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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

 
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Overall rating
 
8.9
Build quailty
 
8.0(1)
Reliability
 
9.0(1)
Performance
 
10.0(1)
Handling
 
10.0(1)
Safety & Security
 
10.0(1)
Touring capability (Luggage space, comfort etc)
 
8.0(1)
Main Dealer / Specialist experience?
 
10.0(1)
Servicing costs
 
7.0(1)
Availability of parts
 
10.0(1)
Ease of undertaking DIY work?
 
3.0(1)
Depreciation
 
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Feel good factor
 
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Did the car meet your expectations?
 
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Would you recommend this car?
 
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
Overall rating
 
8.9
Build quailty
 
8.0
Reliability
 
9.0
Performance
 
10.0
Handling
 
10.0
Safety & Security
 
10.0
Touring capability (Luggage space, comfort etc)
 
8.0
Main Dealer / Specialist experience?
 
10.0
Servicing costs
 
7.0
Availability of parts
 
10.0
Ease of undertaking DIY work?
 
3.0
Depreciation
 
9.0
Feel good factor
 
10.0
Did the car meet your expectations?
 
10.0
Would you recommend this car?
 
10.0
Prior to the V12 Vantage S I had owned a 2008 V8 Vantage which was sold to build our own home. When the time was right, the V12 S was an itch I knew I had to scratch and it certainly doesn't disappoint! 

After a lot of searching and a couple of dogs (that's a story for another day!) I came across my Tungsten Silver baby. It has the black graphics pack, black lightweight wheels and loads of carbon stuff to really set it off. I was keen to get into a car with the 2016 MY dash as this is not only based on that of the One-77 but also looks sleeker with the haptic touch, later nav and media connectivity.

The drive is completely different to the V8 in all respects. With 565bph and 457lbs/ft of torque it is the gift that keeps on giving, especially when you're flat to the mat flat shifting through the Automated Manual Sport Shift 3 box. I will admit I was wary of the car at first, but having had a day with a specialist instructor (Alan White, who I would highly recommend) who works closely with Aston Martin, my confidence was multiplied and a better understanding of the car and indeed its capabilities was instilled.

In press reviews, the automated manual has been well documented as being sluggish and in no way comparable to the (for instance) PDK box of a Porsche. You have to remember that this is an automated manual and not a true automatic. In Sports mode, the pace and power of the car through this gearbox is phenomenal. You can drive sedately and a slight curl of the toe on the throttle when shifting up is enough just to release the pressure and avoid any jerky action. Positive input is required in first and reverse for sure, but shifting into second and then all the way through is something else; I've been nowhere near the top end of 205mph but the car is eager to get there and pulls like an absolute steam train.

The handling is positive and precise. Respecting the power of the car into, through and out of the corners is a must; the V8 was very point and shoot with consideration required on the throttle, but not too much could go wrong; The V12 needs constant attention to stay in a straight line and avoid just spinning the wheels up to get the best from the exit. 

Although the nav is the latest incarnation, it is a little clunky and nothing compared to the nav in the newer DB11 and New Vantage. This is a minor thing though and as yet it hasn't let me down.

The car has a couple of warranty issues which it is going back for (I managed to negotiate a two year Timeless Warranty with the purchase). The machined aluminium fuel filler cap came to bits in a petrol station (the four pieces came apart leaving me with various bits in my hand!) I managed to push it all together but AM are replacing anyway. The dash isn't recognising the plastic service key (the main key is the Crystal capped unit); on this basis they are replacing the entire docking station in the dash. This is a bit of a known issue so something to look out for.

The service from Grange AM at Hatfield has been second-to-none. From the original enquiry to after-sales they haven't been able to do enough (even through the CV19 issues we are experiencing at the moment). A couple of weeks after collecting the car I was presented with a personalised book with the exact specs and options, as well as photos of the car and me collecting it. A nice little touch.

I am hopeful the depreciation has bottomed out, but that isn't a major concern as this is a car I wont ever be selling. It is the last of the normally aspirated V12 engines in the Vantage, which was in itself a feat of engineering. Never again will they be able to put this raw grunt into a car without the aide of turbos.

Car reviews

Full model designation of your vehicle
V12 Vantage S
Bought it
Used
Model year
2016
Ownership period
4 months
Miles / km driven?
3,000
Would you buy from this manufacturer again?
Yes
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