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The newly-updated 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage will be making its way Stateside with a starting price of $118,370 for the coupe and $132,870 for the Roadster variant.
Most of the changes for the 2012 V8 Vantage are cosmetic, with the same 4.7-liter V8 with 420 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque under the hood. The engine however can be mated to a new Sportshift II seven-speed automatic transmission as an option. In addition, the British automaker tweaked the brakes and suspension on its entry-level sports car.
The Vantage S with 430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque will have a starting price of $137,670 that also features carbon fiber details on its aerodynamic package.
GALLERY: 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
For 2012, Aston Martin updated its entry-level sports car model, the Vantage, with its biggest update since 2008.
The facelifted 2012 V8 Vantage receives the Vantage S treatment with a lowered front bumper with aero splitter, new side skirts, and a new rear bumper with diffuser.
While the engine performance is the same with 420-hp out of a 4.7L V8 as its predecessor, there is an all-new Shortshift II seven-speed automatic transmission available as an option. Other aspects of the vehicle’s performance has been updated, however, with a refined chassis, more agile steering, bigger two-piece six-piston brakes, and wider tires.
Take a look at a video featuring the new 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage below.