Naturally aspirated V12? Check. Six-speed manual? Oh yeah.
Although an all-new Aston Martin V8 Vantage now exists, there’s no V12 Vantage replacement, at least not yet. Partly because of this lineup void, Aston Martin’s bespoke division, Q by Aston Martin, fulfilled a customer commission to build one final V12 Vantage. That customer ultimately agreed to allow 14 examples to be built. Based on previous generation-based V12 Vantage, the V12 Vantage produces a total of 600 hp, courtesy of its naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine, mated solely to a six-speed manual.
It’s about as analog as one can get these days, a combination that won’t be around much longer. Called the “Triple V”, a total of seven coupes and seven roadsters will be built. Aston Martin claims this is the “ultimate analog Vantage.” The engine has been slightly upgraded, but the most noticeable alterations are in the styling department. For starters, there’s a full carbon fiber exterior. It’s also worth noting the V12 V600 is influenced by the original V8 Vantage V600 from 1998. Therefore, the new car features a re-imagined side-strake and a bulging hood to create an overall more aggressive look. The darkened front grille offers maximum air and cooling, which is obviously vital for a V12.
Out back there’s a new carbon fiber diffuser and a quad exhaust system. The final exterior upgrades include a set of bespoke forged and machined aluminum wheels. Step inside and you’ll find an abundance of even more carbon fiber along with dark anodized aluminum bits. Even the center console is made solely of carbon fiber. The seats are lightweight and even have a new perforation pattern. Lastly, there’s a hand-crafted saddle leather center armrest. Official pricing has not been announced, but clearly the V12 Vantage V600 is for seriously and wealthy collectors only. Aston Martin says deliveries will begin for the select few buyers later this year.