600 hp V12 for the Aston Martin RS

Aston Martin is preparing a special, more powerful, edition of the Vantage. The Aston Martin Vantage RS will be powered by the 600 hp V12 engine from the DBRS9 race car. The 6.0 liter engine, which delivers 375 horsepower per ton, takes the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.0 seconds and to 160 km/h (100 mph) in 8.5 seconds. Here are some parts from the press release:

“The subtly aggressive exterior appearance is driven by function. The dramatic bonnet louvres extract air from the fully ducted cooling pack and the trunk lid features a deployable spoiler that rises automatically at high speeds to increase rear down force. The front bumper features cooling ducts for the carbon ceramic brakes and a carbon fibre splitter to balance down force.”

Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman, commented: “Much of Aston Martin’s recent success has come from the ability of our designers and engineers to work hand-in-hand to optimise form and function. Our new dedicated design centre will take this process to a new level and I am delighted that the V12 Vantage RS is the first car to stand on the turntable in the studio.”

See more photos of the Aston Martin Vantage RS after the jump.

Full Photo Gallery: Aston Martin Vantage RS

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