Aston Martin has a new V8 Vantage with a new gearbox, styling tweaks and chassis upgrades, which Aston Martin claims amounts to the ‘most comprehensive programme of enhancements’ since the 4.7-litre version of the V8 Vantage was launched in 2008.
The new Vantage will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva motor show next month, just in time to distract potential buyers from the new Porsche 911.
Essentially the standard V8 Vantage is being upgraded with parts first seen on the more focused V8 Vantage S which means that the (optional) clunky six-speed Sportshift automated manual gearbox will be replaced by the less clunky but still not perfect at low speeds seven-speed Sportshift II transmission with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. There are 10mm wider tyres from the Vantage S as well, which Aston claims not only increase grip levels, but improve steering responses and allow the larger brakes to be fully exploited.
Visually, the new V8 will inherit some styles changes from the Vantage S including a lower front bumper with a bigger intake and splitter, beefier side sills and a larger rear diffuser with the 420bhp 4.7-litre V8 left untouched
All the changes have been applied to both the V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster with prices for the Vantage starting at £84,995. The 510bhp and £135,000 V12 Vantage is unaffected by the tweaks, and if you’re willing to spend even more then the recently announced V12 Zagato is yours for £400, 000.