As the all-new V8 Vantage rolls out of Gaydon, Aston Martin waves farewell to the previous generation model with a bang, and have done so by bringing back nameplate from the past. Dubbed the V600 Vantage, it shares the same name as the marque's 'muscle car' from the late 90's and shares many of its principles.
Aston Martin says it is the most extreme iteration of the 'VH' model, the same way the old V600 was the most potent version of the 90's version before it was discontinued. From the name itself, the V600 Vantage produces 600 PS and it makes that power without any use of turbo or superchargers. Yes, that 6.0-liter V12 is naturally aspirated, a bold move in today's era of boost. That's 28 PS more than the old V12 Vantage S from the mid-2010's as well.
Being touted as 'the most extreme' V12 Vantage, Aston Martin won't even offer an automatic transmission for the low-slung coupe. Just like its 90's forebear, the new V600 Vantage comes with a manual transmission but this time, it gets seven speeds. With those figures (and perhaps some quick shifting), Aston Martin claims a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds, along with a top speed of 330 km/h. To keep the car planted on the road, the V600 Vantage comes with three-stage adaptive dampers.
The beefed up engine is complemented by a bolder, more aggressive body kit. At the front is a unique, matte-finished grill which is perforated rather than slatted. A deeper front chin also separates it from the standard (and outgoing) V12 Vantage. Plus, the hood gets a bulge to, in Aston Martin's words, 'hint the power that lies underneath'.
There are other unique details to the exterior as well. Strakes are seen on the sides, as well slimmer door mirror arms. Its rear bumper features integreted diffusers and larger exhaust pipes. Wrapping up the exterior changes are a set of bespoke center-lock wheels which are forged and machined to shave off weight.
Changes have been made to the interior too. The seats are now made of a lightweight material and feature a perforated pattern. The center console is finished in carbon fiber and so to is the center console. Other touches include a hand-crafted saddle leather center armrest and a 'machined-from-solid' gear shifter.
Only 14 of these models will be produced with an even split between coupes and convertibles.