One word: phenomenal. Three words: poetry in motion. Seven words: smooth, reassuringly responsive, stable and extraordinarily fast.
If you need a daily dose of excitement in your life, then the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is for you. Aston Martin’s most extreme sports car, the new V12 Vantage S, has been confirmed as the brand’s fastest-accelerating production car to date – with the exception of the limited edition, and sold-out, One-77 hypercar.
At first glance you can tell the Vantage S is British precision engineering at its very best, and I was instantly impressed. Despite the greedy looking grille, restyled to reflect its position as the flagship of the new Vantage range, it catches the eye as a stunning piece of metal. Even the adventurous colour Zanzibar orange doesn’t detract from the understated style and elegance of the car’s smooth and sleek flowing lines.
Inside, as out, the new car has been styled to reflect its powerful nature. You slide comfortably into the new style seating – extra yoga lessons are not required. And the interior is exactly what you’d expect: refined contemporary leather upholstery with distinctive, prominent, coordinated stitching, an uncluttered dashboard with instruments intuitively where you’d want them to be, and operating as you’d expect them to.
With minimal instruction, I found everything I needed and more as I began the simply superb driving experience. The automatic gearbox allows you to just point and go, which of course makes the drive incredibly effortless – and relaxing, if it wasn’t quite so exciting!
The new Sportshift gearbox is a major development, the paddle gear changes meaning you can drive the automatic harder and faster so that you get a sense of involvement rather than being carried along on a dream.
Whether chicaning down country lanes or powering down a motorway you are comforted by the ease at which you can go up and down the accelerator at all speeds. Sadly though, I didn’t get to trouble the top half of the dial which runs up to 220mph…
As you’re cruising along you begin to feel you have got to grips with this glorious machine and you really do relax into it. That is, until you spot the button marked ‘S’ for sport mode. And suddenly, you’re no longer relaxed…
The tiger’s been let out of the cage. The steering’s harder, the accelerator more responsive and you’re shifting along even faster. Now the car has really got your attention, and if you’re not fully engaged then you’ll easily end up where you shouldn’t. Brilliant! Whew!
Pure power, beautifully presented.
BQ West Midlands would like to thank Aston Martin for the use of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. The on-the-road price of the car driven by John Hodgson is £161,760. For more information, please visit www.astonmartin.com