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.
Aston Martin’s new gearbox has an additional gear, closer ratios, lower final drive, and a faster, more refined shift quality that was created just for it to provide faster and more exact shifts, optimising acceleration and delivering a sporty driving sensation.
The V8 Vantage’s chassis feature even more energetic enhancements on the Vantage S. Its stance further leads its class with more responsive steering, wider tyres, and larger brakes, for better reactions providing an exciting drive. A new steering column, re-valved power-steering pump, and a faster ratio of 15:1 (instead of a previous 17:1) guarantee that the new V8 Vantage will steer more precisely, handle with greater agility, and provide better feedback, which means a fully engaged drive.
Significantly better stopping power and pedal feel can be attributed to its new 380mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron front discs and six piston callipers. This new braking system also features Hill Start Assist (HSA) for better precision control on steep inclines.
The V8 Vantage’s tires are 10mm wider than the previous model. This increased contact improves the V8 Vantage's already amazing road hold and allows its better steering response and stronger brakes to be used fully.
V8 Vantage’s improved performance is also reflected in its new styling with inspiration from the Vantage S and V12 Vantage. A lower front bumper, featuring an aerodynamic splitter, contains a larger air intake to feed the front brakes and engine. The rear diffuser adds function as well as drama, with sculpted race-derived side sills completing the V8 Vantage's more muscular appearance.