Aston Martin range got bigger as the British manufacturer unveiled the new V8 Vantage S, a new model featuring driver-focused features designed in order to push the honed dynamics of the standard Vantage to a higher level. As expected, the car features the same 4.7-liter V8 engine found on the standard model, but delivering more power: 430 bhp (436 PS / 321 kW) at 7300 rpm and torque of 490 Nm (361 lb.ft) at 5000 rpm. The engine is mated to the new seven speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission specifically designed for the Vantage S. According to the manufacturer, the new “extra gear permits shorter well-spaced ratios taking advantage of the optimum torque, which combined with a shorter final drive ratio of 4.182:1 delivers quicker acceleration and an enhanced sporting feel”.
Moreover, the car features a ‘Sport’ button, which quickens the gear changes in order to deliver a more aggressive throttle response. Thanks to the new springs and dampers but also to the wider rear wheels, the car delivers better performances while the larger diameter front brake disc with new six-piston front brake calipers makes sure you stop the car safely.
Regarding the design of the new V8 Vantage S, we can see a new lower front bumper, larger air intakes, an extended deck lid ‘flip’ as well as a new set of 19-inch ‘V’ spoke wheel. 10-spoke lightweight forged wheels are available as an option. A new rear bumper and side sills optically widen the car. The 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is available to order now from Aston Martin’s global dealership network.