On 11 December 2007, as part of Aston Martin's opening of their own design studio, the company unveiled a concept based on the V8 Vantage. The car, known as the V12 Vantage RS, features the V12 engine from the DBS, which produces 510 hp (380 kW). This power, along with an over all weight of 1,680 kg (3,704 lbs.), allows the car to reach 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 310 km/h (190 mph).
Other additions include a new rear diffuser, a rear-wing which can be raised or lowered, and carbon-ceramic brakes. The bootl id and vented bonnet are also made from carbon fibre to help decrease the car's weight.
On May 28, 2013, Aston Martin announced the V12 Vantage S - a sportier version of the V12 Vantage supercar that it is replacing. The V12 Vantage S produces 565 hp (421 kW) and 457 lb·ft (620 N·m) of torque from a newly designed 6-litre (5,935 cc) V12 engine called the AM28, which they will use as a base for future engines. The power is transferred to the rear wheels using a new seven-speed Sportshift III automated manual, which weighs 25 kg (55 lbs.) more than the Sportshift III.
The exhaust on the V12 Vantage S was developed from the company's own One-77 supercar, and gives the car its unique sound.
The V12 Vantage S can reach a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph), making it the fastest production Aston Martin in history. The car is 15 kg (33 lbs.) lighter than the V12 Vantage, features new three-stage adaptive damping for the suspension, new carbon ceramic brakes, and a unique track-mode to help drivers who want to take their car to the track.
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