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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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 |  Jan 26 2012, 4:01 PM

British luxury sports car brand Aston Martin will make its debut in the Grand-Am series on January 27th, as it prepares to take part in the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC), which will be held at the Daytona International Speedway.

For its return to North American racing, Aston Martin has teamed up with Multimatic Motorsports, which are based in Toronto, Canada. The lead car in this endurance race will be driven by Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster, while the second car will be piloted by Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey, who has proven over the years that he is a very accomplished racing driver. For this inaugural event, Dempsey will be teamed-up with Chriss Porritt, Aston Martin’s chief engineer, who is very experienced with the Vantage GT4.

The first round of the CTSCC will be run in support of the 50th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and this support race will run for two and a half hours, with a mandatory driver change. The Aston Martin team will be competiting in the Grand Sport Category, which features six and eight cylinder cars. Aston’s main rival will most certainly be the Audi R8 LMS, which is in the same class.

With experienced drivers and the combined talents of Aston Martin and Multimatic Motorsports, this team will certainly be among the favorites to take the race win. We only have to wait a few days to find out.

 |  Sep 12 2011, 1:00 PM

Another year, another auto show and another special edition exotic sports car is to be unveiled. At the 64th Frankfurt International Auto Show, Aston Martin is to introduce the Vantage 4.7 Special Edition.

This model, which features the firms V8 motor, produces 426-hp (6-hp more than usual). That power is sent to the rear-wheels via a six-speed manual or Sportshift automated manual gearbox.

This model, according to its maker, is capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in just 4.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 180-mph.

From the exterior, there is not much difference. Apart from the silver grille surround, it looks just like any other V8 Vantage.

It is the same story inside, with changes limited to a gunmetal alloy instrument binnacle and graphite finish on the center console. However, this special edition model does come with such goodies such as satellite navigation and park distance control as standard.

This special edition is only on sale in Europe and for a very limited time. Orders will be taken from 13th September to 30th September only. The number made will depend on how many orders got taken in these 17-days. These special edition cars will be delivered by the end of this year.

[Source: GT Spirit]

 |  Jan 26 2011, 9:36 AM

First came the Aston Martin Vanquish S in 2005, followed by the DBS in 2008, and now for 2011 we are blessed by the arrival of the V8 Vantage S. Could this already ultra sexy machine get even sexier? Yes it can.

While the visual changes to the Vantage S might be subtle, but they work beautifully. It gets a new nose job thanks to a new bumper which features a larger air intake, new wider side sills and a revised rear bumper plus those gorgeous new 19-inch “V” spoke alloy wheels.

But there is more to this new “S” than meets the eye. Under the skin it gets retuned springs and dampers, and new ratios for the power steering system. Sounds tempting already.

But wait there’s more. You also get a newly massaged engine which now develops 430-hp and 361 lb ft of torque, a slight increase over the regular Vantage model. The biggest change is with a device that spends its life changing gears, the gearbox. The Vantage S is the first Aston product to benefit from the new 7-speed gearbox. It’s called SportShift II, and it has shorter gear ratios plus the transmission shifts about 20% quicker than the previous system, so the car will be quicker than before, although Aston has not mentioned any performance data yet. More importantly for owners, it’s certain to be much smoother than the current box.

Plus, with greater speed comes better braking also thanks to larger diameter front brakes.

The Vantage S is available now, so if you needed one more reason to ask your boss for a big promotion, this might just be it.

GALLERY: Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

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 |  Dec 31 2010, 12:01 PM

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In a world where there’s something for everyone, German tuner Graf Weckerle has introduced its extravagant tuning package for Aston Martin‘s V8 Vantage. The end result is definitely not our cup of tea, but we admit the German tuner does have a way of doing something very unique.

Blending history and culture with Aston Martin’s modern design, this V8 Vantage was released in order to honor French champagne makers. Dubbed Blanc de Blancs, this particular Graf Weckerle project is named after the famous Chardonnay champagne. We’re not quite sure if those wheels would do any favors to any vehicle, but they’re definitely one-of-a-kind.

We’re also digging the unique spin they did on the photoshoot – can’t say we’ve ever seen anything like it before.

GALLERY: Graf Weckerle Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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[Source: GT Spirit]

 |  May 13 2010, 11:24 AM

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You may not be able to afford to get him the real thing this Father’s Day, but the next best thing is within your grasp – and your budget. Hot Wheels and Matchbox have the perfect present for the die-cast car collector in your life – say hello to the Speed Machines car collection.

Appealing to your husband’s inner child (but don’t expect him to share them or play nice with any of your kids), these 1:64 scale cars come in an assortment of luxury vehicle minis, such as the Ferrari 599XX, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi TTS, Corvette C6.R, Ferrari California, Porsche 914, Ford Shelby GR-1 and Jaguar XJ220. These ones cost a little bit more than their average counterparts, but they do come with much more accurate paint and detailing, as well as better wheels.

These Speed Machines should hit stores in mid-May – just in time for Father’s Day. Fun to play with, great to display and good on gas. Dad couldn’t ask for much more than that… except for another tacky tie and cool macaroni art placemat.

[Source: Autoblog]