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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/14/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage gains a new exterior color: Diavolo Red.

Vehicle Summary

Serving as the range-topping model in the Aston Martin Vantage lineup, the V12 Vantage is a two-seat, rear-drive sports car powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 with 565 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy isn’t a priority, as the car is focused on performance, and is rated at 12/18 mpg city/highway.


Since it emphasizes performance, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage is a potent driving machine with good steering feel, front-end grip, and quick turn-ins, with excellent handling. The powerful V-12 engine and seven-speed transmission allow it to accelerate quickly and rev willingly towards redline. However, the gearbox lacks refinement and is slow to engage from a stop or at lower speeds, making the V12 Vantage hard to drive in city traffic.

Aston Martin enables buyers to personalize their cars through an extensive list of customization options for the entire lineup. The V12 Vantage is available with more than 30 exterior colors, five wheel designs, carbon-fiber accents, two-tone upholsteries in leather and/or Alcantara, and contrast stitching.

What We Think

As a sports car, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage excels with impressive handling and a potent, high-revving engine. In a First Drive we said that during spirited driving, the car feels better than the original incarnation of the V12 Vantage, which came out in 2005, with “great steering feel and weight, quick turn-in, incredible front end grip, and an engine that pulls hard and is eager to rev.”

However, the seven-speed automatic that was added in the 2013 model year isn’t as refined in daily driving conditions because of its slow clutch engagement and rough shifts at slow speeds. The car’s carbon-ceramic brakes are also a weak point because they require a lot of heat to work properly and “get grabby” and noisy when they’re not hot. In a comparison test against the Jaguar XKR-S GT, the V12 Vantage lost because of the gearbox’s lack of refinement and slow engagement off the line.

You’ll Like

  • Fun to drive
  • Plenty of personalization options
  • V-12 engine revs willingly and happily

You Won’t Like

  • Unrefined transmission
  • Gas guzzler
  • Noisy carbon-ceramic brakes

Key Competitors

  • Bentley Continental GT/GTC V8 S
  • Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
  • Audi R8 V10 Plus
  • BMW M6
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S


3 star


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