The 'final edition' Vantage makes its UK dynamic debut at FoS, alongside the new DBX707
By PH Staff / Monday, 20 June 2022 / Loading comments
Despite considerable upheaval behind the scenes at Aston (you can read about the very recent departure of CEO Tobias Moers here), the firm will feel like it’s turning up to Goodwood this week in fine fettle. Or at any rate it has certainly lined up some crowd pleasers. Most prominent amongst them is unquestionably the new V12 Vantage, which is due to make its dynamic public debut on the famous hillclimb. You’re unlikely to need any help recalling the last-ever 12-cylinder Vantage – although it’s definitely worth reminding yourself what we thought of it – and we’re willing to bet it lives up to its blaze-of-glory billing in person.
Not that anyone needs persuading at this stage. Aston had sold all 333 examples of the car before it was even officially unveiled. So while it might be the most significant car for spectators, the manufacturer is probably more interested in accruing goodwill for its undercard fighter – the ‘world’s fastest and most powerful ultra-luxury SUV’. Yes, the DBX707 is also lined up for its UK public debut, and will apparently showcase several bespoke Q by Aston Martin finishes that are available to order, including the 2022 Aston Martin Racing Green paint – seen on the AM Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team’s car, Q design graphics and a set of lime green brake calipers. Lovely.
Or possibly not. Either way, the SUV underneath is properly good – yes, we’ve driven that, too – and its appearance in the ‘First Glance’ category is obviously intended to have any prospective buyers in the crowd fall off the fence, especially now that the first customer cars have started rolling off the line at St Athan. Of course, if that all sounds a bit humdrum, there’s always the extraordinary sound of the Valkyrie to look forward to. We were introduced to this at last year’s Festival of Speed, but clearly Aston couldn’t resist bringing it back to the paddock. No surprise there; long-running its gestation might very well have been, but the 6.5-litre V12 is a thunderclap on wheels.
Also making up the numbers is the Vantage F1 Edition and the V12 Speedster in DBR1 livery, plus the brilliantly restored Aston Martin Bulldog, which is appearing ahead of its first-ever attempt at 200mph. Renato Bisignani, Aston’s global head of comms, said: “When launching the final-edition V12 Vantage, we told our customers to ‘Never Leave Quietly’, and we hope that everyone leaves Goodwood Festival of Speed this year with the same addictive sound – and sight – of Aston Martin’s most powerful line-up of performance cars, ever.” Like you needed another excuse to visit the South Downs later this week…
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