Vijay Pattni20 February 2012

Meet the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage

AM updates the baby sports coupe with good stuff from the Vantage S

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin has revealed a small but important raft of updates to its baby supercar, the V8 Vantage.

In short, the new, revised, 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage gets the new seven-speed Sportshift II auto box from the Vantage S, as well as quicker steering, bigger brakes and wider tyres, all aping the S.

So essentially, its an Aston Martin V8 Vantage after a three-month Men's Health cover model plan; a touch harder, sharper and more defined.

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Aston has left the 4.7-litre V8 unchanged, so you're still looking at 420bhp and 346lb ft of torque (meaning a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds). But it has replaced the optional six-speed auto with the newer, better, optional Sportshift II ‘box from the Vantage S; a unit that features closer ratios, a lower final drive and a quicker, refined shift quality. A manual is standard equipment, naturally.

And that new steering column is built on a quicker ratio of 15:1 rather than 17:1, while braking now comes courtesy of new 380mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron front discs and six piston calipers.

The tyres are 10mm all round, and Aston has subtly - very subtly - updated the looks, taking cues from the Vantage S and vegetable-crunching N400 limited edition. A lower front bumper with aero splitter gets a larger air intake feeding cold stuff to the engine and brakes, there's a new rear diffuser and inside, Aston has fitted sculpted ‘race-derived' side sills.

Prices start from £84,995, rising to £99,995 for the Vantage S, with that slightly more powerful 430bhp V8. Of course, if you want more, the V12 Vantage - with 510bhp - remains unchanged, and there's the £400k limited-edition Zagato that will arrive later this year.

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