Keeping its entry sports car current, Aston Martin has announced the most comprehensive enhancement program for the V8 Vantage since 2008.
For hardware, the latest V8 Vantage will retain its six-speed manual transmission but will receive an all-new Shortshift II seven-speed automatic designed and manufactured specifically for Aston Martin. According to Aston Martin, an additional gear will provide the new Vantage with closer ratios, lower final drive, and a quicker, more refined shift quality.
Other upgrades include a refined chassis, quicker steering, bigger two-piece six piston brakes, and wider tires by 10mm. As for appearance, the V8 Vantage gets a Vantage S treatment with a lowered front bumper with aero splitter that features a larger air intake that feeds the engine and front brakes. Finally, sculpted side sills and a new drag-reducing rear diffuser are also added to complete the look.
Next, the V8 Vantage S remains the top of the line Aston Martin V8, producing 430-hp and 361 lb.-ft of torque. The Vantage S further differentiates itself by receiving a louder sports exhaust system unique to the S in order to further define its sporting nature. As for its exterior treatment the S receives a carbon fiber motorsport-derived aero package.
Finally, the Vantage S interior will feature luxurious hand-stitched leather upholstery. Moving on the the V12 line-up, the V12 Vantage remains unchanged and will be joined by the latest V12 Zagato exotic, created as an homage to the DBGT Zagato made 50 years ago. Now less than 12 months from official release, the stunning V12 Zagato will debut at extremely limited availability. Be sure to check out the official unveiling of the new Aston Martin Vantage line-up at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
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