Car of the Week 3
Manufacturer : Aston Martin
Release Date : 2010
The 2010 Aston Martin V-12 Vantage is the perfect example of what springs from the deepest urge felt by enthusiastic automotive engineers: Stuff the biggest engine into the smallest possible body.
The V-12 Vantage retains the handsome body of its V-8–engined counterpart, but it looks more brutal ,with extra air intakes on the hood, a front splitter, a rear diffuser, and new side sills. Carbon fiber is used liberally, validating this Aston’s sporting aspirations but adding a bit of visual fuss. And the 19-inch wheels clearly lack the finesse exhibited elsewhere on the car.
Aston Martin managed to achieve a nearly perfect 51/49-percent front-to-rear weight balance. The extra mass of the engine, an additional 200 or so pounds, is partly offset by carbon-ceramic brakes and lighter wheels, as well as lighter seats and rear quarter-panels.
The chassis is firmed up enough to have a blast on the track, but it won’t ruin your back on the way there. Carbon-ceramic brakes, which are standard, keep the car fade-free even under extremely challenging track conditions, something that can’t be said of the cast-iron brakes used in the V-8 Vantage. The stability-control system is so unobtrusive that you’ll likely keep it engaged most of the time. If you elect to turn it off, beware of robust power-on oversteer.
Gran Turismo 5 Car Description
The V12 Vantage is the top model of the Vantage 2 seater sportscar series offered by Aston Martin.
Just knowing that a tuned DB9/DBS V12 engine is what propels this 2 seater rear wheel drive V8 Vantage Chassis known for its great balance, is more than enough to give anyone the itch to drive this car. This model was introduced for the first time at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
The body size of 4380 mm lenght, 1865 mm widht, 1241 mm height and a wheel base of 2600 mm, is almost the same as the V8 Vantage, and only the height is lower by 14 mm. On the exterior there is little difference from the V8. However there are slightly larger aerodynamic parts, anda air outlets on the hood. The V12 Vantage achieves a top speed of 305 km/h and accelerates 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, all made possible by a monster engine producing 510 BHP/6500 RPM and 58.1 kgfm/5750 RPM.
Everything possible has been done to lower the weight of the car. The extra 100 kg from the bigger engine has been trimmed off at the brakes, aluminium wheels, and an assortment of carbon and aluminium parts all over the car, holding down the increase to +50 kg at 1680 kg.
In addition , the engine is mounted front midship, and the suspension was thoroughly developed on Nürburgring. By doing so Aston Martin has succeded in maintaining the dynamic balance particular to the Vantage Series.
As a testament to this, the car was entered in the 2009 Nürburgring 24 Hour Race in almost stock condition aside from what modifications were required to participate, and won its class in the Race. This is the ultimate sportscar for those that demand a certain degree of class.
Sources : caranddriver.com ; Gran Turismo 5 ( pictures from Gran Turismo 5 photomode )
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