WATCH | Limited-run V12 Vantage a swansong for Aston Martin's most popular sports car

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The swansong for the current Aston Martin Vantage has gone into production. The V12-powered Vantage is the culmination of this model range's legacy, and it will be the last time that Aston's 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine will be fitted to the Vantage.

According to Aston Martin, the car's engine produces 515kW and 753Nm - an increase of 140kW/68Nm over the V8 Vantage. The V12 Vantage is not too shabby in the performance department either, clearing 100km/h from standstill in 3.4 seconds and running a 322km/h top speed. The automaker says that it will only 333 units of this very limited car for the global market, and order books have been closed following 'unprecedented demand'.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Moers, said of the V12 Vantage: "Every great sportscar brand has a hero car. For Aston Martin in more recent years, that car has been the V12 Vantage. Now it is time to bring this bloodline to a close, fittingly with the most spectacular example yet - the fastest, most powerful, and most dynamically capable V12 Vantage ever. A celebration of its forebears and an embodiment of Aston Martin's intensifying focus on driving dynamics, it ensures the V12 Vantage goes out on the highest of highs."

The V12 Vantage sends power via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission to the rear wheels. The sports car also has a mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) on the rear axle.

Production of the V12 Vantage is due to commence in Q1 of 2022, with the first deliveries scheduled to begin during Q2 2022.

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