For 2012 the Aston Martin V8 Vantage has been given a makeover, in the most comprehensive programme since 2008.
The entry-level V8 Vantage is coupled to a 4.7 litre 420 bhp engine can be specified with either a six-speed manual transmission or now a seven-speed Sportshift™ II (automated manual) rather six-speeds on the older variant. The extra ratio means closer ratios and quicker shifts, which adds up to a better drive and a quicker experience.
Aston Martin have given the Aston Martin V8 Vantage chassis some tweaks inspired from the Vantage S – including a quicker steering ratio, bigger brakes and 10 mm wider tyres. They have even added Hill Start Assist (HSA) for more precise control on steep inclines.
At the face there is a lower bumper – complete with aerodynamic splitter which houses a larger air intake that feeds the engine and front brakes. At the rear a diffuser creates added drama and function, while sculpted race-derived side sills complete the look.
These technical and styling changes have been applied to both the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster models, with prices starting from £84,995
Price start from £99,995 for the V8 430 bhp Aston Martin Vantage ‘S’ which is fitted with the Sportshift™ II close-ratio seven speed automated manual transmission as standard. It also features a sports exhaust system unique to the ‘S’. It features a unquie motor sport inspired carbon fibre detailing and a hand-stitched leather interior. Plus a fully integrated satellite navigation system developed in conjunction with Garmin is now fitted as standard along with Bluetooth and cruise control.
The £135,00 Aston Martin V12 Vantage remains unchanged, powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine which produces 510 bhp with a top speed of 190 mph and 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds.Published 20 February 2012