The send-off for the Vantage is set to be special.
Aston Martin has been turning its fortunes nicely thanks to the DBX, an SUV that is now responsible for more than 50% of the brand's sales. Thanks to the success of the swanky SUV, Aston Martin can still focus some of its attention on offerings that make the enthusiast happy, and few are as hotly anticipated as the new Vantage V12. We've seen a prototype tearing up the Nurburgring, but official info from Aston Martin has not been forthcoming. The British marque then released its first teaser a couple of weeks back, giving us a taste of what the new engine would sound like. Now, we get our first glimpse of the special sportscar's front end.
Sadly, the teaser is intentionally blurred, but we do see that the front grille is gaining a set of horizontal slats not visible on the regular car. It also appears that the new bumper design will get additional side intake ducts and splitters on either side. The hood is purposefully dark, but spy shots from earlier in the year suggest that this will stick with the tradition of gaining heat-extracting vents. Those spy shots also show widened arches, suggesting a wider track for better handling. At the rear of the car, we're expecting a much more radical diffuser and a pair of central-exit exhaust tips. A small Gurney flap was also seen on the rear spoiler of the prototype, but we're not too sure if this will make production.
Under that large hood, we're expecting to see a pair of turbochargers for the first time in a V12-powered Aston Martin Vantage. Along with 5.2 liters of capacity from the V12 Speedster's powerplant, this car won't be slow. However, there'll likely be a drop in power compared to what we get in the 700-horsepower roofless special edition. The Vantage is expected to be detuned to 670 hp, but that's still a massive increase over the last V12 Vantage, which produced 563 hp from its naturally aspirated motor. A few more teasers are bound to appear before the reported March reveal, so keep checking back here for more info and better imagery as the build-up to its reveal continues.