Aston Martin’s enthusiasts have something to celebrate in 2012 as the car maker disclosed a series of updates for its popular V8 Vantage and Vantage S models. Each model comes with a slate of tweaks designed to improve the cars’ performance and looks. As for the 2012 V8 Vantage, Aston Martin focused on improving the car’s transmissions, steering and brakes.
Power still comes from the same 4.7-liter V-8 that produces 420 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. A buyer could opt to transmit power to the V8 Vantage’s wheels through the same basic six-speed manual gearbox. A buyer could also opt for a V8 Vantage that offers clutchless setup, which uses a new gearbox technology called Sportshift II. This new paddle-shifted automated manual gearbox features seven gears and closer ratios that allow better shift action and refinement.
As for the brakes, Aston installed a 380-millimeter vented cast iron discs with six-piston calipers that allow better braking action. Aston Martin also fitted new tires that are 10mm wider than before. The 2012 V8 Vantage boasts of new styling cues like a new front splitter and air intake as well as a new rear diffuser. The 2012 Vantage S, meanwhile, offers better performance with a retuned engine that now provides 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque. The 2012 Vantage S also features the Sportshift II automated manual gearbox and a huskier sports exhaust system.
Aston Martin will also produce a 2012 version for the performance-rich and power-crazy V12 Vantage. The V12 Vantage will still be powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that could provide up to 10 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
These power-rich cars do come with hefty prices. Aston Martin is selling the V8 Vantage coupe at $118,370, the Roadster at $132,870, and the Vantage S will start at $137,670. Prices include destination and gas guzzler tax. Aston Martin has yet disclose the pricing for the 2012 V12 Vantage, but interested buyers should be ready to cash out an amount more than or equal $181,345, the price of the 2011 V12 Vantage.