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Meet the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Tue, 28 May 2013

Aston Martin revealed the 2015 V12 Vantage S supercar on Tuesday. Besides the limited-run One-77 supercar, it's claimed to be the fastest road-going Aston ever built. The Vantage S is on sale now; first deliveries will start at the beginning of 2014.

The V12 Vantage S is powered by a new version of the company's 6.0-liter V12, codenamed AM28. It delivers 565 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque, both up from last year's model, which was pegged at 510 hp and 420 lb-ft. Torque also comes in early, with 376 lb-ft available from just 1,000 rpm. Top speed of the new Vantage is a very supercar-like 205 mph.

Sending power rearward is the third generation of the seven-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission by Graziano. It saves 55 pounds versus the outgoing unit and offers quick gear changes, like a dual-clutch setup.

For the first time in a Vantage, drivers will be able to select from three adaptive suspension damping modes for normal, sport and track driving. The system also changes the power-steering assist -- which is still hydraulic, by the way, and not electric. In front, independent double wishbones take center stage. They incorporate anti-dive geometry, coil springs, antiroll bar and monotube dampers. The rear gets a similar setup, but with dual-rate coil springs. A limited-slip differential is standard.

Racing parts have made their way onto the new Vantage S including CNC-machined combustion chambers, a hollow camshaft and a new exhaust system similar to the One-77's. Aston says the exhaust is lighter and sounds better than the last version.

The body gets a slight refresh for 2015. It's most visible in the front grille, which no longer sports the horizontal chrome bars. Instead, the Vantage gets a blacked-out honeycomb look. We're guessing the Ford Fusion's new styling helped initiate the change, though Aston says the grille was inspired by the CC100 Speedster concept that debuted at the 24 Hours of N

By Jake Lingeman