A purpose-built 6L DOHC V-12 is Ford Motor Co.'s first major mechanical input to Aston Martin since acquiring the British luxury-car firm in 1987. Intended for the DB7 Vantage, the new V-12 develops 420 hp at 6,000 rpm to give the 2+2 coupe a 180-mph (290 km/h) top speed and acceleration to 60 mph (97 km/h) in under five seconds. Torque rating is 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) at 5,000 rpm. The 48-valve unit was designed and developed by Ford Research & Vehicle Technology Group in Dearborn, ...

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