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2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

The Aston Martin Vantage range comes of age with the new V8 Vantage S characterized by a host of new driver-focussed features all designed to push the honed dynamics of the standard Vantage to a new benchmark level. (continued below)

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Features More Power, New Looks and 7-Speed Transmission

Source: Aston Martin | Published: Sun Mar 27, 2011

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Aston Martin's own 4.7-liter V8 engine has been engineered to deliver peak power of 430 hp at 7300 rpm and torque of 361 lb-ft at 5000 rpm and is coupled with a new ground-up developed Sportshift II transmission specifically designed for the Vantage S with seven short ratio gears to deliver the most engaging and intense driver involvement.

"The Vantage S epitomizes every attribute of the V8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before," says Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, "It combines dynamic exhilaration with all the charming finesse, beauty and practicality already associated with the Vantage range."

Exterior Design

The Vantage S is instantly recognizable as a true Aston Martin, characterized by its purposeful stance conveying its agility and performance capability. From the front, a new lower front bumper finished in perfectly-aligned carbon fiber houses a larger air intake feeding the engine and front brakes. The splitter combined with the extended deck lid 'flip' work in harmony to provide increased down force at speed. New 19 inch 'V' spoke wheel styles are available as standard, while an optional 10-spoke lightweight forged wheel option, reduces unsprung mass further. A new rear bumper and side sills optically widen the car.

New 7-Speed Sportshift II Transmission

At the core of the Vantage S is the new seven speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission, offered as standard and delivers exceedingly rapid gear changes, twenty per cent quicker than Sportshift. The extra gear permits shorter well-spaced ratios taking advantage of the optimum torque, which combined with a shorter final drive ratio of 4.182:1 delivers quicker acceleration and an enhanced sporting feel. The inherent benefits of a single clutch system reduces complexity and significant weight over a dual clutch solution. Sportshift II allows the driver to take an increased level of control, modulating the throttle pedal to achieve the desired type of gear change. In addition, the Vantage S features a 'Sport' button which quickens the gear changes and gives the driver a more aggressive throttle response while also opening the exhaust bypass valves across most of the engine speed range perfectly characterizing the 'S' variant.

As with every Aston Martin, the Vantage S benefits from its own unique sound with a new exhaust muffler and bypass valve map, creating a very distinctive and highly vocal exhaust note.

Chassis and Suspension

Dynamic revisions are central to the Vantage S, with a quickened steering rack ratio of 15:1 compared to 17:1 on the standard car and a larger diameter front brake disc with new six-piston front brake calipers. New springs and dampers, and wider rear wheels also contribute to chassis revisions. A new dynamic stability control (DSC) system specifically tuned to the Vantage S along with a new brake module providing features such as Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) which provides assistance in emergency braking situations, and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Bespoke tires have been developed with Bridgestone to optimize road holding enhancing dynamic feel.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S: Review (2/2)

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Specifications
Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Powertrain
Type V8
Displacement 289 cu in (4735 cc)
Power 430 hp @ 7300 RPM
Torque 361 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
Redline n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 7 Speed Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 235/40 ZR19 - 275/35 ZR19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 172.6 in
Width 73.5 in
Height 49.6 in
Curb Weight 3595 lbs
Performance
0-60 < 4.8 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed  189 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 14/21 mpg
Origin & Price
Origin United Kingdom
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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