About all that stands out in TopGear.com’s review of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is the end of the second sentence – “ … it’s more powerful than ever, and it’s louder” – along with the accompanying photos of the stylish sports car.
But, then again, power, noise and flashy pics can do much to mask muddled writing.
Yes, for the vast majority of us plebeians, dreaming of owning an Aston Martin is akin to window shopping on Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive – except, perhaps, you might get something a little more tangible for your money.
Perhaps that’s why TopGear loaded its review of the V12 Vantage S with jargon that makes it practically incomprehensible at first glance.
Following on from the Rapide S revealed earlier this year, the new Vantage S replaces the old V12 Vantage, and sports Aston’s new AM28 6-litre V12 engine, producing the same figures as the Vanquish. So you’re looking at 565bhp – up from 510bhp – 457lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 205mph. The old car did a piffling 183mph; positively pedestrian.
Aston hasn’t revealed the 0-62mph time, but if the heavier Vanquish can do it in 4.1s, expect this car, weighing 1,665kg (3,671lbs), to go a fraction quicker. Aston assures us that outside of the One-77 hypercar, this new Vantage S is the fastest road-going AM offered, which is nice.
That 6-litre gets racing tech, too, including CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts. Then there’s the new automated manual transmission (for too long a traditional Aston vulnerability), or “Sportshift III,” a development of the ‘box from the V8 Vantage. We’re promised “motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery” using technology filtered down from the company’s GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars. We’re crossing our fingers here.
While I loved the line “The old car did a piffling 183 mph; positively pedestrian,” I’m not sure what to make of the likes of, “Aston assures us that outside of the One-77 hypercar, this new Vantage S is the fastest road-going AM offered,” or “We’re promised “motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery” using technology filtered down from the company’s GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars.”
What’s interesting is that Aston Martin’s own press release about the Vantage S is easier to decipher than the car magazine’s story about the vehicle.
Here’s a bit from the company’s release: “Equipped with the new 573 PS Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching 205 mph.”
That, I can understand easier than “you’re looking at 565bhp – up from 510bhp – 457lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 205mph.”
One supposes that when a car manufacturer comes up with something as elegant and potent as the V12 Vantage S, all any magazine really needs to do to get the point across that it’s writing about one heck of a car is to slap a few snazzy photos up.
In that case, mission accomplished, TopGear.com.