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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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 |  Dec 18 2011, 12:00 PM

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Aston Martin has announced a pair of V8 Vantages will be joining the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with Multimatic campaigning at least one of them.

For those wondering who Multimatic is, they’re recognized as a world leader in composite technology and recently worked with Aston Martin to develop the full carbon fiber monocoque chassis found on the One-77. Multimatic is also well known for their advanced vehicle analysis and dynamic simulation, helping Aston Martin to bring unrivaled specialist capabilities to the One-77 model.

Another collaboration between Aston Martin and Multimatic includes their DSSV Dampers on the V12 Zagato Concept. Multimatic Motorsports is in charge of designing, engineering, building and campaigning several race cars in North America and Europe, and seeing a Vantage V8 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series will be a nice addition.

Aston Martin won’t be the only original ones joining the series next year either, with Audi-tuner APR Motorsport prepping their R8 to go racing.

 |  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]