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In the most comprehensive program of enhancements since 2008, the revised
4.7-liter 420 hp (313 kW) 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, optimizes acceleration and
delivers a sporting driving experience.
Further dynamic enhancements center on the V8 Vantage's chassis, which features
developments from the Vantage S. Quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tires
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
Stopping power and pedal feel have been significantly increased thanks to new
380mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron front discs and six piston calipers. This
new braking system also includes Hill Start Assist (HSA) for more precise
control on steep inclines. The V8 Vantage also comes with tires 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.
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 creates added
drama and function, while sculpted race-derived side sills complete the V8
Vantage's more muscular look.
These technical and styling changes have been applied to both the V8 Vantage
Coupe and Roadster models, with prices starting from 84,995 GBP / 108,500 EUR.
Combining iconic styling, thrilling performance, true craftsmanship and
exclusivity the revitalized Vantage range boasts unprecedented breadth and
appeal. The revised V8 Vantage together with the rest of the range is available
to order now from Aston Martin's global dealer network.