The V8 Vantage has always been a favourite in the LUSSO office for a small supercar. It just never had the power to kick it into the true supercar league with the Ferraris and Lamborghinis. But now Aston have squeezed a V12 engine into the car.

This gives 510bhp and 420lb of torque, powering the car to 190mph and 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. So not quite in LP640 territory, but when the car is that achingly beautiful, a few tenths of a second are nothing to worry about.

The new V12 Vantage will be a lot more agile than previous Astons, yet retain the daily usability of the current Vantage.

Official unveiling will take place at the Geneva Motor Show on the 3rd March 2009.