No, I did not type that incorrectly. Many people often ask why Aston Martin chooses to put the engine size before the model. It is because the difference between the V12 Vantage S and the V8 Vantage is like night and day. When you build cars by hand, you have many more opportunities to tailor the body and chassis to the demands of the engine. As the entry level offering, the current Vantage has been in production since 2005. Originally a V8 was the only engine offered, and the V8 Vantage is a light and nimble acrobat.
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The motoring public has always associated Aston Martin with twelve cylinder power, which is why the V12 Vantage concepts were warmly received in 2007. Limited production began in 2009, with the ultimate example being the V12 Vantage S. It arrived in late 2013 with inspiration and hardware borrowed from the One-77 supercar. Industry insiders and spy photographers have seen the next generation Vantage prototypes being tested, and they agree that it is not a V12. Aston Martin is partnering with Mercedes-AMG to supply the 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 from the AMG GT series. So what we have here is the end of an era. The last V12 powered Vantage signals a shift from big V12 power to smaller & more eco-friendly V8 engines.