Aston Martin's fastest-ever car

12 December 2007

Aston has unveiled the V12 Vantage RS concept car - and it is expected to go into production.

The 600bhp supercar is based on the V8 Vantage coupe, and is powered by a detuned version of the V12 used in Aston 's DBRS9 racing car.

The car's weight has been cut by 30kg to 1600kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio that eclipses that of a Porsche 911 GT2 and Ferrari F430 Scuderia.

If built, it would be the fastest-accelerating Aston ever, with a 0-60mph time of 4.0 seconds and a 0-100mph time of 8.5 seconds.

Other motorsport-inspired features include carbon-ceramic brakes and a moulded carbonfibre bonnet and boot lid.

Hinting at a possible limited production run, Aston 's chief executive officer, Ulrich Bez, said: 'Over the last five years, we have established a reputation for presenting fully functional, feasible concept cars, and the V12 Vantage RS is no exception.

'We will listen to feedback and, as ever, if there is sufficient demand, we will seriously consider a low-volume production run in the near future.'

Although no prices have been announced, insiders say the car would cost at least £160,000.

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