Clarkson on Aston’s V12 Vantage
Posted: 21 May 2010
What does matter is the extraordinarily small amount of differences between the new V12 and the old V8. They've changed the front crash structure so the engine fits, they've fitted carbon brakes from the DBS, and carbon seats, and they've smothered the rear wheels in wider tyres. And that's about it, apart from a ‘sport' button on the dash which is just what it says. A button marked ‘sport' on the dash. Quite what it does, I have no idea.
However, here's the clever bit. The V12 engine weighs 100kg more than the V8, but the new car is only 50kg heavier than before. This is almost entirely due to the lightweight seats and brakes. Which does beg the question. Why not fit them to the V8 as well?