Aston Martin has announced their new V12 Vantage S. The new car replaces the outgoing V12 Vantage and with the exception of the One-88, it is the fastest road-going Aston Martin ever offered.

The Vantage S is built for speed, no doubt, but it's other purpose is long distance refinement; A true touring beast.

The new AM28 6.0-liter V12 makes 565hp and 457 lb-ft, up from 420 previously. The latest Bosch ECU is in part to thank for the new power, and a top speed of 205mph. Most impressive is the low-end grunt from this beauty. At just 1,000 rpm, the V12 generates 376 lb-ft.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ulrich Bez said, "The new V21 Vantage S is, simply, pure Aston Martin. It is extreme in its nature yet truly timeless in its design language.

Learning from our successes on track feeds the development of this type of car and I'm proud to launch such an exciting sports car in this, our centenary year."

The racecar roots are obvious throughout the engine. From the CNN machine combustion chambers to the hollow cam shafts.

The Vantage gets a new gearbox too, dubbed the Sportshift III AMT (automotive manual transmission). It's a major development for Aston and uses a hydraulically actuated automotive manual transmission to provide motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery and efficiency. Plus, it saves 55 kb over the outgoing six-speed manual gearbox.

It's a joy to hear a ZF box won't be used, as this new transmission is made by the experts at Oerlikon Graziano.

Also a first for the Vantage line is a three stage adaptive damping system, allowing the driver to tailor the cars character between Normal, Sport and Track modes, providing a broad array of performance capability to suit requirements of the driver.

Sport mode, working alongside the suspension, also alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and of course, the exhaust note. The exhaust, like the Vanquish, is derived from the One-77 hypercar, so of course it sounds amazing.

With a quicker steering ratio, now 15:1, the Vantage will be easier to point and shoot but still not too twitchy for the road.

The V12 Vantage S has been restyled to reflect its position as Astons new flagship for the Vantage range. Most noticeable is the grille that does away with the famous aluminum vanes, replacing them with a carbon fiber arrangement that also includes black carbon or titanium silver mesh.

Light adjustments have been made inside, as well, with new sport seats, revised stitching and welt detailing, two leather grade option, Luxmill and semi-aniline, plus optional Alcantara.

Dr. Bez added, "The new V12 Vantage S is our most extreme Vantage to date-engineered to bring race car performance and technology to the open road. It is our most powerful engine in a beautifully tailored suit. It is elegant, yet brutal, and it is at the same time easy to control. It has everything that sums up Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul!"

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