2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Priced at $181,345

Power, it seems, always comes with a price -- and that's no exception for the new 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage. The sports car arrives in North American showrooms this fall wearing a base price of $181,345, including both destination and gas guzzler fees.

The difference between the V12 Vantage and the existing V8 Vantage lies, of course, within the engine bay. Instead of the 4.3-liter V-8 used in the V8 Vantage, the V12 model shoehorns the DBS' 5.9-liter V-12 underhood. The 510-horsepower 12-cylinder engine, mated only with a six-speed manual transmission, is capable of rocketing the Vantage from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds (0.8 seconds faster than the V8 Vantage) and to a top speed of 190 mph -- 15 mph faster than its eight-cylinder sibling.

Make no mistake about it, this is a hardcore, driver-focused machine. By using forged aluminum wheels, lightweight inner rear fenders, along with both a hood and front splitter fabricated from carbon fiber, Aston's managed to strip a considerable amount of weight from the Vantage. In fact, the V12 Vantage weighs only 110 pounds more than the V8 Vantage -- impressive, considering the V-12 engine itself is 220 pounds heavier than the V-8. Drivers will also appreciate the standard carbon ceramic disc brakes, along with the suspension tuning similar to that of a V8 Vantage equipped with the sport pack.

Want some extra show with all that go? Aston's high-trim V12 Vantage Carbon Black Edition is also headed stateside. For an extra $15,000, the Carbon Black package adds a bespoke metallic black paints (which takes nearly 50 hours of prep work to finish), a unique set of 10-spoke diamond-turned wheels, and a new grille. Inside, the cabin is treated to hand-stitched black leather accented with silver stitching. Black tread plates, unique doorsill plates, and the premium 700-watt sound system are also included in the package.

Early examples of the V12 Vantage won't arrive at U.S. dealers until this fall, but dealers are now accepting orders for the car. If interested, we'd recommend placing a deposit sooner than later, as Aston plans on building only 1000 examples.

Source: Aston Martin

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