One of 200 homologation specials is to go under the hammer, and it’s all sorts of 1980s brilliant
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage news - Little monster - 2009
Aston Martin has been dangling the V12 Vantage in front of us for a while now, since the concept was first shown in December 2007. Now, they’ve stopped the teasing and got it ready for production.
Looks great, doesn’t it? All beefy and pumped up, with the 6-litre V12 almost bursting through its heavily louvered bonnet. At first glance, not much has changed from the original concept version. But look deeper and you’ll notice Aston’s engineers have been doing their thing to make sure it goes like an Aston should.
The grille, splitters, sills, bumpers and boot have all been altered, while the engine itself has been slightly repackaged – fitting the big V12 to the Vantage’s chassis was the biggest headache and wasn’t just a case of slotting it in. Thankfully, Aston’s blokes got their spanners out and made it happen, which we’re pretty pleased about.
The concept was a stripped-out, lightweight racer of a thing, but most of that has been lost to make the production version as easy to live with as a regular Vantage. Except this version has 510bhp, 420lb ft of torque and hits 62mph in 4.2 seconds…
Only 1000 will be made, and deliveries start later this year. We’ll have ours in blue, please.