Vijay Pattni 25 January 2011

Aston’s hardcore V8 Vantage S: more pics

Baby Aston gets more power and looks inspired by GT4 race car. You want one...

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

This is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, and it is more powerful, better looking and more driver-focused than the standard car.

Aston has correctly figured new year equals more power, and as such, the 4.7-litre V8 rises in power from 420bhp to 430bhp, while torque now sits at 361lb ft.

See more pics of the new Aston V8 Vantage S

This new engine is mated to a new seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual ‘box, designed especially for the Vantage S - there's no manual offered. The gear ratios are shorter than before, and the whole car can be angrified by pressing the ‘Sport' button, which quickens the gear changes, increases the throttle response and opens the exhaust bypass valves across "most of the engine speed range" making it shoutier too.

Aston has quickened the steering rack for the Vantage S, along with fitting larger diameter front brake discs and six-piston calipers. New springs and dampers, wider rear wheels and a new DSC system point to the makings of a Stig Machine.

The maxim of ‘if-it-ain't-broke-don't fix-it' has been applied for the looks, with a new front bumper, splitter, 19in alloys and wider side sills accentuating the sheer righteousness of the Vantage shape.

Prices for the coupe start at £102,500, and £110,700 for the roadster. Sell a kidney and make it happen.

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