The Aston Martin Vantage V600 has returned as a limited-run swangsong for the outgoing baby Aston Martin.
Earlier this year the entry-level Aston Martin was replaced by an all-new Vantage, but if you are a fan of the older car and wanted one with a little more oomph, Aston Martin will build you one if you ask nicely.
Unlike the new Vantage, which comes with a Mercedes-AMG V8, the new-old Vantage V600 is powered by Aston Martin's famous 6-litre V12, developing 592bhp – or 600PS in metric terms, hence the name. That engine is mated to a seven-speed manual gearbox.
The wheels, which are machined aluminium with racing car-style centre-locking nuts, are kept on the road by front and rear dual-independent wishbone suspension with three-stage adaptive damping, while the exterior has been given a subtle but aggressive rework with a bulging bonnet, black grille, new carbon diffuser incorporating an imposing quad-exhaust setup, and lashings of even more carbonfibre.
Inside, it's a similar story. There's yet more carbon and dark anodised aluminium. The seats are lightweight and have an all-new perforated pattern, while the hand-crafted saddle leather centre armrest and ergonomic, machined-from-solid, gear shifter ensure that the Vantage V600 remains comfortable, even if it is a brute.
'This is precisely why we created our "Q by Aston Martin – Commission" service,' said Marek Reichman, head of design 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 and I’m proud to see it adorn the V12 Vantage V600 once again.'
The original Vantage V600 was introduced in 1998 as the most extreme iteration of the Vantage. That one came with a supercharged V8 pushing out 600 actual horsepowers making it one of the most powerful sports cars not just then, but even today.
Its modern-day sibling is available on request in both coupe and roadster configurations, with deliveries beginning in the third quarter of this year.