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.