“Grand” is the word that strikes me when I think of the high profile British auto maker, Aston Martin. The term ‘Been there, done that’ aptly describes the car maker’s career graph so far. These people have a crystal clear vision and undoubtedly are one of the pioneers of modern day cars. Speaking of pioneers, a perfect example that comes into my mind is the vantage series of Aston Martin. For those who don’t know, let’s rewind a little. In early 2000, the AMV8 vantage concept car was launched in the Geneva Motor Show.
The automobile was well received by the patrons, and the over whelming response triggered Aston Martin to make the car available as a commercial variant. Two variants christened as Roadster & V8 Vantage were the result of Aston Martin’s thought process.
Its manufacturing began in 2005 and the following year (2006), the commercial version was sprinting on United Kingdom roads. These two models were available in two engine options of, powerful V8 engine & mean V12 engine. In both cases, the engines were hand assembled in German unit of Aston Martin.
Ever since its launch, the Vantage range of Aston Martin has enjoyed critics apprize and client satisfaction, all at the same time; a rare combination indeed. The range received addition of more luxury cars like N400, V8 Vantage S and Prodrive V8 vantage. Seems like Aston Martin, the private company genuinely worked towards making this series better than ever.
Recently, Aston Martin came up with improved versions of Roadster & Coupe which are a couple of notches high, in terms of quality, performance, pricing and stability. Here is what to and what not to expect from these rocket-on-road machines.
Features Of 2012 Aston Martin Vantage Range
This incredible range covers three distinctly unique and classy automobiles from Aston Martin. These are Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe, Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster and Aston Martin V12 Zagato.
Features Of V8 Vantage Coupe
The car arrests you instantly, with its uber cool looks and delightful presence. Right from the well crafted aerodynamic shape of the body to well portioned glass work and head lamps; everything that makes up the exterior of Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe is stunning.
The car looks both sporty and sturdy. The icing on the cake is a new set of wider tyres (19 inch) which are intended for extra control while enjoying the car ride.
V8 Vantage’s look has been designed to perfection and, in my opinion; no other sports cars have such devoted craftsmanship. A splendid interior makes an impression from the word go; plush leather seats, hand rests, futuristic dashboard and sharpened exteriors, all constitute a viewer’s delight.
Not to forget, an obedient steering wheel, which is the, much awaited improvisation the Aston Martin’s patrons were desperately waiting for. V8 Vantage owns it!
Engine And Performance
Let’s begin with the revamped gear box. The existing six-speed automated sport shift gearbox is history now; this car is equipped with an automated seven-speed gearbox, also known as sport shift II. With this new improvement, the gear shifting is more accurate and swift, leading to excellent performance and drive control. The engine placed in front roars at 4.7 liters and 420 bhp. Make no mistake; this car is remarkably secure and spry at the same time.
Price And Availability
$118,370 is what you need to shell out and own your very own keys of Vantage V8 Coupe
The next creation included in the 2012 Aston Martin Vantage Range is the V12 Vantage Roadster.
Features Of Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster
It is an efficient sports car with a luxurious touch. Let’s find out about some of the main features of the automobile.
Physically, this car has the smallest dimensions in the house of Aston Martin. It is a perfect blend of automotive engineering plus a ravishing design. Heaps of carbon fibre has been used as a part of an up-gradation.
Right from the front splitter, rear diffuser, two streaks on the sides, and even in lamps, it has become an integral part of V12 Vantage Roadster. It also adds more durability and strength quotient.
The interior of this car is designed to perfection and, in my opinion, there is no other sports car with such fine craftsmanship. The lavish interior includes heated seats, 700w premium sound system, auto dimming rear view mirror and blue tooth support.
The futuristic dashboard and wind deflector complete the look.
At this moment, this car is the most powerful commercial convertible car found on the planet! The engine remains at 6.0 liters and V12 Vantage Roadster piles up a mammoth 510 bhp for your ride. The RPM thunders at 5750 generating 570 Nm of torque (which is a lot, trust me). The car glides on the road, thus providing a heavenly driving experience.
Price And Availability
If converted in US currency, this beauty is available for purchase at $132,870
Features Of Aston Martin V12 Zagato
Last but not the least, the top car of the Vantage range is a uniquely different breed, called V12 Zagato, a prototype currently. It is, undoubtedly the most powerful and nimble car that has left behind hundreds of cars launched in the past century. V12 Zagato draws inspiration from a car that ruled the tracks in 1960’s DB4 Zagato and does full justice.
The fact that this car has won awards for its design in Villa D’este, Lake Como, Italy; should speak volumes about the craftsmanship and devotion to design with which this car comes along. Let me mention here, the revamped front grill is an instant eye-popper with a lingering charm which takes the look of the car to an extraordinary level.
Some of the other highlights of the car is ultra light in weight, again, carbon fibre is used to form the frame and other alloys help to further strengthen the soul of the chassis. Special mention should be merited to the paint job of this car which alone takes up tenacious 100+ hours. The stamps of Zagato initials add to the extra enamor to this collector’s item.
The brand Zagato is here to stay and will make your heart melt. Most of the interiors are jaw dropping stuff, neat and done to perfection.
Be it the hand stitched seats, gear box, dash board or the steering wheel, you will indulge in perfection every time you use them.
Engine And Performance
Aston Martin does not rely on machines altogether; instead highly skilled automobile engineers will use hands to deliver this perfection to you. Here is a known fact, each V12 Zagato consumes approx 2000 man hours to shine in front of you.
No wonder, this will be a limited edition of up to 101 cars only coming out of Aston Martin’s workshop. The stability and endurance that this car showed in the Nuburgring 24 hr race have instilled the confidence in Aston Martin that this prototype is now ready for hitting the day-to-day roads.
Price And Availability
If you have 400,000 Euros to spare, this car certainly deserves that much bounty. This super car will not only be exclusive but also reflects the high standards of quality and lineament the owner has.
Verdict Of 2012 Aston Martin Vantage Range
The entire range is a cut above the rest and each automobile has a unique quality to it. Hopefully, the power packed cars will inspire many other manufacturers too.