Aston Martin cars embody sporty, muscled, British exclusivity. Models like the Vanquish and the Valkyrie AMR exemplify the roadgoing and track-worthy beasts the brand has delivered of late, not to mention the DB5 of Sean Conner James Bond movie fame. Now, the brand has delivered a limited edition Vantage V600, bringing back a famous name but upping the power by a significant amount. First, let's take a quick look at the original V8 version seen below.


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A supercharged V8 with 600 horsepower made the 1990 Vantage V600 the fastest, most powerful car in the world. This is the Le Mans version with all the goodies.

The V600 (Le Mans in top trim form) was a beast of a car with twin intercooled Eaton Roots superchargers and a new exhaust system that gave it 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. It could hit 60 mph from zero in under four seconds and still cosset you in British luxury. Only 40 copies of the V600 Le Mans were made at a cost of almost half a million dollars in today's money. Take a look at the Le Mans below being hammered down the road in proper fashion.

Aston Martin saw fit to let the current Vantage say goodbye in the best of ways rather than just fading into oblivion. The new V600 car clearly pays V8 V600 but this time does it via an upgraded version of Aston Martin's great 6.-liter naturally-aspirated V12 with 591 mechanical horsepower (rounded up to 600 for the namesake), mated to a most excellent seven-speed manual transmission. The new V600 also gets performance niceties like a dual independent wishbone suspension, carbon fiber diffuser, and a quad-exhaust system. Vroom!

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The reimagined classic is one dark and serious monster.

Talk about a limited run of cars... the new V600 will come in coupe and roadster form with only 7 copies of each. All 14 of these cars are customer-commissioned, so there are no more available. Each version will be made by the company's bespoke "Q by Aston Martin" division. The interior is all black to go with the carbon fiber body, and the special perforated hood vents are like nothing we've ever seen. 

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“any color so long as it is black”... Henry Ford

“This is precisely why we created our ‘Q by Aston Martin - Commission’ service," says Marek Reichman, vice president and chief creative officer at Aston Martin. "Our customers can create truly bespoke sports cars by personally collaborating with myself and Aston Martin’s design team. The V600 name remains a classic in Aston Martin’s heritage."

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If you want your hair blown to kingdom come, you can opt for the convertible.

No price has been announced, but that doesn't quite matter anymore since they're all spoken for. If curiosity is killing you, just consider that the current V8 Vantage starts at about $150,000. We'd guess that this hi-powered, carbon-fiber version is easily close to $300K. But that's the price you pay for British motoring exclusivity.