Let’s say for the sake of this story, we buy an Aston Martin. These days, if you want a naturally aspirated Aston Martin, you only have one option: the Rapide AMR powered by a 6.0-liter V12 grinder. It’s not exactly a bad choice, but it has four doors, so you might cross it off your list if you’re shopping for a two-door sports car.
However, go back in time to about two or three years ago, there are two other NA Aston Martins available – the Vanquish and the very rare Vantage GT12.
In fact, these two V12-powered UK machines are almost on the same ground when it comes to power output. But who would win in a drag race? Lovecars on YouTube pits the two against each other in a straight-line race to settle the argument, but first let’s compare these two cars on paper.
The Vanquish here is not the standard coupe but the convertible version called the Vanquish Volante. It is equipped with a 5.9-liter AM29 V12 that produces 568 horsepower (424 kilowatts) and 465 pound-feet (630 Newton-meters) of traction. By the way, a special version of the Vanquish Volante was flown by James Bond.
Limited to just 100 units, the Vantage GT12’s advantage isn’t limited to its rarity. With a similar 5.9-liter AM28 V12 engine in its hood, the GT12 produces up to 592 hp (441 kW) and 461 lb-ft (625 Nm) of torque. Its main draw, however, is its curb weight, rated at 3,450 pounds (1,565 kilograms), which is significantly lower than the convertible’s 3,834 pounds (1,739 kg).
With these numbers presented, the limited-edition GT12 clearly has an advantage, but by how much? Watch the video at the top of this page to find out.