Aston Martin eyes up possible V12 Vantage
For now, the new Vantage will stick with a V8 engine only
A more powerful V12 Vantage is ‘technically possible’ says Aston Martin boss, but there’s no decision on whether it will make production
A V12 version of the Aston Martin Vantage is technically possible, but no decision has yet been made to put it into production, according to CEO Andy Palmer.
Speaking at the launch of the new Vantage, Palmer highlighted that it had been developed with a new, sportier character in mind as part of Aston’s push to give each of its models different characters, adding that the V8’s weight benefits contributed to that. “The V12 is a question we’ll consider, but there has been no decision yet,” said Palmer.
“Technically, it is very possible. The engine bay has been designed to replicate that of the DB11, so the pick-up points and so on are all there. The V12 would fit without the need for extensive modifications.
“But we have to consider the character of the new Vantage. This is our rebel, a really sporty car that stands out for its handling. The V12 has many great attributes, but the extra weight would bring some differences in character that we’d need to consider.”
Palmer has already confirmed that a manual V8 version of the Vantage will be developed, as well as a roadster, with both set to be launched over the next 18 months to two years.
Source: Autocar Online