We don't have to wait long for Aston Martin's V12 swansong.
The current-generation Aston Martin Vantage is finally getting the engine it deserves. Since it debuted for the 2018 model year, the Vantage has only been available with an AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, but this will change next year with the long-awaited return of the V12 Vantage.
After a mysterious Vantage prototype aroused our suspicions that Aston Martin is cooking up a new 12-cylinder monster, the new V12-powered Vantage was officially announced last week with a tantalizing teaser video allowing us to hear its sweet V12 soundtrack. Aston Martin confirmed the V12 Vantage will debut next year, but we now have a more specific timeframe.
According to inside sources via The Supercar Blog, the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage will be revealed in March 2022. Before then, the V12 model will be shown to potential customers at a private event next week. With production reportedly limited to just 299 units, the new V12 Vantage will be a rare sight on the road. Anyone lucky enough to secure an order will also pay a premium for this exclusivity, as the new Vantage is rumored to cost over $360,000.
Under the hood, power will be sourced from the same 5.2-liter V12 engine as the Aston Martin V12 Speedster where it generates 700 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, but the V12 Vantage will reportedly be detuned to 670 hp.
Still, this will be a substantial upgrade over the previous V12 Vantage S, which produced 563 hp from a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12. Compared to the regular V8 model, the new V12 Vantage will look more vicious thanks to its prominent spoiler, vented hood, and dual centrally-mounted exhaust tips. According to the source, it will also have a full carbon fiber body, so it will also be significantly lighter - a key element to help offset the V12's additional weight.
Its return will be bittersweet, however. In the teaser, Aston Martin referred to the V12 Vantage as a "Final Edition," implying this will be the last-ever V12-powered from the carmaker before it embraces full-on electrification. Let's hope this new Vantage gives Aston Martin's venerable V12 the send-off it deserves.