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(from Aston Martin
Press Release) At the official opening of Aston Martin's first ever
dedicated design center in Gaydon, Warwickshire, on Tuesday 11
December, Dr Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive Officer, thrilled an
audience of more than seven hundred VIP guests with a surprise
unveiling of a stunning new 600bhp performance concept car; the V12
The V12 Vantage RS concept is based on Aston Martins critically
acclaimed V8 Vantage coupe, but the companys design and engineering
team have fully exploited the design flexibility of their unique VH
architecture and the motor sport development of their 6.0 litre V12
engine to create a dramatic and production feasible concept car
focussed on extreme performance and dynamics.
In a speech to the assembled guests, Ulrich Bez said: Over the last
five years, we have established a reputation for presenting fully
functional, feasible concept cars, and the V12 Vantage RS is no
exception. We will listen with interest to feedback on this concept
and, as ever, if there is sufficient demand then we will seriously
consider a low volume production run in the near future with a price
that will reflect the exclusivity of the car.
With our dedicated production facilities, our own engine plant, our
own unique vehicle architecture and now a dedicated design studio,
we have the ideal framework to bring new models such as this to
market and to further establish Aston Martin as the ultimate
independent luxury sports car company.
Although the 600bhp power output of the V12 Vantage RS concept will
be the focus of attention, just as significant is the level of
weight reduction achieved by Aston Martins engineering team. With a
kerb weight of less than 1600kg, the RS concept underlines Aston
Martins continued commitment to intelligent use of materials and
weight reduction as a means of achieving improved efficiency and
performance. In common with the recently launched DBS, the bonnet
and trunk lid are moulded in carbon fibre and the concept also
adopts motor sport-inspired carbon ceramic brake discs.
The subtly aggressive exterior appearance is driven by function. The
dramatic bonnet louvres extract air from the fully ducted cooling
pack and the trunk lid features a deployable spoiler that rises
automatically at high speeds to increase rear down force. The front
bumper features cooling ducts for the carbon ceramic brakes and a
carbon fibre splitter to balance down force.
Director of Design, Marek Reichman, commented: Much of Aston
Martins recent success has come from the ability of our designers
and engineers to work hand-in-hand to optimise form and function.
Our new dedicated design centre will take this process to a new
level and I am delighted that the V12 Vantage RS is the first car to
stand on the turntable in the studio.
The 600bhp 6.0 litre engine featured in the V12 Vantage RS concept
has benefited directly from the race development of this acclaimed
power unit. It features a dry sump lubrication system, tuned length
exhaust manifolds, forged pistons and steel con-rods, revised lift
and duration camshafts and modified cylinder heads. Peak power is
achieved at 6250rpm and peak torque of 690Nm is at 5000rpm.
With a power-to-weight ratio of over 375bhp per ton, the V12 Vantage
RS concept is the fastest accelerating road car ever built by the
company, capable of reaching 62mph (100km/h) from rest in 4.0
seconds and 100mph (160km/h) in just 8.5 seconds.
The unveiling of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS concept concludes a
remarkable year of new product announcements for the British
manufacturer. In the last twelve months the company has launched two
of the most eagerly anticipated sports cars of the year the DBS
and Vantage Roadster and announced details of the DB9 LM and V8
Vantage N400 special editions which celebrate the companys racing
successes at Le Mans and the Nϋrburgring. All of these models now
join the award-winning V8 Vantage, DB9 and DB9 Volante models in
production at the companys Gaydon headquarters.