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The V12 Vantage has embodied Aston Martin’s passion for performance for the last fifteen years. It is both fierce and fast, and its equally great successors gave birth to an iconic Vantage bloodline. The premise of the V12 Vantage was to get the largest and most powerful series production engine and equip it in the most compact and driver-focused model. With the model lineup almost nearing its end, Aston Martin recently introduced its best iteration yet, the fastest, fiercest, and most dynamic version of all, the new V12 Vantage.

Limited to only 333 units to be produced globally, the final edition of the V12 Vantage is the perfect way to celebrate the end of a legendary era. This spectacular machine is the extreme version of performance and driver-focused thrills. The new V12 Vantage just has everything; exhilarating straight-line speed and perfect handling matched with a gorgeous design and exclusivity.

So perfect, that it was not surprising that when the V12 Vantage was confirmed in December 2021, there was suddenly an unprecedented demand for the upcoming model. Ahead of the release, all 333 units have been sold, and there are even oversubscribed clients in the register who are eagerly waiting on the sidelines for a chance to acquire one.

Talking about the V12 Vantage, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Tobias Moers shared, “Every great sportscar brand has a hero car. For Aston Martin in more recent years that car has been the V12 Vantage. Right from the moment the first V12 Vantage RS Concept was shown back in 2007 our customers and fans around the world fell in love with the idea of fitting our biggest engine into our smallest and most sporting model. The recipe has been refined over the years with great success, but the essence has remained the same. 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”.

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At the center of every Aston Martin is its engine, and it is especially true for this model, the fastest and most powerful Vantage ever. It develops 700PS at 6500 rpm and 753 Nm of torque from only 1800 rpm to 6000 rpm. The quad-cam 60-degree 5.2-liter V12 engine can produce a top speed of 200 mph, allowing the V12 Vantage to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. With the extensive weight-saving materials used on car combined with the powerful engine, it gives the V12 Vantage a power-to-weight ratio of 390PS-per-ton which is an impressive 20% increase compared to the V8 powered Vantage.

Some of the weight saving features that they did on the Vantage include carbon fiber front bumper, front fenders and side sills, clamshell bonnet, lightweight battery, composite rear bumper and deck lid, and a special center-mounted twin-exit exhaust system. To ensure that the V12 Vantage has a sound that perfectly matches its looks and performance, they tuned the new, lightweight exhaust system. It is made from a 1mm lightweight stainless-steel, shedding an additional 7.2kg compared to the Vantage.

A ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and mechanical Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) sends power to the rear of the car. They applied everything they learned from the V12 Speedster and Vantage F1® Edition models to give the V12 Vantage a unique transmission calibration to improve the driver interaction and shift speeds. The software is specially calibrated to provide a level of shift refinement and usability that is much better than what is usually seen on dual clutch gearboxes. To ensure that the car is always in the right gear at the right time, the adaptive software of the transmission is designed to gauge the conditions that the car is operating in and the driver’s demands. This allows the car to deliver a truly connected driving experience.

Much like its iconic predecessors, the new V12 Vantage aims to deliver a dynamic driving experience that matches its excellent engine performance and character and makes sure that at the heart of it all is the driving experience of the driver. In line with this, the car was given a new adaptive damping suspension system which includes new bushes, anti-roll bars, as well as spring and

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By: Reggie
Title: Aston Martin Introduces The New V12 Vantage
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/aston-martin-introduces-the-new-v12-vantage/
Published Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2022 01:40:22 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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