Aston Martin eyes up that possible V12 Vantage

A V12 version of the Aston Martin Vantage is technically possible, but no decision has yet been made to put it into production, according to CEO Andy Palmer.

Speaking at the launch of the new view, Palmer stressed that it has been developed with a new sports character into account as part of Aston’s push to give each of its models of different characters, adding that the V8 weight advantages have contributed to that. “The V12 is a question that we will consider, but there has been no decision yet,” said Palmer.

“Technically, it is very possible. The engine bay has been designed to replicate that of the DB11, so that the pick-up points and so on are all there. The V12 would fit without the need of major modifications.

“But we have to take into account the character of the new view. This is our rebellious, actually a sports car that stands out for its handling. The V12 has many attributes, but the extra weight could lead to some differences in character that we would have to take into account.”

Palmer has already confirmed that a manual V8 version of the Vantage will be developed, as well as a roadster, with both set to be released in the next 18 months to two years.