As spectacular as present Aston Martins are, it’s a disgrace the automaker’s 5.9-liter, naturally aspirated V12 is now not in use. This engine was lauded for its efficiency and the sound it produced and was one of many key elements that made trendy Astons so particular.
To rejoice this engine in all of its glory, Lovecars not too long ago gathered collectively two of the ultimate Aston Martins that used it. First is the eye-catching Vantage GT12, featured right here in a vibrant shade of inexperienced extra becoming of a Lamborghini than a British sports activities automotive.
In the GT12, the engine is sweet for 592 hp and 461 lb-ft (625 Nm) of torque. The automotive suggestions the scales at 1,565 kg (3,450 lbs) and can apparently hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and a prime pace of 185 mph (298 km/h). It’s value declaring, nevertheless, that the GT12 was not designed to be a straight-line weapon and is as a substitute extra centered on on-track efficiency.
In the opposite nook comes the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante. It additionally makes use of the marque’s 5.9-liter V12, however has 595 hp and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque. However, at 1,739 kg (3,833 lbs), it weighs considerably greater than the Vantage GT12.
Off the road, each automobiles launch with only a contact of wheel spin. As they dash down the runway, they continue to be neck and neck however, because the race progresses, the superior power-to-weight ratio of the GT12 sees it slowly overtake the Vanquish and end roughly one automotive size forward.