Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupe
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Aston Martin Vantage for 2012
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24th May, 2012
The Aston Martin Vantage range continues to evolve with a comprehensive
array of improvements to the V8 Vantage aimed at enhancing the dynamic feel, style and competitive pricing of the
marque’s entry-level sports car. There are also changes at the top-end of the Vantage range with the new and
ultra-exclusive V12 Zagato assuming the role of flagship when it enters production later this year.
In the most comprehensive programme of enhancements since 2008, the revised 4.7-litre 313 kW (420bhp/426PS)
entry-level V8 Vantage features a raft of improvements first seen in the critically acclaimed 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 sporting driving experience.
Further dynamic enhancements centre on the V8 Vantage’s chassis, which features developments from the Vantage S.
Quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tyres have all been fitted to further enhance the V8 Vantage’s class-leading
poise and make it even 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 on the previous model ensure the new V8 Vantage steers
with even greater precision, handles with more agility and provides more feedback for a completely engaging drive.
Stopping power and pedal feel have been significantly increased thanks to new 380mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron
front discs and six piston callipers. This new braking system also includes Hill Start Assist (HSA) for more precise
control on steep inclines. The V8 Vantage also comes with tyres that are 10mm wider than the outgoing model. Not only
does this increased contact area improve the V8 Vantage’s already prodigious levels of road-holding, but it allows the
more responsive steering and stronger brakes to be fully exploited.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
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. At the rear, a diffuser adds drama and function while sculpted race-derived side
sills complete the V8 Vantage’s look.
These technical and styling changes have been applied to both the V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster models.
The Vantage S remains the most generously equipped, highest performing and most driver-focussed V8-engined model in
the range. Developing 321 kW (430 bhp/436 PS) at 7,300 rpm and 490 Nm (361 lb ft) of torque at 5,000 rpm the Vantage S’s
more potent state of engine tune perfectly 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, totally in keeping with the intensity of the driving experience.
Carbon fibre detailing of the Vantage S’s motor sport-derived aerodynamic package makes a discreet and highly
appealing visual distinction from the V8 Vantage, while inside the ‘S’ variant features a sumptuously trimmed interior
that demonstrates Aston Martin’s unique ability to combine the craftsmanship of 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.
Production of the sensational V12 Vantage continues unchanged; this acclaimed model delivering its unrivalled blend of
extreme performance, exclusivity and practicality in one unique package. Powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 380
kW (510 bhp/517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque, this remarkable evolution of the Vantage has a top speed of 305
km/h (190 mph) and 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 4.2 seconds while its uniquely thrilling character distinguishes it from
the rest of the range.
Later this year the Vantage range will be joined by the exotic V12 Zagato, revealed in 2011 to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato. A prototype V12 Zagato caused a sensation by winning the prestigious Villa D’Este
concours and competing in the Nürburgring 24-hour race. Now, less than 12-months after its dramatic debut, the V12 Zagato
– employing a unique blend of bespoke Italian design, hand-built craftsmanship and advanced technology - is poised to
enter strictly limited production, with first deliveries to commence later this year.
Racing is in Aston Martin’s 'DNA' and the Vantage is at the forefront of Aston Martin’s motor sport activity. The
Vantage first went racing in 2006, when Aston Martin’s CEO Dr Ulrich Bez and members of the company’s engineering
department took a near-standard V8 Vantage to the gruelling Nürburgring 24 hour race. Since then GT4 versions of the V8
Vantage have become a force to be reckoned with, spawning one-make race series and winning their class in Dubai,
Nürburgring, Silverstone and Spa 24-hour races. For 2012 Aston Martin Racing is stepping up a gear with the new V12
Vantage focused race car. Currently undergoing an extensive test programme this spectacular new racing car will be in
action throughout the 2012 season.
Combining iconic styling, thrilling performance, true craftsmanship and exclusivity the revitalised Vantage range
boasts unprecedented breadth and appeal. The revised V8 Vantage is available to order now.