Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Now With More "S"

A new V8 Vantage has slipped in between the base model and the V12 Vantage. It's the V8 Vantage S, a slightly more powerful version with a better seven-speed Sportshift transmission. All that plus quicker steering and bigger brakes. Essss!

For the V8 Vantage S, Aston's 4.7 liter V8 engine gets a bit more power — 430 hp at 7300 rpm (from 420). Torque is up to 361 lb/ft at 5000 rpm (from 346).

Steering ratio is 15:1 compared to the standard car's 17:1. Larger diameter front brake discs are over new six-piston front brake calipers. Chassis revisions include new springs and dampers and wider rear wheels, and a specially tuned dynamic stability control (DSC) system. A new brake module includes Brake Assist (HBA) which provides brake boost in emergency braking situations, and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Esss!

Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Now With More "S"

The big mention is Aston Martin's new Sportshift II transmission. It's 20 percent quicker than the first iteration of the single-clutch manumatic, with an extra gear the company says permits shorter well-spaced ratios to better exploit the V8's torque band. Final drive ratio is shorter at 4.182:1 for quicker acceleration. A ‘Sport' mode further quickens the gear changes and unlocks more aggressive throttle response (and opens the exhaust bypass valves). Esssss!

Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Now With More "S"

Outside, a lower front bumper (in carbon fiber) houses a larger air intake and brake-cooling duct. A splitter combined and deck lid ‘flip' spoiler provide more downforce. New 19" ‘V' spoke wheel styles are standard, and lighter 10-spoke forged wheels are optional. Also emphasizing the width are a new rear bumper and side sills. If it ever asks you if those items make it look fat, always say yes. Esssssss!

Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Now With More "S"