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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Gets Slight Upgrade With 'S' Model

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On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 6:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Gets Slight Upgrade With 'S' Model

The lil' Aston Martin Vantage has just gotten a little bigger. Aston Martin introduced the V8 Vantage S today, a model that is a little more powerful, agile, and quick, thanks to a few key upgrades. If you demand the utmost performance, the V8 Vantage S may be the Aston for you.

The S variant gets 10 extra horses over the standard V8 Vantage, pulling out of the garage with a 430-hp 4.7-liter V8 engine. That engine also benefits from a new Sportshift II seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission that Aston claims cuts shift times by 20 percent. While Aston didn't specify, the new transmission is expected to improve upon the V8 Vantage's 14/20 mpg EPA rating. It also cuts about 52 lbs. off the total weight of the car, contributing to the S model's 66-lb. loss.

In addition to improved powertrain performance, bigger front brake discs with six-piston calipers improve braking and a quickened steering rack ratio makes handling ever more nimble. A set of bespoke Bridgestone tires help that improved handling and a retuned rear suspension adds traction and stability. The V8 Vantage S also gets Hill Start Assist.

Aesthetics-wise, the S variant gets 19-inch wheels, some new body work up front, and revised seats and trim inside. There's also a new rear bumper and spoiler.

Aston chief Dr. Ulrich Bez describes the car: "The Vantage S epitomizes every attribute of the V8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before. It combines dynamic exhilaration with all the charming finesse, beauty and practicality already associated with the Vantage range."

The V8 Vantage S will come in both coupe and roadster flavors and will make its official debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime, Aston has opened the books to orders with deliveries set to begin in March.

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