Using the 1998 V8 Vantage V600 as inspiration, Aston Martin’s Q department will build 14 ultimate V12 Vantages
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As Aston Martin’s model range continues to rapidly convert itself to the next-generation architecture first introduced by the DB11, Aston Martin’s Q branch (yes, it’s really called that) has applied its hand to a strict 14-car run of limited-edition V12 Vantage V600 models. Each features bespoke styling, upgraded drivetrains and the desirable combination of a V12 engine matched to a manual gearbox, and will be the ultimate expression of VH-architecture Aston Martins.
Distinguished from lesser Aston Martin V12 Vantage models by a variety of new styling elements, the bodywork is bespoke to the V600, made possible by adopting carbonfibre construction. One of the more dramatic changes is the AMR-like single grill opening sat within a new, simplified front bumper sporting a delicate front splitter and subtly reshaped headlight openings.
Elements familiar to the all-new Vantage are also visible, such as the new bonnet, which features the same geometric punctuations, here replacing the iconic slats that went on to define the V12 Vantage over lesser siblings. The Vantage’s side strakes have also been modernised, again mimicking the new-generation Vantage.
The rear arches have been widened, leading to a new rear bumper integrating quad-exhaust tips, a first for the Vantage across all its derivatives. The wheels are new centre-locking forged units.
The changes aren’t just skin-deep, however, as the V600 harks back to its 20-year-old predecessor, the V8 Vantage V600, with the same 600PS, or 592bhp, power figure. That number comes from the previous-generation 6-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, and sits only a few bhp behind Aston’s ultimate iteration of that power unit in the late Vanquish S, but still 26bhp more than the last V12 Vantage S. The engine is connected exclusively to Aston Martin’s seven-speed manual transmission.
Although no images have been released of the V600’s interior, it will feature a combination of carbonfibre and dark anodised aluminium components, combined with bespoke analogue dials and a machined gearlever.
A display of the capability of Aston Martin’s Q department, the V12 Vantage V600 should easily hit its brief of being the most specialised Vantage model of that generation, as well as give us a clue about what the future of Q by Aston Martin might achieve.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk