Aston Martin sharpens its Vantage for 2012

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With the production launch of the V12 Zagato under way, Aston has turned its hand to the rest of the Vantage range, revamping its looks, Sportshift transmission and chassis.

The revised 4.7-litre 420 bhp entry-level V8 Vantage features a raft of improvements first seen in the Vantage S. The standard six-speed manual transmission remains, but the optional six-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission has now been replaced with the seven-speed Sportshift II, with an additional gear, closer ratios, lower final drive and a quicker, refined shift quality.

This new gearbox – designed and manufactured specifically for Aston Martin – provides faster and more precise shifts, optimises acceleration and delivers a more sporting driving experience.

The Vantage S remains the most generously equipped, highest performing and most driver-focussed V8-engined model in the range. Developing 430 bhp at 7300 rpm and 490 Nm (361 lb-ft) of torque at 5000rpm the Vantage S’s more potent state of engine tune complements the Sportshift II close-ratio seven speed automated manual transmission, which is fitted as standard. A sports exhaust system unique to the ‘S’ further emphasises its sporting credentials, delivering a rousing soundtrack, in keeping with the intensity of the driving experience.

Production of the V12 Vantage continues unchanged, powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque, the V12 Vantage has a top speed of 190 mph and 0-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds.

Chassis and Braking

Further dynamic enhancements centre on the V8 Vantage’s chassis, which also features developments from the Vantage S. Quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tyres have all been fitted to further enhance the V8 Vantage’s poise and make it more responsive and exciting to drive. A new steering column installation, re-valved power-steering pump and a quicker ratio of 15:1 compared to 17:1, ensure the new V8 Vantage steers with greater precision, whilst providing the driver with better feedback.

New 380mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron front discs combined with six piston callipers, improve stopping power and brake feel and this new braking system also includes Hill Start Assist (HSA) for more precise control on steep inclines.

The V8 Vantage comes with tyres that are 10mm wider than the outgoing model, which not only increases grip, but also allows the more responsive steering and stronger brakes to be fully exploited.

Styling

To reflect its enhanced performance the V8 Vantage has received a number of styling changes inspired by the Vantage S and N400 limited edition. At the front a lower bumper – complete with aerodynamic splitter – houses a larger air intake that feeds the engine and front brakes, whilst at the rear a diffuser creates added drama and function, while sculpted race-derived side sills complete the V8 Vantage’s more muscular look.

Carbon fibre detailing of the Vantage S’s motorsport-derived aerodynamic package makes a discreet visual distinction from the V8 Vantage, while inside the ‘S’ variant features a sumptuously trimmed interior combining traditional hand-stitched leather upholstery with striking modern design. The company’s fully integrated satellite navigation system developed in conjunction with Garmin is now fitted as standard along with Bluetooth and cruise control.

These technical and styling changes have been applied to both the V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster models, with prices now starting from £84,995 for the V8 Vantage Coupe and £99,995 for the Coupe S.