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  • 5/7/2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S review (2013 onwards) - MSN Cars UK

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    AstonMartinV12VantageSreview(2013onwards)AstonMartin'sfastestacceleratingproductioncarever

    AstonMartinV12VantageS:summaryThisistheAstonMartinV12VantageSmarktwo.Asiftheoriginalwasntbonkersenough,thislatestversiongetsevenmorepowerbutahostofusefultechthatmakesitmoredriveablethanever.

    What:AstonMartinV12VantageSWhere:PalmSprings,CaliforniaDate:October2013Price:138,000Available:nowKeyrivals:Ferrari458Italia,LamborghiniGallardo,McLaren12C,Porsche911TurboS

    Welike:insaneperformance,improveddynamics,epicnoiseWedontlike:datedswitchgear,potentialhandfulinthewet

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  • 5/7/2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S review (2013 onwards) - MSN Cars UK

    http://cars.uk.msn.com/reviews/aston-martin-v12-vantage-s-review-2013-onwards 2/5

    The V12Vantage S setsfire to commonsense

    By the middle ofthird gear you'rein dangerousterritory

    ReadanAstonMartinreviewBuyanAstonMartinV12VantageonAutoTraderOnBing:morepicsoftheAstonMartinV12Vantage

    AstonMartinV12VantageS:firstimpressionsNitpickinghealthandsafetybodswouldbeapoplecticallyfoamingatthemouthiftheycouldstandwhereIaminPalmSprings,California,surroundedbythevividhuesofAstonMartinsmostinsaneperformancecaryettheV12VantageS.

    ThedeeproaroftheV12woulddriveanynoiseabatementofficerroundthetwistandtheHealthandSafetyExecutivewouldarguethatputtingAstonMartinsmostpowerfulengineintoitssmallestcarisdangerousandfoolhardy.

    ButtheV12VantageStearsuptherulebook,setsfiretocommonsenseandstickstwofingersuptoconventionalwisdom.Forthatyouhavetoloveit.

    Firstlaunchedin2009,theoriginalV12VantagewaswidelyregardedamongaficionadosasthebestcarAstonMartinmade,despiteitskeennesstospityouofftheroadiftherewasahintofmoistureontheground.

    NowtheresaV12VantageSintown,withaheavilyrevisedversionofthe6.0V12,thewickturnedupfrom510hpto573hp,anewautomatedmanualgearboxandcleveradaptivesuspensiontomakethismodelanevenmorecompellingleftfieldchoice.

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    AstonMartinV12VantageS:performanceFivehundredandseventythreehorsepower.AwheelbasesimilarinsizetoaHondaJazz.Thatsanintoxicatingcombo.

    Zeroto60mphtakes3.7secondsandthecarwilltopoutat205mph,renderingtheV12VantageSlimitededitionOne77asidethefastestacceleratingcarAstonMartinhaseverbuilt.

    AtlowspeedsittrundlesalongintypicalV12fashionandyoucanfeelthelineagefromtheVanquish,RapideandDB9.Butnoneofthosecarsoffersanexperiencelikethiswhenyouopenthetaps.FloortheV12VantageSinanygearanditpunchesforwardswithapeakinessandhungerforrevsthatyoujustdontequatewithaV12.

    Youcandriveittwoways:ridingthegearsusing457lbftoftorqueandmakingrelativelydiscreetprogress,ortakefullcontrolofthepaddleshiftersandrevthecarhardineverygear.BearinmindthoughthatbythemiddleofthirdgearyouredeepintodangerousterritoryandthenoisewillquicklyalertanySmokeyBearswithinthevicinity.DrivinglikethisbrieflyacrossdesertedCalifornianmountainroads,wereinmassivedangerofhavingaroadsidechatwiththeFiveO.

    Butitshardtoresisttheurge,suchisthecharismaofthisengine.Youevengetusedtothegearbox,aSportshiftIIIsevenspeedautomatedmanualwithpaddleshiftsbehindthewheel.Changeupunderhardaccelerationandtheboxisquick,butifyoureonlydrivingatapercentageofthecarsabilityyoufeelabiglurchwhenyouselectthenextgear,thoughaslightliftofthethrottleasyourechangingsmoothsitout.

    Thegearboxisjustasstubbornwhenyourechangingdown,andaroundtowntheVantageSistoowiredtodrivesmoothlysoyourebestjuststickingthegearboxinautomatedDmodeandlettingtheslushboxdothechanging.

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