantage's price tag palatable. These include xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, heated seats, navigation and Apple CarPlay. A small number of extras are available, such as front parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded audio system. Most Vantage buyers spend a great deal of time deciding how to customize the interior and exterior with the wide range of color palettes available.
Everything from the primary paint scheme to the brake caliper color and grille outline can be tailored to your specification. And if you can't find the right shade from Aston's extensive line, the "Q by Aston Martin" bespoke program can match any color from any manufacturer. Inside, everything from the seat stitching to carpet and logo embroidery color can be customized. Going with the Q program opens the door to colored carbon-fiber trim, a fitted luggage set, custom upholstery and even a leather-lined glovebox. Even a carbon tonneau cover is available for the roadster. Basically, if you dream it (and can sustain the hit to your pocketbook), Aston will build it.
As with many hand-built sports cars, the Vantage is trimmed in extraordinary materials with exceptional craftsmanship, but there will be some variability with respect to long-term durability and fit and finish of the trim pieces. There are also some ergonomic issues no matter how exquisite the cabin feels. The parking brake is oddly located between the driver and door, and the infotainment system isn't very user-friendly. Make sure you can live with the Vantage's idiosyncrasies before you order. When you decide which 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is right for you, be sure to use Edmunds' unparalleled shopping tools to find your perfect British sports car.
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