This is sure to be a special send-off.
When Aston Martin first put a V12 into the Vantage, it seemed like an absolutely bonkers idea, but in the time since that car's demise, fans of the brand have been clamoring for the British marque to do the same to the modern Vantage. Sure, there have been highly limited Zagato versions of the small sports car with V12 power, and we loved them, but such cars are never driven because of their exquisite design that makes them insanely expensive. Fortunately, we've seen a prototype of a new V12-powered Vantage, and now Aston Martin has officially confirmed the car with a new teaser video. It's a short one, but it's certainly sweet.
Aston Martin clearly knows how important this car is to its fans and customers, as evidenced by the short blurb accompanying this video: "You've heard about it. You will certainly hear it coming. V12 Vantage. It's not just a Limited Edition, it's a Final Edition. Returning in 2022."
That tells us a few things, most obviously that the new Aston will be revealed next year. But it's also a bittersweet message as it informs us that the Vantage is about to die, with future products expected to incorporate some form of electrification. Still, for the lucky few who get to experience this brutal machine, there could be no better way to say goodbye than this monster, which is Aston Martin's way of living up to the tagline "Never leave quietly."
Reports have claimed that the final edition will be called the Vantage V12 RS, but Aston makes no mention of such a name here. Regardless, we expect the new model to be powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo motor which, in the V12 Speedster, develops 690 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque, a considerable jump from the 503 horses offered in the V8-powered Aston Martin Vantage. As for pricing, we expect a considerable jump from the $140k-$180k range that the existing model plays in, but with loads more grunt, exciting new body styling, and the power of desirability being enhanced by its likely limited production run, we don't think Aston will struggle to shift these. Now if you'll excuse us, we need a few moments alone with that sound clip again.