New Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin has refreshed the Vantage range for 2012, debuting a new look and mechanical revisions for the best-selling V8 Vantage model at the Geneva Motor Show.
What is it?
The V8 Vantage has been upgraded with some Vantage S-inspired changes. There is a more aerodynamic front bumper, faster steering system, bigger brakes and an upgraded chassis. The optional Sportshift II gearbox also gains an extra ratio, becoming a seven-speed 'box.
The changes to the chassis should make the latest V8 Vantage more rewarding to drive, particularly as we already know how good the Vantage S that inspired them is. An extra gear will help make the revvy 4.7-litre V8 engine easier to drive and the subtle new look for the front end freshens but doesn't spoil the famed lines.
It's hardly headline-grabbing stuff, this, which may be lost on some buyers who always want the next new thing. It looks like more of the same from Aston, even though we're sure the changes are more significant once behind the wheel: Dr. Ulrich Bez told us the changes were focused on making what was already there even better.
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How much and when?
Prices for the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage start from £84,995 in the UK, or £99,995 for the faster Vantage S. The models are available to order now.
Anything else I should know?
The Vantage S doesn't get the styling and chassis change, as it already has them. It also already offers a seven-speed Sportshift II gearbox option too. The V12 Vantage remains completely unchanged as it's only offered with a manual gearbox.
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