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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Aston Martin reimagines the classic Vantage V600 

Luxury British car maker’s personalisation service Q by Aston Martin received a customer commission for a strictly limited run of 14 new V12 Vantage V600s

The new V12 Vantage in coupe and roadster form, has echoes of the much-loved 1998 original V600 Vantage. Courtesy Aston Martin
The new V12 Vantage in coupe and roadster form, has echoes of the much-loved 1998 original V600 Vantage. Courtesy Aston Martin

Much loved by drivers who appreciate high-end performance motoring, Aston Martin's Vantage V600 has been reborn in the form of a customer-commissioned limited run of all-new V12 V600s, inspired and influenced by the original V8 version.

In 1998, Aston Martin offered its customers the most extreme iteration of its Vantage sportscar, the supercharged V8 Vantage V600. Delivering 600bhp, the model was one of the most powerful sports cars of its time. To buy one in prime condition now will not be cheap - an original V8 Vantage is currently being offered on the classiccarsforsale.co.uk website for £375,000 (Dh1.8 million)

Fast forward 20 years and the luxury British car maker’s personalisation service Q by Aston Martin received a customer commission for a strictly limited run of 14 new V12 Vantage V600s. Split between seven coupes and seven roadsters and dubbed the "Triple V", this is a unique series of handcrafted manual V12 V600s.

The new V12 Vantage in coupe and roadster form, has echoes of the much-loved 1998 original V600 Vantage. Courtesy Aston Martin
The new car has styling echoes of the much-loved 1998 original Vantage. Courtesy Aston Martin

It is perhaps a good time to be launching such a series. Last year the UK company achieved its highest full-year sales volumes in nine years, driven by rising demand in North America, the UK and China. It sold 5,117 sports cars in 2017, a 58 per cent year on year growth in retail sales.

The V12 Aston Martin Vantage. Courtesy Aston Martin
The V12 Aston Martin Vantage. Courtesy Aston Martin

The new the V12, underpinned by the previous-generation VH Vantage, combines the modern performance of a muscle sportscar with styling echoes of the original, creating the what Aston describes as the "ultimate analogue Vantage".

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“This is precisely why we created our ‘Q by Aston Martin - Commission’ service," says Marek Reichman, vice president and chief creative officer at Aston Martin. "Our customers can create truly bespoke sports cars by personally collaborating with myself and Aston Martin’s design team. The V600 name remains a classic in Aston Martin’s heritage."

The all-new limited editions Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Courtesy Aston Martin
Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Courtesy Aston Martin

The new car is powered by an upgraded version of Aston Martin’s impressive 6 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, producing 580 brake horse power. It has a 7-speed manual transmission and front and rear dual independent wishbone suspension, while an all-new carbon fibre diffuser provides the backdrop for an attention grabbing quad exhaust system.

The new car's interior has been updated. Courtesy Aston Martin 
The new car's interior has been updated. Courtesy Aston Martin

Aston says the 2018 V12 Vantage V600 is available on request with deliveries taking place in the third quarter 2018.

No price is provided.