- Spirit of 1998 V8 Aston Martin Vantage V600 breathes again
- Seven coupes, seven roadsters, in limited run
- V12 engine – 450kW with seven-speed manual gearbox
GAYDON, England – The legendary Aston Martin Vantage V600 has been reborn as a customer-commissioned and limited run of an all-new Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600s, inspired and influenced by the original V8 Vantage V600.
Way back in 1998, Aston Martin offered the most extreme iteration of its Vantage sport car, the supercharged V8 Vantage V600 that boasted 600bhp (450kW), making it one of the most powerful sport cars of its time ”a car of extremes”.
Two decades on and the Brit automaker’s unique personalisation service, ‘Q by Aston Martin’, has received a customer’s commission for a strictly-limited run of 14 brand-new and hand-assembled Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600s units – seven coupes and seven roadsters – called the ‘Triple V’.
Underpinned by the previous-generation ‘VH’ Vantage, the 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 combines the modern performance of a muscle sportscar with timeless styling, creating the ultimate analogue Vantage.
‘REMAINS A CLASSIC’
Marek Reichman, AM’s vice-president and chief creative officer, told The Corner in a media release: “This is precisely why we created our ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service. Customers can create truly bespoke sport cars by personally collaborating with me and Aston Martin’s design team.
”The V600 badge remains a classic in Aston Martin’s heritage and I’m proud to see it adorn the V12 Vantage V600 again.”
Each unit – described as ”designed to excite the senses” – will have an upgraded version of Aston Martin’s six-litre, non-turbo, V12 capable of 450kW and hitched to a seven-speed manual transmission. The package will ride on a front and rear dual independent wishbone suspension with three-stage adaptive shock-absorbers.
AM comments: ”The cars have a commanding road presence emphasised with assertive cues across its full carbon-fibre exterior. Like the 1990s classic, the the new V600 has a re-imagined strake and a bulging bonnet to admit the power beneath.
”A unique darkened grille provides maximum air and cooling to the engine and the tail still signals the car’s powerful nature.”
An all-new carbon-fibre diffuser is a backdrop to an ”attention-grabbing quad exhaust system” and the external look of the V600 is further distinguished by centre-lock, forged, and machined, aluminium wheel rims.
The cabin, AM says, ”is a study in the beauty of carbon fibre and dark anodised aluminium”.
Light seats have an all-new perforation pattern, there’s a carbon-fibre centre console, (see second image) and ”bespoke” driving information dials. A hand-made, saddle-leather, central armrest adds to comfort and style within ergonomic reach of the machined-from-solid gear-shifter.
The 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 will be available from the third quarter of 2018 but is not likely to been seen in South Africa, according to an industry source. Perhaps because the price could be as high as the equivalent of R17-million!