2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage - Official Photos and Info

While Aston Martin bolsters its racing efforts by preparing a pair of V-12 LMP1 prototypes for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the U.K. automaker also is upping its road-car game with the unveiling of the similarly-powered V-12 Vantage coupe at the Geneva auto show in March. Stemming from the V-12-powered Vantage RS concept introduced in late 2007 at Aston’s dedicated design studio, the production version was completed in little more than a year and will be limited to no more than 500 examples annually when deliveries commence in the third quarter of this year, the automaker says.

Big Engine, Little Car

Although not as over-the-top as the limited-edition One-77, the V-12 Vantage represents the grin-inducing marriage of Aston’s smallest, most-agile model with its 6.0-liter V-12 engine. Rather than using the 600-hp racing V-12 from the DBR9 race car, as did the RS concept, Aston chose to use the DBS's existing V-12, which produces 510 hp at 6500 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 5750 rpm. With the Vantage’s lighter weight compared with the DBS serving as the equalizer, the company says the V-12 should propel the 3700-pound Vantage to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 190 mph, besting the last DBS we tested by a small margin.

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