The history of the Aston Martin Vantage began back in 2005 with the unveiling of the V8 version. Then in 2009, the model expanded with the addition of a V12 version. After a series of technological updates received in 2008, the model has now been revised once again. The updated Vantage will be displayed this year at the Geneva Motor Show next to the recently announced Zagato version.
Most changes have been made to the V8 version, while the V12 model continues unchanged. For the V8 model Aston Martin has replaced the optional six-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission with a new seven-speed Sportshift one. Also, a series of updates have been made to the car’s chassis and a new braking system has also been added.
As for the exterior and the interior updates, most changes have been inspired by the Vantage S and N400 limited edition and make the car looking more aerodynamic and sportier.
UPDATE 04/11/2012: Aston Martin has announced the US prices for the new V8 Vantage model. The coupe version will be priced at $118,370 while the roadster version goes up to $132,870. We are still waiting to see how much we will have to pay for the V12 version.
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The Exterior and the Interior
The exterior changes for the V8 Vantage have been inspired by the Vantage S and N400 limited edition and includes a new lower bumper with an aerodynamic splitter that incrludes larger air intake for a better cooling of the engine and front brakes. The rear has received a new diffuser and sculpted race-derived side sills.
The S version will be distinguished by carbon fiber elements and a motorsport-derived aerodynamic package. On the interior everything is wrapped in traditional hand-stitched leather upholstery with striking modern design and "S" badges to further identify the model.
Also, the S version will be offered with a new satellite navigation system developed in conjunction with Garmin and of course Bluetooth and cruise control.
The base version is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 420 HP, while for the S version output has been increased to 430 HP at 7300rpm and 361lb ft of torque at 5000rpm. The base version will be offered with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed Sportshift II - replacing the old six-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission. In the S version only the seven-speed Sportshift II gearbox is available.
This new transmission features an additional gear, closer ratios, lower final drive and a quicker, refined shift quality. It also provides faster and more precise shifts, optimizes acceleration and delivers a sporting driving experience.
The V8 version also received a few updates to the chassis. These changes include, 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. Aston Martin is also offering a new braking system that features new 380mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron front discs and six piston callipers, but also includes Hill Start Assist (HSA) for more precise control on steep inclines.
As for the V12 version, it remains unchanged: under the hood there s a 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 510 HP, and 420 lb ft of torque. This amount of power is just enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.
In Germany, prices for the base version start at €108,500 ($142,000 at the current exchange rates), while the S version will go on sale at €128,500 ($170,000). On the US market, the V8 Vantage is priced at $118,370 for the coupe version, while roadster version goes up to $132,870.
If you want to look for a competitor for the new Aston Martin Vantage you don’t have to look very far. In fact, just earlier, Maserati announced the new GranTurismo Sport - a model powered by a 4.7-litre V8 engine with 460 HP under the hood. And this seems like too much for you when you should also take a look at the Audi R8 version, in both V8 or V10 versions. In its standard version, the R8 delivers a total of 424 HP, but this year Audi will bring an updated version that promises a total of 444 HP. And if you want more there is also the GT version with its 560 HP under the hood.
You can find more powerful competitors out there
No changes for the V12 version