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by Matt Brogan

Update 13/12/2007 – New photos added.

Maintaining our Aston Martin theme today (and why wouldn’t we) comes news from Gaydon, England – the home of AM, of an RS version of the Vantage Coupe, complete with V12 engine!

The modified 6.0-litre V12, sourced from the DBRS9 production class racer, produces a very healthy 447kW, an increase of 164kW over the standard V8 Vantage. The engine is pushed deep in to the engine bay ensuring almost ideal weight distribution at 51:49 whilst conquering 0-100km/h in four seconds flat.

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A significant reduction in mass has been achieved thanks to the carbon fibre weight loss program, seeing bonnet and boot lid replaced and all non-essential items removed. The car weighs just a tad over 1,500kg giving it almost 300kW of power per tonne.

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Finished in the same Glacial Blue paint work as our road test convertible, the RS Vantage may be considered for a small production run.

The V12 Vantage RS is expected to cost more than Aston’s flagship DBS (which should start at around $425,000 AUD when it lands in Australia in March.

You’ll have to wait a while before we can review this one, in the mean time have a read of our V8 Vantage review.




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