AMA_V12_001_Ret_716fde02-225d-4f14-80ea-9baab19d30e8Gaydon, England – Aston Martin has confirmed that its V12 Vantage, the most potent production sports car in the company’s history, will go on sale in North America later this year, due to unprecedented customer demand.

Based on the V8 Vantage, the V12 features a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, with a top speed of 305 km/h and a zero-to-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.2 seconds. The model was originally launched in 2009.

“This is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range, combining our most agile model with our most powerful engine,” said Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin. “It represents the definitive Aston Martin driving experience, providing spectacular performance to ensure a dynamically thrilling drive in a highly exclusive package.”

The company originally decided against offering the car in North America due to an anticipated small level of demand. Deliveries are expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2010.

North American models will also be available in a limited Carbon Black special edition, featuring black metallic paint, carbon fibre side strake, gloss black ten-spoke alloy wheels, bright-finish grille and front parking sensors.

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