V12 Vantage
V12 Vantage

V12 Vantage

(2009 - 2013) VH280

2010MY, 2011MY, 2012MY & 2013MY

Details of the production V12 Vantage started to emerge a couple of weeks prior to the public first view at the Geneva Salon, 2009. It had been a little over a year since the V12 Vantage RS was first shown and the production ready V12 appeared faithful to the concept. Perhaps the most significant change was the dropping of the 'RS' tag following many negative comments by owners and enthusiasts.

V12 Vantage

What is most fascinating is that the overall weight of the V12 Vantage was only 50kg heavier than the V8 due to significant weight reduction throughout the car. Fitted with the 510 bhp version of the V12 (equivalent output to DBS spec), the Vantage was claimed able to reach 190mph and 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. The deeper front carbon-fibre airdam, extensive carbon-fibre bonnet louvers, extended sill covers, carbonfibre rear diffuser and larger tail spoiler make it easy to identify the V12 over the regular V8, but I anticipate all that you will need is to hear the exhaust note. The pop-up boot spoiler didn’t make it into production although this feature subsequently did feature on the production One-77.

The V12 Vantage became available in the third quarter of 2009 with a basic price in the UK of £135,000 and only with the conventional six speed manual gearbox as it wasn’t possible to fit the Touchtronic 2. Initially the V12 Vantage was  not available in the North America but following a redesign of the crash structure to meet US requirements, deliveries of the 2011MY V12 Vantage began in October 2010.

The final examples of the V12 Vantage coupe were completed in June 2013 by which time only 1199 examples had been built including the Carbon Black, Carbon Black ‘2’ and even a tiny number of Centenary Special Editions.

The V12 Vantage was replaced by the more powerful V12 Vantage S model which initially came only with the Sportshift III paddle shift gearbox. The V12 Vantage was expected to be the last manual stick shift V12 and as such was seen as very desirable to the driving enthusiast. 

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • Two door coupe with tailgate (boot lid) and 2+0 seating
    • Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure. Aluminium, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body. Extruded aluminium door side impact protection beam
    • Xenon high Intensity discharge (HID) front projector headlamps (halogen full beam) with integrated LED direction indicators. LED rear lamps
    • Heated, electrically adjusted powerfold door mirrors
    • Reversing parking sensors, front parting sensors optional
    • Heated rear screen
  • Interior:
    • Leather and fabric interior trim with formed aluminium facia.
    • Polished aluminium and painted alloy details
    • Clear sapphire backlit docking station to take the glass Emotion Control Unit (ECU)
    • Sports seats with 10 way electric adjustment, including height, tilt and lumber adjustment. Optional heating
    • Optional lightweight carbon-fibre and Kevlar seats with six way adjustment and manual lumber adjustment. Side air bags and passenger airbag cut-off switch deleted so not available in North America
    • Organic electroluminescent (OEL) in white
    • CFC free automatic air conditioning, Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags
    • 160W Audio system with radio and six CD auto-changer, USB port, iPod port and an Auxiliary socket. Optional 700W Audio System with Dolby Pro Logic II.
    • Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13 speaker audio system with radio, 6CD autochanger and 1000W power output optional from 2010MY
    • Full colour Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Satellite Navigation system
    • Hands-Free Bluetooth Phone system
    • Security system interacting with the central locking system and PATS immobiliser system.
  • Engine:
    • Front mid-mounted all aluminium alloy 60° V12. Quad overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder. Engine number prefix AM10/
    • Bore 89 mm. Stroke 79.5 mm. Capacity 5935cc. Compression ratio 10.7:1
    • Max power 510 bhp @ 6500 rpm Max torque 420 lb/ft @ 5750 rpm
    • Fuel System & Ignition System: Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection system. ’Coil on Plug’ ignition system
    • Stainless steel exhaust system with by-pass valve , 2 three-way catalytic converters
  • Transmission:
    1. Rear mounted Graziano Six speed manual with integrated shifter bellcrank system (cable operated), hydraulically operated twin plate clutch, 228mm
    2. Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft, rear wheel drive
    3. Final Drive, limited slip differential. Ratio 3.70:1
  • Steering:
    • ZF Rack and pinion , power assisted, 2.8 turns, lock-to-lock
    • Column tilt and reach adjustments
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • Unique forged Aston Martin 10 spoke aluminium alloy wheels, 9J x 19 front and11J x 19 rear
    • Pirelli P Zero Corsa255/35 ZR19 front, Pirelli P Zero Corsa 295/30 ZR19 rear to approved AM specification
  • Suspension:
    • Front: Forged aluminium independent double wishbone, coil over aluminium, monotube dampers with anti-roll bar.
    • Rear: Forged aluminium independent double wishbone, coil over aluminium, monotube dampers with anti-roll bar.
    • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
  • Brakes:
    • Front: Brembo 398mm ventilated carbon ceramic discs with six piston monoblock calipers
    • Rear: Brembo 330mm ventilated carbon ceramic discs with four piston monoblock calipers. Independent handbrake callipers on rear disc
    • Anti Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Traction Control (TCS) and Positive Torque Control (PTC).
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 4385 mm
    • Width: 1865mm excluding wing mirrors
    • Height: 1250 mm
    • Wheelbase: 2600mm
    • Front Track: 1570 mm
    • Rear Track: 1575mm
    • Kerb Weight: 1680kg
    • Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 litres (78 litres usable)
    • Boot Volume 239 litres
  • Performance:
    • Top Speed: 190mph
    • Acceleration: 0-62mph, 4.2 seconds
    • CO2 Emissions, 388 g/k
  • Price at launch:
    • 2009 (2010MY) £135,000