If you’re an Aston Martin fan living anywhere between Alabama and Alaska, we’ve got good news for You. Officially announced for sale in the Americas yesterday, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage will first launch in the form of the Carbon Black special edition later this year.
Aston Martin has responded to unprecedented demand across the Americas and has engineered the car accordingly, to meet the stringent requirements of what remains the company’s single largest market. This was not an easy task, as the team was given strict instructions that the car’s overall design features were not to be altered in any way.
The Aston Martin Carbon Black V12 Vantage starts with the standard car’s 510-horsepower, 420 pount-feet of torque, 6.0-liter V-12 engine to deliver the usual 190-mph top speed and 4.2-second 0-60 mph times. But then it gets its namesake black paint color, carbon fiber mesh-backed side strakes, 10-spoke alloy wheels, a bright-finish grille and front parking sensors.
So why the sudden change in direction after months of having no plans for U.S. sale? Demand, plain and simple. Early expectations for American buyers were low, but the noise made by people with cash in hand convinced Aston to make the leap into studying feasibility of homologating the car for the U.S.
The study has led to a “series of engineering refinements” to “satisfy the specific requirements of the American market,” likely meaning slightly revised engine tuning and catalytic converter units, and possibly modifications to the crash structures of the car.
Buyers will also be able to order the more exclusive and limited Carbon Black Special Edition from launch. The Carbon Black metallic paint alone is the product of 50 man-hours due to it being applied by hand. [via MotorAuthority]