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 |  Feb 08 2013, 12:01 PM

Inspired by its GT4 race car, Aston Martin has announced a special edition of the V8 Vantage S, which gains a stick shift for the first time.

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 |  Apr 10 2012, 6:03 PM

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

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 |  Mar 25 2012, 2:01 PM

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.

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