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Nate Chapnick | Photo: Courtesy Image | November 9, 2012
Men’s Book gets the inside story on Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage.
Falling in love with a car is easy... when it’s an Aston Martin. The heart of the 2013 V12 Vantage? That would be a supercar-caliber engine capable of churning out 510 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, good for a blisteringly quick 4.1-second trip from 0 to 60 mph. As a result, the $180,600 Vantage is a blast to drive, making even mundane errands an opportunity to exercise your inner teenager.
But Aston Martin is as renowned for its jaw-dropping good looks as its mechanics, and its bespoke interior is all grown up. Have a seat as we bring you the inside story on the 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
Glow on: Microperforations in the all-aluminum construction allow dashboard warning lights to shine through the gauges.
Notice that the rev counter runs counterclockwise. This not only maximizes space, but is also a nod to Aston Martin heritage in such models as the DB2 and Atom.
As you start the vehicle an electronic display welcomes you with a graphic of Aston Martin’s logo, “Power. Beauty. Soul.”
If you had any doubt about what kind of a vehicle you were dealing with, the thick suede steering wheel has even more substantial hand grips at 10 and 2 o’clock, making for an authentic sporting grip.
A metallic ring with six equally spaced bevels is a classic Aston Martin design touch, recalling the company’s racing heritage.
A screen automatically pops into view when reversing or following navigation instructions. How’s that for James Bond cool?
The Vantage sports an intriguingly named key fob, the crystal Emotion Control Unit (ECU), which starts the car when inserted into its housing. Upon ignition, a red glow illuminates the engraved key.
Not surprisingly, Aston doesn’t skimp on the vent surrounds, using real aluminum. One sign they’re the real deal? The condensation on hot days.
Simple, straightforward audio and climate controls are a welcome departure from overly fussy control wheels.
A sparkling, polished stainless steel timepiece with the Aston Martin badge adds to the Vantage’s timeless elegance.
Seat controls on either side of the console are easy to reach.
Polished aluminum trim surrounds the gearshift knob, complementing its glass top.
White contrast stitching gives the Vantage a Savile Row-caliber bespoke aesthetic. The attention to detail is unsurpassed.
Nine cowhides cover nearly every square inch of the Vantage’s interior, including the luxurious hand-stitched door panels.
The sleek, rectangular door handles are recessed into a long piece of carbon fiber trim, mirroring the handsome design of the flush exterior door handles.