Aston Martin has released a harder edged version of their wonderful V8 Vantage with more power, more torque, and it’s called the V8 Vantage S.
The bespoke 4.7-litre V8 engine has been tuned to deliver 321kW and 490Nm and is mated with a brand new Sportshift 11 transmission.
Top speed for the Vantage S is 305km/h (189mph), although 0-100km/h sprint times have not been confirmed.
Enthusiasts worldwide rejoiced when the original 4.3-litre V8 was up rated to the current displacement of 4.7-litres, in keeping with one of the best sports car platforms in the business. Anyone who had ever driven the Vantage quickly realised that the chassis was capable of handling more power.
With the V8 Vantage S, the performance package increases further still. Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin said of the car:
“The Vanatge S epitomises 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.”
At the heart of the Vantage S is the all-new Sportshift 11 transmission, a seven-speed automated manual unit, which provides seven short ratio gears and shift times that are 20 per cent quicker than the current Sportshift box. Acceleration is also enhanced due to the spread of the gear ratios and the shorter final drive ratio.
Opting for a single clutch transmission means reduced weight and complexity when compared with a dual-clutch unit, and something that is paramount with a luxury sports car package such as the Vantage.
The inspiration for the Vantage S is the brilliant Vantage GT4 race car. Brilliant because of its super rigid bonded aluminium chassis – the perfect platform for a sharp edged and successful racer. In 2010 the GT4 won it’s class at the Dubai 24 Hours along with more endurance race wins at Nurburgring, Silverstone, and Spa.
The Vantage has always been blessed with razor sharp steering, but the Vantage S tightens it up further with a faster response steering ratio of 15:1 compared with the standard car’s 17:1.
The brakes have been beefed up too with larger front rotors with new six-pot calipers, to handle the extra performance.
There’s a ‘Sport’ button too for quicker gear changes and a more aggressive throttle response for an all-round more potent driving experience.
The standard Vantage has one of the best engine notes on the planet, up there with Ferrari’s 458, but in this case, it gets better as the exhaust bypass valves open up across most of the rev range.
Many of the styling cues of the Vantage S come directly from the V12 Vantage, from the hand-laid carbon fibre front splitter to the more pronounced rear deck flip, for not only a more aggressive stance, but also greater aerodynamic efficiency.
Aston Martin Design Director, Marek Reichman described the car when he said:
“We have taken the V8 Vantage to the gym to give the ‘S’ more definition and more muscularity resulting in a more toned form.”
The new 19-inch ‘V’ spoke wheels are unique to the Vantage S, but buyers can option a set of forged alloys for a half a kilo saving at each corner.
The standard Vantage interior is bespoke and timeless, but the ‘S’ has been given special treatment to reflect the sharper edge of this car. Those features include a three-track stich on the seats and door trim, as well as a new folded leather design along the stitch tracks.
You might also want to take a peep at the optional carbon fibre and Kevlar seats, which will not only provide more bolster, but also save a significant 17 kilos per car. Although the seats are hand trimmed by Aston Martin craftspeople at Gaydon a supplier to the motorsport and aviation industries fabricates them.
Buyers can also choose an Obsidian Black leather or Alcantara trimmed steering wheel with a contrasting or matching stitch for the leather version.
As with all Aston Martins, each Vantage S is properly hand built at company headquarters at Gaydon in the UK alongside its V8 and V12 siblings.
Total man hours required to build Vantage S is in excess of 185, which includes 50 man hours to paint and a staggering 70 man hours to hand trim the cabin.
Prospective customers are able to place their orders now from Aston Martin’s global dealership network.
Pricing has not been set at this time, but indications from Aston Martin in Australia are that the Vantage ‘S’ will be priced at around a 10 per cent premium over the model range.
Two-seat, two-door coupe or soft-cover convertible top body
Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure
Aluminium, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body
Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
Halogen projector headlamps (main beam)
High Intensity Discharge headlamps (dipped beam)
LED rear lamps
Clear rear lamps
Carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser
All-alloy quad overhead camshaft, 32-valve 4735 cc V8
Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active
Compression ratio 11.3:1
Maximum Power 321 kW (430 bhp / 436 PS) at 7300 rpm
Maximum Torque 490 Nm (361 lb.ft) at 5000 rpm
Acceleration0-60 mph tbc; 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) tbc
Maximum Speed 189 mph (305 km/h)
Rear mid-mounted ‘Sportshift II’ 7-speed single clutch
automated manual transmission
Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
Limited slip differential
Final Drive Ratio 4.182:1
Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 2.6 turns lock-to-lock Column tilt and reach adjustment.
Wheels & tyres
19″ V-Sspoke cast alloy silver painted wheels with diamond
Front8.5J x 19″ Bridgestone Potenza RE050 245/40 R19
Rear 10.0J x 19″ Bridgestone Potenza RE050 285/35 R19
FrontIndependent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive
geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers
RearIndependent double wishbones with anti- squat and anti
lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers
FrontVentilated and grooved two-piece floating discs, 380mm
diameter with six piston calipers
RearVentilated and grooved steel discs, 330mm diameter with
four piston calipers
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
Positive Torque Control (PTC)
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
Full grain leather interior
Weave Alloy facia trim
Iridium Silver centre console outer finish and Graphite inner
Leather-trimmed sports steering wheel
Embroidered ‘Vantage S’ seat logo
Embroidered ‘Vantage S’ carpet logo
Electrically operated Sports seats with side airbags
Dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags
Heated rear screen
Automatic temperature control
Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
Bluetooth telephone preparation1
LED map lamps
Rear parking sensors
Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
Alarm and immobiliser
Remote-controlled central door locking and boot release
Tracking device (UK only)3
Anodised black ‘S’ theme tread plates
In Car Entertainment:
160 W Aston Martin audio system with six-CD autochanger
Integrated Apple iPod® connector4
USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF),
Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file
V-Spoke cast alloy graphite painted wheels with diamond
10-Spoke forged alloy silver painted wheels with diamond
10-Spoke forged alloy graphite painted wheels with diamond
Bright finish grille
Carbon fibre side strakes
Magnum Silver bonnet and side stake meshes
Alternative brake caliper finish – black, red, silver
Front parking sensors
Delete ‘Vantage S’ model badging
Delete protective tape
Lightweight seats with six-way electrical adjustment (does not
include side airbags; not available in USA or Canada)1
Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)
Heated seats (included as standard with Lightweight seats)
ISOFIX and fixed height passenger seat (Sports seats only)
Alternative facia trim finishes – Prism Alloy, Piano Black,
Piano Black Interior Pack
Alcantara trimmed steering wheel
Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror with garage door
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system1,2
700 W Aston Martin Premium Audio system with Dolby® Pro
1000 W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with
Satellite radio system (USA and Canada only)
Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensor)
Second glass ECU
Delete embroidered ‘Vantage S’ seat logo
Delete embroidered ‘Vantage S’ carpet logo
Personalised sill plaques
Wind deflector (Roadster only)
First aid kit
Ashtray and cigar lighter
Boot mounted umbrella
Length4385 mm (172.6″)
Width (excluding mirrors) 1865 mm (73.5″)
Width (including mirrors) 2025 mm (80.0″)
Height (Coupe) 1260 mm (49.6″)
Height (Roadster) 1270 mm (50.0″)
Wheelbase2600 mm (102.5″)
Front Track 1570 mm (62.0″)
Rear Track 1590 mm (62.6″)
Turning Circle 11.38 m (37.3 ft) (kerb to kerb)
Boot Capacity (Coupe) 300 litres (10.6 cu ft)
Boot Capacity (Roadster) 144 litres (5.0 cu ft)
Fuel Capacity 80 litres (17.6 UK gal/21.1 US gal)
Kerb Weight (Coupe) 1610 kg (3549 lb)
Kerb Weight (Roadster) 1690 kg (3726 lb)
Fuel Consumption: litres/100 km (mpg):
Gas Mileage (North America only)