A more powerful V12 Vantage is 'technically possible' says Aston Martin boss, but there's no decision on whether it will make production
Jim Holder
15 December 2017

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.

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15 December 2017

I suggest they use the excuse of needing more room for the V12 to row back from the stupidities of that front end - building it and then defending it. And if I was promoting a luxury branded sports car (AM is a global Top 10 luxury brand) I wouldn't present it in what looks like the the signature colour of a well recognised Ford. 

15 December 2017

Yep, they really messed up on that front and back. What on earth were they thinking! Who buys and Aston for performance?  It's all about looks, and that thing is fugly.  

15 December 2017
The option of a manual.

In itself a reason to rejoice.

15 December 2017

There's no doubt eventually they'll put the V12 in there.


Just wish they'd fix the looks first.


15 December 2017

Ditto, of course the V12 will be slotted in....!

Peter Cavellini.

16 December 2017

V12 is on the current Vantage 2 seater it. V12 could be option for the Vantage buyers. I think Daniel Will buy one. He own couple of Aston Martin Vantage. In 2013 he got a V12 Vantage Volante on his 45th Birthday after his third 007 flick. You might say his off screen Bond mobile without the gadgets.

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