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Aston Martin is giving its previous generation Vantage a suitably hardcore send-off thanks to the commissioning of one of its wealthy customers. It's called the V12 Vantage V600 and just 14 examples will be made. Split equally between Coupe and Roadster, this creation is the work of Q by Aston Martin, which helps buyers personalise their cars to virtually any degree.
The Aston Vantage's familiar shape has been given a bespoke makeover, including a new bonnet featuring ventilation holes and a prominent power bulge, a striking new radiator design, restyled side strakes, a carbon fibre diffuser and a set of intricate forged and machined alloy wheels with a centre lock.
The monotone theme continues inside, where there's lashings of carbon fibre and dark anodised aluminium. There are lightweight bucket seats, new dials and a saddle leather armrest in the middle. The gear shifter, meanwhile, is machined from solid.
As the name suggests, the V12 Vantage V600 is powered by a V12 petrol engine producing 600hp. It's the glorious naturally aspirated 6.0-litre unit and it drives the rear wheels via a seven-speed manual gearbox. Three-stage adaptive damping is included, but Aston Martin has not quoted any performance figures. For reference, the V12 Vantage S manual, with 573hp, managed 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds.
A word from the V600's designer: Marek Reichman, Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Aston Martin said "This is precisely why we created our 'Q by Aston Martin - Commission' service. 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."