They Heard Our Cries: The Aston Martin V12 Vantage is Coming to the U.S.
The phrase, “Ask and you shall receive” is a nice quote that’s rarely true. I asked for a dirt bike starting at age 7 and I’m still waiting. Apparently the nice folks at Aston Martin are a lot more receptive to requests than my cautious parents. When the V12 Vantage made its public debut last year Aston Martin for an inexplicable reason hadn’t planned on sending it to the U.S. The U.S. is admittedly their biggest market, and yet they weren’t going to give us their lightest, most powerful car yet. I guess I should have called Dr. Bez’s daughter back…
Well after “unprecedented customer requests” Aston Martin’s most capable driver’s coupe to date is headed our way. Like public television, the 2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage is brought to you by you, the viewer.
Small changes had to be made to comply with North and South American regulations, but CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez would only allow them if they didn’t change the design or soul of the car. That’s a man of principle. The car will still come with the 6.0-liter, 510hp V-12 you find in the Aston Martin DBS. A respectable 420 ft-lbs of torque it pushes the “little” Aston to 62mph in only 4.2 seconds. Ignore local speed limits and this banshee will wail all the way to 190 mph, right on the heels of the 997 Turbo and the Ferrari California. The Vantages I see daily in LA have probably never heard the word “track” before, but the V12 has, winning its class at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, with engineers from Aston Martin and even Cheif Bez himself-doing the driving. It’s clear where the passion in an Aston comes from.
Inside is an exquisite yet purposeful interior. Alcantara surrounds the small, racey wheel, with two gauges in the center telling you all you need to know. It’s a beautiful place to sit, almost too luxurious to be a desk from which perfect driving is done.
There will also be a special “Carbon Black Limited Edition” V12 exclusively sold in the U.S. Its black paint alone takes 50 man-hours to apply, and the interior gets piano black accents that look incredible. Black 10-spoke wheels book-end a carbon fiber “side strake”, and a 700 watt stereo is standard. I guess that’s Aston’s way of apologizing for making us wait. Apology accepted.
The price will be around $250,000, with a 5% premium for the Carbon Black treatment, but Aston Martin described the 2010 V12 Vantage as representing “the definitive Aston Martin driving experience.” From what I have seen, that is spot on. If that’s not worth $250,000 I don’t know what is. The V12 will have some stiff competition. You could get a loaded Porsche 997 Turbo, a Lamborghini LP560-4 or the new Ferrari 458 Italia. No matter which you choose, you win. But it will be hard to ignore the song of a V12 in the body of an Aston. Like Beyonce, that’s a hard combination to pass up. We’ll have to find out when it hits our shores in December.