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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 theV12 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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How To Build The Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE In 60 Seconds: Video

How To Build The Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE In 60 Seconds: Video

It’s kind of like watching ants build a race car.

Just a month ago, Aston Martin announced the 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE along with a new partnership with TOTAL and Dunlop. When we reviewed the new Vantage GTE, we talked a lot about what makes it such a special machine, but we didn’t go into much about how it was actually built. When you look at the car as a finished project, it’s hard to imagine just what actually went into getting the end result. Now, you’ll have a little more insight into that process by watching this minute-long video of the V8 Vantage GTE being hand built.

The video is, of course, played at high speed so that the entire process takes just 60 seconds, but its long enough for you to get the gist of just how many people and how much work goes into hand building one of these track-bound monsters. If you’ve ever been a fan of taking tours of manufacturing plants or watching the documentaries on TV, then you’ll love this video. In fact, you’ll probably watch it a couple of times and notice something new each time.

With that said, go ahead and click play and watch for yourself. I wonder how hard it is for the all of these people to work together on one car at the same time. Sometimes I have issues with just one person getting in my way when wrenching, let alone five or six others. It takes a special breed of mechanic to work in a manufacturing facility like this. Enjoy the video!

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Tribute To A 1977 Aston Martin V8: Video

Tribute To A 1977 Aston Martin V8: Video

Ask a modern-day teenager about what car he would like to own and the answer will most likely include names such as the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1. And 10 years ago it would’ve have probably been the Bugatti Veyron and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. But as this new video from Petrolicious comes to prove, not all teenagers are hooked on outrageous hypercars. Paul Kitchen, one of the two main characters of this footage, started his life as a car owner by driving a 1977 Aston Martin V8. Not as much as driving as having it towed, but he enjoyed some wheel time until the car, which wasn’t in its best shape to begin with, caught fire one day.

As the years passed, Paul and his gearhead dad, Jonathan, restored the V8 to its original condition, while changing its color from purple to silver and dressing the interior in red leather, as to resemble an example he saw (and couldn’t afford at the time) at a dealership. There’s no doubt classic Aston Martins are as cool as they get, but what makes this video that much more interesting is the father-son experience this GT has helped create. Having something to work together on and ultimately sharing a passion for Astons is what makes Paul and Jonathan’s one happy family.

For the uninitiated, the V8 was introduced in 1969 as a replacement for the Aston Martin DBS. Production lasted until 1989, when Aston Martin launched the Virage. Hit play for more info and a touching father-son story.

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Aston Martin will Race in North America Next Season

Aston Martin will Race in North America Next Season

Aston Martin and TRG (The Racers Group) have just signed a partnership that will bring the famous British sports car to a North American racing series starting next season. TRG will receive a total of 10 race cars that will be seen in competitions like the Twelve Hours of Sebring, Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, The Grand American Rolex Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series.

The first model we will see on the race track is the Vantage GTE. It will be unveiled at the Sebring winter test session on February 7th and then raced in the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March. The TRG-AMR Vantage GT3 will be raced in competitions like The Grand American Rolex Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series, while the V8 Vantage GT4 will be raced in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The GTE version and the GT4 are based on the production version Vantage V8 and are powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine producing 420 horsepower, while the GT3 is based on the V12 Vantage and will be offered with a 6.0-liter V-12 engine.

"We are delighted to form this innovative new partnership with TRG which presents great potential across a variety of racing competitions. In TRG we have a proven race partner who clearly knows how to be competitive and win races, helping us achieve new levels of success in North American motorsport for Aston Martin," said John Gaw, Managing Director of Aston Martin Racing.

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2013 Aston Martin Vantage

2013 Aston Martin Vantage

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 theV12 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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Aston Martin vs. Inline Skates


Aston Martin Vs. Skater Race

There are some “versus” videos that we come across that once we read the titles we simply just keep moving. Things like “Dodge Viper vs. Tomahawk Superbike” come to mind. C’mon, same engine but the bike weighs over 1,000 pounds less. Yeah, no need to watch that one. Other times titles are so intriguing we cannot pass them up, regardless of how obvious they seem.

In a day’s work, we came across this gem titled “Aston Martin vs. Inline Skater” and thought “what the…” Thinking it was going to be some sort of goofy prank, we almost skimmed right past it, but figured watching it wouldn’t hurt.

To our surprise this is a legit video of a German man racing an Aston Martin Vantage, from what we can tell. You may be wondering how the man on the skates plans to keep up with the Aston Martin, which has about 400+ horsepower. Well, he specially fitted three miniature jet engines, which produce 300 horsepower, onto a suit and used them to propel him down a 1/4-mile straight. According to the driver of the car, the skater claims that he has reached upwards of 120 mph and had no objections after finding out the Aston Martin could clear a 1/4-mile in 13 seconds.

You might still think there’s no chance for the inline skater, but you may be shocked to see just how fast those inline skates will go. Plus you can get a good laugh at the driver of the Aston Martin as he is more impressed with the speed of the skater than trying to win the race.

Sit back and enjoy the video above. Oops, we almost forgot, don’t try this at home.

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2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE

2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE

The year 2012 will mark Aston Martin’s return to the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Vantage GTE entering in the GTE Pro category. A second car will join in the third round at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The cars will be driven by Darren Turner (GBR), Stefan Mücke (D), and Adrian Fernandez (MX).

The new Vantage GTE is based on the Vantage GT2, but improved upon with significant additions to all areas including the engine, drivetrain, and suspension. The new GTE will be powered by the same 4.7 V8 engine found in the production version, but with significant changes made to the cylinder heads, connecting rods, valves, and camshafts. The engine is coupled to a racing system and a six-speed semi-automatic sequential transmission with competition clutch.

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE’s body is made from lightweight carbon fiber and features an advanced aerodynamic package with a carbon fiber splitter, flat floor and diffuser, and a carbon fiber rear wing designed using the latest computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques. Aston Martin has also added a bespoke wishbone suspension and six-piston Brembo racing calipers.

Aston Martin Lagonda Chairman David Richards shared his enthusiasm for the new project: "It’s great to be returning to our core motorsport activity; production-based GT racing. It formed the basis for Aston Martin’s return to competition when the DBR9 GT1-racer was launched in 2004, and it was in GT racing that we achieved our famous victories at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008."

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2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Over the years, Aston Martin has built and released the Vantage GT4 for competition in European GT4 races. This year, the British automaker is releasing the newest version of the Vantage GT4, only this time, it’s bound to unleash its fury on American soil for the first time.

It’s an ideal time for the Aston to release the Vantage GT4 in the US, especially after its successful return year to the American LeMans series where it bagged wins with the Aston Martin DBR1-2 prototype in a number of races, including Long Beach, Mosport, Mid-Ohio, Road America, and Laguna Seca.

For the 2012 racing season, the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 will be built and raced by Toronto-based partner Multimatic Motorsports. The car itself will be re-dissected for racing purposes, which means that all of the luxury amenities of the road version will be removed in favor of race-spec equipment. Certain parts will also be added, including a new splitter that increases downforce at the front of the car, as well as a new carbon fiber diffuser, and a redesigned underfloor that creates an area of low pressure under the rear of the car, increasing the car’s overall downforce.

One thing that will remain with the car though is its 4.7-liter V8 engine, which Aston has used ever since it began building the Vantage GT4 back in 2008.

For the 2012 season, Multimatic Motorsports will be fielding two cars, which will be driven by some noted drivers, including Scott Maxwell, Joe Foster, Ston Martin, chief engineer Chris Porritt, and Hollywood actor-slash-racer Patrick Dempsey.

UPDATE 01/25/2012: Aston Martin has announced that the beginning of its Grand-Am campaign will be on Friday, January 27th during the first round of the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) at the Daytona International Speedway. The company will join forces with Toronto-based Multimatic Motorsports to enter a pair of Vantage GT4s in the Grand American Road Racing series. "The first round of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Daytona will see Aston Martin realize a long-held desire to have the Vantage GT4 competing regularly in North America. Aston Martin Racing has built and sold nearly 100 Vantage GT4s since we raced the first one at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race in 2006, and it’s great to be present at last in such an important market with such a strong and experienced partner as Multimatic."

UPDATE 03/05/12: The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 is headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with plenty of new aerodynamic components in preparation for the 2012 season. The most prominent modification is a new carbon fiber rear wing, a redesigned roll cage, and a reconfigured fuel tank to lower the race car’s center of gravity.

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2014 Aston Martin Vantage

2014 Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin is preparing to offer a facelift version for every model in the line-up thanks to that high interest loan they just secured from global investors. There’s already been talk of what will happen to the future DB9 debuting sometime next year, as well as a new DBS in late 2012. Now spy photographers have caught the future Vantage model testing near the Aston Martin technical center in Germany. The vehicle is still in the early stages of development, but it already hosts a number of changes that will significantly change the vehicle’s overall look.

The Aston Martin Vantage will not be a completely new vehicle as previously thought, but a facelift version including new and wider skirts and major changes in the body panels. That being said, these additions could have just been added to hide any changes made to the chassis of the vehicle. No other details have been offered, but it is believed that the exterior design will take its inspiration from the One-77 supercar with its borrowed bonnet, sides, and cooling vents, in an attempt to make the car look more aggressive and sporty. These changes may also supply a decrease in weight, by about 350 lbs.

The 2014 Vantage will more than likely be powered by the same 4.7-liter V-8 and 6.0-liter V-12 engines currently found in the sports car, possibly tweaked to deliver more power, better fuel economy, and lower emissions.

Expect to see the new Aston Martin Vantage in late 2013.

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Aston Martin's future depends on Daimler partnership

Aston Martin’s future depends on Daimler partnership

Just when it seemed a brand new collaboration was on the verge of rising, talks between Aston Martin and Daimler have been slowed almost to a halt. The two brands had an interest in working with each other because it would be mutually beneficial: Aston Martin would have helped in developing Maybach models and they would, in turn, be able to take advantage of Mercedes’ latest technology. Now, German publications have reported that this agreement has collapsed and, as a result, Aston Martin’s future is in grave danger.

The first Aston Martin vehicle to feel the heat may be the DB9 supercar. This model is built on the VH platform that was developed when Aston was owned by Ford Motor Co, but since a redesign is expected for the 2014 model year, Aston Martin finds itself scrambling for a new platform; one they thought they would be able to get from Daimler. The redesigned Vantage scheduled to come out in 2015 is in the same precarious situation, leaving Aston working doubletime to re-engineer the current platform, powertrain, and sheet metal.

The highly anticipated Lagonda models aren’t any safer. This bump in the road leaves their production entirely uncertain because the SUV was going to be built on the Mercedes GL platform and the sedan was supposed to use the Mercedes S-Class platform.

Aston Martin is completely at a loss, though. They just secured a £304 million bond - about $440 million at the current rates - from global investors at a rather high 9.25% interest over the next seven years. This money will be going towards designing all new platforms for their full line of sports cars, including the DB9, Vantage, and Rapide.

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Aston Martin Pays the Price for All New Platform

Investors are getting more and more strict when it comes to allowing people to borrow their money and it seems as if Aston Martin is getting the short end of that stick. The British sports car maker has secured a £304 million bond - about $440 million at the current rates - from global investors at a rather high 9.25% interest over the next seven years. That’s a 3-4% increase over the typical interest rate. Desperate or not, Aston Martin now has the money to design an all new platform for their full line of sports cars, including the DB9, Vantage and Rapide. Expect the new line to debut in 2015 or 2016 with the first details of the new design and production engineering showing up in a concept car sometime in 2012.

Before the British automaker moves to the new platform, however, their current VH platform will have to be modified to obey the new Federal FMVSS pedestrian impact rules. This re-engineered platform will be used for facelift versions of all three models. The new models will also benefit from new skin panels, revised interiors, and tweaked chassis and engines.

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2011 Aston Martin Vantage V8 by Wheelsandmore

2011 Aston Martin Vantage V8 by Wheelsandmore

German tuning specialists, Wheelsandmore, have taken an Aston Martin Vantage V8 as their next project, giving the British supercar a well-rounded set of upgrades that include a new set of wheels, a new suspension, and a slight increase in power.

As the name of their company suggests, Wheelsandmore is no stranger to having some of the best rims on the market. For the Vantage V8, they decided to dress it up with a new set of handcrafted 21" three-piece 6Sporz² forged rims wrapped in 55/30/21 tires at the front, and 295/25/21 tires at the back. To go with the new set of gorgeous rims, Wheelsandmore also gave the Vantage V8 a new suspension kit courtesy of KW that comes with a rebound and compression adjustable stainless steel coilover suspension variant 3. Lastly, Wheelsandmore gave the supercar a new 200 sport catalysts and flip-controlled exhaust system, giving the Vantage’s 4.7 Liter V8 engine an increased output of 460 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque, up from the standard model’s 420-horsepower output.

All told, it’s not the most extravagant tuning program done on the Aston Martin Vantage. But in terms of subtle improvements all the way around, this is about as beautiful as it gets without going overboard.

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2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

As expected, Aston Martin brought its latest iteration of the Vantage to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Aston has been designing rolling works of art for a very long time and has recently retaken a stance as a racing power as well. The company’s GT4 racecar won its class in two of the most important races of the year, Nurburgring 24 and Spa 24 hours, and have begun fusing racecar technology into the road cars with more fervor than ever before. The top-of-the-line V12 Vantage has the motor from the larger DB9 shoehorned into its engine compartment, making it a true hot rod. That formula may work for some, but others were seeing a lapse between the V12 model and the base V8.

At the beginning of Summer 2011, Aston Martin will introduce the V8 Vantage S, hoping to squeeze some more profit out of its best selling model line and please enthusiasts at the same time. Increases in engine performance, transmission, chassis, and aerodynamics will all further the appeal of an iconic sports car.

According to Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, “The Vantage S epitomizes every attribute of the V-8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before.”

UPDATE 03/11/2011: Aston Martin has revealed an amazing video of the V8 Vantage S showing the car in action. Just listen to the music of that engine! Video after the jump.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Aston Martin Vantage S.

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2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Blanc de Blancs by Graf Weckerle

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Blanc de Blancs by Graf Weckerle

Drinking a glass of fine wine with dinner is something a lot of people do when they want to unwind from a long, hard day, but when these same people want to celebrate something momentous, they bring out the Blanc de Blancs champagne. The same can be said of a great automobile. Sure you can drive around in a Mercedes on a daily basis, but for those special evenings, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage is the way to go. Bringing together these two ideas is Graf Weckerle who has designed a package for the V8 Vantage that gets its one-of-a-kind design from the most refreshing champagne produced.

The car’s interior and exterior are styled based on the white, green, and gold details on the Blanc de Blancs champagne bottle and look sensational on the sports car. The 21" wheels, however, leave much to be desired. Made of 180 titanium and aluminum parts, these "unique" wheels take up to 20 days to build. If it were up to us, we’d let them stay a little longer. No offense to the Graf Weckerle logo, which is what the wheels are styled after, but we can think of hundreds of other options that would have looked much better on this beautiful vehicle. But hey, at least the interior sparkles with 24 karat components.

In addition to the beautiful - and not so beautiful - stylings of the Aston Martin, Graf Weckerle have also tuned the standard 426hp 4.7 Liter V8 engine to deliver an improved 470hp.

Not a fan of the V8 Vantage? Graf Weckerle can also mount this package on an Aston Martin DBS and a Ferrari 599 GTB. Plans for adding it to the Ferrari 458 Italia are also in the works.

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2011 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

2011 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Aston Martin has unveiled today details on a new Vantage GT4 for 2011. The new model takes inspiration from the Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage road car and will compete in the future European GT4 Cup and all other series with a GT4 class.

The new Vantage GT4 features a new splitter that increases downforce at the front of the car, a V12’s larger boot ‘flip’ at the rear a new carbon fiber diffuser and rear underfloor and a new rear-mounted high capacity transmission oil cooler.

As with the current 4.7 liter Vantage GT4, which made its race debut in 2009, the 2011 car is closely based on theV8 Vantage road car with key attributes being carried over including the aluminum chassis, base engine and suspension design. In addition to the engine and aero upgrades, competitors can choose a race-developed Bosch ABS and traction control system.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420

2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420

Today,Aston Martin unveiled the special edition V8 Vantage N420, a successor for the special edition V8 Vantage N400 of 2007. This model pays tribute to Aston Martin’s success at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. Deliveries will begin in August with prices starting from £96,995 (around $146,000 at the current exchange rates). It will be offered in both Coupe and Roadster versions.

The new V8 Vantage N420 is powered by a 4.7-liter engine that delivers 420bhp, but, compared to a standard Vantage, it is 27 kilos lighter. On the exterior the car is distinguished by wider sills, a carbon fiber splitter, side strakes and diffuser, 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels in gloss black finish, black mesh vents, and ‘Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers. On the interior it gets an Iridium interior package with graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques, and lightweight carbon fiber seats, complete with ‘Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and Park Distance Control are also standard.

Updated 07/14/2010: Aston Martin today announced US prices for the special edition V8 Vantage N420. The new model will make its official U.S. debut at next month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and will go on sale at a price of $132,000 for the coupe and $145,000 for the roadster version.

Updated 11/09/2010: Aston Martin has revealed a new promotional video for the V8 Vantage N420. Check it out!

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Roadster

2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Roadster

After the V8 Vantage N420 coupe, Aston Martin has unveiled today a roadster version for this special edition. The roadster version will go on sale at a price of $145,000.

Like the coupe version, the roadster is powered by a 4.7-liter engine that delivers 420bhp and it mated to a a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission. Also the car is 27 kilos lighter than a standard V8 Vantage.

The N420 edition is distinguished by a carbon fibre splitter, side strakes and diffuser, while bold 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels complete with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and ’Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers complete the coordinated look. The interior gets graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara® steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques and lightweight carbon fiber seats, complete with ’Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and Park Distance Control are also standard. It will be offered in ’Rose’ yellow, ’Kermit’ green and ’Elwood’ blue exterior color.

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Aston Martin Vantage being sold at auto garage sale for $75,000

Aston Martin Vantage being sold at auto garage sale for $75,000

A reminder to those people who own sports cars; please treat them with utmost care. And in the event that you decide to sell these cars, please give them more respect than leaving them out in the sun like they’re some kind of rusted-up lawnmower in a garage sale.

If you’re wondering why we’re a little, shall we say, perturbed, it’s because we found out that there’s a man somewhere in Utah that decided to have a little auto sale of his vehicles, which really isn’t a big deal except that one of those vehicles sitting idly on the lot as if it was getting a tan just so happened to be an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

If this guy wants to sell his Vantage, by all means, he’s got every right to do so. We just don’t know if he understands just how special this car is. Sure, there’s a $75,000 price tag attached to it, but in this case, it’s not really about the money.

It’s about an Aston Martin Vantage being treated just like any other used-up car, which it definitely is not.

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2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage by D2Forged

2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage by D2Forged

Now this is how you tune an Aston Martin. By itself, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage is already one of the most beautiful cars in the world. But if you put one of the most noted supercar tuners in the country to work, they can turn an already eye-catching ride into a jaw-dropping piece of machinery.

D2Forged put in some work on this V8 Vantage and the results are nothing short of spectacular. From the carbon fiber front lip to the RSC Tuning-provided rear diffuser to the lowered suspensions and those 20-inch VS1 wheels, this V8 Vantage has all the makings of a car that’s not just loaded with power, but is sure to attract the attention of anybody lucky enough to see it. And yes, that custom black paint finish adds a pretty resounding exclamation point to an already stunning tuned-up supercar.

We’ll be honest; we haven’t seen a tuned-up Aston Martin as gorgeous as this in a long time. Quite a move for a tuning company that specializes in wheels, huh?

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2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage will appear in dealer’s showrooms starting in January of 2010 and the English super car maker has just released a few official images of the 2010 car in both coupe and convertible forms. The new Vantage will come complete with a few modifications inspired by the Nurburgring special N400 Vantage.

The 2010 model will get new optional 10 spoke forged 19 inch alloy wheels with a diamond turned and silver finish. The rear of the new Aston receives a set of cleared out tail lamps while up front the 2010 Vantage benefits from a Magnum silver bonnet. On the inside the hand built super car maker is offering a pair of lightweight carbon kevlar racing buckets that shed over 35 pounds from the sports car as well as the optional 1000 Watt Bang & Olufsen in car entertainment system.

Aston Martin will retain the same 420 HP 4.7 Liter V8 engine, with a few mechanical changes being confirmed for the electronically controlled transmission that will lower the hand built sports car’s CO2 emissions from 328 to 315 g/km, and all the way down to 300 g/km for the Speedshift version allowing Aston’s super car owners to sleep a little easier at night knowing that their new cars are a bit greener than before. Stay tuned to Top Speed for more information about the 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Updated 07/01/2010: Aston Martin unveiled new images with the V8 Vantage sports car. Check the image gallery to see them.

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Aston Martin Vantage gets Barracuda racing wheels

Aston Martin Vantage gets Barracuda racing wheels

Barracuda Wheels is offering a set of Tzunamee wheels for the V8 powered Aston Martin Vantage. The set includes 9.0 x 20 inch light alloy rims on the front axle and 10.0 x 20 inch rims mounted on the rear drive axle.

The wheels feature a very aggressive design with a matte black, highly polished surface. The wheels are slapped on to the classic green V8 Vantage to add a dynamic edge to the already beautiful vehicle. In addition, the wheels are available in sizes ranging from 7.5 x 17 to 10 x 20 inches. They also come in three different color schemes: Higloss black, real chrome, and white polished.

The V8 Vantage features a 4.7 Liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 420 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 180 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Challenge

2010 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Challenge

Aston Martin Racing announced the new GT4 Challenge racing series. The series starts in April at Snetterton and finishes six races later in October after visiting Silverstone, Spa Francorchamps, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Donington.

The Vantage GT4 is built to FIA GT4 regulations and requires no modifications to compete in the British GT4 Challenge series. The Vantage GT4 is closely based on the Vantage V8 road car, but with modifications to make it suitable for racing. It retains the road car’s active safety systems, including dynamic stability control, traction control, ABS and electronic brake force distribution. There is also an option of a manual or sportshift gearbox.

Press release after the jump.

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2010 update

Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2010 update

The blokes over at the English automotive journal appropriately named CAR, have managed to come up with this still of the 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage as it will appear in dealer’s showrooms starting at the beginning of next year. As part of the 2010 update is concerned, the entry level Aston will get four fresh double five spoke forged alloys measuring 19 inches in diameter with a new diamond turned and silver finish. On the inside the hand built super car maker is offering a pair of lightweight carbon kevlar racing buckets that shed over 35 pounds from the sports car as well as the optional 1000 Watt Bang & Olufsen in car entertainment system. The rear of the new Aston receives a set of cleared out tail lamps while up front next year’s Vantage benefits from a Magnum silver bonnet to complete the Nurburgring special edition N400. So it looks like the high end sports car builder will be making their new cars with a bit more sport.

Check out the link below to see spy shots of the 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Bond Edition

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Bond Edition

The Aston Martin remains the ultimate Bond car and it many 007 movies it was the lead car. For example the latest series - Quantum of Solace - the Aston Martin DBS is the main character. But in none of this series we have ever seen an Aston Martin V8 Vantage. But this pictures prove that the owner of this car is a real 007 fan.

The car is covered in special wrap and there are several bullet holes scattered throughout the car. To complete the image the car is not washed, but even dirty it looks so nice!

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Aston Martin Vantage V8 and DB9 got Cargraphic winter wheels

Aston Martin Vantage V8 and DB9 got Cargraphic winter wheels

One of the downsides of owning a high performance vehicle is that as soon as winter approaches and the mercury drops, those sticky summer tires become hard and brittle and don’t work nearly as well as they did just a few months ago. Another issue with wearing your Sunday best while out playing in the snow is that every bit of salt and debris will do a number on your finely finished wheels. However the aftermarket manufacturer Cargraphic has come up with a combination to ensure that not only will your Aston Martin look as good as it can all year round, but owners won’t have to compromise their car’s level of grip either thanks to the combination of winter spec Cargraphic IS-ONE wheels and Dunlop Wintersport rubber for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and DB9 super sports cars.

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Boss Edition Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Boss Edition Aston Martin V8 Vantage

If you have an extra $147,780 burning a hole in your pocket and an over the top Aston Martin is what you crave, then this might just be the perfect car for you. The Boss Edition V8 Vantage takes the classic hand built English sports car and upgrades the Aston’s appearance with a wild body kit and an even more out there finish. Available in either chrome or matte white with a carbon fiber roof and bonnet. The exterior treatment is then finished off with a set of 3 piece forged alloys measuring 20 inches in diameter and finished in glossy black with chrome accents to highlight the Boss’s reflective finish.

Although almost all of Boss’ work takes place on the outside of the V8 Vantage, they did manage to sneak a high performance Quicksilver exhaust underneath the rear end to turn the screaming V8 into a real banshee. On the inside, the high end luxury theme continues with a full Nappa leather wrapped interior. However if that just isn’t enough to satisfy your modified Aston Martin fantasies, you can let the world know that you are a bona fide lose nut, just like the $24600 number plate says you are.

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MWDesign Aston Martin V8 Vantage

MWDesign Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The English coach built Aston Martin V8 Vantage is already a car that needs no upgrades as it is pretty much perfect straight from the factory. However there are a few individuals that might disagree, for instance the tuners at MWDesign are a good start. They have just revealed an upgrade package for the Prodrive owned super car that improves both the Aston’s aerodynamics and performance.

On the outside, the sculptors at MWDesign have added a few new bold body pieces that only act to accentuate what the guys from Gaydon already created. MWDesign adds new front and rear fascias as well as plenty of other body panels made from lightweight carbon fiber as well a set of 20 inch mesh wheels and a set of massive Brembo brake calipers painted in Frost White to match the car’s matte white finish.

The power upgrades come in the form of the RSC Vantage-C Powerkit that consists of a brand new beautifully polished sport tuned exhaust that is fed by a pair of high flowing catalytic converters and a reprogrammed ECU to take advantage of the Vantage’s potent power plant that is increased to a maximum output of 445 HP.

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2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

There are certain car companies that absolutely understand what it means to be a driver. Aston Martin is one of them. When Aston decided that it needed to branch out into SUVs for customers who live where the roads are not paved, it reintroduced the Lagonda brand rather than pollute the Aston name.

Aston Martin only builds sports cars, and it builds them by hand.

The V8 Vantage Roadster that arrived on our doorstep came with a $154,035 price tag (base for a is $134K). For that price we instantly become a member of an exclusive club that mixes rich racing history with modern graceful styling.

Like any good group of enthusiasts, we all had trouble containing our excitement for this car. But one we got the fleet rotation down, it was time to figure out how the smallest Aston stacked up against the competition.

Photography by Thomas Carter
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How NOT to deliver an Aston Martin

How NOT to deliver an Aston Martin

We’re opening our 2009 list with "how not to do" things with a failed delivery of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage. We were originally going to blame this $120,000 mistake on a delivery driver trying to pull a Knight Rider and by making a flying dash out of the back of an tractor-trailer, but it may not be that simple.

The pic also show a crucial piece of the truck’s elevator on the ground, suggesting a ramp failure. Morals of the story: always check your equipment and drive your new car home yourself.

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage: upgrade the old to new

Aston Martin V8 Vantage: upgrade the old to new

Owners of performance cars are always worried that improvements to the next model year will make their cars obsolete. For example, Aston Martin increased the displacement in the V8 engine for its 2009 Vantage, making a faster, more powerful car. But Aston being a company of gentlemen did not want to leave owners of the 4.3-liter models behind (literally). So it did some in-house tuning and is now offering a package to give the older 4.3-liter V8 cars 20 more hp to be in line with the 4.7-liter’s 420 hp.

Aston is also offering its new Sport Pack for the older 4.3-liter cars. This consists of upgraded springs, Bilstein dampers, and lightweight forged aluminum five-spoke wheels, all in the name of reduced weight and better handling.

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2009 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

2009 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Aston Martin revealed today the 2009 specification Vantage GT4 based on Aston Martin’s new 4.7 liter V8 Vantage. The Vantage GT4 is built to FIA GT4 regulations, and is a replacement for the V8 Vantage N24 racer. It is priced at $143,000 and will be available starting January 2009.

The Vantage GT4 is powered by the latest 4.7 liter V8, with the engine management system recalibrated for race use. It also has a free flow exhaust system and air filters, and the standard V8 dry sump lubrication system is retained, helping to prevent oil surge during cornering. Aston didn’t release any new horsepower figures, but with the software and airflow upgrades, expect there to be a few more ponies than than the Vantage road car’s 420 hp that are also on tap quicker. The engine is mated to either a six speed manual, or a Sportshift transmission with paddle controls.

Aston Martin racing cars are known more for eliminating weight from road cars than adding performance. The Vantage GT4’s weight is down to 2932 lbs (661 less than the standard model). This has been possible due to use of a range of weight reduction measures. The entire interior is removed except for some of the dash paneling. This is still an Aston, so any original interior bits are still trimmed in faux-suede Alcantara.

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Aston Martin Vantage by Premier4509

Aston Martin Vantage by Premier4509

Premier4509, the exclusivist Japanese tuner specialized in tuning high end cars unveiled another masterpiece: its customized Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The new body kit made of high grade fiber reinforced plastic consists in a re-designed front bumper, new front fenders, side sills, a rear bumper with air diffuser and integrated exhaust system and a rear spoiler.

aston martin v8 vantage by premier4509

The Japanese tuner will only sell 300 Vantage body kits, each kit coming with a uniquely numbered serial plate which will confirm its authenticity. Also, together with the kit you can achieve the limited edition forged 3 piece aluminum-alloy wheels which are shown in the photos. “Aston Martin is a classic brand and my focus for the creation of this new design was to capture the classic lines and invigorate it with masculine shapes, said Premier4509 president, Hironoa Yokomaku.

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2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage – originally launched to widespread critical acclaim at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005 – is to receive significant technical enhancements, reaffirming the car’s position as one of the world’s most desirable and exhilarating sports cars.

While the universally distinctive and award-winning shape of the V8 Vantage is retained, the car benefits from a number of technical changes which include significantly up-rated engine performance from a new 4.7 litre power unit in both Coupe and Roadster variants. Other changes include revised dynamics to take full advantage of increased power and torque availability, improved Sportshift™ transmission software and a new sports suspension option.

The 4.7 litre V8 engine has a power output of 420bhp (an 11% increase on the previous 4.3 litre unit) and delivers peak torque of 470Nm (15% increase), providing the V8 Vantage with new reserves of mid-range performance, an improved 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and top speed of 180mph (288kph). Combined European fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also improved by 13% (Sportshift™).

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2008 Aston Martin V8 GT Concept

2008 Aston Martin V8 GT Concept

The Aston Martin V8 GT Concept was designed by Adam Gompertz. The sketch development concentrated on keeping certain elements of the V8 Vantage, namely the side strake that run through the bodyside, and the rear bumper surface. Yet at the same time, there was a real desire to create a new identity, with harder edges, and more muscular forms. The V8 GT Concept is inspired by old models from Aston Martin, such as the DB3S and the DB4 GT Zagato.

Major inspiration for this project came from the DB3S. The sharp creates lines on the top of the wings lend that car a feeling that underneath the muscular bodywork, are tendons stretching over the wheels.

The DB3S also serves as pointer to the philosophy of this concept. A sportscar with a clear purpose: to enhance the racing tradition of Aston Martin. A lighter, faster, more focused and bespoke Aston Martin.

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2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage spy shots

2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage spy shots

Aston Martin will unveil a new revised, more powerful V8 Vantage for summer 2008. The new V8 Vantage will be powered by a 4733cc V8 engine that will help the sports-car to take on the sportier 911s.

The whole cabin will be improved with a series of detail changes, so hopefully Aston will upgrade much of the Volvo switchgear that grates in an otherwise classy cabin.

Also Aston Martin will unveil a revised DB9 range at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.

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2008 Aston Martin Vantage GT2

2008 Aston Martin Vantage GT2

Aston Martin Racing has revealed the first impressions of its new GT2 racing car. Known as the Vantage GT2, the new car is based on the V8 engined Aston Martin Vantage road car. The new car will mean Aston Martin is the only manufacturer to offer cars in every GT racing category: GT1 – DBR9; GT2 - Vantage GT2; GT3 – DBRS9; GT4 – Vantage N24.

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante by Loder1899

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante by Loder1899

The newly created Loder1899 wheel Vertigo Viginti has its debut at the Essen Motor Show. The 20 inch wheel in hyper-alloy look has a fascinating design, and hamonizes perfectly with the luxurious form of the British racer.

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2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N400 Roadster

2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N400 Roadster

Aston Martin revealed the Roadster version of the V8 Vantage N400 Coupe launched in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The V8 Vantage N400 Roadster will be limited to only 24o units.

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Aston Martin Vantage V8 by Mansory

Aston Martin Vantage V8 by Mansory

The new Aston Martin Vantage V8 is for sure a bargain for any Aston martin lover, but with the latest Mansory customization a more superlative sportscar is born.

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Aston Martin N24 V8 Vantage ready for the road

Aston Martin N24 V8 Vantage ready for the road

The owners of the N24 V8 Vantage race car will soon be able to receive the Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) so the cars will become eligible for road use. "customers are advised that whilst the Vantage N24 will be road legal after completing the SVA process, the car will not offer the levels of comfort and refinement for which Aston Martin’s have become renowned, and the ride and handling will reflect that of a race car."
The N24 is powered by a lightened and balanced engine with revised (...)

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Top 10 $100K Cars

Top 10 $100K Cars

If you have money to spend and want to buy a real nice car, Cars.com made a list with top ten cars over $100,000 cars. But even if the list is very long allready, the trend doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon, either. New $100,000-plus entries from Porsche and Aston Martin are on the way, and even BMW and Mercedes-Benz are looking to produce new, rarified models.
But from all the offers which one is the best? Cars that made the list had to sticker between $100,000 and $200,000 and go (...)

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Aston-Martin V8 Vantage N24

Aston-Martin V8 Vantage N24

Aston Martin has confirmed details of its N24 race car, based on the critically acclaimed V8 Vantage road car, which will be showcased at the Autosport International Show this week.The Vantage N24 is based on a standard European specification production V8 Vantage, with modifications undertaken to prepare the car for the competitive racing environment.

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Volkswagen GTI - 2007 Automobile of the Year

Volkswagen GTI - 2007 Automobile of the Year

Automobile Magazine announced the winners of its 2007 awards for Automobile of the Year and Design of the Year.
2007 Automobile of the Year: Volkswagen GTI - Editors judged that this sporting version of the fifth-generation Golf succeeds at fusing exciting performance and handling in an affordable and practical package. The GTI’s 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission propel the 2-door version to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. All this, and the GTI (...)

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2007 Aston-Martin V8 vantage by Eibach

2007 Aston-Martin V8 vantage by Eibach

The exhilaration of speed or, as some might put it, “the need for speed” is more deep-seated in England than almost anywhere else on earth. Even the legendary engineer George Stephenson named one of his first locomotives “The Rocket”. The fascinating unit of horsepower (HP) also has its origins in the era of the steam engine; it managed to establish itself as the reference standard for the car in general language usage over the more banal unit of “kW”.

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Aston-Martin N24 Vantage Storms to Bahrain Finish

Aston-Martin N24 Vantage Storms to Bahrain Finish

Aston Martin’s factory prepared, production standard, N24 V8 Vantage has achieved an impressive overall eighth place finish in the inaugural 24-hour race of Bahrain, competing in a field consisting of largely motorsport homologated cars.
Greeted at the chequered flag by a jubilant team – a group of volunteers from the company’s engineering and prototype development departments – the N24 Vantage capped a consistent 24-hour performance, finishing eight laps in front of the ninth placed runner. (...)

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Aston-Martin V8 Vantage by Prodrive

Aston-Martin V8 Vantage by Prodrive

Prodrive has launched a range of parts for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which improves the car’s performance and enhances its driving dynamics. The range includes: a performance pack for the engine; new driver-adjustable suspension; unique forged wheels; and a discreet aero package.
Prodrive has tuned the 4.3 litre V8 engine to raise peak power from 283 kW (380 bhp) to 317 kW (425 bhp), as well as increasing peak torque from 410 Nm (302 lbft) to 440 Nm (325 lbft). This reduces the car’s (...)

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Loder1899 tuned the Aston-Martin Vantage V8

Loder1899 tuned the Aston-Martin Vantage V8

An Aston Martin is a beautiful and powerful car by no doubts, but Loder1899 decided to make the car looking even more sportier by adding a new high-end titanium suspension system (the package -for the front and rear axles - it is priced at $12000).
Also when the engine revs to 4000rpm a special valve opens allowing a better breathing for the V8 and the result is an even more strident exhaust note and an increase of horsepower (from 385 to 405-hp).
The 405 hp at 7000 rpm and the peak (...)

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2007 Aston-Martin V8 Vantage

2007 Aston-Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin will unveil one of the most eagerly anticipated convertibles of the year when the V8 Vantage Roadster is revealed at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday 29th November. Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The V8 Vantage Roadster is a pure sports car, a car that heightens the senses and provides a dynamically thrilling driving experience.

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Prodrive to upgrade the Aston-Martin V8 to more than 400 hp

Prodrive to upgrade the Aston-Martin V8 to more than 400 hp

Prodrive in planing a few performance upgrades for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, starting from spoilers to power upgrades.
Prodrive will upgrade the power up to more than 400 hp, up from 380 hp, and a seful increase in engine torque, complete with a more free-revving nature and a throaty exhaust note.
Aerodynamic changes are limited to a small front lip and rear spoiler/diffuser that Prodrive reckons dramatically reduce front and rear end lift, to the benefit of the car’s handling. Prodrive (...)

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Aston-Martin Roadster on sale starting spring 2007

Aston-Martin Roadster on sale starting spring 2007

At the end of november, Aston Martin will unveil a two-seater version for the V8 Vantage at Los Angeles auto show. The two-seater will be called Roadster and not Volante as the typical soft-top Astons. Priced at arround $170.000 the new Roadster is expected to go on sale in spring 2007.
The two-seater will be powered by a 4.2-litre V8 engine (the same as the coupe version) with a maximum output of 380 hp. The rear-end of the Roadster it’s a handsome rump, flowing into a lip spoiler just (...)

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Aston-Martin V8 Vantage gets new Sportshift Transmission

Aston-Martin V8 Vantage gets new Sportshift Transmission

At the 2006 Paris Motor Show Aston Martin debuts a new automated manual transmission option for the V8 Vantage – Sportshift.
Sportshift adds electro-hydraulic control to the existing Vantage 6-speed manual gearbox to offer improved shift times and replaces the conventional manual gear lever with push button controls on the centre console to select ‘Auto Drive’, ‘Reverse’ or ‘Neutral’.
Manual gear changes are selected in Paddle Shift Mode - the new ultra-quick system provides the driver with (...)

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2008 Aston-Martin V8-Vantage to debut in Los Angeles

2008 Aston-Martin V8-Vantage to debut in Los Angeles

Surprise, surprise... it is now confirmed that Aston Martin will not only debut the V8 Vantage Convertible at Los Angeles Auto Show, but also the roadster version of this model.
The Roadster version is going to be powered by a V8 engine with a maximum output of 380 hp; it will also feature a six-speed manual transmission.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster will go on sale in early summer 2007 at a price of $130000 (...)

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V8 Vantage with sporty transmission coming in Paris

V8 Vantage with sporty transmission coming in Paris

According to Auto Express, Aston Martin will unveil a sequential tranmission for the V8 Vantage at the Paris Motor Show. Featuring wheel-paddles for easy access and comfort the new gear-box will also offer a fully automatic mode.
"It will take the wraps off an automated manual box at the expo, and the set-up is expected to boast steering wheel paddles, as seen on the larger Vanquish. (...)

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2008 Aston-Martin V8 Vantage Volante Spy Shots

2008 Aston-Martin V8 Vantage Volante Spy Shots

The 2008 V8 Vantage Volante was caught undesguised at a gas station in Germany. It won’t be a such a big surprise if we’ll see the new Volante roadster at paris Motor Show at the end of this month.
The price for the new Volante will be around $130000-$135000. It will will be powered by the same 380hp 4.3-liter V8 as the coupe version.

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