Regardless of its namesake, the Vulcan is set to be the most extreme not-quite-roadgoing Aston Martin yet, a limited-edition, track-only hypercar that’s clearly aimed at the same bit of the market as the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren P1 GTR. You know, the bit where the billionaire adrenaline junkies hang out. Only 24 Vulcans will be produced, and buyers will also get, according to the official release, “the opportunity to precisely tailor their track-day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.”
Power comes from a version of the company’s familiar V-12 engine that’s been developed with assistance from Aston Martin Racing. It displaces 7.0 liters and produces “800-plus” horsepower. For reference, the Aston One-77, which was rarely accused of being a slouch, managed 750 horsepower from 7.3 liters.
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Aston Martin says the Rapide S' V-12 drivetrain boasts 80 extra horsepower and 14 extra pounds-feet of torque over the normally aspirated 6.0-liter V-12, with 37 more pounds-feet available at 2,500 rpm. The engine now makes 550 hp and 457 pounds-feet of torque thanks to friction reductions, improved camshaft timing and more. The changes allow the Rapide S to hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds — not the most athletic figure, but Aston Martins are often modest accelerators. (The S65 AMG cracks 60 mph in 4.2 seconds; the Panamera Turbo S whips it up in
an expletive-inducing 3.6 seconds.)
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Aston Martin recently released images of its’ limited edition, DBS Ultimate,” cars. The cars will be available in a Volante or Coupe with three colors choices, Quantum Silver, Silver Fox and Carbon Black II.