RE: Aston Martin Vantage RS: Showpiece of the Week

RE: Aston Martin Vantage RS: Showpiece of the Week

Monday 8th April 2019

Aston Martin Vantage RS: Showpiece of the Week

The concept that previewed all those glorious V12 Vantages is now up for sale. It's road-registered, too...



Remember the end of 2007? A while ago now, a time of crunching credit, iPhones and Obama fever. It was also, far more significantly for the purposes of this story, the time that Aston Martin chose to reveal a completely unexpected concept: the Vantage RS.

What a concept it was. The regular Vantage had been ticking along really rather nicely since its 2005 launch, Coupe soon joined by Roadster and the faster 4.7-litre V8 imminent by that point. The V12 had been doing sterling service in the larger cars as well, but nobody had pictured the two together; an engine so large, in a car so small? Surely it couldn't work?


However, like the Triple Whopper of sports cars, a V12 in a Vantage not only functioned, it made something that was already great even better still. The Vantage RS was driven by the media in 2008, who returned from the Paul Ricard experience wide-eyed and delirious, and the V12 Vantage as we know it was revealed in production form at Geneva in 2009.

However, the RS was a much, much more serious car than the road version that followed, more akin to the later GT12 than the regular 510hp version. Indeed, it was lighter than any subsequent production V12 at less than 1,600kg, and its 590hp or so (Aston originally claimed 600hp, with later projections in the region of 580) is far closer to GT12 than standard V. The original press release spoke of "race development", the engine installed in the concept being very close to that used in the DBRS9 with forged pistons, new cams and a dry sump.


Extensive use of carbon and aluminium in the build, plus a stripped out interior, meant the RS weighed 100kg more than a V8, with 60kg of that accounted for by the engine. Even by the standards of Aston Martin, the RS was a special concept, then. That it spawned perhaps the best VH sports cars, the V12 Vantage S in particular a joyous blend of immersive tactility and monstrous performance, only makes it more significant.

And now you can buy it! This is the unique Vantage RS Concept, released into private ownership after its promotional duties were fulfilled and road registered in 2014. Looking like any other V12 Vantage from a distance, the RS is crammed full of fascinating details once up close: see the shift lights, race car-style dash, damper adjustment dials and exposed fuel tank. Easy to see now how it was so much lighter than all those later cars...


It wouldn't be a stretch, really, to call this RS a GT12 manual. It's missing some of the aero work, sure, and Aston will have further evolved the car in the intervening years, but that same focus, pared back nature and motorsport influence are here in abundance. And don't forget it's a one-off.

Therefore an asking price of Β£345,000 doesn't look exorbitant, particularly given there's a GT12 on offer at more money. This RS is a car rarer than any of the special edition Vantages, faster than an awful lot of them, and less expensive than the Zagatos also built off the V12. Of course Β£345,000 is not a snip when the regular V12 is available from less than Β£80k, but for such a crucial part of Aston's history - as well as fabulous car to boot - it looks like being money very well spent indeed.

See the original advert here.

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krisdelta

Original Poster:

4,070 posts

151 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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Utterly absurd and even more likeable as a result - not sure I could be trusted to run such a car as an investment, I’d use it everyday. Imagine people thinking it was “just” a V12V laugh

Nerdherder

1,655 posts

47 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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10/10 for me. cloud9

scottygib553

238 posts

45 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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Didn't even know that this model existed. Holy crap!

Vee12V

870 posts

110 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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krisdelta said:
Utterly absurd and even more likeable as a result - not sure I could be trusted to run such a car as an investment, I’d use it everyday. Imagine people thinking it was “just” a V12V laugh
Can't see why you couldn't. It's a one of so the miles don't matter.

Vocht

1,392 posts

114 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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What an amazing car. Imagine the price if this had a prancing horse on it!

Touring442

1,092 posts

159 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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The standard one looks sweeter imho - the last of the pretty Aston Martins along with the DB9.

Cold

8,166 posts

40 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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I don't understand the monetary valuation of this.

mhurley

686 posts

83 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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You can pick up.early v12 coupes for 65k

thegreenhell

6,463 posts

169 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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Cold said:
I don't understand the monetary valuation of this.
It's a one-off, pre-production prototype, which makes it subject to the gullible investor tax, which in this case is apparently about 300%.

Djit

84 posts

40 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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I remember reading about this one back in the day. They had to chop into the body and shorten the rear axle to get the wide rears inside the bodywork. (Something they didn’t have to worry about with the GT12 - they just made the car wider!).

I’m sure the original had a rear wing instead of a ducktail lip?


Edited by Djit on Monday 8th April 21:34

Rocket.

1,080 posts

199 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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thegreenhell said:
Cold said:
I don't understand the monetary valuation of this.
It's a one-off, pre-production prototype, which makes it subject to the gullible investor tax, which in this case is apparently about 300%.
Or you could always buy the limited edition V600 with a different carbon body for over £1 million, in that context this looks like a bargin...

ZX10R NIN

16,507 posts

75 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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No good for me as if I could afford it I'd be driving it a lot.

blue al

152 posts

109 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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So so pretty

I'm sure no one would loose their shirt over time, might be 15-20 years

okenemem

555 posts

144 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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wow

saxy

215 posts

74 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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Shopping will rattle a lot in the boot

pSyCoSiS

2,537 posts

155 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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What a machine. I bet it's sublime to drive.

skylarking808

313 posts

36 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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aahh, lovely.

Built at a time when Aston steering wheels were round.

Thorburn

2,341 posts

143 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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I believe the prototype is without any ABS or traction control? From my experiences with the heavier (supposedly somewhat tamed) V12VS I'd suggest this would make the Vantage RS "bloody lethal".

ntiz

1,026 posts

86 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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Stupid question why is it left hand drive?

Surely if it’s prototype it would have mainly been tested in the UK?

Cold

8,166 posts

40 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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Rocket. said:
thegreenhell said:
Cold said:
I don't understand the monetary valuation of this.
It's a one-off, pre-production prototype, which makes it subject to the gullible investor tax, which in this case is apparently about 300%.
Or you could always buy the limited edition V600 with a different carbon body for over £1 million, in that context this looks like a bargin...
Neither of these propositions sounds like value for money, but at least this ex-factory hack looks reasonably normal even though its monetary value seems ridiculously high. Why not buy one that's finished for a fraction of the cost?
The V600 looks awful. Dogs dinner awful.