The 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage (2012)

Aston Martin V8 Vantage (2012)

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 Staff

The information contained this Aston Martin Vantage news article may have changed since publication on the 20 February 2012. Our car specifications, reviews, and prices may only apply to the UK market. You may wish to check with the manufacturer or your local Aston Martin dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce our car news in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2017