'Bargain' V12s: The 6 best V12 powered cars on AutoTrader

We pick out some classics we're lusting after this week

2y ago

Do you ever catch yourself window shopping online for cars you don't need and can't afford? Well, that's what we do here on Second Gear quite a lot, my friend Marcus even started this series showcasing our top picks. Sadly this week he is away in Ukraine exploring Chernobyl, getting radiation poisoning and hopefully listening to 'Radioactive' by Imagine Dragons at least once...

So I will be taking over this week, Marcus sent me three V12 powered cars he was lusting after the past week or so and challenged me to come up with three of my own. Challenge accepted.

Marcus's Choice: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Zagato £695,000

The price tag on this thing puts my clever title into question, but that's the price you got to pay if you want one of just 99 limited editions Volante's made by Zagato. The car is powered by the same 5.9 litre V12 tuned up to produce 592bhp, which allows this beauty to sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds.

Considering that these have fetched prices north of a million before and that this one has a total of 252 miles on the clock, it actually might be a bit of bargain.

My choice: Jaguar XJS 6.0 V12 £36,990

If the above doesn't seem like a bargain enough for you then this should be. Finished in British Racing Green this Jag just looks right. Under the hood sits the legendary 6.0 V12 providing one hell of a soundtrack for when you cruise with the top down.

And at £37K it's one hell of a bargain given the looks and rich heritage.

Marcus's choice: Lamborghini Countach 5.2 Anniversary £374,995

This will be hard to beat, it's the poster car both when it came it first came out to the public eye and still today. It's not necessarily beautiful like a Ferrari or Jag might be but it's completely bonkers and recognised as an automotive icon by petrolheads the world over.

The specimen for sale is a '25th-anniversary' edition featuring improved aerodynamics and mechanical upgrades from the 5000QV model line featuring the 5.2litre V12 with four valves per cylinder bumping the power output to 450hp.

My choice: Aston Martin Vulcan 7.0 V12 £2,500,000

It's hard to match the Countach in terms of madness and straight up cool factor, but if there is anything that can do it, it's the Aston Martin Vulcan with its 7.0 litre V12.

Apart of the menacing and stunning looks, the key selling point of the car is the engine by far – a monstrous 7 litres V12 churning out 820horsepower at a spine-tingling 7750rpm... Expect to pay an equally mind-bending 2.5million of your finest British pounds for this fine example with just 90 miles on the clock.

Marcus's Choice: Lamborghini Aventador Liberty Walk + Matt Black Wrap 6.5 V12 £299,995

This choice clearly shows how far the radiation poisoning hit Marcus's brain, Lambos are intended to be bonkers and the Aventador is a prime example of that. However there is a fine line between madness and cringe in the super-car modifying game, and for me, this falls on to the latter category.

You see, part of Lamborghini's appeal is all the edges and curves, and all this is lost when you take a bucket of pound shop black paint which absorbs all the light and thus minimises all the meticulous shapes and curves the designers worked on. Shame, Shame, Shame. That being said it's sure to get all the 15-year-olds excited at the next car meet.

My Choice: Audi Q7 V12 TDI £37,000

I don't really know what to say here, I generally hate SUV's and diesel engines so this should be my version of automotive anti-christ or at least the seven deadly sins, however, it's so mad that it's somewhat right. I would compare it to a night out: the kind that gets out of hand and turns more than a bit unclassy but continues to escalate to such epic proportions it just goes down in history as legendary.

This fine specimen had a new 6.0 V12 diesel transplanted to it 25,000 miles ago it pushed out near enough 500bhp and an unholy 1000NM of torque. the body has a 100,000 and wears a handsome ABT body kit. So it's a practical, usable powerful V12 for less than £40K. Now that's a bargain.

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Comments (21)

  • What about the Helical supercar v12 0-60 in 2.9 secs? www.helical-technology.com/rd/supercar-project-3/

    Guess which one... :-)

      2 years ago
  • To really enjoy driving around it has to be the XJS for me. The Countach, for instance, is a dream car. But I don't think I could have fun with it on a daily and comfortable level. For being my second car, I would say yes the the Countach instantly.

      2 years ago
    • XJS does win on pure driver pleasure, Zagato is far to expensive for what it offers and the Vulcan apart of being too expensive is just too brutal to ever be properly enjoyed, it can only be experienced

        2 years ago
  • Vulcan, Zagato, Jag, Countach, the Audi is shit.

      2 years ago
  • What a list! Lovely cars. As an alternative to the xjs, id like to add the xj-c to the list if you dont like convertibles.

      2 years ago
  • The Vulcan is a sexy sexy sexy sexy .... sexy beast. Just look at this thing. It looks like it's hiding a set of super sharp teeth under the bonnet. Ready to devour any other car who happens to be on its path.

      2 years ago