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After what has felt like an eternity, Aston Martin is finally revealing a follow-up to the monstrous character that was the last-gen V12 Vantage. We've been salivating over the thought since Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers teased a new Vantage variant more than a year ago. Since then, teasers have slowly trickled in, with the first giving us a shadowy look at the profile of the car and more recent releases confirming some elements of the styling. The very last teaser arrived yesterday, bringing with it the promise of "a deafening roar." Just a few hours remain before the latest version of the Aston Martin Vantage is revealed, but somebody has stolen the Brits' thunder by leaking the car early.
The teaser we got yesterday showed a semi-transparent digital car cover, and from what we could see through it, the above leak posted by @allcarnews on Instagram seems to be legitimate. A huge rear wing is complemented by an absolutely enormous rear diffuser with a pair of central exhaust exits. Plenty of carbon fiber is scattered about, including along the profile, where large vents channel air down the side of the car, likely as part of the brake cooling system. In front, the fascinating hood is arguably the most special we've seen on an Aston to date. Interestingly, this leak suggests red brake calipers will be exhibited on launch, while the teaser from yesterday showed white - although that could merely have been a different option. A large carbon splitter helps complete the look of the widened front end.
There is a slight chance that the supposed leak is actually a very accurate render, but we have a feeling that this is the real thing. Of course, we'll know for sure in a few hours, but while we wait, let's run over what we're expecting. The 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 that we get in the DB11 and DBS is sure to be under the hood, with output expected to be in the region of 700 horsepower, all of which will go to the rear axle via an automatic transmission of some sort. We look forward to validating these estimates later today, but has Aston gone too far with the styling this time? Is the overall look just right? Either way, you can bet that the last Aston Martin Vantage with a V12 will sell out ridiculously quickly.
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