The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is the fastest accelerating production car the company has ever made, with the exception of the limited-run and sold-out One-77 hypercar.

Powered by a new AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine developing 573 PS, the V12 Vantage S can accelerate to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds, and carry on until its 205 mph top speed, making it the fastest Aston ever made (again, with the exception of the One-77).

It’s torquey, too, with peak of torque of 620 Nm at 5,750 rpm, but with 510 Nm available from just 1,000 rpm.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through  a new Sportshift III automated manual transmission.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The new V12 Vantage S brings our winning GT3 race formula to the road. It’s a car for those customers who want superior sporting performance in a ‘gentleman’s suit’. It’s the most pure, yet understated, driving machine we can imagine today.”

The car spent many hours lapping Germany’s infamous Nürburgring during testing, and includes many track-inspired components such as CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts.

Three modes – Normal, Sport and Track – allow the driver to tailor the car’s character and reconfigure the characteristics of the adaptive damping system, ZF Servotronic power steering (which features a quicker 15:1 ratio), throttle response, gearshift timing and even the exhaust note.

Pricing for the new V12 Vantage S starts from £138,000 in the UK.