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2013-06-21 07:23

WORTHY OF ITS WINGS: The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S has been named the fastest Vantage yet with a top speed of 330km/h and a 3.9sec zero to 100km/h figure. Image: Newspress

 
LONDON, England - Aston Martin’s most extreme sports car, the new V12 Vantage S, has been confirmed as the brand’s fastest accelerating production car to date – with the exception of the limited, and sold-out, One-77 hypercar.

The time: a scorching 3.9sec to 100km/h. Top speed: 330km/h (the fastest production car in Aston Martin’s awesome 100-year history to wear the Aston Martin wings). Thrill factor: 10/10.

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Its six-litre V12 with the latest engine management is capable of 421kW and 620Nm at 5750rpm but to experience it you'll need £138 000 - the equivalent of about R2.14-million.

Daytona Group South Africa says there are a few orders already confirmed locally and the cars should arrive by November 2013, pricing is expected to be from R2.85-million.

SHEER POWER

The car is also as flexible as it is powerful. Low-rev torque – measured at 1000rpm – is 510Nm and drives the rear wheels through a new Sportshift III automated manual transmission.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The new V12 Vantage S brings our winning GT3 race formula to the road. It’s a car for customers who want superior sporting performance in a gentleman’s suit.

"It’s the most pure, yet understated, driving machine we can imagine today.”

Race-car technology exists throughout the V12 Vantage S developed while lapping the "Green Hell" - Germany’s Nurburgring.

Ian Minards, Aston Martin's product development director, said: “Harnessing the sheer, raw, power of the AM28 engine – ensuring it is delivered in the most coherent, engaging way – was a challenge for the engineering team but this record acceleration figure ably demonstrates that it is one we have more than met.

“With great motorsport successes already under our belt and our superb showing at the recent Nurburgring 24 Hour, plus the excitement of Le Mans just around the corner, it seems fitting that our most extreme road-going Vantage yet claims this acceleration record now.”

FAST AND SMART

The car has technology to let its driver accurately tune ride and handling. Three-stage adaptive damping means the driver can more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character and exploit its clear performance potential. ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic capability as the system governs the level of power-steering assistance offered.

Working alongside the extended adaptive damping system is a ‘Sport’ mode, controlled via a button on the centre console, which alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to the driver’s requirements.
 

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