The Aston Martin Vantage V12 S, the most aggressive version yet of the junior range. With plenty of other, more softly tuned versions in the line up, AM has gone to town on the V12 S to make it the most rip-snorting, thuggish car Aston Martin could build.
Compared with the regular V12 Vantage, power is up 11 per cent to 565bhp, torque progresses nine per cent to 620Nm, leading directly to a lower 0-60mph time of 3.7seconds (4.2secs for the standard V12) and pushing the top speed to 205mph from 190mph.
Three levels of adaptive damping are selectable by the driver: Normal, Sport, and Track. The biggest difference is between Normal and Sport, with Track just marginally stiffer. And the dynamic stability control has been recalibrated to make the most of this better chassis control - and the greater output of the drivetrain.