Even among Aston Martins, the V12 Vantage S is a standout. It’s one of the more expensive Aston Martin models, but the price comes with perks, since the V12 Vantage S boasts more horsepower and a top speed of 205 miles per hour. Jeff Glucker, Road Test Editor for Autobytel, got a sapphire-adorned key fob and spent some time behind the wheel of a 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S to figure out exactly what makes this particular Aston supercar the cream of the crop. The 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S produces 565 horsepower, courtesy of the 6-liter V12 engine under the hood. After popping the key fob into its slot on the dash, the V12 roars to life and is ready to go. The engine is paired to a 7-speed automated manual transmission with paddle shifters that provides quick, yet unrefined shifts, especially at lower speeds. However, this automated manual gearbox is a drastic improvement over the brand’s older examples of this type of transmission. The V12 Vantage S has a light curb weight and a short wheelbase, which, at times, can mean all that power is a challenge to handle, but the carbon ceramic brakes work wonders.