Sticker shock never felt so good: Aston Martin V12 Vantage S priced at $185,995

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S front three quarter drivingWe all knew this was coming. Aston Martin showed the glorious V12 Vantage S back in May, but didn’t quote a price. We knew it would be expensive, but that doesn’t make the sticker shock any less painful.

The V12 Vantage S will start at $184,995 which, admittedly, sounds about right for what the company calls “the most extreme Aston Martin in history.”

The V12 Vantage S is a hardcore version of the already insane V12 Vantage. That means it’s Aston Martin’s smallest chassis with its biggest engine, the 5.9-liter AM28 V12.

That engine is good for 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It’s also apparently enough to make this car worth $34,000 more than a V8 Vantage S.

The “S” designation signifies a car that is more sport than luxury, which explains the V12 Vantage S’ aggressive bodywork and beefed-up components, including a three-mode adaptive suspension system. The “Normal,” “Sport,” and “Track” modes are also responsible for tuning throttle response, gearshifts, and the exhaust note.

The V12 Vantage S also features Aston’s Sportshift III automated manual transmission, carbon ceramic disc brakes, and a 55-pound lighter curb weight.

All of that adds up to some ferocious performance. The V12 Vantage S will launch itself to 60 mph in 3.7 second and reach a top speed of 205 mph. Talk about getting your money’s worth.

The V12 Vantage S arrives in showrooms early next year. Start saving up now.

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