Clarkson on Aston’s V12 Vantage
Posted: 21 May 2010
Whatever, the V12 certainly doesn't feel heavy. It darts about like a bee, and always feels so unflappable and composed I'm surprised it doesn't come with a busby. There's certainly no sense of nose heaviness, but then, why would there be? In a V8, 49 per cent of the weight is up front. In the V12, it's only 51 per cent. The change is minimal. Sure, it might not be as pin sharp as a Porsche GT3 - another manual car in case you're interested - but then again it rides better.
That's a surprise because the rear anti-roll bar is a whopping 75 per cent stiffer than it is on the V8 and the spring rates at the front are beefed up by 80 per cent. That should make even the smoothest road feel like a flight of stairs, but it doesn't. No one would ever call the V12 Vantage uncomfortable. Even the carbon seats, which kill your buttocks in other cars, feel as soft as a fat labradog.