June 9, 2012
2012 Aston Martin Vantage: What Is It?
Vantage is Aston Martin’s entry-level car. Originally, “Vantage” was Aston’s label for cars with a hotter than standard engine. Now it is a model range. Vantage is strictly a 2-seat car, while the longer DB9, Virage, and DBS models are available with a small back seat.
2012 AstonMartin Vantage: What’s New
For 2012, the V8 base cars get quicker steering, larger brakes, and styling tweaks previously found on the more expensive V8 S. The base V8′s optional 6-speed automated-manual transmission has been replaced by a 7-speed version also inherited from the V8 S model.
2012 Aston Martin Vantage: Model Lineup, Features, and Options
The Vantage lineup includes two ranges—the V8-powered cars and the V12 versions. The Vantage lineup starts with the V8 base. The V8 N420 adds unique styling, sport suspension, and more standard equipment. The V8 S also has sport suspension, along with 10 extra horsepower. The V12-powered Vantage comes in base and and a specially trimmed Carbon Black version. All V8 models are available in coupe and convertible body styles. The V12 is coupe only.
All cars have standard leather upholstery, xenon headlights, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Optional on V8 base and standard on all other models is a Sports Pack with firmer sport suspension and lightweight alloy wheels. A navigation system is standard on V12s and optional on V8s. Unique to the Vantage V12 is a Sport button that alters throttle response and exhaust tuning to suit performance driving. Other available features include Bang & Olufsen sound system, front- and rear-obstacle detection, and a trunk-mounted umbrella—tightly rolled of course.
2012 Aston Martin Vantage: Engines, Transmissions, and Drive Wheels
The V8 base and N420 models have a 420-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The V8 S has a 430-horsepower version of the V8 and is only available with the 7-speed automated manual. Aston Martin claims the V8 is capable of 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The base and N420 have a top speed of 180 mph, while the S can reach 190. Last year, Aston adopted the muscle-car formula of dropping its biggest engine in its smallest chassis and the V12 Vantage was born. The V12 Vantage has a 510-horsepower 5.9-liter engine with a mandatory 6-speed manual. Aston says the V12 accelerates 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 190. All Vantage models are rear-wheel drive.
2012 Aston Martin Vantage: Fuel Economy
For V8 models expect fuel economy of 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway with manual transmission and 14 city/21 highway with automated-manual. The EPA rates the V12 at 11 city/17 highway.
In Consumer Guide testing, a manual-transmission V8 Vantage averaged 15.8 mpg in city/highway driving.
2012 Aston Martin Vantage: Safety Features
The 2012 Aston Martin Vantage has a standard complement of expected and federally mandated safety features. Note, however, that curtain-side airbags are not offered; the included side airbags are designed to provide head and torso protection.
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