New Aston Martin V12 Vantage: hardcore coupe set for 2023 release

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage is set to return, with the track-focused variant spied at the Nurburgring

Aston Martin looks set to revive the twelve-cylinder Vantage with an upcoming, hardcore version that has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring. The new car is set to be the most powerful Vantage ever built, and will go head-to-head with the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Although heavily disguised, this test mule features a set of aggressive modifications that set it apart from standard Aston Martin Vantage models by some distance. A huge front grille flanked by additional, aggressive air intakes hints at the increased cooling demand of a high-power V12, along with what look to be new cooling cut-outs in the bonnet beneath the disguise.

This test mule reveals little elsewhere, but there are further tell-tale signs of an uprated powerplant. There’s a new central exit twin-tailpipe exhaust setup, and this development car is fitted with a small, downforce-generating gurney flap on the rear ducktail, presumably to simulate the revised aero package of the final car during testing. 

High-speed stability will be paramount when the expected powerplant is Aston’s 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12, used by the DB11 and DBS Superleggera. Aston Martin’s limited-run, Vantage-derived V12 Speedster uses the same engine in 690bhp tune, and we predict a similar output for the top-flight Vantage.

Although the Speedster is based heavily on the current Vantage, the chassis structure ahead of the A-pillar is borrowed from the flagship DBS Superleggera, in order to package the larger twelve-cylinder engine. We may see a similar solution for the V12 Vantage, which will also use a more aggressive chassis setup in line with its track driving pretensions. 

The arrival of a hardcore Vantage could follow a comprehensive facelift due next year. The new model will form part of a brand offensive, dubbed ‘Project Horizon’ and instigated by CEO Tobias Moers, which will include a coupe SUV variant of the DBX, the recently unveiled Valhalla supercar and the potential for hybridization across the entire Aston Martin range. 

Given the upcoming, more stringent Euro 7 emissions standards, the V12-powered Vantage will probably be a limited-run swansong model, before the Vantage is replaced by an all-electric sports car in 2025.

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