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Situated near the top of the Aston Martin food chain is the V12 Vantage, an almost muscle-car approach to building the ultimate Vantage. Stuffed full of the automaker's largest engine, the V12 Vantage is adored for being a real driver's car. Throttle response is lightning-quick and the exhaust note is magnificent. Braking, thanks to standard carbon-ceramic rotors, is also effortless.
Like nearly all British cars, the V12 Vantage is plagued with questionable ergonomics. Switchgear is located precisely where it isn't expected, and its operation is often quite unintuitive. The standard pop-up navigation system, which doesn't even open wide enough for optimal viewing, is also an item of continuous ridicule.
The 2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage is carried forward from last year unchanged.
The 2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage is a two-passenger two-door coupe. It is only offered in one body style but two trim levels: V12 Vantage and V12 Vantage Carbon Black.
The V12 Vantage offers some serious punch, thanks to a naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 in its nose. The all-aluminum engine is rated at 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Keeping the V12 Vantage special, the rear-wheel drive coupe is only offered with a six-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential. According to the automaker, its flagship sports car will accelerate to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and tops out at 190 mph.
In standard V12 Vantage trim, passengers are coddled with premium full-grain leather and Alcantara upholstery, an extensive complement of power accessories, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite-based navigation, rear parking sensors and a 160-watt audio system with iPod connectivity.
The limited-production Carbon Black is upgraded with Carbon Black metallic paintwork, carbon-fiber side strakes with black mesh inserts, 10-spoke forged alloy gloss black painted wheels, front parking sensors, lightweight bucket seats, Obsidian Black leather and Alcantara interior trim, piano black fascia and centre console trim, anodized black tread plates and unique sill plaques.
Options for the V12 Vantage include upgraded performance-tuned tires, lightweight seats and a 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system. There are also countless bespoke cosmetic alterations that may be completed by the factory during assembly.
The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage at 11 mpg city, 17 mpg highway and 13 mpg combined.
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